Islamic Perspectives

Diseases of the Soul

Various diseases affect the soul. Only a perfect Murshid (Spiritual Guide) can treat them. We should study ourselves and upon finding ourselves affected by any of these ailments, seek a remedy from a perfect Murshid. Ala Hadrat Ahmad Rida Khan (Alayhir Rahmah) has mentioned the following diseases of the soul:
    1. Showing off
    2. Vanity
    3. Jealousy
    4. Malice
    5. Pride
    6. Love of praise
    7. Love of status
    8. Love of world
    9. Love of fame
    10. Reverence of the rich
    11. Disrespect of the poor
    12. Following desires
    13. Flattery
    14. Ingratitude
    15. Stinginess
    16. Desiring too much
    17. Thinking ill
    18. Hostility against truth
    19. Persistence in falsehood
    20. Deception
    21. Treachery
    22. Breach of trust
    23. Negligence
    24. Cruelty
    25. Greed
    26. Adulation
    27. Reliance on creation
    28. Forgetting the Creator
    29. Forgetfulness of death
    30. Committing sins openly and not fearing
    31. Hypocrisy
    32. Obeying Shaytaan
    33. Self-worship
    34. Inclination to idle matter
    35. Laziness
    36. Lack of fear of Allah
    37. Anxiety
    38. Lack of humility
    39. Self-wrath while the anger could be used
         in the Path of Allah
    40. Being lax in Allah’s commands and prohi
          bitions, etc.
Source: Ala Hadrat, Fatawa Afriqa, p. 121]