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

DEC 27, 2007

IMAM ZIAD SHAKIR

DEHLAWI BOOK – CONCLUSION

SALMAN AL AWDA BOOK ALSO

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

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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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3RD CENTURY OF HIJRI – 3 DEVELOPMENTS THAT CONSOLIDATED THE TENDENCY TO FOLLOW THE MADHABS IN THE SUNNI TRADITION –

1 – TENDENCY OF SCHOLARS OF TO SEEK PATRONAGE OF RULERS – CONTINUES TO THIS DAY – ZAYTUNA – SCHOLARS NEED SPONSORS TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK AND RESEARCH – HANBAL JAILED FOR NOT ACCEPTING JUDGESHIP AND DIED FROM THE SITUATION – MALIK WAS BEATEN FOR THIS RULINGS – GENERAL ORIENTATION FOR THE SCHOLARS THAT THEY ENDURED HARDSHIP AGAINST GOVERNMENTS – THE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF POLITICAL SYSTEM

THE COMPETING SULTANATES AND GOVERNMENT SOUGHT TO LEGITIMIZE THEIR RULE AND LEADERS THRU THEIR LEGAL POSITIONS THRU THE SCHOLARS – HAIR SPLITTING BEGAN AMONGST SCHOLARS – DISCUSSING NON ISSUES AND ENCOURAGED TO ADOPT ON EITHER ONE SIDE WITH ONE SCHOLARS AGAINST ANOTHER

RESULTS WAS TO CREATE DIVISION AND CONSOLIDATES PEOPLES FOLLOWING ONE SCHOOL SCHOLAR OVER ANOTHER – LOYALTY TO ONE IMAM HAD NO CHOICE TO FOLLOW ONE IMAM OR ANOTHER –

2 – INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF ARGUMENTATION AND DISPUTES – ILM AL JADAL JALAD? – DISPUTES HOW TO HANDLE AND DEAL WITH BECOME CODIFIED – ARGUMENT FOR ARGUMENTS SAKE – VAIN – MUFTI FREQUENTLY CRITICISMS AND HIS OPINION WAS WRONG WAS INCORRECT WAS FLAWED WAS BIASED ETC – DISPUTE WOULD ONLY BE SETTLED TO EARLIER OPINIONS – CONTEMPORARY RULINGS WERE TOO DIVISIVE TO USE

EARLIER USE OF IMAMS CREATED MORE DIVISION

CORRUPTION OF JUDICIARY – JUDGES WERE DISTRUSTED AND WERE IN THE POCKETS OF SULTANS AND THE RICH – SAME AS TODAY – SO PEOPLE ONLY TRUSTED ONE IMAM OR ANOTHER – COMPARTMENTALIZATION

3 – DEEP STUDY OF IRRELEVANT ISSUES – LITTLE VALUE TO SOCIETY – NARRATORS BACKGROUND CREDULITY AND THEIR PROBITY WAS EXAMINED – RARE NARRATIONS SEARCHING FOR OBSCURE HADITHS – NEW HADITHS AND FAKE HADITHS BEGAN TO SPRING UP – WASTED A LOT OF TIME OF SCHOLARS AND USOOL OF FIQH WITH THEIR MORE COMPLICATED METHODOLOGY AIDED THIS PERIOD OF DIVISION

HOWEVER STILL SOME STILL SCHOLARS ON RIGHT PATH – SPIRIT OF PEOPLE WAS AFFECTED – UMMAH HAD TO CHOOSE ONE OF 4 SCHOOLS – ASPIRATION FOR SACRED KNOWLEDGE HAS NOT DECREASED…?

OPENING THE HEART TO RECEIVE KNOWLEDGE AND TO MEMORIZE THINGS WITH GREAT EASE – ALLAH GIVES PEOPLE THAT SPIRITUAL OPENING COMES FROM ALLAH- FATEEH – THAT OPENING – NAWAWI SAID ALLAH RAINED KNOW ON HIM WHEN ATTENDING TO SICK FATHER FOR 1 YEAR – HIGH DRIVE – MANY SCHOLARS DIED AT YOUNG AGE BURN OUT BUT THEIR DRIVE WAS SO STRONG – NAWAWI DIED AT 44 YEARS – SLEPT VERY LITTLE –

WHEN PEOPLE FOLLOWED VANITY – ANARCHY REIGNS – EVERYONE WANTS THEIR OWN OPINION TO RULE – DIVISION CREATES- MADHABS PREVENTED RELIGIONS ANARCHY SO WERE GOOD IN ONE WAY

TAKLEEL – FORBIDDEN – FOLLOWED THAT HAS BEEN IN QURAN AND EXAMPLE OF SAW – IF YOU DISPUTE IN ANY MATTERS THEN REFER BACK TO SAW EXAMPLE AND QURAN

SHAFII PRINCIPLE – IF HAS QUALIFICATIONS OF INDEPENDENT JURIST AND CAN USE IJTIHAD THEN FREE TO IMPLEMENT HADITH – CAN WORK WITH THAT HADITH WITH ONE OF THE OTHER IMAMS WORKED WITH THAT HADITH…?

EVEN IF HADITH EXISTED AND IMAMS WORKED WITH IT – THEN CAN ONLY LEAVE IT FOR SUNNAH OR QURAN…?

COMPS DIFFERED – LATER GENERATIONS ARE DIFFERED – DIFF ARE NATURAL AND PEOPLE FOLLOW THOSE CLOSEST TO THEM THEIR PEERS – NATURAL TENDENCY OF H/B – SAME WITH LEGAL STUDENTS COMPLICATED TOPICS – WHEN SCHOLAR RESPECTED THEN THIS IS MORE LIKELY ALSO

COMPS DIFFERENCES HAD – SOME MADE WUDU AFTER EATING, NOSE BLEED, VOMITING, CUPPING, ETC AND SOME DID NOT – DESPITE DIFFERENCES THEY STILL RESPECTED AND PRAYED EACH OTHER – NOT LIKE TODAY – ONCE YOUR OPERATIVE PRINCIPLE IS THAT ONLY YOUR GROUP UNDERSTANDS ISLAM AND REST ARE WRONG – THEY GET MORE FRAGMENTED AND DIVISIVE

LEADER OF ARYAN NATION EXAMPLE – ONCE GET JEWS AND BLACKS WHO NEXT – AT THEIR MEETING QUESTION ANSWER WAS WHITES WITH BLACK HAIR – THEN REALIZED THIS IS WRONG – IN THESE GROUPS THE WHOLE PREMISE OF GROUP IS EXCLUSION WHICH IS SELF INDULGENT AND ULTIMATELY SELF DESTRUCTIVE

BLOOD CUPPING – YOU TUBE

IMAM MALIK EVEN SAID NOT TO DISTRIBUTE AND FORCE PEOPLE IN OTHER LANDS AND REGIONS TO FOLLOW HIS VIEWS HIS BOOKS OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE REGIONAL SCHOLARS IJTIHAD AND OPINIONS AND RULINGS

THIS IS THE GOLD STANDARD – NOT TODAY’S UNITY FORCED AND UNIFORMITY IS NOT A POSITIVE IN ALL SITUATIONS – DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS CAN AND ARE HEALTHY VIBRANCY SIGN OF THE UMMAH

INTEGRITY OF THE UMMAH – 73 SECTS DIVIDED INTO – HADITH – SOME USE LEGITIMIZE TO EMERGENCE OF SECTARIANISM FROM DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS – BEING FAIR AND EQUITABLE IN OUR DEALINGS WITH ONE ANOTHER –

THERE IS WILL UPON MY NATION THAT WHICH CAME UPON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL – SUCH THAT IF THEY ARE HAVING RELATIONSHIP WITH MOTHER IN PUBLIC THEY WOULD DO THE SAME – THEY WERE DIVIDED INTO 72 SECTS AND THIS UMMAH WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO 73 SECTS – OF WHICH ONLY 1 WOULD BE THE RIGHTLY GUIDED ONE

THIS IS WEAK HADITH…? – SOME PEOPLE WOULD USE THIS HADITH WITHOUT REALIZING ITS IMPLICATIONS

THIS AGAINST OF UMMAH WILL NOT BE PUNISHED IN NEXT LIFE ONLY HERE – PUNISHMENT WILL BE IN FORM OF WAR, KILLINGS, …? – THIS HADITH

THIS UMMAH IS THE BEST OF NATIONS – ABSOLUTELY THE BEST AND BALANCED NATION – DIVISION IS A NEGATIVE TRAIT …?

ALLAH HAS PARDONED FROM THIS UMMAH IF WE FORGET AND MISTAKEN – OUT OF ERROR – OR OUT OF THAT WHICH HAS BEEN IMPOSED ON IT –

IF A PERSON ASSUMES THEY ARE SAVED – ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS – THAT PERSON IS NOT SAFE FROM OTHER THINGS ARE WHICH HE IS FORBIDDEN TO DO LIKE TAKE ORPHANS WEALTH, ETC – CAN STILL GO TO HELLFIRE – TO BELONG TO THIS UMMAH IS A GIFT AND SHOULD OTHERS ENJOY

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