Episode 55: Islamic Principles #19: Benefiting from Others
The boundaries of civilizations and religions are fundamentally porous. It is common for them to speak to one another, to benefit from one another, and to work in tandem for common goods. Islam, as both a religion and civilization, is no exception and has been very open historically to learning and benefiting from others. In this episode I dissect this and also draw some contemporary examples.
“Lord of the worlds” (1:2)
“We have not sent you except as a mercy to mankind” (21:107)
“Wisdom is the lost property of the believer” (Ibn Hibban)
“I was sent as a merciful gift” (al-Dārimi & al-Bayhaqi)
The story of the Prophet interceding on behalf of humanity” (Bukhari)
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.?
‘Abdallah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Āṣ said that he heard the Messenger of God (God bless him and give him peace) say, “There are forty acts, the best of which is giving food, if any are done seeking their reward and believing in their promise, God will grant them Paradise by this act.” (Bukhari). Shaykh ‘Abdullah Bin Siddīq al-Ghumārī (d. 1993) wrote a small book enumerating these forty acts and finding all the supporting hadith for them. I took the liberty of distilling this book in the following list, finding the appropriate modern English equivalent of the Prophetic expressions so as to make these acts easy to do and incorporate in our day-to-day life.MORE