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

DEC 25, 2007

IMAM HAMZAH YUSUF

QUESTIONS

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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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JEWS – FATHER CALLS THEM NEGATIVE – AS SON SHOULD DO WHAT – SOME GOOD JEWS IN THE QURAN – HAVE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN ONE JEW AND ALL JEWS THEIR DOINGS AND SAYINGS – HATRED THING TO JUST ALIENATE PEOPLE – HOW TO BRIDGE GAPS

A JEWISH LAWYER WORKING FOR FREE FOR 6 YEARS NOW DEFENDING THE MUSLIMS IN GUANTANAMO – WHAT GOING TO SAY TO HIM – DOING IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS AND FOR JUSTICE

THE RHETORIC WE HAVE ALLOWED INTO THE COMMUNITY IS VERY DANGEROUS

DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE AS GROUPS – INDIVIDUALS ARE DIFFERENT FROM GROUPS – BLANKET STATEMENTS OR STEREOTYPES ARE NO GOOD –

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS VS PUBLIC SCHOOLS – NOT GOOD TO SEND YOUNG CHILDREN TO NON MUSLIM TEACHERS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE EVERYTHING WHOLESALE – CANNOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG

NOT UNTIL 5TH GRADE – THEY ARE TOO IMPRESSIONABLE – AFTER 14 YEARS MORE ACCEPTABLE – COMPLETE MORAL DISINTEGRATION NOW GOING ON ESPECIALLY IN YOUTH WHAT THEY ARE EXPOSED TO NOW IS UNIMAGINABLE WITH INTERNET EVEN COMPARED TO A FEW DECADES AGO –

HIGH SCHOOLS ARE MORAL CESS POOLS NOW – DUAL IDENTITIES LEADS TO CONFLICTED AND TORTURED PERSONALITIES – HOW TO BALANCE – SCHIZOPHRENIA IS THE DEFINITION OF HAVING SPLIT PERSONALITIES – DANGEROUS SLIP SLIDE DOWNWARDS

INTEGRATION BUT NOT ASSIMILATION – CANNOT ACCEPT THAT IS AGAINST RELIGION – CONSUMERISM AND OTHER THINGS ABOUT MODERN SOCIETY SHOULD NOT BE EAGER TO TAKE ON THESE INFLUENCES

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