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From Darkness to Light: What is Islam Today?

From Darkness to Light

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For many Muslims who’ve been raised with a hybrid understanding of Islam and their culture, the search for an authentic understanding of Islam is a life-long struggle. In this conversation with special guest Ahmed Younis, Dr. Maher Hathout tackles three big questions: What is fixed and what is flexible in Islam? What should the role of classical Arabic be in the modern day? How should we prioritize challenges which exist in our communities?


2 Responses to “From Darkness to Light: What is Islam Today?”

  1. Hassen December 29, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Very nice discussion. I agree with many of the points discussed.

    With regards to the use of foreign words, I wanted to point out that the very first point our dear brother Ahmed brought up was the use of foreign words with the misguided belief that it carries extra weight. Then, right in the beginning of Dr. Hathout’s comment he interjected with a Latin translation of Dr. Hathout’s explanation. Maybe he didn’t realize it πŸ™‚ Also, he said ‘Nahw’ and ‘Nusoos’ and “tashbeehun-nisaa'” without translation. I’m only mentioning that to point out that sometimes we just do this subconsciously without realizing it- even in the middle of a discussion of criticizing this phenomenon πŸ™‚

    *I really think for most people this is a lot more innocent than what was mentioned in the discussion. It just has more to do with practicality. Instead of saying: “I’m going to my Islamic study circle/discussion group” a person can just say “I’m going to my halaqah”. Of course, there are people who knowingly take it beyond that but I don’t thin everyone uses Arabic words out of an inferiority complex.

    And even if someone uses an Arabic term to reflect the beautiful roots and construct of Arabic. Many times, there isn’t an equivalent translation of words into Arabic, and while it might not be best to display this in front of people who don’t know Arabic (so that they don’t feel belittled) I think it can enrich a discussion between people who know Arabic and can appreciate the depth of Arabic terminologies.

    – Hassen

  2. Nasser Kat February 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Assalamu alaikum

    Jazakum Allahu khairan, a very benefitial, inciteful and enjoyable podcast. Having people like you with ideas and values such as yours gives hope for Muslims and for humanity.

    All the best inshallah, please increase your podcasts, you have a new follower, and I’m very impatient.

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