Befriending The Devil: A Tip For The Lazy Human

by Muslim Pro

What’s that 1 ultimate tip for the lazy human? Be unproductive. That’s a surefire way to decrease the proximity between yourself and the devil. You see, because shaytan’s main objective is to influence the downfall of humans; he’s always plotting ways to make you unproductive, and if you’re successfully caught in his trap, that’s a victory for him.

3 Ways The Devil Will Make You Unproductive

1. Hypocrisy 

You will start pretending to be what you are not. Neither values will match your behavior, nor will your actions match your intentions. Your deeds will not reflect your faith.

حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ دَاوُدَ أَبُو الرَّبِيعِ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْ أَبِي عَامِرٍ أَبُو سُهَيْلٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ آيَةُ الْمُنَافِقِ ثَلاَثٌ، إِذَا حَدَّثَ كَذَبَ، وَإِذَا اؤْتُمِنَ خَانَ، وَإِذَا وَعَدَ أَخْلَفَ ‏”‏‏.نُ جَعْفَرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا نَافِعُ بْنُ مَالِكِ بْنِ

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three: Whenever he speaks he tells a lie; whenever he is entrusted he proves dishonest; whenever he promises he breaks his promise.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 2749]

2. Slacking 

Your world will revolve around the couch. Unhealthy habits and survival chores will be part of your daily life. You will perform tasks without conviction and delay commitments. Allah might disappear from your thoughts, and God-forbid, paradise from your afterlife.

Even the Prophet ﷺ asked for refuge from laziness.

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، حَدَّثَنَا الْمُعْتَمِرُ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبِي قَالَ، سَمِعْتُ أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ يَقُولُ كَانَ نَبِيُّ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْهَرَمِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ ‏”‏‏.‏

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah’s Prophet ﷺ used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and geriatric old age, and seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave, and I seek refuge with You from the afflictions of life and death.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 6367]

3. Demotivation

You will focus your time and energy on doing nothing. You will start becoming physically and mentally disorganized. You will start questioning your self-worth and aimlessly ponder over the purpose of life.

demotivated, islolated, man at table alone in his house

4 Signs of A Lazy Muslim

As the devil and his hold get stronger, your negative emotions will creep deeper. Lethargy, exhaustion, anger, isolation, and emptiness will amplify and start disrupting your life.

حَدَّثَنِي مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَاحِدِ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بُرْدَةَ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا بُرْدَةَ بْنَ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنْ أَبِيهِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَثَلُ الْجَلِيسِ الصَّالِحِ وَالْجَلِيسِ السَّوْءِ كَمَثَلِ صَاحِبِ الْمِسْكِ، وَكِيرِ الْحَدَّادِ، لاَ يَعْدَمُكَ مِنْ صَاحِبِ الْمِسْكِ إِمَّا تَشْتَرِيهِ، أَوْ تَجِدُ رِيحَهُ، وَكِيرُ الْحَدَّادِ يُحْرِقُ بَدَنَكَ أَوْ ثَوْبَكَ أَوْ تَجِدُ مِنْهُ رِيحًا خَبِيثَةً

Narrated Abu Musa:

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 2101]

1. Neglecting Deen

As the devil whispers and creates a strong foothold in your heart, your bond with Allah will weaken, and your acts of worship will lessen.

2. Stop Making Dua

The devil will encourage you to seek material pleasures, and your hands will raise for everything else except dua.

scattering money, wasting, careless bearded muslim man

3. Become Increasingly Impatient

You will demand immediate satisfaction, and your heart will silence the understanding and wisdom that comes with sabr.

4. Submit to The Thought of ‘The Written Destiny

You faithfully begin to practice the religion of your friend, the devil, oblivious to the fact that you are giving up on working hard to create your destiny.

If you find yourself drawing close to these signs, congratulations! You are part of the devil squad. If you are too lazy to pat your back, at least you are acknowledging and aware of the company you keep!

Take A Break

Allah says:

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِى لَشَدِيدٌ

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'”

[Surah Ibrahim 14:7]

Allah also says:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَـٰلِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُۥ حَيَوٰةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ 

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.

[Surah Al-Nahl 16:97]

A Friendly Advice

We are not infallible, but Allah is. So if, there was a slight shift in your heart, try to detach yourself from your current companion and befriend your creator, Al-Ghaffar (The Great Forgiver).

You will find with salah, dua, and sabr that He, Ar-Razzaaq (The Provider) has limitless bounties set aside just for you.

Dear brothers and sisters, there are many excuses to befriend the devil. You just need one reason to turn to Allah — faith. He is Al-Aziz (All-Mighty); He gives you 99 reasons to befriend Him.