Identifying the True and the Fake #1

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Irshaad Sedick

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Moulana Irshaad Sedick presents an informative talk about verifying facts. In this age of information where everything is readily available at our fingertips, it is of utmost importance to clarify our facts before publishing information and also to take caution to obtain information from authentic and verified sources.

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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. One of the most important branches of knowledge, both in Islam, as well as in the modern world is information literacy. That is basically how to handle information how to determine what is authentic from what is fake, and how to put facts in the proper place. So in Islam, we know that this is one of the most important elements for it is grounded in the Quran when Allah Subhana Allah tells us yeah, you already know Aminu injure a confessor koombana in Fatima Yano. Oh believe is, if a sinner comes to you with information with news never fight there be no in seek to clarify, seek to investigate. And the worst goes on to explain the consequences of

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not doing so. But the confusion comes in that we assume that this verse is only speaking about, you know, a particular type of person ascending person. But the reality is that Islam also teaches us that every human being by his or her very nature is a sinful being. And that the base of those who sin or those who repent to Allah, so technically the verse is telling us that no matter who brings you information, and yet we're not just speaking about it and everyday mundane facts, but more, you know, news something that has a big consequence, then you should seek to clarify, is this the truth? Is it in fact, correct? And we know that this has been taken very seriously in the Islamic tradition

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for the entire science of Hadith, and Hadith criticism has been built upon verification of knowledge. Our scholars have had a strong legacy of wanting to verify is this truly an authentic hadith? Is this truly the words actions and approvals of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? Our scholars are attributed with various sayings such as Isner domina Deen from guru Amanda, Kaduna Dena, that is an ad or the chain of transmitters that gives you the information is part of DNA it's part of religion, so you should be careful as to who you accept your religion from they also said lol lol is an ad lac Allah Masha, Masha added not been for the eastern ad or this chain of

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transmission, then whoever would have been able to say whatever. So the same principle applies throughout Islam, whether we looking at DEF seed, whether we looking at Heidi, whether we looking at history, it's always a matter of who said this. How do you know they said this? And what do we do with this information? How do we understand it? How do we put it in light of everything else? So when it comes to the modern era, we all know what it's like to wake up, especially on a Friday morning, for example, and receive 100,000 messages on social media, making statements about random facts or various concepts, either within the religion or other things. And, you know, it's so nice

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to have access to this information. But the dangerous aspect is that you know, sometimes and often we have fake news coming through, or fabrications or weak information. Somebody's saying something about Dean or about the Quran over Allah over the prophets of Allah Selim. That isn't actually true. So how do we as Muslims, who are perhaps not scholars, determine for ourselves to the the criterion to decipher fake news from true news or to decipher authentic knowledge from fake knowledge? So here are a few practical examples.