Ep. 17: Islamic Spirituality, pt1

One of the richest traditions Islam has is its spiritual tradition, or Sufism as it is more commonly known. In this 5 part series I introduce the richness of this tradition from a bird’s eye view perspective and offer some practical tools in later episodes that I have found to be tremendously useful in all aspects of my life.

 

 

Episode Notes
3:52 the hadith of Gabriel as a framework for the Islamic sciences
8:02 this hadith explains the entirety of religion, which contains these four categories
8:41 “islam” in the hadith is about correct actions or orthopraxy
9:18 definition of the Shari‘a as a human enterprise
12:05 definition of “iman” (faith) and orthodoxy
15:34 definition of “ihsan” or spiritual excellence
16:49 signs of the Final Hour and eschatology
19:35 eschatology as part of theology within the Islamic intellectual framework
20:17 Islam’s spiritual tradition and the importance of personal experience
24:02 How the Islamic sciences developed after the Prophet’s time
25:40 the hadith of Sulayk as an example of plurality in interpreting the Quran and Hadith
37:02 the diversity of Islam’s spiritual tradition
46:13 why this series is important and what we’re not going to talk about

 

Selected Links
Nostradamus
Zoroastrianism
Hinduism
Buddhism
Manichaeism
Zarathustrta
Vedas
Peripatetic philosophy
Tahafut al Falasifa
Tahafut al-Tahafut
Neil DeGrasse Tyson on al-Ghazali
School of M’arifa

 

Quran Mentioned
“Our minds cannot comprehend God”, 6:103
“Nothing is like Him”, 42:11
“People that belief in the unseen”, 2:3

 

Hadith Mentioned
The Prophet was given eloquence of speech, Muslim
“No harm and reciprocal harm”, Muwatta’ of Imam Malik
Gabriel hadith, Muslim
“Destiny is whatever hits you was meant to hit you”, Ahmad and Abu Dawud
People wearing musical instruments on their ears, Nisa’i

 

People Mentioned
Sayyida Nafisa
Imam Shafi
Ibn Arabi
Al-Kindi
Al-Farabi
Ibn Sina
Ibn Rushd
Mulla Sadra

Ep. 16: The First Friday in Ramadan 1439/2018

Welcoming the month of openings, the month of victory, and the month pf purification. Some high-level thoughts to help us gain more from the blessed month of Ramadan.

 

 

Quran Mentioned
Chapter of Victory (Fath): Chapter 48
“Fasting prescribed to have taqwa”, 2:183
“If My servant asks about Me, indeed I am near”, 2:186

 

Hadith Mentioned
“Doors of heaven are opened, doors of hell fire closed”, Bukhari and Muslim
“Allah was and nothing with Him”, Bukhari
Eve of first day of Ramadan and eve of Eid day are days of forgivness, Bayhaqi
“The Prophet was the most generous of people”, Bukhari
“Die before your actual death”, this is not an established hadith, but rather a statement of the Sufis.
“Person only gets hunger and thirst from their fast”, al-Tirmidhi

Ep. 15: Prophetic Models of Coexistences, Pt 5

My final discussion on the Prophetic Models of Coexistence. In this episode I discuss the various challenges the Prophet had to deal with inside Medina and outside. I also discuss some issues related to Islamic statecraft.

 

 

Episode notes

4:10 Prophet had to deal with a tense Medina situation
4:46 Introducing the Jews of Medina and the plurality of Medina
8:30 The story behind Nisa 105-108
12:30 Introducing the Hypocrites and Apostates of Medina
14:26 We judge by outward manifestation, we don’t investigate
15:30 We don’t know the true state of people and not for us to know
16:17 The story of Malik Bin Dinar
19:40 Introducing the Apostates of Medina
27:00 Dealing with challenges outside Medina
30:00 The treaty of Hudaybiya
35:00 Conquest of Mecca
39:16 The tribes of Arabia coming to Islam, international peace accords
42:00 no dictated way an Islamic state is supposed to follow.
43:50 Christian delegation from Yemen
46:50 The Prophet’s attitude towards war
56:17 plurality and coexistence is an intentionality in creation

Quran mentioned
Story of Jews who were framed, 4:105-108
“Whoever will let them believe, whoever doesn’t, do not force them”, 18:29
“There is no compulsion in religion”, 2:256
“Do not say to those who come to you and say peace you are not a believer”, 4:94
“He caused you to dwell on earth and asked us to develop earth”, 11:61
“He created you into nations and tribes to know one another”, 49:13
“Fight so there is no more tribulation and religion is for God”, 8:39

Hadith Mentioned
“maybe he prays”, Bukhari
“Quran will not penetrate their heart”, Bukhari
“today is the day of mercy”, Bukhari

People Mentioned
Malik Bin Dinar
S’ad Bin ‘Ubada

Ep 14: The 15th of Sha’ban and the Change of the Qibla

The 15th of Ramadan is also the date we commemorate the change of the qibla from Jerusalem to Mecca. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from this story. I discuss a few in this short clip.

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned

“We see you turning your face towards the heavens” 2:144
“Ask Allah or ask the Rahman”, 17:110
“Praise be the One who took His servant…” 17:1
“Allah has purchased from us our souls”, 9:111
“If someone comes with false information, verify” 49:6
“Remind, because reminders benefit the believers” 51:55
“If My servant asks about Me, indeed I am near” 2:186

 

Hadith Mentioned

“Should I not be a grateful servant”, Bukhari and Muslim
“None of us will enter paradise with our actions”, Bukhari
“I am the Prophet, no lie. I am the son of Abdullah”, Bukhari
story of the qibla change, Bukhari
“does the believer lie?” Muwatta’ of Imam Malik
“approach hadd punishments with doubt”, Tirmidhi
“It is enough to be called a liar that you repeat everything you hear”, Muslim