About the video:

Ta’leef Collective presents a new video series titled “REFLECTIONS.” These videos are short vignettes featuring people from the Ta’leef community on topics that range from religion, culture, lifestyle, knowledge, arts, sciences, community, family, etc. The purpose of these videos is to foster dialogue around important (yet often sidelined) issues affecting the global Muslim community. Please feel free to comment and/or share the video with your friends and networks.

“Deen or Dunya” is an intimate dialogue with Ta’leef Collective Co-founder, Mustafa Davis, about studying sacred knowledge and applying it to our daily lives. He explains that there are infinite ways to reach Allah and how a foundation in the Islamic sciences is necessary for all Muslims, not just the scholars. There is often an either or scenario presented to people to choose between learning religious knowledge vs secular knowledge (Deen or Dunya). Mustafa explains that Islam is not monolithic and that whether your a homemaker, scholar, artist, janitor, bus driver, etc… you can learn sacred knowledge and apply it to your life.

It is very interesting hearing this, because I too felt that in order to be a good Muslim you would have to become a scholar. After reading the seerah and doing a personal reflection on it to find myself, I realized that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was not just a scholar of Islam. Obviously he was blessed and honored as the Messenger of God ﷺ but he played many different roles. All of these roles were not religiously based either. You can be a psychologist and be a good Muslim.  You can be a politician and be a good Muslim. You can be a nurse and be a good Muslim. You still have some level of knowledge though.  As Sidi Mustafa put it, you need to have that “base” which can be found right here in America (or wherever you reside in the world).

With that said, how is your “base”?  What exactly does the “base” include?  Almost all major Islamic educational institutions teach it and have readily available online courses or offline courses for us. What I suggest is you find a teacher(s) who are relevant to your society (where you live) and start with that. I also suggest reading the seerah.  Pick up a seerah book and read it from front to back. Also if you haven’t already read the entire Qur’an in English.

Be yourself and be the best Muslim you can be.