Muhaasabah of the Nafs ~ Assessing or taking an Account of One’s Soul


  وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِۦ وَنَهَى ٱلنَّفْسَ عَنِ ٱلْهَوَىٰ ~ فَإِنَّ ٱلْجَنَّةَ هِىَ ٱلْمَأْوَىٰ

But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination, ~ Then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge ~ (Surah An- Naazi’aat 40-41)




Key points discussed

• The Deception of Nafs & Shaytaan

 • The “Inverted-Heart” of the

persistent sinner who fails to repent

• Not being able to perceive ‘Baatil’ as being falsehood

• The Harms of Intermingling of the Sexes

• Casting Lustful Glances

• The Tricks of the Nafs

 • The Consequence of being too Lenient with One’s Self

• Punishing or Reproaching the Nafs

 • A Huge Impediment in the way towards Allah ~ When one becomes a Slave of his Nafs

 • The Importance of Self-Struggle


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