13-Harms of Being Avid for Wealth and Status-Spiritual Counsel: Wisdom on Turning to God from the Islamic Tradition -Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this episode, Shaykh Faraz explains the twenty-seventh hadith from the Chapter on Matters That Soften the Heart from the hadith compilation, Mishkat al-Masabih, compiled by Muḥammad ibn Abdullah Khatib al-Tabrizi (d. 741 AH). The twenty-seventh hadith relates to us that “two hungry wolves let loose on a flock of sheep are not of greater harm to it than a person’s avidness for wealth and status to their religion”. Shaykh Faraz explains the detrimental nature of being avid, which is seeking beyond praiseworthy limits, for worldly wealth and status. He also explains that the flock of sheep could mean the people one is responsible for, but also that a person themselves is like a flock of sheep with their various inward impulses. Shaykh Faraz finally advises to always renew intention when approaching what they seek and to regularly take themselves into account.