Don’t Listen to Your Ego 

4 May by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Listen to Sultanق’s Sohbah here:(5:14)

Read Sultanق’s Sohbah here:

Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm: “وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ”, “Wa Laqad Khalaqnā Al-‘Insāna Wa Na`lamu Mā Tuwaswisu Bihi Nafsuhu ۖ Wa Naĥnu ‘Aqrabu ‘Ilayhi Min Ĥabli Al-Warīd”, “And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.” (Qur’an 50:16) Ṣadaqa Llāhu l-‘aẓīm.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla creates man. And Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, “We know what his ego whispers to him.” Nothing is hidden. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla knows the waswasa (whisperings) and what a person’s ego tells him. “We are closer to you than your jugular vein”, says Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. Everything is swimming in the sea of Allah’s ﷻ Power; man, creatures, the whole universe. We are all swimming in the sea of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla’s Power. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla knows everything.

Our ego is constantly making waswasa or striving to get us to follow it. Most people follow their ego. Now especially in this time which we call the end of times, there are very few people who do not always follow their ego. Others have endlessly surrendered to the desires of their egos. They are doing everything. They are also making laws. People now say, “Do not go against your ego. Do whatever your ego says. Don’t listen to anything else. To religion, to Iman, to Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla, to the Prophet ﷺ; do not listen to anything. Just listen to your ego. Follow your ego, and enjoy yourself.”

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, “I know what your ego is telling you. I am closer to you.” Therefore, Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, “Don’t follow your ego.” Don’t obey your ego. Our Prophet ṣallá Llahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam also says, “Don’t follow your ego.” Don’t let your ego ride you. You ride your ego, don’t let it ride you, he ﷺ says.

Whereas the people of this time take care of whatever their ego desires. “Be like a donkey. Let it ride on your back. Let it make you run to wherever it wants. Let it whip you and hit you. Let it disgrace you. You will be satisfied. The more evil you do, the more satisfied you’ll be”, these people say. Allah Azza wa-Jalla says otherwise. He ﷻ says, “Beware of disgracing yourself like that. Don’t put yourself in these bad situations.”

Most of today’s people, as we said, have already given up the struggle against their ego. There are some people who ask, “How will we train our ego? How will we kill our ego?” The ego does not die. You can control it. If you say that it’s dead, it will get to you. It gets up suddenly and swallows you. Therefore, while a person is alive, his ego does not die. The ego dies only when you die.

Of course, the great ‘Awliya who make Jihad (fight) a lot against their egos, still do not leave their egos. They do not get arrogant saying, “I killed my ego” and they do not give up fighting their ego. They always, until the end of their lives, strive to control it and they do so. They know that if you loosen it up a little bit, it will come out and get onto you right away. May Allah ﷻ protect us from the evils of our egos in sha’a Llah. 

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

4 May 2023/ 14 Shawwal 1444

Shaykh Nazim Dergah, Lefka, Cyprus

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