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Martyrdom in Islam & Living a Principled Life | Imam Tom Facchine | Juz 2 Qur’an 30 for 30 S5

Juz 2: Martyrdom in Islam & Living a Principled Life | Imam Tom Facchine

How does the Qur’an explain hardships and the things we dislike? How do we understand the suffering of the Muslims in Gaza and the world over? In Surah Baqarah, what does “”purchasing error in exchange for guidance”” mean?

Join Imam Tom Facchine with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 2 of the Qur’an, discussing Allah’s knowledge and wisdom, what happens when you sell your soul for your desires, what it means to live a principled, ethical life, and how martyrdom in Islam is like charity on an entirely different level.


0:00 – Highlights
0:54 – Introduction
📌 3:51 – Today’s trivia
📌 4:25 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on one aspect of qadar
6:52 – The wisdom behind experiencing hardships

📌 10:08 – Sh. Abdullah Oduro reflects on those who sell out religion
11:28 – Purchasing what’s wrong in exchange for what’s right
14:04 – What we’re really saying when we say “guide us to the straigh path”

📌 15:43 – Imam Tom Facchine reflects on identity vs. principle
16:40 – Why the changing of the qibla is so important
17:52 – How the prophets interacted with their communities
19:34 – How martyrdom in Islam is related to sadaqah

📌 20:45 – Closing reflections
21:15 – How resurrection brings comfort to the believer
24:10 – How principles can make you a hero
26:43 – The story of the army that teaches about principles
28:15 – Are Muslims a ‘death cult’?

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What were the words that Allah received from Adam AS in the first juz?

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Tom Facchine

Tom Facchine

Tom Facchine (pronounced fa-KEEN-ee) converted to Islam in 2010 as he was finishing his BA in Political Science. For the next few years he studied Islam and Arabic with local teachers while working with Muslim youth, founding and directing youth groups in two different communities. In 2015 he was accepted into the University of Madinah and is now close to completing a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Law. In addition to youth group activities, for the past two years Tom has directed an after school program for young Muslims called the Ramadan Academy, which operates out of the GCLEA mosque in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Tom’s academic and personal background brings a unique dual ability to relate to mainstream Western cultural norms and engage them from a traditional Islamic perspective. His unique teaching style is highly interactive and brings high-level concepts to a level that even children can understand. He is passionate about building relationships with Muslim youth and giving them the tools and confidence to live as observant, well-adjusted people of faith in our times.

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Fellow, Head of Convert Resources | Abdullah Oduro is a first generation Ghanian native that converted to Islam in 1997. He graduated from the College of Islamic Law from the University of AlMadinah in 2007. He conducts public speeches, sermons, lectures, and workshops around the US on Islamic Law, self-improvement, and convert life. He is currently the Imam at the Islamic Center of Coppell and Lewisville in Dallas, TX. He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and four children.

Having recently joined Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research as a Scholar, Shaykh Abdullah leads a team providing unique and comprehensive resources for new Muslim converts and institutional convert care.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.