A wonderful article indeed ...jewish concept of yetzer hara seems to be same as concept of nafs in islam....
Does God have a yetzer hara, the force within that encourages us to do negative and destructive things, that He has to fight everyday? Does God live in this seedy world, where people will do the unthinkable to make money .."
No, God does not have a yetzer hara. It is only we who have to battle this powerful inner foe.
The yetzer hara is a profound Jewish concept. We all have an inner adversary that tries to keep us from doing the right thing. What's so conniving about this evil inclination is that we think it is really our true selves talking.
Take dieting, for example. When most of us decide to start a diet, we hear a little voice that says, "Eat it, eat it -- just this one bite!" It certainly happens to me. And when I try to start a morning exercise regimen, that same voice says, "This morning you need to rest in order to exercise better tomorrow." Can you relate?
As soon as we decide to do something positive, the little voice tries to get us to do exactly the opposite of what we really want to do......