We did not wrong them; rather they wronged themselves... (Surah Hud, 101)
People tend first to blame other people rather than themselves whenever they encounter a difficulty. They maintain that they have made mistakes because of something done by other people. Whereas they should be seeking the real problem within themselves. Because the material and spiritual harm that one can inflict on oneself can assume far greater dimensions than that stemming from other people.Satan and lower self are entities specially created by God in order to test us. To the end of one’s life they strive to lead one into negativity. Allowing oneself to be misled by any of the promptings of satan or one's lower selfs can result in the very gravest harm.
God has revealed in the Qur’an that everyone who seeks refuge in Him and who thinks in the light of the Qur’an can easily be saved from these negative promptings. Wasting time on false whisperings, negative feelings and a mindset inspired by satan that shatters one’s courage and leaves one in a state of bewilderment seriously impinges on one’s physical and mental vitality and, most important of all, is incompatible with Qur’anic moral values.
It is wrong for a believer to allow himself to be bound hand and foot by such a state of affairs that obviously originates from satan. It is the height of stupidity to knowingly allow oneself to be drawn into a system that will conflict with Qur’anic moral values and do grave harm to one. Moreover, a believer has no time to waste on idle whisperings, to invent artificial problems for himself and then seek to resolve them. The life of this world is very short and believers’ responsibilities do not permit them to waste time in this way. The existence of people all over the world who live far removed from the moral values of the Qur’an, and the fact that Muslims are oppressed in many parts of the world, stirs the believer’s conscience. He will refuse to waste even a single moment on the hollow fripperies of earthly desires.