Episode 66: Islamic Holidays #11: Hajj Season
The Hajj pilgrimage is the largest communal devotional act Muslims preform. While it is the trip of a lifetime, the blessings surrounding it are not limited to those on the actual pilgrimage. This episodes highlights the importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja and offers advice on how we can maximize the great rewards laying in wait.
Hadith that the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are the best days for pious actions, narrated by Bukhari
Hadith that dua is accepted throughout the first ten days of Dhul HIjja, Abbu Musa al-‘Ashari
“Hajj is Arafa”, narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisā’ī, and Ibn Majah
Hadith on forgiveness of sins on the day of Arafa, Narrated by Muslim
Hadith that fasting day of ‘Arafa is the equivalent of fasting two years. narrated by Muslim.
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.?
In The Clock of the Long Now, Stewart Brand argues that religion is one of the most durable institutions of civilization that helps ground us all in timeless values. In his concept of the forces of innovation (rapidly changing) and durability (slow changing) of civilization, religion would definitely be amongst the more slow adapting forces.MORE