Shaykh Faraz Rabbani continues covering Muhasibi’s “Treatise for Seekers of Guidance” (Risalat al-Mustarshidin), where he continues to shed light on receiving counsel. Muhasibi says, “The one who gives you sincere counsel truly loves you, and the one who ‘butters you up’ cheats you.”
Shaykh Faraz explores this concept of true friendship, noting that one should keep the company of those who aid one in one’s spiritual and worldly goals. He laments the nature of our superficial relationships today, contrasting it with the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), who manifested concern for others.
Shaykh Faraz notes that this counsel also relates to those who one takes advice from. He also looks from the angle of giving advice: “One who does not accept one’s advice is not a true friend,” Imam Muhasibi warns.
Shaykh Faraz closes by looking at additional Islamic proverbs which highlight the importance of sharing counsel in our communities.