Medina Stories #07 – Biggest Influences From Medina

Tom Facchine


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The speaker describes how their most influential teacher, teacher, and adviser, Edna, used to study the Koran and use it as a way to bring people back to their priorities. They also discuss how Edna's approach to learning was different from their normal practice, and how she used the word tafsir to connect different parts of a book. The speaker also mentions how Edna's teacher, Edna, used the word tafsir to connect different parts of a book.

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Some of my most

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influential teachers or instructors, when I was in Medina, I mean, the most influential person on my life, there was definitely shift our village and PT, he was my teacher outside of my formal classes at the university. So I studied with his tafsir class for four years, we covered about half of the Koran, and Chef Abdullah was different, and Hamdulillah. He's still alive, but he's fairly advanced in in age, in that he was all about this, the soul and the spirit, you know, he was always trying to bring people back to what really mattered, the priorities, the afterlife, fixing ourselves. And he'd be really, really repetitive. And some people didn't like that, but we needed it. You know, like, he

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would always bring up the example of, you know, when people who are maybe more practicing than others would sit around and they talk about other people who are less practicing. I say, May Allah guide them? Yeah, he would. He didn't like that. He would always say, like, the guns, he said, and May Allah guide you. Like, why are you talking about this other people, you focus on yourself. So he had reminders like that a lot. And sometimes people it was a Tafseer class, but sometimes people would walk by, and they'd sit down for five minutes, and they wouldn't be able to tell what the class was about. Because he would go over here and over there and different on different tangents

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and things like that.

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So it was different than your normal kind of, we're going to study this book from beginning to end, etc, etc. And it was also different, because, you know, usually classes, especially at the profit, Smith, G, they attract a certain following, like, there's just certain classes where it's like, only like the young guys, the students, the hardcore students are like there. And then you've got other classes that are for nonspecialists, you know, people who are there on pilgrimage or whatever, you know, you're gonna get a mix of people or adults or older folks, and Sheikh Abdullah is lesson was different than that everybody, all different walks of life, different types of people, people who

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were just there, temporary laborers, students of knowledge, old men, like, you name it, they were there. So it was a very, very different sort of thing.

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As far as the actual university classes that I had probably

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probably the most impactful professor I had, it was shaking with Edna Abdel Fatah, he was one of my tafsir also tafsir. But these guys all gave me kind of my love for tafsir. I had him for two different semesters, and he was absolutely brilliant. He was absolutely amazing.

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He synthesized everything on his own, like he was giving us his notes from 567 different works. And he was just very serious and very intense. And the sort of connections that he was making this a large part of, where I got kind of my, I guess, flavor of tafseer from or what interests me the most of tafsir. Why did Allah use this word instead of that word? Why did the law say it in this order here, but then a couple pages later, or a couple chapters later, he says it in a slightly different order, right, trying to get us to make the connections between the different pieces of a chapter or the different chapters themselves, right? Why does a law describes himself with these particular

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names right here in this exact chapter. So he got us to think about why, why this why that and I really, really appreciated that that approach.