14 February 2014 CE | 12 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Iblees Leads Assault

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Iblees sets up his throne on the water, then he sends out his raiding parties. The closest to him of these troops are the ones who cause the most tribulation (fitnah). One of them comes and says, ‘I have done such and such.’ He (the Shaytaan) says, ‘You have not done much.’ Then another one comes and says, ‘I didn’t leave him alone until I created troubles and caused division between him and his wife.’ Then he comes close to him and says, ‘How good you are.’” [Saheeh Muslim]

It’s chilling to see how evil Iblees is!

Iblees is the one who is planning and leading the battle against mankind. From his base, he sends out troops and raiding parties in all directions, and he holds gatherings with his troops and armies to discuss what they have done. He praises those who have done well and succeeded in misleading and tempting people.

However, the devil whom he honours the most is the one who causes misunderstandings between husband and wife. This is the greatest tribulation (fitnah) for society as it shakes its foundations. The worst societies on earth are those where the institution of marriage is in worst shape. When husband and wife aren’t in harmony their children and a lot of other people become vulnerable to Shaitaan’s attacks.

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