Temper, haste, hatred, jealously and envy are diseases to the hearts of people, and should be treated with wisdom, kindness and understanding. What is the Shaitan’s formula?
These five categories that are mentioned above are the chemicals that make up the Shaitan’s formula.
Evil exits in this world and it takes the strong effect on those whose faith is weak. We must realize that evil is permitted to occur. It is part of the universal plan and purpose of Allah (swt), who is all-wise and all good, but whose wisdom and goodness we cannot fully fathom.
We must not be impatient or lose our hope and courage. Those who exercise patience will be the ones to gain spiritual and material strength to overcome the difficulties in their lives. Ameen
Temper is like a balloon and all it takes to burst a balloon is a little prick from a pin. One should not tease or taunt someone when they are in temper for it will be like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Temper should be treated with the remembrance of Allah Almighty. Call on Allah (swt) and pray “Oh Allah (swt), cool this fire down through our Beloved Prophet Abraham (pbuh) who was cast into the fire and You made that fire cool for him. Recite this until the temper subsides. Also remember to always give thanks to Allah (swt) for His help and mercy.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive; 42:37. Gracious is Allah to His servants: He gives Sustenance to whom He pleases: and He has power and can carry out His Will. 42:19
Haste can cause many negative things to happen, such as making wrong judgment causing embarrassment, injustice, also lots of mistakes and regret can also be caused through hasty behaviour. As Allah (swt) mentioned in Al Qur’an (Chapter 17 verse 11) that man is given to haste deeds, sometimes we mistake evil for good due to our hasty and arrogant actions. We must realize that such things that are disgraceful in this world and we should think before we rush to do them, with our wrong judgments. The results from making hasty decisions are like a blind person crossing the road without someone to guide him. Think of what the outcome of this blind person’s decision of crossing the road by his or herself can result in. A couple of things can happen: (1). He can be hit by a vehicle (2). The driver and their passengers can also be hurt. These are some of the results from hasty actions. It is not worth it to live with regret. Take the time to think before you act. The treatment to get rid of hastiness is to ask Almighty Allah every minute of the day “Oh Allah (swt) please give me patience, wisdom, and understanding the same way that you granted patience to all of your Apostles”. For sure Allah (swt) will answer your prayers and grant you patience and wisdom to help you think before you act. As they say, hurry, hurry makes bad curry! The Holy Qur’an states:
But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs. 042:043
Jealousy and Envy
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
By the Book that makes things clear, – 43:02.
We have made it a Qur’an in Arabic, that ye may be able to understand (and learn wisdom).43:3
And verily, it is in the Mother of the Book, in Our Presence, high (in dignity), full of wisdom. 43:4
Jealousy and envy are both very harmful. They are contaminated and they spread pollution. They are like contagious diseases. One should not accept them when it tries to enter into their hearts, for it is the Shaitan’s formula which he promised Allah (swt) that he would spill onto the hearts of mankind so that he can get them under his evil conduct and influences. He made this promise to Allah (swt), because he wanted to spite Him for banishing him from Heaven. Which one of us would like to be the devil’s solider? Then these two contaminated tools of jealously and envy will surely help you to achieve this position.
Advice: Think wisely before you choose to accept the devil’s formula (jealousy and envy) because not only will it lead you towards the devil’s conduct, but it will eat away at your heart and spread its germs throughout your entire body as it acts as a form of leprosy, taking over your mind, body, and soul. It will bring you nothing but pain and anguish in both this world and in the hereafter. Anyone who is walking around with this disease, they should know that they will contaminate everything else around them. They should not approach to hug or greet any good or righteous people. The good and righteous people should keep these types of people at arm’s length. This pollution spreads corruption, conflicts, and many more evil and horrifying things. There are no remedies to prevent jealousy and envy from entering into our hearts, as it has been effecting mankind since it entered into the heart of our brother Cain and drove him to kill his brother Abel, which caused grief on their parents (Who are our spiritual parents as well) Adam and Eve. The devil’s suggestion did enter into our parents (Adam and Eve) hearts as well, so who are we to say that it cannot enter into our hearts? Since none of us are perfect.
The remedy to remove this is to act as soon as we take notice that it has entered into our heart we must make it exit. Just as we would rush to open a window or door if a fly entered our house, we would be in an even bigger state of panic if a stinging bee were to enter. The stinging bee is a good description of the Shaitan’s influences. The bee gives honey, but at the same time it can sting you. There are lots of ways to get out the Shaitan’s formula (jealousy and envy) from our hearts.
Here is something that worked for me, and I am sure it will work for you as well. I usually pray like this “Oh Allah Almighty, kick the devil out of my heart, the same way that you kicked him out from your Kingdom”. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
(Allah) said: “Get thee down from this: it is not for thee to be arrogant here: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of creatures).” 7:13
I repeat this until I feel a sense of peace and relief. (Warning) When the devil leaves my heart it will come back charging at me from another direction using one of his soldiers to physically attack me. When this happens I view it as a test from Allah Almighty and I pray “Oh Allah Almighty grant me the patience, wisdom, and understanding to conquer this attack from the devil and his soldiers, the same way that you gave patience to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (owbp) to stand up firmly to the Shaitan’s assault. This little prayer worked miracles for me in the battlefield against Shaitan’s soldiers.
When jealousy and envy enters our hearts we must treat it right away with positive thinking, prayers humble supplications, and trust in Allah Almighty. Allah’s (swt) mercy and kindness will overpower the devil’s whispering of jealousy and envy in our hearts, and feelings of ease and comfort will cover the fear and remove the bitterness and anger from our hearts. Jealousy, envy and hatred are a result of fear, negativity, resentment and spite. These categories which lead to jealousy, envy, and hatred are the passport to the fire of hell. Jealousy, envy and hatred are the fire itself which constantly burns in the hearts of people who practice these kinds of behaviour. Isn’t this a stress upon itself to live in constant bitterness, what pleasure do we get to willfully hurt someone’s feelings?
There is a way out from this kind of bitterness. Just imagine eating a rotten fruit, it will cause sickness, and the difference of eating a delicious one, which makes you happy and leaves you satisfied. The example of the rotten fruit illustrates the feelings of keeping jealously in our hearts, resulting in a miserable frame of mind. If we eat a delicious fruit, it will make us feel satisfied. The satisfaction one would receive from eating a delicious fruit illustrates mercy; patience and humbleness. This thought will help remove the bitterness from your hearts. Allah Almighty has given us respite for a long enough life which He opens the door to allow us to repent. Time for Allah (swt) is nothing. His existence is absolute, and not conditioned by time or place. What we call a thousand years may be nothing more than a day or a minute to Him. Please let us pay heed to these few messages and try to live with peace, love and unity among each other.
If any suggestions come to our minds that is not in accordance with Allah’s (swt) will and his plan then know right away that it is the suggestion of Shaitan (the stinging bee) and bring the remembrance of Allah (swt) right away to your mind by simply inhaling and picturing the word Allah (swt), and exhale with the word Hu. Do this for as long as it takes to get rid of the evil suggestion. You should also make it a habit of doing this constantly in your daily lives. Allah (swt) says remember me and I will remember you. Be grateful to me and reject not faith. Let us bear this in our minds at all times, it is the steering wheel that will lead us to our noble destination which is Paradise, how rewarding will it be for us.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubled and multiplied; but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper. 3:130. Fear the Fire, which is repaired for those who reject Faith: 3:131. And obey Allah and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy. 3:132. Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous, – 3:133.
Hate is the outcome of jealousy and envy. When the pollution from the disease of jealousy and envy produce spreads and covers up the heart, there will not be room left in the heart for mercy which is Allah’s (swt) light. The darkness will spread over to the eyes where it will cover it and cause them to become spiritually blind. This blindness can cause great damage, such as frustration, and animosity. Shaitan’s regrets of disobeying Allah (swt) are causing him to be rebellious. He knows that he traded Allah’s (swt) beautiful kingdom for the blazing hell fire and is ashamed of the path he chose. But he had too much pride inside of him to accept Allah’s (swt) commands. This is why the people who are influenced by him and do not seek sincere repentance from Allah (swt), their actions (Pride and arrogance) will be just like him as well. The people whose actions are like our parents Adam and Eve (pbut) their shame appeared to them. This is a sign for us to grasp, because they repented for their wrong doings since their shame was revealed to them. This was not the case with Shaitan since he did not repent.
He knows about the word shame, but he is not aware of the full meaning, since he didn’t have the courtesy to repent for his wrong doings and so it will be for his soldiers as well. The healing for a diseased heart can be accomplished in different ways such as: We must put our trust in Allah Almighty, which brings its own reward, and will help our eyes open and help us see any obstacles of evil clearly. This will enable us with wisdom and understanding of Allah Almighty’s goodness and his favors. These blessings of Allah (swt) will keep our minds fresh and our hearts content.
The people, who choose the Shaitan’s path of their own free will, choose to become his slave and will not know the true meaning of the word shame. They would bravely hurt someone and act as though they are innocent or as if they can do as they wish. They can do as they like yes, but not for as long as they like! For one day it will all come back to haunt them.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
But those who believe and work righteousness,- no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear,- they will be Companions of the Garden, therein to dwell (for ever). 7:42.
It is no shame on a believer if the devil’s formula, of envy enters into their hearts and if they accept it in good faith by turning around and using it to their advantage. Example: If one cannot recite Al-Qur’an and he or she saw someone who has converted to Islam and is making the effort to learn Al-Qur’an, and they say to themselves “Wow, I am so envious of that person, I really admire the way that he or she is trying to learn Al-Qur’an and I am a Muslim, born into Islam and have never made the effort to learn Al-Qur’an myself. I should make the effort and start now”. This type of envy, which is used to motivate one to do a good deed, is using envy in a positive way, and there is nothing to be ashamed of in doing this. If we accept the envy and jealousy in a negative and arrogant way to go after someone through evil omen or some sort of evil ritual like black magic, obeah, or any type of sorcery then this is what we should be ashamed of. There is no bath or soap that can cleanse us of the Shaitan’s formula, so how can we begin to pray when Allah Almighty ordered us to be clean, and purify ourselves from all these obstacles before we stand in front of Him to pray. He also said it is not turning your face towards East or West that makes you clean, it is your heart and what it contains along with your intentions that make you clean.
If we try to pull someone down from their spiritual status, we are only fooling ourselves. The same way that Shaitan planned to envelope the righteous servants of Allah Almighty with his assaults it is the same way that Almighty Allah planned to envelope His righteous servants with His mercies, guidance, and favors. The believers who stand up firmly in their patience and in their prayers, they are the ones who will achieve Paradise.
We do not need to live with hatred on our minds, for it will bring us nothing but shame and disgrace in this world and in the hereafter.
Good or evil will be embodied in a scroll which will be opened to us in the light on the Day of Judgment. On this blessed Day of Judgment, the people who wasted all of their energy on hatred, or jealousy or other evil actions, their regrets will be too late, with no chance of repentance as well. When their shameful actions will appear to them as bright as the sunlight. The people who are humble and take their complaint to Allah (swt), and those whose eyes are fixed on the hereafter for the enjoyment of Paradise, they will also share in Allah’s (swt) bounty and in His grace with full enjoyment. I hope Insha Allah these small examples will work to help us get rid of the Shaitan’s formula from our hearts. These five categories (Temper, Haste, Hate, Jealously and Envy), is the Shaitan’s pleasure and Almighty Allah’s displeasure. This should be in our minds at all times.