The boundaries of civilizations and religions are fundamentally porous. It is common for them to speak to one another, to benefit from one another, and to work in tandem for common goods. Islam, as both a religion and civilization, is no exception and has been very open historically to learning and benefiting from others. In this episode I dissect this and also draw some contemporary examples.
“Lord of the worlds” (1:2)
“We have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind” (21:107)
“Wisdom is the lost property of the believer” (Ibn Hibban)
“I was sent as a merciful gift” (al-Dārimi & al-Bayhaqi)
The story of the Prophet interceding on behalf of humanity” (Bukhari)