Branches of Faith – 07: Branches Relating to Outward Actions – Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib

In this session, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Ba-Dhib continues looking at the Branches of Faith from Imam Zabidi’s text “ʿIqd al-Juman fi Bayan Shuʿab al-Iman” (The Necklace of Pearls in Clarifying the Branches of Faith). Continuing with the root that relates to the matters of this life, he moves on to look at the Branches of Faith relating to outward actions.

Shaykh Ba-Dhib explains the ten branches of faith relating to outward actions that Imam Zabidi highlights in his work. They are: (1) purification, (2) covering one’s nakedness (ʿawra), (3) establishing the prayer, (4) paying zakat, (5) fulfilling funerary rights, (6) fasting, (7) hajj, (8) fulfilling vows (nadhr), (9) honouring oaths (yamin), and (10) performing one’s expiations (kaffara).

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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