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

DEC 25, 2007

DR. JACKSON

REFLECTIONS ON TAJ AL-ARUS

QUESTIONS FROM LAST NIGHT…

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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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ADAM AND EVE STORY – CHRISTIAN TRADITION OF PARABLE – DIVINE CREATION VS EVOLUTION – QURAN IS NOT A BOOK OF SCIENCE – BOOK OF GUIDANCE AND PRODUCE TRANSFORMATIONS IN HUMAN BEINGS – TAKE HEEDLESSNESS AND MOVE TO BACK TO REASON FOR CREATION THEIR NATURAL ISLAMIC STATE OF BEING

COMPETITION IN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY – ELECTRICITY HAS 17 OTHER THEORIES OTHER THAN BEN FRANKLIN –

CREATION AS A CREATED ENTITY BY A CREATOR IS FUNDAMENTAL TO ISLAM

LITERAL THE STORIES OF THE QURAN – TO YOU THE SUN RISING FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE BUT IN REALITY IT IS STATIONARY – ALLAH TALKING TO US FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE – SO IN THAT SENSE TRUE – HOWEVER FROM SCIENTIFIC VIEW IT IS NOT LITERALLY TRUE

MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FROM WHICH QURAN CAN BE LOOKED AT THEREFORE TO LOOK AT JUST BASED ON OUR PERSONAL WHIMS IS NOT ENOUGH AND IS CAN BE ERRONEOUS

CANNOT TAKE THINGS IN ONE PERSPECTIVE TO BE ABSOLUTE TRUTHS – LITERAL VS FIGURATIVE TRUTHS – KEEP IN MIND TO AVOID CONFLICTS

WHETHER ADAM EVE LITERAL NOT RELEVANT TO OUR TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY THAT NEED TO ENGAGE IN –

SCIENTIFIC PROOF MISTAKE FOR SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE – DOES HONEY TASTE SWEET CAN YOU PROVE SCIENTIFICALLY – JUST HAVE TO TASTE TO KNOW – EMPEPIRICAL EVIDENCE

DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF MYSTERY – BELIEVE IN THE UNSEEN AND UNKNOWN – IBN TAHMIA SAYS ALLAH ALWAYS EXIST SO HOW TO ASK IF CREATED OR WHEN BEGAN – BEYOND OUR ABILITY USING LINEAR REASON TO EXPLAIN OR UNDERSTAND PRE-ETERNITY – TIME BEFORE TIME SPACE – WE CANNOT FULLY GRASP SOME CONCEPTS – THINGS BEYOND REASON + WORDS

CHESS MASTER EXAMPLE – REASON FOR THE WINNING MOVE – DON’T KNOW WHY MADE BUT KNEW THAT WAS THE RIGHT MOVE – INNATE KNOWLEDGE – RELIGION HAS THIS UNKNOWN AND MYSTERY – CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING

SIGNIFICANCE OF TAJ AL-ARUS NAME – CROWN OF THE BRIDE – DENOTES BEAUTY AND DRAW US TO A CERTAIN STATE OF MIND – ESTHETICS APPEALS TO OUR A RATIONAL VS IRRATIONAL SENSE – A RATIONAL IS BEYOND REASON LIKE WHEN EXPLAIN LOVE – HOW EXPLAIN SCIENTIFICALLY

WHY LOVE WIFE – BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL KIND ETC SO OTHERS ALSO SAME BUT WHY LOVE HOW LOVE – A RATIONAL EXPLANATION NO SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION FOR

HUMAN RELATIONS – THE COMPANY THAT WE KEEP IS THE JUDGMENTS OF YOUR CHARACTER – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) HUMAN BEINGS RESURRECTED IN RELIGIOSITY OF HIS CLOSEST CONFIDANTS

CHOOSE GOOD SPOUSE – ARUS – HIJABI IN BROWN

CHILDREN AND FAMILY AND WEALTH WILL ALL LEAVE YOU – YOUR DEEDS WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU AND WILL GO WITH AND BE WITH YOU ON DAY OF JUDGMENT – BECOME FRIENDS WITH YOUR DEEDS IT WILL ENTER YOUR GRAVE WITH YOU – BECOME AWARE OF YOUR ACTIONS

THE COMPANY THAT WE KEEP – FRIENDS – SOMEONE THAT WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY TO ALLAH – WILL NOT FIND MANY THAT WILL DO THAT FOR YOU – THEN GRAB ON TO THEM
HE WILL POINT OUT TO YOU YOUR FAULTS AND FLAWS TO IMPROVE YOU – DONE IN YOUR INTEREST

EASY TO POINT OUR PHYSICAL FLAWS – HOW MANY WILL POINT OUT THE INWARD FLAWS AND PUT YOU BACK IN THE RIGHT PATH – DIFFICULT THING TO DO – POINTING OUT FLAWS TO PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE NOT THOSE THAT ARE YOUR ENEMIES IS THE HARDEST THING

OVERLY CONCERNED WITH PHYSICAL APPEARANCES – AND NO HEED GIVEN TO CONDITION OF OUR HEARTS – LIKE THAT OF A LEAPER IN FINE CLOTHING – AN ANALOGY

WHY CONCERN WITH ASPECTS OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL SEE AND SAY – WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEART WHICH IS THE ONLY THING ALLAH IS CONCERNED WITH – ALLAH LOOKS AND JUDGES US ON THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEARTS – DAY OF JUDGMENT

4 THINGS THAT WILL HELP TO CLEAN HEART

1ST REMEMBER AND MENTION ALLAH OFTEN THE DHIKR OF ALLAH – REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBRANCE – SIMPLY JUST FORGET AT TIMES – IT IS LIKE ITS BEEN REMOVED FROM OUR MINDS AND HEARTS – GENTLE REMINDERS

2ND SILENCE – JUST REMAIN SILENT AT TIMES – LEARN HOW TO SHUT UP – GOOD ADVICE TO NEWLY WEDS – ONCE WORDS OUT THERE CANNOT TAKE BACK DAMAGE IS DONE – JUST SHUT UP! LIKE NIKE JUST DO IT – SPEAK GOOD OR BE QUIET – DANGERS OF THE TONGUE

SPEECH – OUR TONGUES – IN THIS TIMES OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY – WHAT IS BETWEEN THIGHS AND WHAT BETWEEN TONGUES IF WE CAN CONTROL AND WILL GUARANTEE JANNAH SAW – CONTROL IT BE SILENT –

3RD KALWA – TIME ALONE – MEDITATION – BE WITH YOURSELF BY YOURSELF – NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SOCIAL – SOCIAL SETTINGS BLINDS US TO OWN REALITY – SOME FIND IT VERY HARD TO BE BY THEMSELVES NEED TO BE AROUND OTHERS – SELF AFFIRMATION

NEED TO WITHDRAW FROM SOCIETY TO EXAMINE RELATIONSHIP TO ALLAH – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) WENT TO HIRA

4TH LIMITING FOOD AND DRINK – ANOTHER LEVEL OF SELF CONTROL – DIET OF 1/3 EMPTY – VERY RELEVANT IN OUR TIMES OF 20-30% OBESITY – DIABETES – FAST AS A MEANS OF ALLAH CONSCIOUSNESS TO INCREASE –

RAMADAN IN AUGUST WHEN DR. JACKSON BECAME MUSLIM AT AGE 21 – THAT IS WHEN BECAME A MAN – MAGHRIB AT 9PM – WHAT IF THAT WATER AND FOOD IS NOT THERE ANY MORE – RATIONING WATER HADITH – WE BECOME MORE AWARE AND GRATEFUL OF OUR NEEDS AND WEAKNESSES AND OUR DEPENDENCE ON ALLAH

FREE SLAVERY DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS – FREE BUT STILL SLAVE – HAVING SO MANY FRIENDS – FACEBOOK – CAN SPEND ENTIRE LIFE LIVING IN THEIR COMPANY AND PRAISE AND THEIR HABITS AND SHORTCOMINGS

NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOURSELF – DEMANDS OF SOCIETY ARE INTENSE – NEED A TIME OUT FOR OURSELVES WITH OURSELVES

I CANNOT KNOW EVEN BY MYSELF THAT ARE SMART – ONLY WITH OUTSIDE WITH OTHERS AND IN SOCIAL SETTINGS AND INSTITUTIONS TO GET THAT AFFIRMATION – LIKE INDIAN MATHEMATICIAN THAT DISCOVERED THEORIES IN ISOLATION – ONLY WHEN DISCOVERED BY OUTSIDE PROFESSOR THAT BRILLIANCE BECAME APPARENT –

NEED OTHERS TO CONFIRM WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OURSELVES – IE WHY PARENTS ARE SO IMPORTANT – THEIR SELF ESTEEM CRITICAL AND DEPENDANT ON WHAT THEIR PARENTS SAY AND TOLD THEM IN CHILDHOOD – BE ARTICULATE – WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID VERY NEGATIVE EFFECTS HAS

ALLAH NEEDS NO CONFIRMATION OF HIS QUALITIES – SELF CONTAINED – FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE WITH HUMAN BEINGS – OUR SELF PERCEPTION CHANGES OVER TIME AND WITH EVENTS – IE 911 DAY AFTER – HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT OURSELVES

AFRAID OF REJECTION – SOCIAL CONDITIONING – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN ADVERTISING
OUR WEAKNESSES ARE EXPLOITED FOR PROFIT – IN A SENSE WORSE THAN MURDER – LIKE KILLING YOU YOUR SLOWLY – AFFECTING THE CORE OF YOU FOR THE WORST FITNA

MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO SEEK VALIDATION RATHER THAN SUBSTANCE OF OUR LIFES – WANT HIGH ESTEEM – FORTUNE AND FAME SEEK – IBN ATA ALLAH SAYS PERSON THAT IS LOST NOT ONLY PHYSICAL BUT ALSO FROM PATH OF ALLAH AND HOW TO GET BACK ON PATH

SEEKING SOCIAL RECOGNITION – ESTEEM – BUT NOT SEEKING FROM ALLAH – HE WILL NOT ELEVATE YOU UNLESS YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF – OPPOSITE OF FORTUNE AND FAME

IF LOSE DIRECTION FASTER YOUR DRIVE AND TURN THE MORE LOST YOU WILL BECOME

CAN GO EAST FOREVER AND NEVER GET NORTH

HAVE TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND COME BACK TO ORIGIN – THE SOURCE – NOOR AL BAIN..? A LIGHT THAT PROCEEDS AS THEY PROCEED – SELF LIT PATH! –

NO MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR OUR SCHOLARS AND TEACHERS BUT THEIR TEACHINGS STILL RELEVANT – THAT IS THE EZZ – BLESSINGS OF THEIR TEACHING – NO BILLBOARD NO COPYRIGHTS NO FOUNDATIONS NO ETC

IF SEEKING REAL EZZ – THAT IS ALL IN CONTROL OF ALLAH – IF HE LOVES US THEN WE ARE ESTEEMED – DESPITE OURSELVES –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)FASTED CONSISTENTLY – MAN OF FEW WORDS – PURIFIED THE HEART – NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF HUMAN BEINGS OUR CREATION AND OUR CREATOR AND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH

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