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

DEC 26, 2007

USTADH ABDULLAH ALI

CONTINUATION OF THE 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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WHEN YOU ENTER THE GARDEN – DO YOU THINK THAT YOU WILL ENTER IF WERE NOT TOUCHED WITH TRIBULATION…?

DESCRIBES THE STATE OF THE MUSLIMS – AS ENTERS NEW HOME FOR THEM IN MEDINA

FOUNDATIONS OF MEDINA – NEW MOSQUE – FRATERNITY BETWEEN BELIEVERS – PLEDGE FROM BELIEVERS OR OATH OF AQABA

BECAUSE THESE ARE BEGINNINGS OF A NEW NATION – FIRST SPIRITUAL NATION BEING CREATED – CHOSE 12 CHIEFTAINS FROM THE ANSAR EVEN BEFORE HIS ARRIVAL TO MEDINA – WHEN CHOSE FROM AMONGST THE PEOPLE SHOWS GREAT WISDOM – PREVENT CREATION OF DIVISIONS AND ANIMOSITY – NO OUTSIDERS OR FOREIGNERS COMING TO RULE OVER YOU

DECENTRALIZATION OF ADMINISTRATION FROM PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)

OATH WAS BETWEEN NON MUSLIMS AND MUSLIMS AS WELL – STRATEGIC ALLIANCE FOR MUTUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFIT – DID NOT DEMAND TAX FROM THEM – DISPUTE BETWEEN WOULD BE RESOLVED BY SAW ALONE – CALL SOME THE CONSTITUTION OF MEDINA – IMPLICIT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE IS THE SAW AND PROPHET OF ALLAH AND IS FAIR IS HIS DEALINGS

HYPOCRITES ALSO HAS TO DEAL WITH – IBN UBAID THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE MADE KING – HE IS UPSET WITH SAW – JEALOUSLY AND ENVY –

WAR IS EMINENT RESIDENTS OF MEDINA KNOW – COMPANIONS ARE BECAME SICK BECAUSE MEDINA CLIMATE IS DIFFERENT FROM MECCA – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ALSO GETS WORD OF CARAVAN FROM LEVANT LED BY ABU SUFIAN – BUT IN THIS STATE OF WAR TO PREVENT THEM GOING FORWARD THEN THIS IS NOT STEALING – YOU ARE STOPPING THEIR MEANS OF MAKING WAR UPON YOU

ABU SUFIAN LEARNS THAT SAW WAS TRYING TO INTERCEPT CARAVAN – NEW ARMY SENDING AGAINST THEM OF 1000 MEN WHICH BACK THEN WAS A GRAND ARMY – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ASKS HIS ARMY GROUP IF THEY SUPPORTED THIS – THE MUHAJIRS WERE SUPPORTIVE BUT SOME THERE JUST FOR BOOTY CONSULTATIVE APPROACH TO DECISION MAKING AND HOW BEST TO LEAD AND RULE OVER PEOPLE THE CONSULTATIVE SHURA – IN TOTAL 1000 PEOPLE MUSTERED…?

ALSO TOOK ADVICE ON OTHER ISSUES FROM THEM ON WAR PLANNING AND OTHER THINGS – EACH HAS SOMETHING TO INPUT AREA OF KNOWLEDGE – AT LEAST LISTENED TO THEIR VIEWS –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) WINS THE BATTLE – COMPANIONS START TO DISPUTE OVER BOOTY – THEY ASK HIM ABOUT THE SPOILS – SURAH INFAL THE SPOILS REVEALED FOR THIS REASON – TELL THEM IT BELONGS TO ALLAH AND PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – BECAUSE ARGUING ABOUT THE DUNYA AND FORGET WHO GAVE THEM THE VICTORY – SHORTSIGHTED

ONLY 14 PEOPLE KILLED IN BATTLE OF BADR – GREAT VICTORY FOR THE MUSLIMS – MEDINA IS VERY EXCITED – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) WHEN GETS BACK TO MEDINA JUST FINISHED BURYING HIS DAUGTHER RUKAIYAH – SO VICTORY AND LOSS AT THE SAME TIME

JEWISH TRIBE WARNED THEM WHAT HAPPENED TO QURAISH MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU MIGHT AS YOU AS WELL – THEY RESPOND AS BADR WAS NOTHING YOU REALLY NEED TO FEAR US INSTEAD

RESENTMENT IN PART OF JEWS FROM EVERY VICTORY FROM PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) –

AT THIS TIME WOMEN WORE NIQAB – ONE WOMEN SITS NEXT TO JEWISH GOLDSMITH – TELL HER TO TAKE NIQAB OFF – HARASS HER – JEW ATTACHES HEM OF DRESS TO HER NECK – MUSLIM SEES THIS KILLS THE JEW – JEWS KILL THE MAN IN TURN – BEGINNING OF FRICTION BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND JEWS IN THE CITY – THIS THE FIRST PART OF THE TREACHERY OF THE JEWS IN MEDINA

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ASKS THEM ALL TO LEAVE MEDINA AND CANNOT LIVE THERE ANY MORE – COULD HAVE EASILY KILLED ALL OF THEM – BUT LET TELL TAKE ALONG THEIR BELONGINGS AND GAVE THEM TIME TO LEAVE – WAS A PROTECTION FOR THEM – THEY INSTIGATED IT AND PREVENT FURTHER TREACHERY

IBN UBAID NOW HAS TO DEAL WITH – HE TRIES TO INTERCEDE ON BEHALF OF THE JEWS – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAYS NO THEY HAD TO LEAVE – THEY WENT TO SHAMS AND MOST DIED IN THAT AREA –

UHUD THE BATTLE AT – 300 VS 3000 FROM OTHER SIDE – ARCHERS TO GUARD FLANK AND NOT TO LEAVE THAT POST WHETHER LOOKS LIKE WINNING OR LOSING – MUSLIMS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE WINNING – 50 ARCHERS LEAVE THE POST SINCE THINK BATTLE IS OVER AND WILL TAKE SPOILS FOR THEMSELVES – HILLS LEFT BARE – KHALID IBN WALEED SEE OPENING AND FLANK MUSLIMS AND HIT AND KILL MOST OF THE ARCHERS – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IS INJURED IN THIS OUTCOME

DUNYA AGAIN DISTRACTED BY AND STILL HAD NOT LEARNED THEIR HISTORY – RIGHT INTENTIONS

UHUD IS A GREAT LOSS FOR MUSLIMS – DID NOT OBEY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AND HIS DREAM TO STAY AND FIGHT IN MEDINA – AND DID NOT OBEY HIS ORDERS TO KEEP THEIR POSITIONS –

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