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

DEC 27, 2007

SHAYKH 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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HOMOSEXUALS – TO SAY HOMOSEXUALS AND MUSLIM IS OK – BUT TO SAY IT IS PERMISSIBLE AND THEN MUSLIM – THIS IS NOT ALLOWED AND NOW OUTSIDE THE RELIGION – ONE OF THE SIGNS OF AKIRAH IS SAME SEX MARRIAGE – SIGNS FOR PEOPLE TO READ THE SIGNS – PEOPLE HAVE THOSE INCLINATIONS AND WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT

KUFR IS WORSE AND DON’T CUT OFF RELATIONS WITH HOMO BROTHER OR SISTER – NEED TO UNDERSTAND BUT TO GIVE GUIDANCE AND PRAY FOR THEM

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BOOK FROM SHAYKH HAMZAH – NAME AND EMAIL FOR BOOK COPY – RIS BOOTH SIGN UP

QUICK SUMMARIES OF THE LECTURES;

SEERAH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – SHOULD NOT WANT COMFORT ALL THE TIME – WE NEGATE AND FORGET SOME OF OUR HISTORICAL STRUGGLES –

IMAM ZIAD – MUSLIMS ARE BRICKS AND WE NEED EACH OTHER – NEED TO BUILD THAT WALL – MANY FORCES ARE ATTACKING THAT WALL – WE NEED TO STAY AND STICK TOGETHER – TOLERANCE – UNDERSTANDING – TO MAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE UMMAH – HISTORICAL FIGURE BOOKER T WASHINGTON – CAST DOWN YOUR BUCKET WHERE YOU ARE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) GRASS IS NOT GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE –

WE ARE HERE FOR A REASON PURPOSE – FAMILY NEEDS TO BE STRONG AND AS AN INSTITUTION HAS TO CONTINUE – ALCOHOL DRUGS FORNICATION ETC ALL NEED TO AVOID AND WORK AGAINST – THIS UMMAH HAS A HISTORICAL PURPOSE AND MISSION IN NORTH AMERICA – WE ARE HERE FOR A GRAND REASON – NOBODY CAN TAKE AWAY THAT AGENDA FROM US EXCEPT OURSELVES

USTADH YAHYA – HONOR TO TAKE PART – EMBARRASSED TO SIT WITH TEACHERS – SHOULD SIT WITH STUDENTS – WE NEED MORE OF THESE RETREATS – SITTING AT FOOTSTEPS OF SCHOLARS IS A LONG TRADITION OF LEARNING IN ISLAM AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE –

FATIHA SURAH – CONSIDERED THE DEEPER MEANINGS – ASK ALLAH TO ACCEPT OUR ENDEAVOUR AND HOPE PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM THIS RETREAT AND ITS KNOWLEDGE

IMAM HAMZAH – FIRST GRATITUDE TO RIS ORGANIZERS – FAUZAN AND OTHERS AND THIS GROUP – WE TEND TO FORGET THE BEHIND THE SCENES VOLUNTEERS DON’T GET RECOGNIZED – DOING JUST FOR DEEN AND IN IT JUST FOR SERVICE – WHEN REFLECT ON MUSLIMS IN DIFFICULT STATES – AMAZED BY OUR UMMAH POWER AND IS SO UNDER UTILIZED – ISLAM IS WAITING TO BURST FORTH – WORLD IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF ISLAM – THE PROZAC NATION – THE POOR ARE INCREASING IN NUMBERS – THE HELPLESSNESS OF OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS – THERE ARE DEMONS IN THIS PLANET AND THERE ARE AMONG HUMAN – DEMONS OF THE HUMAN FORM ARE REAL AND –

ISLAM HAS ENHANCED EVERY NATION IT HAS GONE TO – GAMBIA AND SENEGAL VS OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DON’T HAVE ISLAM – THE DIFF IS AMAZING – AFRICA CONSIDER 98% GOD IMP IN THEIR LIFE – THEY ARE CLOSER TO FITRA THAN WE ARE – SO WHO IS MORE SUCCESSFUL – HAVE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE IN CANADA TO BE LIVING HERE – HAVE TO TELL EVERYONE – TEAM SOLIDARITY OF HIJABI SOCCER GIRL – WE SHOULD SEND LETTERS OF THANKS TO THAT SCHOOL – WE NEED TO APPRECIATE – KAREN ARMSTRONG FOR DEFENDING OUR PROPHET WHEN WE NOT EVEN DO IT OURSELVES – TOO MANY FOOLS IN OUR RELIGION!

WHEN MEET GOOD PEOPLE HAVE TO BE APPRECIATE AND THANK THEM – STORY OF BRIDGE CROSSING IN PARK – PEOPLE ARE MOVED BY THESE LITTLE THINGS – TRUTH AND HONESTY IS THE MOST POWERFUL THING

WE ARE THE FIRST GENERATION OF MUSLIMS TO GIVE ISLAM SUCH A BAD NAME – TO HAVE MADE ISLAM UGLY

EUROPEAN PHOTOS OF THEM IN OTTOMAN GARB – OUT OF RESPECT AND OUT OF AWHH – GARDENS WERE INTRODUCED BY MUSLIMS – THE WHOLE IDEA OF PUBLIC PARKS – COLORS OF BENETTON HAS NOTHING ON THE COLORS OF ISLAM AND MUSLIMS – MAGELLAN DIED IN THE PHILIPPINES KILLED BY THE LOCAL CONVERTS THE MOORS INFLUENCE THEY KNEW WHY THEY WERE COMING AND THERE FOR RAPE AND PILLAGE

ENTER INTO THIS RELIGION GENTLY – HELP THE CONVERTS WITH THEIR JOURNEY – USE NETWORKING FROM THIS CONFERENCE – THE PINK SHIRTS INCIDENCE – HOW TO MAKE THIS PLACE A BETTER PLACE – HAVE TO OVERCOME THE EVIL – REPEL EVIL WITH WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL – THINK WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER YOUR CAPACITIES AND ABILITIES – YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD – ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING – HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT – THAT IS WHAT ISLAM HAS TO OFFER – WE HAVE SOLUTIONS TO ALL THE SOCIAL ILLS – BUT IF WE HAVE THE MEDICINE AND DON’T GIVE TO PEOPLE THAT IS A WRONG –

SAW THE GREATEST TRANSFORMERS IN HUMAN HISTORY – CHANGED IT FOR THE BETTER – NO QUESTION OR NOT EVEN DISPUTABLE – BUILT FOUNDATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS AND A RELIGION THAT THE LIKES OF WHICH WILL NEVER BE MATCHED –

DR. JACKSON – FEEL AS – DEAF PERSON IN A WEDDING PROCESSION – EGYPTIAN SAYING – SINCE CAME LATE TO THE PANEL –

POWER AND BEAUTY OF THIS RELIGION NEED TO REALIZE – THE WHOLE PANEL THAT EMBODY THE WHOLE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF ISLAM – SUBHAN ALLAH!

ADULT BEFORE HE KNEW ISLAM – CAN SPEAK PERSONALLY ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF ISLAM

EVERYTHING THAT EVER BELIEVED IN LIFE FOUND TONIGHT- IS CALLED ISLAM – STORY FROM NEW MEXICO RETREAT OF AMERICAN SCHOOL TEACHERS – HOW COME NEVER KNEW BEFORE?

DISEASES OF THE HEART WE NEED TO ACCEPT AND MAKE IT PART OF EVERYDAY STRUGGLE – NEED TO CLEAN UP THE JEALOUSLY THE GIBA THE STINGINESS AND THE ETC – THEN WE WILL SEE THE POWER OF ISLAM COME BACK IN OUR LIVES AND UMMAH

PRICELESS JEWELS OF WISDOM – RETREAT OF KNOWLEDGE REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT

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