Islamic concepts

Jihād al-Nafs — struggle against the self

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struggle towards self-realization


the Greater Struggle

He can make his nafs ammāra develop into an-nafs al-mutma'inna (the tranquil self). It should be known for certain that, in order to make progress in this wilāya, ...

dictating self

Jihad al-nafs

Jihad al-nafs is the struggle against evil ideas, desires and powers of lust, anger, and insatiable imagination, placing all of them under the dictates of reason and faith in obedience to God’s commands, and finally, purging all satanic ideas and influences from one’s soul. This struggle is considered as the Major struggle (al-Jihad al-Akbar) as it is much more difficult than fighting in the battlefield, for in the struggle against the self, one has to constantly battle enemies that are hosted inside his own existence. Islamic ethical teachings indicate that the one who succeeds in this struggle can rise above and beyond the level of angels, and one who fails in this struggle will descend to a level lower than the level of animals, and may even be grouped among the legions of the devil.

Islam emphasises the importance of fighting nafs because the prophet Muhammad said after returning from a war, "We now return from the small struggle (Jihad Asghar) to the big struggle (Jihad Akbar)". His companions asked, "Oh prophet of God, what is the big struggle?" He replied, "The struggle against nafs."

the best form of jihad is to tell a word of truth to an oppressive ruler

The person I like most is the one who points out my defects.

- Umar (radiAllahu anhu)


Literally, Jihad means 'struggle' or 'battle' in the sense of facing life's challenges, striving, not giving in to adversity I believe our biggest enemy right now is not

confront life’s challenges

Nobody said life was easy. In the words of astrophysicist Degrasse, the universe out to kill us.

how can we peacefully submit ourse if we are fighting.


Same as Camus's constant confrontation/revolt towards the absurd?

« La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme. Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux. »

Il n'est pas de destin qui ne se surmonte par le mépris