Tom Facchine – Should Muslims Be Compassionate

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the concept of compassion in Islam, stating that it is essential for everyone to be compassionate and that people should not be harmed by it. They also mention that compassion is not something that can be taught in a material way and that it is a concept that is specific to Islam. The speaker emphasizes the importance of finding the true balance between comfort and compassion in order to achieve Islam's values.
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There's something called concept creep. Okay, so that's when we there's a sort of a term that we use to define something, but then the content of what that term defines changes over time, right. And this is super important for when we're translating between languages, right. And it's super important when we're translating between time periods, right? Because we have concepts in Islam that are so indigenous and important and central to Islam. But then when they're rendered into English, and we think about them with a modern lens, they kind of shift and they kind of take on different content. And sometimes it produces sort of unnecessary misunderstandings or drama, like compassion

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is one of those things, right compassion. However, we want to translate it, you know, there's multiple Arabic terms that get at it is something that is obviously from the dean of a sentence from Allah as dean, it was the way of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. So you had the hadith of Alisha, or the law on her where she says that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam never hit anything with his hand, not a woman, not a child, not an animal, except when he was on the battlefield, fighting the enemy, right. And so that compassion and we have so many Hadith about the compassion, the mercy you know, Allah azza wa jal called him mercy for all the all the creation. So you know, we can't shake

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this idea that that compassion is so central to our faith and what it means to be a Muslim. However, we have to be aware of the content of that compassion, the definition of what compassion looks like, because people can get it twisted, and people can, in a modern era, or in a different language have a different understanding as to what the content of compassion is. So some people for example, imagine that being compassionate is just always being like a yes man, or always being meek and weak and stuff like this, or not standing up for the truth. Right? And and that's not our compassion, right? That's not the compassion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. That's not the

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compassion of a snap. And so that sort of, you know, misunderstanding kind of, it results in a very unfortunate situation where people will react to that shift, or that, yeah, the the shift or the change in that concept across languages across times, and then they end up sort of mocking it or, you know, saying that this is bad. This is not how we should be, but we can't necessarily mock compassion in and of itself, we just have to remain it right, we have to re signify it. We have to take it back. Right? We can't leave compassion for people who if we're even, like, if we submit to the argument, there's some people out there who are misrepresenting what compassion looks like. And

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in reality, it's weakness or in reality, it's meekness, or it's something that's not our compassion. We can't leave the term compassion to them, we have to take it back. And we have to find what is the true balance and the true balance is always in the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam if you ever want to know what how do I balance between being too harsh and too soft? Or how do I balance between being to this or to that? The answer is always in the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed Salah setup that's why Allah azza wa jal gave us the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, and didn't just send us a Quran as a book, right? He gave it through the messenger so that we would see the example

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of the messenger alayhi salatu salam, and then follow it. So we can't we can't leave those things go compassion is Islam and Islam is compassion. But what type of compassion? What's the content of that compassion? You can find it in the sun?

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