The spirit, ego and nafs

Allah (swt) has granted human with a domain of legal and illegal and a will and freedom to choose between them. Human is tested with this faculty called nafs which is predisposed both for good and evil. The concepts spirit, ego and nafs are different but overlapping aspects of the same truth and they are the subject of a long travel which begins from the realm of spirits and continues through the realm of witnessing and realm of interval (barzakh) and leads to the eternity. Nafs has two meanings: person…

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Unending war against lower self

Our struggle against our nafs al-ammara (evil commanding lower self) is an everlasting fight that will only end when we die. Lower self (i.e. nafs al-ammara) always commands the evil. It is never satisfied with sins. The desires for the sin come one after another. Lower self knows no limits and wants to do anything it wishes. It does not want to be within the boundaries of halal (legitimate). If a sin is committed repeatedly for a long time, it may turn into be a bad habit. And giving up…

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Two Sides of Ego…(Ana)-2

Yes, we all have egos and our egos are the keys… Keys of our being… Ego is not always something bad if you don’t feed it with evil. Ego in Islam called “ana” and it has good side and bad side. If it is fed on evil, it causes moral degradation of humanity but fed on good it leads to welfare and high morals. “The key of the universe is in human’s hand and it is attached to their nafs (self). The doors of the universe are seemingly open whereas…

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Two Sides of Ego… [Ana]

Egoism literally means excessive concern for oneself with or without exaggerated feelings of self-importance or the doctrine that individual self-interest is actual motive of all conscious action.[1] I don’t know if you have ever read a personal development book but I certainly have read a few and evaluated most of them myself even if I don’t read them. I realize one thing that more and more people are starting to dwell on reading personal development books and doing drugs in order to maintain a healthy relationship, personal life or success…

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Man, Narcissism and The Creator

Narcissism, a psychological term derived from Greek mythology, is defined in the dictionary as “the personality trait of egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness.” When you read the characteristics of a narcissist you think that all evils around the world stem from them. And also you think we are surrounded by those kinds of people all around of us. The worst, maybe we are one of them! One way or another, psychologists say we live in a narcissism age whose individuals are inflicted severely by it. The people who love…

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What I’ve Learnt In Forty Years: “Four Phrases”

Let us remember the famous scholar Imam Al-Nursi’s famous quotation from Mathnawi al-Nuriya: “I have learnt only four words and four phrases in forty years of my life and thirty years of my education”. We mentioned the four words, which are point of view, intention, significative meaning and nominal meaning in the previous article. (For further details on the first words, refer to the article “Four Words”). This week we’ll read on the same quotation but pass on those following phrases. Imam Bediuzzaman states the first of four phrases as…

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