Tom Facchine – Too Much Drama, Not Enough Dawah

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speakers stress the importance of being mindful of intentions and having protocols in place to avoid conflict of interest. They suggest focusing on academic issues rather than social issues and bringing up open-ended questions to encourage others to share their own thoughts. The speakers also emphasize the need for collective support and clarify the truth in media and online media, as it is crucial for everyone to commit to their own rules.
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One of the scariest things is having a good intention but being misled. And the law says this towards the end of Surah Al Caffee says basically the translation of you know, who's the Biggest Loser on the Day of Judgment, the one who thought they were doing good, but comes to find out that they weren't. We have to ask ourselves a question. Even religious things. Oh, yeah. You betcha. And religious things, especially if you feel like you're doing something for Islam, you feel like you're defending Islam, you feel like you're doing Dawa to Allah, and maybe you're not, or maybe it's mixed. Maybe it's some Dawa, and it's some, I don't know, something else. Okay, we have to be super

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careful. And that is aimed directly at myself and everybody who's in the quote unquote, industry or the Dallas scene, whatever you want to call it, people who are my colleagues, we have to be super, super careful. You know, we know that the shaytaan takes pride in ruining the relationship of marriage. Okay, we can assume that he takes a similar amount of pride, you know, in ruining the relationship between people who are trying to call to Allah's power data, or people who are trying to study his deen or people who are trying to further ISNA, especially in the West. And so we really, really just have to try to have processes in place and try to have protocols and try to

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have, you know, multiple voices, there's a couple of different things that I think would be good if everybody does, I think that if somebody were to make, for example, a video about somebody else, you know, if you're monetized your channel, don't monetize that video, I think that would represent, for example, a conflict of interest. Because now, I mean, everybody knows you have a channel, you've got 3000 views, 3000 views, 3000 views, then you make a video about somebody, you point out a mistake, 30,000 views, that's how people are, if you're making money off of that video, then you've got to check yourself because you don't know, then it's going to be tempting, the next time something comes

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up in the internet land that you want to respond to it. It's a juicy topic, because now you're getting paid for it. Right. It's a conflict of interest. So I think that, you know, if we're talking about responding to non Muslims, that's one thing, you know, but if we're responding to each other, you know, people who have studied people who have who have done good people who care about the dollar, they seem sincere, they seem well intentioned, you know, I think that we should have some sort of pact, we're not going to monetize videos, if we're addressing one another. The other thing that I see a lot of is that we have to try to keep it academic, you know, too many times, like, I

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was watching a couple of videos, and you know, somebody starts out the video, well, you have to go back to the people of knowledge, and you can't take from random people on the internet. That's a diss. You just, you're just basically saying that this person, this person is a random person on the internet doesn't have any knowledge. Maybe that person has degrees from university, maybe they're not ashamed. Maybe they're not in Ireland. But you know, you just made it like 10 times harder for that person to return to the truth, even if you're right, even if you're right, you just made it very, very difficult for that person to accept advice and your perspective and counsel because you

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basically insulted him, and you didn't give him credit for the knowledge and the study that he did. Right? So we need to talk just about the issues, right? Instead of and avoid the labels like, oh, please avoid the label. So say this one's a medical and this one's a hardy g and this one's a this one and that one. And that one, these labels, they just put people in boxes, and then it just becomes a sports event. You know, my team cheers for our our logo, and that team cheers for their logo or slogan or whatever it is, we got to keep those things. My opinion, you got to keep those things out of the room focus on the issue, right focus on the academic issue, the evidence, the

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quotes of the scholars, what do they say? Like is the issue what extent do we have to speak out against the against the Muslim ruler? Who is oppressive? or under what circumstances would it be permissible, hypothetically, to rebel or to try to, you know, institute some sort of regime change? Let's just stick to the issue, right? Let's go back to the books. Let's bring the quotes, let's bring the AI out and the Hadith and the understanding of the scholars will be safe, we'll be safe because the second that you the devil would love it, the devil would love it. If we started backsliding down into a you're part of this group, and you're part of that group. And now

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everybody's up in arms. Now everybody takes sides and you see this happen. You see it in the comment section with the followers that that haven't studied? I'm on I'm on so and so side, okay. Look at the his via, right, look at the partisan sort of mentality that a lot of people come to. It's not about sides. This isn't baseball, this isn't soccer. Right, this is about the truth. And so we really, we want to discuss issues in an exploratory manner. Okay, with open ended questions, not loaded questions, yes or no questions? Well, are you saying that, you know, either this or that, yes or no, these are usually loaded questions. No, you these nice, big, open ended exploratory

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questions. What would be the conditions of this or that? How would we enact to this and that and a third, right. And there's many other sort of recommendations. I think another thing that people can do is try to involve shoulder as much as possible. Okay. We've reached an era where it's difficult because a lot of times our brands are tied to our names. Okay. And that makes it super hard to change course. Right? If you try to, if you try to repent and change your ways, or change your mind about something people accuse you of being a hypocrite

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People say Oh, well look, now he's flip flopped banner this is well, that's inconsistent. He's contradicting himself. He used to say this. Now he says that, yeah, I changed my mind, who cares, right? If your platform is tied to your individual name, I think it makes it harder, I think it makes it harder because you yourself are the brand, right? As opposed to man, I would love to see if we had collectives, you know, if we had like a group of students of knowledge or people from, you know, this university, and that university or graduates from this university, that part of the Muslim world that we're able to kind of talk about things again, in an exploratory way, not bring up

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some some issues, some hot button issue or some person on and blast them and all this sort of circus that we have. Now, I think that would be a really good thing to have a little bit more collective spirit when it comes to these things. So it's not my branding is your brand, my channel against your channel or my team, my posse against your posse? This is like the street. That's just like, it's like thug life. Right. And there's tons of other things, you know, when you can reach somebody privately versus publicly, you know, I would hope that the people who are in line that are in the work of Dawa are reaching out to each other privately first, especially even just to clarify, you

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know, sometimes we get a little sloppy with this. And we say, well, they made the statement publicly, okay, but your understanding of that public statement might not be correct, okay, you might be jumping to conclusions about what that person meant, or the implications of that person statement, you should have perhaps contacted that person privately to verify that that's actually what they meant before you go ahead out in public, and now I'm correcting them with what you basically build the straw man, based off what you thought he meant, or what you thought the implications are, you know, I just I can't see where anybody would regret reaching out privately

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first, you know, and that's comes back to Dean and sincerity because, okay, maybe we can't say that it's an absolute requirement that you have to reach out privately first, but isn't that the way that you would want to be treated? Then the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said that none of you have believed until you love for your brother, what you love for yourself. And I have yet to meet a person that wouldn't love for themselves to be approached privately before they're approached publicly. So these are some techniques. And I think they're really easy things. But everybody needs to commit to them. And everybody needs to have a long, hard look in the mirror at themselves and

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think about why are we doing what we're doing? And at what point is the, you know, amount of dust that we kick up trying to defend the truth and trying to defend Islam? And at what point does it just become a circus and a soap opera? Because what could happen is what could happen is you could turn off a lot of people that just came to Islam, for example, that happens, people come to the slam, and they're so hyped up because Islam is is the it's the telehealth. And it's so simple, and it's like, whatever. And then they see these Muslims beefing with each other, like, what's this? And if they come from a background, where that's what they were trying to get away from, then a lot of

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people might come to the conclusion, well, this is just the same as the thing that I left. So we don't want to confuse people. We don't want to confuse the lay people, or the viewers or whatever. And we say we say that everything that we do is just to clarify the truth. And it's not for ego, and it's not for likes and views and monetization and things like that. But we need to take some more mechanisms to make sure that that's really what's happening. And I think that yes, if we're really in the spirit of clarifying the truth, then it shouldn't be any problem to turn off that monetization when it's talking to your Muslim brother, or to follow up or start with a private

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conversation. If we're truly interested in clarifying the truth. I don't think we should have any problems sort of adhering to those protocols.

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