139 – Bad Thoughts: Their Consequences and Cure

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 begins by explaining that there are different types of thoughts. One is responsible for which thoughts one embraces and acts upon. He goes to explain that there are four types of inspirations. (1) Lordly inspirations, which are thoughts that inspire to meanings of faith and certitude. We are called to accept and embrace these inspirations, and nurtue them through reflection and remembrance. (2) Angelic inspirations, which are thoughts that incline towards good action or virtue. (3) Selfish snspirations, which inspire to desire or whim. These require opposing them. (4) Satanic inspirations, which gives doubts and misgivings in matters of faith or details of guidance. Its treatment is knowledge. One must gain knowledge and act upon it. The cure for bad thoughts is rejecting these inspirations right away, constant remembrance of Allah, holding fast to the awe of Allah, and knowledge.


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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