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A Debate with the Nafs

“Support one another in goodness and piety, and do not aid in sin and rebellion” (5:2 Ma'ida). This aya should be a guide for everyone in any kind of policy making position. The ends do not justify the means.

If you ask a believer “Where does success come from,” they will naturally say “Allah.” If that is the case, do we imagine that He gives success to people disobeying Him?

If our nafs says, "But there is literally no other way."

Response: Then it's not good for us. Nothing that only comes through the avenue of haram will ever be good.

If our nafs says: "But it's really necessary." Response: Unless life or limb are at stake, it's not necessary. Don't confuse 'wants' and 'needs'.

Nafs: "But this is a different context." Response: If that's the case, then all the other scholars would have agreed to it. At the very least, there would be a vast difference of opinion. Not one or two random opinions, but many, countless scholars would see the matter as you see it.

Nafs: "But the umma..." Response: Stop.

"Be content with the halal and Allah will fill your heart with satisfaction."


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