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  1. Nafs

    Nafs is an Arabic word which occurs in the Qur'an and means self, psyche, ego or soul. In its unrefined state, "the ego is the lowest dimension of man's inward existence, his animal and satanic nature." Nafs is an important concept in the Islamic tradition, especially within Sufism and the discipline of gnosis in Shia Islam. Tradition states it is a little black spot on the area where the person's heart is and it is mentioned in the hadith that Muhammad had this spot removed.

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