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Identifying the True and the Fake #2

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Irshaad Sedick

Channel: Irshaad Sedick

Episode Notes

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.

Episode Transcript

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Principle number one, always learn authentic knowledge systematically. This is a very important and deliberate statement. Always meaning never stop. Learn as in seek knowledge, authentic knowledge, meaning, knowledge that is coming from authentic sources, knowledge that comes from the Quran from the Sunnah. And via valid scholarship, recognize scholarship, and then systematically, meaning that you're not just taking it. And in fact, or listening to a lecture, you're reading a pamphlet, a reading an article over the, and then thinking that you've got knowledge, but rather systematically going through the sciences of Islam, whether that be aqeedah, or theology, whether that be physical

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jurisprudence, but to go through it systematically with teachers from A to Zed so that we get a holistic understanding of knowledge. Principle number two, always ask, Where does this information come from? Does it have an Eastern ad? So you receive a WhatsApp message, and it says, it is soon to do a particular act on this day? So the first question you ask yourself is, where is this coming from? is this coming from a scholar? Who is just coming from my friend? Is it coming from an authority on the topic? Can I trust this source? Islamic scholars, we generally ask two questions about the Howdy. Does it have an S NAD? Can it be corroborated? In other words, can I place with

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this knowledge comes from? And then are the other sources that can corroborate this knowledge?

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Principle number three,

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are there any contradictions? So if I hear a particular statement, for example, a Muslim should begin everything with Alhamdulillah. And immediately I think, well, aren't we supposed to begin things with Bismillah? So now, it seems like there's a contradiction. It's up to me as an individual to now go and seek knowledge to clarify, if I'm confused as to how to resolve this contradiction. And most of the time, when it comes from authentic sources, the contradictions can easily be resolved.

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Are the other opinions? And is there a greater context? Let's not be from among those who only listen to one point of view, or listen to one particular scholar, and whatever that view states or whatever that one book says, or whatever that one scholar said, is the gospel truth, the Absolute Truth, and nothing and no one can be, can be right beside that one opinion. Rather, if there are other opinions, we should be open and and we should be tolerant to respect the other views that exists, and then go and seek knowledge as to find out which of these views are more authentic? Or are they authentic, and they basically will have a place within Islam. So these simple points, these

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will allow us to be more mature with regards to the information that we take in and not just to simply accept, believe, and even worse, pass on things without the verification, of authenticity, and of the truth behind it. So to revise, always, seek, always learn authentic knowledge systematically. That's the first principle. Principle number two, does it have an Eastern ad? Where does this information come from? Who is just from an unknown source? Number three, can it be corroborated? Or the other forms of information that support what this thing is saying? And then are there contradictions or opinions that I need to resolve before I find the truth? And lastly, what is

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the context? What is the context of this information, for sometimes effect can be so out of place, that you get a completely different understanding to what was intended? So always find out what the context is of a particular statement of effect that you receive? May Allah Subhana Allah always guide us to the truth, maybe recognize the truth when we see it, and maybe recognize falsehood when we see they will always follow the truth and steer clear of falsehood to try and handle the lack of blinding me