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

DEC 26, 2007

DR. JACKSON

QUESTIONS FROM YESTERDAY –

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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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RADIUS OF FRIENDS THAT ENCOURAGE TO GOOD – QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS – CAN BE SEEN EVEN IN LIFE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AND QURAN – TOO MANY FRIENDS CAN BE PROBLEMATIC – WHEN INVITED FOR DINNER AFTER IT LEAVE AND DON’T JUST SIT AND MAKE IDLE CONVERSATIONS – HE HAS OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND HAS OTHER MATTERS THAT NEED HIS ATTENTION LINGERING…

WITHDRAW FROM SOCIETY – TO RETROSPECTIVE ON SELF – WE CAN WITHDRAW TO VIRTUAL SOCIAL CIRCLES IN WHICH THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS – ANONYMITY OF INTERNET GIVES PEOPLE A FALSE SENSE OF SELF – EXCESSIVE INTERNET AND TV AND CELL NEEDS TO BE AVOIDED –

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IBN ATA ALLAH BOOK –

IF ARE ABLE TO WAKE UP AND NOT WRONGED ANY SERVANTS AND COME BACK TO SLEEP THAT DAY WITHOUT WRONGING ANYONE THEN AND IF YOU HAVE NOT WRONGED YOURSELF THAT DAY AND THEN HAVE COMPLETE YOUR FELICITY FOR THAT DAY

IF WANT TO SEEK GOOD – NEED TO NOT HARM OTHER PEOPLE IN REGARD TO THEIR HONOR THEIR BACKGROUND OR LINEAGE – DO NOT MAKE DHUML AGAINST OTHERS

IF PEOPLE WERE FREE OF INJUSTICE FROM OTHERS AND THEY WOULD ALL GO FORTH SEEKING ALLAH – RATHER THE OPPOSITE – MORE LIKE BEING IN DEBT WITH SOME PEOPLE AND THEREFORE AVOID GOING THERE BECAUSE WILL ASK FOR THE LOAN MONEY –

MUSLIM SOCIAL PLACES NEED TO BE NURTURING SPACES – THE WOLF GETS THE STRAY SHEEP – NEED TO STOP HARMING AND ALIENATING PEOPLE IN THESE SOCIAL SPACES – AND THIS ONLY WE MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM ALONE HAVE TO RECTIFY AND CHANGE – HAVE TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THAT

DHUML TO OTHERS HAVE TO EXAMINE THAT WE DO TO OTHERS – INJUSTICE DONE TO OTHERS

WE MAY SEE OR DO THINGS TO OFFEND BROTHERS – NOT EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BAD IS INJUSTICE – HAVE TO BE CAREFUL TO AVOID CLASS EVERYTHING AS BEING WRONG OR HURT FEELINGS

WE NEED WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION – HOW WE APPROACH BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED TO WORK ON – WEBSITE INSECURE FOR EXAMPLE REACTIONS TO CHANGING OR ACTING ON

WE HAVE BECOME TO HYPERSENSITIVE TO EVEN HEAR AN OPPOSING VIEW – WE NEED TO TOLD RIGHT FROM WRONG – IF DOING WRONG THEN NEED TO BE RETOLD YOUR OBLIGATIONS BUT IN A BEAUTIFUL AND GENTLE MANNER

PROPHETS COME TO PEOPLE AND ARE REJECTED – THEY ARE TREATED IN A WICKED AND UNJUST WAY – MANY EXAMPLES IN THE QURAN

OTHERS HAVE RIGHTS UPON US – PARENTS, CHILDREN, WIFE, ETC.

WE BECOME ARROGANT AND IGNORE AND SOME WE EVEN KILL – AQSA PARVEZ EXAMPLE

LEGITIMATE PURSUITS AND PASSIONS – BUT BALANCE WITH OUR OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIES

SOME OF US TOO GOOD TO BE ADDRESSED BY ANYONE – ARROGANCE STRAIGHT UP W/O REALIZING –

YOU ARE LOST AND PEOPLE WHO REJECT THE TRUTH – SAID IN QURAN – WHO ARE JAHILOON – THOSE ARE BOTH IGNORANT AND UNJUST –

LEGITIMATE OBSERVATIONS AND CRITICISMS SOMETHING WE NEED TO ABLE TO HANDLE – NOT ALL CRITICISMS ARE WRONG – A DISEASE OF THE HEART – HOLDING PEOPLE IN CONTEMPT – DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT WE CAN BE WRONG ETC.

WE WANT HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID TO ONE COMPANION SHOULD NOT TO SEEK POLITICAL OFFICE – BECAUSE HE HAD A CERTAIN WEAKNESS IN YOU – ADVICE TO AVOID PUTTING IN POSITION THAT WE WILL HARM OTHERS AND HIMSELF ULTIMATELY

MEN OF KNOWLEDGE THREATENS PEOPLE – AND NATURAL HUMAN REACTION TO THROW UP DEFENSE MECHANISMS AND THEREFORE REACT AGAINST RATHER THAN FOR IN FAVOR – NOT IN ALL CASES SHOULD THE SCHOLARS BE THE ONES IN FRONT – IE ISNA OR RIS SPOKESPERSON

MOSQUES ARE NO LONGER ASYLUMS – TWO DIMENSIONS TO CHANGE – THOSE GIVEN OFFENSE AND THOSE TAKING OFFENSE NEED TO CHECK THEMSELVES – THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEM –

MY INABILITY TO CHANGE HYPER-SENSITIVITY IS A DISEASE OF THE HEART – THE NAFS AND EGO OUT OF CONTROL

NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE TO THIS NAFS REACTION

WE NEED SOCIAL STANDARDS TO HOLD EACH OTHER TO

WOMAN CAME TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) FOR ADVICE ON MARRIAGE – HAD TWO PROPOSALS – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID ONE WAS A TRAVELLING ALWAYS AND THE OTHER WAS UNEMPLOYED – SO SPOKE ABOUT THEM BEHIND THEIR BACK BUT IN A GOOD WAY AND GAVE HER GOOD ADVICE – NO INJUSTICE DONE HERE

ACT OR DEED IS DIFFERENT FROM CHARACTER TRAIT – GAVE $100 GENEROUS ACT NOW VS . YOUR CHARACTER – FALL OFF THE WAGON AND THEN GET BACK UP – WE NEED TO HIDE EACH OTHERS CHARACTERS FAULTS AND TRAITS – ONE INDISCRETION IN THE PAST IN NOT MY ENTIRE CHAR TRAIT

TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON MOSQUES NOW – NEED ALTERNATIVE AND SUPPLEMENTARY ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIAL PLACES – WE ARE IN COMPETITION WITH WHERE YOUTH ARE GOING

STOP WRITING PEOPLE OFF FOR ONE INDISCRETION – WE ARE EVOLVING – AND SEEKING TO IMPROVE OURSELVES – GIVE ALL A CHANCE

ONE COMPANION WROTE A LETTER TO ENEMIES TELLING OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) PLAN – WHEN PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) FINDS OUT AND CONFRONTS THE COMP – HE ADMITS TRYING TO BUY POLITICAL CAPITAL – ACT OF TREASON – WE DON’T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE’S SITUATION THEIR LIVES – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) LOOKED DEEPER AND UNDERSTOOD

COMPANION WAS FROM MECCA ONE OF THE ORIGINALS AND FOUGHT IN BADR – SOME COMPANIONS WANTED TO KILL HIM – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID NO TO PUNISHING HIM – THIS IS ONE INDISCRETION CANNOT WRITE OFF FOR JUST ONE FAULT OR MISTAKE

IBN ATA ALLAH – WARNS OF THE TRAP OF POTENTIALLY FALSE PIETY – NOTHING UGLIER THAN FOR SOLIDER THAN TO BE A COWARD – GRAMMARIAN MAKING MISTAKES IN SPEECH – NOTHING WORSE THAN USING PIETY FOR DUNYA’S GAIN AND TO BE SEEN IN FAVORABLE LIGHT BY OTHERS

THESE LITTLE SHIRKS MINOR SHIRKS SNEAKING THEIR WAY IN – CONSTANT VIGILANCE AGAINST

SO SUBTLE THAT IS LIKE A BLACK ANT ON A BLACK ROCK ON A BLACK NIGHT! – SUBHAN ALLAH

NEED TO MAKE OUR INTENTIONS PURE – CONSTANT RENEWAL TO PURFIY OUR HEARTS AND ACTS

EMERALD SPOON TO SCOOP UP CRAP – WHY WOULD DO THAT

USE DEEN TO SCOOP UP DUNYA – EQUIVALENT

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACE OF OUR LIVES – ARE DIFF – DON’T BE HYPOCRITES – OUR DISEASES NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT – ASK ALLAH TO CURE THESE DISEASES AND ELEVATE IN HIS ESTEEM NOT IN THE ESTEEM OF JUST OTHER MEN

SCHOLARS HAVE THE PRESSURE OF BOTH COMMUNITIES – LOTS OF PRESSURE ON THEM – THEIR GAME NEEDS TO BE ON ALL THE TIME – CAN NEVER HAVE AN OFF DAY OR HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS

ADVICE TO AND RESPONSIBILITY OF SCHOLARS – PERSON WITH KNOW AND WHO DOES NOT ACT IN ACCORDANCE – IS LIKE A CANDLE THAT LIGHTS THE WAY FOR OTHERS BY BURNING ITSELF OUT! – SUBHAN ALLAH

ONE WHO LEARNS RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE AND DOES NOT LIGHT THE WAY FOR OTHERS IS OF NO VALUE – ONLY DID IT FOR DUNYA AND THAT IS OF FLEETING VALUE AND IN THE HEREAFTER OF NO VALUE –

IF GET SOME SOMETHING UNCLEAN ON YOU – POINT IS THAT ANYONE THAT GETS IT WILL WASH IT OFF – ALL WILL DO – DISEASES OF THE HEART DON’T WORK LIKE THAT – WASHING FOR ONE IS THE NOT THE SAME FOR ALL

WHY SUFIS SAID GET A SHAIKH THAT CAN UNDERSTAND AND GIVE PERSONAL ADVICE ON YOUR DISEASE – THIS WAS THE ADVICE TO TRADITIONAL SUFI SCHOOLS – DR. JACKSON NOT ADVOCATING JUST INFORMING

MEDICINE CABINET HAS MEDICINE BUT HAVE IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR DISEASE THAN WHAT WILL YOU TAKE – AND THEN WE WONDER WHY OUR DISEASE NOT BEING CURED – A USER ERROR IN TECHNICAL TERMS! 🙂

STAY UP ALL NIGHT STUDYING – SOUL JUST FEELS SO GOOD – AND THEN TOLD TO PRAY 2 RAKAHS – BECOME SO HARD – NAFS GET IN THE WAY – BECAUSE PRAYER IS BETWEEN YOU AND ALLAH –

PUMPING UP THE PASSIONS TO A POINT WHERE THEY OVERTAKE THE CONSCIOUS – THAT IS THE BALANCE WE NEED TO REACH AND WATCH FOR – NAFS SPIRITUAL HYGIENE IDEA ONCE AGAIN – VERY POWERFUL CONCEPT!

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