Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

S2E8 – Faith, Poverty, and Community | DoubleTake

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) compared the believers to one body; when one limb aches, the whole body feels it. However, the members of this body come from different backgrounds, and this can sometimes cause us to become disconnected from one another and from our responsibilities to each other.

What can we learn from the different experiences of Muslims from different socioeconomic backgrounds? How can poverty and wealth affect our relationship with God?

In a special episode of DoubleTake, host Mohamad Zaoud sits down with Dr. Tahir Wyatt, the Director of the Systematic Theology Department at Yaqeen Institute, to discuss his background, his work in the inner city of Philadelphia, the relationship between material circumstances and faith, and how we can find our place in our local communities.

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Dr. Tahir Wyatt

Senior Fellow | Tahir Wyatt is a published academic, experienced interpreter, and instructor of Islamic studies and comparative religion. During his twenty-one years of studying and teaching in Saudi Arabia, he procured several degrees, including a doctorate in theology. He was also the only American ever to be appointed to teach in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the second holiest site in the Muslim world. Dr. Wyatt currently lectures both nationally and internationally at mosques, universities, and other institutions of learning. He serves as the Executive Director of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia and is the President of the Quran, Arabic, and Reflection Institute (QARI), an institute dedicated to structured, curriculum-based instruction of the Quran and Arabic Language.