Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:06:06 AM
In Ayat 29 of Surat Ankabut (29:69) of the Holy Qur'an, Allah, Most High Lord of the Universe, says:--
"AS FOR THOSE WHO STRIVE IN US, WE SHALL GUIDE THEM
TO OUR PATHS."
Explaining this Noble Ayat, Imam Ibn Qayyim, may Allah be Merciful to him, said that "the most compulsory form of Jihad is Jihad against the EGO (nafs); against unbridled passions (hawa); against the Devil (shaytan); and against being worldly (dunya).
Those who wage Jihad against these 4, in obedience to Allah, shall be guided by Allah to the Path of His Good Pleasure which in turn will lead to His Paradise. Those who neglect Jihad will be veiled from guidance to the degree they forsake Jihad.
So, let us strive to overcome temptations, carnal desires and the devil's whisperings. May we be blessed with Tawfiq to internalize Islamic Teachings through acts of worship and devotion such as Prayer/Sallah, fasting, Zikr, almsgiving etc
For more on this topic, you may see:
"FAWA'ID" and "ZADIL MA'AD" by
Imam Ibn al-Qayyim.