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

DEC 24, 2007

DR. JACKSON

OUR PASSIONS… AND TAJ AL-ARUS DISCUSSION – CONTINUED…

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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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SUBJECT IS NOT LINEAR – ARE SERIOUS OF STATEMENTS – THOUGHTS – SO STRUCTURE MAY APPEAR RANDOM OR RAMBLINGS –

HUMILITY AND ARROGANCE – A MAJOR DISEASE – MAIN REASON FOR IBLIS’ DECISION WAS BASED ON ARROGANCE – THIS AFFECTS GREATLY ALLAH’S GUIDANCE AND MERCY – UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH OR RECOGNIZE TRUTH – READ INTO THINGS WHAT WE WANT

WHEN READ QURAN – TO HAVE QUIET THE PASSIONS – OTHERWISE GET NOTHING OUT OF IT – IBN ATA ALLAH IS BIG ON ISSUE OR DHUML OR INJUSTICE – WHEN WOUND OTHERS ESPECIALLY ON RELIGION – NOTHING WILL REPEL PROVISIONS FROM ALLAH LIKE ARROGANCE

WHEN IT RAINS IT SETTLE INTO VALLEYS – WHEN PROVISIONS COME – THEY COME AND SETTLE IN THE HEARTS OF THE HUMBLE – QURAN WILL INCREASE FOR SOME PEOPLES REJECTION OF THE TRUTH – BECAUSE THEY WANT TO USE FOR THEIR PURPOSES THEIR TRUTHS

WHAT I MEAN BY ARROGANCE IS REJECTION OF THE TRUTH – CONTEMPT FOR OTHERS – JAHILI POET NARRATED HOW POOR PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN SOCIETY – LET ME GO AND STRIVE FOR MONEY THEY GET NO LOVE EVEN HIS RELATIVES HIS CHILDREN WILL ASK FROM HIM IT WILL BREAK HIS BACK –

NO RIGHT TO SAY YOU POOR – TOO BAD – THEY HAVE VERY FEW SINS THE RICH SOCIETIES PERCEPTION – NOT HELD TO SAME STANDARD AS THE POOR PERSON – EVEN IF FATIMA STEALS THEN SHE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE – WILL EXACT JUSTICE

ALL GUIDED BY BOUNTY OF ALLAH – PEOPLE CAME TO SEE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IN MEDINA BUT COULD NOT DISTINGUISH HIM FROM OTHERS – WAS SO HUMBLE – SUNNAH

WHEN WEALTHY THEN IMPORTANT ARE NOT ARROGANT – A DUTY

IF WANT BOUNTY – MERCY – NEED TO HAVE RIGHT FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS – TO THOSE THAT ARE HUMBLE – A MAN WILL PRAY 2 RAKAH AND GETS PUFFED UP ALL THAT CONCEIT THIS BECOMES A GOOD DEED SURROUNDED BY BAD DEEDS – THE 50 WOLVES VS 1 LION EXAMPLE

ANOTHER MAN DISOBEYS – GIVES HIM SHAME AND HUMILIATION FEELS BAD – I NEED TO RETURN TO MY LORD – BAD DEED SURROUNDED BY GOOD DEEDS – BETTER THAN ABOVE

WHEN DO BAD – TAUBA – SPIRITUAL HYGIENE GOES BACK TO – NO NEED TO POINT FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER –

HOW BRING PEOPLE BACK TO THE FOLD – WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IS ALL THESE SITUATIONS
REAL MAN SHOUTS HIMSELF DOWN NOT OTHERS –

HOW TO FORGIVE OTHERS – HOW DO WE LET IT GO – HOW DO YOU FORGIVE YOURSELF?

SELF CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE ARE OF BAD QUALITY – NEED TO IMPROVE – KEEP BEATING UP OURSELVES – NEED TO RETURN TO HUMILITY

1ST ACT OF MAN TO DISOBEY – ADAM AND IBLIS – ADAM ASKED FORGIVENESS VS NOT – ALLAH FORGIVES ADAM – ALL MAKE MISTAKES –

WE DO NOT HONOR EACH OTHER – OBSERVE BEHAVIORS OF OTHERS WHEN TALK OF SOMEONE ELSE – BACKBITING – GIBAH CONDEMNED IN QURAN – LIKE EATING FLESH OF DEAD BROTHER

HOW DOES BACKBITING DO ANY GOOD – ITS THE WORK OF SHAITAN – NO BENEFIT IN IT
WHEN JOIN IN BACKBITING THEN JUST AS GUILTY – YOUR SINS AND FAULTS WILL NOT BE HIDDEN BY ALLAH – DID NOT STOP IT WHEN HAD THE ABILITY TO DO IT

CAN STOP WITH TONGUE, ACTION, THOUGHTS OR HEART – 4 LEVELS TO CONDEMN AND STOP BACKBITING – STOP AT THE BEGINNING – DON’T LISTEN OR ENCOURAGE ITS START

SAFE SPACE NEED TO HAVE WITHOUT BACKBITING – SOCIAL SPACES NEED TO BE HALAL WITH SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – NET SOCIAL EFFECT IS THAT IT LOWERS EVERYONE’S STATUS IT DEGRADES THE QUALITY AND STATURE OF THE RELIGION AND COMMUNITY

CULTURAL HABITS THAT HAVE TO BREAK – MANIFESTATIONS OF DISEASES OF THE HEART

FIRST SOURCE – LOVE OF BEING ELEVATED IN EYES OF OTHERS IS A DISEASE SOURCE OF

SECOND SOURCE – TREAT DAY OF JUDGMENT AS FAIRY TALE DISTANT – NOT CONSCIOUS OF IT

THIRD SOURCE – ..?

EX-COLONIALS AND EX-SLAVES THE MAJORITY OF THE AUDIENCE..?

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