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A Note on Addiction and Desire – Adapted from Ibn al-Qayyim’s Rawdat al-Muhibbin

Is desire bad? Much like expressing one’s anger, desire is not praiseworthy at all times, nor is it blameworthy. Excessive anger is blameworthy, as is excessive desire. How do we define excess in these situations? Excess is when their expression goes beyond what benefits or what fails to prevent harm. Despite there being acceptable expressions […]

Launch of the Joe Bradford Podcast on Soundcloud

Many of you have requested a podcast from me for sometime, and after looking at all the technology options Soundcloud seem the best way to integrate this into the myriad things I do. I’ll be posting twice a week. Words & Wisdom Wednesdays: This will be short 10-15 reflections on hadith about character. #QuranSundays: 10-15 […]

SUICIDE IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT – PART 03

Introduction and Recap In previous entries, we covered the primacy of God’s oneness as a core tenant of Islamic belief inculcates in a believer self-accountability. Our acts, therefore, are not without repercussions. We will be judged for our actions, especially those that we perpetrate against others and ourselves, but also those we perpetrate against God. […]

Suicide in Islamic Thought – Part 02

God’s Attributes: Between Mercy and Wrath Classical discussions on the topic of suicide center not just on the act of suicide, but how this act is related to the divine attributes of mercy, punishment, and forgiveness. The texts related to these attributes are multifaceted and their interpretations must be contextualized and tempered through a holistic […]


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