Ego: The greatest enemy of a Seeker

WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT EGO?

No Satan and no Anti-Christs are greater enemy than one’s own ego (worldly desiring self). So the life style in Islam is based on training the ego and making it an obedient servant to Allah.

All the prescribed prayers, fasting and spiritual retreat in Islam is to eliminate the ego and bring it under control of the Spirit.

Spirit can be good, but ego can still be bad, like  a good tea poured into a dirty cup , a dirty self corrupt the soul!

In Spiritual ways (the ways of the Rabbanis), there is intensive training and spiritual exercises to the ego in the form of zik prayer and other serving activities that remove false pride from ego.

In other misguided sects in Islam, there is no spiritual knower and a righteous Imam, who can help a person to find solutions for his problem, which is  a sign that their way are not authentic and successful

Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?

Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, sealshis hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?

Quran 13:11 …God does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change…

Quran 47:14 Are those enlightened by their Lord the same as those whose evil works are adorned in their eyes, and they follow their own opinions?

Quran 2:54 Recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have wronged your souls by worshiping the calf. You must repent to your Creator. You shall kill your egos. This is better for you in the sight of your Creator.” He did redeem you. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

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Patience:Second Pillar of Faith (Iman)

What does Islam say about Patience?

Quran 2:153 O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

“Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble.” (2:45)

“Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper.” (3:200)

“And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.” (11:115)

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West.
But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day,
And the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers;
To spend of your substance, out of love for Him,
For your kin, for orphans, for the needy,
for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves;
To be steadfast in prayer
And give in charity;
To fulfill the contracts which you have made;
And to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity
And throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.
Qur’an 2:177

Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Qur’an 94:5-6

“Be patient, for your patience is with the help of Allah.” (16:127)

“Patiently, then, persevere – for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning.” (40:55)

“No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” (41:35)

“Verily man is in loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual enjoining of truth, and of patience and constancy.” (103:2-3)

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The Opening

We begin with the Opening Chapter in the Holy Quran:

Sura Fatiha
Sura Fatiha

Surah Al-Fatiha

1. BISMIL LAAHIR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM.
In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

2. AL HAMDU LILLAHI RABBIL `AALAMEEN.
Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe

3. AR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM.
Most Gracious, Most Merciful

4. MAALIKI YAWMID DEEN.
Master of the Day of Judgment

5. EYYAAKA NA`BUDU, WA EYYAAKA NASTA`EEN.
You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help

6. EH’DENAS SIRAATAL MUSTAQEEM.
Guide us in the right path

7. SIRAATAL LAZINA AN`AMTA `ALAYHIM; GHAYRIL
MAGHDOOBI `ALAYHIM WALADDAALEEN.
the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers