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

DEC 25, 2007

USTADH ABDULLAH ALI

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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TESTAND TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

SAHABAH ENDURED MANY

AT AGE 40 ALLAH SENT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) JIBRIL IN AN AWAKENED STATE IN CAVE OF HIRA – GIVEN FIRST VERSE OF QURAN

HAMZAH PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S (PEACE BE UPON HIM) UNCLE ACCEPTED ISLAM BEFORE HIJRAH – SLAVE GIRL RELATED ABU JAHL INSULTED PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – HAMZAH WENT AND HIT HIM WITH WHIP – WARNING GAVE HIM

ONCE UMAR ACCEPTED ISLAM – NEPHEW OF ABU JAHL – GAVE SMALL GROUP OF MUSLIMS PROTECTION AND SECURITY – THEN MAKES SALAH IN KABAH THE FIRST GO THERE AND OPENLY PRAY – EVENTUALLY LED TO THE EMBARGO OF MUSLIMS FOR 3 YEARS

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SEARCHED FOR SAFE HAVEN – ABYSSINIA WAS RIGHT FOR SMALL GROUP – TAIF TRIED BUT THEY REJECT HIM – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) PRAYS TO ALLAH FOR GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH FOR WEAK AND OPPRESSED – IN WHOSE CUSTODY WILL YOU PLACE ME?

ISRA AND MIRAJ ONCE RETURNS TO MECCA – SIGNS GREATEST SIGNS – HELLFIRE AND JANNAH – MEETS OTHER MESSENGERS – WAS ALLAH’S WAY TO REASSURE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – THE UNSEEN WORLD HAS ACCEPTED YOU NOT TO WORRY OR DESPAIR – NOW YOU ARE READY FOR YOUR AUDIENCE WITH ALLAH – AN AMAZING TRIP MANY DON’T BELIEVE – EXCEPT ABU BAKAR FROM THEN CALLED AL SIDDIQ THE STEADFAST

PERVERSION IN SOME MUSLIMS HEARTS AGAINST OTHER MUSLIMS – MOCKERY – DEMONIZE AND STIGMATIZE – RATHER THAN TRY TO UNDERSTAND OTHER POINTS OF VIEW AND DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS – LEADS TO EXTREMES IN BEHAVIOR – ISOLATION, SECT

EVERY TIME PEOPLE ACCEPT ISLAM CAME AND GAVE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) BAYYA –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) APPOINTS 12 FROM 73 ANSAR? – MUQABA CHIEFS RESPONSIBLE FOR OWN THEIR CITIES AREAS

THIS EVENT IMPORTANT BECAUSE SHOWS DECENTRALIZATION OF HIS ADMINISTRATION – CHOSE PEOPLE OF THE ACTUAL LAND PEOPLE FROM THE AREA – GAVE THEM AUTONOMY TO DETERMINE BEST RULE IN THEIR AREAS – MICRO VS MACRO MANAGEMENT – CERTAIN WISDOM BEHIND THIS RULING

LEFT ALI IN MECCA IN CHARGE OF AFFAIRS THERE – GOES TO MEDINA WITH ABU BAKAR

STOPS IN QUBA BUILDS A MASJID THERE

ARRIVES IN MEDINA – LET CAMEL DECIDES WHERE MEDINA MASJID WILL BE BUILT –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) DOES 3 IMPORTANT THINGS;

1ST – BUILDS MASJID – IMPORTANT BECAUSE FOCAL POINT FOR COMM – WHERE PRAY MEET FOR CHARITY FOR LEGAL RULINGS

2ND – INTAKIHE? – PAIRS PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH FAMILIES LOCAL AND MUHAJIR – BUILDS FRATERNITY IN SOCIETY –

3RD – DRAWS UP A DOCUMENT – A CONSTITUTION OF SORTS – SOCIAL CONTRACT BETWEEN CHRISTIAN AND JEWS AND MUSLIMS – WE LIVE WITH YOU BUT WE ARE DISTINCT FROM

THESE MUSLIMS DESPITE DIFFERENT TRIBES ARE TO PAY RANSOM FOR ANY CAPTIVES – AND NOT TO ABANDON THOSE IN DEBT – ANYONE THAT SPREADS CORRUPTION BETWEEN BELIEVERS JUSTICE MUST BE DONE – JEWS WERE GIVEN AUTONOMY TO CERTAIN EXTENT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES – BUT ARE ONE NATION WITH THE BELIEVERS – JEWS ALSO GIVEN FREEDOM OF RELIGION TO PRACTICE – FORMED A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH THEM A SOCIAL CONTRACT FOR RELATIONS – SAFETY AND REFUGE IN MEDINA EXCEPT FOR THOSE THAT DO WRONG OR BREAK LAWS –

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