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

DEC 27, 2007

SHAYKH HAMZAH YUSUF

MAKAM OF TAQWA

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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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ROOT WORD IS PROTECTION MEANS – ALSO PREVENTATIVE – LIKE MEDICINE

WARM OF ALCOHOL OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFITS – ARTICLE THIS YEAR IN GLOBE AND MAIL THIS YEAR – CAN GET THOSE BENEFITS FROM OTHER SOURCES – TOTALLY ISLAMIC POINT – WRITTEN BY DOCTORS

PROMISCUITY AND LUST – HARMFUL FOR PEOPLE – WHEN THIS INCREASES IN SOCIETY ONE OF THE MAJOR SIGNS FOR ITS DECLINE – CHILDREN DO NOT OCCUR OR BORN IN PROBLEMATIC CIRCUMSTANCES – CHILDREN SMOOTH THINGS OUT – IE NEW MARRIAGE WHERE IN-LAWS DISAPPROVE –

WORSHIP YOUR LORD SO THAT YOU MIGHT ACHIEVE TAQWA – QURAN WAS REVEALED BEFORE GRAMMATICAL MARKS LIKE COMMAS AND PERIODS ETC – NONE OUTWARD BUT ARE HIDDEN AND UNDERSTOOD IN ARABIC

SECRET OF THE QURAN IS THESE LETTERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SURAHS – MEANING MYSTERIOUS

THEIR MEANING IS IN THEMSELVES AS LETTERS – BUILDING BLOCKS OF MEANING – BUILDING BLOCKS OF LANG – FIRST DIALECTIC THAT OF MEANING OR NO MEANING UNIVERSE

EVERYTHING HAS MEANING IN ISLAM – LEAVE FALLING HAS MEANING – HAVE TO READ THE CODE TO DECODE AND TO REFLECT AND THEN TO UNDERSTAND – LA ILLAHA …. THAT IS THE CODE – ONE POWER HOLDING ALL UNIVERSE TOGETHER –

TAQWA – 3 SECTIONS

15 VIRTUES FROM THE QURAN

1 – AL HUDA PIETY OR PIOUS – NOW SEEN AS SOMETHING HUMOROUS – PIETY COMES FROM DUTY TO ALLAH THE ROOT MEANING IN LATIN – RIGHT TO BE SAVED – SOMEONE DROWNING THEN HAVE A DUTY TO SAVE REGARDLESS OF IF MUSLIM

FILIAL PIETY – CONFUCIAN THOUGHT HONOR PARENTS – READING CONFUCIUS IS SIMILAR TO HADITHS IN CONTENT – FULFILLING YOUR DUTY –

SOCIAL CONTRACT LONG BEFORE ROUSSEAU – MUSLIMS HAD CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT – YOUR DUTY AND RIGHTS TOWARDS AND FROM GOVERNMENT

2 – KNOW OF ALLAH – ALLAH AIDS PEOPLE IN TAQWA – BURDA STORY IF RECITE LINE ABOUT LION THEN WILL MAKE LION GO AWAY –

3 – WALI IS THE PROTECTOR – DO NOT TAKE JEWS AND CHRISTIANS AS PROTECTORS – NOT AS FRIENDS WHICH IS THE WRONG TRANSLATION OF THE QURAN – WARNING US NOT TO TAKE THEM AS PROTECTORS OVER AND BEFORE MUSLIMS – WALI IS THE GOVERNOR – WALI PROTECTS THE BRIDE IN MARRIAGE – WHEN YOUNG AND WHEN OLDER DOES NOT NEED WALI ACCORDING TO HANAFI

ONE THAT HAS TAQWA – ALLAH WILL GIVE HIM A WAY OUT FROM HIS TROUBLES – PROVISION WILL COME TO FROM WHERE YOU WERE NOT EVEN EXPECTED – RISQE – DUA THAT I ASK FOR HAPPY SUPRISES AND TO AVOID BAD SURPRISES

ALSO FACILITATION IN AFFAIRS – MAKE THINGS EASY FOR US – SURELY WITH HARDSHIP IS EASE – ALWAYS MORE EASE THAN HARDSHIP –

WHOEVER HAS TAQWA OF ALLAH – REMOVE THE SINS AND MAGNIFY THE REWARD FOR GOOD DONE –

TAQWA HAS DEGREES – ITS A CONTINUUM OF TAQWA – OF SHIRK – OF MAJOR WRONG ACTION – OF SMALL ACTIONS – OF TO FEAR TOO MUCH OF THE PERMISSIBLE – MORE THAT YOU HAVE THE MORE ACCOUNTABLE THAT YOU HAVE – UNLESS HELPING OTHERS THEN HAVE MORE TO ACCOUNT FOR – WE ARE NOT HEEDLESS AND HEDONISTIC IN LIFE – JUST FOR PLEASURE – GET IT NOW – JUST ENJOY YOURSELF – JUST HAVE FUN

AS IF A STRANGER OF JUST PASSING THRU – GOING NOWHERE – WE ARE HERE TO DO THINGS – MESSAGE AND DUTY HAVE – MUST GET KNOW OF ALLAH THE ROOT

HADITH QUDSI – I WAS A HIDDEN TREASURE AND WISHED TO BE KNOWN… – HUMAN BEINGS IS INSAN IS THE PUPIL OF EYE

HUMAN BEINGS WAS THE IN ORDER FOR ALLAH TO CONTEMPLATE HIS OWN BEAUTY AND MAJESTY

CREATION IS A REFLECTION OF THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTE – PUPIL IS THE CONSCIOUS ELEMENT – THAT IS ABLE TO SEE – REVEALING HIMSELF TO HIMSELF – DEEP AND PROFOUND MEANING

EASY TO FORGET THIS – DUNYA IS LIKE A FALSE ENTERTAINMENT – VANITY FAIR SHUTS DOWN AND NO LONGER THERE – NICE DREAM LIKE HAVING – HAVE TO WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE…

ISLAAMA.ORG BOOK – DEATH AND BARZAKH – HYPERSPACE – GRAVE

SLEEP WAS THE SLEEP OF STILL CONSCIOUS – WE SLEEP DURING BOTH DURING THE NIGHT AND DAY

WANTS TO WRITE A BOOK – PROOFS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF ALLAH – THE HIGHWAY HALF OF THEM ARE SLEEP IN ANOTHER WORLD – HOW A 2 YEAR OLD GOES HARMING ITSELF – ANGELIC PROTECTION – SUNNAH OF ALLAH

4 – ..?

5 – BEGIN TO HAVE TAQWA OF CONSTANT STATE OF DHIKR – OPPOSITE OF CONSTANT STATE OF HEEDLESSNESS

MORAL PEOPLE TEND TO BE SEXUALLY MORAL AS WELL..?

SNOOZE BUTTON –

MODERN CORPORATE CEO MAKES SCROOGE LOOK SAINTLY – SAVE MONEY AT WHAT COST THOUGH – WAL-MART

OTTOMAN INTRODUCED PRINTING PRESS IN TURKEY – ULAMA PROHIBITED IT – BECAUSE THE SCRIBE UNION WOULD BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS – THEY HAD WHOLE FACTORIES OF PEOPLE WORKING ON THESE – THOUSANDS EMPLOYED IN THIS WORK – ALSO BECAUSE POUNDING ARABIC ON PAPER WAS WRONG – ARABIC IS HONORED LANGUAGE – ONE REASON WHY PEOPLE SAY OTTOMAN FELL BEHIND EUROPE DURING THAT TIME

JAPANESE GUNS WERE SUPERIOR TO EUROPEAN – IMMORAL WEAPON THOUGHT – SO AGAINST HONOR – COULD JUST TAKE GUN AND SHOOT AND KILL – NO SKILL OR MASTERY OR HONOR INVOLVED IN IT – COULD JUST A SAMURAI WITHOUT ANY EFFORT – SO OUTLAWED IT FOR FEW HUNDRED YEARS – CASE OF TECHNOLOGY OUTLAWED ! – SUBHAN ALLAH

SUCCESS NOT DEFINED BY MATERIAL SUCCESS – CAN HAVE SPIRITUAL SUCCESS AS WELL – CRAFTSMEN

THE MORE MY EGO IS PRESENT IN MAKING THE BOW THE BETTER THE BOW – IN JAPAN BOW MAKER – THE BEST MAKER IN JAPAN – ONLY MAKES THEM 3AM TO DAWN EVERY MORNING – MEDITATES BEFORE THE BAMBOO

ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE TAQWA – SIN HAS REPERCUSSIONS – NEGATE THE METAPHYSICAL OUTCOME OF SIN – WE BELIEVE IN NEGATIVE OUTCOMES OR CONSEQUENCES – SINS HAVE IMPACT – THE ENVIOUS GLANCE IS TRUE AND REAL – THE MALEVOLENT LOOK IS REAL – SEXUAL PROMS LEADS TO OTHER CONSEQUENCES – AIDS AND SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA – HARAM SEX IS DIFFERENT FROM HALAL SEX AT A METAPHYSICAL LEVEL

SEE WHAT POWER WORDS HAVE – CURSE OR SWEAR AT SOMEONE AND SEE THE REACTION – THE SAME WITH ALLAH DHIKR – LINCOLN SAID MAYBE CIVIL WAR WAS PUNISHMENT FOR SLAVERY – BACK THEN PEOPLE THOUGHT AT A DEEPER AND DIFF LEVELS

PALESTINE – GET CLOSE TO ALLAH – THE MORE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS – CHANCE TO GET CLOSER TO ALLAH

SHOULD HAVE FEAR OF WORLD REPERCUSSIONS OF WORLDLY SINS – MAKE TAUBA AND BELIEVE IT IS BEING ACCEPTED –

WORLDLY BENEFITS TO TAQWA –

FEAR OF A RECKONING IN NEXT LIFE AND NOW – WATCHFUL GAZE OF ALLAH – RAQEEB –

MODESTY IS THE OVERWHELMING NATURE OF THIS RELIGION – HAYAT BEFORE ALLAH –

SHUKR FOR BLESSINGS OF ALLAH – SERVANTS USE OF GIFTS TO SAY YOUR GRATITUDE FOR HIS BLESSING – CLOSED LOOP ARGUMENT AND REASONING AND CONCEPT

SAW SAID I AM THE MOST FEARING OF ALLAH – BECAUSE KNEW ALLAH BETTER THAN ANYONE –

QURAN NOT FOR PEOPLE TO BE MISERABLE – BEING HAPPY IS NOT A SIN – BUSHRA IS GOOD NEWS –

EVERY LOVER OBEYS THE ONE HE LOVES – IN EVERY CELL OF THE BODY –

FEARING DISOBEDIENCE

ZUHUD – DETACHMENT FROM THE WORLD – DON’T NEED THIS WORLD THINGS TO LIVE – A HIGHER STATE OF TAQWA – TRUST IN ALLAH AND NOT WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR HANDS OR POCKETS OR WALLET

REAL ZAHID IS WITH ALLAH – IF LOSES WEALTH HE DOES NOT CHANGE HIS CHARACTER OR CHANGE PERSON

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