Nafs boot camp

Assalamua’laikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh

SubhanAllah, Ramadhan passed by so fast, its now the 15th day already..

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the long period for which nothing was posted on this blog as I was focusing on Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah, He gave me some free time today to share with you a thought that just crossed my mind after reading various articles on the internet.

We starve our stomach to feed our souls.

In this month, as Syaithaan is chained up.

Allah’s Messenger said, “Ramadhan, a blessed month, has come to you during which Allah has made it obligatory for you to fast. In it the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of Al-Jaheem are locked, and the rebellious devils are chained. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months. He who is deprived of its good has indeed suffered deprivation.” [At-Tirmidhi]

As stated in a previous post,(                 our soul has three drivers fighting to drive and manoeuvre it. Two of them are working together as partners in crime(the nafs and Syaithaan) against our own pure being created by Allah Almighty. In this month, we have an advantage. Shaithaan has gone AWOL and all thats left is our nafs, the weaker of the two. Even though our nafs has been in training for 11 months for this month, it is still created weak. We have Allah Almighty by our side and it only has Syaithaan on its side.

So this month, Ramadhaan Kareem, is a great month for spiritual purification and to strengthen ourselves for the upcoming 11 months or if we were to return to Allah Almighty in that period, InshaAllah we will return with purified souls:)

By fasting, we weaken our nafs.

Imam al-`Izz Ibn `Abd al-Salam sums this up beautifully in his Maqasid al-Sawm, p.17:

“As for fasting repelling sinful thoughts and bad behaviour, this is because if the nafs [s: appetites, lower self; ego-soul] is gratified or satiated, it inclines towards and directs itself to disobedience as well as bad behaviour. If it is made to feel hungry or thirsty, it will long for food and drink. The inclinations and desires of the nafs towards spirituality and to busy it with that is better than its inclination towards and desire for disobedience and lapsing into sin. This is why some of the Salaf preferred fasting over the other acts of worship. One was asked about that and he replied: ‘because I would prefer Allah looking at my nafs while it is in conflict with me over food and hunger than when it is in conflict with me over disobedience to Him [after] having been satiated…”

SubhanAllah, He knows that we are controlling and weakening our nafs in this blessed month of Mercy so to help us in doing so, He chained Syaithaan up:)

SubhanAllah Walhamdulillah Walaa Ilaaha Illaa Allah Wa Allahu Akbar!

In a way Ramadhaan can also be known as a boot camp for our nafs, teaching it discipline and instilling core values into our souls.

Allah Almighty is Al-A’leem (All-Knowing) and An-Naseer (The Helper(void of a better translation))

All the good here is from Allah Al-A’leem and all the bad things here are from my own weak self. May He forgive me if there is anything wrong mentioned here and also may He prevent people from getting the wrong message from this post.

Ramadhaan Kareem and Wassalaam:)

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