A Letter to my Nafs: On Being Purposeful [Part 1]
A letter to my nafs on being purposeful and mindful.
I know you need motivation. So remember the covenant you made with Allah (SWT), as mentioned in the Qur’an.
I know the struggle is real. But like it or not, I have to win over you ~ dear nafs.
O Allah! Inspire my heart
to guidance and save me from
the evil of my soul (nafs).
Remember your covenant with Allah (SWT)?
When you were created, you testified that He (SWT) was your Lord.
”And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.” (Al-A’raf 7: 172)
You agreed to worship and obey Him.
So, you really have no excuse to shun this covenant NOW in your busy life. Your true purpose is to believe and follow the true path leading to Him. Success will come when you persevere and remain purposeful on your pact ~ against all odds.
Yes, each day comes with its small and BIG challenges; Whether its a laptop crashing, losing a loved one, child getting sick, failing a test or an examination; being abused/ stigmatised.
And the list goes on.
Our everyday hustle brings about its fair share of constant stress to the mind, body and soul.
For those who keep their covenant in sight, working actively and purposefully towards the pact, their reward will be the eternal garden. (Qaf 50:31-33)
TIP: Keep your eyes on the prize not the distractions on your journey to reach the prize.
Your powerful desires overwhelm me in certain situations,
They frighten me in other situations.
You pull me time and time again towards several objects of veneration; from the social media hype and blingy technology to celebrity shuyoukh culture and the 21st century feministic ideologies.
Sometimes you tell me success is all about making money; having it all in the material sense. Seeking fame, authority, recognition and being a part of the popularity contest.
You sway me easily towards the dunya blings – the fads, trends and pop culture. Making me feel that I can do it all, have it all; all by my own thinking, intellect and skills. While undermining my number 1 purpose on planet earth.
I have a question for you.
Does being an all-time thrill seeking person really bring about fulfillment – doing things just for the fun of it… as a way of life and living?
After all, you only live once so enjoy it ~ you whisper to me.
Your youth only comes once, so smash it ~ you declare to me boldly.
TIP: Buckle up your lowly desires, do not unleash them. Seek rewarding ways to feel good and relax inside out.
Your turn – How do you remain purposeful despite the challenges and temptations in your life?
*The Savvy Muslim Youth manifesto*, a short and easy guide for Muslim Youth (and youthful Muslims) is a calling to stay positive and purposeful despite challenges in life.