145 – Seeking Status Through Knowledge and Its 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 covers the blameworthy trait of  seeking status through one’s knowledge. This is connected to seeking knowledge for other than Allah. Sincerity is obligatory in acts of worship. The sin of showing off applies to seeking leadership. Envy turns into ill will and spite. Seeking worldly or material gains through something made to be done for the sake of Allah is destructive. Seeking leadership through knowledge, and being arrogant and boastful because of it, is seeking to impress others by it. There is a sacredness to knowledge. It will have a light if sought for Allah. Its reward is from Allah. This is the way of the prophets.The reality of knowledge is that it is a gift from Allah. Hold fast to humility and brokenness through knowledge and have a debt of gratitude.

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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