The Inspired Self – Spiritual Stages of a Self/Soul in the Qur’an (Stage 3)

Indeed he succeeds who purifies it (soul),
And indeed he fails who corrupts it.

-The Sun (Ash- Shams) Qur’an 91:9-10

The Inspired Self (Nafs Al Mulhamah) is the soul which 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. The two desires for immortality and sovereignty are dormant except in passing thoughts.

(The Attributes and Names of the Ranks and Stations of the Nafs in its Striving and Elevation – A Translation of a Classic Text by Mahmoud Mostafa)

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