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

DEC 24, 2007

SHAYKH HAMZAH

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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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BELIEVERS SHOULD NOT PUT THEMSELVES IN HUMILIATING SITUATIONS – BEING HARASSED ON THE AIRLINES – BECAUSE OF MUSLIM NAME – HOMELAND SEC LIST – THAT IS WHY MISSED FLIGHT LATE LAST NIGHT

MUSLIM CREATED THE FIRST PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

TALK ON BOOK – TAFSIR AL KUQLUB? – MOHAMMED BIN AHMED – ANDALUSIA FROM 1294 CE BORN – LINEAGE OF SCHOLARS – ANCIENTS WOULD WRITE SENTENCE THAT TOOK BOOKS TO EXPLAIN – HANAFI AND SHAFII MADHABS FOLLOWED MOSTLY IN ANDALUSIA

ULAMA CAN DIFFER ON THINGS – DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS NOT A PROBLEM –

12 SCIENCES SHOULD MASTER BEFORE DOING TAFSIR – HIS SCIENCE METHODOLOGY

TASAWUF – 2000 MEANINGS – ALL GO BACK TO SINCERE DIRECTION TO ALLAH – IQLAS
PURIFYING WATER – TO REMOVE IMPURITIES TO REFINE THE HEART

WHEN NOTHING WILL AVAIL H/B ONLY A PURE HEART WILL HELP THEM – WE HAVE TO NOW LEARN FROM BOOKS THE PERSONAL TRANSMISSION OF PERSON TO PERSON IS NO LONGER THE TRADITION

LEARN FROM HIS STATE BEFORE YOU LEARN FROM THE SCHOLAR – SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR TEACHER – IMPORTANT NOTION CONCEPT OF THE PAST – TURKS USED

A LOST TRADITION NOW

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) NURTURED PEOPLE THRU HIS STATE – EFFECTED JUST BY HIS PRESENCE – BY HIS MANNERS

WARNED OF DANGERS OF HARSH PUNISHMENT WHEN RAISING CHILDREN AND SERVANTS

SCIENCE OF THE SELF – PSYCHOLOGY OF ISLAM – PSYCHOLOGISTS VERY IMPORTANT IN WEST MANY FAMOUS ONES END UP IN MEDIA – USE TO INFLUENCE THE SELFS

MODERN WORLD USES TO EXPLOIT THE SELF BY UNDERSTANDING – HUMAN NATURE – SHARED NATURE CAN BE UNDERSTOOD – SELF KNOWLEDGE – PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR – IMPULSES AND WEAKNESSES – SOCIAL TRIGGERS –

TASAWUF – UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OVERCOMING SELF – NAFS CONQUER – TO SUBMIT COMPLETELY TO ALLAH TO THE MAWLA – WHEN DO SOMETHING WRONG ARE IN STATE OF DISOBEDIENCE AND NOT OBEDIENCE TO ALLAH

ADDICTION – FIX NEEDS AND WILL DO ANYTHING FOR THE FIX

STRUGGLE WITH THE SELF – THE REAL JIHAD – JIHAD OF NAFS AL AWWAMAH – WHEN CONCEDE TO HAWAH

PARADISE IS THE ORIGINAL STATE – HARMONY WITH ALLAH AND CREATION BACK TO

AS SHIFA – CENTRAL BOOK IN MOROCCO – READ WHEN PERSON SICK – UNTRAINED MINDS READING RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANYTHING – MISGUIDED RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE CAN DESTROY SOULS – THUS DEMAND A TEACHER TO TRANSLATE AND TO GUIDE THROUGH

AVERAGE PERSON CANNOT HANDLE RELIGIOUS JEWELS OF KNOWLEDGE – PEARLS OF WISDOM TAKE YEARS OF LEARNING AND LISTENING AND READING AND SITTING BEFORE THEY ARE REVEALED TO YOU AND ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM

PARACLETES – ADVOCATE OR INTERCESSOR – SIGN OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – IN ARAHEMIC PARACLETES SOUNDS LIKE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – FIVE CITIES OF CHRISTENDOM BECAME MUSLIM

3RD COUNCIL OF NECEUM – DECIDED TO CHANGE JESUS STATE TO GOD LEVEL – THE DISSENTING AREAS WERE ALL NOW MUSLIM COUNTRIES – ARYAN COUNTRIES IE

SAW WAS SEEN AS FULFILLMENT OF CHRISTIAN PROPHECY

INITIALLY ISLAM SEEN AS CHRISTIAN HERESY

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IS OUR WASILA ON DAY OF JUDGMENT

OH YOU WHO IS SINCERE IN HIS TASAWUF – LOVE OF OTHERS

CHILDREN ARE ESSENTIALLY TRUSTFUL – FIRST CRISIS IS THAT OF TRUST VS MISTRUST DR. CHRISTIANSEN THEORY – ABUSE DESTROYS AND DAMAGES CHILDREN – NEVER STRIKE CHILDREN BEFORE AGE 7 – SUNNAH?

OPINION OF ALLAH INFLUENCES DETERMINES OUR WORLD VIEW – TO HIM WE RETURN THE STATE OF THE BELIEVER – AND ALSO THE OPINION TOWARDS SERVANTS AND SLAVES

ART OF LEARNING – CHESS MASTER ERICKSON OR FISHER? – NOW TAICHI MASTER – WHEN MASTER ONE THING CAN APPLY TO OTHERS – WHEN UNDERSTAND THE BASICS THEN CAN USE ELSEWHERE – LIKE BREAKING THE CODE TO LEARNING – TEMPLATE THAT CAN BE APPLIED IN OTHER DISCIPLINES

BETTER TO MAKE CHILDREN THINK THEY ARE SMART RATHER THAN STUDYING OR WORKING HARDER – WHEN THEY HAVE NEGATIVE BELIEF THEY FREEZE UP WHEN CONFRONTED WITH NEW INFORMATION – BETTER TO ENCOURAGE THEN WHICH GIVES THEM INTUITIVE KNOWLEDGE – A MORE NATURAL FORM OF KNOWLEDGE – AN OPENING FROM ALLAH

WHEN YOU JUST GET IT WITHOUT STRUGGLE – GENIUS

TASAWUF SOMETHING ALLAH THRUSTS INTO THE HEART OF THE BELIEVER – THE DESIRE
A GIFT FROM ALLAH

IMAM GHAZALI – BEAUTIFUL AT DESCRIPTION – SOMETHING CANNOT DESCRIPTION – LIKE HONEY – WHEN IN MOUTH SELF EXPLANATORY – HAVE TO EXPERIENCE TO BELIEVE

ORIGINAL RECOGNITION – FULFILLMENT OF ORIGINAL CONTRACT?

SINCERE SEEKING OF KNOWLEDGE OF LOVE – IS BEING CLOSER TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)

HUMAN BEINGS HAVE TO IMITATE – OUR NATURE – HIJAB LEARN FROM SOMEONE ELSE IMITATE

WHO YOU IMITATE IS IMPORTANT – YOUR MODEL – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IS THE PERFECT MODEL EXAMPLE

TASAWUF RELATED TO QURAN – DIVINE KNOWLEDGE – HOW TO TRAIN THE SELF –

QURANIC ARABIC TAKES TIME TO LEARN – WHY SUPERFICIAL READING IS DANGEROUS
IE. THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM – WRITER LESBIAN ISRHAD MANJI – TAKES LACK OF KNOWLEDGE AND BAD PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND THEN DISGRACES ENTIRE RELIGION

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) JUST A MAN IN THE QURAN IN ARABIC – BUT MEANING IS MUCH DEEPER THAN SURFACE – MUCH MORE THAN A MAN BUT HAVE TO LEARN AND KNOW THE SUBTLETY WHICH TAKES TIME – KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE – THEREFORE TO MISINTERPRET EASY

WHO IS A WALI – ALL MUSLIMS ARE WALI OF ALLAH – MEANS BOTH ACTIVE AND PASSIVE – ONE WHO HAS GIVEN HIS AFFAIRS TO ALLAH –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID DON’T SAY WHO IS WALI AND WHO IS NOT – WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECLARE – THE IMAMS WERE WALI THAT IS AGREED UPON –

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