Nov 122017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 30-42. These verses assert Jews and Christians, who call Ezra and Jesus the sons of God, respectively, are mushrikïn. Furthermore, do not be like the rabbis and priests who misappropriate the wealth of the people. Four of the 12 months in the Qur’an are declared sacred and God orders the faithful to bear arms against the unbelievers, if necessary.

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Jul 062016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today is Eid ul-Fitr, or the Breakfast Festival, as I like to call it. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. So I wanted to wish you all Eid Mubarak, Ramzan Mubarak, etc.

As I was searching for verses for today’s episode, I remembered that Eid ul-Fitr is not actually mentioned in the Qur’an. At all. Yes, there are directives regarding prayer and charity and of course fasting and a whole multitude of rules. But no specific mention of the celebration we know today as Eid. Technically speaking, Eid ul-Fitr is Sunnah in much the same way that the specific motions of our prayers are Sunnah. That is to say that we take our cue from Prophet Muhammad. So I did a very cursory internet search and found the following Hadith (or sayings/actions/wisdom of the Prophet Muhammad).

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