The Need for Orthodoxy, with Sh. Tahir Wyatt
What is Islamic orthodoxy and why do we need it? Who gets to decide what is orthodox and how do we reconcile differences of opinion? Join our host Imam Tom Facchine and special guest Dr. Tahir Wyatt in unpacking Islamic orthodoxy, its limits, and its assumptions in the way we understand our religion, read the Qur’an, and practice our faith. Additionally, discover how Yaqeen checks papers and content for Islamic orthodoxy.
0:00 - Introduction
2:50 - The Greek roots of the word “orthodox”
7:14 - “Infidels” and fidelity (nasiha)
10:00 - The concept of orthodoxy is important for happiness in life
21:53 - There's a lot in Islam that no one differs about
23:31 - The Prophet ﷺ's final advice on dealing with differences
30:22 - What criteria make an ijtihad (interpretation) valid?
32:23 - Differences of opinion among the Sahabah
34:14 - What does it mean to do sajda (prostration) like a camel?
35:29 - Did the Sahabah disagree about aqeedah or just fiqh?
41:43 - How much of our aqeedah is a product of history after the Companions?
43:40 - Ibn Abbas (ra)'s debate with the Khawarij, the first sect in Islam
48:46 - The emergence of the Shi‘a and Murji’ah, and codifying aqeedah
52:42 - Some early written works on aqeedah
56:08 - “New aqeedah” as time goes on?
1:01:32 - The different contexts of Imam Ahmad and Ibn Taymiyya
1:04:05 - Do the works of male scholars uphold the patriarchy?
1:11:34 - The importance of scholars
1:13:56 - How does Yaqeen ensure the orthodoxy of its content?
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