Ep. 60: Islamic Holidays #8: The Battle of Badr

The Battle of Badr is the most important and decisive battle from the life of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace). It occurred shortly after the Prophet migrated to Madina from Mecca and took place during the first Ramadan fasted by the early Muslim community. There has always been a special relationship between Ramadan and conquest throughout Islamic history. However, it is the conquest of the self that we ultimately seek.

 

Quran Mentioned
Sura Fath (chapter 48)
“There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256)

 

Hadith Mentioned
Greater Jihad (al-Bayhaqi and al-Khatib al-Baghdadi)
“If we perish You will never be worshiped” (Muslim)
“Do what you want you are forgiven” (Muslim)

 

Other Mentions
Tariq Bin Ziyad
Saladin
‘Ayn Jalut
The Removal of Distress

Ep. 59: Islamic Holidays #7: Ramadan

Ramadan is the peak of the Islamic calendar. It is the greatest opportunity we have to reset our spiritual system. While we let the body feast throughout the year, Ramadan is the greatest opportunity to let the soul feast. This episode is an overview that provides a simple framework of how to get the most out the month.

Ep. 58: Islamic Principles #21: Dialogue

We do not live alone. We are constantly interacting, communicating, and dialoguing with others. Yes, the term “interfaith dialogue” frequently comes up in the context of religion, but in this episode I have something much more broad than that in mind.  After all, these are our first principles meant to provide guidance for us in all aspects of our life. Hopefully this brief discussion will provide a framework for constructive communication and dialogue with others.

Episode Notes

Hadith
The hadith that Prophets were sent to their people, but Prophet Muhammad was to sent to Mankind, Bukhari

Quran
Recite (96:1)
People that know are not like those who do not know (39:9)
You ca not guide whom you want, We guide whom We will (28:56)
Verses on the creation of Adam and the dialogue of the angels (2:31-37)

People
Ibn Hazm

Ep. 57: Islamic Holidays #6: The 15th of Sh’aban

The eve of the 15th of Sh’aban is one of the most significant and spiritually important times in the Muslim calendar. It is a night that the salaf used to seek out and honor with pious devotion and sincere supplication. What follows is a very simple overview of the importance of this event and recommendations for observing it.

Episode Notes:

Check out my blog post on this episode that also references the dua for the eve of the 15th.

Ep. 56: Islamic Principles #20: The Environment

We cannot be who we are or do the things we do except through and by the natural world around us. The Quran and Hadith literature are replete with references to the animated nature of the environment, to the duty we owe the environment, and to the obligation to keep its balance. The environment is one of the meta principles of Islam, and since the natural world around us is in crises, it is ever more important that we learn what it means from our faith point of view.

Quran Mentioned
The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but invokes His praise; but you understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving. (17:44)

The stars and the trees adore. (55:6)

I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. (51:56)

And He has made of service for you whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; it is all from Him. Lo! herein verily are portents for a people who reflect. (45:13)

He brought you forth from the earth and has asked you to develop it. (11:61)

And of mankind there are those whose conversation on the life of this world pleases you, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart; yet he is the most rigid of opponents. And when he turns away his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle; and Allah lovs not mischief. (2:204-205)

Hadith Mentioned
Anybody who plants and animals eat you are rewarded, (Ahmad) Story of Gabriel and dog, (Bukhari)

Dogs are nations too, (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)

Women and cat, (Bukhari)

Man who gave a dog water, (Bukhari and Muslim)

Ep. 55: Islamic Principles #19: Benefiting from Others

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.

Quran Mentioned
“Lord of the worlds” (1:2)
“We have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind” (21:107)

Hadith Mentioned
“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)

Selected Notes
Pythagorean Theorem  
Dar al-Hikma
Euclid
Aristotle
Dar al-Ifta of Egypt

Ep. 54: Islamic Principles #18: Towards an Islamic Paradigm

In our current context it is common to hear discussions about the compatibility or non compatibility of Islam with certain trends. While there is no doubt that these conversations have always occurred, they seem to happen more today than ever before. In this episode I want us to start thinking about what we already know and believe about Islam, but to articulate it in the language of “paradigm”. I think that this is really just the beginning of the discussion, and I hope  to expand on it much more in the future.

Episode Notes

Ep. 26: Islamic Principles #1: Why we were created?

Ep. 50: Islamic Principles #16: Dealing with the Past

A frequent question is, “how do we deal with our intellectual past?” Is the past just that, the past, or is there benefit in for the here and now? Many people who seek to “reform” Islam see its intellectual past as stagnant and backward. I think this premise confuses the issues of the past with the methodology of the past. This episode discusses this.

Episode Notes

Imam Ibrahim al-Bājūrī
Ibn al-Fārid