The Interview of Shaytaan (The Cursed One) With Rasulullah (SAW)

As sala’amu alaikum
As a Muslimah, and in Allah’s hand my life and death exist, I would not want to jeopardize my Jannah. Taqwa reside in my heart….
1.) From Kitab Ul-Awwal
2.) Text is from the book An Interview With Shaytaan published by Dabistan E Zehra, Bombay, India.
3.) Copyright WABIL © 1998 Book Published by: Dabistan E Zehra
4.) NOTE: This article is reprinted from ad-Da’wah al lsIamiya – 1st Quarter of 1992 and has been edited to a small degree.
5.) This article has been extracted from Kitab al-Awaa’il and reprinted from Ad-Dawa al-Islamiya – 1st Quarter of 1992 – being edited to a small degree.

Walaikum as salaam
بنت محمد ، وزوجة مولانا محمد شعيبمحتار
The Interview of Shaytaan (The Cursed One) With Rasulullah (SAW)

Once, our beloved Rasulullah (SAW) was walking out with his companions from the back-side of Jannatul Baqi (Medina). As he was stepping out, he saw a very old man with a colorful hat on his head, a colorful belt with diamonds around his waist, a bell in his left hand and a net in his right hand. This old man said, “As-Salaamu alaykum Ya Rasulu-llah” (O Prophet of Allah, may the peace of Allah be upon you) to our beloved Rasulullah (SAW). Rasulullah (SAW) did not reply to his salaam. This old man knew very well why our Rasulullah (SAW) did not return his salaam. After all, this old man was not like any other man, he was Shaytaan, the cursed one. Then Shaytaan said, “Salaamu-llahi Alaykum Ya Rasulu-llah” (Allah’s peace be upon you Oh Prophet of Allah). Then our Rasulullah (SAW) accepted his salaam. Now the companions of the Rasulullah (SAW) understood that this was the cursed one, Shaytaan, and they were all surprised to see the cursed one personally. Without any fruitful results, Shaytaan attempted to misguide even the Prophets and Imams (AS). Shaytaan, the cursed one, used meet with the Prophets (AS) to answer their questions. In fact, it was obligatory on him (the cursed Shaytaan) to answer the questions of the Messengers of Allah.
Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW) though he possessed full knowledge, asked Shaytaan the following questions for the sake of his companions:

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Oh Shaytaan, what is this hat?”

Shaytaan, the cursed one: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), My colorful hat is this world. I present this world with all transient materialistic goods, perishable benefits, and temporary enjoyments. Once a person gets caught by this colorful hat of mine, then that person stays in my control and forgets all about the Hereafter.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What is this belt you are wearing with gold and diamonds around your waist?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet (SAW), this is my second weapon which keeps my back bone strong. Oh Prophet (SAW), when believers do not fall into my trap by my hat then I use this weapon.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “But what is it?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet (SAW), these are the materialistic unveiled women of this world. Through these women I deceive the believers.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, what is this bell you are holding in your left hand?”

Shaytaan: “This is a bell through which I destroy the faith (Imaan) of the believers.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “How do you do that?”

Shaytaan: “Whenever I see believe arguing, getting into minor verbal antagonisms or disagreements with each other, then I ring this bell. As I ring this bell, these believers get into major verbal fights and start saying things to each other (such as backbiting, false accusations, or using bad language), due to which their own faith disappears from their hearts.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What is this net you are holding?”

Shaytaan: “When I see the believers not getting trapped by any of my weapons, then I throw this net at them as my last weapon.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “But what is this net?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), this is Riya! (Performing good deeds only to show people). Whenever I see that your believers are performing all the good deeds and that they are not getting caught by my weapons, then I throw this net at them. By stepping into this net their good deeds, which the performed for Allah, become invalid. Because the believers gradually develop an ego in themselves while performing their Prayers, observing Fasts, performing Hajj, paying Zakaat and Khums, and several other duties towards Allah. They perform all these and other good deeds; but after they get caught by my net, they show their good deeds to others and think that they have done a favor for Allah by performing such good deeds. They tell people when they perform night prayers. They tell people when they fast. They tell people when they go to Hajj. They give money in charity but only to show off or for their own personal interest. This is how they eventually feel superior to those people whom they know are not performing these good deeds. All these actions, which take place after they step into my net, makes their good deeds go to waste.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Tell me one more thing. Now that you have spent so much of your time in this life with your bad deeds, do you have any friends?”

Shaytaan: “Although I visit all the houses and people in general, there are 11 types of people that are my best friends and companions. And there are 15 types of people that I hate the most. Oh Prophet (SAW), keep in mind that a person who is my friend is an enemy of Allah, and a person who is my enemy is a friend of Allah.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Tell me who are your friends, and who are your enemies?”

Shaytaan: Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), first I have 15 enemies:

1) My 1st enemy is you and your Ahlul Bayt; if it were not for you and your Ahlul-Bayt, my mission would have been quite successful. There would not have been even a single believer. But you brought the religion of Allah (Islam) to this world and you made people believers of Allah’s communication.

2) My 2nd enemy is that just ruler who rules a nation with complete justice.

3) My 3rd enemy is that rich person who does not have any ego nor feels super to poor people around him.

4) My 4th enemy is that businessman who conducts his business with justice.

5) My 5th enemy is that scholar (Aalim) who fears Allah and practices what he preaches.

6) My 6th enemy is that specific believer who works to show others the path of truth. Who offers the knowledge of obligatory (Wajibaat) and forbidden (Haraam) duties of Allah. This Person is undoing, all of my hard work.

7) My 7th enemy is that person who doesn’t listen to what is forbidden, doesn’t look at what is forbidden, and doesn’t eat what is forbidden.

8) My 8th enemy is that believer who keeps himself clean all the time. A person who remains in Wudhu and who wears clean clothes.

9) My 9th enemy is that person who has a big heart, who spends his money the sake of Allah.

10) My 10th enemy is that person who gives charity (Sadaqah) only in the name of Allah.

11) My 11th enemy is that person who reads, memorizes and acts according to Qur’an.

12) My 12th enemy is that person who recites Salaat Al Layl (prayers recited after midnight and before the Salaat of Fajr). I am always afraid of this person.

13) My 13th enemy is that person who pays his Khums, Zakaat, and other obligatory Sadaqah.

14) My 14th enemy is that person who observes Hijab (veil), and safeguards her Hijab.

15) My 15th enemy is he who performs his worship (Ibaadat) without having any thoughts except for the thoughts of Allah.

 Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, who are your eleven friends?

Shaytaan: Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), my friends are:

1) 1st, is that leader who is an oppressor.

2) My 2nd friend is that businessman who does his business by deceiving his customers.

3) My 3rd friend is that believer who drinks alcohol.

4) My 4th friend is that rich person who is proud of his wealth and who angrily refuses to give money in charity to the poor and needy.

5) My 5th friend is that person who does backbiting, who talks in such a way that enmity increases between the people, and who reveals the defects of people.

6) My 6th friend is that person who kills another human being for any reason other than for Allah.

7) My 7th friend is that person who snatches away the belongings of an orphan.

8) My 8th friend is that person whose livelihood is based on collecting interest.

9) My 9th friend is that person who gives more importance to his worldly life rather than giving importance to his life after death. This friend of mine prefers to perform those deeds which he knows will bring benefits in this world, but in the hereafter, such deeds will bring loss.

10) My 10th friend is that person who keeps long hopes and delays in asking for forgiveness from Allah.

11) My 11th friend is that person who helps women increase their interest in performing magic on people.

These are my eleven friends who are the worst enemies of Allah.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, tell us why you stop my followers from offering their prayers? What benefit do you get out of it?’

Shaytaan: “Whenever your follower recites prayers, my body gets feverish and it starts to shiver; and with a sick body I can not deceive your followers from obeying Allah.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Why do you stop my followers from observing their fasts during the month of Ramadan?”

Shaytaan: “I can’t deceive them during time they fast because I’m thrown into prison and I can’t misguide them.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “When my followers prepare to fight Allah’s way, why do you stop them?”

Shaytaan: “When they go to fight for Allah’s sake, my hands are tied to my neck, and I can’t deceive them by having my hands tied to my neck.

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Why do you prevent my followers from performing Hajj?”

Shaytaan: “When they go for Hajj, their movement of going towards Hajj ties my legs. And with my legs tied, I cannot misguide your followers from obeying Allah’s commands.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Why do you prevent my followers from reciting the Qur’an?”

Shaytaan: “When they recite the Qur’an, my existence turns into non-existence. And without having any existence, how can I deceive your followers from living according to the will of Allah?”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Why do you prevent my followers from offering Du’aa?”

Shaytaan: “When they recite Dua I become deaf and dumb. How can I deceive your followers without having the ability to speak and the ability to listen?”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, tell me why you prevent my followers from paying Sadaqah?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), when your followers pay Sadaqah (giving money in charity), it is as if I am being cut in two with a saw, and one piece is thrown to the East and the other piece to the West.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Why do you get such a strong blow when my followers pay Sadaqah? Why do you get cut into two pieces?”

Shaytaan: “Whenever a person gives his money in charity, that person receives three benefits m Allah. The first benefit such a person receives is that Allah becomes his borrower. The second benefit is that Allah makes Heaven his inheritance (such that he will be called an owner of Heaven). And the third benefit is that Allah increases his wealth 700 times, which in turn this person uses the increased wealth for charity.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Now tell me when does a person who is my follower get under your total control?”

Shaytaan, the cursed one: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), your follower gets under my total control when they perform three things. The first thing is that when your follower becomes stingy he gets under my total control. Stinginess is the root of all sin, which makes a person perform all types of other sins. The second thing is that when a person starts forgiving his own sins. This person performs deeds that are against the will of Allah. Then he does not remember them nor does he ask for forgiveness. At that time he comes under my absolute control. And the third thing is that when a person gambles. Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), any person who performs these three deeds falls under my absolute control.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, you know that Allah has given my followers the strong weapon of repentance. Whenever my followers ask for true forgiveness with an intention of not repeating that sin, Allah forgives them. How do you deal with this problem?”

Shaytaan: “I know Oh Prophet (SAW), Allah has given them this strong weapon, but I have prepared myself to confront your followers with their strong weapon.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What method do you have through which you prevent my followers from asking for forgiveness?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), to deal with this problem I have created four different units. Each unit deals with a different age group of your followers. In each group I make your followers perform such deeds which makes their repentance invalid.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What are these units?”

Shaytan: In the 1st unit I occupy your old men in four sins. I make them lie, I make them accuse someone of something which they have not done, I make them testify falsely and I make them perform prayers without having the complete knowledge of the laws of performing prayers. Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), your old men will be offering duas and reciting obligatory prayers; but if you talk to them you will hear them talking bad about other people, falsely attributing bad deeds to other people without having any knowledge about those people, and reciting obligatory prayers without knowing all the laws of prayers. Your old men will not try to learn the laws of prayers because of their pride (ego). Whenever some young men from your Ummah try to explain the right way of performing Wudhu, your old men will get mad and say, “You have just entered Islam, and now you are trying to teach us how to perform Wudhu?” my 2nd unit is that which takes care of your young men. I do not prevent them from reciting prayers, performing Hajj or anything else; except that I lure them into two things. First, I make them look at things that are forbidden for them; and secondly, I make them listen to those things that are forbidden for them. My 3rd unit is that which deceives your old women. I entice them to backbite, to falsely accuse others, to destroy the character of men and women and to perform magic on the people. My 4th unit is not active because it is suppose to take care of the young women of your Ummah. Since all of your young girls are already my soldiers and I have a strong hold over them, I do not have a hard time deceiving them. However, sometimes I may find one girl in a thousand that is following your way of life and I will not be able to do anything to deceive her.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, tell me do you get upset when you see any of your soldiers fleeing from you and following Allah’s commands?”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), I do not get upset. I wait until that person performs any good deed, and then I go to that person again and deceive him to believe that he has done a favor for Allah by performing that good deed.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “You make that person feel that he has done a favor for Allah?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW). That person goes around after performing a good deed telling people what he has done. Such as, he recited prayers, observed fasts, paid so much money in charity, or helped someone in their time of need.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, how do you deceive those followers of mine who try their best not to be deceived by you?”

Shaytaan: “Allah made one deed, which if your followers perform with the right intention and at the right time, then they can never be deceived me. And that deed is obligatory prayers. But to solve this problem, what I did was that with every one your followers I have assigned to them one of my soldiers, whose name is Mutawaqee. And his job is make your followers procrastinate and to preoccupy them in such activities due to which they will recite their prayers at the last minute. And when your follow recite their prayers at this time, they recite it in such a manner that their prayers are not acceptable to Allah.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, since you know so much about Islam and its followers, why don’t you ask Allah for forgiveness?”

Shaytaan: Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), Allah does not want me to ask for forgiveness, so what can I do?”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, I heard that sometimes you feel as if someone has thrown a heavy stone on your head, which breaks your head into several pieces.”

Shaytaan: “Oh Prophet of Allah (SAW), yes it is true. Whenever your follower truly repents to Allah, I feel like that.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, I heard that sometimes you feel as if your body is being cut into several pieces.”

Shaytaan: “Yes, when your followers go out to fight for the sake of Allah, I feel like that.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “I heard that sometimes you feel someone is slapping you.”

Shaytaan: “Yes, when your followers recite the Qur’an with correct pronunciation.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “When are you thrown to the lowest pit of hell?”

Shaytaan: “When your followers perform good deeds towards their parents or relatives.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “I heard that sometimes you feel a great pain in your whole body.”

Shaytaan: “Yes, when your followers give charity without showing off.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “I heard that sometimes you feel as if someone is whipping you.”

Shaytaan: “Yes, when your follower sees a non Mehram (a girl with whom a man can marry) and then he immediately casts his eyes down.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Who do you like the best among my followers?”

Shaytaan: “That person who does business by deceiving people.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “When do you get hurt the most?”

Shaytaan: “When your followers remember Allah day and night.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Whom do you fear the most?”

Shaytaan: “I fear those men who recite prayers in the first row of congregation (Jama`ah).”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Which people among my followers have you chosen to be your permanent soldiers?”

Shaytaan: “Any of your followers who use any type of intoxicating beverages.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Which person makes you laugh?”

Shaytaan: “That person who encourages others to commit sins.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “With whom do you speak the most?”

Shaytaan: “A person who lies the most.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Who is the most pleasing to you?”

Shaytaan: “Any man who divorces an innocent women.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Do you have any more friends?”

Shaytaan: Yes, that person who delays in offering his obligatory prayers.

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytan, where do you stay the most?”

Shaytaan: “A place where non Mehram men and women get together without any separation or observing Hijab that is my place of stay.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Where do you meet people?”

Shaytaan: “Bazaars (shopping malls); I try to make buyers deceive sellers and sellers deceive buyers. I also encourage men to do their business with women and women to do their business with men. I persuade people to all types of sins in bazaars.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What do you read?”

Shaytaan: “I read songs.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What is your way of calling people towards committing sins?”

Shaytaan: “Music and songs; whenever your followers listen to music they come toward me.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What is your book?”

Shaytaan: “Playing cards are my book.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Who is your helper?”

Shaytaan: “Any person who contributes to the defeat of your Muslims.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What do you eat?”

Shaytaan: “I eat everything that is obtained by forbidden earnings or by not paying Khums.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What do you drink”

Shaytaan: “I drink alcohol.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What is your dessert?”

Shaytaan: “Backbiting.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Do you have any desires?”

Shaytaan: “Every false commitment is my desire.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Are you thankful for anything?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, I am thankful to those men and women who indulge in sins after asking Allah for forgiveness.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Do you relax?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, when your followers miss Fajr (morning) prayers.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Do you get any rewards from my followers?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, whenever your followers break their relationships with relatives or neighbors.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Do you have any companions?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, that person who is intermitting with his wife without saying “Bismi-llahir Rahmanir Raheem” and that person whose earnings is through un-Islamic means.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “What deed of my follower makes you angry?”

Shaytaan: “When a mother tries to make her son (or daughter) fast or offer prayers.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Are there any men among my followers whom you cannot possibly misguide?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, any man who does not intentionally look at a non-Mehram.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Are there any women among my followers whom you can’t misguide?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, that woman who observes Hijab and who listens to her husband.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Shaytaan, Out of the men and women you have described, do you have any special men women that you love the most?”

Shaytaan: “Yes! Among women I love those women who do not observe Hijab. And among men, those who are proud and those who are sinful Ulama (religious scholars).”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Which men do you hate the most?”

Shaytaan: “Four Men: The 1st  are humble rich men. The 2nd are Ulama who practice at they preach. The 3rd are young men who ask for forgiveness. And the 4th  are old men who fear Allah.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW): “Are you alone or do you have any companions?”

Shaytaan: “Yes, I have some companions who gather at the mosques in order to deceive its visitors. My companions make the visitors talk about things that give them bad deeds instead of good deeds. Other companions make your wise followers think of their bad deeds as few and their good deeds as many. And other companions, when they see someone giving money in charity or helping someone for the sake of Allah, they entice that person to tell others of his charity and good deeds.

Then Shaytaan said: “O Prophet of Allah (SAW), I have talked to you in much detail. I would like to tell you that you are working towards taking people to heaven and I am working towards taking people to hell.” After this, Shaytan, the cursed one gave Salaams to our beloved Prophet (SAW) and disappeared.

(From Kitab Al Awaa’il)

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2 comments on “The Interview of Shaytaan (The Cursed One) With Rasulullah (SAW)

  1. Rashid Ahmed says:

    this is a very good reaserch may Allah give ager to the writer

  2. Abdulkader says:

    What an interview. Thank you so much for sharing with us this very educational essay/prose/interview/hadith. Its one of the best i have ever read

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