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

DEC 26, 2007

IMAM HAMZAH YUSUF

BASIS ON ALL ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE – 3 SCIENCE GRAMMAR RHETORIC AND REASONING

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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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SAW SOME SCHOLARS SAY IS MAKRUH – DON’T BE STINGY IN PRAISE OF THE PROPHET SAW

REVELATION THRU LANGUAGE – 2 TYPES OF LANGUAGE – ONE OF WORDS AND OTHER OF MEANINGS – LANGUAGE ALSO OF CREATION SEMIOTIC

1000 WAS A BIG NUMBER IN PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) TIMES – THEREFORE 1001 NIGHTS STORY THE PERSIAN FAMOUS FAIRY TALE STORY – 1 MILLION PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) KNEW ABOUT – BIG NUMBER FOR BACK THEN – SIGN OF THE TIMES –

LANGUAGE HAS ITS PEAKS – JAHILI POETS WERE THE BEST ARABIC – QURAN CAME AT THAT TIME – THE CROWN OF THE LANGUAGE ARABIC

SHAWWAL THE 6 DAYS FROM IF FAST AS IF FASTED THE WHOLE YEAR – THE MIN OF SHAWWAL IN ARABIC – MIN MEANS WHAT IS BEING REVEALED A RHETORIC DEVICE – ATE SOME OF THE BREAD NOT THE WHOLE BREAD – PARTITIVE MEANING ALSO

IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE – WHY IMAMS TOOK SO SERIOUSLY – SLANG IS VULGARIZATION OF LANGUAGE – SIGN OF LANGUAGES DEGRADATION – BY LANGUAGE THAT WE HUMAN BEINGS ARE EXALTED – DIFFERENTIATES US FROM ANIMALS –

BAH OF BISMILLAH – BASRA VS QUFA SCHOOLS OF LANGUAGE –

BASRA SAID BAH WAS RELATED TO NOUN OMITTED NOUN – I AM BEGINNING IN THE NAME OF ALLAH

QUFA – BAH IS VERB AND NOT SUBSTANTIVE – DIFFERENCE IS ABOUT STATES AND ACTION – SEMINAL DIFFERENCE WITH BASRA

METAPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS – CREATION ACTION OR SUBSTANTIVE – DOMINANT OPINION THAT IS WAS SUBSTANTIVE – ADAM WAS TAUGHT THE NOUNS FIRST BEFORE THE VERBS – HE WAS A BEING BEFORE ACTIONS – BE AND HE WAS – MY STATE IS IN THE NAME OF ALLAH VS. MY ACTION IS IN THE NAME OF ALLAH – DOING VS. BEING BISMILLAH

BISMILLAH DELAYED FOR 2 REASONS – ONLY IN THE NAME OF ALLAH –

LAM IS THE LAST LETTER – NAME IS FROM A SIGN VS …?

LANGUAGE GIVES MULTIPLE MEANINGS THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE – EXALTED

ALLAH IS THE NAME OF GOD – IS NOT GOD – JEWS NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THE NAME OF GOD – THE FOUR LETTERED WORD NOT ALLOWED TO BE UTTERED BY THEM – J..D

PASSION OF CHRIST MOVIE – ARAHEMIC LANGUAGE – LUH IS THE ARCHEMIC WAY TO SAY GOD OR ALLAH – CHRISTIAN ARABS CALL GOD ALLAH – ELOHIM IS THE HEBREW FOR ILLAH OR ALLAH OR GOD

ILLAH IS THE ONE THAT IS WORSHIPPED –

QILA ARE WEAKER OPINIONS…?

CANNOT GRASP INFINITY – BECAUSE OUR MINDS ARE FINITE – CANNOT COMPREHEND THE INFINITE WORLD IN ANY REAL SENSE – IT IS BEWILDERING THING – EVEN THIS WORLD WE CANNOT UNDERSTAND – THAT IS WHY ISLAM IS SUBMISSION – AN ACCEPTANCE OF THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE – SUBMISSION TO HUMILITY – SUBNAH ALLAH

TWO ATTRIBUTES OF MERCY RAHMA – RELATED BY SAW – MEANING IS IHSAN TO DO GOOD TO OTHERS AND ONE ANOTHER

COMPASSION MOVES YOU TO ACTION TO VS AND EMPATHY FEELS SOMEONE PAIN BUT DO NOTHING TO ALLEVIATE IT FOR THEM

ALLAH IS MERCY HIS DIVINE NATURE – PRESCRIBED RAHMA UPON HIMSELF – MANIFESTS IN CREATION – CREATION WHERE ALLAH REVEALS HIMSELF – THE ESSENCE IS NOT NECESSARY UNDERSTOOD BY ITS ATTRIBUTES – GLASS IS GLASS BUT NOT WHEN BROKEN IN PIECES IS NO LONGER THE SAME ITS FORM AND MEANING AND FUNCTIONALITY HAS CHANGED – ATTRIBUTES ARE NOT THE ESSENCE – AND DIFFERENT GLASSES HAVE DIFFERENT ATTRIBUTES

ALLAH HAS NO EQUAL AND THERE ARE NO ATTRIBUTES ARE LIKE ALLAH – REFLECT ON HIS CREATION BUT NOT ON HIM – KNOW ALLAH THROUGH TRANSCENDENCE THEREFORE NEED THE EMINENCE OF CREATION..?

MOTHER SUCKING CHILD – SAW SAID THIS WAS THE RAHMA OF ALLAH – MOTHER WOULD NEVER HARM – ALLAH IS EVEN MORE MERCIFUL THAN THAT

ONLY 1 DEGREE OF 100 DEGREES OF RAHMA HAVE COME TO THIS WORLD – 99 SAVED FOR THE HEREAFTER – FAR MORE MERCY ON EARTH THAN EVIL JUST HOW WE LOOK AT THINGS ARE PERSPECTIVE – DRIVING SLOWLY GIVING DRINK OPENING DOORS THESE ARE ACTS OF MERCY –

RAHIM IS THE MERCY OF THE AKIRAH – ALLAH WILL PULL CHARCOAL LIKE PEOPLE FROM HELL FIRE AND THROW THEM INTO RIVER OF LIFE AND THEY WILL BECOME AS NEW AND SAY IS ALL THIS FOR US AND ALLAH WILL SAY YES AND MORE BECAUSE FROM THIS DAY FORWARD I WILL NEVER BE ANGRY AGAIN ! – SUBHAN ALLAH

RAHMAN CALL PEOPLE AND CAN BE THEIR ATTRIBUTE – BUT SOMEONE CANNOT BE RAHIM

AL HAMD IS MORE GENERAL THAN GRATITUDE – BECAUSE WHEN RECOMPENSATE TO SOMEONE FOR THEIR ACTION – WHERE AS HAMD IS A MORE OF PRAISE AND THAT PRAISE GIVING IS GIVEN WHETHER YOU BENEFIT FROM IT OR NOT

SHUKR IS MORE GENERAL – CAN BE WITH THE TONGUE WITH HEART WITH LIMBS – DON’T BE HYPOCRITES –

121 NAMES OF ALLAH IN QURAN – DERIVED NAMES VS. …?

BLESSINGS – HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR – IF TRY TO BE THANKFUL JUST EVEN MORE THINK – EYELASHES OR WATERING OF THE EYE TO KEEP IT FREE OF DUST AND – ONLY TWO ORGANS THAT CLEAN THEMSELVES CONSTANTLY – ONE IS THE EYE AND THE OTHER IS THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN – EVEN TO BE GRATEFUL FOR ONE THOUGHT LIFE IS IMMENSE – IF TAKEN TO ACCOUNT FOR JUST YOUR EYES IS 500 YEARS – SO WITHOUT RAHMA OF ALLAH WE ARE NOTHING – BOUNTY FROM ALLAH

PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE MOST ARE SOMETIMES THE LEAST GRATEFUL OF ALL – THE POOR ARE SOMETIMES THE MOST GRATEFUL – IN MALI WITH NO FOOD BUT STILL AL HAMDUILLAH

WORLDLY BLESSINGS – CHILDREN WEALTH TRANSPORT VS . OTHER WORLDLY BLESSINGS – INFINITY OVER ZERO IS NOTHING – SO EVERYTHING WE DO FOR ALLAH IN COMPARISON IS NOTHING FOR HIM – 1ST GROUP THANK ALLAH FOR THEIR BLESSINGS AND 2ND GROUP THANK ALLAH FOR ALL BLESSINGS IN THE WORLD – TOTAL OPPOSITE OF THE ENVIOUS AND JEALOUS

WHEN HAVE GRATEFUL AND WHEN DON’T HAVE GRATEFUL SOMEONE ELSE HAS – THESE ARE THE BIG SOULS – SUBHAN ALLAH

GRATEFUL FOR BOTH BLESSINGS AND TRIBULATIONS BECAUSE ALL FROM ALLAH – LAYLA AND MAJUUN – EVEN WHEN SHE SAYS SHE HATES HIM YES BUT SHE SPOKE TO JUST HIM! – TRUE LOVE

IBN ADHAM – AFGHAN SCHOLAR – SAID IF TRUE DEVOTEES IF THINGS WITHHELD FROM THEM ARE PATIENCE – WE ARE NOT TO BE LIKE DOGS – WHEN GIVEN WAG TAILS AND WHEN NOT GIVEN JUST SIT THERE WAITING – IF ARE WITNESSING THE WITHHOLDER THAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PRACTICE OF WISDOM OF PATIENCE OF SABR OF GRATITUDE AND THANKFULNESS

SLAVES OF THE TEST AND TRIBULATIONS THAT IS WHY H/B ARE WEAK

SHAKIR VS SHUKR –

MEAT IS THE SAYAAD OF THE FOOD – TOO MUCH IS NOT GOOD – WEALTHY PEOPLE EAT TWICE A WEEK BACK THEN – DON’T MAKE YOUR STOMACH AN ANIMALS GRAVEYARD – THAT IS WHY WE GET TOO AGGRESSIVE OR LUSTFUL – EVERYDAY MEAT IS JUST GLUTTONY – ALL LOVE MEAT BUT NOT EVERYDAY – UMAR WARNED AGAINST BUYING AND PREVENTED PEOPLE BUYING MEAT FROM THE MARKET EVERYDAY – DON’T EAT FAST FOOD AT ALL – SO MANY HORMONES AND GROWTH ADDICTIVES ADD THERE

AL MALIK IS THE POSSESSOR – RABB IS THE ILLAH OF HUMANITY – AL ALA MEEN –

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