Among the many tricks is that Satan and his followers don't project their opposition to God and His ethics in a direct, straightforward manner. They would rather scheme while using the language of love & guidance and acting in compliance with the straight path. They would not bluntly ask us to follow them. Instead, while we are striving in to stay on God's path, they would confuse the divine teachings for us through seemingly "constructive" & "healthy" criticism . They manage to intimidate some through confounding their ideologies and agendas with the divine truth or by SELECTIVELY upholding certain values and or certain verses from Quran to draw wrong conclusions without considering the entire context of Quran.
Deceived by such fake or baseless justifications, some of us might ignore, reject, or violate certain divine teachings and gradually lose their guidance. Once we start adopting their twisted reasoning instead of God's, Satan & party rejoice and inflate our egos to make us feel "amazing" & "awesome" about ourselves and take our Submission for granted without REEVALUATION. They make us believe we are real submitters on the right path, while we are starting to PARTIALLY live a fake world; illusion.
[18:103] Say, "Shall I tell you who the worst losers are?
[18:104] "They are the ones whose works in this life are totally astray, but they think that they are doing good."
[18:105] Such are the ones who disbelieved in the revelations of their Lord and in meeting Him. Therefore, their works are in vain; on the Day of Resurrection, they have no weight.
[35:8] Note the one whose evil work is adorned in his eyes, until he thinks that it is righteous. GOD thus sends astray whoever wills (to go astray), and He guides whoever wills (to be guided). Therefore, do not grieve over them. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.
[3:23] Have you noted those who were given part of the scripture, and how they are invited to uphold this scripture of GOD, and apply it to their own lives, then some of them turn away in aversion?
[15:90] We will deal with the dividers.
[15:91] They accept the Quran only partially.
[15:92] By your Lord, we will question them all,
[15:93] about everything they have done.
[2:42] Do not confound the truth with falsehood, nor shall you conceal the truth, knowingly.
As indicated in 18:103-105 and 35:8, deception pushes some harder into this illusion despite the divine warnings to pay attention. Before they know it, this fake world becomes adorned by the logic of the devil, then, God leads them on - an unchangeable divine consequence of their choice and the continued failure to REEVALUATE direction and repent for mistakes (4:120, 17:64, 24:39, 19:75). They walk on earth acting as victorious, powerful, righteous, content submitters in parts of the day while they are blind egoistic transgressors during others! They turn into FAKE ENTITIES promoting FAKE PRINCIPLES. A tragic loss! The following portrays the reality of becoming fake believers partially tricked by the illusion of Satan and failing to repent :
[13:33] ... Indeed, the schemes of those who disbelieve have been adorned in their eyes. They are thus diverted from the right path. Whomever GOD sends astray can never find a guiding teacher.
[4:60] Have you noted those who claim that they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, then uphold the unjust laws of their idols? They were commanded to reject such laws. Indeed, it is the devil's wish to lead them far astray.
[63:4] When you see them, you may be impressed by their looks. And when they speak, you may listen to their eloquence. They are like standing logs. They think that every call is intended against them. These are the real enemies; beware of them. GOD condemns them; they have deviated.
[57:14] They will call upon them, "Were we not with you?" They will answer, "Yes, but you cheated your souls, hesitated, doubted, and became misled by wishful thinking, until GOD's judgment came. You were diverted from GOD by illusions.
[2:9] In trying to deceive GOD and those who believe, they only deceive themselves without perceiving.
[2:10] In their minds there is a disease. Consequently, GOD augments their disease. They have incurred a painful retribution for their lying.
[2:12] In fact, they are evildoers, but they do not perceive.
[35:39] He is the One who made you inheritors of the earth. Subsequently, whoever chooses to disbelieve does so to his own detriment. The disbelief of the disbelievers only augments their Lord's abhorrence towards them. The disbelief of the disbelievers plunges them deeper into loss.
[9:9] They traded away GOD's revelations for a cheap price. Consequently, they repulsed the people from His path. Miserable indeed is what they did!
[22:12] He idolizes beside GOD what possesses no power to harm him or benefit him; such is the real straying.
[22:13] He idolizes what is more apt to harm him than benefit him. What a miserable lord! What a miserable companion!
As submitters struggling to hold fast to the rope of God, we should be armed with knowledge to recognize and disown these fake entities and the fake values they offer in the name of "divinity", "guidance" and "reverence". The absolute truth is the proven word of God. This is the ONLY and ULTIMATE scale that would distinguish fake and true.
[10:32] Such is GOD, your rightful Lord. What is there after the truth, except falsehood? How could you disregard all this?
[10:36] Most of them follow nothing but conjecture, and conjecture is no substitute for the truth. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.
[14:27] GOD strengthens those who believe with the proven word, in this life and in the Hereafter. And GOD sends the transgressors astray. Everything is in accordance with God's will.
[22:62] It is a fact that GOD is the Truth, while the setting up of any idols beside Him constitutes a falsehood, and that GOD is the Most High, the Supreme.
[10:82] GOD establishes the truth with His words, despite the criminals.
[17:105] Truthfully, we sent it down, and with the truth it came down. We did not send you except as a bearer of good news, as well as a warner.
[17:106] A Quran that we have released slowly, in order for you to read it to the people over a long period, although we sent it down all at once.
[3:62] Absolutely, this is the narration of the truth. Absolutely, there is no god except GOD. Absolutely, GOD is the Almighty, Most Wise.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.