قَالَ فَبِمَا أَغْوَيْتَنِي لَأَقْعُدَنَّ لَهُمْ صِرَاطَكَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
ثُمَّ لَآتِيَنَّهُم مِّن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ أَيْمَانِهِمْ وَعَن شَمَائِلِهِمْ وَلَا تَجِدُ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شَاكِرِينَ
(Iblees) said: “Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.”
“Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones.”
The path to Allaah is traversed through gratitude; that is to say, a mindful love, a receptive awareness, a free flow from a heart free from fear. And so, the one tactic used by iblees to misguide and delude and taint is what? Bifurcation of focus, distraction of energy, neurosis, dissociation, losing inner direction, losing one’s roots. He whips up a sandstorm to smoke you out because that’s all he can do. And all you have to do is remember your heart and love, find hope in being not doing.