Sayyiduna Abdur Rahman bin Auf رضى الله عنه repeatedly made the dua ‘Oh Allah! Protect me from the greed of my own soul’. A person who is greedy becomes enslaved to his own nafs and not to Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Such a person becomes hard-hearted and it is very difficult to talk sense into a person who begins to follow only his nafs and greed. The reason for this is that greed clouds a person’s judgement.

Reciting durood (salutations upon the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم abundantly not only has a calming effect on a person but also softens the heart.

[This short excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 11th January 2009].