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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

66 – Contentment

In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights the character trait of contentment. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “You must embody contentment, for it is wealth that does not deplete.” Shaykh Yahya begins by explaining the linguistic meaning of qana’a (contentment), which the Arabic word used in the related […]

65 – The Scholar’s Preeminence

In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights the preeminence of scholars in Islam. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “One beneficial scholar is better than a thousand worshipful devotees.” Shaykh Yahya begins by explaining that the beneficial scholar referred to in the narration is primarily one who has knowledge of the […]

64 – Fasting and Health

In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights some of the benefits for fasting. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Fast and be healthy.” Shaykh Yahya begins by remarking that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) pointed us to all good and all that is of benefit. Being healthy […]

63 – The Merit of Prayer in Congregation

In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights the importance of prayer in congregation. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Prayer in congregation surpasses individual prayer by twenty seven degrees.” Shaykh Yahya begins by pointing out this call to pray in congregation follows the consistent theme of community found throughout […]

62 – The Central Pillar of Religion

In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights prayer as being the central pillar of religion. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Prayer is the central pillar of religion. Prayer is the key to every good.” Shaykh Yahya begins by explaining that the Arabic word for prayer is “salah”, which […]