This video was part of a larger event with other presentations and discussion, hosted in June 2015 Abu Dhabi by the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.
Q&A at the end. [Admin]
By: Hamza Yusuf
Given the choice, I would rather read a book than listen to a lecture. Books are wonderful companions: they offer their opinions, and if you disagree, they don’t seem to mind. I can reread when I find difficulty with what is written, and the book doesn’t think I’m stupid or get annoyed that I’m asking it to repeat itself, sometimes again and again. From a great author, I can acquire in a few hours what took him or her a lifetime of reflection and insight to realize. Despite that, on occasion, I have heard lectures that have moved me deeply. Recently, someone sent me a lecture insisting that I watch it. It was by an American convert to Islam (I don’t like the word “revert,” as we don’t revert to Islam; we convert – unless one was a Muslim, left it, and then returned), Dr. Jeffrey Lang, about the purpose of life. I found this lecture to be the most powerful I have ever heard from an American Muslim.
From the Davos Open Forum at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015. Speakers: Tony Blair, David Rosen, Hamza Yusuf, Mina Oraibi, Thabo Cecil Makgoba.
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