Nafs (Human Self)

 

A human being is made of two selves; the outer and the inner self. To make our outer self more presentable we read a lot of health magazines, exercise at gym etc. However the inner self which is not visible to us, but can be felt in varying degrees, demands the same effort, if not more, to make it healthy as it is only through the inner self will we be judged in the hereafter by Almighty Allah.

While there is an abundance of literature to help us make our outer self stronger, it is only the Quran which helps us in making our inner self stronger.

In this blog I will write about the types of Nafs (inner human self) as explained in the famous Tafsir of Quran Maariful Quran.

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A Sad Sad Reality

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Election campaigning is in full swing in Pakistan. Its already being billed as an election which will change Pakistan forever. The interest and hype is huge. Besides preparing their manifestos and policies, all political parties are also promoting their ideals and their inspirations. ANP is glorifying ‘Bacha Khan’, PTI and Imran Khan are bamboozled by Iqbal, PPP is drawing inspiration from Bhutto, PML ( N ) is just too engrossed with their own leader Nawaz Sharif, so much so the primary religious party Jamat-e-Islami doesn’t tire itself in promoting Maulana Maudoodi’s ideals and visions.

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The Embattled Innocence

A book written by Sulemain Ahmer  covering some of the times he spent doing  charity work in war torn areas such as Bosnia, Chechnya and Tazikistan. I finished this small account in a day and within one day I gained so many things that it is impossible to list them all. In this blog I document some of my impressions. The link from where the book can be downloaded is also mentioned.

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Who is Allah?

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Recently, while reading Surah Ash-Shu’ara’, I came across the conversations of Anbiya Hazrat Musa (AS) and Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), in which they explained who Allah is, to their people. I produce the same below from the translation ‘Noble Quran’ by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Please note that the Arabic is also so simple that people with even a slight knowledge of Arabic will be able to understand the words without reading the translation. Also, here, I have quoted some other passages from Quran giving more details about Allah.

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Solution To All Our Problems

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There is no shortage of people telling us the immense number of problems that our country, our city, our nation or our Ummah is facing. But very few people talk about any solutions. Of those people providing solutions, still very few talk about solutions which are given by Allah. Often discarding them as baseless and not implementable. I look into this blog in the light of some Ayahs from Quran, which talks about Allah providing us with solutions.

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Thanking Our Creator

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A few days back I was teaching my eldest son, how to ride a cycle. It was a difficult task. The bike was bigger than him, was a bit heavy and it was the first time he was riding without any of the training wheels. Alhamdulillah after about an hour of running up and down with him, scolding and motivating him at the same time, he learned to balance the cycle. It was an exhilarating experience watching him ride away in the proverbial sun. In this blog I write about a very important lesson that I learned.

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Accept Islam for what it is, not for what you want it to be…