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

DEC 24, 2007

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

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CAUSES AND CURES OF SECTARIANISM – IMAM DEHLAWI – CONTINUATION

LEFTOVER QUESTIONS FROM LAST NIGHT

PERSIST WITH SOMEONE THAT GOES TO NIGHTCLUBS AND EATS NON HALAL – PERSIST ON HIM TO MAINTAIN PRAYERS – TELL HIM THE DANGERS OF EATING NON HALAL MEATS – BLOOD FILLED MEAT IS NOT HEALTHY – BLOOD NEEDS TO BE DRAINED OUT – TRAUMA MAKES THE BLOOD FREEZE UP MORE – DON’T DRINK NON ORGANIC MILK VERY UNHEALTHY GROWTH HORMONES ALL GET INSERTED INTO THE MILK PRODUCT – IS AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN

GIVE GLAD TIDINGS TO PEOPLE – HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO APPROACH PEOPLE – JUDGE ON MERITS – HAVE TO START PRAYING FIRST

TRANSLATION OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) HADITH – HUMANITY OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN OF ALLAH – NO CHRISTIAN CONCEPT –

SALMAN AL-AWDA, SCHOLAR

FIRST SECTION OF BOOK – DIFF IN LEGISLATIVE RULINGS – RULINGS THEN NO RECORDED OR RESEARCHED FOR IMPLICATIONS – NOT BROKEN DOWN INTO CATEGORIES AS DONE LATER – NOT THAT MUCH SCURTINY GIVEN – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) DOINGS WERE RELATED AS HADITH SCIENCE PASSING DOWN – DO AS PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) DID BY IMITATION – AFTER THEM BROKE DOWN IN PERMISSIBLE AND DESIRABLE AND INTO OTHER RELIGIOUS SCIENCE CATEGORIES – IE ARKAN – TO PRESERVE SAW GUIDANCE

AS ARABIC BEGAN TO BE LOST – WENT TO NON ARAB LANDS – THESE CODIFICATIONS HAD TO BE PUT IN PLACE TO PRESERVE GUIDANCE AND INTEGRITY OF RULINGS – COMPANIONS ALSO DID NOT ASK EXCESSIVE QUESTIONS – ONLY 13 QUESTIONS ASKED BY THEM IN QURAN

HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS WERE NOT ENCOURAGED – NOT PART OF THEN CULTURE – ADAB OF TIMES – DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR – DONT ASK HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS DID NOT DELVE INTO WHAT IF QUESTIONS – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM), IMITATED – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) RULINGS WERE THEN PERSONALIZED AND WERE NOT IN GROUP SETTINGS SO NOT MANY HEARD RULINGS – LIMITED AUDIENCE KNOW CONTEXT AND RULINGS – ABU BAKAR WITH INQUIRE OF OTHER COMPANIONS ON RULINGS –

INHERTIANCE OF GRANDMOTHER SHARE – ABU BAKAR DID NOT HEAR PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) MENTION ANYTHING OF THIS – MUGERA SAID HE HEARD PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) GAVE ONE SIXTH OF – ABU BAKAR THEN FOLLOWED THIS RULING

VARIOUS COMPANIONS HAD KNOWLEDGE ON DIFF TOPICS – SOME WERE GOVERNORS – DISPERSED KNOWLEDGE – BEGINNING OF DIFF OPINIONS VERDICTS – BASIS OF PROBLEMS LATER –

REASON WERE ONE HEARD SOMETHING AND OTHER DID NOT HEAR SO PERSONAL IJTIHAD – NEED TO BE CAREFUL TO OFFER PERSONAL REASONS AND WHIMS

SECOND CASE – IJTIHAD MAY CONFLICT WITH HADITH – MUFTI CAN OVERRULE – IF START FAST IN STATE OF IMPURITY – WET DREAMS OF EXAMPLE – THAT FAST IS STILL VALID – ABU HURARAH OPINION ORIGINALLY DIFFERED ON THIS POINT – CHANGED AFTER HEARING HADITH – SOME PEOPLE USING RAMADAN TO LOSE WEIGHT SKIP SUHOOR THAT WILL HELP YOU DO OPPOSITE TO GAIN WEIGHT – IN MORNING BODY DEMANDS FUEL – IF YOU FUEL THEN METABOLISM SLOWS DOWN TO SLOWLY DRAW FROM BLOOD – NO BREAKFAST EQUALS GAIN WEIGHT

SUMO WRESTLERS – KNOW HOW TO GAIN WEIGHT – THEY SKIP BREAKFAST TO FORCE METABOLISM TO SLOW DOWN – SO BAD PRACTICE

ALSO TO EAT LATE IS BAD – EAT BIG LUNCH – FUEL AT NIGHT WILL HAVE CHANCE TO BURN IT OFF – WILL SLEEP AND CONVERT IT TO FAT STRAIGHT – BODY WILL PRESERVE THE CALORIES –

THIRD CASE – FATIMAH BIN KHAIS – IRREVOCABLE DIVORCE HADITH
PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SEE AND ONE ACTS AND INTERPRETS IN A DIFFERENT WAY – SAW DID HAJJ ONCE – OTHERS SEE IF DIFFERENT

4TH CASE – FORGOTTEN THE HISTORY – CANNOT ACCURATELY NARRATE OR REMEMBER –

5TH CASE – HADITH NARRATED WITH DIFFERENT NARRATIONS – DEATH PERSON PUNISHED BY FAMILY CRYING OVER THEM – AISHA SAID THIS MISTAKEN – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID IN CONTEXT OF JEW LADY BEING BURIED THAT THEY WERE CRYING FOR HER PUNISHMENT – RULING NOT GENERAL FOR ALL DEAD PEOPLE – SPECIAL CASE THE CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT

SALAWAT FROM ALLAH IS MERCY – IS RAHMA –

6TH BASIS – DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON HADITH – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) STOOD UP WITH JANAZAH PASSED – BUT PASSING WAS THAT OF JEW – SOME SAY IT IN HONOR OR ANGELS PASSING BY SO APPLICABLE TO STAND – SOME SAY STOOD TO HONOR THE GRAVITY OF DEATH – SOME THAT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) STOOD UP BECAUSE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) WAS SITTING SO STOOD TO BE ABOVE HEIGHT OF PASSING COFFIN BODY – MUSLIM SHOULD BE ABOVE NON BELIEVERS

7TH CASE – COMPANIONS DIFFER ON HOW TO RECONCILE DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS – MUTA FOR EXAMPLE – PERMITTED AND THEN FORBIDDEN – MAJORITY SAY PERMITTED DURING A CERTAIN TIME AND THEN FORBADE DEFINITELY – IBN ABBAS SAID PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ALLOWED IT FOR NECESSITY AND WHEN NECESSITY PASSED THEN FORBIDDEN –

SO SITUATIONS ARE NOT CUT AND DRY

FACING QIBLA WHILE URINATING FORBIDDEN – JABIR SEEN DOING – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) DID NOT SAY ANYTHING – JABIR HAD BARRIER BETWEEN HIM AND DIRECTION – SO ONE ABROGATES THE OTHER – THUS HOW TO RECONCILE TWO DIFFERENT OPINIONS –

8TH CASE – CALLING PEOPLE TO ISLAM – TEACHING THE IGNORANT – SHOULD BE PART OF OUR LIFE – WHO IS BETTER IN SPEECH THAN ONE TO CALL PEOPLE TO ALLAH – CALLING TO THE CREATOR THE SOURCE THE BEGINNING –

IF WE CALL TO DEBASED THAT WHAT COULD BE WORSE THAN THAT – DRUGS, PORN, ALCOHOL WE CALL TO – DOPE FROM PATHANS BUY IN BRADFORD NO MORE JAMAICANS!
LA ALCOHOL STORES – ANOTHER EXAMPLE

COMMAND TO GOOD AND FORBID THE EVIL – CHANGE IT WITH HAND OR SPEECH OR IN HEART OR MIND – HIGHEST TO LOWEST LEVEL OF FAITH – DO WHAT YOU CAN DO

SPARK THAT IS WAITING FOR THE GASOLINE – THE IGNITION –

HATED TO BE HYPOCRITE – COMMAND RIGHT AND THEN ENGAGE YOURSELF IN WRONG

IMPLEMENT WHAT YOU ARE CALLING TO – JUST TALK IS CHEAP – HATED HYPOCRITES

GOOD AND EVIL ARE NOT EQUAL – CALLING TO A HIGHER LEVEL – THEIR EFFECTS ARE ALSO NOT EQUAL – REPEATED GOOD TO PERSON VS REPEATED NEGATIVE TOWARDS –

IF ONE DOES EVIL TO YOU – DO GOOD TO THEM – THE HIGHEST LEVEL IS AGAINST HUMAN NATURE – TURN THE OTHER CHEEK – RESTRAIN YOURSELF AND SEEK GOOD – THIS IS EHSAN THEN MOVING YOURSELF BEYOND HUMAN TO DIVINE CALCULATION – WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM ALLAH WHICH IS TOTALLY DISPROPORTIONATE TO WHAT YOU GET – ALLAH IS THE BEST OF ACCOUNTANTS!

ALLAH CONTROLS THE MEANS AND HE CAN CHANGE THE MEANS – FIRE’S STATE CAN BE CHANGED FIRE WAS MADE TO BE COOL FOR EBRAHIM – ALSO SEE UMAR’S CASE – KHALID BIN AL WALID ALSO – HIND ALSO – STATES CAN BE CHANGED TO GOOD – PRAY FOR THEM

PATIENTLY PERSEVERE – FOR ALLAH’S SAKE – GOODS REWARDS IS 10 TIMES TO 700 TIMES OF THAT EVIL – PATIENCE HAS THE GREATEST REWARD – EVEN GREATER THE GOOD DEEDS – GIVEN WITH NO LIMIT FROM ALLAH –

GENTLE BREEZES OF HIS MERCY – ONE WHO TOUCHED WITH NEVER EXPERIENCES HARDSHIP TILL DAY OF JUDGMENT – HABIB ALI SPEAKER MOTHER IS SICK IN YEMEN MAY NOT MAKE TO RETREAT – ATTENDING TO HIS MOTHER – PRAY RECEIVES ONE OF THESE GENTLE BREEZES – THIS IT THE LESSON TO BE LEARNT FROM HIS ABSENCE HE IS ATTENDING TO HIS MOTHER – UNDER THE FEET OF YOUR MOTHER IS JANNAH – WAS ALSO THE TOPIC OF HIS TALK AT CONFERENCE

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