“This is how it is when your animal energies,
the nafs, dominate your soul:
…you’ve seen a nomad’s dog
lying at the tent entrance, with his head
on the threshold and his eyes closed.
…Now, what if that dog’s owner
were not able to control it?
…Just as you can’t come close,
he can’t go out!”
We must be aware of our animal energies, our nafs, and we must learn to control them or they will control us.