Shaykh Mustafa Umar is the founder and president of California Islamic University, the Director of Education and Outreach at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, an executive member of the Fiqh council of North America, and most recently a Research Fellow at Yaqeen Institute.

He began his Islamic studies overseas in India and Egypt before obtaining a B.A. in Theology and Islamic Law from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences in France and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. He also has a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California-Irvine.

In this episode we cover a number of topics:

-How he focused on completing his Computer Science degree when he wanted to study Islam

-Benefitting from exposure to 20th century thinkers like Abul A'la Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb -

The trap of escapism that people fall into with regards to social media and entertainment

-Breaking down both old and new topics in Islamic law such as: Zabiha Meat, Mortgages, Lab-made Meat and Service Animals in Mosques -

-His life journey exploring various martial arts

You can connect with him at https://askthescholars.com/about/

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