وَقَالَ الشَّيۡطٰنُ لَـمَّا قُضِىَ الۡاَمۡرُ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ وَعَدَكُمۡ وَعۡدَ الۡحَـقِّ وَوَعَدْتُّكُمۡ فَاَخۡلَفۡتُكُمۡؕ وَمَا كَانَ لِىَ عَلَيۡكُمۡ مِّنۡ سُلۡطٰنٍ اِلَّاۤ اَنۡ دَعَوۡتُكُمۡ فَاسۡتَجَبۡتُمۡ لِىۡ ۚ فَلَا تَلُوۡمُوۡنِىۡ وَلُوۡمُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَكُمۡ ؕ مَاۤ اَنَا بِمُصۡرِخِكُمۡ وَمَاۤ اَنۡتُمۡ بِمُصۡرِخِىَّ ؕ اِنِّىۡ كَفَرۡتُ بِمَاۤ اَشۡرَكۡتُمُوۡنِ مِنۡ قَبۡلُ ؕ اِنَّ الظّٰلِمِيۡنَ لَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ اَ لِيۡمٌ ﴿14:22﴾
And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.”
SubhanAllah! If we analyse this ayat a more closely, we realise that
Allah swt who is Al Hadi – The Best to Guide, is guiding us and teaching us even through the words of shaitan (satan). In above ayat what we read are the words of shaitan which he will say after the matter will be decided and he will address these words to his followers, who followed his astray path, he will say to them – “Do not blame me, blame yourself, I just invited you and you followed me out of your will, I had no control over you, I just whispered the evil and invited you to the wrong path and you followed me, so don’t blame me now.”
SubhanAllah! If we see deeply then it is indeed in reality the truth that shaitan will speak that day – “Don’t blame me, but blame yourself. I just invited and it was you who had the authority to join or reject me and you followed me.”
The lesson we need to learn from this speech of shaitan is that we should learn to take responsibility of our actions. Today, we live in a world where we see that every now and then, a person is blaming other person for their failures and wrong decisions which they have made in the past!
It is easy to blame others for our faults and shortcomings, failures and wrong decisions, but we need to understand that we should learn to take the responsibility of our actions, wrong decisions as ultimately it was us who were taking the action back then and it is us who are taking the actions right now, so learn to take the responsibility and this is something which even shaitan is teaching us – Don’t blame me, blame yourself and take responsibility of your actions as you were the doer.