Imam Azhar reminds us that this program isn’t here to be the CNN of the Islamic perspective, as much as he and B.C. Dodge try to keep the show on track (B.C. often derails the conversation regardless) and to cover the hot trending topics, it is easy to become bogged down in the news of the day – What did the president tweet? What policies are under question now? What dumb thing has humanity tried to do today?
On the Raw Islam Podcast, we don’t want to cover the headlines – we want to cover what is behind the headlines.
In the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about the leader of the free world talking about how countries in Africa and Haiti are shitholes – of course the Imam is way too nice to actually say that word – Imam Azhar states the simple fact, not #FakeNews, that these statements are racists and offensive, and he reminds us that there is no place in this world for this kind of racism.
In the 1960s we saw a cultural shift, we say people who had been oppressed for hundreds of years fighting for God given rights, fighting for the right to be treated as humans. To take such actions as calling Africa a shithole stomps all over what was fought for and takes humanity backwards thousands of years.
But in the interest of not getting weighed down in headlines, the Imam wants to talk about trust. God stated in the Quran that he gave us trust, and because of this gift of trust we should be able to trust our leaders and they should be able to trust us, and we should be able to trust our neighbors, and they us.
But do we?
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