In the Name of God the Beneficent and Merciful Self-Building by Ayatullah Ibrahim AminiSlide 2
Holy Quran says "They will solicit the (from Muhammad) concerning the soul. Say: The soul is by summon of my Lord, and learning ye have been vouchsafed yet little." Â â -the Holy Quran (17:85)Slide 3
A BRIEF OVERVIEW Meaning of Self-Building Self-Building: Why ? Self-Building: TheÂ Goal of Divine Messengers Defining Human Soul Defining Animal Self What are Human Virtues?Slide 4
Meaning of Self-Building To scrub one-self of every common impuritie so thatâ one canâ achieve tha pupose of creation that Our CREATOR proposed : To Be A True Human Being To Nurtureâ our Human Soul, so we can control our Animal Self.Slide 5
Self-Building :Â Why? Weâ must need to ask ourselves, Why do we require Self-Building... That prompts another entire arrangement of inquiries Why are we made? Where are we going? Where did we originate from? Where are we going to? Â No Human being in this world can go about without delaying sooner or later in his/her life to ask these basic Questions?Slide 6
Self-Building: Why?â When we see around us, we watch that each Creation in this Universe is filling a need. You can see whether it is the Sun or the Moon or Water or its a living thing, it is assuming its part in the Grand Scheme of Things. Allah swt is Almighty and Wise and it is not understandable that He swt will make Human Beings with no reason. So What is that reason?Slide 7
Self-Building: Purpose ofÂ Creation We then see, that all types of love or dealings or activities that Islam recommends, lead to one Goal : Self-Building So that we all can get Closer to Our Lord , The Creator of this Universe. There are numerous impediments to this procedure of Self-Building Obstacle 1: Internal Enemy : Our Nafs Obstacle 2: External Enenmy: Satan and its specialists These two adversaries are in arrangement.Slide 8
What does Self-Building do? Self-Building sanitizes the spirit of Human Beings Identifiesâ us withâ our reason And Leadsâ us towardsâ our CreatorSlide 9
Self-Building Does not mean.... To leaveâ everything andâ liveâ like a minister or to Stop dealing with family/work and so forth. However, it meansâ that :Â We keep on refining ourselves and impeccable our selves, while fullfillingâ all our social commitments also. InshallahâSlide 10
The Goal of Divine Messengers Why were Divine Messengers sent to humanity? Â Holy Quran mentions:â âGod did give an awesome support on the devotees when he sent among them a missionary from among themselves practicing unto them the indications of God, blessing them and training them in sacred text and insight, while before that, they had been in show error.âSlide 11
Holy Qurans Message Clear Message Purpose of Prophets per last Ayah: Â Sanctification Â Instuction in Scripture & WisdomSlide 12
Purpose of Holy Prophet PBUH Holy Prophet Said: "I underline the significance of good ethics for you in light of the fact that God-Almighty has sent me particularly for this purpose.ââ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - Bihar al-Anwar vol. 69, p-375. Great Morals : The Goal of Prophet PBUHSlide 13
Nobility of Human Soul Â Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq AS said: "God-Almighty delegated prophets with great ethics; in this way, whoever finds these ideals inside of himself ought to be appreciative to God for this abundance, Â whoever does not have these excellencies must supplicate, cry, and shed tears before God Almighty requesting such blessing." - al Mustadarak, vol. 2, p-283.Slide 14
Nobility of Human Soul Â Imam Ali AS; âSelf is similar to a valuable gem, whoever takes a stab at his insurance, he will assist him with attaininging lifted up positions, and whoever acted carelessly in his security he might pull him towards humiliation."â â - Gharar al-Hukm, p-226.Slide 15
Nobility of Human Soul Imam Ali Again said "Whoever knows the value of his self will never permit himself to be reveling into passing common entertainments and disgraceful deeds.â Â â â â â â â â â Â â â â â â â â â â â -Gharar al-Hukm, p-669.Slide 16
A Summary : Nobility of Human Self Human Self is Valuable, similar to a Jewel Â Identifying the Noble Self liberates oneself from all needs Â We must distinguish this honorable self All Prophets AS came to prepare this respectable self and to verify that the people distinguish this respectable self All our Holy Imams guided the mankind towards perceiving the respectability of human selfSlide 17
The Wicked Aspect of Human Nafs There are another arrangement of Ayat and Ahadith that recognize the shrewd part of people that is the Nafs All these Narrations ask the muslims to wage battle against this perilous adversary and called this battle as Jihad-e-Akbar : The Greater Jihad The Goal of the Greater Jihad is to make this shades of malice nafs compliant to Allahs will and summonsSlide 18
Ayat about the Nafs "But as far him who dreaded to remain before his master and limited his spirit from desire, Lo ! The greenery enclosure will be his home." Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - the Holy Quran (79:40-41)Slide 19
The wickedness Nafs characterized "But as far him who dreaded to remain before his master and limited his spirit from desire, Lo ! The patio nursery will be his home." Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - the Holy Quran (79:40-41) This abhorrence nafs urges the human to take after desireSlide 20
Evil Nafs: Greatest Enemy Holy Prophet PBUH: "Your\'s most noteworthy foe is you\'re self, which is situated between your two sides." Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 70, p-64. Most noteworthy Enemy is the Self.Slide 21
Never Trust Ones Evil Self âTrusting the self gives the most tried and true chances to villain\'s entranceâ Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â -Gharar al-Hukm, p-54. What does trust mean? What makes us believe our insidious self? (Nafs-e-Ammarah)Slide 22
Self makes us do abhorrent deeds "Self orders you constantly to enjoy into malevolence deeds, along these lines, whoever believed his self - he will double dealing him, whoever trusted his self - he will crush him; and whoever is fulfilled by his self âhe will lead him to face most exceedingly awful sort of disasters.â Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - Gharar al-Hukm, p-226.Slide 23
Prayer by Our Imam âOh God! I do whine to you against the self â which persistently orders; to enjoy into evil acts and deviations,. Confronts Your fierceness and punishment;â and pulls me towards the way of supreme destruction." Â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â - Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 94, p-143.Slide 24
Prophets Answer about Moral Conduct "A man drew closer the Holy Prophet (S) and asked: \'What is religion?\' The Holy Prophet (S) answered: \'Great good lead.\' The man asked the same inquiries from the Holy Prophet (S) on the other hand by showing up from right, left, and behind the Messenger. At long last the Holy Prophet (S) investigated him and said: \'Why not comprehend?\' Religion is characterized as never to get angry." Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mohajateh al-Baiza, vol. 5, p-89.Slide 25
What did Imam Pray about?Slide 26
Human Soul versus Evil Self All people have two measurements: a) The Animal Dimension b) The Spiritual Dimension We find in every one of the Teachings of Holy Quran and Ahlul Bait, that they discuss A) Nourishing the Spritual Dimension B) Controlling the Animal DimensionSlide 27
Human Soul versus Evil Self They both are totally unrelated You cannot have both solid at one time. The Trainedâ Human Nafs will lead a man to the way of fabulousness The Untrained Nafs will lead us to the way of annihilationSlide 28
Animal Traits versus Human Traits All individual offer with creatures the requirement for Shelter Protection Food Fullfilling Â Other essential sensesSlide 29
Animal Traits versus Human Traits Islam does not prevent a man from fullfilling those needs inside of the breaking points of Shariat. In any case, that is not the craved or extreme objective of creation Islam tries to support Human attributes like intelligence, fearlessness, honor, dignity, restraint, genuineness and other human characteristicsSlide 30
Self-Building: from 40 Hadith Imam Khomeni RA notice in the book Forty Hadith\' first Chapter: In the begining one need to remind ordinary interruption and reflect and say to oneself:â "O unfeeling self! Thou
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