Embark on a rich interfaith discussion with Chris Garner, an old time friend, intellectual companion and interfaith lecturer. Chris and I share stories and challenge ideas about religion and attaining mature spirituality. What is the future of the faithful in America, especially Muslims? Why he thinks the core issues of humanity is greed and violence and what role does God consciousness play in our future society.
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First 15 min:
What is wisdom?
Pitfalls of youth on the path.
Being a true servant of God.
Grace and insignificance.
Making meaning of human questions.
Reaching our full potential.
Cycles of violence and greed in society.
Muslims and white nationalists.
What is the true religion?
The Golden rule.
Can we remove evil?
Perspectives on the story of Adam.
Terrorism in America.
Daniel Haqiqatjou AKA the Muslim Skeptic joins me to discuss his concerns and drive to address the Liberal storm swooping American society. Specifically its impact on American Muslim traditions, Islamic intellectual legacy and the future of Muslim faith. I got to ask him questions like:
"What is a Muslim Skeptic?"
"What is dogmatic Liberalism?"
"Why are some liberal ideas a concern for future Muslim communities?"
"How can Islam be rational if Muslims believe in things like the devil, angels and a hereafter?"
References and Resources
Anas bin Malik (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There shall come upon the people a time in which the one who is steadfast upon his religion will be like the one holding onto a burning ember.” (Hasan) [Chapters on Al-Fitan: Jami At-Tirmidhi; Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2260]
Dr. Abdullah from Zaytuna College and Lampost joins me in a conversation on race and Islam. I got to ask him questions like "What is racism?", "Are Muslims a race?", "If Islam was meant to remove racism why are there racist Muslims?" We also discuss the notions of Arab superiority, multicultural marriages, "white as good" and "black as evil." We close the conversation with advice and tips on what to do about racism.
Karim shares another Ramadan memory of one of the most awkward encounters he ever had with an Imam. Calls out religious appearances and gives feedback about character emphasis in religious communities.