In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights the importance of prayer in congregation. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Prayer in congregation surpasses individual prayer by twenty seven degrees.” Shaykh Yahya begins by pointing out this call to pray in congregation follows the consistent theme of community found throughout Islam, and the importance of relationships with people. He explains that what is meant by surpassing, is an increase in reward. Given that, some scholars say that only the one who is negligent of the congregational prayer has a bit of hypocrisy in their heart. Finally Shaykh Yahya mentions some of the benefits of establishing the congregational prayer, and the detriments of not doing so.
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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