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Ep. 06: The Month of Rajab

Rajab is one of the four holy months in the Islamic calendar and typically signifies the countdown towards Ramadan. However, there are other blessings and historical events, such as the famous night journey of the Holy Prophet. How can we make the most of this month? This episode offers some ideas.

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned

  • Verses about the four holy months, 9:36
  • Nasī’ is an increase in disbelief, 9:37
  • Pack your taqwa, 2:197
  • Be and it is, 16:40
  • Victorious is the one who purifies their sou. Defeated is the one who doesn’t, 91:9-10

Hadith Mentioned

  • The Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) saying the year is now in order, Musnad of Imam Ahmad
  • Fasting person has two joys, al-Tirmidhi
  • All actions of the person are theirs except fasting it belongs to Me, Bukhari & Muslim
  • In your days are windows of opportunities, al-Tabarani
  • No good in a religion without prayer, Abu Dawud
  • A ring cast in the desert, Ibn Hibban
  • Stories of Prophet’s chest being opened, Muslim

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Traveling to Japan
12 January 2021
Traveling to Japan

About two years ago, an opportunity to travel to Japan emerged from some of the consultancy work I do. Since my approach to preventing violence and extremism is unique and effective (I hope to share something about this soon), and since my background in comparative religions is well known amongst the people I work for and with, there was interest for me to travel and meet with Japanese religious leaders, especially Muslims, and share information and lessons learned. It was supposed to be a simple, straightforward trip, and from a business point of view it was. However, even though I travel frequently, at that point I had never been to Japan, and since this seemed like a onetime opportunity, I decided to make the most of it. What follows is how I took this simple opportunity and developed it into a long-term, fruitful relationship that will forever be a part of me.

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