Can one sell one’s soul to Satan?

Do you know Lady Gaga? I heard that she worships, or sold her soul to satan and that’s why she’s successful. Is there really something that you sell your soul and become successful? Doesn’t success comes ONLY from Allah (SWT)? Please don’t talk about Lady Gaga at all and that all forms of music is haraam. I want to talk about people being successful by worshiping Shaytan. This not about Lady Gaga but applies to others to.

Not all forms of music is haraam (forbidden). See the Music category for explanation.

“Selling one’s soul to Satan” is a metaphor. It means following Satan’s whispers in violation of God’s teachings. The Quran calls this “being an ally of Satan”, e.g.,

“[Abraham speaking to his father], ‘O my father, do not worship Satan. Indeed Satan has ever been, to the Beneficent, disobedient.
O my father, verily, I fear that there will touch you torment from the Beneficent so you would be to Satan an ally.’ ” (19:44-45)

Abraham’s father did not, to the best of our knowledge, sell his soul to Satan, or engage in what is commonly known as Satanic rituals. However, he worshiped idols. This is what prompted Abraham to plead with his father to stop that blasphemy and follow him instead in worshiping the only true God. Abraham equated worshiping idols to worshiping Satan.

Now, your question was about whether dedication to Satan can result in success. If you define success as material wealth, fame, etc., then the answer is yes! We learn that from the holy Quran,

“So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair.” (6:44)

The Quran teaches us to never be impressed with abundance of worldly goods, regardless of its source,

“And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring.” (20:131)

And that goes double if the source of the wealth is unlawful,

“Say, ‘Not equal are the filthy and the pure, although the abundance of the filthy might impress you.’ So fear God, O you of understanding, that you may be successful.” (5:100)

God teaches us to seek what is good in both this life and the Hereafter, not just what is good in this life. He says,

“…And of the people are [some] who say, ‘Our Lord, give us in [this] the nearest [life]’; they will not have in the lasting [life] not a share.
And of them are [some] who say, ‘Our Lord, give us in [this] the nearest [life] good and in the lasting [life] good, and shield us from the torment of Hell.
Those will have a share of what they have earned, and God is swift in account.” (2:200-202)

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