Ep. 68: Islamic Principles #23: Charity

Muslims talk about charity a lot, but mostly in the context of the community in need of charitable help. As a first principle, however, charity is more than financial assistance, it is a state of being aimed at helping people in need. In this episode I explore this concept hoping that we can all be more charitable and giving of our selves.

Quran Mentioned
“Why do you say that which you do not do. It is a grave sin to say what you do not do.” (61:2)

Hadith Mentioned
“Smiling in the face of your brother/sister is a form of charity”, (Tirmidhi)

“Removing harmful objects from road is a form of charity”, (Muslim)

“From the wisdom of David in the Psalms that the believer knows of their time and circumstance.” (Ibn Hibban)

The first hadith of mercy, (Tirmidhi)

The hadith of the strong believer being more useful, (Muslim)

Ep. 67: Islamic Principles # 22: Coexistence

While I covered models of coexistence previously on this podcast, here I take several steps back  to consider the concept of coexistence from a principle point of view. If we can understand that we all have more in common than we think, the ability to coexist not only becomes easy, but the only natural option.

 

 

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“Indeed in the Messenger of God is a perfect example for you.” (33:21)

Other Links
Previous episodes on models of Coexistence: 8, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

Imam Ali, “People of two kinds: your co-religionist, or your brother/sister in humanity” – his letter to Malik al-Ashtar.

 

Ep. 66: Islamic Holidays #11: Hajj Season

The Hajj pilgrimage is the largest communal devotional act Muslims preform.  While it is the trip of a lifetime, the blessings surrounding it are not limited to those on the actual pilgrimage. This episodes highlights the importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja and offers advice on how we can maximize the great rewards laying in wait.

Hadith Mentioned
Hadith that the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are the best days for pious actions, narrated by Bukhari

Hadith that dua is accepted throughout the first ten days of Dhul HIjja, Abbu Musa al-‘Ashari

“Hajj is Arafa”, narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisā’ī, and Ibn Majah

Hadith on forgiveness of sins on the day of Arafa, Narrated by Muslim

Hadith that fasting day of ‘Arafa is the equivalent of fasting two years. narrated by Muslim.