وَ لَا تَتَّبِعُو خُتُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ، اِنَهُ و لَكٌمْ عَدُوُّ مُبِيْنٌ
Reference in Qura'an: 2:168 ,2:208, 6:142
And don't follow the footsteps of Satan, Indeed he is to you a clear enemy
This verse is repeated several times in Qura'an.
This verse of Qura'an stresses on the fact of that Satan is
ie, a clear enemy to man
Also footsteps of Satan will take you to a destination which you will never expect yourself to be at
Story of Barsisa . The Renegade
Barsisa was a monk
He used to pray Allah SWT alone
He had had his personal temple where he used his days and nights for the worship of Allah SWT.
Some say that he had been a strict worshiper for more than 60 years
He was a very pious man. Really very good person
One day 3 brother thought to go on jihad (To fight for Allah SWT) but they were afraid because they had a younger sister who would have been all alone without them, they had no one to care for her
They thought that they should tell Barsisa to take care of their sister, as being most righteous, so that he will take care of their sister
So they went to Barsisa and proposed him the matter
Barsisa at first said , "I seek refuge from Allah SWT" and clearly mentioned no to them
Then Satan came to Barsisa and whispered in his mind,"Oh Barsisa what are you doing, are you gone crazy,these good men are going on a righteous path and you are not helping them,you are the most pious person here, if you won't help them, who will help them, Don't be ridiculous"
Barsisa was inspired by it, so he went to the three brothers and told them,"Go in the path of Allah SWT I will take care of your sister but only on one condition, She will live in my house at the back of my temple and I will provide her food from the door but I will not enter my house or see her."
The three brothers agreed on the condition and in this way Satan made a crave for sins by letting a women to enter his house
The process of providing her food by keeping the food at the door went for some time until Satan once again came and whispered in him," Oh Barsisa what are you doing help the poor girl, at least knock the door before you leave so that she immediately take the food in"
Barsisa started doing what Satan whispered in him and for some time this process continued until Satan once again came and whispered in his mind, "Oh Barsisa what are you doing help the poor girl at least put the food inside the house, keep her covered, you shouldn't make her to be looked by others."
Barsisa got in the whisper and started doing it but he had still not seen her as he used to tell her to be in cover till he drops off the food
This process proceeded for good time until Satan once again came and whispered in his mind, "Oh Barsisa what is going on, help the poor girl she is all alone, She has not made any conversation with any one till his brothers are gone. She is in distress and in a solitude for a quiet long, at least just talk to her for some time"
Barsisa got caught in the whisper and he started talking to her across a curtain until the chats became longer and longer. At the initial he used to talk for less than a minute but later it went for hours and then days until he committed fornication with her and she got pregnant
She got a child
This is why our beloved prophet has said," A place occupied by man and a woman which are not bound by boundary of kinship, such place is under the influence of Satan itself"
Then Satan came to him and whispered,"What will you do to your reputation when his brothers will come. They will kill you for committing adultery with their sister, so before this happens kill the child and also the mother because if you won't kill her she will claim of her child and then tell his brothers that she died because of illness"
Barsisa did as Satan whispered in him
When his brothers came he told them that your sister died because of illness and that is her grave
Satan did not halt his footsteps here .
He went to the three brothers and made them to see a dream of what Barsisa did.
When the three brothers woke up one of them said that today I saw a weird dream and mentioned it to his brothers. The others also claimed of seeing the same.
Then they went to the grave which they saw in their dream and opened it up and found their sister and a child.
They went to Barsisa and told him that they will take him to king and get him crucified for his crime and he was punished to be crucified by the king
The time he was about to be crucified Satan came to him once again in human form and told him that he is Iblees and he is the one who put him in such a mess and he is the one who can help him out of it, all he has to do is just prostrate in front of him so he did the prostration and Satan disappeared and he was crucified
His all worship went in vain because of the footsteps of Satan
Satan never tell you to do a task directly he take an indirect route which no one can understand where it will lead
Allah SWT himself say that he loves those who are involved in sins but repent than those who don't usually do sin but don't repeat
Everyone should understand from the above mentioned verse that how he is involved in the footsteps of Satan because everyone one is involved in it by one or the other way, it may not be the same as I mentioned in the story, it can be some other sin. Analyse over the footsteps and don't do it again
Don't be afraid of the footsteps because Allah is oft returning, essentially merciful and especially merciful. But one must repeat over his sins
Everyone is involved in sins by one or other way