Castles Of Faith Conference Day 1
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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to call our chef, our Imam Sheikh from AutoSum and Habibi will shortly and briefly go over the different topics we will discuss during the conference for a little further mesh Cora Maduro.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. And hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah. While early he was a happy woman, wider wombat.
So in sha Allah, this conference, as you know, is titled castles of faith, how to preserve our iman, in times of doubt, and fitna. And I believe this is a topic of extreme importance to every Muslim, not only Muslims in the West, all around the world, because the doubts and the Phaeton are widespread everywhere, mainly online, you'll find them even in educational institutions, schools, universities, you'll find them on the media. So the Muslims are bombarded with so many
doubts, so many
accusations that really get after like, they sort of build up where a person reaches a stage stage where they could sometimes question their faith and their Eman because we're human beings. We are human beings. And when there are so many doubts around around us when our faith is always under attack, sometimes this actually leaves a dent on our hearts. So if we don't learn how to protect our hearts and these castles of faith, then we won't be able to preserve our iman and no one as
a Moroccan Abdullah Aziz Rahim Allah Daddy says man, I mean Allah Allah, dini. heatall, Fatah union SallAllahu Iya. Any person who feels so safe and secure when it comes to their faith and Eman, then Allah could take their Eman away from from them. Why? Because a Muslim is always supposed to be vigilant and careful about the faith to preserve it. They always feel anything could take their email or could affect their Eman. So they're always on the lookout for any threat that is there in order to learn how to defend themselves against it and protect their faith and the Eman the metaphor castles of faith is taken from one of the great scholars of Islam and alien. And actually, he takes
it from his teacher, even Taymiyah. When he says that the heart of the believer is like a castle. It's like a castle. And they believe it has to open a nation or people have a castle, they have to, you know, keep maintaining it. Because some walls will start falling off, some of them will start going, you know, wearing out. So you need always to renew and maintain this castle in order to keep it strong, there will be always attacks. And
you know, it's the target, your castles of faith are always the target of the enemies. So you are under threat you're under attack. You're an easy target to your enemies. So he says if you do not keep strengthening your iman and repelling the doubt, and strengthening these castles of faith, then all of these doubts and all of these shots that you are receiving might penetrate into your heart and start causing damage to your faith. So this is where the metaphor came from. So we want the and we wanted the title of the conference to be more optimistic and more on the positive side, rather on the past rather than on the passive side on the passive side. Okay, yes, we have doubts. We have a
lot of accusations we have a lot of problems and challenges to deal with. But we don't want to just dwell on the challenges and the problems. We actually want to see how we can build our Eman, strengthen our Eman so we want to take it from a positive perspective. So thus we call it
castles of faith. Meaning that our starting point is that our Eman is stronger faith is strong our religion is so powerful has so much potential. But maybe sometimes we don't tap into the full potential of this religion. So the topics we will be talking about I won't be going over them one after the other but generally speaking, I will talk about the
the framework and the main titles that we will be addressing. So we will be focusing on the sources of doubts the sources that could cause some Muslims to question their faith or start, you know, having issues with their faith. So for example, here we will address educational institutions, the schooling that our kids go through. Sometimes they hear a lot of things from their peers from their classmates. They hear some stuff from their teachers and all these things affect them. They also hear some things on the in the media
So, and the educational process that our students go through, there's a lot of stuff that is given to them. And sometimes, or most of the time, it's presented from an Islamic point of view. Because science has to be presented through a framework, there is nothing as pure science, there is nothing such as pure science at all. There's nothing like that. It's all a human interpretation. So when curriculums when teachers, they present their the information, they have to put their own twist on it, that's a human experience. So if the Muslims do not Muslim institutions, Muslim teachers and scholars, if they do not provide the Muslim perspective on the sciences, then we have left the scene
and the field for people from a non Muslim background to dominate that area. And then our children will see science as essentially, in contradiction to religion, and that these two cannot really meet. So this, this is one thing that will be addressed the schooling system, the educational system, and what our kids are exposed to, from an early age. And then also we will address our environments in the masajid. Or they can do Civ to our youth and to our adults, to really come and practice their religion and benefit, and also also develop as human beings, do we have welcoming environments? Or do we have off putting environments that push people away from the masjid? And how
is this strengthening people's faith or weakening it, we need to, you know, see our mistakes, and also see the good things we're doing so that we can increase in the good and sort of treat our mistakes and try to avoid them before any serious damage happens. Other issues that we will be addressing
is the family, a very important institution, because the child grows mainly within a family. And a lot of the stability in faith and religion depends on the emotional development of the child of the person. So if a child is brought up in a balanced family, where they are not deprived of the love and the affection of their parents, so they're being appreciated in the house, they have a healthy relationship with the Father healthy relationship with the mother. And there's a lot of education and connection within the family. Most of these children grow up to be resilient, and well grounded in the faith, and they embrace their identity. But when the child grows in a dysfunctional
household, where the parents have issues, the child is deprived emotionally, and they don't feel the attachment. On the contrary, they might sometimes feel some animosity and his hostility towards some of their parents, they don't feel that they belong to this family, they can start, they're going to start searching for a sense of belonging somewhere else in school, in the street, maybe sometimes online, people are going to make virtual friends, and they're going to bond with them and open up to them and seek advice from them and take it to heart. And they would not be turning towards their parents to benefit. So these are important things, factors that either strengthen our faith, the
environment on either strengthens our faith, or weakens our faith and the faith of our younger generation. We will also be addressing some of the aspects of Islamic education, the way we present Islam. You know, in a world that where there's a lot of stimulation, most of the younger generation and even the adults now are, are the target of extreme and enormous stimulation. They play video games, social media, a video one minute video has so much in it so much information, so much stimulation, so much imagery in it, that is very captivating. So when we do our Islamic education, a lot of people are complaining that the classes are boring, that the classes are they do not address
everyday realities and problems. There's so disconnected from reality. When we teach fake and we teach Arcada some some Muslim teachers, they don't make the connection clear between what they are teaching and the challenges that are faced by every human being on a daily basis. So if we cannot capture the problems or our daily reality within our Islamic education, because Islam addresses these problems, and provides powerful solutions, but sometimes, we are not able to bridge that gap and show the connection where people can see how Islam can truly benefit them not only in religious matters, but even worldly matters because Islam is designed to actually set everything right matters
of the heart and matters of the dunya practical matters of this life. So a lot of the topics will be Chawla addressing such issues, we'll be delving into some specific areas. So some problems and challenges will be highlighted and some problems or some actually opportunities and some recommendations and advice will also be shared. So my recommendation to you is that pay attention and anything that is should try to
to read it into your life, does it address some of the issues you face in your life, maybe with your own children, maybe with your own siblings, for the younger ones, maybe in your own life, sometimes we have doubts, but we don't realize it, just because we haven't put a label on it that this is a doubt. And some of this, because inshallah we'll be highlighting some of the red flags, or the early signs of some of our youth having serious issues with their faith.
But usually, we dismiss these signs, as just, you know, a matter of a young boy or young girl. And this is just gonna pass like anything, everything that went before. But sometimes issues are serious. And there are patterns. So if we do not pay attention to them early and address them early, it might escalate where some of the children might have a serious faith crisis. So the point here behind behind the whole conference, is to raise awareness among ourselves, and to be able, at least to understand what challenges you know, we are going through as a Muslim community in the West, and also what challenges our younger generation are going through the children, the teenagers, because
sometimes we're so disconnected what the this social media has done on all of this development in technology, what it has done is that it has escalated the frequency and has shortened the life cycle of a generational gap. So now, you know, people who are 20 years old, and people are 30 years old, they see these, they are actually like two different completely different generations in the past that will take about 3040 years, to between one generation and the other. But now with all of this lifestyle in the social media, what is happening is that sometimes even five years apart, marks a complete new generation, a complete new generation. So sometimes we disconnected we don't know
what's going on with the younger generation because we assume it's the same as what we went through, when it's actually completely different. So some of these points, inshallah will be highlighted to help us just develop some kind of awareness, understanding, and hopefully Inshallah, if we see something in our own lives and or see some symptoms in the people around us, maybe we're able to seek help, maybe we are able to address some of the problems and take them seriously before they escalate and it gets, you know, far beyond our reach. So insha Allah what I would say, listen carefully and Hamdulillah we have a good lineup of speakers. We have people who are in the field
people with good experience.
will obviously we have Chef Phillips who's got a long experience mashallah in the Dawa field and in education, and I would say this man has a lot of wisdom mashallah so seize it benefit from it. Don't miss out on this opportunity. We have also Sheikh Mohammed Ali Masha Allah, he's involved with the youth in the UK, they have similar challenges and different challenges. And I know that he's involved heavily with the youth. So there is much wisdom that we can take from him, Chef Alberty Masha Allah has come and wisdom and His I would say, empathy towards the listeners can add a lot of perspective and passion in sha Allah, to us addressing these problems. So what I would say, take
them seriously, Inshallah, take the talk seriously, benefit from them, take notes, if something registers with you, and try to see how they apply to your life. This is not entertainment, hopefully it will be entertaining. But the point here is really to highlight these issues, and Shala benefit from them and maybe share perspective, if you have something to contribute as well. There will be open sessions there will be q&a. So if you have something to contribute, please, by all means, share it, because this is how knowledge grows. And this is how different points of view come together by sharing and discussion. So you're invited to heavily get involved in this insha Allah and I hope and
I pray that Allah Subhana Allah makes this conference a beneficial time for all of us, and learning experience for all of us. And hopefully we will see the fruits of this Desikan La Jolla was Allah was an MSA no Hemudu early he also himself