Muslim Voices — Faith Audiopostcard
0:00:06:>>ROSEMARY PENNINGTON: Welcome to Muslim Voices. I'm your host, Rosemary Pennington. The podcast is on a bit of a production break this week but we didn't want to leave you empty-handed so we thought we'd share one of our favorite podcasts from last year. It's simply an audio postcard featuring people both, Muslim and non-Muslim talking about what faith means to them.
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0:00:36:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Yeah, I'm Christian so I believe in faith in God and Jesus and him helping me throughout my day.
0:00:44:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: I go to church, not because I'm forced to. I like to go. It's comforting. I go every Sunday. I taught bible school in high school. I don't know. I also believe that you don't have to go to church to be a faithful person. I think that you can have a relationship with God without going to church.
0:01:02:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: Faith to me is that, like believing in God and believing in my religion. Like, I believe that there's like a higher power, something bigger than me that just helps.
0:01:22:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #4: Faith means to me having confidence in something without actually being able to see it, without being able to physically grasp it. Just knowing that it's there but without seeing it.
0:01:39:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #5: I was raised in a extremely reformed Jewish family. To me, faith is a very personal endeavor, one that I don't need an institution to necessarily direct me in.
0:02:00:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #6: Faith can be non-religious and that it's just your overall moral fiber, what you believe in. So whether it be, like I said, a higher power or whether it be just yourself, your personal ego is what they'd like to say, then that can be faith in itself as well.
0:02:24:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #7: When I think of faith, I think of Islam's teachings and it helps to guide my moral values and my ethical decisions as well. So faith for me is like how I live my life on a daily basis, how I treat others.
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0:02:53:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #8: When you ask me, Muhammad, what faith means? I say for me, it means they believe in God. This is the first meaning.
0:03:02:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #9: Iman in our heart means God ask us to do that when we have to obey God. Prophet seeking to confirm on this with the books and do we know that we are facing Allah. Our heart is our guidance. We see with our heart, we feel with our heart, we believe with our heart.
0:03:35:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #10: I don't fast and I don't pray. To me, it's more about being a nicer person and my goal is to help at least one person a day and just try and be a better human being. That's about.
0:03:53:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #11: If you give everything up to God, that he will, you know, he won't give you anything you can't handle and, you know, he'll make sure that you make it through it.
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0:04:08:>>UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #12: Yeah, I think faiths really important to us. I've always ended up, you know, being a big believer in God and what he does do for us, you know, every day. I'm just amazed.
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0:04:33:>>ROSEMARY PENNINGTON: This has been Muslim Voices, a production of the voices and visions project in partnership with WFIU public media from Indiana University. Support comes from the Social Science Research Council, music was provided by Animus. You can find Muslim Voices on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe to our podcast in iTunes. You can share your thoughts on faith as well as read our blog at muslimvoices.org.
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