136 – Treating the Loss of Resolve

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. Shaykh Faraz beings by explaining how actions are driven by intention and intention is driven by purpose. Danger arises when actions are performed out of mere habit. Routines are easy to neglect. One can easily become unconcern about falling short. One must take one’s self to accountant to avoid falling short, and to watch both actions and character. Losing concern is worse than losing resolve. Even worse, is for one not to see their shortcomings and think they are doing well. Loss of purpose arises from lack of gratitude, when granted facilitation to fulfill rights. Ascribing good to one’s self is of great spiritual harm. With lack of gratitude, the urge to do good diminishes. When one does good and ascribes it to Allah, one is safe from spiritual downfall. Safety comes by constantly turning to Allah, and express one’s neediness to Allah. Two keys to safety are 1) reciting the Qur’an, and 2) reflecting on it’s meanings.


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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