Allah, praise and glory is to Him, wants us to know that the trial of Satan expels us from the blessing of assignment (enjoined duties) that would lead us to the Paradise of Eternity in the Hereafter. Afterwards, Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, says (what means):
“Indeed, he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you do not see them.” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 27)
This part of the Ayah means that the devil sees us but we do not see him, and that gives him the power of exercising temptation. Because as long as we cannot see him, we cannot know from where he will come or notice that he is whispering evil to us.
But did Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, desert us alone with Satan, to lure us and lead us astray? Or did He create protection for us?
By His Justice, Allah, be ever gloried His Majesty and Might, granted us protection against diabolic insinuations and from all this evil. This protection can only be through close abidance by the Law of Allah. Whoever adheres firmly and sincerely to the Law of Allah, the devil will never be able to reach him nor tempt him. Therefore, we find a confession of Satan that he cannot approach those who are loyal to Allah and hold fast to His Law, because such people are protected against him by their abidance by the Law of Allah in the glorious Ayah saying (what means):
“[Iblees] said, ‘By your might, I will surely mislead them all, except, among them, Your chosen servants.’” (Sâd, 38: 82-83)
Then, comes the Saying of Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, which means:
“Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators.” (Al-Hijr, 15: 42)
Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, has guaranteed protection to every servant who sincerely believe in Him and who sincerely worship Him. Allah, The Most Exalted and Ever-Majestic, guards the believers against satanic temptation. Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says about the description of the believer (what means):
“Indeed, those who fear Allah – when an evil thought comes to them from Satan, they remember [Allah] and at once they have insight.” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 201)
This means that when Satan comes to the pious, believing servants of Allah, Allah never leaves them, but He makes them remember His Law, only then do they see the truth and they return to closely following the Law. As if the one who follows the devil is like the blind, who sees nothing thus move confusedly, stumbling and falling. Satan strives to blind the sight and insight, to keep us from seeing the truth and the Signs of Allah in His Universe, and be only in the dark.
The Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, presents to us this picture while depicting to us the followers of Satan in the Hereafter in the Ayah saying (what means):
“He will say, ‘My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?’ [Allah] will say, ‘Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.’” (Tâ-Hâ, 20: 125-126)
Thus, the mission of Satan is to make people blind to the Signs of Allah in the universe and deprive them from perceiving the greatness or mightiness of The Creator, all praise and glory is to Him. Blindness to these signs makes man forget his submissiveness to Allah and makes him regard worldly life as an end and not only as a means to the Hereafter. This way man tries to take from worldly life all he can, be it lawfully or unlawfully. For as long as there is only worldly life for him, his goal is to seize of it all it can offer either lawfully or unlawfully. The thing most important for him and his gauge of success is what he realizes of desires and whims, thefts and bribes etc.
Such a group of people when comes to the Hereafter, Allah raises them up blind, seeing nothing, stumbling and falling. When they shall ask about the reason of this blindness after being endowed with eyesight in worldly life, Allah will answer them saying that they were surely blind in worldly life. They truly had eyes but they did not see with them the proofs, evidences, signs, revelations of Allah is His Universe, therefore they gave free reign to sin and disbelief. And as they forgot the Signs of Allah in the life of this world, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, will forget them in the Hereafter, so they will not attain His Mercy on that Day. Therefore, Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says (what means):
“And whoever is blind in this [life] will be blind in the Hereafter and more astray in way.” (Al-Isrâ’, 17: 72)
Blindness in this glorious Ayah does not mean loss of sight but rather means loss of insight by which man sees the Signs of Allah that urge him to belief and obedience to the Divine Law.
From the Mercy of Allah is that He exposed before us the ways of Satan and how he lures mankind, and He has clarified how Satan stealthily steals in the human soul and the wiles by which he leads man into error. Allah has clarified all this to warn us against satanic inlets into the human soul in order to bar all these inlets so that Satan never approaches our souls….so what are these inlets?