What exactly is Nafs or Ego


I have read and heard about it a lot and all sorts of people including religious scholors regularly talk about it but I am still not able to understand the real and exact meaning of the words “NAFS” or “EGO”.

Is it the Physical body or the desires of the physical body (but if we are in this world we will have desires and these are from Allah Taala otherwise how can we live and survive here). Or is it something virtual like a “Personality” or “Anger”. Is Nafs or Ego something in addition to the Ruh and the Mind and the Physical body. Is it another name for our “Emotions”.

What exactly is it, and why do we have to fight or subdue or kill or Ego. What is meant by this phrase “kill your ego or conquer your ego”.

Thanks and best regards,


Please view this previous post: What is Nafs?


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