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Any time human beings value something, they take extra precaution to protect that thing. For example, when they buy a house, they will also purchase insurance because there is a potential for something so valuable to be harmed.

Another example is that of our lives. You can look at the way human beings preserve their bodies and you will realize that the bodies are extremely valued, and there is always constant fear that something might go wrong.

The way we work concerning our bodies is that we are very precautious and there are many ways we deal with it. The first and most importantly is prevention, because ‘An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure’. The exact same applies with the human soul.

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala  has composed us of two parts; a physical body and a soul. The body and soul merge together to form the human being. The body is the vehicle and the soul is that what counts. People who get caught up with the body and put all their emphasis on it are emphasizing on the wrong thing.

You have to work on prevention. How do you do that? By committing to some sort of gathering, company or daily routine. It is very important that you screen yourself. Look at your schedule, routine, what you’re emphasizing, and your own development.

Keep these 3 principles in mind when you are trying to develop your soul. Firstly, put yourself in the company of someone who is always looking watching over you and develop a relationship with that person. Secondly, screen yourself. Thirdly, when you detect something seek assistance quickly. Every mountain started as a sand pile. We could have levelled the sand, but now we have to bulldoze a whole mountain.

The soul represents your essence, not just your existence. What you will be on the Day of Judgment is what your soul is.

The soul represents your essence, not just your existence. What you will be on the Day of Judgment is what your soul is.

(The above is a summary of the talk given by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar. To listen to more talks of Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, please visit sacredlearning.org)

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