157 – Happiness and Rejoicing for the Merely Worldly

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 mere happiness and rejoicing for that which is merely worldly. Intellectual happiness is being happy for that which benefits. Happiness of the heart is being happy about that which is pleasing to Allah Most High. The believer is happy regarding good deeds, yet not satisfied by them, and strives for more. The believer is also saddened by bad deeds. The cure for having happiness for merely what is fleeting, is for the self is to be wakeful by what is before it of the hereafter. Also, one should have knowledge of having shortcomings regareding the command of Allah Most High, and the creation of 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.