Medina Stories #20 – Attitudes Towards Learning

Tom Facchine


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There's a whole world of difference between attitudes towards learning today or online or through social media, YouTube, these sorts of things versus learning in person in a more traditional setting, right? When we're enrolled in the Canvas class or the, you know, the asynchronous class or whatever everything's on demand, right? You can message the shake, or maybe and you can kind of do things at your own pace. And that's nice. And it has democratized access to a lot of knowledge. But there are several components that are missing from this model that are really important, right? There's a certain respect that's due to the knowledge of itself and the interaction between student

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and teacher that can only be found in in person sort of settings. And these things happen all the time. Like I remember there was a lesson one time in Medina where one of the Messiah was teaching it was a fasting day, okay, like either Monday or Thursday, or it might have even been Ramadan, I can't remember and it was running up to Naga. Okay, so the lesson is going, the mother by then goes off, and all the students start to rush towards the Supra to get the dates and things like that and the sheiks stop them. I said, Wait a second, you guys are prioritizing your dunya over your afterlife, this thing that you are ingesting now few hours is going to pass out of you. This stuff that you're

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learning right now, it might be the reason you entered yen, or it might be the reason that increases your ranking agenda. Where are your priorities, we expect that from normal people, but if you're here in Mecca and Medina, like studying the religion, you have to be different, you have to show that you respect the knowledge more than that everybody's super embarrassed, everybody comes back and they listen until the until the shake was done, right. But this these sorts of things are very true. And we saw certain things like that. And Medina, you know, poor etiquette among students of knowledge, and then other examples of supremely refined etiquette, but those are lessons, those are

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lessons that have to take place in person. And there is something that if you're really trying to be serious about this thing that is Islam and learning it, then there's going to be a certain point where you're going to have to find somebody in person to kind of have these interactions and exchanges wet. And that's one of the unique things about Medina because with Medina, at least for a long time, you know, the University of Medina was accepting students even if they were very new to Islam, right. And if anybody you know, you've got the biography, or the sort of the stories of Sheikh Abu Dhabi and these different people that can describe to you the situation where they were

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coming from when they dropped in Medina when they stepped foot into Medina, the first time and a lot of times, you're somebody who's raw, right, you've got all these sorts of things that are you're bringing with you as your baggage but if you hang out and you long enough and you stick with it, and you are in the right circles and have the right intention, and Allah gives you Tofik then these things wear off and then you start to be guided to something better and a more refined way of interacting with everybody around you and your teachers and the knowledge that you study and everything else.