Nurturing the Nafs


اَللّٰهُمَّ اَلْهِمْنِىْ رُشْدِىْ وَاَعِذْنِىْ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِىْ

Oh Allah, inspire me with guidance and protect me from the evil of myself


اللهم ات نفسي تقواها وزكها انت خير من زكاها انت وليها ومولاها

 Allahumma Aati Nafsi Taqwaahaa Wa-Zakkihaa, Anta Khayru Man Zakkaahaa, Anta Waliyyuhaa Wa-Mawlaahaa

O Allah! Give my soul piety and my conscience purity. You are the Master of my soul and the Guardian of my conscience



Key points discussed

• The Nafs: The worst of enemies within ourselves

 • The 3 stages of the Nafs:

1) Ammaarah

2) Lawwaamah

3) Mutma-innah

• Providing the soul with beneficial nourishment – Zikrullaah etc

•  Not enriching it with sins and evil deeds

• Do not become a slave of your Nafs by obeying and fulfilling its every dictate and demand

• A life of filth, vice and evil, is an awful, miserable and wretched life

The couplet of our beloved Sheikh, Aarif Billaah Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar Sb in this regard

 • The need for a Spiritual Mentor

 • The need for training the Nafs

 • Keeping a vigilant eye on the Nafs

 • Three simple examples of nurturing, disciplining and developing the Nafs, until it is under complete control:

 1) The Nafs as a child

 2) The Nafs as a wild horse

 3) The Nafs as an opponent in a boxing ring

• Duas of Rasulullaah Sallallaahu  alaihi Wasallam for protection against the evils of Nafs