Spiritual Stages of a Soul in the Qur’an: The Inspired Soul – Stage 2

“By the One who brought the soul to equilibrium,

Inspiring it with its transgression and its consciousness,

Indeed he succeeds who purifies it,

And indeed he fails who corrupts it.”

-Qur’an 91:7-10

The Inspired Soul or self (Nafs Al Mulhamah) is the soul which is in the state of spiritual awakening and awareness. It has been touched by Allah’s (God) Mercy so that when it commits a sin or falls into disobedience, it blames itself and turns to forgiveness and repents to its Sustainer. Then it holds on to obedience until it slips back into sin then it turns to forgiveness and repentance and so on.

It has grasped what the Prophet said, “All humans are prone to sin and the best sinners are those who repent.”

It is a soul that is in constant fluctuation between right and wrong; obedience and disobedience. One time it is heedless and falls and another it is aware and resists.

Its sign is the fluctuation between the material world and spiritual world. In its initial state, it is not in the same evil condition as the Commanding Soul but the two desires of immortality and sovereignty are still active in it although in a much reduced or weakened condition. This is the first stage of salvation for the soul and the first step toward its purification and success.

At this level the soul is inspired with the love for good wholesome deeds (Amal Saleh), and for the Qur’an and Traditions of the Prophet. It is also inspired with the love of remembrance (Zhikr) and to seeking forgiveness (Istighfar) and to correcting its intentions (Niyyah) and renewing its repentance (Tawbah).

At this stage, the soul tries to live according to the instructions of God and tries to avoid all that which is evil, unlawful or forbidden.

This is the last level of danger for the soul for it is still vulnerable to descending to the lower stage of Commanding. In its mid state the two desires for immortality and sovereignty are dormant except in passing thoughts.


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