Sunday, April 15, 2012

Which Wolf will win?

Which Wolf will win?

This is a nice Story from Native American Tradition depicting the struggle between the Nafs and the Ruh (the evil and virtuous propensities) within each human being in a simple way:

An elder Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life.  He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me.  It is a terrible fight between two wolves.  One wolf represents anger, greed, hatred, envy, fear, arrogance, resentment, self-pity, guilt, lies and ego.  The other stands for peace, love, patience, joy, compassion, generosity, humility, kindness, friendship, truth, and faith.  This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, as well.” The children thought about this for a while and then one child asked, “Which wolf will win?” The wise elder replied simply, “The one you feed.” (Taken from “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living”)

So, we must try to feed the Ruh by doing Ibadah, abundant Dhikrullah, dua, reciting the Quran, following the holy Sunnah and Shariah and pious company and weaken the Nafs by doing Mujahida against it by avoiding strictly: all the sins, overeating, unneccessary talking, over sleeping, bad company. 

Ultimately, the one we feed will win InshAllah!

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