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

DEC 24, 2007

USTADH ABDULLAH ALI – REPLACEMENT SPEAKER

SEERAH OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)

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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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HUMAN SOUL – THIRST AND HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE – SCHOLARS CAN UNLOCK THESE MYSTERIES – IF ALLAH WERE TO SEND AN ANGEL CANNOT DISOBEY ALLAH?

HUMANS SENT AS PROPHETS – THERE IS NO EXCUSE – SHOWS YOUR POTENTIAL – WHAT YOU CAN RISE TO – WHOEVER OBEYS SAW THRU LEARN

WE WILL TRY YOU WITH LOSS OF WEALTH, … THRU AFFLICTION – IF RETURN TO ALLAH THEN VERILY WE BELONG TO HIM – NEED TO RETURN TO HIM IN MIDST OF THESE TESTS

SEE GOOD IN THE TESTS AND TRIALS – ALLAH ONLY DOES THINGS FOR OUR GOOD – ENDURE WITH PATIENCE THEN IT IS GOOD FOR HIM – GOOD GRATITUDE

THRU AGE AND EXPERIENCE UNDERSTAND THIS MORE – LEARN THRU OBSERVATION

WITH HEART OPEN THEN ALLAH’S PLAN – KEEP ALLAH AND HE WILL KEEP YOU – YOU WILL FIND HIM IN FRONT OF YOU – WE WILL KNOW YOU WHEN THINGS ARE ROUGH – HOW IS GRATITUDE GIVEN?

PUT YOUR RELIANCE ON ALLAH –

AMINA HAD DREAM OF CHILD PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – LIGHT SHINING FROM HER BELLY REACHING THE STARS HEAVEN – CHILD TO HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AND SHOULD NAME HIM MUHAMMAD

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) BORN AND EYES WERE FIXED ON THE SKY – A SIGN OF FUTURE GREATNESS – DREAM INTERPRETED WAS A BIG THING – NOW WE CANNOT EVEN REMEMBERS OURS!

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) BEFORE BORN FATHER PASSED AWAY – IN SEARCH OF WET NURSE – HALIMA CHOSEN HER BREASTS FILLED UP WITH MILK – SEES SOMETHING AMAZING – NOW DONKEY BECOMES THE FASTEST ONE – PASTURES GROW AND ANIMALS BECOME HEALTHY – SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS CHILD – AMINA VISITED HIM PERIODICALLY – LEFT FOR 2 YEARS – HALIMA DOES NOT WANT TO PART WITH HIM – GROWN ATTACHED TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AND AMINA ALLOWS –

AT AGE 2 TO 5 CHEST IN OPENED UP BY TWO MEN – TAKE HIS HEART OUT – PLACE IN VESSEL OF ICE – PURIFY CHEST AND HEART WITH ZAM ZAM WATER- BROTHER WAS WITH HIM – TO SACRED TO EXPLAIN TO AMINA – HALIMA RELUCTANTLY EXPLAINS – DO YOU FEAR SOMETHING?

AMINA STEADFAST IN HER BELIEF OF HIS BRIGHT FUTURE – WAS NOT WORRIED – ALLAH WILL PROTECT – SIGNS OF ALLAH

FIRST TIME PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) BACK WITH AMINA – ONE YEAR LATER SHE DIES – ORPHAN NOW – GRANDFATHER TAKES OVER – HE DIES 2 YEARS LATER – UNCLE ABU TALIB TAKES OVER INTRODUCES TO PEOPLE AS HIS SON – CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

AT 12 AGE TAKEN ON CARAVAN TRIP WITH ABU TALIB TO LEVANT – ANNUAL TRIP – PASS BY A MONK BAHIRA HAS A WORSHIP HOUSE – THIS TIME BAHIRA SEES A CLOUD FOLLOWING THE CARAVAN – JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WERE WAITING FOR A NEW MESSENGER AT THIS TIME – THIS WAS A SIGN OF THE COMING PROPHET

BAHIRA INVITES CARAVAN – ASKS ABU TALIB WHO IS THIS BOY – SAYS THIS BOY IS AN ORPHAN – TELLS HIM OF THE COMING PROPHET – BEWARE – WARN AGAINST THE JEWS PROTECT FROM HIM – BAHIRA WAS CHRISTIAN – PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR KILLING THEIR PROPHETS – STUBBORN AND DISOBEDIENT PATTERN –

ABU TALIB NOT SURE WHAT TO DO – GOES BACK TO MECCA TO PROTECT SAW

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AL AMIN GOES UP AS THE TRUSTWORTHY – BUILDS HIS REPUTATION

AT 25 MEETS KHADIJA – SHE WAS PERSON OF TAWHEED – HAD CIRCLE OF STUDY – A HANIFA – HAS SOME KNOWLEGDE OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS – THEIR TRADITIONS

SHE COMES TO KNOW OF HIS CHARACTER – TESTS HIS TRUST WITH CARAVAN – SENT HER SERVANT WITH HIM MASARA – ALSO NOTICES THE CLOUD THAT GIVES PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) A SHADE – TRUSTWORTHINESS AND NO DECEIT – EARNS MORE WEALTH THAN ANY OTHER CARAVAN

KHADIJA 40 AT THIS TIME – MARRIED TWICE BEFORE – SHE IS IMPRESSED – PROPOSES MARRIAGE – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) CONSULTS ABU TALIB – HE AGREES – TWO SONS DIE – 4 DAUGHTERS

AT 35-40 PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) MORE INTROSPECTIVE – JIBRIL COMES TO HIS DREAMS – YOU ARE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)

BEFORE HIRA – ISOLATION RETREATS REPEATED FOR MEDITATION

AT 40 JIBRIL VISITS IN HIRA – IQRA READ SEQUENCE – SURAH ALAQ – SAW RUSHES HOME IN PETRIFIED STATE – CONFUSED TELLS KHAJIDA – FEVER LIKE – SHE CONSOLES OFFERS SUPPORT – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) FEARFUL OF HIMSELF JINN TOUCHED HIM BUT KHAJIDA REASSURES

NO MORE JIBRIL FOR 6 MONTHS – THEN APPEARS AGAIN AND TELLS HIM PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – THIS IS REAL AND FILLED ALL OF HORIZON – SQUEEZES HIM TO SAYS THIS IS REAL NOT DREAM – REALIZE YOUR MISSION – AGAIN TELLS KHAJIDA

ALLAH REVEALS HIS MISSION TO HIM – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) BEGINS TO CALL PEOPLE TO ALLAH – KEEPS COVERT AND CLOSE TO HIS CIRCLE – FIRST CONVERT REVERT KHADIJA – THEN ABU BAKAR SOME DISPUTE ON WHO CAME FIRST – SHE TAKES TO HER COUSIN A SCHOLAR WARAKA – HE IS THE KEEPER OF THE SECRET TELLS HIM – FORETELLS WILL BE DRIVEN OUT OF CITY

ALI WAS IN HOUSE – ZIAD WAS A SLAVE BOY A GIFT TO SAW FROM KHADIJA – ADOPTS HIM – ABU BAKAR BELIEVES HIM RIGHT AWAY – NO HESITATION NO MIRACLES NEEDED

ABU BAKAR CONVERTS HIS CIRCLE – FREE SLAVES THAT CONVERTED ALSO – BUYS LIKE BILAL – AFTER 3 YEARS PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) COMMANDED TO COME OUT WITH MESSAGE – 40 MUSLIMS TOTAL – 39 MEN + 1 WOMEN

MOST IGNORE HIS MESSAGE – 360 GODS BELIEVED IN – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ACCUSED OF BEING CRAZY- IDOL WORSHIP WAS DOMINANT CULTURE PRACTICE BELIEF

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) TOLD TO WARN NEAREST RELATIVES – CALLS FROM HIRA – WARNS OF DANGER CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING MESSAGE – ABU JAHAL ONE OF THEM – DISMISSES CALL

MOST REACT TO MOCK AND BELITTLE SAW – ONE GOD IDEA WAS TOTALLY FOREIGN – TOO FAR FROM OBVIOUS REALITY THEIR HISTORY AND PAST

WHY HAVE TO BE PATIENCE WITH PEOPLE – LESSON FOR US – REVOLUTIONARY AND DANGEROUS TO STATE ONE GOD MESSAGE – UP TURNING THEIR ENTIRE BELIEF WORLD VIEW – INSULT TO PATERNAL FOREFATHERS – CULTURE INSULT

THEY LAUGH AND WINK AT ONE ANOTHER – REVEALED IN QURAN – MOCKED – NOW IS 6TH YEAR OF MESSAGE – ATTACKS AGAINST THEM INCREASE – MORE HOSTILITY – SOME KILLED – BILAL TORTURED – PERSECUTION AND DEMONIZATION – SAW ACCUSED OF MAGIC – MORE DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT DISSUADE – SOME OLD PATTERN

THIS PATTERN OCCURS EVEN NOW – A TACTIC – TO DEMONIZE IRAN OR YOUR ENEMY IS A COMMON PRACTICE – IS A PRECURSOR TO LARGER IMPENDING ACTION –

TRY TO ISOLATE MUSLIMS – BANISH THEM FROM MECCA – FOR 3 YEARS – ESCALATION

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SENDS MISSION TO ABYSSINIA – JUST KING THERE TO SEEK REFUGE THERE

ABU TALIB DIES – LOSES PROTECTION IN MECCA – MONTH LATER KHADIJA DIES – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS CONTINUE – HARDSHIP

SAW DECIDES TO GO TAIF TO GAIN SUPPORT – HOPES – RUDE AND HARSH RECEPTION – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) STONED BY YOUNG OF CITY WITH HOOLIGANS – SLIGHTLY INJURED – ZAID PROTECTS PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) CONFESSES TO ALLAH HIS WEAKNESS – SEEKS STRENGTH – ASKS FOR REFUGE – AS LONG AS NOT ANGRY WITH ME I DON’T CARE – KNOWS TRIALS FROM ALLAH – WOULD BE NICE TO RECEIVE OTHER SIGNS TO EASE MISSION

BACK TO MECCA – STOPS TO PRAY UNDER TREE – PARTY OF JINN PASSING THRU – LISTEN TO HIS RECITATION RELATES TO THEIR OWN – WARNING THEM OF A NEW BOOK REVEALED AFTER MUSA – ALTHOUGH OUTER REALM NOT ACCEPTING YOU THE HIDDEN IS ACCEPTING YOU – HIDDEN MESSAGE THERE

AFTER RETURN TO MECCA HAVE ISRA AND MIRAJ – ASCENDS TO HEAVEN – CONVERSES WITH ALLAH AND HIS PROPHETS – NOW READY TO MEET MY TEST – PURE OF HEART – SEES GREATEST SIGNS OF ALLAH – NOW PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) REFRESHED NOW FEARLESS –

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