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

DEC 27, 2007

DR. JACKSON

1ST LECTURE, 10AM

UBOODA – PLEASED WITH WHAT ALLAH DOES

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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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WOULD YOU BUY A SERVANT FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO SERVE YOU

NO SAME WITH ALLAH WE HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FOR SERVICE TO HIM

SECURITY THAT IS PERMANENT THAT COMES WITH RELS WITH ALLAH

HUMAN INSECURITY IS A MAJOR SELF NAFS PROBLEM

AMEENA VS AMANA

AL MUQMIN – IN SENSE NOT OF BELIEVER BUT IN SENSE OF ONE THAT BRINGS SECURITY IN YOUR LIVES

THINGS ARE WILL PROMOTE OUR SECURITY

HAVE TO COME TO ACCEPT OUR PLACE IN LIFE – WHETHER I AM TALL OR SHORT – POOR OR RICH – EDUCATED OR NOT

BUT CAN WE BRING OTHERS TO VIEW US WITH OUR FLAWS AS WELL

ENDOWED WITH ABILITY TO DO GOOD BUT IF WE CHOSE TO DO BAD THEN THAT IS OUR CHOICE

CAN CHOOSE BASKETBALL BUT DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE LIKE MIKE EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE SO

WHAT IS IN YOUR CAPACITIES AND CAPABILITIES – OR ENDOWMENTS – HOW TO USE THESE TO MODALITIES OF SERVICE THAT PLEASING TO ALLAH

CULTURE IN WHICH ONLY CERTAIN ENDOWMENTS ARE RECOGNIZED – DOCTORS OR ENGINEERS OR SCHOLARS AND OTHER THINGS ARE UNSEEN AS POOR OR LOOKED DOWN UPON – WRONG – FITNA – MARRIAGE

BE PRODUCERS OF PARAMETERS RATHER THAN CONSUMERS OF PARAMETERS – HAVE TO CAREFUL WHAT TO SAY TO NOT MISINTERPRET IN THE MEDIA – BUT DON’T SHY AWAY FROM BEING OUTSPOKEN AND RIGHTEOUS

SPARE TIME WE DO RECREATIONAL PARAMETERS DEFINED BY OTHERS – BOOKS, SPORTS, TV, MOVIES, ETC – WHO IS DESIGNED AND PRODUCING THESE PRODUCTS AND CONTENTS – ALL DONE BY NON-MUSLIMS

CONSUMERS OF CULTURAL ARTIFACTS THAT WE HAD NO ROLE OR INPUT IN DEFINING

PRODUCE THE MATERIALS – THE SPACE BETWEEN THE MASJID AND THE HOME AND THE WORKPLACE

THAT SOCIAL SPACE VALUE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND USE OUR ENDOWMENTS TO BETTER ISLAM

SCHOLARS HAVE THEIR ROLES AND BUT OTHER MEMBERS ALSO HAVE ROLES TO PLAY – WHO WILL FULFILL

CULTURAL CHALLENGE WITH IDENTITY – SELF DEFINED AND AUTHENTIC YET STILL RELEVANT IN WEST – NEED CULTURAL TALENT AND INGENUITY – COMEDIANS NOT FOR FATWA BUT SERVE OTHER COMMUNITY PURPOSE ROLE

WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE IN YOUR OWN CAPACITIES – YET STILL AT HOME IN THE WEST – NEEDS TO FIT

DOUBLE ID IN WEST PROBLEM – HAVE TO BALANCE – UBOODA PART OF – BE PLEASED WITH THE TALENTS ALLAH HAS GIVEN YOU AND USE THOSE TALENTS

WE ALL HAVE TALENTS – FIND AND USE IT – USE TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF ISLAM IN THE WEST

THE OTHER CHALLENGE IS THE POLITICAL CHALLENGE – NOT REALLY IN SENSE OF GUAN BAY LIKE – NOT IN THEORIES EITHER – FREEDOM AND EQUALITY CONCEPTS – LIBERAL DEMOCRACY ARGUMENT FROM LAST NIGHT THIS IS IN CONFLICT WITH ISLAM – WE CANNOT GIVE COMPLETE FREEDOM TO ALL GAYS AND TREE HUGGERS AND ETC

THEIR CANNOT BE MORALLY EQUAL TO ISLAM – SOME THINGS ARE TOTALLY CONTRADICTORY TO ISLAM – HOW GOING TO PROMOTE AND FURTHER THAT AGENDA

CANNOT TREAT ALL EQUALLY – TREE HUGGERS NOT EQUAL TO ALLAH – IF HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE THEN FIRST TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WILL BE MUSLIMS – THIS IS A CHAL AND NEED INGENUITY TO SOLVE

NEED POLITICAL PHILOSOPHERS AND THINKERS – ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF CO-EXISTENCE – THIS TALENT TO SOLVE IN PART OF THIS COMMUNITY UMMAH – NEED TO FIND THAT ENDOWMENT IN PERSON HAS

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND THAT TALENT – POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS YOU CAN MAKE NEED TO DRAWN OUT – HOLISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM – ALL UMMAH CANNOT BE DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS

NOTHING CAN INTO EXISTENCE WITH ALLAH – POWER – MUST REMEMBER HE IS THE ULTIMATE IN CHARGE – HAVE TO COME BACK TO SUBMISSION AND HUMILITY NOTION = ISLAM

FATALISM VS REALITY – BEST INTENTIONS SOMETIMES TURN OUR BAD THAT IS PART OF ALLAH’S PLAN AND HIS CONTROL – WE CANNOT CONTROL EVERYTHING IN EXISTENCE – IF DO THEN BECOME EXTREME IN OUR ACTIONS

CANNOT CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN COMPLETELY HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT – HAVE TO GUIDE, TEACH, AND THEN PRAY AND THEN HOPE THEY DO THE RIGHT ACTIONS – CANNOT CONTROL THEM – LEADS TO THE AQSA PARVEZ EXTREME EXAMPLE

BUT DON’T SIT BACK AND TAKE NO ACTION – HAVE TO TAKE ACTION AND EXPECT RESULTS – SOME PEOPLE CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS – CANNOT CONTROL EVERYTHING AND HAVE TO BE EXCEPT THAT – THAT IS REALITY

ULTIMATELY WE ARE IN CONTROL OF NOTHING – ALLAH

FORCING THINGS WILL NOT HELP

WHEN FORGET ALLAH IS THERE WE LOSE CONTROL OUR FOOTING AND FORGET HIS PRESENCE – THIS OUR WE MUST NOT PROCEED IN LIFE – WHEN FORGET HE IS IN CHARGE AND FORGET HIM THEN WE ARE LOST – WE ARE HIS SERVANTS – AND WHEN WE AWAKENS US WE ARE STARTLED

PERSON TO SEES HARM FROM OTHER H/B – ULTIMATELY WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT ALLAH – LIKE A DOG HIT BY BRICK AND GOES AND BITES THE BRICK AND NOT THE THROWER – STUPID – HAVE TO ASK WHY DID ALLAH GIVE HIM THAT POWER TO THROW THAT BRICK – WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO ALLAH

IS THAT WHAT YOU WERE MEANT TO DO – THROW BRICKS –

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – CONCEPT AGAIN

IBN ATA ALLAH – 3 POINTS –

1 MUST FOLLOW THE SAW’S EXAMPLE HIS SUNNAH – FOLLOW IN A MANNER IN A WAY THAT YOU ARE CONTENTMENT AND TO THE EXTENT OF YOUR ABILITY AND THAT WHICH YOU HAVE ON DUNYA –

ZUHUD – NOT COMPLETE AVOIDANCE OF DUNYA – BUT NOT MEANING THAT YOU TOTALLY REJECT ANY DUNYA – CONTROLLING YOUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS – SENSE OF REALISM – LEAVE THAT WHICH DOES NOT CONCERN YOU – MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS –

2 – TAUBA – PRAYERS – WHOEVER WANTS TO KNOW HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH HIS CONDITION WITH ALLAH LET HIM LOOK AT PRAYER WITH ALLAH – WHAT IS THE NATURE AND QUALITY OF THAT PRAYER –

MUSK MERCHANT STAY IN COMING OF THEN THAT SCENT WILL COME ONTO YOU INEVITABLE – SAME WITH SALAH – IN SALAH YOU ARE SITTING AND IN PRESENCE AND IN PRIVATE CONSERVATION WITH ALLAH – MINDFUL OF YOUR PRAYERS –

THEN KNOW YOU HAVE A DISEASE IN YOU – ARROGANCE, CONCEIT OR LACK OF ETIQUETTE WITH ALLAH – SHOULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON US

3 – WHOLLY SECULAR VIEW OF THE WORLD – AVOID – CAREFUL OF – SECULAR MEANING THAT THERE IS NOTHING BEYOND THIS WORLD AND THEREFORE BECOMING ONLY CONCERNED WITH WORLDLY ACTIONS – AND OF NO CONSEQUENCES IN THE HEREAFTER AND AFTER THIS LIFE – ALMANEEAH – ARABIC WORD – THIS WORLDLINESS

STRIVE TO BALANCE SECULAR AND HEREAFTER – DUNYA VS AKIRAH STRUGGLE – OUR POLITICAL CONSERVATIONS ARE ALL SECULAR AND WE NEED TO KEEP OUR PERSPECTIVES AND CONSERVATIONS MORE THAN SECULAR IT NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE HEREAFTER ALSO – AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE IF BECOMES THE ONLY OBSESSION – LIKE A PERSON WHO SEES A LION AND ABOUT TO EAT HIM TRIES TO ESCAPE FINDS AND ABOUT TO ESCAPE FLEA LANDS ON HIM AND BITES HIM STOPS TO DEAL WITH FLEA AND LIONS GETS HIM

GET AWAY FROM THE LION FIRST AND SECURE YOUR AFTER LIFE – DON’T ALLOW THE FLEA THE DUNYA TO OVERTAKE ALL YOUR CONCERNS – BE MINDFUL OF THE LION ALWAYS THE HEREAFTER AKIRAH – ALLAH IS WITH US TO – TRUST IN HIM AND ASK FOR HIS HELP GUIDANCE –

MOST BELOVED WAY TO TRUST AND OBEY ALLAH IS TO PLACE YOUR TRUST IN ALLAH – SUBHAN ALLAH

NONE OF THESE ARE OVERNIGHT – LIFE LONG STRUGGLE AND JOURNEY…

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