The Deception of Shaitan
Shaitan does NOT attack one is who is far from Allah. Hence, the one going to discos, movies, etc. is less under attack. After all, that person is already heading on the slippery path to hell. So why does shaitaan need to put his efforts on such a person.
Rather, shaitaan puts his efforts on the one who is getting closer to Allah, closer to Jannat and further away from hell. In this regard, shaitaan tries very hard to sow seeds of doubt and confusion in the hearts of those who start making zikr earnestly. Why does he do this? When a person makes Zikr, then Shaitan runs away from him as is explained in the Hadith.
Some Common Doubts that Shaitan Uses
Shaitaan sometimes whispers doubts in our hearts. At other times he will uses friends, family and even scholars of deen to sow doubts in our heart. We have to be very CARFEFUL. If such a doubt occurs, then we need to clear the doubt by asking a specialist in the field. If a person has a heart problem, he will not turn to a top lawyer (no matter how good the lawyer is) but will go to a heart specialist. Similarly when a person needs clarity regarding zikr, bay'ah and tassawuf, then he should go to his Sheikh who is an expert in the field to clear his mind.
Deception #1: Is Bay'ah a Sunnah?
People raise objections to many practices of the masha'ikh such as taking bay'ah, even though bay'ah is deeply rooted in the Quran and the Sunnah. In Surah Mumtahana, Allah I says:
(O Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam),), when the believing women come to you pledging to you that they will not associate anything with Allah, nor will they steal, nor will they commit unlawful sexual intercourse, nor will they kill their children, nor will they bring forth a slander they have invented between their arms and legs, nor will they disobey you in what is right - then accept their pledge and ask forgiveness for them of Allah . Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
In a hadith of Bukhari it says:
Ubadah bin Saamit t that participated in the Battle of Badr and was one of the leaders in the night of Aqabah, narrates that once when the Sahaba t had gathered close by him the Blessed Prophet r said:
“Come take bay'ah to me upon the belief that you will not equate anything with Allah, will not steal, fornicate, or murder your own children. And that you will not accuse anyone of anything and will not stand against one who speaks the truth. Whosoever fulfills this bay'ah will receive the reward from Allah and whosoever commits anyone of these will taste retribution in this world. This punishment in the world will be atonement for his sin. And if Allah hides his sin, He may forgive or punish in the Akhirah. This is Allah’s discretion.”
Hadhrat Ubaidah t says, “We made bayah to the Blessed Prophet r on these deeds.”
This bay'ah was not bay'ah of Islam or bay'ah to struggle in the path of Allah Y. It is the bay'ah made by the masha'ikh to emphasize practicing upon the tenets and commandments of Islam.
Shah Waliullah Dehlavi wrote extensively in his book Al-Qaul Al-Jameel on the subject of bay'ah; this was later translated into the book Al-Shifa-ul-A’leel. He says: Allah I said:
“Verily those people who took bay'ah in your hands took bay'ah in the Hands of Allah. The Hands of Allah is upon their hands therefore, those who break the oath break it to their own detriment and those who fulfill the oath will, verily, receive a great reward from Allah I.”
Deception #2: The Zikr Majlis is Bid'at
Allah's pleasure and His angels surround the zaakir and Allah Taala praises them to His angels
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu anhu) and Hazrat Abu Saeed (Radiallahu anhu) both bore testimony to having heard from Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam), that the gathering engaged in Zikr of Almighty Allah is surrounded by the angels on all sides, the grace of Allah and 'Sakina' (peace and tranquility) descend upon them, and Almighty Allah speaks about them, by way of appreciation, to His angels."
(Faza'il Amal, Virtues of Zikr, Hadith 8, by Hazrath Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah alyahi)
High Ranks for those Gathering for Zikr
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had said, "Almighty Allah will, on the Day of Resurrection, resurrect certain groups of people in such a state that their faces will be radiant with light, they will be sitting on pulpits of pearls and others will envy their lot. They will neither be from among the Prophets nor from among the martyrs." Somebody asked the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to let him have more details about these people, so that he may be able to recognize them. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) replied, "They will be the people who belong to different families and different places, but assemble at one place for the love of Almighty Allah and are engaged in His zikr."
(Faza'il Amal, Virtues of Zikr, Hadith 12, by Hazrath Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah alyahi)
Loud Zikr in the Musjid
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was in his house when the verse, "Keep yourself bound to the company of those who invoke their Lord. morning and evening" was revealed to him. On this revelation he went out in search of such people; he found a group of men who were engaged in zikr. Some of them were with disheveled hair, parched skins and clad in a single cloth i.e. except for the loin cloth. The whole body was naked. On seeing them, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) sat down by them and said. "All praise is for Allah who has created in my ummah such people that I have been ordered to sit in their company." According to another hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) went out in search of them and found them in the furthest part of the mosque. where they were busy in zikr of Almighty Allah. He said. "All praise is for Allah Who has created. during my lifetime such people that I have been ordered to sit with them."
Then he continued. "My life and death is with you" (i.e. You are my companions in life and death.) It is mentioned in one hadith that a group of Sahabah, including Hadhrat Salmaan Faarsi (Radhiyallahu anhu) were engaged in zikr of Allah. when Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) came to them. They all became silent (in other words they were making zikr loudly in the musjid. You can't become silent if you were making zikr softly). In reply to his enquiry as to what they were doing, they submitted that they were practising zikr of Allah. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said. "I saw that the mercy of Allah was descending upon you and so I desired that I should join your company."
(Faza'il Amal, Virtues of Zikr, Hadith 18, by Hazrath Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah alyahi)
My dear friend, hold steadfast onto the teachings of the Quran & Sunnat. If you are start listening to so and so and to the whispering of shaitan, your Imaan could be in danger. Do consult with Masha'ikh and clear any doubts.