Somebody who watches a few YouTube videos doesn’t become a Scholar. Someone who Googles a Wikipedia article doesn’t become a Mufti.
With the advent of modernity and globalisation the Ummah faces new challenges that are unique to our times.
On the one hand we have the ultra conservative fanatics that take every verse of the Qur’an and Sunnah literally without understanding the context or purpose thereby making the religion more difficult and burdensome than it really is.
Then on the other hand we have the ultra liberal progressives that modify the religion to what is acceptable to their flawed intellects and the norms of the societies that they live in.
Pseudo-scholars from both ends of the spectrum with loud mouths and mesmerizing speeches but no authentic Islamic Scholarship are seen as scholars by the wider community and often speak on behalf of Muslims and Islam.
In this thought-provoking talk Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi addresses the current controversies within the Ummah and how can we navigate through these challenges of modern times.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani speaks about the cause and confusion that causes religious extremism and the cures through education for “ugly Islam.” This sermon or talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on June 1, 2013.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan provides a clear and blunt clarification for the concept of jihad in Islam- its meaning, objectives, and application. Many Muslims and non-Muslims err in understanding it correctly and many misuse it. The screaming example of ISIS will be explained and the position towards its claims.
A much needed talk, pertinent not just to the ordinary Muslim but to group elders too. The first part is almost like a diagnosis for deviant sects; which shows how their adopted theme of revival becomes the prism within which the entire deen is viewed and shaped and how the natural balance within deen is lost. The verse وأقيم الوزن (And establish weight in justice) comes to mind.
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi presents an important and enlightening talk based on his new book, “Refuting ISIS.” The book details how ISIS bases its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the sacred texts of Islam; and concludes that ISIS does not represent Islam, that its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and that opposing ISIS is an obligation upon Muslims.
Is ISIS an Islamic State? Who is ISIS and why we need to know about them. Are they extremist? What have they done in Mosul and what do muslim scholars across the world say about ISIS? Is it allowed to join, support them? Imam Mufti answers these questions.
Hamza Yusuf, President and Co-founder of Zaytuna College delivers in which he addresses four topics chosen by our online audience. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.
Our duty as Muslims is to represent the true meaning of Islam by reaching out to the broader community we serve, the underprivileged and underrepresented. As tensions continue to increase throughout the world, we as North American Muslims have a unique opportunity rarely found elsewhere to serve our community with assurances of security and freedom. Using the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) as our shining example, this session aims — through diverse informed and unique speakers — to motivate inspire and move us beyond mere words and rhetoric, to truly living a way of life dedicated to serving God by serving humanity.