Medina Stories #04 – How Medina Changed Me

Tom Facchine

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The speaker discusses how he believes that achieving a degree in Islam is a fundamental step, as it is necessary for personal boundaries and boundaries within one's own beliefs. He emphasizes the importance of learning to become a Muslim person and not just focusing on one's beliefs. He also mentions that achieving a degree in Islam is a fundamental step for personal boundaries and boundaries within one's own beliefs.

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Medina changed me in every, every way.

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You know, I think most people that go to Medina, I think they'll say this too, that there are certain things that I thought were super important Islamically or otherwise, before I went to Medina, that upon completing my study, I realized weren't as important as I thought.

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And vice versa. There's other things that you go in thinking are maybe not that big of a deal. And then by the time your studies are over, you realize, Wow, this is really a really major thing.

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I think,

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for me, personally, the biggest thing that I took away was, what level of

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diversity is acceptable within Islam? Because

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you don't know, if you don't study, and it

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can become a tricky thing. Because if you have a lot of zeal, and you want to be really cautious about it, you know, a lot of people are going to make you feel like, there's only one way,

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you know, and a lot of times, there's more than just one way, I'm talking about 50, we're not always talking, we're not necessarily talking about theology.

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But then the opposite is true, too. There's some people that they just want to make it seem like everything's acceptable, you know that there are no boundaries. And that's not true either. That, you know, you can say that Islam is some sort of like, circle, there's borders, there have to be borders. If you want to make Islam distinct from something else, then there has to be borders of what are we going to say is this thing called Islam and what's not? What's out of bounds. And so, without going abroad to study, I would not have had any sense of what those boundaries were. And from my orientation, before I went to study, I would have definitely thought that those bounds were

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much more limited, and smaller than what I came to find out what's true. And again, that's not saying that there's a green light, for every single thing, there are boundaries, there are borders, and those borders are significant, but let's just say that it takes an education, it takes an education to start to get a sense of where those boundaries are. And that if you don't have the opportunity to go and study or to have that sort of education, you know, that might not be really super relevant for you to worry about. You should just focus on being that basic Muslim and be the guy that goes to the masjid or the girl that wears hijab and does the best that they can and is nice

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to the neighbors and is good to the other Muslims and is feeding people and taking care of people. And you let people who study worry about those things. It's not necessarily your your issue. So, you know, I could talk all day about what, you know, the changes that were made in me, but I think that's one of the biggest things