144 – Being Lazy and What it Causes

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 covers the blameworthy trait of  being lazy and what it causes. Laziness is to not act upon what should be acted upon, when and how it should be acted upon. The foundation of the sunna is to approach action with resolve and determination. What causes laziness is eating one’s fill. Food fills the animal self. Restrain the animal self and nurture the angelic self.

Food will overcome the heart in what the heart wants. What one needs is Allah and the hereafter. Its cure is to make oneself hungry, and not eat to one’s fill. In hunger their is a  restraining and disciplining of the self. Operationalize this hunger by following the sunna.


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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