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

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DEC 23, 2007

IMAN ZIAD SHAKIR

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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 SPREADING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE. IF ANYONE DERIVES BENEFIT FROM IT, ALHAMDU’ILLAH.

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BOOK OF IMAM DEHLAWI, CAUSES AND CURES OF SECTARIANISM

SCHOLAR FROM INDIA 1114 HIJRI OR 1702 MILADI PERIOD

DURING MOGUL EMPIRE LIVED AND DIED IN 1763 AD

IMPORTANT DATE SINCE ALSO WHEN BRITISH EAST INDIA COMPANY WAS FOUNDED

MARKS THE BEGINNING AND END OF MUSLIM CONTROL OVER THE SUB-CONTINENT

WERE TIMES OF SEVERE SECTARIANISM

DEHLAWI HIS WORK WAS ON REVIVING ISLAMIC THOUGHT

TRANSLATED THE QURAN INTO PERSIAN – DOMINANT AND IMPORTANT LANGUAGE OF THAT TIME AND REGION

IMPORTANT TO READ QURAN IN LANGUAGE THAT YOU KNOW TRY AND UNDERSTAND ITS MEANING

IF KNOW ENGLISH THEN READ IN ENGLISH

BEST IF CAN UNDERSTAND IN ARABIC

HIS WORK HAD EMPHASIS ON STRUGGLE VS. LAZY MUSLIMS = HAQA JIHADI – SEE NAWAWI.ORG

PROBLEM IN COMMUNITY NOW THAT ALL SEEK DUNYA AND SECURITY OF THIS LIFE AND NEGLECT THE SECURITY OF THE NEXT LIFE OF AKIRAH

SEE MOST PEOPLE BECOMING DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS AND LAWYERS AT THE COST OF LEARNING AND STUDYING ISLAM BECOMING SCHOLARS

NEED MORE MUSLIMS IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SCIENCES – TO STUDY ISLAM IN THAT CONTEXT

WHERE IS THE RESPONSE FROM THE MUSLIM WRITERS FOR THE ALL NEGATIVE MEDIA MESSAGES NOW?

MOST THE SPEAKERS PROMINENT IN RIS ARE CONVERTS! – WHERE ARE THE INDO PAK AND ARABS?

IT WAS KAREN ARMSTRONG THAT WROTE IN DEFENSE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – WHERE WERE THE MUSLIM WRITERS? – HER BOOK A PROPHET FOR OUR TIMES

SECTARIANISM VS. DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS

SECTARIANISM AFFECTS UNITY VS. DIFFERENCE OF OPINION SHOULD NOT

SECTARIANISM OPENS THE DOORS OF FITNA, EVIL AND SHAITAN

3 TYPES OR SOURCES OF SECTARIANISM;

1ST ARGUING AFTER CLEAN GUIDANCE BEEN GIVEN – TO DISPUTE AND ARGUE LEADS TO SECT

2ND DISPUTING OVER QURAN – OVER AMBIGUOUS PARTS WHERE THERE IS NO WAY TO RESOLVE CONCLUSIVELY

3RD TO DISPUTE WITHOUT AUTHORITY – ARGUMENT JUS BASED ON HAWA – VAIN INCLINATIONS OF THE SELF – HERMANODICAL IDEAS AND THE HERMANODICS (JOKE) – ?

KITABUN WAHID = SINGLE COMMUNITY WHICH INCLUDES THE GOOD + BAD + UGLY = DAHLIM + QARAT + MUQTASID..?

A LIFE OF SERVICE NEED TO LEAD – TO GLORIFY ALLAH

PRINCIPLES OF FAIRNESS NEED TO PRACTICE OF INSAF – 8 PRINCIPLES

1ST THAT WHICH IS ESTABLISHED BY CERTAINTY CAN ONLY BE REMOVED BY CERTAINTY

2ND TO MAKE MISTAKE OF PERSON DISBELIEVER WHEN ACTUALLY A BELIEVER – ACCUSATION WHEN WRONG THEN COMES BACK ON THE PERSON MAKING

3RD NO BREAKING OF RELATIONSHIPS ON ISSUES OF VALID DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS

4TH TO BE CAREFUL OF DECLARING PEOPLE KAFR – MUCH BETTER TO PRAY FOR THEM FOR THEIR GUIDANCE THAN TO ISSUE BLANKET STATEMENTS

5TH JUDGE BASED ON EXTERNAL AND TO LEAVE SECRETS OF THE HEART TO ALLAH

6TH MISTAKES OF SCHOLARS – DON’T DISCOUNT THEIR KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE OR USE TO DISCREDIT ALL THEIR TEACHINGS – TO PREVENT SPIRITUAL ANARCHY – TAKE WHAT IS GOOD AND LEAVE REST

7TH TO HAVE PATIENCE – WITHIN LIMITS TO CONCEDE TO OTHERS POINT OF VIEW

8TH LACK OF SECTARIANISM SPIRIT – STUCK ONLY ONE SCHOOL OF MADHAB OR TARIQA

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