Muhammad Tim Humble: Journey to Islam

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

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Watch his lectures on understanding ‘Creed’ (Aqeedah) in Islam.

Read his blog post on ‘How do I study Islam?

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6 responses to “Muhammad Tim Humble: Journey to Islam

  1. Julie

    I found myself relating to this in many ways: the not understanding the trinity, not being able to relate Christianity in any way to my life now, not being able to ask questions, experiencing the Bible as a book of stories, not experiencing the divine in the Bible or in Christianity, not finding sound answers and advice as to how to live in the Bible or within Christianity (apart from a few), the frustration of going through the convoluted hierarchy instead of just having the freedom that the monotheism of Islam gives you, etc. I also researched the major world religions and found that either I could not relate whatsoever or that it felt empty to me with no meaning. Thanks for sharing his story, brother. jzk. 🙂

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    • Thank you Julie for your reply, which is always so meaningful. Jazakallahu khairan.

      I loved the way the brother told his story so succinctly and still managed to give feedback on other topics, such as his experience (and understanding) of the Bible and Christianity. Obviously this is an anecdote – but I’ve find many people relating to some of the same issues he raises. Whether one follows a belief, an alleged ‘fact’ or an ‘informed’ opinion, what is being tackled or queried is the truth of it. Is it true? But one must ask, first… What is the criterion for truth?

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      • Julie

        That’s a good question. For me, it’s a mixture of his signs, the everyday and timeless relevance of the Qur’an itself, and what is in my heart for what I know to be true. Jzk, brother.

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      • You are very perceptive sister, mashaAllah. I hope to write a post on this issue, inshaAllah. My most recent posts are heading this way, building on some others from the past. I need to work out a way of linking them, perhaps. Jazakallahu khairan for your feedback sis.

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      • Julie

        It would be nice if you were more prolific. Your posts are always so helpful and inspiring, MashaAllah.

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      • Jzk khairan sister 🙂

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