135 – Praiseworthy Crying and Changing to the Better

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 cry for the right reason. Crying only benefits when it brings about change to the better. Be wary of religious discourse that is emotional only, and doesn’t incur any change. The cure for a self that feels good by only crying and not changing to the better, is to be committed to change rather than crying and relaxing. Crying in sadness shouldn’t be a fleeting feeling. Crying should increase determination to change and regret for one’s shortcomings. Shaykh Faraz answers the question “why does one cry?” A good reason for crying is to realize how one must be, and how one actually is, and feel that they are at loss from their goal. Cry with determination to change. It is important to learn how to cry. Crying in the right way is a sunnah.

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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