Making sense of islam with tarek Elgawhary

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Episode 26: Islamic Principles #1, Why were we created?

How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned

worship verse, 51:56

purification verses, 91: 9-10

Zulaykha taking about the lowest level of the self, 12:53

development verse, 11:61

Hadith Mentioned

“No good in a religion without prayer”, Abu Dawud three people who said certain things and Prophet said I will be moderate and “whoever doesn’t follow my way is not from me”, Bukharihadith of the greater jihad, al-Daylami

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