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End of the world and beyond in the Quran – Dr Kayali – Episode 1 (Video)

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Najmah53: “Sex Sells” Culture VS Modesty (Video)

info-pictogram1 Small snippet from the lecture by Najmah53 covering the Pillars of Islam, The status of Women in Islam, and Being an African American Convert to Islam in the Multicural and Social Justice Counseling course taught by Dr. Malik Raheem @ Fresno State.

Finding Allah Through Fasting – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – Ramadan Seminar (Video)

Omar Regan – Loving Allah, following Prophet Muhammad & Islamic manners (Video)

info-pictogram1 In this powerful and inspirational Khutbah, Br. Omar Regan reminds the believers to love Allah, follow the prophet Muhammad (s) and how to improve our Islamic character and manners.

Nouman Ali Khan – Don’t Underestimate Any Good Deed (Video)

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Interview with Mufti Ismail Menk – Talks about ISIS, Education, Radicalization, Arab countries, Laws in the West, Young Muslims, Common Values and more (Video)

info-pictogram1 Mufti Ismail Menk gives his unique insights on a range of topics from ISIS to Islamophobia and the rise of Islam to his much talked about skydiving experience.

The three types of nafs (ego)

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Source: ilmgate.org

By: Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

In the Qur’an-e-Kareem the word nafs is used in two ways.

The first way that the word nafs is used is to indicate our own-self. Some people would translate it in English as “self,” some people would translate it in English as “soul.” An example of this is when Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

وَاذْكُرْ رَبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ

“And remember your Rabb inside yourself.” (7:205)

The second way the nafs has been used in the Qur’an, which is quite frequent, is that the nafs is referring to a specific part of our self and it is that part of our self that has desires, appetite, and some people call it ego. It has anger, it has passion, it has lust, desire, it has all these things. Some people may even call it the carnal self or the carnal soul. This nafs is not part of the rūh, [rather] its part of the physical human being. So if we wanted to say that we have some physical part of our creation, that is our body and ournafs and then Allah Almighty has also put inside of ourselves an inner or spiritual part of our creation, that is our rūh. This nafs is part of our physical self, even though its not part of our physical body.

Three adjectives have been used in the Noble Qur’an to describe three different types of nafs.

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