“The clever one is he who disciplined himself and worked for what is after death, and the feeble one is he who followed his desires, then made (vain) prayers to Allah.” [Bukhari]
Shaitan tells us everyday, especially now that we've gone through Ramadan -
"You're the best"
"You don't need to change"
"You can make up for it later, just follow your earthly desires and relax"
"You're better than those guys"
This is how Shaitan brings pride inside of us and brings us to think about those around us. Today, most communities aren't that great, as they commit adultery, backbite, slander, etc. We look at these people and think that it is alright to be like them. These sins are in fact so common today that it is easy to follow the footsteps of Shaitan a lot of times. However, are we pleasing Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala)? Is this really what He wants from us?
Repenting is good, but to a limit-
4:18 But repentance is not [accepted] of those who [continue to] do evil deeds up until, when death comes to one of them, he says, "Indeed, I have repented now," or of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful punishment.
The Whispers of Shaitan are horrible. He Whispers to us for his own benefit.
41:36 And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
Here are some of the Whispers of Shaitan that we should avoid:
1. In many places alone, Shaitan wants us to engage in private conversation (when we end up talking to ourselves). Talking to yourself is actually like talking to Shaitan and telling him all of your secrets.
58:7 Have you not considered that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is on the earth? There is in no private conversation three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them - and no less than that and no more except that He is with them [in knowledge] wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did, on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed Allah is, of all things, Knowing.
58:9 O you who have believed, when you converse privately, do not converse about sin and aggression and disobedience to the Messenger but converse about righteousness and piety. And fear Allah , to whom you will be gathered.
58:10 Private conversation is only from Satan that he may grieve those who have believed, but he will not harm them at all except by permission of Allah . And upon Allah let the believers rely.
A very common evil.
2. During Repentance to Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala)
"Evil whispers during prayer and at other times come from the Shaytaan, who is keen to misguide the Muslim and deprive him of good and keep it far away from him. One of the Sahaabah complained to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about waswaas during prayer, and he said: “The Shaytaan comes between me and my prayers and my recitation, confusing me therein.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If he affects you seek refuge in Allah from him and spit drily to your left three times.” He [the Sahaabi] said, I did that and Allah took him away from me.
Also, during Adhan:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "When the Adhan is pronounced Satan takes to his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight in order not to hear the Adhan. When the Adhan is completed he comes back and again takes to his heels when the Iqama is pronounced and after its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the person (to divert his attention from his prayer) and makes him remember things which he does not recall to his mind before the prayer and that causes him to forget how much he has prayed."
This is also very common. A lot of times, people start to Day-Dream during their Namaz. Shame on them - what's the point of praying if we are to think about other worldly issues? The purpose of prayer is to solve them, not to make them worse!
Narrated 'Aisha: I asked Allah's Apostle about looking hither and thither in prayer. He replied, "It is a way of stealing by which Satan takes away (a portion) from the prayer of a person."
Today, we forget about the number of Rakat's that we pray (as an example) and are careless.
Why are these two Whispers so dangerous?
The first whisper, private conversation, is an example of when we fail to realize that Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) is amongst us, and that He Knows every single thing that we're doing. If we bring this fear and consciousness of Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) or taqwa into our lives there will be no need for following Shaitan.
The Quran says-
3:102 O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].
The second whisper, during Salat, is also dangerous. Salat is one of the most important form of repentance. If we do not make it properly, how will Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) forgive us? Think, are your Salat's as appropriate as they should be?
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: “The first thing that Allah made obligatory upon my Ummah was the five prayers; and the first thing from their acts of worship that shall be taken up will be the five prayers; and the first thing that they will be questioned about will be the five prayers.”
Kanzul `Ummal, Volume 7, Tradition 18859
Salat is also one of the Five Pillars of Islam!
Here are some Duas that we should consider as well.
1. "A'oothu billaahi minash-shaytaanir-rajeem" (recite constantly)
I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed devil.
2. The Ayat-Al-Qursi (2:255 Quran) -
Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
3. Know that Shaitan is weak, and that the power of Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) is Greater and Better.
4:76 Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan, etc.). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan); Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan).
And Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) knows best.