45 – Exchanging Gifts and Shaking Hands


In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus relates from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that he said: “exchange gifts and mutual love arises, and shake hands and enmity will fall away”. Shaykh Yahya highlights that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is teaching us about the importance of relationships, and the things to do to create good relationships and love between people. He explains that this is important because healthy societies are built on healthy relationships, which is built on the hearts being the right place. Shaykh Yahya further explains that this shows us that the outward effects the inward. Through gestures of giving gifts (even if small), shaking hands, smiling at people, and others, helps bring love to the hearts and removing rancor.

The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.

Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.

In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.

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