Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00pm
The Sunnah is considered the pathway to a good life. It is the teachings, actions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and is studied and read by Muslims the world over.
Safaa Faisal travels to Egypt to explore how the Sunnah is being fought over by those who think the messages that lie within its pages are being interpreted wrongly. She also explores whether the Sunnah, because of the way it was compiled, can legitimately be called the word of the Prophet and therefore whether it could actually be revised for the modern world.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:32am
For centuries established religions have been using music as a form of spiritual expression but there is one unlikely music genre that today is giving young people a powerful voice to share their faith - Hip Hop.
The words Hip Hop often conjure up images of a genre that thrives on sex, violence, and profane language. However, there is another side to Hip Hop that is rarely talked about – its links to God. Hip Hop’s relationship with religion goes back to its inception, with its founding fathers having connections to Islam and groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Five Percent Nation. This religious consciousness is something that has remained at the core of Hip Hop but, like the genre, has evolved over the decades with many Christian and Jewish Hip Hop artists also sharing their faith through their music.
Writer, broadcaster and passionate Hip Hop fan, Abdul-Rehman Malik, speaks with artists, scholars and religious leaders to explore the complex relationship that exists between Hip Hop and religion. He asks how a genre known for violence and profanities can also give young religious people a powerful voice to express their faith. He will examine the artists and events that have shaped the genre’s religious identity and find out what draws people to share their faith through Hip Hop.
(Photo: Rappers Chuck D (L) and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform at SXSW 2016,Texas. Credit: Rick Kern/Getty Images)
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00pm
When Cassius Clay converted from his Baptist Christian upbringing to join the Nation of Islam he told a press conference that "a rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing."
What was the faith though the worlds famous and iconic sportsmen? How did Islam shape his sporting life, his activism and his politics? William Crawley explores the spiritual journey of Muhammed Ali from the Christian origins to his famous conversion to the politically charged Nation of Islam and then his eventual embrace of orthodox Sunni Islam. William will hear how his faith changed and in later life he started to follow the more mystical Sufi Islam.
Presenter: William Crawley
Producer: Richard McIlroy
Mohamed Ali at the Royal Palace in Rabat Morocco (Photo courtesy of ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00pm
Marilynne Robinson is a highly acclaimed American novelist and essayist whose most famous fan is President Barack Obama. In 2013 he presented her with the National Humanities Medal and told her: “your writings have fundamentally changed me… I think for the better.” Her four novels – Housekeeping, Gilead, Home and Lila have all won major awards, including the Pulitzer and the Orange Prize. All of them engage deeply with the Bible. Her twin passions are America and Christianity.
She teaches at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and preaches the odd sermon in her local church, though she insists she prefers a writing desk to the pulpit. She thinks contemporary America has much to learn from the Puritans and laments the rise of the Religious Right, as well as a politics she says preys on people’s insecurities. In one of her latest essays, Fear, she asserts that while contemporary America is full of fear, fear is not a Christian habit of mind.
In an intimate interview with Robinson, Jane Little explores faith and literature, politics and religion – and how Robinson’s unapologetically theistic world view engages both believers and non-believers around the world.
(Photo: Author Marilynne Robinson (L) and President Barack Obama (R). Credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00pm
The turban is the one thing that identifies a Sikh more than any other symbol of their faith. An edict handed down in 1699 by the 10th Sikh Guru - Gobind Singh – require Sikhs not to cut their hair. The turban, part of the Bana or military uniform at that time, was used to keep and protect a Sikh's hair. However in line with its military tradition, it is something that has always been a masculine symbol and almost exclusively worn by men and not women. That is until now it seems.
“I wasn’t always like this” says Devinder, a teaching assistant from Ilford just outside London, holding up a photo album of her younger years. “I used to have cut black curls, wear make-up, go out and do what people do on nights out…but it never sat comfortably with me even then.”
Seven years ago Devinder decided to become fully baptised into the Sikh faith, stopped cutting any of her hair and began wearing a tall white wrapped turban. She is one of a growing number of Sikh women who are wearing Turbans. Nikki Bedi meets them to explore why they are so intent to identify themselves as Sikh women.
(Photo: Devinder and her daughter Har-rai. Credit: Rajeev Gupta)