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

DEC 26, 2007

IMAN ZIAD SHAKIR

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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IS THERE EXTREMISM IN MAGNIFICATION OF SAW – IF MAKE DIVINE THEN WRONG – IF NOT THEN NO REAL LIMITS – THAT IS WHAT CHRISTIANS DID WITH JESUS – COUNCIL OF NECEUM REFERENCES SEE IN WIKIPEDIA – FROM KING TO SON TO HOLY TO LORD TO GOD HIMSELF – DA VINCI CODE

WISH WERE BACK IN TIME OF COMPS – DON’T SAY THAT – WHAT PREVENTING YOU FROM LIVING RIGHTEOUS NOW – DON’T SAY – TAKE WHAT ALLAH GIVES AND MAKE BEST OF IT – ONE LIFE ONE JANNAH – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIFE AND USE TO MAX –

HOW KNOW THAT IF WERE BACK THEN YOU WOULD BE BETTER NO WAY TO KNOW – IMPROVE YOURSELF HERE AND NOW

HOW KNOW WHICH RULING TO ACT ON – DOGS CAN KEEP OR NOT – TO THE BEST YOU CAN TO STAY WITH MOST CONSERVATIVE POSITION – DOGS ARE NAJIS NOT TO KEEP UNLESS HAVE A MASLAHA OR VALID REASON LIKE BLIND OR LIVE ALONE IN THE WOODS ETC – JUST FOR PLAY IS VALID –

OBEY PARENTS EVEN IF LET DO WRONG LIKE NOT ALLOW ORG YOUTH CONF – NO – HAVE TO USE REASON – LEAVING YOUTH WITH NO GUIDANCE IS A GREATER SIN – PARENTS NEED TO USE REASON AND LIVE FOR AKIRAH NOT DUNYA – JANNAH AND NOT HARVARD IS THE GOAL – THESE DAYS IF YOU NOT ON LIST HAVE TO QUESTION YOUR RELIGION! – NEED TO BE ON ALLAH’S LIST

MORE MUSLIMS NEED TO GET INTO SOCIAL SCIENCES – LOANS OK TO TAKE FOR UNIVERSITY EDUCATION – WHAT GET FROM EDUCATION IS UP TO YOU – RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP ENDOWMENTS FOR EDU WE NEED TO SET UP THAT IS A FARD KIFAWA TO HAVE THAT FUND AVAILABLE –

SHISHA – NOT ALLOWED – STILL SMOKE AND A BURNING SUBSTANCE – EVEN OUD NOT TO OVER INDULGE IN – SMOKE TO NOT CONSTANTLY BREATH IN – ANY SMOKE ALL THE TIME IS HARMFUL – NOT BEFITTING THE DIGNITY OF A MUSLIM

BUSINESS ATTIRE THAT CONTAIN SILK – MOST MADE FROM SILK – JAANJ.COM NOT MADE FROM SILK NOW SO HAVE ALTERNATIVES
AS MUSLIMS WE SHOULD ESTABLISH NEW NORMS – IRAN DIPLOMATS DON’T WHERE TIES – SET NEW STANDARDS – BE BOLD

WHEN RAMADAN COMES – BASE ON ASTROLOGICAL CALCULATIONS – STRICTLY CANADIAN CALENDAR IF USE THEN INACCURATE BUT IF USE NORTH AMERICAN AS WHOLE CALENDAR THEN FROM NORTH AND SOUTH CALCULATIONS WILL BE MORE ACCURATE – IF CANNOT SEE THE MOON BECAUSE CLOUDY THEN USE 30 DAYS CALC USE – TO SET CALENDAR WAY IN ADVANCE IS AN INNOVATION – IMPOSSIBLE TO SET 5 YEARS IN ADVANCE THE MOON SIGHTINGS – IT CHANGES AS GOES ALONG – SHOWS ALLAH IN COMMAND AND NOT US THE HEAVENS ARE IN HIS CONTROL – QUEST FOR UNITY LED ISNA TO SET PERMANENT DATES – IS AN ILLUSION OF UNITY – ALWAYS TWO DAYS ON EARTH BECAUSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TIMELINE JUST THE WAY OUR TIME AND CALENDAR WORKS – STAY CONNECTED TO NATURE WITH THE MOON – SHOULD SEE THE MO0N AND THE STARS –

DON’T OPPRESS AND DON’T BE OPPRESSED SAYING – NOT AUTHENTIC HADITH? HOW PRAY FOR ENEMIES GUIDANCE – BETTER TO PRAY FOR THEM THAN BE OUR ENEMIES LATER – IF KEEP FIGHTING THEM THEN WILL LEAD TO GREATER HARM – KILL RATIO IN IRAQ IS 3000-6000K SOLDIERS/CONTRACTORS VS OVER 1 MILLION IRAQIS DIED – EVEN 100K PLUS KILLED BY FELLOW MUSLIMS – WAR IS UGLY AND PRAY TO PREVENT THEM – WAR IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD WANT – KILL RATIO IS VASTLY AGAINST US – USING ROBOTS IN IRAQ TO FIGHT AGAINST MUSLIMS RIGHT NOW – KILL RATIO THEIR ARE TRYING TO INCREASE IT EVEN MORE – RADAR GUNS WITH MICROWAVE WEAPONS WHICH IS BETTER TO PRAY FOR THEM OR TO HAVE YOUR BRAINS MICRO WAVED – ISTIGHAR FIR UL ALLAH…

SOME SISTERS PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE – SHOULD HAVE PLAN – YES ALL SHOULD PLAN – IF DECIDE TO GET MARRIED THEN HUSBAND AND CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS OVER YOU – THIS IS OVER AND ABOVE YOUR CAREERS – IF AFTER 2 YEARS BREAST FEED CAN EVEN GET WET NURSE IF CANNOT DO YOURSELF – VERY CRITICAL TO DO SO – PHYSICAL CONTACT AND MILK HAS MANY BENEFITS FOR LATER LIFE –

SISTERS NOT ABLE TO GET MARRIED THAT ARE LEADERS – BROTHERS MARRY STRONG SISTERS PLEASE PLEASE – TO PREVENT VAST SPACES BETWEEN THE EARS MARRY A STRONG SISTER – THE FAMOUS JEWISH MOTHER THE ROLE MODEL ONE REASON FOR THEIR SUCCESS – MOTHERS ARE THE TEACHERS OF ATTITUDES AND CHARACTERS AND ADAB AND CHARITY AND OTHER GOOD

OK TO DOWNLOAD COPYRIGHT MATERIALS FOR PERSONAL USE – IF FOR PERSONAL USE YES – BUT IF THERE IS A RESTRICTION THEN SHOULD RESPECT IT – NOT ENCOURAGE COPYING OF ISLAMIC MATERIALS IF SOMEONE HAS TAKEN TIME AND EFFORT TO RESEARCH AND INVESTMENT AND PRODUCE – CANNOT USURP SOMEONE’S INVESTMENT – ARE DENYING UMMAH BENEFIT OF THEIR SERVICE – IE ZAYTUNA PRODUCTIONS – INTERNET IS PUBLIC DOMAIN – DON’T RESELL FOR PERSONAL PROFIT

MAN PERMISSION FROM WIFE FOR 2ND WIFE – NO SPECIFIC RULING TO PREVENT 2ND WIFE – CAN PUT STIPULATION IN CONT TO NOT TAKE IN MALIKI AND HANAFI SCHOOLS – BUT BASIC HUMAN CONSIDERATION TO TELL THE WIFE – ONE OF THE BASIS OF AUTHENTIC HADITHS – IF THIS IS A SOURCE OF HARM AND LEADS IN MOST TIMES TO DIVORCE THEN HARM IS GREATER –

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