Branches of Faith – 03: Belief in God’s Actions and Commands – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib looks at the second root for the Branches of Faith relating to belief in Allah Most High, believing in those points of faith which relate to Allah’s actions and His commands. This from Imam Zabidi’s text “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). He explains the nine branches that fall under this root: belief in (1) the angels, (2) the messengers, (3) the Books, (4) that the world is created, and (5) belief in Destiny, and what belief in each of them means. He discusses practical implications of this belief – for instance, the angels whom we are required to specifically know, the number of prophets and messengers, and Islam and modern cosmological theories.

This is part of the series presented in Ramadan 2018: “Branches of Faith: The Virtues and Fruits of Faith”.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith is seventy some branches”. In this series some of the leading scholars will cover and explain the different branches of faith, as they have come in the works of the Islamic tradition. The branches of faith include (1) branches of belief and certitude, (2) branches of spiritual works, and (3) branches of social excellence.

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