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Rank of person fighting with nafs

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

a person fighting with his nafs, is having a kind of Jihad.

then what is the spirtual rank of that person for GOD ALMIGHTY. if a person is trying to get rid of some bad habbit is it a jihad or not. if yes then tell if he fails to win the battle of nafs.

 

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Rank of person fighting with nafs

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2: He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.

 

Allah Subhanah has kept a lot of attractions for a person (and his nafs) in the life of this short and transitory world, and thus involved man to a test.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 14-15:

14 Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: women, and sons, heaped-up hoards of gold and silver, horses branded (or vehicles), and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals.


15 Say: shall I give you glad tidings of things far better than those? For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their Eternal Home; with companions pure (and holy), and the Good Pleasure of Allah. For in Allah's sight are (all) His servants.

 

The One Who Created man and gave him his nature, made the nafs of man to be naturally attracted to women, and sons, and the accumulation of wealth, and branded horses or vehicles, and possessions, and lands, etc. Then Allah Subhanah put mankind to a test to see who amongst mankind controls his nafs and his natural love for these attractions and fulfills them in the legal and righteous manner; and who amongst mankind leaves his nafs uncontrolled and strives to accumulate these attractions regardless of the legalities and boundaries of Allah Subhanah!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naaziat verses 35-41:

35 The Day when Man shall remember (all) that he strove for.

36 And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see!

37 Then for such as had transgressed all bounds,

38 And had preferred the life of this world

39 The Abode will be Hell-Fire;

40 And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal), and had restrained (their) nafs from lower Desires

41 Their abode will be the Garden.

 

Q-1: if a person is trying to get rid of some bad habbit is it a jihad or not.

If a believer is trying his best to get rid of one of his bad habits because he fears Allah Subhanah and His Day of Accounting, indeed it would be considered a jihad or striving against his nafs or desire.

 

Q-2: if yes then tell if he fails to win the battle of nafs.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naziaat verses 40-41:

40 And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal), and had restrained (their) nafs from lower Desires

41 Their abode will be the Garden.

 

If the person restrains his nafs from lower desires, for the sole reason that he fears the Accounting of Allah Subhanah, The Merciful Lord has a huge reward in store for him.

 

If the person fails to control his nafs, his case and decision is in the Hands of Allah Subhanah Alone on the Day of Judgement. Depending on the severity of his deeds and his intentions, Allah Subhanah if He Wills, may forgive him; or if He Wills, He may give him his due punishment.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verses 49-50:

49 (O Prophet (saws))Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful;

50 And that My Penalty will be indeed the most grievous Penalty!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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