176-The Rawha: Guidance For Seekers-True Intelligence & Planning – The Treatise for Seekers of Guidance-Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz emphasizes that our concern in life should be Allah Most High, which is true intelligence. He advises that we should only notice others’ faults to the extent necessary to (1) command good and forbid evil or (2) to give sincere counsel (nasiha). One should see one’s own faults reflected in theirs. He explains what it means to “use one’s intelligence for Allah” by seeking the outcomes and means pleasing to Him. He clarifies what it means to leave self-direction (tadbir), an important concept in Islamic spirituality. He also contrasts praiseworthy planning with blameworthy self-direction. Praiseworthy planning is seeking good outcomes with good intentions and good means. Blameworthy self-direction is when a person tries to control outcomes, worries about what might happen, relies on means, and fears others.
Shaykh Faraz closes with the counsel of Sayyiduna Ali, “Child of Adam, don’t rejoice in wealth, and don’t despair in poverty. Don’t be sad in tribulations, and don’t be happy in ease. Just as the gold is tested with fire, the righteous servant is tested with tribulations.” — 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.
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