A Conversation with Faisal Choudhry
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Can I Really Learn Islam Online?
Brothers and sisters, we're in a time now where technology has taken over. I suppose in the past year more than ever. We're working from home. We're doing our calls online, and we're running our businesses through means that we hadn't done before. And with that in mind, thinking about technology, I had a conversation with Mufti menk. Earlier on discussing technology and how we can use it to study our religion. I think this is going to be one that you guys are gonna want to listen to.
I still am Ari, Colm warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. I hope you're doing well. Mufti, I'm so glad to be hosting you once again. And though time seems to be very different, right now. And the mediums that we're using can be slightly altered. It's lovely to have you back on so welcome. Well, la como Salam rahmatullahi wa barakatuh brother Faisal. So good to be with you here. In fact, I am the one who's glad to be with you. And I'm quite sure that in Sharla, it will be a beneficial short session even in LA. So I wanted to discuss something that was on my mind. And this has been on my mind for a while now. And that is this issue of technology. It's something that's completely taken over our
lives in the past year more than ever. And it's something that as a content creator myself, I know can do so much good in showing people kind of the strength that they can build with their faith. But like with anything else, there's also a very negative side of it, that if not controlled, can elude you down a wrong path, I suppose. Is this something that we should be wary of? How should we be looking at technology? Yes, obviously, we should be looking at it in a more positive light. And every one of us it's our duty to be to use it in a good way to be able to become ambassadors of the deen and not just spokespersons of the deen You know, there is a difference between the two. We also
need to understand the knowledge we should be disseminating with on all platforms online offline, whatever it may be. And there is a way of actually getting this knowledge across there is a wisdom and we need to learn this we need to be able to understand the methods that are being used by people and utilize them to spread the good inshallah Jazakallah cannon can check. So given your answers that previous question, are we okay to learn our Deen online? Well, yes, we are okay to learn online, although primarily we're supposed to be learning at the feet of the scholars. So if you have that within your community or close to your reach, and that would be the ideal, but Subhan Allah not
everyone has that not everyone's able to attend the halaqaat or this circles of knowledge in their masajid not everyone is able to or has access to the mushiya or the scholars who are considered scholars and sit at their feet and learn so then the next best thing is to learn online and obviously, it is something that needs to be considered in a big way. And we must make use of it. It's there. Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to ask us, you had this at your fingertips and why didn't you make use of it? You know, Burchell ofI comm share. So let's be honest, is there any limitations then with studying your religion online? I know we kind of alluded to it before, but
really, is it something that's got some negative aspects involved with it? Oh, yes, brother face on, obviously, there are limitations. It's not like learning physically, right in front of someone, there is going to be a limitation because you're not physically in front of them. But what we try and do at eemaan Academy is we tailor make these lessons in such a way that we provide the subjects that are, you know, important, and we make it such that everyone can fit in according to their times. You know, people work people have different living in different time zones, they have different time slots of free time. So each one can come at his own time. So as much as you might
have a limitation from one angle, but from the other, you have a lot of ease because you won't be bound by specific times for something you can come at your convenience and, you know, learn these lessons. So emontx Academy is doing that we are trying to provide as much as we can, in fact, 100 hours of lessons on Islamic sciences, in the English language for people across the world. So that means all different time zones and people from anywhere you can enroll and support Allah you will benefit by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if we put this discussion of studying your religion online to the side for a second, and talk a bit more about lifestyle, I myself as a young
young adult, I'm now a professional
And on top of that, I've just become a parent and hamdulillah. So my life has changed a lot. And often in adulthood, you find that studying and learning is something that you relate to school or to university. And we often as adults don't necessarily find value in studying through our adulthood. Is this a process that we should be continuing throughout our adult life, and continuing, I suppose, without ever stopping, as a lifestyle as opposed to something that we relate to just just young people? Yes, indeed, you know, if you look at the lives of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu, when it comes to Islamic learning, they learned it in advanced age, and there was no restriction and I think
when it comes to Islamic knowledge, actually, there are people who have set the example. And we should be following that example. So the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu. We find them learning, memorizing and so many others who followed later, they learned and follow and they, at an advanced age, they became knowledgeable in the deen. And they practiced as they learned, and they even conveyed it to others. So Alhamdulillah I think, in that, in that aspect, we definitely do know that people should understand there is no limit, no age limit when it comes to learning. Generally, if you were to go to school, a secular school, they tell you, grade one, grade two, and so on, when it
comes to Islamic learning, it's not that way, it actually is completely the opposite where from the beginning, right up to whatever age you are, you will still be learning and you continue to learn even if you have learned a lot, you continue to expand your knowledge until the day you die. So that's something extremely amazing.
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subjects and learn at a very slow pace actually. And Subhan Allah, it's very, very interesting. I just completed the teaching of the urbane and Noah we and so panela it's, it's the book of Hadith. And it's amazing because it's an opportunity given. And at hamdulillah many people have benefited I've had some really good feedback from people who say it is even acted as revision for those who knew the Hadith already. So to be part of this halakha you would still be getting a reward of being part of the knowledge circle. When you've had an online circle, obviously, it's different, but you still get the reward because there is a circle, it's virtual. And at the same time you're connecting
with so many people and encouraging others, perhaps exchanging notes, learning and so on. So May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who seize these opportunities. We don't have an excuse.
Just not going okay, hold on to Mufti menk, for joining us for that conversation, and inshallah you guys could take advantage of this amazing opportunity from umount Academy and we'll see you again soon.