Ep 06: The Month of Rajab

Rajab is one of the four holy months in the Islamic calendar and typically signifies the countdown towards Ramadan. However, there are other blessings and historical events, such as the famous night journey of the Holy Prophet. How can we make the most of this month? This episode offers some ideas.

 

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned

  • Verses about the four holy months, 9:36
  • Nasī’ is an increase in disbelief, 9:37
  • Pack your taqwa, 2:197
  • Be and it is, 16:40
  • Victorious is the one who purifies their sou. Defeated is the one who doesn’t, 91:9-10

Hadith Mentioned

  • The Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) saying the year is now in order, Musnad of Imam Ahmad
  • Fasting person has two joys, al-Tirmidhi
  • All actions of the person are theirs except fasting it belongs to Me, Bukhari & Muslim
  • In your days are windows of opportunities, al-Tabarani
  • No good in a religion without prayer, Abu Dawud
  • A ring cast in the desert, Ibn Hibban
  • Stories of Prophet’s chest being opened, Muslim

Ep 05: How Good are our Mosques Really?

A recent Pew Report indicates that about one-quarter of people who grow up Muslim in the United States end up leaving the faith. (I wonder what it is worldwide). I put no blame on these people whatsoever and find this study a cause for self-reflection on the effectiveness of our institutions generally, and our mosques specifically. Are there truly any great mosques out there? And if so, what are doing to support and increase them?

 

Episode Notes

Quran mentioned

• 72:18 – Mosques are for God alone

Hadith mentioned

  • The story of the Man who urinated in the Prophet’s Mosque: Sahih Bukhari
  • Hadith about lying about the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) on purpose: Sahih Bukhari
  • Hadith about the whole earth being a prayer place: Sahih Bukhari & Muslim
  • The story of the Christians of Yemen praying in the Mosque of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) during their stay in Madina: The Seera of Ibn Hisham, the section of the Christians of Najran visiting Madina.

Ep 04: Relying on our own actions, or Relying on God?

Do we rely on our own actions, or do we rely on God? What is the difference between the two? Have you ever found yourself feeling, “what’s the point of it all, God doesn’t hear my prayers?” This episode explores some of these questions and reminds us that our trust should never be just on our own actions.

 

 

Episode Notes

Quran mentioned

  • 2:282 – Awareness of God comes before learning
  • 2:197 – pack for Hajj, but don’t forget to pack your taqwa.
  • 22:11 – worshiping God on the edge

Hadith mentioned

  • “Taqwa is here…” Sahih Muslim
  • “No one will enter Paradise with their action…even me except if Allah will cover me with His Mercy.” Sahih Bukhari
  • “Strange is the affair of the believer because it is always good” Sahih Muslim

 

Ep 03: Removing Harm

Sometimes we are stuck on quantifying our faith and assuming that more is better. This mindset omits the basic fact that Islam is meant to make its practitioners happy. One of the main principles of Islam is that harm is to be removed at every step. This facilitates an easy practice of Islam, rather than a difficult one. This, ultimately, is our goal.