174-The Rawha: Guidance for Seekers-Changing Oneself to the Better – 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 where he left off the last lesson by pointing out that change begins with (1) intention, (2) committing to mindfulness, and (3) watchfulness. He explains that reward is by intention, and therefore one should look carefully at their intentions. Shaykh Faraz gives some keys to how one can investigate their intentions. Then he explains that a key to navigating this life is to be mindful of God (taqwa).

Shaykh Faraz then moves to explain how one can take themselves into account (muhasaba), by tracking their deeds and constantly repenting for wrongdoings. He highlights, in particular, the importance of beginning with speech, and the great impact it has oneself. Finally, Shaykh Faraz explains the importance of being constantly vigilant of God (muraqaba). He narrates the story of Imam Sahl ibn Abd Allah al-Tustari as an example of how that vigilance can be acquired.

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