Becoming the Alpha Muslim
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No-BS self-improvement for the modern Muslim man. Join your host Nabeel Azeez and his guests as they give you practical advice on how to develop mentally, physically, and spiritually. We will help you dominate your environment and live the life of your dreams.
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Cosmology, Epistemology, Methodology: Back to Basics with Dr. Shadee Elmasry
My guest today is Dr. Shadee Elmasry Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying the traditional sciences rigorously at age eighteen after a summer in Fes, Morocco. Since then he has studied all over the world including Hadramawt (Yemen), Mecca and Madina (Saudi Arabia), London (UK), Cairo (Egypt) and New Jersey (U.S.) under several luminaries. He received a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. He is currently the Scholar in Residence and Director of Education and Community Affairs at the New Brunswick Islamic Center in New Jersey. He is also the founder and head of Safina Society - an institution dedicated to the cause of traditional Islamic education in the West. You can follow Dr. Shadee on Twitter and Facebook. Time-stamped show notes: 03:20 Why has Islamic Aqidah (Creed) become a bad word among Muslims in the West? 07:40 The three-part foundation to understanding Islam Cosmology - what do we believe exists? Epistemology - what are our sources of truth? Methodology - how do we interpret these sources? 12:33 Cosmology is where believers split with atheists. 13:45 Epistemology is where mainstream Muslims (Sunni Muslims in general) split from the deviant sects in Islam and all other religions. 16:55 Methodology is where mainstream Muslims will differ in their interpretations of Islam. Some interpretations fall within the scope of correct methodology while others do not. 23:43 What happens when someone who claims to be Muslim denies one of the axiomatic tenets of Islam? Those things that are necessarily known as part of the faith. (Arabic - ma'lum min ad-din bi 'dh-dharurah) 24:45 Dr. Shadee goes off on Big Dawah. the Dawah establishment. (I've seen this term used formally once before; I think we should make it stick.) 27:30 Dawah is a failed enterprise if it's not grounded in knowledge. 28:35 I comment on how Dr. Shadee's strategy of sticking to the masjid and using the internet and social media to spread knowledge is the safest bet.