In this podcast Shaykh Faraz Rabbani continues the text, “Blameworthy Traits and Their Cure” (‘Uyub al-Nafs wa Mudawatuha) by Imam Abu Abdulrahman al-Sulami (died 412 A.H.). This work deals with states of the self, and how to rid oneself from blameworthy traits. In this episode Shaykh Faraz explains how to identify and cure self satisfaction. Self satisfaction is one of the greatest forms of ignorance. Shaykh Faraz goes on to mention that the stations of good are three: (1) salvation, (2) righteousness, and (3) excellence. Shaykh Faraz asks the question about being self satisfied: what do you intrinsically have to be satisfied about? The key to good is avoiding harm. The basis of taqwa is leaving sin. The basis of harm is heedlessness. Disobedience is in following sinful desires and whims, which causes one to disobey Allah inwardly and outwardly. Shaykh Faraz closes by mentioning that the three cures for self satisfaction: (1) traveling the way of guidance, (2) wholesome eating, and (3) striving to perfect taqwa.
In the Rawha, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will be covering Daily Guidance for Seekers. The text covered in this episode is Imam Abu Abdulrahman al-Sulami’s “ Blameworthy Traits and Their Cure”(‘Uyub al-Nafs wa Mudawatuha).
The texts in the Rawha 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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