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

DEC 27, 2007

IMAM ZIAD SHAKIR

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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WE ARE HERE TO HELP AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND TO FAULT AND CONDEMN EACH OTHER TO HELL – AS AN UMMAH NEED TO WORK TOGETHER FOR COMMON GOOD – THESE SHOULD ARE PREOCCUPATIONS – AND ULTIMATELY ALLAH WILL SETTLE ALL DISPUTES – OUR WORD AND OUR OPINIONS ARE NOT THE FINAL WORDS!

YOUR END IS TO US AND TO ME IS YOUR RETURN AND I WILL JUDGE BETWEEN YOU IN WHICH THINGS YOU DIFFER … FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE – ZAKAT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO 8 CATEGORIES SPECIFIED AND NOT TO MOSQUE SAID LOCAL IMAM – HAPPENED HERE IN LOCAL MOSQUE – CHRISTMAS FUND INSTEAD EACH YEAR GIVING TO MUSLIM FAMILIES RATHER THAN US – MOSQUE BROUGHT IN ANOTHER KATEEB TO COUNTER HIS OPINION – THESE ARE REAL ISSUES – AND NOT WHERE YOU PUT YOUR HANDS IN PRAYER DISPUTES OVER…

IN NATION BUILDING – FROM GLOBE AND MAIL – ARTICLE ON HOW HAS CONTRIBUTED TO NATION BUILDING – FIRST SUBMISSION WAS THE SOCCER TEAM WHO BOYCOTTED THE TOURNAMENT BEC ONE GIRL NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY BECAUSE OF HIJAB – THIS IS THE COLLECTIVE HUMAN PROJECT AND ALLOWS FOR OUR INCLUSION – WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT THIS – SUBHAN ALLAH NON-MUSLIMS ARE DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS TO BE HERE AND BE MUSLIMS AND BE INCLUDED RATHER THAN US BEING IN THE FOREFRONT OF THIS ISSUE –

LIFE OF POVERTY FOR SCHOLARS – DECIDE RICH OR BE SCHOLAR – NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE BOTH WAYS – ALL TEACHERS HE HAS KNOWN OF ADEQUATE MEANS JUST GETTING BY – ALLAH PROVIDED FOR THEM FOR ALL EXCEPT THE ONE OBSESSED WITH HIS RISQE AFTER HIS STUDIES

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

QUESTIONS

SUN RISING FROM THE WEST – EARTH WILL REVOLVE IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION – YES PHYSICAL THING THAT WILL HAPPEN – NOT ONLY METAPHORICAL – SIGN OF AKIRAH –

MARRIAGE PROBLEMS FOR YOUNGER MUSLIMS – PRACTICAL STEPS – SISTERS COMPLAINING THAT AT MOST EVENTS THE SISTERS OUT NUMBER THE BROTHERS – IMAPONLINE.ORG IS AN ALTERNATIVE – GIVE THE CARDS OUT – THE GROWTH OF THIS UMMAH BASED ON FAMILY LIFE AND MARRIAGE – OUR NUMBERS IN NORTH AMERICA IS DEPENDENT ON IT – STRONG FAMILIES START WITH A STRONG SISTER –

JAANJ.COM – NON SILK TIES OR DON’T WHERE AT ALL – SET NEW STANDARDS AND NEW NORMS

ETHICAL QUESTION – NON MUSLIM THAT DOES GOOD WHICH IS BETTER – TO DO GOOD FOR HASANATH IS BETTER VS PURE ALTRUISM – DOING FOR LOVE OF ALLAH – SERIOUS QUESTIONS NEEDS MORE TIME TO ANSWER

SLAVE PROHIBIT OR DISCOURAGE – YES PROHIBITED IT DURING SAW TIMES – MOST MUSLIMS SOCIETIES ARE FREE OF IT – SEX SLAVES IN MANY COUNTRIES HAPPENING HERE – AGRICULTURAL SLAVES THAT TIE THEM TO THE END – WE SHOULD WORK TO ERADICATE ALL OF THESE TYPES AND FORMS OF SLAVERY –

FUTURE OF ISLAM – DEPENDANT ON WHAT OUR CHILDREN STUDY – CHAPTERS WHOLE SECTION WHY ISLAM IS SO BAD – WHERE IS THE BOOKS DEFENDING ISLAM – WHO WILL WRITE THESE BOOKS – WHERE ARE SCHOLARS THAT WILL DEFEND – WE ARE TOO CONCERNED WITH DUNYA AND SECURITY BUT FOCUS SHOULD BE AKIRAH –

NO PARENTS NOW ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO BECOME SCHOLARS IN THE PAST THIS COMMON PRACTICE

WISH MERRY CHRISTMAS OK – WHAT IS CHRISTMAS – IS THE BIRTH OF ISA IN A MIRACLE BIRTH THRU MARIAM – SO NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT – HE WAS A PROPHET AND WAS A BLESSING –

BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN WOMEN CANNOT LEAD PRAYERS – RULINGS FROM ALLAH AS ACTS OF WORSHIP – WE ARE TESTED IN DIFF WAYS – DIVISION OF LABOR AS SERVANTS OF ALLAH – MINOR AND MAJOR AND OVERLAPPING DUTIES EACH HAS – EDICTS ARE IN FAVOR OR MEN AND SOME IN FAVOR OF WOMEN – MAN CAN ASK WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY MAHR FOR MARRIAGE WHY CANNOT I GET MONEY FOR MARRIAGE – THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH NAFS AND ONLY WHAT BENEFITS ME – HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FROM THIS THINKING…

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