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Ramadan Episodes

Without thinking, there is no Islam

Without thinking, there is no Islam

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In this episode, Dr. Hathout is joined by attorney and activist Tarek Shawky to discuss a concept often repeated (over 100 times) in the Quran: “…in this are signs for those who think.” They ask the question, if the Quran mandates critical thinking, why are so many Muslims today afraid to think for themselves? They also dive into the meaning and value of bida (innovation) in rituals or ideas, as well as the courage needed to apply innovative ventures for the betterment of humanity.

Is Islam Still Relevant?

Susu Attar and Dr. Maher Hathout

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In this week’s episode, we ask the question, “How relevant is Islam to today’s Muslim youth?” Are we distancing young people who crave to act and serve, by dwindling down Islam to the rituals and legalese (whether something is haram or halal)? In this episode, San Francisco-based artist and art educator Susu Attar joins Dr. Maher Hathout for a thought-provoking chat about what it takes to fulfill the Quran’s message to be “in the service of humanity”, plus the necessity of challenging conformity in favor of progress. As Dr. Hathout says, “The responsibility on youth is to be a little daring.”

From Darkness to Light

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?

Welcome Ramadan

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The essence of Ramadan is the emphasis on the quality of self restraint and the ability to postpone gratification. This is liberating in the sense of putting the person in command over their desires, but more so over their needs. The rise and fall of the civilization and individuals is dependent on this quality. From all of God’s creations, human beings are the ones who have this quality, making Ramadan an affirmation of our humanity.

Spiritual? Religious? Is There A Difference?

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Ever heard someone say, “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual”? In this episode, MPAC’s Communications Coordinator Marium Mohiuddin joins Dr. Maher Hathout for a lively conversation about the relationship between spirituality and religion. As we head into the month of Ramadan, they also consider the role of rituals and restraint in seeking a personal connection to God.

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