172-The Rawha: Guidance for Seekers-The Meaning of Praise – The Treatise for Seekers of Guidance – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this series, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers and explains this early text of Islamic spiritual guidance, Imam Muhasibi’s “The Treatise for Seekers of Guidance” (Risalat al-Mustarshidin). This work contains precious gems of religious guidance on how to increase in faith, following of the Prophetic sunna, and how to turn to Allah with a pure heart and excellence of character.

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.

In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers Imam Muhasibi’s opening lines of the text. He explains the meanings of praising Allah (hamd), and the opening supplications in the author’s introduction. He then highlights four of the qualities of the people of insight, which the author mentions: (1) loyalty, (2) praiseworthy character, (3) awe, and (4) reverence. Shaykh Faraz also highlights some of the qualities and merits of the people of opened hearts. He explains that they are the people who uphold the limits of the Book of Allah and the Sunna, and the way of the guided of the Umma.