153 – Being Concern for One’s Outward Appearance and Leaving Concern for Inward Realities

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 having concern for one’s outward appearance and not being concerned with one’s inward. It is blameworthy to busy one’s self with the outward for people to see, while being heedless to rectify one’s inward which is the locus of Allah’s gaze. People can not benefit or harm, only Allah can. Allah is the giver and withholder. None but Him can give the ultimate reward. The heart is the vessel for sincerity. A true person is one whose outward correspondence to their inward and whose inward  correspondence to their outward. The treatment for having concern only with the outward is to be certain that creation will not honor one except to the extent Allah places in their heart. Alongside that, one should know that their inward is the focal point of Allah’s gaze upon them.

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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