Why “I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan” is not enough?

It is not sufficient that a person says, ”I seek refuge with Allāh from the accursed Shaytān,” saying this only with his tongue while he does not leave off evil actions and he stays persistent upon disobedience and sins. Seeking refuge with the tongue is not sufficient and does not benefit. If one seeks refuge with Allāh from the Shaytān, then let him leave off the actions of the Shaytān and let him stay far away from disobedience and sins. And (he must) repent to Allāh عز وجل from what has occurred from him, for nothing is more difficult on the Shaytān than tawbah (repentance). When the believers repent, the Shaytān expresses deep sorrow because his efforts were in vain and were wasted. He rejoices with sins and he rejoices when they fall into acts of disobedience. However, when they repent, they free themselves of him. Thus, he shows great regret and sorrow. Due to this, he says, ”They have broken my back by way of seeking Allāh’s forgiveness.”

Book: Sittings in the Month of Ramadān & A Gift to the People of Īmān in Lessons for the Month of Ramadān (2 Books in One)
Author: Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān
Published by: Authentic Statements Publishing
Translators: Raha Batts and Rasheed Barbee
Page: 90,91

Author: Aarif Billah

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