In the Hereafter, there will be a lot of arguing with
Satan. Many people would justify their sinful acts as a result of being deluded
Furthermore, some people considered Satan as being responsible
for their sins and that he was their controller.
In short, all sinners blamed Satan. Hence, this idea had to
be changed. To do so, Satan himself had to speak and defend himself so he said,
"Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you,
but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, so
you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you,
nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating
me (Satan) as a partner with Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world)."
This was Satan's declaration ......
Although by nature there was hatred inside human beings for
Satan and although he was the enemy of mankind, yet Satan's declaration
appeared to be most reasonable. Satan denied that he had the ability to force
the human race to sin. He refused the notion that he had any power over
mankind. He argued that he only seduced, suggested and ornamented unlawful
deeds to humans.
In other words, Satan used to suggest but it was mankind who
considered and applied the unlawful acts in different forms. Thus those who
blamed Satan and accused him of being
responsible for their sinful acts were merely evading responsibility.
Actually, at first, Satan was an affliction to Adam, then
to mankind as a whole. Satan was not able to force man to commit sins. So if
man sinned then he would be responsible for submitting himself to Satan.
Such submission was not justified, so man would be responsible
for his own actions.