Khatara (Idea, Notion), Khawātir
Khatar is a form of calling or some kind of voice within a person, it
may be originated as a call by:
3. Nafs (Psyche)
If the calling is from the Angels it is called ‘Ilhām (Inspiration)
from the devils it is called Wasāwis (Whispers) and if it is from the
it is called Hawājis. The devil's callings usually incites
the person towards sins, and the callings of the Nafs (Psyche)
foul behavior e.g. arrogance. Similarly the calling of Allah is called
It is the consensuses of all Sufi elders that whomever eats Harām
(Unlawful) provisions cannot discern between the Angles’ ‘Ilhām
(Inspiration) and devil’s Wasāwis (Whispers).
Again it is the consensuses of all Sufi elders that Nafs (Psyche)
not tell the truth and the heart does not lie.
Junaid distinguishes between the Hawājis of the Nafs (Psyche)
devil’s Wasāwis (Whispers): Nafs calls upon the person persistently for
long periods of time, while the devil gives up at the sign of first
resistance and may resort to another temptation.
Some have said that the Angel’s calling may be agreed or disagreed with
by the person but the calling of Allah i.e. Khātir cannot be disagreed
with by the slave.