The difference between Shaitaan and nafs

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: How can we tell the difference between the whispering of shaitaan and the “whispering” (or inclinations, impulses?) of the nafs (human soul, ego, mind)?


A: The shaytaan’s intention is to drown you in some sin or the other and the nafs drags you to some temptation, and until and unless you have not fulfilled that temptation it will keep nagging you.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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