Ep. 75: Umar Lee

Umar Lee is a writer and activist from St Louis currently living in the Dallas metro area. He has been published in Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, Quartz, and other publications. Umar is also the host of the St Louis Speaks Podcast and The Unmosqued Khutbah. Books are available on Amazon. 

Twitter: @UmarleeIII
Instagram: stlazorahai
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Episode Notes
Quran Mentioned

O you who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its correctness, lest you should harm a people out of ignorance, and then become remorseful on what you did.  (49:6)

Notes
Rise and Fall of Salafi Dawah in America

Bigamy

Organization FACE

People Mentioned
McDonalds CEO resigning

‘Abdallah Azzam

Safar al-Hawali

Muhammad ‘Abduh

Ali Tamimi

Anwar Awlaki

Zaid Shakir

Jordan Peterson

Richard Spencer

Linda Sarsour

Ilhan Omar

Siraj Wahhaj 

Ep. 74: Bid’a/Innovation

There is probably no word more abused in our contemporary religious discourse than bid’a/innovation. Is there room in Islam for innovation, iteration, nuance, etc. in our expression of faith? Is there room for cultural interpretations of faith practices? I try to answer these questions and more in this episode.

Episode Notes
Hadith Mentioned

“whoever invents something in this religion that is not from it, it is rejected.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

“every innovation is a bid’a and ever bid’s is in the hellfire.” (Muslim)

Ep. 73: Music”

“What does Islam say about music?” is perhaps one of the top 10 questions Muslims ask every day. This episode seeks to lay down some basic ground work, important scholarly references, and ultimately a straightforward answer. Enjoy!

Quran Mentioned
“by looking at the stars they are guided” (16:16)

“God commands us to be just, do good, and keep family ties…” (16:90)

Hadith Mentioned

Hadith of ‘Abdallah Bin Zayd “teach the adhan to Bilal since he has a better voice than you.” Abu Dawud

“you have been given the sounds of the Psalms of David.” Bukhari & Muslim

Hadith the Day of Bu’āth (Bukhari)

Hadith of Hassān Bin Thābit, “the spirit that God has created will aid you.” (Bukhari)

Hadith of Final Hour (Bukhari)

Episode Notes
Quadrivium

Trivium

Pythagoras (d. 495 B.C.)

Al-Khalil Bin Ahmad (d. 170/786)

Al-Farābī (d. 339/950)

‘Abd al-Ghani Nābulis (d. 1143/1732)

Ibn Ṭāhir al-Qaysarani (d. 507/1113)

Ep. 71: Islamic Principles #26: Making Islam Look Good

We all know the common complaint that Islam looks bad and is misrepresented. It doesn’t help that it seems often times the worst elements of our community are those speaking on our behalf. If we ever hope for the Islam to make sense to us and to our children, it must be made to look good. Easier said than done, but at least we can lay out some final principles as we conclude this series within the Podcast.

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned 
“And if they incline to peace, then incline towards peace as well.” (8:61)

“Peace on me the day I was born” (19:33)

Hadith mentioned
“I have been sent as a merciful gift.” (al-Dārimī)

Ep. 70: Islamic Principles #25: Passing on Islam

We frequently hear the statement that Islam is valid for all time, place, and circumstance. Yet, the key underlying question associated with that statement is do we actually understand Islam at all? How can we ensure that our understanding is correct? More importantly, how can we pass it on if we don’t understand it? In this episode I want to look at some of the keys we need to unlock the code of our intellectual heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 69: Islamic Principles #24: Men & Women

This was a hard episode for me to put together. There is so much back-and-forth today about issues of gender relations, how Islam treats women, inherit inequality of the Sharia towards women, etc. While this is not traditionally a first principle jurists speak of, I believe strongly that we need to include to help weed out practices that are not compatible with our belief system. Hopefully this will be just a beginning to a longer conversation.

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“ created you from a single soul” (7:189)
“when the girl child asks by what right was I killed” (81:8)
“no soul bears the sins of another” (35:18)
“for the man double the share of the women” (4:11)

Hadith Mentioned
Follow my sunna and the sunna of the rightly guided caliphs. Hold to it with your molar teeth!” (Tirmidhi)

People Mentioned
Imam Tabari

Imam Ibn Abi Layla

Selected Links
Responding from the Tradition

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.