Posted by: Dawud Israel | December 23, 2007

The Conquering of Shaytaan and the Self (take 2)

A while back I discussed a method for effectively conquering the whispers of shaytaan and the nafs (self). Since then, things haven’t gone as ideally as I would’ve planned. Does the NLP technique work? Yes. But I haven’t been implementing it perfectly and I think this is realistic considering I’m totally new to this.

So what does work?

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La illaha illala. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Wali’la hil Hamd.

Dhikr and the remembrance of Allah, his punishments and his mercies is the best way of conquering the nafs. When you occupy yourself with this constantly, it has a way of making things disappear. A person shouldn’t go overboard at first but gradually work it up with breaks otherwise it has a negative effect and makes a person burn out and tired.

The dhikr consists of remembering Allah by tongue using the Quran or the adhkaar that can be found so easily or simply remembering Allah in your thoughts. It’s very natural and very easy. And if you feel really weak just go and remember the punishments of Allah–tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, diseases that tear your flesh and if those are so severe what of hell?

It’s really that simple, the only thing is we Muslims think that we should only remember Allah’s punishment during lectures, but Allah purposefully put some element of fear of the Divine in us to be used at these moments.

“What does fir’awn matter anymore when the Nile begins to rise. When something huge comes into a person’s life all the trivial and paltry things slip away… So when Allah comes into your life, and when Allah becomes more important and more important and more important, the other, trivial, things will fall away automatically, this is zuhud.” (Shaykh Nuh H.M. Keller on zuhud and attaching one’s heart to Allah)

And this is how sins are destroyed. And I am saying this all from experience. 🙂

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.

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