This 30 minute autobiographical account charts how Tim Humble went from rebellious schoolchild of modernity to a seeker of (eternal) knowledge. He ends up studying at the Islamic University of Medina.
At 19:01: he talks about if God revealed a book – it would probably look and sound like the Qur’an.
At 21:59: he talks about looking at all the criticisms of the Missionaries against the Qur’an and comparing it to the Muslim response and being struck by how neat/succinct the Muslim defence was.
At 23:45: he talks about how he noticed that there was no concealment of what Islam’s position was on something as opposed to other religious traditions that on the level of theory, try and ‘cover up’ uncomfortable truths about their own religion. Islam is very frank and open.
At 25:10: he suggests we listen to the story of Yusuf Estes and Joshua (Yusha) Evans in how simple questions about the tenets of Christianity was ‘covered over’ with a type of attitude of ‘don’t ask questions’ because it will lead one away from faith. [In Islam you are encouraged to think, reflect, inquire – but not engage in idle talk – because it might strengthen your faith.]
At 30.01: he gives some advice on how to approach the Qur’an:
1. Understand and Act on the Qur’an
Read the tafsir (Meaning of Qur’an) alongside – i.e. Imam Sa’adi, Ibn Kathir – to understand so you can implement it in your lives.
To paraphrase the companions of the Prophet, Muhammad Tim quotes: “We did not memorise ten ayah of the Qur’an until we understood them and acted upon them.”
2. Correct Your Recitation of Qur’an
3. Respect the Qur’an
Watch his lectures on understanding ‘Creed’ (Aqeedah) in Islam.
Read his blog post on ‘How do I study Islam?‘