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Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 1 – Abdal Hakim Murad

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This lecture is part 5 of a complete series of 8 lectures entitled “Understanding Islam”. To play each session press the play icon or scroll through them using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below.

1) The Five Pillars of Islam
2) Sunnah, Shari’ah, Sectarianism and Ijtihad
3) Scriptural Links Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam
4) Muslim-Christian Views of One Another
5) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 1
6) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 2
7) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 1
8) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 2

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1) Faith vs. Reason: Can There Be An Islamic Philosophy?
2) How Is God to Be Known?
3) Free Will vs. Determinism
4) The Problem of Evil
5) Why the World Exists
6) Why Human Beings Exist
7) Hima: The Longing For Return
8) Overcoming Heedlessness
9) Thikr and Fikr
10) The Daily Prayers as a Thikr
11) Other Formulas of Thikr
12) Wird: A Collective Thikr
13) The Spiritualizing Effects of Thikr
14) The Whirling Dervish
15) The Use of Music in Spiritual Healing
16) The 99 Names of God as a Thikr
17) Irshad: Spiritual Guides
18) Fakr: The Obligation of Poverty
19) Differences in Medieval Muslim and Christian Conceptions of Renunciation
20) Tuwakkuh: Reliance on God
21) The Final Stages of the Spiritual Journey

After thoroughly addressing the first dimension of Islam in his first four lectures of this series, Abdal Hakim uniquely explores the final two dimensions in Islam of iman and ihsan. This talk, which consists of two parts, is another highly intellectual discourse about a vast religious science. The speaker begins by providing a historical background in an effort to identify the processes that brought this science about. This lecture effectively paints a colorful picture of the nature of the spiritual life in Islam and examines its foundation. What does the Qur’an say about these two types of higher knowledges, imam and ihsan? How does the Muslim come to know God if He cannot be seen? And what about the early Islamic controversies of free will vs. predestination and the existence or “problem” of evil? How does Islam answer the age-old philosophical questions of why the world exists and what the purpose of life is? (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: Emanuel Kant, the 99 names of God, the film “Barakah”, the volition of God to c reate the universe, headlessness, thikr (meditation or contemplation), and the absence of symbols for God in Islam.