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Jul 30, 2017

The relationship between Islam and Science, and the topic of Evolutionary Theory are among the chief concerns many young Muslims find themselves having to deal with. In addition, many Muslims undertake graduate level degree programs in Islamic Studies departments in Western universities, but they hardly have spent time in traditional study of the religion, and most haven't undertaken courses on epistemology. It is therefore not surprising in this climate of intellectual chaos to find an increasing number of Muslims express doubts about Islam.

Topics addressed in this episode include brief remarks on the nature of Islamic Studies in the West, Science and Evolution, and the role that doubt has in establishing faith.

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Jul 23, 2017

 

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is reported to have said, "Every newborn is born upon the Fitra, then their parents will turn them into a Jew, a Christian, or a Magian."

Topics addressed in this episode include the questions: What is the Fitra, and how does it relate to instinct and to human nature? Is morality innate or acquired? What constitutes a universal human trait? And are we born with the capacity to reason or do we acquire this from our parents and through education?

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Jul 16, 2017

What makes something true and a belief about a proposition a valid one? The philosophical literature is rich with discussions and theories about the nature of Truth, much of which may appear to be more of an exercise in intellectual musings. However, there is a real personal impact one will experience when they have to decide between competing claims to truth.

Topics discussed in this episode include the difference between correspondence and coherence theories of truth, and how they apply in terms of Islamic reform and the relationship between science and religion.

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Jul 9, 2017

The idea of being religious often conjures up to the mind the image of one being divorced from the material world to engage in ritual practice with the purpose of attaining nearness to God. However, from an Islamic point of view this is an extremely narrow understanding that limits the scope of what Islam is meant to encompass as a way of life. While devotion to ritual practice is highly encourage and praised, it certainly is not the only way to get close to God. Indeed, Muslim scholars have considered that the ritualistic night vigil for a student or a scholar is to study and write. From this the division of transitive and non-transitive acts of worship was developed, where in which the merit of the action is evaluated based on whether its benefit is restricted to the person performing it or more widespread to benefit the whole community.

The topic addressed in this episode is on the question of religiosity in Islam, which encompasses much more than simply holding prayers and fasting.

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