Ep. 31: Islamic Principles #6: Juristic Methodology

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“Fighting is proscribed for you, but you detest it”

 

Hadith Mentioned
“The best generation is mine, etc…”

Ep. 30: Islamic Principles #5: The Arabic Language

 

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“ if your parents struggle with you disbelieve..”, (31:15)
“Fighting has been prescribed to you but you dislike it”, (2:216)
“are they equal those who know and those who don’t know?”, (39:9)

Hadith Mentioned
“Best form of charity is effort the poor person”, (Abu Dawud)
“We have returned from lesser jihad to the greater jihad..the jihad of the person against themselves”, (Bayhaqi)

People Mentioned
Imam al-Shafi’i
Sibawayh

Selected Links
Risala of Imam Shafi’i

Ep. 29: Islamic Principles #4: The Patterns of Creation

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

 

Quran Mentioned
“You will not find in the patterns of God change” 35:43
“We will show them our sings in the heavens and in themselves until they see it is Truth”41:53
“These days we alternate power between people” (3:140)
“He causes the night to pass into the day and causes the day to pass into the night” (35:13)
“He created you into tribes and nations to know one another” (49:13)
“Where it not that God checks one group of people against another, there would be tribulation on earth” 2:251

 

Hadith Mentioned
“scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets” (al-Tirmidhi)

Ep. 28: Islamic Principles #3: Understanding the Quran

Ep. 28: Islamic Principles #3: Understanding the Quran

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“We have revealed Quran and We have preserved it”, (15:9)
“no soul will bear the burdens of another”, (6:164)
if you are mindful of God He will show you a way out”, (65:3)
“I am sending a vicegerent on earth”, (2:30)

People Mentioned
Ernest Hemingway

Selected Links
A Farewell to Arms

Ep. 27: Islamic Principles #2: Mercy

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

Quran Mentioned
We have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind, 21:107
Indeed in the Messenger of God is a perfect example, 33:21

Hadith Mentioned
Hadith of 99 names, (Tirmidhi)
My Mercy precedes my wrath, (al-Dhahabi)
I made injustice haram, (Muslim)
I have been sent as a merciful gift, (Bayhaqi)
None of you truly believe until you love the Prophet more than your own self, (Bukhari)
First hadith (aka the hadith of mercy), (Tirmidhi)
“go you are free” (Ibn Hisham’s Seera)

People Mentioned
Imam Jazuli (d. 1465)