Spirituality

Bible Verses That Condemn Drinking

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I recently wrote a post about how the medieval church considered drinking to the point of drunkness to fall under the deadly sin of gluttony. Continue Reading

Getting Drunk Was Considered a Sin in Medieval Christianity

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

TIL that getting drunk was considered a sin in Medieval Christianity. Alcohol itself was considered permissible, but drinking to the point of inebriation was considered a subset of the deadly sin of gluttony.  The full reddit thread on r/askhistorians can be found below, although I’ll quote the relevant parts: Continue Reading

How To Know God Exists (Existence of God Part 1)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Before we can answer the question “how can I know that God exists?” we must first ask the question “how do I know anything at all.” Or perhaps more appropriately, since God is not a “thing,” we should ask “how do I come to know?”  As we shall see, all knowledge is ultimately grounded in what is unfortunately called “intuition” in English, but which is more appropriately called “immediate knowledge” or “knowledge by presence” in Islamic philosophy. Continue Reading

“You” Are Not Your Rational Mind

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate,

Previously, I had explained why the best translation for the Arabic term aql is consciousness. I also detailed the change in the meaning of the Latin term intellectus to its modern English connotation of being solely related to the rational mind. I am assuming you understand this and I will be using the words consciousness, aql, and intellect (in it’s Latin sense) interchangeably throughout all my future posts.. Continue Reading

Sunnah of the Week #1: Dua Before Sleeping

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate

This week we will begin to implement the sunnan of the blessed Messenger, inshaAllah. Each week, we will add another sunnah to our daily routines. You can see the full story behind this idea in the post A Sunnah a Day Keeps the Devil Away. Continue Reading

The Weekly Sunnahs Will Be Delayed For One More Week

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate

If you’ve been following me, then you know today we were supposed to start the weekly sunnan today, as outlined in my post A Sunnah A Day Keeps the Devil Away. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties I was unable to get the weekly newsletter set up on time, which is integral for this project. Bare with me, inshaAllah by next week everything should be set up correctly. My apologies for the delay. Continue Reading

The Aql Is Not Reason – It’s Consciousness

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

One of the greatest tragedies befalling the mimbar today is an egregious mistranslation of the Arabic term العقل (al-aql). It is usually translated as “reason,” the devastating ramifications of which cannot be overstated. This (mis)translation is literally undercutting the foundation of all Islamic spirituality. Continue Reading

A Sunnah A Day Keeps the Devil Away

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

One of the important realizations of my life in recent times is that true knowledge has almost nothing to do with conceptual knowledge. Even the affirmation of the kalimah with words is ultimately of secondary importance; what is important is that the recognition of Allah in the heart. Continue Reading

How to Escape Being Buried in Your Sins

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Most of you reading this do not realize something of fundamental importance: your heart is buried beneath your sins. Some of you do realize this, and have come in hopes of escaping the grave which you have dug yourself into. Continue Reading