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Striving Against One’s Soul

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Ṣālih al-Fawzān (may Allāh preserve him) stated:

Striving against one’s soul: It’s that the person strives against himself in obedience of Allah (‘azza wa-jall). He commands his soul with the obedience of Allāh and mandates it with the obedience of Allāh. He also prohibits it from the disobedience of Allāh and prevents it from that. The person is in a struggle with himself throughout his entire life. Whoever doesn’t have the ability to strive against himself, he doesn’t have the ability to strive against other than himself. It is not possible for the person to strive (for the sake of Allāh against others) except when he has striven against himself firstly by mandating his soul with the obedience of Allāh and withholding it from the disobedience of Allāh. The soul commands with that which is evil, except that which your Lord has had mercy upon (from the souls). Therefore the person is to strive against it until it complies with the obedience of Allāh. Then in that case the person can turn to the remaining categories of striving (for the sake of Allāh). Continue reading

Obedience Magnifies The Soul And Disobedience Belittles It

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:

Allah The Most High stated: “The one who purified his soul is indeed successful and the one who corrupts his soul is indeed destroyed.” The meaning: The one who magnifies his soul, lifts it and makes it superior by way of being obedient to Allah is indeed successful. And the one who makes his soul inferior and insignificant and belittled it by way of disobedience to Allah is indeed the loser. There’s nothing that belittles the soul like disobedience to Allah. And there’s nothing that magnifies the soul, makes it honorable and raises it up (in status) like obedience to Him.

Source: (Al-Jawaab Al-Kaafi pg.52)

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
12th of Rabee’ ath-Thaani, 1436 H (02-01-2015)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NYC Continue reading