Imam Khomeini stressed to get rid of carnal self

Imam Khomeini stressed to get rid of carnal self

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic through his theological works that believers must undertake serious efforts to get rid of them carnal desires.

Imam also advised believers to decorate themselves with moral and ethical values and stay away any type of immorality.

Imam explained how bad habits such as excessive anger or impatience have bad impact and hinders spiritual growth.

Imam Khomeini, the leader of contemporary Muslim world have undertaken serious discussions in his famous book “An exposition on Forth Hadith” in this regard as following:  

The best remedy prescribed by mystics and moralists is to concentrate upon each one of the evil habits that you detect in yourself, and offer an effective resistance against them. Fight bravely against your carnal self.

Act unceasingly all the time against those vicious yearnings. Pray Almighty to assist you in this battle. Undoubtedly after sometime hideous habits would leave you, and Satan and his legions would vacate the fortress, and the battalions of heavenly armies would be installed in their stead.

One of the moral maladies, which may destroy one, cause torment of the grave, and plague man in this world, is the maltreatment of the people of his household, his neighbors, his colleagues and others around him. It is the product of passion and sensuality.

 If the mujahid (someone who seeks to pave spiritual path) is determined on correcting himself, he can counter those impulses of indignation, resentment and vituperation with gentleness and kindness, remembering the Hereafter and the chastisements therein. He should curse the Devil in his heart and take refuge in God.

I give you word that if you behave persistently like this, after some time you will realize that your nature is totally transformed and good habits have taken the place of the bad ones.

But if you behave according to the propensities of your nature, it is possible that they consume you in this world itself.

I seek refuge in God from the anger, which when present in an individual destroys him in both the worlds.

At the same time it kills his spirit also, because possibly one may use some indecent words against Divine principles in a fit of anger, as so many times we hear people uttering words of heresy and being guilty of apostasy thus.

Philosophers say that the chances of being saved in a ship without a captain from the stormy waves of ocean are brighter than those of a man being saved in an outburst of wild passion.

God forbid, that we should ever belong to that category of people who become aggressive during academic discussions, as some of our students suffer from this intemperance.

You have to resist against this bad tendency. Act against it, especially on the occasions of formal functions, which are attended by a great number of scholars and common men.

During the discussions, if you see that the other party is justified in its argument, you are expected to admit your fault and confirm what opponents say.

God willing, these meannesses will be eliminated in a short time. God forbid, that the words of some scholars, who claimed to be divinely inspired and said that it was revealed that the quarrel among the inhabitants of hell, mentioned by God, is that of the scholars and transmitters of ahadith, should ever be true.

Even if you do not believe in the authenticity of this tradition, even then you should carefully try to get rid of this habit. 

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