Fajr Club, Podcast

Islam In-Depth – “The Identitarian”

In this class, Imam Marc leads a discussion on Muslim identity, its pitfalls and challenges, through a reading of Raymond Bourne’s “The Handicapped”.

“When one, however, is in full possession of his faculties, and can move about freely, bearing simply a crooked back and an unsightly face, he is perforce drawn into all the currents of life. Particularly if he has his own way in the world to make, his road is apt to be hard and rugged, and he will penetrate to an unusual depth in his interpretation both of the world’s attitude toward such misfortunes, and of the attitude toward the world which such misfortunes tend to cultivate in men like him. For he has all the battles of a stronger man to fight, and he is at a double disadvantage in fighting them. He has constantly with him the sense of being obliged to make extra efforts to overcome the bad impression of his physical defects, and he is haunted with a constant feeling of weakness and low vitality which makes effort more difficult and renders him easily fainthearted and discouraged by failure. He is never confident of himself, because he has grown up in an atmosphere where nobody has been very confident of him; and yet his environment and circumstances call out all sorts of ambitions and energies in him which, from the nature of his case, are bound to be immediately thwarted. This attitude is likely to keep him at a generally low level of accomplishment unless he have an unusually strong will, and a strong will is perhaps the last thing to develop under such circumstances.”

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Understanding Islam September 23rd 2018 – “Reflections on Knowledge and Wisdom”

Knowledge — What Is It and What Are Its Signs? Some Reflections on al-Ghazzali’s Ihya’

Abū Hāmid al-Ghazzali states in his Ihyā’,

والآخرة مقبلة والدنيا مدبرة والأجل قريب والسفر بعيد والزاد طفيف والخطر عظيم والطريق سد وما سوى الخالص لوجه الله من العلم والعمل عند الناقد البصير

“The Here-After is approaching while this worldly life is vanishing and death is close at hand. The journey is long, provisions are scant, the dangers are great and the road is blocked. The perceptive know that only sincere devotion to God, based on knowledge and righteous deeds can succeed.”Ihyā’ ‘Ulūm al-Dīn

سَلُوا اللَّهَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَتَعَوَّذُوا بِاللَّهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ لاَ يَنْفَعُ

“Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from knowledge that is of no benefit.”Sunan Ibn Majah #3843

The mind’s role is not to determine what is good and bad or right and wrong, but, rather, to understand and implement the rulings of Allah as contained in the Shari’ah/Sunnah of the Prophet.

وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلَائِكَةِ

قالوا سُبحانَكَ لا عِلمَ لَنا إِلّا ما عَلَّمتَنا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ العَليمُ الحَكيمُ

“He taught Adam the names of all things. Then He arrayed them before the angels and said, ‘Tell me the names of these if you are telling the truth’. They said, ‘Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise’.”Qur’an, 2: 31-32