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

DEC 25, 2007

10AM – 1ST LECTURE

USTADH YAHYA

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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 SPREADING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE. IF ANYONE DERIVES BENEFIT FROM IT, ALHAMDU’ILLAH.

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AL-HADI – HIS GUIDANCE SEEKING?

1ST BLESSING..?

2ND BLESSING..?

REALITY OF WHAT WE PROCESS – THRU OUR SENSES – THIRD BLESSING OUR INTELLECT

DUNYA IS AN ILLUSION – GOLD IS THE PERISHING LIKE MATERIALS OF DUNYA – THE HEREAFTER IS FOREVER – CREATES AN ILLUSION IN THE INDIVIDUAL – THAT WE WILL LIVE FOREVER – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) ENCOURAGES US TO REMEMBER DEATH – DESTROYER OF PLEASURE NEED TO REMEMBER

POSITIVE TO REMEMBER DEATH – REFLECT UPON – TO MAKE CHANGES –

TO PROCEED..?

4TH TYPE OF HIDAYAH – GUIDANCE OF RELIGION DEEN –

5TH GIFT – AFTER DEEN THEY INCREASE IN DEEN AND TAKE A PATH OF DEEN

EEH DEEN NUN SHIRAT …. THE MEANING

GUIDANCE ONE LEADS TO THE OTHER – INCUMBENT UPON US TO REFLECT AND PONDER AND TO ARRIVE BACK TO ALLAH – START TO FINISH ALLAH – CIRCULAR PROCESS OR STRAIGHT PATH? – HIDAYAH AL DEEN

GUIDE US TO THE STRAIGHT PATH – FIGURATIVE SENSE – ALL ARE ON PATH – STREETS ALSO HAVE SPIRITUAL PATHWAYS AS WELL – NEED DIRECTIONS AS WELL IN SPIRITUAL PATH AND JOURNEY – EVEN WITH MAPS FOR ROADS WE GET LOST IN SAME CITY

WHEN REACH DESTINATION WHAT TO DO? – BRIDGE OVER 3000K YEARS JOURNEY – TRAVERSE TO CROSS OVER TO GET INTO JANNAH – FINER THAN HAIR AND SHARPER THAN AN A SWORD – ALLAH WILL MAKE CROSSING EASY FOR THE RIGHTEOUS

DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN THIS LIFE AND THE CROSSING EASE

STRAIGHT PATH – OUTWARD IN FOLLOW SACRED LAWS – IN THE INWARD FOLLOW ALSO

SOME SCHOLARS SAY IT IS THE QURAN – THE SIRAT AL MUSTAQEEM = ISLAM

SOME SAY IT IS PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – HE WAS THE STRAIGHT PATH – THE EPITOME OF IT

THIS IS MY STRAIGHT PATH – ALLAH SAYS – AND DO NOT DEPART FROM THIS WAY…

MY RECITING WITH REFLECTION WILL REACH THE STATE OF ISLAM – WHY ASKING WHEN GIVEN – 5 BLESSINGS MAKE FIRM AND INCREASE IN ME – MOVE IN UP IN RANKS AND INCREASE IN ME YOUR KNOWLEDGE – OPENINGS

WHEN TURN TO THINKING – ALLAH WILL SEND TEST TO MAKE THINGS EASIER – LOGIC HAVE TO UNDERSTAND – BLESSING IN TRIALS – AGAINST HUMAN NATURE?

SIRAT AL LAZINA… – SUBSTITUTE FOR PREVIOUS SIRAT – RE EMPHASIZE THAT PATH THAT THIS THE PATH OF UP RIGHTNESS – PATH OF THOSE WHOM WE HAVE FAVORED BLESSED

GREATEST OF ALL CREATION ARE THE PROPHETS AND MESSENGERS – DIFFERENT RANKS AMONG THEM – ALSO AMONG THE ANGELS AND AMONG BELIEVERS – HIERARCHY FOR A REASON

HAS TO BE A HIERARCHY – ALLAH IS THE TOP ALLAHU AKBAR – IS THE GREATEST

RESPOND TO HIERARCHY – GIVE ALL IN RANKS THEIR RIGHTS – ALLAH, MOTHER, ETC. – WE HAVE MADE YOU A FITNA FOR SOME AMONGST OTHERS – POOR ARE A TRIBULATION FOR THE RICH AND VICE VERSA

THEY ARE TEACHING EACH OTHER LESSONS FROM THEIR STANDING IN THE HIERARCHY

HIERARCHY IN CREATION IS VERY CLEAR

OUTWARD AND INWARD FORMS OF WORSHIP – 700 TIMES BLESSINGS OR JUST GETTING 10 TIMES IS UP TO ALLAH – DIFFERENT LEVEL WHEN MOVE UP – STATE OF YOUR HEART WILL ALSO BE DIFFERENT

PURIFICATION AND FASTING AND ZAKAT AND FORCES US TO BE GOD CONSCIOUS

REMEMBER ALLAH A LOT – TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL – DHIKR IS REMEMBRANCE

BLESSINGS THAT WE EARN IN THIS WORLD AND FINALLY IN HEREAFTER – NONE OF YOUR ACTIONS WILL LEAD TO JANNAH WITHOUT ALLAH’S MERCY AND RAHMA – NOT ACTIONS ALONE

WHAT ARE THE ATTRIBUTES OF THESE TWO GROUPS? – WRATH OF ALLAH INCURRED – WRATH DIFFERENT FROM HUMAN BEINGS – ESSENCE OF GOOD CHARACTER THAT YOU CAN CONTROL THE WHISPERINGS OF THE SHAITAN – CAN RESTRAIN YOURSELF –

ANGER TO SUPPRESS THE SIGN OF A STRONG MAN NOT THE OPPOSITE – BOILING ANGER

WHO ARE THIS GROUP? – PEOPLE WHOM TRUTH HAS REACHED THEM – KNEW WHAT HAS RIGHT – FOLLOW THE ARABS THOSE LOWLY PEOPLE OF THAT TIMES – ALLAH WILL GIVE BLESSING TO THE LOWEST PEOPLE WHOM HE CHOOSES

THOSE THAT GO ASTRAY UNINTENTIONALLY –

THOSE THAT WE HAVE FAVORED – WHATEVER ILLS BEFALLS YOU IS FROM YOURSELF AND WHATEVER BLESSING IS FROM ALLAH – WHEN IN TRIBULATION TO BLAME ALLAH VERY EASY – BIG TEST TO HAVE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE –

SUMMARY

BISMILLAH – ALL CREATION SUSTAINED BY ALLAH – ALL PRAISE TO ALLAH THE LORD OF ALL WORLDS – MOST MERCIFUL = ALL THE BLESSINGS FROM ALLAH – MASTER OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT – FROM HOPE TO FEAR – BOTH EXTREMES COVERED – ONLY WORSHIP YOU AND ASK HIM TO GUIDE US – FAVOR THOSE ON THE STRAIGHT PATH

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