Stations of the Wayfarers (Section 2: The Gateways) – 2: Grief & Fear – Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Shaykh Walead Mosaad continues exploring the fruits of the branches of faith, covering Harawi’s Manazil al-Sa’irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers). He begins looking at the first two gateways of wayfaring mentioned in the text, grief and fear. He explores the three hierarchical levels of grief: (1) over negligence in devotion, alienation, and lost days, (2) over dispersion, being busied from witnessing, and being consoled, and (3) over being saddened by obstacles, that which blocks one’s intentions, and over objections against Allah’s command. Next, Shaykh Walead looks at fear. He explains that only fear of Allah is legitimate, and explains what this fear means. Then he looks at the levels of fear, which are (1) fear of punishment and (2) fear of being deluded regarding one’s station, while the elite do not have fear in this sense, only deep reverence and awe of the Divine.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Stations of the Wayfarers: Fruits of the Branches of Faith.” In this seven-part series, Shaykh Walead Mosaad explores the fruits of the branches of faith, looking at the ten gateways to the paths of spiritual wayfaring found in the second section of Imam Harawi’s Manazil al-Sa’irīn (Stations of the Wayfarers).
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