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

DEC 25, 2007

SHAYKH HAMZAH YUSUF

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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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SOME SCHOLARS MAKE BOOKS DIFFICULT TO KEEP THE UNEDUCATED AND ILL INTENTIONED OUT

SOME GREAT SCHOLARS OF HADITH WERE TASAWUF – SUFI TEACHERS AND FOLLOWERS

SUFIS WENT ASTRAY – DEVIATED – ALONG THE WAY

ILM IL KALAM – TECHNICAL TERM DIALECTICAL THEOLOGY BASED ON ANTI-THESIS TO YOUR STATEMENT – ALLAH HAS NO BEGINNING – THE ANTI-THESIS WOULD BE THAT UNIVERSE IS KADEEM WAS CREATED – COSMOS AND CHAOS..?

EMERGED AS A RESPONSE – DIVINE THAT CAME INTO THE FLESH – IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD AND THE WORD WAS GOD – CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY –

EVOLUTION IS A CHALLENGE TO CREATIONISM – TRUE EVOLUTION AND RELIGION WRONG – OR EVOLUTION WRONG AND RELIGION RIGHT – OR EVOLUTION RIGHT AND RELIGION MISUNDERSTOOD

AL-GHALAZI MASTERED THE PHILOSOPHY TO REFUTE IT

THEOLOGY IS A WORK IN PROGRESS – BECAUSE NEW CHALLENGES KEEP ARISING –

MOON WAS IN THE HEAVENS – HEAVENS ARE SEALED FROM THE JINN – SO HOW LANDED?
CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT NEVER LANDED THERE – EITHER LYING OR WE MISUNDERSTOOD THE IN THE HEAVENS CONCEPT – MAGIC OF PHARAOH TO ESTABLISH POWER

CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THE BIBLE LITERALLY – MUSLIMS HAVE NOT BEEN SO

INNESAF..? – ABLE TO SEE THE OTHER SIDE – ABLE TO SEE FROM BOTH SIDES – BOTH PERSPECTIVES – HARD TO DO FOR MAJORITY

WORDS ARE A PROBLEM BECAUSE ONE WORD CAN MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS TO MANY PEOPLE – LIBERTY CAN MEAN MANY THING ECONOMIC SOCIAL PERSONAL POLITICAL ETC. LIBERTY

4 TYPES OF PEOPLE – SCHOLAR WHO IS SCHOLAR SO STUDY WITH THEM – SCHOLAR THAT FORGETS HE IS SCHOLAR SO SEEK HIS TEACHINGS – IGNORANT WHO ?…

IGNORANT FOOL WHO THINKS HE IS SCHOLAR SO IGNORE HIM

TASAWUF WILL DECLINE – IS DECAYING

PRIESTS AT VATICAN SAY ABOVE COHORTS AND HAVING CHILDREN – BUT ATTRIBUTE SUCH THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO GOD?! – SAID AMBASSADOR SENT BY THE ABBASIDS – NAME..?

FIQH IS NOT JUST RULES AND INFORMATION – HOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND THOUGH – HOW TO MAKE ISLAM OPERATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL –

IN QURAN THINGS ARE LITERAL BUT DOES NOT NEGATE OTHER MEANINGS – BLACK STONE IS THE HAND OF GOD ON EARTH – SO NOT LITERAL – HAVE TO REFLECT UPON

BELIEVER WILL HAVE 40 STATES IN ONE DAY – NON BELV WILL BE 1 STATE FOR 40 YEARS

HAL IS MYSTERIOUS THING – THE STATE YOU ARE IN – HOW IS YOUR STATE THE ARABIC TERM – KHAIF HALLUKA?

MAKAM LASTS – IF ENTER MAKAM OF SABR – DON’T LOSE THE SABR – DON’T LOSE THE BASIS OF PREVIOUS –

12 STATIONS OF SHUKR – RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HAMD AND SHUKR –

KUFAR – IN QURAN THOUGH NOT ALL BAD – SOME ARE GOOD – SOME EVEN MARRY!

STUPIDITY DOCUMENTARY SOMEONE SHOULD MAKE AND RESEARCH ON – BEEN VERY LITTLE RESEARCH ON IT – NEED MORE ON IT – MUSLIMS ARE HAVE BEEN THINKING HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM FOR LONG TIME – WE ALL SHARE THE ACTIONS AND HAVE DONE STUPID THINGS

ATHEISTS – WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN IS THE MOST STUPID – GHAZALI SAID DON’T EVEN GIVE THEM A SECT – WHEN GRATEFUL WHO THEY SAY THEY GRATEFUL TO?

“POWERFULLY STUPID” – SOMEONE ACCUSED SHAYKH HAMZAH OF BEING – NAME..? – MAKES LIGHT OF IT – JOKE OF DARWIN EYE ON TOP OF MOUNTAIN – DARWIN SHOWED THE WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN THRU THE BACK ROUTE ALL OTHERS MISSED – BUT WHO PUT EYE THERE AND HOW DID MOUNTAIN GET THERE THAT IS REAL QUESTION

LIKE FISH LOOKING FOR WATER – ARE IMMERSED IN IT THAT MISSING THE THING YOU ARE SWIMMING IN – KIBIR IS INTELLECTUAL ARROGANCE – LIMBAUGH – TOO GOOD FOR YOUR OWN GOOD – CLEVER LEADS TO WRONG SIDE – LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM ALLAH

SHOULD NOT CALL PEOPLE KAFR – BECAUSE DON’T KNOW THEIR STATE WITH ALLAH – STATES CAN CHANGE WHEN AND HOW IS WITH ALLAH – UMAR, HAMZAH, ETC

WHOEVER CALLS SOMEONE A KAFR AND HE IS NOT KAFR THEN ONE OF YOU IS A KAFR – EXTREME CAUTION RECOMMENDED IN ENGAGING IN SUCH CLASSIFICATIONS – BETTER TO ERR ON THE SIDE SOMEONE IS MUSLIM

EVERY SECT USES THE QURAN TO SUPPORT THEIR MADHAB – VERY IMPORTANT POINT

SO HOW KNOW RIGHTLY GUIDED – HISTORICALLY WENT TO MAJORITY OF SCHOLARS

THIS IS A TIME THAT BEWILDERS EVEN THE SCHOLARS – THIS IS DIFFICULT TESTING TIMES WE ARE IN – THE PLUM LINE OF SCHOLARS THE WILL REFUTE THE EXTREMISTS AND NULLIFIERS AND THE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE IGNORANT …?

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