Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
What is Nafs?
If you have made up your mind to attain the blessings of hunger by applying the Madanī guard to your stomach for the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, then remember that you will be strongly opposed by your Nafs. Controlling the Nafs is not easy. In this regard, Sayyidunā Bāyazīd Bisṭāmī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه has stated, ‘Nafs is such an attribute which is not satisfied (with anything) but evil.’ (In other words, Nafs is happy only with evil). Sayyidunā Sulaymān Dārānī قُـدِّسَ سِـرُّہُ الـرَّبَّـانِی has stated, ‘Opposing the Nafs is the most virtuous deed.’
(Kashf-ul-Maḥjūb, pp. 395-396)
Sayyidunā Sulaymān Dārānī قُـدِّسَ سِـرُّہُ الـرَّبَّـانِی has stated, ‘Abandoning a desire from the desires of Nafs is more beneficial to the heart than fasting and remaining awake (in worship) for the entire year.’
(Jażb-ul-Qulūb, vol. 2, pp. 336)
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد
Some saints have seen their Nafs in physical form. In this regard, Sayyidunā Muhammad ‘Alyān Naswī رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has narrated, ‘In the beginning, when I realised the harms of Nafs, I felt an intense hatred towards it. One day, an animal in the shape of a baby fox suddenly came out of my throat. Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ made me identify it and I became aware that it was my own Nafs. I immediately chased after it and began to stamp on it with my feet. To my utter amazement, the more I struck, the bigger it got. I said, ‘O Nafs! Everything is destroyed by pains and wounds, yet you are growing to the contrary.’ It replied, ‘I am quite different to others. The