Root cause for all the problems faced by humans in their life span is not being aware of who are their friends and enemies?
Everyone should know their friends and foes.
Especially when walking in the path of spirituality, to maintain constant contact with our Creator, we should definitely win our enemies
Who are our enemies?
Man has two enemies; one is Satan and the second is his own soul (Nafs)
Remember how Satan made our forefathers Adam and Eve to slip from the Paradise?
In Quran, Allah states that He allowed Adam and his wife to dwell in Paradise and to eat from all of its fruits, except one tree.
Thus, Satan envied them and plotted deceitfully, whispering and suggesting treachery. He wished to rid them of the various favors and nice clothes that they were enjoying.
And We said, "O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat there from in [ease and] abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers." Quran – 2:35
But Satan caused them to slip out of it and removed them from that [condition] in which they had been. And We said, "Go down, [all of you], as enemies to one another, and you will have upon the earth a place of settlement and provision for a time." Quran – 2:36
Quran on Satan
Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak” [4:76],
Whereas about the nafs the Qur’an says,
”Indeed the nafs is supremely commanding to do evil, except those upon whom my Lord has mercy.” [12:53].
The above shows the soul having upper hand over Satan
Your worst enemy is your soul that is between your two sides – Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
Then who is the strongest person?
Strongest person is the one who subjugates his soul and works for what is after death. And the incapable is the one who follows his desires and merely hopes in his Lord
Things to purify the hearts:
When any one concentrates diligently and steadfastly involved in the process of purifying his heart, then all the aspects of life will turn to its best for him. Although there are many ways for the process of conditioning a heart, let’s ponder over the following three –
1) Should allot time every day to speak with our soul – take account of the good and bad deeds done on that day
Whosoever questions himself and corrects in this world, then Allah (SWT) will ease his questioning on the Day of Judgment – Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
2) Take revenge against the soul
When committed a sin or missed a good deed, then take revenge against it by doing enough amounts of good deeds to balance it
3) Read the life history of those who strive hard to conquer their souls and won the worlds