An Adversary to the Nafs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “There is Allah (s.w.t.), and there is your own nafs, and you must address the situation.  The nafs is the opponent and enemy of Allah (s.w.t.).  All things are subordinate to Allah (s.w.t.), and the nafs really Belongs to Him as a creature and a possession, but entertains presumptions and aspirations bound up with carnal appetite and sensual desire.  So, if you ally yourself with the Divine Truth in opposition and hostility toward the nafs, you will be, for Allah’s (s.w.t.) Sake, an adversary to your own self.  As Allah (s.w.t.), Said to David (a.s.), ‘O David, I am your indispensable support, so hold fast to your support.’  True servanthood means being an adversary to your own nafs.”


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