What Our Egos Cannot Accept

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).  He is the Grand Shaykh of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order.

If Allah (s.w.t.) Ordered for us to take a feather, or a flower, five times a day inside a mosque or even just from one room to another, the ego would still object and complain and question.  Our ego makes us fear.  It would say it cannot control its anger.  To swallow it at the beginning seems so difficult, but if we persist with the intention to swallow it, it will finally make us happy.  We would say that it is so sweet to be kept from the harm of anger.

We must accept all people; people of every kind.  Allah (s.w.t.) Creates as He Likes, and He can Create anyone in any way.   So we must look to the Creator and like what He has Created.  Allah (s.w.t.) Liked it and Created it, so we must also like it.  We must bring down our nafs.  We do not know who is who and what secrets they have.

If Allah (s.w.t.) did not Give Value to that person, He would not have Created him.  It is not the way to find someone’s faults and to bring them out.  This does not free us from our nafs.  We must not think that in the Presence of Allah (s.w.t.) we are more valuable.  Far too many people are against each other but in Reality they are all the same.

Those who always blame other people, and who do not like their actions and attributes, are the slaves of their egos.  Someone who seeks a way to perfection, must begin by blaming himself, and look at his own inadequacies, without looking at the inadequacies of others.  Only an inadequate one may look and see inadequacy around himself.  He who has inadequacy, sees in everyone else inadequacy.  This is selfishness.

We must try to correct ourselves.  When we have corrected ourselves and reached perfection, we will only blame ourselves; our ego, nafs.  We hope to live not for our pleasure, but for Allah’s (s.w.t.) Pleasure.  We like life for Allah (s.w.t.), not for our egos.  If we seek to live for our egos, it would be better that we passed away, but for Allah (s.w.t.), we like to live.


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