150 – Acting for Other than Allah and Sincerity in One’s Works

In this podcast Shaykh Faraz Rabbani continues with 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 for people to know about one’s acts of worship. Showing off in acts of worship is sinful, and doing so in worldly matters is dangerous. It can lead to envy, greed, and thinking ill of others. The cure for one to act for other than Allah, is to know all benefit and harm is not found with people, rather is from Allah Most High. Showing off is to act for other than Allah. Sincerity is acting for the sake of Allah. The key is to be realized in La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (there is no ability nor power except through Allah).

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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