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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The Art of Disciplining the Evil Commanding Soul

An individual bears the responsibility of faith and good deeds in this worldly life. But then, there is the evil-commanding soul, which will prevent him from fulfilling his obligations and stop him from all sorts of holy services. Therefore, the hardest struggle of the human throughout history has been with his greatest enemy, the evil-commanding soul, and the human has always tried to find remedies in order not to be defeated by his evil-commanding soul. Our time is the darkest and the most terrifying of all times. Of course, the…

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