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The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim. Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment. In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.

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The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim. Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment. In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.

    72- Concern for Neighbors- Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

    72- Concern for Neighbors- Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

    In this episode, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus explains  the prophetic hadith: “A believer is not one who eats his fill while his next-door neighbor goes hungry.” (Bukhari; Adab al-Mufrad). Shaykh Yahya goes on to remind the believers of the importance of one's neighbors and the prophetic counsel and concern towards one's neighbors. Some of the rights toward one's neighbors being: 1) Bearing any harm from them, 2) While doing good things to them, and 3) Showing excellence toward them when possible.



    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 11 min
    71- Gender Consideration

    71- Gender Consideration

    In this episode, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus expounds on the prophetic hadith: “God condemns a man who dresses like a woman or a woman who dresses like a man.” (Al-Hakim) The distinction between genders – complementary pairs – is one of the signs of Allah, the truly and only One. To blur or erase this distinction is to cover up the signs, and to destroy the fitra. To preserve the distinction is part and parcel of preserving the truth of religion.

    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 9 min
    70 – The Danger of Usury

    70 – The Danger of Usury

    In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus warns of the prohibition of usury (riba). Allah condemns, and literally curses, the one who pays, witnesses, or notarizes usury. This Hadith can be found in Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawud. This is an example of a prophetic prohibition. There are two types of people Allah has waged war on, as mentioned in the Hadith. 1) His close friends, 2) The one engaged in usury. There is an intense warning of usury . If Allah wages war against one the person will be ruined, and nothing is left for them of this life, even if one is outwardly living. There would be no quality of life in this world, let alone when that person returs to Allah. The one who writes it down is also liable, because he is content for it to happen. Imam Nawawi points out that one who assists is also wrong. Shaykh Yahya then explains that two types of usury that the scholars of fiqh point out. He then goes on to explain the analogy Imam Ghazali mentions, that money is not meant to create more money. Shaykh Yahya ends by warning of the many dangers of interest, and explaining what is meant by the dust of interest.



     



    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 11 min
    69 – Etiquette with Graves

    69 – Etiquette with Graves

    In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights some of the etiquettes regarding graves. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: "Allah censures women who frequent graves, as well as those who take them as prayer sites or places where they place lamps." In order to understand this narration, Shaykh Yahya starts by explaining what life and death mean for Muslims. Death is the departure of the soul from the body. The purpose of life is to prepare to meet God. In that sense, for a believer, death is a gift because they should long for meeting their beloved, Allah Most High. So death is the moving on of the soul into the next realm, the intermediary realm. This context helps one understand how to have etiquette with the deceased who have moved on to the next realm. In this light, Shaykh Yahya explains, the scholars understand this narration to forbid wrong practices around the grave, rather than forbid women to visit graves altogether. There are various other narrations that display the permissibility of women visiting the graves. Wrong and excessive practices include whaling, tearing clothes, and such other acts. Regarding taking graves as prayer sights, the scholars understood this to mean to not build places of prayer on top of graves. However, it is permissible to have places of prayer next to the graves. Finally, the meaning of censuring placing lamps at graves specifically relates to when those lamps are for the purpose of calling people to those graves. However, if lamps where placed for the benefit of people, then it is permissible. Ultimately, one of the greatest etiquettes when visiting graves is to be reminded of the next world and prepare for meeting our Lord.



    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 9 min
    68 – Repeating What We Hear

    68 – Repeating What We Hear

    In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights how repeating everything that one hears is a blameworthy trait. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: "It is sufficient for a man to be considered to have sinned if he [simply] repeats everything he hears." Shaykh Yahya explains that what this narration tells us, is the importance of verifying and ascertaining the truth from falsehood of what we hear from people. This is especially emphasized when it relates to hearing things regarding other people. If one simply repeats everything they hear, they will inevitably mix falsehood with truth in what they say. Saying falsehood is lying, which is sinful. This teaches us to have intellectual, religious, and spiritual maturity so we can learn to decipher what is true and what is not true. This is part of taqwa and preserving honor. 



    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 7 min
    67 – Kind Words Are Charity

    67 – Kind Words Are Charity

    In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights how a kind word is charity. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: "A kind word is charity." Shaykh Yahya begins by explaining that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is expanding our understanding of charity, and not limiting it to just the giving of wealth. Any good deed is a charity. In that light, any word of kindness is a charity. So any time we rectify between people, or clarify something for people, or anything that allows someone to respond to a situation in a religious way, all of those are charities. Shaykh Yahya then concludes by verses 24 and 25 of Surat Ibrahim: "Do you not see how Allah compares a good word to a good tree? Its root is firm and its branches reach the sky, always yielding its fruit in every season by the Will of its Lord. This is how Allah sets forth parables for the people, so perhaps they will be mindful."



    The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.



    Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.



    In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.



    Check out all of the SeekersGuidance podcasts by visiting https://seekersguidance.org/podcasts/

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

Freenah ,

A beautiful collection that deserves more exposure

So pleased to be able to reconnect with this beautiful book. JazakAllahuKhairan Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

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