Making sense of islam with tarek Elgawhary

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Ep. 04: Relying on our own actions, or Relying on God?

Do we rely on our own actions, or do we rely on God? What is the difference between the two? Have you ever found yourself feeling, “what’s the point of it all, God doesn’t hear my prayers?” This episode explores some of these questions and reminds us that our trust should never be just on our own actions.

Episode Notes

Quran mentioned

  • 2:282 – Awareness of God comes before learning
  • 2:197 – pack for Hajj, but don’t forget to pack your taqwa.
  • 22:11 – worshiping God on the edge

Hadith mentioned

  • “Taqwa is here…” Sahih Muslim
  • “No one will enter Paradise with their action…even me except if Allah will cover me with His Mercy.” Sahih Bukhari
  • “Strange is the affair of the believer because it is always good” Sahih 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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