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

DEC 26, 2007

SHAYKH HAMZAH YUSUF

REFINEMENTS OF THE HEART

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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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TABARI COLLEGE – FIRST ISLAMIC SEMINARY ZAYTUNA PROJECT STARTING SOON – PRESERVATION OF KNOWLEDGE – ANOTHER ZAYTUNA IDEA AND EFFORT TO FURTHER TEACHINGS OF TRADITIONAL ISLAM

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE – ANOTHER THING ZAYTUNA IS DOING – ALLOW KNOW TO SPREAD ONLINE

8 WEEK INTENSIVE COURSE IN ARABIC IN THE SUMMER OF 2008 AS WELL – ONSITE IN ZAYTUNA

IN FATIHA – SOVEREIGN ON THE COMING OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT – AND POSSESSOR OF AFFAIRS ON THAT DAY – THE SOVEREIGN GREATER THAN THE KING OR MALIK…?

MULK VS MILK DIFF – ALLAH SAYS MULKU WHICH IS HIGHER AND FOR SOVEREIGNTY

THESE ARE SUBTLETIES OF THE LANGUAGES THAT REQUIRE DEEPER THOUGHT AND LEARNING

ADVERBIAL PLACE IN PLACE OF OBJECT – ON THAT DAY OF JUDGMENT…?

SAW KNEW HOW TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE – SPOKE TO PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN IDIOM AND LANGUAGE REGIONALISM – WAS ONE OF HIS GIFTS AND ATTRIBUTES – SPOKE ALSO PERSIAN, HABASHA,

VARIOUS MEANINGS FOR THAT DAY – DAY OF REWARD, OF NO POWER, OF NO INDEPENDENCE, OF JUSTICE, ETC

IF SAY WORSHIP ALLAH – CAN ALSO WORSHIP OTHER THINGS – IN ARABIC – THE SUBTLETY OF THE LANGUAGE – BUT WHEN SAY IYAH FIRST THEN – YOU ALONE DO WE WORSHIP – ALSO PUTTING ALLAH BEFORE YOU – AND IF SEEKING HELP ONLY SEEK HELP FROM ALLAH – ALLAH IS THE HEALER AND MEDICINE WILL WORK IF HE WANTS ONLY

WE SEEK YOUR HELP BUT ALSO IN ALL OUR AFFAIRS –

JABIRIA – NO FREE WILL AT ALL – ALLAH IS EVERY BEAT – HE IS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING – EVEN WHAT YOU DO IS ALSO FROM ALLAH? –

QADIRIA – ABSOLUTE FREE WILL BELIEVED IN

FREE WILL OR DETERMINED – BETWEEN THOSE TWO – SOME FREE WILL BUT SOME ELEMENTS OF NO CHOICE – DID NOT CHOSE YOUR PARENTS – SOME THINGS ARE DETERMINED FOR YOU –

HOW CAN THE BELIEVER ASK FOR GUIDANCE IF HE ALREADY HAS IT…- ALLAH CONTINUES HIS GUIDANCE SO WE DON’T GO ASTRAY

MOVING UP IN LIFE THERE IS NO END CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE – PRAYER LIKE BELTS ON MARTIAL ARTS SHOULD BE GETTER BETTER WHITE TO BLACK BELT – SHOULD BE HAVING A GREATER EFFECT ON YOU AS YOUR GROW UP

TAKES TIME TO PREPARE – WUDU DID BEFORE EVERY PRAYER SAHABAH DID AND ALSO SAW – WUDU IS PART OF IBADAH – PRESENCE IN WUDU REFLECTS YOUR PRESENCE IN PRAYER

DO TO YOUR CAPACITY – SOME CAN DO MORE AND SOME CANNOT – REALITY – SOME WILL ONLY DO BARE MIN AND SOME WILL AND CAN DO MORE – FARD TO NAFL

ARCHERY – HADITH TO LEARN – IF LEARN MARTIAL ARTS THEN STICK WITH IT – DON’T BE A DABBLER TRY AND LEAVE – IF LEARN TRY TO MASTER IT A SAW HADITH – MASTER OF ANYTHING IS A BLESSING…

FOCUS IN PRAYER – WE CAN LEARN TO CONTROL THOUGHTS – CAN EVEN LOWER PHYSIOLOGICAL TRAITS – HEART RATE ETC – STARTLE REFLEX HARD TO CONTROL BUT THEY EVEN CONTROL THAT SOME BUDDHISTS HINDUS MONKS – CAN ENTER A DEEPER STATE OF BEING OF PRESENCE –

IN GOSPEL JESUS FELL ON HIS HEAD AND PRAYED – SAJDAA TYPE OF

SUNNAH TO PRAISE BEFORE ASK SOMETHING – YOU ARE GREAT BUT CAN I HAVE $10 BUCKS – PROCEED DUA WITH PRAYER THEREFORE – MORE LIKELY TO ANSWER IF ASK IN A NICE WAY…

WORSHIP PROCEEDS THE ASKING FOR HELP – SEEK THE MEANS TO ALLAH BEFORE ASKING – WASILA

THE GREATEST WASILA IS PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – ESPECIALLY ON DAY OF JUDGMENT – WE WILL ALL GO TO HIM ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) TO INTERVENE INTERCEDE

DHIKR ALLAH

ILTIFAT – TO AWAKEN SOMEONE FROM SPIRITUAL SLUMBER – SPEAK IN 1ST PERSON SINGULAR AND THEN SWITCH TO 3RD PERSON ETC TO AROUSE AND AWAKEN THE READER TO DRAW INTO THE DISCOURSE – ARABIC

FATIHA HAS ALL THESE ELEMENTS

SIRAT IN ARABIC IS A PHYSICAL ROAD – PARABLE – GOOD OR FOUL PATH – THE LOST HIGHWAY.. FOR MY PAST SIN I HAVE PAID THE PRICE … ROLLING STONES

SISTER LETTERS IN ARABIC – WORDS THAT HAVE SAME MEANING – BECCA AND MECCA – RELATED

WHOM YOU ARE BLESSED – ALL PROPHETS ARE SIDDIQ – FROM SABR TO SHUKR MAKAMS ONCE MASTER ONE DON’T LOSE THE PREVIOUS

MARIAM WAS A PROPHET – SCHOLARS – IN LANG WOMEN ARE CONTAINED WITHIN –

DUA OF THE OPPRESSED IS VERY POWERFUL – BETTER TO MAKE DUA FOR SOMEONE RATHER THAN AGAINST

IF PEOPLE KNOW TRUTH AND THEN ALTER IT – JEWS – THOSE WILL BE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL INCUR THE WRATH OF ALLAH – DIFFERENCE FROM KNOW TRUTH AND THEN INADVERTENTLY CHANGE – NOT ALL JEWS ARE IN CONSPIRACY AGAINST MUSLIMS – IMPORTANT NOT TO GENERAL AND STEREO TYPE AN ENTIRE PEOPLE

FATIHA IS LIKE THE CONDENSED VERSION OF THE ENTIRE QURAN – AN ABRIDGED VERSION – DEEP IN MEANING

AMEEN SAY AT END BECAUSE FATIHA HAS DUA IN IT

FATIHA IS A UNIQUE GIFT TO SAW UMMAH ONLY GIVE TO NO ONE SELF –

7 TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THE QURAN – PEOPLE OF PRAISE, TRUST, FEAR, SINCERITY, TRUST, UPRIGHT, AND HIGHEST RANK

SECRET OF FATIHA THAT ONLY ALLAH KNOWS TRULY AND FULLY

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