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Ambition for fame does not become a Muslim. In order to educate the lower-self a person should constantly see his/her lower-self in weakness. He /She should submit to Allah, feel great love to his/her brothers and sisters, approach them with affection and live the enthusiasm of being a servant to them.
Of course all mistakes, all abnormal behaviors are revealed to every people. Because they do those mistakes knowingly, their faces are darkened. For instance their voices become weak, they start crying, they get angry, their blood tension peaks or drops. They feel that pain because they do not act as Allah has commanded. If they act in line with what Allah commanded their hearts would be at ease.
First comes patrol; it is not pure, it is not refined. Then the tar in it is separated, other particles are separated and then gasoline is attained. It is refined and purified. Just like that wrong and right are given to people altogether. They are to refine that listening to the revelation and take the right ones. The wrong residuum will not be used.
To criticize one's self and not claiming to be free of blame would make a Muslim adopt the character of a guide. A person's criticizing himself would make him wise and healthy. Exalting one's self would make one sick. It makes one crazy. When one criticizes himself, when one criticizes his lower self, he would be exalted; he would become wise and smart.
One should look at everything with compassion, mercy and through the eyes of reason and he should be calming. We are being tested in this short life on this world. Some people might yield to their lower-selves. But one would not be abandoning religion when he does so, he would just be committing a sin and making a mistake that is all.
People generally do not attach necessary importance to the concept of the lower self. Actually it is a special force embedded in humans, it is a negative power; may God forbid it might drive one crazy and might even make one commit murder, it might make one commit suicide. All these troubles happen under the influence of the lower self. People imagine that nothing would happen if they go by their lower selves but actually lots of things happen. It might take one over and drag them into troubles,; the lower self suffocates one.
God gives one aggressive, abnormal wrong feelings to the lower self, but He also shows the ways to be protected against those with the verses of the Qur’an. The whole system of trial is founded upon that anyways. People need to recognize this highly dangerous threat and be alerted and be careful against it. We are to look for the acts that please God the most.
The lower self, jealousy and egocentricity make one’s body do abnormal acts eventually. People assume that nothing bad will happen if one follows his lower self; actually lots of things happen. It would ruin a man. The lower self is the propelling force in those who commit suicide. It drives them mad and drags them into committing suicide. They also commit murders because they abide by their lower selves.
One has a mistake or a flawed aspect in his personality, he confesses to it yet still goes on to act on it. Alright, you might have a flaw, but you need to fight it and get rid of it. One keeps on saying, "I am ignorant, I wouldn't know." Well, increase your knowledge then. One says, "I have a jealous personality." Well, remove that jealousy and educate yourself. Or one says that he has cowardice. Be brave then.
Looking for the most of God's approval is something the hypocrites like the least. Hypocrites would only go for the things they like, for the things that serve their interests and leave those that do not serve their purposes aside. In their twisted minds, only the parts of the Qur'an that are in their favor are valid, only those parts that comply with their lower-selves are valid. They do not accept those parts that go against their lower-selves.
One would fall into heedlessness if he sees himself as self-sufficient. Criticizing one's self is one of the most acceptable acts of worship, it is one of the most beautiful characteristics of a Muslim that opens his mind. Those who do not criticize themselves become insane and lose their minds; they would be ruined. Those who criticize themselves find relief.
In order to be stable and reasonable one should certainly criticize himself. Even if it is once in a while, he should certainly criticize himself and one should do so when he is in the company of others. Only then one could become a stable, reasonable person. That is a miracle of the Qur'an. A solid, tangible miracle.
If one does not criticize himself and sees himself as sufficient and above criticism, he would become insane. A Muslim should certainly criticize himself and have others criticize him. This is necessary for one's sanity or else one's mental health would be disrupted; his judgment and reasoning would be impaired. His foresight and perception would be blocked. Have a look at those around you, you will see. Avoiding criticisms would cause instability and would prevent one to be reasonable.
Without criticism, the lower-self makes one insane, it makes one crazy. A Muslim should criticize himself and have himself criticized by others. When one does that, he would turn into a very well-balanced, reasonable, normal person. If he has mental instability, that goes away. That insanity dissolves, that aggression goes away. His inconsistencies, his tormenting himself goes away.
Forgiveness is a characteristic God appreciates greatly. That is because revenge might give a lowly pleasure to one's soul, but forgiving is hard; I mean it [forgiveness] necessitates will-power and wisdom. That is because in forgiveness one does not achieve satisfaction, but revenge might bring satisfaction. That is why God takes forgiveness as a basis.
If you told those [who are weak in faith] to remain sleepless for the sake of God, to serve Islam, they wouldn't do that; but if you told them that they would win a car if they waited standing up for days without any sleep, they would do it without hesitation. This shows the tendency of the inner self to assume an animalistic, dishonorable, low character.
Fiercely defending one's own desires is a mental illness. One should get a grip on himself in this situation and take refuge in God. He should ask himself, "How did I turn into such an abnormal person?" He should listen to what others have to say in a reasonable manner. A Muslim is open to 'al-amr bi-l-maʿrūf wa-n-nahy ʿani-l-munkar' (enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong). Therefore, he becomes wiser with ease.
How can something be considered right if the opposite of it does not exist? How will we be tried if satan and the lower-self do not exist? How can we recognize what is beautiful, what is right? It is impossible. It is impossible to achieve any higher love, any higher wisdom in this way. Then we would be no different than a child, we would not be able to develop.
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