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

DEC 23, 2007

DR. JACKSON

TAJ AL ARUS – CROWN OF THE BRIDE

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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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TAUBA SEEK AT ALL TIMES – A GIFT

LOVE AND BE LOVED BY ALLAH

JIHADUL NAFS – CANNOT BE BEHOLDEN ONLY AT OUR PASSIONS, WHIMS

PASSIONS + SHAITAN ONLY STAND BETWEEN US AND ALLAH

SHAITAN IS YOUR ENEMY AND ADVISORY – CAREFUL OF

TRAIN SELF TO BE OBEDIENT

NO PEACE WITH SHAITAN – HE IS YOUR PERMANENT ENEMY – NOT TO GIVE IN TO YOUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS

UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS NEED TO BE CONTROLLED AND HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH

CONSTANT VIGILANCE AGAINST – ON THE LOOK OUT FOR

THINK WE HAVE RIGHT TO UNNATURAL ENTITLEMENTS = MISERY

THAT IS WHERE DEPRESSION IS DERIVED FROM

FROM WANTING THAT WHICH WE CANNOT HAVE

CALL YOURSELVES TO ACCOUNT

WE ARE SEEKING FORTUNE AND FAME = IE IN CAREER CHOICES AND FINANCIAL SECURITY

CREATING MONSTERS THAT WILL OVERTAKE YOU

DAILY ENTICEMENTS ARE EXPOSED TO – TV, INTERNET, MEDIA, ETC

HOW TO COUNTER THEN BALANCE THESE FORCES – THE PUSH AND PULL
NEED TO OFFER CIVILIZATION ALTERNATIVE

COLLECTIVE UMMAH EFFORT – NEED INVOLVEMENT OF ALL

THESE AREA DISEASES OF THE HEART AND SOUL – PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS

JUST AS MEDICINE IS DISTASTEFUL BUT HAS A GOOD PURPOSE AND END GOAL IS HARD TO TAKE BUT IS IN FACT GOOD FOR YOU

WHAT TO ARE IS THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – ONE WAY TO DEFINE OURSELVES BY OUR FRIENDS

WHO DO YOU SURROUND OURSELVES WITH

MUST KEEP GOOD COMPANY

TIME WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM

SMALLER SINS CAN BE OUR DOWNFALL – RESPECT YOUR BROTHERS + SISTERS – DON’T BE JEALOUS OR ENVIOUS – DON’T GIVE ENVIOUS LOOKS – IF SOMEONE ELSE HAS SOMETHING BE GRATEFUL THEY HAVE

THIS LIFE IS A MARATHON NOT A RACE – PACE YOURSELF – THINK FOR THE LONG TERM

BETTER TO READ 2 PAGES OF QURAN PER DAY THAN 1 CHAPTER AND THEN GIVE OUR 3 DAYS LATER

QURAN IS A HEALING – IT IS YOUR DISINFECTANT, IT HAS A CURE AND HEALING PROPERTIES

WITH SMALL BITES CAN EAT THE ELEPHANT BUT NOT WITH ONE BITE

CAREFUL OF THE INNER CONVERSATIONS WITH OURSELVES

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