SWISSCAST with Suhaib Webb

SWISSCAST with Suhaib Webb

Islam, Faith, Courses and Current Issues

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    Zakat al-Fitr and Battling Poverty

    As we exit the month of fasting, we are commanded to perform one last act; one more sacrifice: Zakat al-Fitr. What is Zakat al-Fitr, how do we pay it and what are some of the issues around it that are important to American Muslim Communities?

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    Living Light: Mona Bennani on Practicing a Zero Waste Life Style

    It is dangerous to reduce spirituality to fashionable styles of dress and talk or an abstraction, where a seeker lives his faith vicariously through concepts, a group or holy men. Spirituality is work; hard work and discipline.

    In this episode, I chat with Monna Bennani about an act of spiritual resistance that is important: living a zero waste lifestyle

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    Not So Fast: Is This The End of Time Part 1

    In recent months, especially with Trump's tragic victory, conflicts in the world and the continued assault of secularization upon religious freedoms, people have begun to ask, "Is this the end of time?"

    While undoubtedly certain, if handled irresponsible or sloppily, a reading of doom may cause serious problems. Islam's approach to the end of times is more detailed and exhaustive than any other faith. What does Islam say about the end of times, how do we recognize the signs of the world's end, how do we engage those texts, and what type of attitude should they create? This episode of SwissCast seeks to provide some answers.

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    Get in the Zone: A Chat with Imam Marc Manley on Community and Fasting

    In this episode, I chat with Imam Marc Manley of the Middle Ground Podcast and Community. Imam Marc leads a community in Southern California where he teaches, gives Friday sermons and guides others. We discuss a host of issues in this podcast from being an Imam in America, the Month of Ramadan and how to make it special.

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    Being Woke #2: Beyond Woke

    Being woke is a term popularized recently popularized by activists. In my first podcast "Being Woke" I noted that the idea of wakefulness appears deep in Islam's spiritual tradition. But what next? The tradition is not meant to be accepted and romanticized. It should serve as an inspirational guide for us to write traditions for those who will come after us. Thus, in this podcast, I begin to address what lies "Beyond woke."

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    Foundations and Reflections: Sura Yasin Part 1

    The Qur'an is heavenly constructed but socially located. That means that we are responsible for thinking about it and reflecting on our lives, and the communities around us.

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    Rotten Roots: America Legal Structures & Islamophobia with Dr. Khaled Beydoun

    I chat with Dr. Khalid Beydoun to discuss his latest book, American Islamophobia. In what turned out to be an almost hour-long conversation, we touch on his definition of Islamophobia, what a post-racial, post-religious Obama world means for American Muslims, Trump and white supremacy, anti-blackness in the American Muslim community, CVE, the fear that some religious leaders have of the left, and much more

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    Friday Sermon: The Night Journey & Sacred Resistance

    There are numerous lessons we can take from the Night Journey of the Prophet (sa). This sermon shares some of them, along with some conditions to ensure a person's activism is aligned with Prophetic values..

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    Swiss Cast #4: Islam & Environmental justice

    Consumption and population growth have gravely impacted our world, wreaking havoc on ecosystems and resources, while creating strains on communities who struggle to access those resources, while relying on them for survival. How can we be allies to the underserved, seeing our care and concern for the environment as an essential weapon in defense of it while guaranteeing hat communities will have fair access to its benefits?

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    Consumption and Environmental Justice: Revival & Reform #4

    In this lesson, I focus on one of the greatest threats to our earth: consumption. As I reflected over Ibn Jawzi's words on the dangers of gluttony and opulence, I began to ask myself, "How can religious ethics guide me to shop and eat so I can reduce my negative impact on the environment?" If I were to plug the ethics presented in the text, how would they address living responsibly as a resident on earth?

    How are you working for environmental justice and towards shrinking your negative impact on the environment?

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    God's Plan: Giving, Exhibition and Intentions

    Drake's video for "God's Plan" is powerful, showing him giving away nearly $1 million throughout the city of Miami. It is moving; the artist said, "It is the most important thing I've ever done." And while it has generally received praise from pundits, fans and religious leaders, some voiced concerns with it. I address that and more in this podcast.

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    Being Woke #1

    Scholars of Islam noted that the first stop on the path to a relationship with God is being "Woke." Woke is a term organizers popularized, especially since the presidential election of 2017. What is Islam's idea of woke, what are its components, guidelines, and potentials?

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    SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Guns, Walls and Patriarchy

    Conversations around guns having taken an intense turn since early February. In this episode I address that along with the misapplication of a religious axiom, often used by the misinformed to harm women.

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    SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Introduction to Surah Fatiha #1

    The Quran’s first chapter, the Opener represents a gateway to a purpose driven life, rooted in learning, faith, worship, and character. In this first reflection, Suhaib Webb helps us enter into a relationship with this chapter that helps us start a relationship with faith and scripture.

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    SWISSCast with Suhaib Webb : Reflections on Spiritual Growth and Reform #1

    Professional challenges, as well as a toxic religious environment, compelled al-Ghazzali to write his most famous work. How would he react to today's life? A life filled with opulence, shallow religious analysis, and divisions? How do we calibrate a concern for our soul in an age where some are claiming the soul does not exist?

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