Character development. Through quran and sunnah. Objective. What does it mean to be a human being. Islam is a spiritual training system that supports human beings in harmonizing themselves with the divine order and thus with each other and the natural environment.
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Through quran and sunnah
what does the word mean to you?
what are ways to develop character? is there any difference between personality traits and character?
are we born with a character or is it something we aquire from our environment?
The structure of self
Quran describes three kinds of nafs:
1. وَمَا أُبَرِّىءُ نَفْسِي إِنَّ النَّفْسَ لأَمَّارَةٌ بِالسُّوءِ إِلاَّ مَا رَحِمَ رَبِّيَ إِنَّ رَبِّي غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ(12:53) And yet, I am not trying to absolve myself: for, verily, man's inner self does incite [him] to evil, and saved are only they upon whom my Sustainer bestows His grace, Behold, my Sustainer is much forgiving, a dispenser of grace!"
2. وَلَا أُقْسِمُ بِالنَّفْسِ اللَّوَّامَةِ (75:2) But nay! I call to witness the accusing voice of man's own conscience!
3.يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ (89:27) "O thou human being that hast attained to inner peace!.
Nafsexpereinces insecurities, fears, disappointments, as well as happiness, satisfaction, and peace.