152 – Having Self-Satisfaction and its Cure

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 self-satisfaction and its cure. Human beings are granted potential inclinations towards the good. The human being without directed reason is just an animal. The blameworthy trait of the self is for one to have care and pity for one’s self, and direct it toward its whims and wants. One should not prioritize desires and whims over the presence with Allah. The cure for the trait of desiring self-satisfaction is turning away from it, and not busying oneself with it.

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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