Oh,You Think You Are Different by @RebelliousXIV
Salam Aleyekum brothers and sisters in Islam, today we are having a guest writer. It is a wonderful piece and I just had to share this with everyone of you.
You must be wondering why you would even be compared to the worst and most accursed of creation, Shaytan. I'll tell you how, but first, let's travel back in time, long before The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born, long before Musa (AS) left Egypt, before the flood in the time of Nuh (AS), All the way to the creation of the first man, Adam (AS).
Allah SWT has told us in what means: “Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesa (Jesus) before Allaah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: ‘Be!’ — and he was” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:59]
When Allah taught Adam the names of things and commanded all the angels to prostrate before Adam, all prostrated except Iblees (he was a Jinn residing amongst the angels).
This begs the question, why didn't he prostrate? Allah tells us what Iblees said and why in what means: “ ‘I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay’” [al-A’raaf 7:12]
"...he was proud and was one of the disbelievers” [Read 38:71-74]
Now, to the main issue, do you think you are any different from the Devil? Most people would answer in the affirmative. Oh really? There are many similarities I'd like to show you but I'd like to address just 2 of what I might consider the most popular:
1. Pride: this is the primary reason Iblees disobeyed Allah, plus arrogance. Now think about the people you've looked down on, in your home, school, office, etc. Are you really better than them? You might say yes, but are u really better than them in every aspect? Oh, you think so? Yes, that's the point I'm trying to make here, your similarity with Iblees. We are all Guilty.
2. Racism and all its isms: ‘I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.’ The devil said this.
Hitler thought the Germans were better than the rest of the world "I'm better because I'm white." "I'm better because I'm black."
This is you talking. Now think of those times when you felt you deserved better because you felt you belonged to the better group, or tribe, or nation, or continent? So what does this make you? Guilty.
I could go on and on with the similarities between you and the devil but I guess these two should sink in. So since you are similar to the devil, do you think you deserve a better fate but condemnation? Think about this... You just might be doomed.
Wait! I just found a difference between you and the Devil. The ability to seek forgiveness and repent. This is it! This is all that matters. Remember, if you go towards your Lord, He comes to you even quicker! How blessed are you! That just goes to show how much he loves you.
Run to your Lord...NOW.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful. Owner of the Day of Judgment, Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. Guide us on the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favored; Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray. (Q1 : V1-7)
Follow the writer on Twitter at @RebelliousXIV and me @davies1608