Category Archives: Disciplining the Soul

Self Discipline

Mankind’s nature is inherently sound and healthy and every child is born upon the fitrah, or natural disposition. Yet within every human being, there exists a further three capacities: a lingual capacity, a lustful capacity and an anger capacity. If … Continue reading

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Identifying Our Own Flaws

Know that we love ourselves dearly, and as such, it often difficult to see our own flaws. They are like internal diseases that the doctor does not know of, and so cannot prescribe medicine for. So how can we identify … Continue reading

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Averting Laziness

The Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, used to frequently say: “I seek refuge in Allah from grief and distress, old age and laziness.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim) The love of leisure, preferring idleness to activity … Continue reading

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Averting Fear of Death

Fear in matters is related to the future. A resolute person is the one who prepares for what they fear before they face it. They avoid excessive fear of what must inevitably befall them, because this type of fear cannot … Continue reading

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Averting Grief and Worry

Grief, in Arabic ghamm, occurs due to misfortunes that happened in the past, whilst worry, in Arabic hamm, occurs when one expects misfortune in the future. When we have a feeling of grief in regards to our past sins, this … Continue reading

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Averting Excessive Sadness

Know that the heart of a person of sound mind cannot be free of sadness, because they always remember their previous sins. If a heart is devoid of sadness, it will become desolate. Just as a house becomes desolate if no … Continue reading

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Averting Excessive Thinking

Know that thinking is needed to remember what is forgotten, and to reflect on future benefits, but thinking of that which is not fruitful and has no benefit can be harmful, and if excessive, it will exhaust the body. A … Continue reading

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