108 – Mutual Care and Love Between Believers | Balancing Knowledge and Worship

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In this episode, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers hadith twenty-six to twenty-eight from Imam Nabahani’s eighth set of hadiths on the virtues of loving for the sake of Allah and hating for the sake of Allah. In the twenty-sixth hadith, we learn that believers are of deep concern and love for one another even if they are distant, and that corrupt people are treacherous towards one another even if they are close. The twenty-seventh hadith informs us that whoever visits a sick person or another for the sake of Allah, a caller in the heaven prays and supplicates for them. In the twenty-eighth hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us that whoever would be happy to find the sweetness of faith, then let them love another only for the sake of Allah. Finally, Shaykh Faraz continues the text, “Letter to a Disciple” by Imam Ghazali, where he highlights balanicing knowledge and worship. He counsels that knowledge alone is not enough, and that the seeker should have routines of worship.

(1)Imam Yusuf al-Nabahani’s beautiful collection of 40 sets of 40 Hadiths of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and

(2) Imam Ghazali’s “Letter to a Disciple” on his comprehensive advice to the seeker of knowledge.

The texts will be read in Arabic, translated, and commented upon briefly. This class is of benefit both for committed students of knowledge—particularly given the reading in Arabic—and for those simply seeking daily guidance, reminders, and inspiration in learning to live the light of Prophetic guidance.
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