Worldly Life… an Abode of Trial
To make the life of this world an abode of trial it must include temptation and allurement, therefore Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, kept the life of Satan as part of the temptation that man will face in his worldly life. A trial from Allah to test the love for Him within the hearts of His servants. Thus, whoever loves Allah, Almighty Allah will protect him against the temptation and misguidance of Satan. But whoever loves sin – Allah forbid – Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, will empower against him the devils to increase him in sin and disbelief. Recite the Saying of Allah, The Most Exalted (which means):
“Do you not see that We have sent the devils upon the disbelievers, inciting them to [evil] with [constant] incitement? So be not impatient over them. We only count out to them a [limited] number.” (Maryam, 19: 83-84)
So, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, keeps man with those whom he loves. If man loves Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, he will surely be with Allah and Allah will save him from all evil and will drive the devils away from him and will protect him against sin and will open before him the doors to goodness. But if man loves Satan, Allah will leave him to the devils that are His enemies, driving him to sin and making his life a continuous misery and man will heap more sins upon his sins and in the end he will only take with him his evil deeds.
Thus, temptation by Satan was necessary to complete the life experience on the earth, so that Allah puts His servants through a true trial of faith and tests what is within their hearts. There had to be a true experience that man goes through in his life and not just a theoretical one. Talk is one thing and reality is another. For you may say “I will surely do such and such things” and when the time of doing comes you do nothing.
When man shouldered the trust of showing obedience to Allah, he promised to fulfill it perfectly but when came the time of performance he was attracted by worldly life and its temptation and allurement, and he followed Satan and forgot his promise to Allah and forgot His Law.
Therefore, no one should think that Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, just answered an invocation of Satan, but it was for sake of the law that Allah had decreed for worldly life and the trials and tests He prepared for the worldly life of mankind He thus willed to prefect the whole picture.
Thus, the answer agreed with the Will of Allah, all glory is to Him, and was not in response to Satan’s demand of living till Resurrection Day so that worldly temptation continues to the last moment and the trial mankind is put through continues till Resurrection Day.
When Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, decreed that Satan should remain till Resurrection Day, pride filled him once again and he felt that this was his chance to revenge on Adam and his offspring. The Truth [Al-Haqq: one the Beautiful Names of Allah], be ever gloried His Majesty and Might, relates to us in the Noble Qur’an what means:
“[Satan] said, ‘Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path.’” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 16)
But how did Satan enter the door of tempting mankind? And with what did he enter? We learn how by reading the glorious Ayah that quotes Satan’s words to the Lord of Majesty saying (what means):
“[Iblees] said, ‘By your might, I will surely mislead them all.” (Sâd, 38: 82).
He entered through the door of the Might of Allah, all praise and glory is to Him; that Allah is All-Mighty and superbly beyond need of any of His creatures. In other words, Satan said: O Lord, if you needed them to be obedient, I could not have led astray any of them, but You are All-Mighty, richly above all Your creatures. Their obedience adds nothing to Your Kingdom and their disobedience detracts nothing from Your Kingdom, thus by Your Might I will lead them all astray, I will adorn for them evil and I will sit in wait against them on every straight path. As to crooked paths no need for the devils to sit on them. For instance, the devil does not sit at the doors of bars nor at the dens of vice, for the people who frequent such places have already become the soldiers of Satan, and thus in no need of further temptation or evil whispering.