In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins the fifth set of hadiths on the virtues of the remembrance of Allah Most High from Imam Nabahani’s forty sets of forty hadiths, covering hadiths one to five. In the first two hadiths, Allah Most High says He is as his servant thinks of Him and that He is with us when we remember Him; we also learn about and how Allah Most High reciprocates our remembrance of Him. In the third hadith, we learn that Allah Most High is with His servant who remembers Him and whose two lips move by Him. This expression indicates the sunnah of pronouncing remembrance, as well as the importance of remembering that it is Allah Most High who creates and sustains our remembrance and all of our actions. In the fourth hadith, we again learn about the reciprocation of Allah Most High of our remembrance. In the fifth hadith, we learn about the relationship between remembrance and gratitude, as well as forgetfulness and disbelief. Shaykh Faraz then begins the section on Reliance on Allah Most High from Imam Zarnuji’s “Instruction of the Student”, where we learn about the importance of freeing oneself from matters of provision in order to be able to acquire noble traits and elevated matters.
(1) Imam Zarnuji’s Guidance for Seekers of Knowledge Regarding the Ways of Seeking Knowledge (Ta`lim al-Muta`allim Turuq al-Ta`allum); and
(2) Imam Yusuf al-Nabahani’s beautiful collection of 40 sets of 40 Hadiths of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).