Branches of Faith – 05: Adorning the Heart with Praiseworthy Traits – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi’s text “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He continues with the root that relates to the matters of this life. He focuses on that which relates to the inward, and more specifically, the praiseworthy traits and characteristics that one should adorn their inward with.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the eleven praiseworthy traits that Imam al-Zabidi highlights in his work, that one should adorn their hearts with. The eleven traits he covers are: (1) repentance, (2) fear of God, (3) hope in God, (4) modesty, (5) gratitude, (6) loyalty, (7) patience, (8) sincerity, (9) love, (10) reliance upon God, and (11) content with God’s decree.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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