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There is Allah, and there is your own self [nafsuka], and you must address the situation. The self is the opponent and enemy of Allah. All things are subordinate to Allah, and the self really belongs to Him as a creature and a possession, but the self entertains presumptions and aspirations bound up with carnal appetite and sensual desire. So if you ally yourself with the divine Truth in opposition and hostility toward the self, you will be for Allah’s sake an adversary to your own self. As Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) said to David (peace be upon him):

O David, I am your indispensable support, so hold fast to your support. True servitude means being an adversary to your own self.

– Shaykh Sayyid Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (Ghawth al-Adham) rahimahu Llah –

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