Making sense of islam with tarek Elgawhary

Listen Today on

Episode 33: Celebrations & Holidays #2: ‘Ashura

The holiday of ‘Ashura is loaded with history, meaning, devotional acts, and lessons. This episode covers these aspects and the linked blog post in the episode notes provides a list of devotional acts you can all engage in both individual and with community to commemorate the occasion. Enjoy!

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned

And remind them of the days of God” (14:5)

Hadith Mentioned

Jews Fasting Ashura in Madina, (Bukhari)

Hadith and fasting the 9th & 10th of Muharram,  (Muslim)

Hadith on fasting on Ashura forgiving the sins of previous year (Muslim)

Expansion hadith, (It is a sound hadith on the conditions of Muslim)

Ikhlas being 1/3 of Quran (Bukhari)

Truth will be with ali (al-Hakim’s Mustadrak)

“I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its door” (al-Hakim’s Mustadrak)

Hadith that looking at Ali is a form of worship (Abd al-‘Aziz al-Ghumari wrote a treatise demonstrating its soundness)

Hadith describing who the Ahl al-Bayt are (i.e. Ahl Kisa), (Muslim)

keep learning

Understanding the Muslim Mind

If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?

Expressing Gratitude
20 May 2020
Expressing Gratitude

What role, if any, does and should religion play in politics? In an age when we see many, many religious leaders linked with politics and political parties, I make the argument that this is dangerous and a misuse of religion.


Receive notificationswhen New Courses are available.