By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
26 September 2020
Jihad bil Nafs is to cut away the inner satanic enemies and praise God Almighty. There are only a few who truly understand and wage this spiritual Jihad against the enemies within themselves. They are known as Sufis, Salihin, Aulia, the true followers of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Jihad bil Nafs is unconditional, universal, forever and a duty incumbent on each individual. Unlike the so-called Jihad that is illegally waged by the terror groups to indiscriminately take the lives of common civilians, Jihad bil Nafs is purely in the cause of God Almighty against the inner enemies of Truth that stand between Muslims or slaves and their one true Lord, Allah Almighty.
Once we justly meditate to realize about the enemies of Truth, Islam or our Religion, we get enlightened that the enemies of Truth are within our hearts (Qalbs). Thousands of spiritual opponents are there within our body that don’t let us develop our relation to Allah Almighty, such as satanic attributes of jealousy, treachery, backbiting, envy, violation of human rights, lust, murder, arrogance, falsehood, karma, the unjust desire for wealth, land, women, the separations of “you and I”, intoxicants, degradation of poor class, caste and women, violent and oppressive attitudes.
These are the true enemies that keep us away from the realization of Allah, from Truth, from Iman, from Islam and from good actions and the merits of Taqwa.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us regularly meditate to identify these inner enemies which lead to disputes among the children of Adam (peace be upon him) and serve as the greatest hindrance in the path of peace which is the true cause of God.
Let us wage this holy spiritual war or Jihad bil Nafs against these satanic qualities existing within ourselves and make this world, the world of peace and say ‘No’ to the state of killing each other.
A regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background and English-Arabic-Urdu Translator.
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