Shaykh Faraz continues the text, “Letter to a Disciple” by Imam Ghazali, where he relates the story of Imam Hatem al-Asam with his teacher Shaqiq al-Balkhi. Imam Hatem shares the remaining four of the eight life lessons he learned from his teacher. The fifth lesson was to be content with what Allah has apportioned, and not to envy other for what Allah has granted them. The sixth lesson was to take Satan as one’s enemy and not people. Animosity in relation to other people should be directed towards actions and not persons. The seventh lesson was to realize that Allah has guaranteed one’s provision, so one should focus their concern on drawing close to Allah. The eighth and final lesson was to rely completely on Allah.
(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.