On this episode we close out 2017, and prepare to welcome in 2018. 2017 had some very unique issues – from political to social to environmental, but we move ahead because time waits for no man.
Imam Azhar opens this episode recalling a story about a conversation he had with a sister who asked him – why do you follow religion?
He admits that this question left him confused, and he spent a lot of time thinking and pondering this. Imam Azhar admits that his faith tells him how to be a good citizen, how to treat others, how to be a good person in general.
When he followed up with sister she replied – how did faith take ownership of those items?
Imam Azhar reflects on the fact that some acts that were cultural norms; such as holding the door open for people, or shaking with the right hand, or eating with your right hand… it was religion that influenced all of this. When relaying this information, the Imam intentionally uses past tense because it seems today we don’t say “thank you” or “excuse me” as much or as often as we should.
As part of closing out 2017 and reflecting on what seems to be a loss of basic manners in society, Imam Azhar thanks GOP for reminding us what lying looks like; he thanks Trump of reminding us what a good leader is; he thanks the democratic party for reminding us what happens when we don’t stand together and we allow shady activates to take place.
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