173-The Rawha: Guidance for Seekers-Holding Fast to the Qur’an – 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 continues looking at the opening section of the text by Imam Muhasibi. The previous lesson had closed off by looking at the people of insight and open hearts, and their quality of upholding the limits of the Book of Allah and the Sunna. Shaykh Faraz continues to explain what it means to hold fast to the Qur’an and how that could be done. He highlights, that this requires intelligence. Finally, he concludes by pointing out that change begins with (1) intention, (2) committing to mindfulness, and (3) watchfulness.