Ep. 20: Islamic Spirituality, pt 3

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
2:24 overview of hadith of Gabriel, and the parts that make up the whole
3:32 overview of the differences between the body, the soul, and the self
4:12 multiple words for the self in Islamic literature
5:40 the three goals to existence as outlined in the Quran
15:00 the nafs is referred to in different names in the Quran
15:50 the 7 levels of the nafs
19:30 the focus historically is how to traverse these levels
19:50 the five subtle things
22:45 the importance of past experience
25:10 moving into the practical side of Islamic spirituality
30:00 the importance of traversing these levels as a fundamental approach to Islamic spirituality

Selected Links
Movie The Terminal
Levels of the self article

Quran Mentioned
“enter into Islam completely” 2:208
“we have not created jinn or humans except to worship” 51:56
“created you on earth and asked from us to build it (development)” 11:61
“blessed is he who has improved their nafs…” 91:9-10
“the self that calls to bad actions” 12:53
“blameworthy self” 75:2
“mutmainna nafs” 89:27
“made faith believing to you and beautidued it inside you….” 49:7

Hadith Mentioned
“be in the world like a traveler” Bukhari
“worshiping God as if you see Him” Muslim
“Companions are best generation” Bukhari
“next person to come in is a person of paradise” Ahmad

People Mentioned
Imam al-Shafi
Imam Malik

Ep. 19: Islamic Spirituality, pt2

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.

 

 

Episodes Notes
2:30 quick overview of three major areas that makeup the intellectual paradigm of Islam
4:09 how we answer basic questions within an Islamic framework
7:20 Islamic spirituality is based on the Quran and Sunna, but also human experience of those before us
9:40 the example of the circle as representing orthopraxy/orthodoxy in Islam
11:20 the path to God is the radii in the circle example and represents an infinite amount of paths to God, based on orthopraxy/orthodoxy
14:00 the importance of knowing the basics of Islam
18:00 the challenge of knowing what spiritual practices to follow
19:45 identifying who/what is a human being: body-soul-self
22:10 the usage of these terms is not always consistent within Islamic literature
23:37 the self (nafs) is what makes us morally responsible
25:20 the relationship between the heart and purification
28:15 can’t have just the outside of Islam, need the heart to be rectify

 

Selected Links
Book of Remembrances by Imam al-Nawawi
Moral obligation – taklif

 

Quran Mentioned
“No coercion in religion”, 2:256
“Except the one that comes to Allah with a sound heart”, 26:89
“They ask you about the sou”, 17:85
“Do they not reflect the Quran or are there locks on their hearts”, 47:25
“Blessed is the one who purifies their self, etc.”, 91:9

 

Hadith Mentioned
“Joy in breaking fast”, Sahih Muslim
“Indeed in the body is a morsel of flesh, if it is set right, the body will be set right,” Both Bukhari and Muslim
Hadith of the khawarij reading the Quran and not penetrating their hearts, Sahih Muslim
“taqwa is here”, Sahih Muslim

 

People Mentioned
Imam Bukhari
Imam Junayd
Imam Nawawi

Ep. 18: The Power of Supplication

Supplication (dua) is one of the greatest tools we have. While Ramadan is usually a time we focus on that, this episode shares why it’s important as a daily routine.

 

Quran Mentioned
“Fasting has been prescribed upon you, as it was prescribed on those before you” 2:183
“Remind them of the days of God” 14:5
“If you sought to count the blessings of God you would not be able to enumerate them” 16:18

Hadith Mentioned
“Supplication is worship”, Ahmad
“Supplication is the head of worship”, al-Tirmidhi
“Whoever doesn’t ask God, He becomes upset with”, Ahmad
“Ask God and be certain in the response”, al-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim

People Mentioned
Imam Ghazali’s book on supplication
Ibn Atta’ Allah