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Infamies: Unconsciously slacking off in duties

This excerpt from Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment explains the importance of being thankful for good things lest we lose them, and the various stages people often experience when slacking off. It prescribes ways to treat this condition, chief of which are seeking refuge in Allah and remembrance of Him. 4. Unconsciously slacking … Read more

Infamies: Expecting salvation despite violations

Here is another excerpt from Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment. This excerpt points out how we hold ourselves back by committing violations, and that our ultimate success rests upon purifying ourselves of moral and behavioral violations. 1. Expecting salvation despite violations One of the infamies of the soul is imagining that … Read more

The Three Types of Soul

Some editions of Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment include a small introduction on the three different types of souls. Know that the soul is of three types: the one that incites evil, the reproachful soul, and the one that is serene.((These are, respectively: al-nafs al-āmāra, al-nafs al-lawwāma, and al-nafs al-muṭmaʾinna.)) The serene … Read more

Infamies of the Soul: reading al-Ghazali and al-Sulami

I am reading Sheikh Muhammad Nawawi al-Jawi’s Maraqi al-‘Ubudiyyah, a commentary on Imam al-Ghazali’s Bidayat al-Hidayah. Even though it’s just as good at exposing my self for the sick creature that it is and giving guidance for its training, I do not find myself feeling constantly on the verge of spiritual distraction and despair as … Read more

Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment

The following was extracted from my translation of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s ʿUyūb al-nafs wa adwiyātuhā (Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment). The entries are listed in the following format:


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Expecting salvation despite violations
Travel the path of guidance, eat wholesome food, and seek complete protection from God
Comfort by the form of repentance
Adhere to grieving & crying so the nafs does not apply itself to feeling comforted

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