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Striving against your nafs- Br.Munir Qtaish

August 29, 2007

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasul Allah sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam


THE STRUGGLE: Striving against your nafs

Br.Munir Qtaish//MAS/MCA Exemplary Muslims series


JULY 10- Taking Initiative, Mujahada, Muhasaba



  1. Taking initiative
    1. if you want to see that change, you need to take the initiative!
    2. If want to get into Jannah, you need to take the right steps to get there
    3. What kind of practical steps I need to take in order to achieve the goal I need to achieve


  1. O you who believe! Be mindful of Allah! Look each of you for what you have prepared in front of you!
    1. Muhasaba- accountability need to keep in mind.
    2. Why? There is tomorrow. When you are 6 feet in the ground.
    3. Allah wants us to hold ourselves accountable before we get into that grave!
    4. Hold yourself accountable and be mindful of Allah in everything you say and do
    5. And He says: be mindful of HIM. Because He knows what you do in secret, and He knows what you do in public.
  2. Mujahada
    1. There is effort being put
    2. You are doing something…taking that initiative. Not sitting passively. There’s this EFFORT that you put into yourself in order to get to where you want to get to.
    3. If we want to be obedient servants to Allah, we have to put this fighting of the soul, this effort we have to put.
  3. The nafs
    1. 3 different types of the soul

i. Surah Yusuf, v 54: the evil soul that pushes you always to do the haram, constantly. Utter a foul word, won’t be satisfied until say more foul words. It keeps indulging in haram.

ii. An nafs lawamah- surah al Qiyamah

1. this soul is mentioned in surah al qiyamah. This self reproaching soul talks back to its owner. It talks back to her. It tells her when she does good, when she does bad.

a. Why would this soul talk back to me?

b. This is self-reprocahing. It wants you to do the BEST. Were you totally concentrating in salah? Did you do the best of your ability? It always wants you to do your best.

c. and will always talk back to you when you do the haram. ‘it’s ok.’ “NO. it’s NOT OK! REPENT TO ALLAH! It wants this perfection for you. WHY? It understands there is this DAY OF JUDGMENT. You and I will be standing in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. It can be 50000 YEARS for some….and for others, as quick as 2 rakat sunnah! [missed the source?]

d. Allahuma, nafsey, nafsey

e. The sun is only 1 mi away from our head!

f. It knows there is a day of reckoning. It wants you to do your best.

iii. an nafs mutmaninah- surah al Fajr

1. “…irjeey ila Rabika” … O you content soul. Happy with what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gives you.

2. not envious, not jealous. Don’t have animosity in heart for others.

3. Look at Nuh alayhis salam. He never gives up! 950 years! He alayhis salam strives to do the best!

iv. merges between 3 levels

1. the soul can fly between these 3 levels…sometimes in the mutmaninnah, sometimes in the lawamah.

v. question to ask yourself

1. which one are you in?

2. DON’T go lower than the lawamah!! Allahuma protect us from going lower than lawamah!

3. do we find pleasure in doing the haram? “it’s just a small thing, man, just a look …”

4. are we aspiring to be at the highest level?

5. this soul that we’ve got: it’s receptive to change. You can be at one high level and then become so low. Never feel that you are ok at your level. We know from history of people who have even memorized the QUR’AN and then have gone astray. And so many instances of people who were so at the bottom, weren’t even associating selves with Islam, and then soar, bi’idnillah to be pioneers.

vi. recognize: it is not only shaytan

1. it could be the soul within yourself calling you to do evil. It’s the one that pushes you to do the haram.

2. shaytan doesn’t care which sins you do, just is happy that you’re sinning.

3. another example: in Ramadan- shaytan is locked up! But still people commit sins. Why? Because they like it. They are accustomed to it. Has become so accustomed to this thing, the nafs gets into this habit.

4. and it’s not always the was wasa of shaytan. It’s the habit that has got used to certain things.

5. we can change! To the better….. or to the worse. Wa authobillah.

vii. another type of soul…not even worth mentioning in the Qur’an

1. this person has no goal. No purpose in life.

2. they are like animals, bal hum adhal. Verily, they are worse.

3. it’s even worse to not even know..NOT EVEN CARE about them doing wrong… the sinner is better, because they know that they actually sinned.

4. we need to realize: WE NEED TO HAVE A SENSE OF PURPOSE!

  1. Muhasaba
    1. Those who struggle for our sake- they will be guided to the Path of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Surah Ankaboot
    2. Those who pray on time, those who fast, those who give charity…they are active in their community. Struggle fi sabilAllah … sacrifice for Allah ‘Azza wa jal.
    3. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will guide them towards the Pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
  2. following steps on how to build the relationship with this soul and hold it accountable:
    1. Make a contract between myself and my soul

i. This agreement between yourself to do good deeds

1. Ya foulan. You want to go to Jannah? The road is not easy. Jannah is surrounded by difficulties. And the naar is surrounded by pleasurable, seductive things. If you want to get to Jannah, yeah, let’s make a contract. Let’s set up certain criterion that you want to do to get into Jannah. When we pray we pray conscious. Pray attentively… to do good deeds

2. you know…. I’m capable of doing qiyam al layl. Start marking it— this level of contracts between you and yourself.

3. your capital in this contract: your age. How long are you gonna live? Your capital is your life. And subhanAllah Hasan al Basri rahimahullah says: Ya ibna Adam, you are nothing but compilation of days. Whenever a day passes, a part of your body passes, it’ll never come back again.

4. time is life! When something an hour passes, it’ll never come back again. If you put this capital, this is your asset, how are you going to use this asset? What are you going to invest in? this is the first level.


a. After I make a contract with my partner, have to be watchful about her. How is she going to do in this business? Be watchful of it. How is it going? What track is it taking?

b. Worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala as if you see HIM. If you don’t see HIM, know HE sees you. It’s important that we be alert.

c. I went everywhere…but I couldn’t find a single place that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala didn’t see me!

d. This is what you have to do—WATCH YOURSELF! HE KNOWS WHAT YOU DO.

e. Why be watchful of this soul? Because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is watching it.

f. This level of muraqaba—if we want to achieve this level, first must make contract, then be watchful of it after putting conditions on oneself.


a. Every single company holds selves accountable. Needs to—otherwise will have problems with investments.

b. Look at it! Open the books! Today did I increase in istighfar? Tasbeeh?

c. You will not achieve that high level of piety until he/she holds herself accountable much tougher than when you hold your partner accountable. The two partners when they hold themselves accountable is after the action is done.

d. Al mu’mino qawwam ala nafseh—is in charge of his/her own soul. Will hold it accountable for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. And verily, indeed, your accountability on day of judgment will be like if you hold yourself accountable in this dunya. And will be very difficult on the day of judgment if you take this life without accountability. We have to hold ourselves accountable.

e. How much did I pray? How much did I fast? How much did I SIN?

7. constructive punishment

a. when slip, need to do something constructive to make up for it.

b. Needs to be constructive- not something that will cause harm to yourself.

c. Must push yourself to do something better

i. Ie: didn’t pray ishaa in the masjid…will pray 4 rakats qiyaam.


a. If fall into a hole, would you keep digging it to keep falling in? no! so why do this with sins?

b. Why if you miss fajr, you’re not going to pray zhur and asr?

c. You have to have this concept that I always struggle with this soul— if we do not sin, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will replace us with people who do.

d. Even the sahaba sinned! Some of them committed zina! Some stole! Drank! But they had something important: REPENTENCE.

e. It’s important that this concept of struggling is going to be constant. Nothing is easy in this life. This concept of mujahda- it’s fine. Be an optimist. I can do it, inshaAllah! I fell today? Fine. I’m going to try stronger to struggle correctly inshaAllah! I perfected that? AlHamdullilah, now I must increase in it.

f. Dr. Ahmed al Qahdi- one of the pioneers of Islam in America- THIS STRUGGLE. He will wake up 1 HOUR before fajr and wake his children up and they would study arabe so that they can read the Qur’an.

g. You PUSH your soul to excel in every level possible. At school, in the MSA, at work, with the family, ,in the masjid, in your ebadaat…everything possible to become a pioneer.

h. Why? Our objective: firdaous.

i. The people who do this at THIS TIME who follow the footsteps of Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam has so much more reward

j. If we want to become exemplary, it starts with the individual…it starts with YOU.


What kind of soul do I have? Can I get to an nafs al mutmainnah?


If we want this soul to come close to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, we have to let it drink from its source- ALLAH SUBHANAHU WA TA’ALA


Make this commitment with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala


August 26, 2007

Sura Rahman – Beautiful, heart trembling quran recitation

August 12, 2007

Ahmed Bukhatir Forgive me nasheed

August 12, 2007

Khaalid Ar Raashid- Recitation from Surah Younus

DAR UL DAWAH- Ustadh Suhaib June 5, 2007 notes continued

August 12, 2007

Look at Imam Malik rahimahullah- he’s born 94 after hijri. Close to the early generations! When asked to write a small treatise about the fiqh of clothing, he looked at 60 different types of clothing in the market of Madinah and THEN wrote the book. Why? To understand his environment. To KNOW the people!



The contentions

1-      many people will expound that the world is divided into 2:

a.       the land of Islam

b.      the land of war [harb]

                                                              i.      first of all, harb does not mean war. It means to steal. Because when war is committed, lives and property are stolen.

1.      look at the beauty of Arabic language.

                                                            ii.      this concept was, waAllahu ‘alam, not mentioned by the first 3 generations.

c.       there is no interest practiced between people of Islam and … this is hadeeth is weak.

                                                              i.      It cannot be used for proof because it’s hadith mursal. Outside of this weak hadith, we don’t have this term. If this was sahih, we should have seen Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu dividing his state into dar ul Islam and dar ul Harb, until the time of the fitnah and we ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect us.

d.      this word needs to be traced…

                                                              i.      Haroon ar Rasheed rahimahullah lived at a time of warfare. It was not a stable state.

                                                            ii.      He asked Muhammad Shaybani, student of Abu Hanifah rahimahullah to provide for him an understanding of the geo-political reality of the Muslim state

                                                          iii.      He answered: o leader of the believers! This land of ours is the land of Islam, their land is the land of war.

1.      is this fiqh or shariah? FIQH! So we can differ!

  What we find: The earth was made for me as a masjid and proof— aw kama gal Sal Allahu alayhi wa sallma Therefore the ulema after him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam divided the world into 2 categoreis:  What people want: want to go to the drive through and take it, and you have to because you are busy. At the same time, you have the responsibility to make sure that your understanding agrees with the Qur’an and Sunnah  

We need a balanced individual

Verse 143 in surah al Baqarah—in the middle of the SURAH! Is the verse that ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala says, “Thus We have made you a just nation…”

  What it should really be Dar ul DAWAH

And the lands in which the dawah has been responded to.

The main job of the Muslim is to kill people? To be hard on people and rude?

 The main job of the MUSLIM is to portray the shariah of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala through their actions so that the people around them will feel the LIGHT emanating from this person 

When they see this… then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?

Then when the da’wah comes from the mouth, it’s easy for people to accept and listen to.

People are yearning for authenticity!


Even the highest authority is not held to any type of fidelity and principles.

   Meaning is manifest through gadgets and tools, money back guarantees…so now the eman is REMOVED from ALLAH ‘Azza wa Jal and the qutwa? Taken from humanity and put into technology As a western convert, don’t reject who you are! You are the son of the west! But if you fall into acts of violence, you will bring more harm to this community! 

O he went to Azhar and sold out now.

FEAR ALLAH AKHI! Wallahi I’m trying to speak to you from my heart

When you say dar ul harb, it has some contentions:

  1. if someone lives in dar ul harb and they feel he has no rights upon them, he suspends the rights on himself from others. If you wanna be real with it akhi, you suspend your rights by this understanding legally
  2. the definition of dar ul Islam changed over time
    1. Imam Shafi rahimahullah said Dar ul Islam is the place where you can practice your religion. Where you can practice your obligatory actions. Where the maqasid of shariah are preserved.
    2. In the lands of the west sometimes you can practice better than in the middle east!
    3. We should try to remove this dar ul harb understanding from our heads.

The second contention: Contention of Hijrah


Don’t reject the west, but don’t accept everything you find.


I went there and there was a restaurant and I’ve never seen something like this before! $5 and eat anything you like!

It’s called buffet ya sheikh


You have to weight the west…so you’ll be just

Sometimes we bring cultural arrogance…we bring things! And it’s the job of the scholars to respect sociology


If you make a fatwa without understanding the culture, reality of the people, you are a criminal. This is a CRIME against people. Just to regurgitate fatawa without taking into consideration the realities and situation of these people.


“the first man had anger of murderer. Second man had tear of ta’ib (repenter)”- the answer depended on situation.

We have to admit that we benefit from the west. That doesn’t mean that we are sellouts! But we have to thank the people who helped us


That takes us to the concept of hijrah… if we don’t take a move:


Shaykh Shinqiti said: stay in America


Shaykh Bayyan: stay in America


Most people in al Azhar say: may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala help you present Islam to America


NONE of them said: you have to pack your bags and leave


There are certain conditions for hijrah. This is not Makkah. If you think you live in Makkah, you don’t understand seerah.


You find hardship in protecting your eman.. but you don’t come home to find your wife and children killed. O Allah protect us! Amen


This country has so much good mashaAllah… we realize there is a lot of khayr. There’s a lot of things that we don’t agree with. And things that are bad!


Shaykh Ta ha- 2 types of fatwa:


1 for Ummah

1 for individual


You have to be careful the fatawa you read online… it might seem exactly the same, BUT there is some nuance in the fatwa online that does not fit your situation, or vice versa.. you need to ask someone who knows YOUR situation.


How can a convert be so hard on his/her own people?


You used to be this way! Have mercy on the people!


The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam is concerned about the people!


If we have this contention: we’re gonna bounce one day, we won’t really have concern about the people.

We’ll perpetually be in that way of thinking…. Akhi, welcome HOME akhi! You ARE home.

We’ll never think substantially about how to benefit the people around us.

We’ll never develop long lasting relationships with nonMuslims.

They might hear and see things, but they’ll never take understanding of Islam from you. They took it from TV. subhanAllah that’s frightening!

wa Allahu ta’ala ‘alam

ACTIONS!: Ustadh Suhaib June 5, 2007 notes continued

August 12, 2007

Tafseer Surah al Fatiha- beginning of Fatiha is dealing with cognition of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. You learn about HIM subhanahu wa ta’alaImmediately after you are given this introduction, you say: Iyyakana bodo’ 


The first is: the idea that Islam is not compatible to the west

That Islam and the west are antonyms. That there is no possible way… by default, this puts Muslims who live under the microscope as if they are some undomesticated beast living in the garden that has to be constantly monitored. They might step on the flowers, pull up some bushes, etc.

  If someone tells you that you have to migrate, either he is a fool or an agent. None of the major fuqaha today have made this fatwa.  We need to be careful of these 2 extremes! We need to adopt the feel of the sunnah! The feel of the Qur’an! So we understand how to operate.  

WALLAHI this deen has a light from ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala 

Even a non-practicing Muslim can help a person be guided to Islam The TATAR became MUSLIM.

Occupying force took religion of the occupier! ALLAHU AKBAR! 

subhanAllah… a young girl who is 7 years old, who is not a Muslim, would sneak out of the house and wear HIJAB with a pillowcase from her home after she was a few blocks away from her house. Her teacher noticed and asked her about this. She replied: I’e become a MUSLIM. Just by seeing something on TV! ALLAH! The mother was given dawah by the 7 year old after her teacher called her and AlHamdullilah the mother became Muslim after some time.  

“kuntum khayra ummatin okhrijaat lin naas…”

“You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit 
of) mankind; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and
believe in Allah; and if the followers of the Book had believed it
would have been better for them; of them (some) are believers
and most of them are transgressors.” Qur’an: Alee Imran, 110 

 This verse:

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala put in this deen every mechanism the ability to function ANYWHERE on the face of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala’s earth. Whether it’s from shareah or it’s from fiqh!

We differ- but I still respect you! June 5, 2007 lecture with Ustadh Suhaib Webb

August 12, 2007

 InshaAllah will post some notes from the Exemplary Muslims lectures conducted at MCA this summer. If you see any mistakes please notify me asap… these were just typed while I was listening and I couldn’t catch everything. but mashaAllah the lectures were really good.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasul Allah

A watering hole- where you take your animals to drink

Shariah= for the Muslim, spiritual oasis. Where Muslim draws strength from, from these rulings in the laws Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent down

Need for human being to be connected with, KNOW ALLAH is more important than food and drink.

That’s why we say the duaa after we eat and drink. After mention the material risq and praise Allah subhanahu w ata’ala, you don’t forget the need you have spiritually to be a Muslim because your need for islam is greater than your need for food and drink.

You are reminded of this mercy from ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala.

There were some laws and rules ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala didn’t mention anything about them.

Those things that Allah did not talk about, they are rahmatan lakum— MERCY from ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala to you.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala left a great deal of possibilities and probabilities to the minds of the scholars, to deal with through ijtihaad.

Through the shariah we have the revelation of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala

Through the fiqh, we have the understanding of the lawyers of the ummah

Shariah is everything ALLAH SUBHANAHU WA TA’ALA sent to HIS PROPHET sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam through the Qur’an and Sunnah

Ijtihad- independent reasoning

Two extremes within the community-

1-      those who wish to associate Islam with a historical epic

a.       “ie- microphones are not from the sunnah of the Prophet sal ALlahu alayhi wa sallam”

b.      The understanding!

2-      on the other end, we have those who want to Americanize Islam. To forget the religion fo Islam and to adopt a foreign way of thinking- wa autohbillah.

a.       They call themselves progressive but WALLAHI they are REGRESSIVE.

  Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent Shariah- and that doesn’t change!

But fiqh Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala left to the fuqaha and mujtahideen

90 to 95% of fatwas came from human mind bi’idnillah.

We find this in the hadith of Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam to Muadh radi Allahu anhu

          by the Qur’an

          then by the Sunnah

          and if you don’t find it in the sunnah? Muath radi Allahu anhu said I will make ijtihaad

          All praise be to Allah who guided Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam to what pleases Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam


Always in fiqh you will find differences.

  Pray Asr in Bani Quraydah

1 group- no, we need to pray asr on time

2- no, we need to stick to the command of Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam

One group prayed before arrived, one group prayed once they got there.

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam did not say either was wrong…both were right!

In fiqh, there will be differences. But what we lack today is RESPECT OF DIFFERENCES

Being respectful. Although we might hold a position in our heart, as long as it does not go outside of the orthodoxy of our religion, we should differ with respect.

“I don’t agree with you, but I honor you.” Say this in Al Azhar.

I honor, respect, and will listen to what you have to say.

wa Allahu ta’ala ‘alam

Al Akhira- lecture with Ustadh Suhaib Webb Ramadan 2006

August 12, 2007

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

 SubhanAllah last Ramadan the youth had this intense 4 hour lecture with Ustadh Suhaib Webb about the akhira. He took us from when the soul departs through the akhira… he discussed some major and minor signs of the Day of Judgment… subhanAllah it was intense. People- our youth- were crying, freaking out… Allah… the reality, this reality, is crazy scary.

 Here are some notes I found recently..

– Imam Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah: Every breath you breathe, make it for ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala.

-What type of friend would take the soul of a friend? The reply: what type of friend wouldn’t want to MEET his FRIEND (subhanahu wa ta’ala)?

– Believer will experience severe pain at his death. Any sins not forgiven for, paoins of death help wipe them out.

– Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is The Most Just: the unbeliever will have a wretched hereafter, so for them, death is easy.

– The believer will go through so much pain, and then given mercy tidings from the angels.

Your eman, the Qur’an, the tahajud [the rakats prayed in the night] will be a noor in your grave and will fight for you against the punishment of the grave.

May Allah protect us from His punishment!

10 ways to develop love for Allah ‘Azza wa Jal- Ibnul Qayyim

August 12, 2007

Imam Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah gave 10 reasons which cause the mahabah [love of Allah] to develop:

1- Reciting the Qur’an, reflecting upon it and understanding its meanings.

2- Drawing closer to Allah through the performance of optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory deeds.

3- Being continuous in dhikr -remembrance of Allah- in all circumstances- with the tough, the herat, and the limbs. The more constant the dhikr, the more mahabah intensifies.

4. Giving precedence to what Allah loves- when being overcome with desires- over what one personally loves and desires.

5- Causing the heart to contemplate over the Names and Attributes of Allah. Being a witness to what they necessitate and causing the heart to be enlightened in the garden of this realization.

6- Witnessing the blessing and the favors of Allah; the apparent and the hidden

7- Subding the heart and humbling it ebfore Allah, causing it to be in awe of Him

8- Being in seclusion during the time inw hich Allah descends to hte lowest Heaven; reciting the Qur’an, and finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and sincerely repenting to Him.

9- Sitting in the gatherings of the sincere and true lovers of Allah; reaping the benefits of theri teachings, and ot speaking except when you know there is benefit in doing so that such speech will increase you in good and benefit others as well.

10- Keeping clear from all those matters which will cause the heart to distance itself from Allah- the Mighty and Majestic.