Tricks Of Satan In Seducing Humanbeing (Part II)

Fourth: The devil tries to stop a person from performing worships by saying to him that he should use his young energy for earning money now, and that later, after obtaining a comfortable living standard for himself he can perform the acts of worship. One should answer the devil by saying that no one knows when they will pass away. Everyone's time of death was determined by Allahu ta'ala in eternal past. One's death may be very near; therefore, one must perform the worships immediately within their prescribed times. Rasulullah 'sall- Allahu 'alaihi wa sal-lam' states in a hadith-i sharif: "Halakalmusawwifun", which means that those who leave today's work to tomorrow are losers.

Fifth: When the devil cannot stop a person from performing his worships, it will say to him, "Hurry up! Don't delay the salat prayer!", or "Don't be late!" By doing so, it tries to prevent him from performing his worships properly and with due strictness regarding their precepts. One should answer the devil by saying that there are only a few obligatory prayers. Therefore, one should perform them by observing all of its proper conditions. One should go further and tell the devil that a relatively small number of nafila [1] (supererogatory) prayers performed in a manner suitable with their precepts is better than a much greater number of those not so properly performed.

Sixth: The devil tries to make one commit hypocrisy by suggesting to him that he should perform his prayers in such a beautiful way that everyone should admire their beauty. One should answer these suggestions by saying that "no one is capable of doing any goodness or harm to one's self. Since this is the case, doing any goodness or harm to others is out of the question. It would be ridiculous, therefore, to expect something from creatures, who are so powerless. Only Allahu ta'ala, alone, can give goodness or harm to people. Consequently, Allah's seeing a person's prayers is good enough for him."

[1] nafila: the supererogatory, additional; in the shari'at non-fard and non-wajib 'ibadat; the sunnat salats accompanying the daily five salats or any 'ibadat one can perform whenever one wishes.