158 – Following One’s Whims

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 following one’s whims. Do not follow your whim lest it misguide you. Many of the whims lead someone to act without any sense or justification, and merely “just because”. One’s actions should not be whimsical, rather one should act with purpose. Follow the path of principle, religion, and reason. The fool’s actions do not go back to established principles. Fear the station of your Lord, consciously realize your slavehood to Allah Most High. One should also realize that paradise is one’s resting place, and act accordingly. One should not follow one’s lower self in whimsical inclinations. Oppose whims quickly. Walk with purpose following the prophetic walk.

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.