Somebody who watches a few YouTube videos does not become a Scholar. Someone who Googles a Wikipedia article does not become a Mufti. With the advent of modernity and globalization the Ummah faces new challenges that are unique to our times.
On the one hand we have the ultra-conservative fanatics that take every verse of the Qur’an and Sunnah literally without understanding the context or purpose thereby making the religion more difficult and burdensome than it really is.
Then on the other hand we have the ultra-liberal progressives that modify the religion to what is acceptable to their flawed intellects and the norms of the societies that they live in.
Pseudo-scholars from both ends of the spectrum with loud mouths and mesmerizing speeches but no authentic Islamic Scholarship are seen as scholars by the wider community and often speak on behalf of Muslims and Islam.
In this thought-provoking talk Sheikh Dr. Yasir Qadhi addresses this problem and discusses how we can navigate through these challenges of modern times.