REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT
WESTIN HARBOUR FRONT HOTEL – TORONTO, CANADA

DEC 23, 2007

DR. JACKSON

PURIFYING OUR HEARTS

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THESE NOTES WERE TAKEN BY ME AND ANY ERRORS IN NOTE TAKING ARE MINE AND SHOULD NOT REFLECT ON THE SCHOLARS WHOSE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE IMPARTED UPON US AT THIS GATHERING. PLACES WHERE I HAVE LOST TRACK OF OR COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE FULL MEANING OF THE TEACHER I HAVE PLACED ..?

I POST THESE NOTES FROM THE KNOWLEDGE RETREAT 2007, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SPREADING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE. IF ANYONE DERIVES BENEFIT FROM IT, ALHAMDU’ILLAH.

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DEBATE HAS BECOME OVERLY POLITICIZED, DANGER OF VS. DAY OF JUDGMENT (DOJ)

KALBI SANI, RITUAL PURITY WHICH IS PHYSICAL VS. HYGIENE OF THE SOUL – CONCEPT OF SPIRITUAL HYGIENE, HYGIENE OF THE NON PHYSICAL SELVES

HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF BOTH – IS FARD AIN

INDIVIDUAL DREAMS, PASSIONS VS. ISLAM, COLLECTIVE, UMMAH

OUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIVINE

RIGHTEOUSNESS – HOW TO BALANCE WITH A FULL LIFE VS. EXTREMES AND MODERNIZATION

FULL LIFE + RIGHTEOUS = ISLAM

WHY SOUL SO IMPORTANT

PUBLIC DISCOURSE NEED ON SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – BOOK BY IBN ATA ALLAH WILL DISCUSS TAKE FROM

AL-ASKANDARY SPOKE ON THIS TOPIC ALSO

TAJ AL-ARUS – CROWN OF THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO DISCUSS

ALSO WROTE SUFI WORKS WAS OF THE SHADIRI ORDER

LESSON HERE TO TAKE FROM THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND LEAVE THE REST

WHICH IS BETTER TO KNOW MEN THRU TRUTH VS. KNOW TRUTH THRU MEN – FIRST IS

INTELLECTUAL HERITAGE HAVE TO CAPITALIZE ON AND NOT WASTE FOR SUFI OR NOT SUFI SQUABBLES

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE IS A LIFE LONG PROCESS WHERE WE MANAGE OUR PASSIONS

NOT TO BE PASSIONLESS ZOMBIES, LEAVE A LIFE OF HERMITAGE – NO

HOW TO BALANCE – IE SEXUAL PLEASURE WITHIN CONFINES OF ISLAM AND MARRIAGE

DEPRESSION IS A INWARD ANGER – CHIEF CAUSE OF FROM MISMANAGEMENT OF WILLS AND DESIRES

COMES FROM WANTING THE WRONG THINGS – SOUL IS AFFECTED

WANTING THINGS THAT ARE NOT REALLY GOOD FOR THE SOUL – AND WANTING THINGS WE CANNOT REALIZE – LEADS TO DEPRESSION

CAN BECOME ANGER ALSO WITH THE DEEN AND FALL PREY TO THE SHAITAN

SO HOW TO MANAGE OUR DESIRES = EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT SOME HAVE CALLED IT

HAVE TO KNOW WHAT TO GET ANGRY AT AND HOW LONG TO STAY ANGRY

LOOK AT THE ELEPHANT BUT ONLY CURSE ITS SHADOW – SAYING OR PROVERB FROM SUDAN

MEANS DON’T DEAL WITH PROBLEM ONLY THE PERIPHERY, DON’T ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEM, EASIER TO CURSE AND BLAME THE SHADOW

WHAT IS YOUR DISEASE – BEING STINGY AND LAZY ARE DISEASES OF THE NAFS OF THE HEART

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE 1ST A STEP FIRST TO CURE, HEAL

1ST MAKE TAUBA, REPEAT AND BE SINCERE

BEST WAY TO POLISH THE HEART – EXAMPLE GIVEN OF THE SKILLET – ONCE SKILLED COOKED WITH OVER YEAR BECOMES BLACK – VERY HARD TO CLEAN AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT – HAVE TO CLEAN AND POLISH EVERYDAY TO KEEP IT NEW AND SHINY

BECAUSE NO GUARANTEED FOR TOMORROW – IT IS GUARANTEED TO NOBODY

HAVE RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH – BE MINDFUL OF ALLAH ALWAYS

DON’T BE AFRAID TO START – EXAMPLE OF MUSA (AS)

WAS MISGUIDED BEFORE, BUT NOW NO LONGER – ANSWER GAVE TO PHARAOH SINCE WAS RAISED IN HIS HOUSE AND THEN TURNED AGAINST HIM

THE DOOR OF FORGIVENESS IS ALWAYS OPEN – ALLAH IS MOST MERCIFUL – ALWAYS ROOM TO COME BACK BEFORE YOU DIE – BUT TAKE THE 1ST STEP

DOMINANT CULTURE TELLS US IN SUBTLE WAYS AND AFFECTS US IN SUBTLE MESSAGES

AVOID QUNUUT – SHIRK

EFFORT ON THE SOUL + ACTION = DIALECTICAL RELATIONSHIP

RIGHT OF GOD VS. MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

KEEP KNOCKING AT THE DOOR – IT WILL OPEN, HE IS HOME – EXAMPLE GIVEN FROM WHEN KNOW SOMEONE IS INSIDE AND WILL BE OPENING THE DOOR

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