REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 6

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

DEC 27, 2007

DR. JACKSON

1ST LECTURE, 10AM

UBOODA – PLEASED WITH WHAT ALLAH DOES

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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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WOULD YOU BUY A SERVANT FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO SERVE YOU

NO SAME WITH ALLAH WE HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FOR SERVICE TO HIM

SECURITY THAT IS PERMANENT THAT COMES WITH RELS WITH ALLAH

HUMAN INSECURITY IS A MAJOR SELF NAFS PROBLEM

AMEENA VS AMANA

AL MUQMIN – IN SENSE NOT OF BELIEVER BUT IN SENSE OF ONE THAT BRINGS SECURITY IN YOUR LIVES

THINGS ARE WILL PROMOTE OUR SECURITY

HAVE TO COME TO ACCEPT OUR PLACE IN LIFE – WHETHER I AM TALL OR SHORT – POOR OR RICH – EDUCATED OR NOT

BUT CAN WE BRING OTHERS TO VIEW US WITH OUR FLAWS AS WELL

ENDOWED WITH ABILITY TO DO GOOD BUT IF WE CHOSE TO DO BAD THEN THAT IS OUR CHOICE

CAN CHOOSE BASKETBALL BUT DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE LIKE MIKE EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE SO

WHAT IS IN YOUR CAPACITIES AND CAPABILITIES – OR ENDOWMENTS – HOW TO USE THESE TO MODALITIES OF SERVICE THAT PLEASING TO ALLAH

CULTURE IN WHICH ONLY CERTAIN ENDOWMENTS ARE RECOGNIZED – DOCTORS OR ENGINEERS OR SCHOLARS AND OTHER THINGS ARE UNSEEN AS POOR OR LOOKED DOWN UPON – WRONG – FITNA – MARRIAGE

BE PRODUCERS OF PARAMETERS RATHER THAN CONSUMERS OF PARAMETERS – HAVE TO CAREFUL WHAT TO SAY TO NOT MISINTERPRET IN THE MEDIA – BUT DON’T SHY AWAY FROM BEING OUTSPOKEN AND RIGHTEOUS

SPARE TIME WE DO RECREATIONAL PARAMETERS DEFINED BY OTHERS – BOOKS, SPORTS, TV, MOVIES, ETC – WHO IS DESIGNED AND PRODUCING THESE PRODUCTS AND CONTENTS – ALL DONE BY NON-MUSLIMS

CONSUMERS OF CULTURAL ARTIFACTS THAT WE HAD NO ROLE OR INPUT IN DEFINING

PRODUCE THE MATERIALS – THE SPACE BETWEEN THE MASJID AND THE HOME AND THE WORKPLACE

THAT SOCIAL SPACE VALUE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND USE OUR ENDOWMENTS TO BETTER ISLAM

SCHOLARS HAVE THEIR ROLES AND BUT OTHER MEMBERS ALSO HAVE ROLES TO PLAY – WHO WILL FULFILL

CULTURAL CHALLENGE WITH IDENTITY – SELF DEFINED AND AUTHENTIC YET STILL RELEVANT IN WEST – NEED CULTURAL TALENT AND INGENUITY – COMEDIANS NOT FOR FATWA BUT SERVE OTHER COMMUNITY PURPOSE ROLE

WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE IN YOUR OWN CAPACITIES – YET STILL AT HOME IN THE WEST – NEEDS TO FIT

DOUBLE ID IN WEST PROBLEM – HAVE TO BALANCE – UBOODA PART OF – BE PLEASED WITH THE TALENTS ALLAH HAS GIVEN YOU AND USE THOSE TALENTS

WE ALL HAVE TALENTS – FIND AND USE IT – USE TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF ISLAM IN THE WEST

THE OTHER CHALLENGE IS THE POLITICAL CHALLENGE – NOT REALLY IN SENSE OF GUAN BAY LIKE – NOT IN THEORIES EITHER – FREEDOM AND EQUALITY CONCEPTS – LIBERAL DEMOCRACY ARGUMENT FROM LAST NIGHT THIS IS IN CONFLICT WITH ISLAM – WE CANNOT GIVE COMPLETE FREEDOM TO ALL GAYS AND TREE HUGGERS AND ETC

THEIR CANNOT BE MORALLY EQUAL TO ISLAM – SOME THINGS ARE TOTALLY CONTRADICTORY TO ISLAM – HOW GOING TO PROMOTE AND FURTHER THAT AGENDA

CANNOT TREAT ALL EQUALLY – TREE HUGGERS NOT EQUAL TO ALLAH – IF HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE THEN FIRST TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WILL BE MUSLIMS – THIS IS A CHAL AND NEED INGENUITY TO SOLVE

NEED POLITICAL PHILOSOPHERS AND THINKERS – ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF CO-EXISTENCE – THIS TALENT TO SOLVE IN PART OF THIS COMMUNITY UMMAH – NEED TO FIND THAT ENDOWMENT IN PERSON HAS

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND THAT TALENT – POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS YOU CAN MAKE NEED TO DRAWN OUT – HOLISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM – ALL UMMAH CANNOT BE DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS

NOTHING CAN INTO EXISTENCE WITH ALLAH – POWER – MUST REMEMBER HE IS THE ULTIMATE IN CHARGE – HAVE TO COME BACK TO SUBMISSION AND HUMILITY NOTION = ISLAM

FATALISM VS REALITY – BEST INTENTIONS SOMETIMES TURN OUR BAD THAT IS PART OF ALLAH’S PLAN AND HIS CONTROL – WE CANNOT CONTROL EVERYTHING IN EXISTENCE – IF DO THEN BECOME EXTREME IN OUR ACTIONS

CANNOT CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN COMPLETELY HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT – HAVE TO GUIDE, TEACH, AND THEN PRAY AND THEN HOPE THEY DO THE RIGHT ACTIONS – CANNOT CONTROL THEM – LEADS TO THE AQSA PARVEZ EXTREME EXAMPLE

BUT DON’T SIT BACK AND TAKE NO ACTION – HAVE TO TAKE ACTION AND EXPECT RESULTS – SOME PEOPLE CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS – CANNOT CONTROL EVERYTHING AND HAVE TO BE EXCEPT THAT – THAT IS REALITY

ULTIMATELY WE ARE IN CONTROL OF NOTHING – ALLAH

FORCING THINGS WILL NOT HELP

WHEN FORGET ALLAH IS THERE WE LOSE CONTROL OUR FOOTING AND FORGET HIS PRESENCE – THIS OUR WE MUST NOT PROCEED IN LIFE – WHEN FORGET HE IS IN CHARGE AND FORGET HIM THEN WE ARE LOST – WE ARE HIS SERVANTS – AND WHEN WE AWAKENS US WE ARE STARTLED

PERSON TO SEES HARM FROM OTHER H/B – ULTIMATELY WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT ALLAH – LIKE A DOG HIT BY BRICK AND GOES AND BITES THE BRICK AND NOT THE THROWER – STUPID – HAVE TO ASK WHY DID ALLAH GIVE HIM THAT POWER TO THROW THAT BRICK – WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO ALLAH

IS THAT WHAT YOU WERE MEANT TO DO – THROW BRICKS –

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – CONCEPT AGAIN

IBN ATA ALLAH – 3 POINTS –

1 MUST FOLLOW THE SAW’S EXAMPLE HIS SUNNAH – FOLLOW IN A MANNER IN A WAY THAT YOU ARE CONTENTMENT AND TO THE EXTENT OF YOUR ABILITY AND THAT WHICH YOU HAVE ON DUNYA –

ZUHUD – NOT COMPLETE AVOIDANCE OF DUNYA – BUT NOT MEANING THAT YOU TOTALLY REJECT ANY DUNYA – CONTROLLING YOUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS – SENSE OF REALISM – LEAVE THAT WHICH DOES NOT CONCERN YOU – MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS –

2 – TAUBA – PRAYERS – WHOEVER WANTS TO KNOW HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH HIS CONDITION WITH ALLAH LET HIM LOOK AT PRAYER WITH ALLAH – WHAT IS THE NATURE AND QUALITY OF THAT PRAYER –

MUSK MERCHANT STAY IN COMING OF THEN THAT SCENT WILL COME ONTO YOU INEVITABLE – SAME WITH SALAH – IN SALAH YOU ARE SITTING AND IN PRESENCE AND IN PRIVATE CONSERVATION WITH ALLAH – MINDFUL OF YOUR PRAYERS –

THEN KNOW YOU HAVE A DISEASE IN YOU – ARROGANCE, CONCEIT OR LACK OF ETIQUETTE WITH ALLAH – SHOULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON US

3 – WHOLLY SECULAR VIEW OF THE WORLD – AVOID – CAREFUL OF – SECULAR MEANING THAT THERE IS NOTHING BEYOND THIS WORLD AND THEREFORE BECOMING ONLY CONCERNED WITH WORLDLY ACTIONS – AND OF NO CONSEQUENCES IN THE HEREAFTER AND AFTER THIS LIFE – ALMANEEAH – ARABIC WORD – THIS WORLDLINESS

STRIVE TO BALANCE SECULAR AND HEREAFTER – DUNYA VS AKIRAH STRUGGLE – OUR POLITICAL CONSERVATIONS ARE ALL SECULAR AND WE NEED TO KEEP OUR PERSPECTIVES AND CONSERVATIONS MORE THAN SECULAR IT NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE HEREAFTER ALSO – AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE IF BECOMES THE ONLY OBSESSION – LIKE A PERSON WHO SEES A LION AND ABOUT TO EAT HIM TRIES TO ESCAPE FINDS AND ABOUT TO ESCAPE FLEA LANDS ON HIM AND BITES HIM STOPS TO DEAL WITH FLEA AND LIONS GETS HIM

GET AWAY FROM THE LION FIRST AND SECURE YOUR AFTER LIFE – DON’T ALLOW THE FLEA THE DUNYA TO OVERTAKE ALL YOUR CONCERNS – BE MINDFUL OF THE LION ALWAYS THE HEREAFTER AKIRAH – ALLAH IS WITH US TO – TRUST IN HIM AND ASK FOR HIS HELP GUIDANCE –

MOST BELOVED WAY TO TRUST AND OBEY ALLAH IS TO PLACE YOUR TRUST IN ALLAH – SUBHAN ALLAH

NONE OF THESE ARE OVERNIGHT – LIFE LONG STRUGGLE AND JOURNEY…

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REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 5

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

DEC 26, 2007

DR. JACKSON

QUESTIONS FROM YESTERDAY –

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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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RADIUS OF FRIENDS THAT ENCOURAGE TO GOOD – QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS – CAN BE SEEN EVEN IN LIFE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) AND QURAN – TOO MANY FRIENDS CAN BE PROBLEMATIC – WHEN INVITED FOR DINNER AFTER IT LEAVE AND DON’T JUST SIT AND MAKE IDLE CONVERSATIONS – HE HAS OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND HAS OTHER MATTERS THAT NEED HIS ATTENTION LINGERING…

WITHDRAW FROM SOCIETY – TO RETROSPECTIVE ON SELF – WE CAN WITHDRAW TO VIRTUAL SOCIAL CIRCLES IN WHICH THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS – ANONYMITY OF INTERNET GIVES PEOPLE A FALSE SENSE OF SELF – EXCESSIVE INTERNET AND TV AND CELL NEEDS TO BE AVOIDED –

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IBN ATA ALLAH BOOK –

IF ARE ABLE TO WAKE UP AND NOT WRONGED ANY SERVANTS AND COME BACK TO SLEEP THAT DAY WITHOUT WRONGING ANYONE THEN AND IF YOU HAVE NOT WRONGED YOURSELF THAT DAY AND THEN HAVE COMPLETE YOUR FELICITY FOR THAT DAY

IF WANT TO SEEK GOOD – NEED TO NOT HARM OTHER PEOPLE IN REGARD TO THEIR HONOR THEIR BACKGROUND OR LINEAGE – DO NOT MAKE DHUML AGAINST OTHERS

IF PEOPLE WERE FREE OF INJUSTICE FROM OTHERS AND THEY WOULD ALL GO FORTH SEEKING ALLAH – RATHER THE OPPOSITE – MORE LIKE BEING IN DEBT WITH SOME PEOPLE AND THEREFORE AVOID GOING THERE BECAUSE WILL ASK FOR THE LOAN MONEY –

MUSLIM SOCIAL PLACES NEED TO BE NURTURING SPACES – THE WOLF GETS THE STRAY SHEEP – NEED TO STOP HARMING AND ALIENATING PEOPLE IN THESE SOCIAL SPACES – AND THIS ONLY WE MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM ALONE HAVE TO RECTIFY AND CHANGE – HAVE TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THAT

DHUML TO OTHERS HAVE TO EXAMINE THAT WE DO TO OTHERS – INJUSTICE DONE TO OTHERS

WE MAY SEE OR DO THINGS TO OFFEND BROTHERS – NOT EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BAD IS INJUSTICE – HAVE TO BE CAREFUL TO AVOID CLASS EVERYTHING AS BEING WRONG OR HURT FEELINGS

WE NEED WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION – HOW WE APPROACH BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED TO WORK ON – WEBSITE INSECURE FOR EXAMPLE REACTIONS TO CHANGING OR ACTING ON

WE HAVE BECOME TO HYPERSENSITIVE TO EVEN HEAR AN OPPOSING VIEW – WE NEED TO TOLD RIGHT FROM WRONG – IF DOING WRONG THEN NEED TO BE RETOLD YOUR OBLIGATIONS BUT IN A BEAUTIFUL AND GENTLE MANNER

PROPHETS COME TO PEOPLE AND ARE REJECTED – THEY ARE TREATED IN A WICKED AND UNJUST WAY – MANY EXAMPLES IN THE QURAN

OTHERS HAVE RIGHTS UPON US – PARENTS, CHILDREN, WIFE, ETC.

WE BECOME ARROGANT AND IGNORE AND SOME WE EVEN KILL – AQSA PARVEZ EXAMPLE

LEGITIMATE PURSUITS AND PASSIONS – BUT BALANCE WITH OUR OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIES

SOME OF US TOO GOOD TO BE ADDRESSED BY ANYONE – ARROGANCE STRAIGHT UP W/O REALIZING –

YOU ARE LOST AND PEOPLE WHO REJECT THE TRUTH – SAID IN QURAN – WHO ARE JAHILOON – THOSE ARE BOTH IGNORANT AND UNJUST –

LEGITIMATE OBSERVATIONS AND CRITICISMS SOMETHING WE NEED TO ABLE TO HANDLE – NOT ALL CRITICISMS ARE WRONG – A DISEASE OF THE HEART – HOLDING PEOPLE IN CONTEMPT – DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT WE CAN BE WRONG ETC.

WE WANT HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID TO ONE COMPANION SHOULD NOT TO SEEK POLITICAL OFFICE – BECAUSE HE HAD A CERTAIN WEAKNESS IN YOU – ADVICE TO AVOID PUTTING IN POSITION THAT WE WILL HARM OTHERS AND HIMSELF ULTIMATELY

MEN OF KNOWLEDGE THREATENS PEOPLE – AND NATURAL HUMAN REACTION TO THROW UP DEFENSE MECHANISMS AND THEREFORE REACT AGAINST RATHER THAN FOR IN FAVOR – NOT IN ALL CASES SHOULD THE SCHOLARS BE THE ONES IN FRONT – IE ISNA OR RIS SPOKESPERSON

MOSQUES ARE NO LONGER ASYLUMS – TWO DIMENSIONS TO CHANGE – THOSE GIVEN OFFENSE AND THOSE TAKING OFFENSE NEED TO CHECK THEMSELVES – THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEM –

MY INABILITY TO CHANGE HYPER-SENSITIVITY IS A DISEASE OF THE HEART – THE NAFS AND EGO OUT OF CONTROL

NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE TO THIS NAFS REACTION

WE NEED SOCIAL STANDARDS TO HOLD EACH OTHER TO

WOMAN CAME TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) FOR ADVICE ON MARRIAGE – HAD TWO PROPOSALS – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID ONE WAS A TRAVELLING ALWAYS AND THE OTHER WAS UNEMPLOYED – SO SPOKE ABOUT THEM BEHIND THEIR BACK BUT IN A GOOD WAY AND GAVE HER GOOD ADVICE – NO INJUSTICE DONE HERE

ACT OR DEED IS DIFFERENT FROM CHARACTER TRAIT – GAVE $100 GENEROUS ACT NOW VS . YOUR CHARACTER – FALL OFF THE WAGON AND THEN GET BACK UP – WE NEED TO HIDE EACH OTHERS CHARACTERS FAULTS AND TRAITS – ONE INDISCRETION IN THE PAST IN NOT MY ENTIRE CHAR TRAIT

TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON MOSQUES NOW – NEED ALTERNATIVE AND SUPPLEMENTARY ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIAL PLACES – WE ARE IN COMPETITION WITH WHERE YOUTH ARE GOING

STOP WRITING PEOPLE OFF FOR ONE INDISCRETION – WE ARE EVOLVING – AND SEEKING TO IMPROVE OURSELVES – GIVE ALL A CHANCE

ONE COMPANION WROTE A LETTER TO ENEMIES TELLING OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) PLAN – WHEN PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) FINDS OUT AND CONFRONTS THE COMP – HE ADMITS TRYING TO BUY POLITICAL CAPITAL – ACT OF TREASON – WE DON’T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE’S SITUATION THEIR LIVES – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) LOOKED DEEPER AND UNDERSTOOD

COMPANION WAS FROM MECCA ONE OF THE ORIGINALS AND FOUGHT IN BADR – SOME COMPANIONS WANTED TO KILL HIM – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) SAID NO TO PUNISHING HIM – THIS IS ONE INDISCRETION CANNOT WRITE OFF FOR JUST ONE FAULT OR MISTAKE

IBN ATA ALLAH – WARNS OF THE TRAP OF POTENTIALLY FALSE PIETY – NOTHING UGLIER THAN FOR SOLIDER THAN TO BE A COWARD – GRAMMARIAN MAKING MISTAKES IN SPEECH – NOTHING WORSE THAN USING PIETY FOR DUNYA’S GAIN AND TO BE SEEN IN FAVORABLE LIGHT BY OTHERS

THESE LITTLE SHIRKS MINOR SHIRKS SNEAKING THEIR WAY IN – CONSTANT VIGILANCE AGAINST

SO SUBTLE THAT IS LIKE A BLACK ANT ON A BLACK ROCK ON A BLACK NIGHT! – SUBHAN ALLAH

NEED TO MAKE OUR INTENTIONS PURE – CONSTANT RENEWAL TO PURFIY OUR HEARTS AND ACTS

EMERALD SPOON TO SCOOP UP CRAP – WHY WOULD DO THAT

USE DEEN TO SCOOP UP DUNYA – EQUIVALENT

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACE OF OUR LIVES – ARE DIFF – DON’T BE HYPOCRITES – OUR DISEASES NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT – ASK ALLAH TO CURE THESE DISEASES AND ELEVATE IN HIS ESTEEM NOT IN THE ESTEEM OF JUST OTHER MEN

SCHOLARS HAVE THE PRESSURE OF BOTH COMMUNITIES – LOTS OF PRESSURE ON THEM – THEIR GAME NEEDS TO BE ON ALL THE TIME – CAN NEVER HAVE AN OFF DAY OR HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS

ADVICE TO AND RESPONSIBILITY OF SCHOLARS – PERSON WITH KNOW AND WHO DOES NOT ACT IN ACCORDANCE – IS LIKE A CANDLE THAT LIGHTS THE WAY FOR OTHERS BY BURNING ITSELF OUT! – SUBHAN ALLAH

ONE WHO LEARNS RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE AND DOES NOT LIGHT THE WAY FOR OTHERS IS OF NO VALUE – ONLY DID IT FOR DUNYA AND THAT IS OF FLEETING VALUE AND IN THE HEREAFTER OF NO VALUE –

IF GET SOME SOMETHING UNCLEAN ON YOU – POINT IS THAT ANYONE THAT GETS IT WILL WASH IT OFF – ALL WILL DO – DISEASES OF THE HEART DON’T WORK LIKE THAT – WASHING FOR ONE IS THE NOT THE SAME FOR ALL

WHY SUFIS SAID GET A SHAIKH THAT CAN UNDERSTAND AND GIVE PERSONAL ADVICE ON YOUR DISEASE – THIS WAS THE ADVICE TO TRADITIONAL SUFI SCHOOLS – DR. JACKSON NOT ADVOCATING JUST INFORMING

MEDICINE CABINET HAS MEDICINE BUT HAVE IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR DISEASE THAN WHAT WILL YOU TAKE – AND THEN WE WONDER WHY OUR DISEASE NOT BEING CURED – A USER ERROR IN TECHNICAL TERMS! 🙂

STAY UP ALL NIGHT STUDYING – SOUL JUST FEELS SO GOOD – AND THEN TOLD TO PRAY 2 RAKAHS – BECOME SO HARD – NAFS GET IN THE WAY – BECAUSE PRAYER IS BETWEEN YOU AND ALLAH –

PUMPING UP THE PASSIONS TO A POINT WHERE THEY OVERTAKE THE CONSCIOUS – THAT IS THE BALANCE WE NEED TO REACH AND WATCH FOR – NAFS SPIRITUAL HYGIENE IDEA ONCE AGAIN – VERY POWERFUL CONCEPT!

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 4

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

DEC 25, 2007

DR. JACKSON

REFLECTIONS ON TAJ AL-ARUS

QUESTIONS FROM LAST NIGHT…

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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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ADAM AND EVE STORY – CHRISTIAN TRADITION OF PARABLE – DIVINE CREATION VS EVOLUTION – QURAN IS NOT A BOOK OF SCIENCE – BOOK OF GUIDANCE AND PRODUCE TRANSFORMATIONS IN HUMAN BEINGS – TAKE HEEDLESSNESS AND MOVE TO BACK TO REASON FOR CREATION THEIR NATURAL ISLAMIC STATE OF BEING

COMPETITION IN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY – ELECTRICITY HAS 17 OTHER THEORIES OTHER THAN BEN FRANKLIN –

CREATION AS A CREATED ENTITY BY A CREATOR IS FUNDAMENTAL TO ISLAM

LITERAL THE STORIES OF THE QURAN – TO YOU THE SUN RISING FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE BUT IN REALITY IT IS STATIONARY – ALLAH TALKING TO US FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE – SO IN THAT SENSE TRUE – HOWEVER FROM SCIENTIFIC VIEW IT IS NOT LITERALLY TRUE

MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FROM WHICH QURAN CAN BE LOOKED AT THEREFORE TO LOOK AT JUST BASED ON OUR PERSONAL WHIMS IS NOT ENOUGH AND IS CAN BE ERRONEOUS

CANNOT TAKE THINGS IN ONE PERSPECTIVE TO BE ABSOLUTE TRUTHS – LITERAL VS FIGURATIVE TRUTHS – KEEP IN MIND TO AVOID CONFLICTS

WHETHER ADAM EVE LITERAL NOT RELEVANT TO OUR TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY THAT NEED TO ENGAGE IN –

SCIENTIFIC PROOF MISTAKE FOR SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE – DOES HONEY TASTE SWEET CAN YOU PROVE SCIENTIFICALLY – JUST HAVE TO TASTE TO KNOW – EMPEPIRICAL EVIDENCE

DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF MYSTERY – BELIEVE IN THE UNSEEN AND UNKNOWN – IBN TAHMIA SAYS ALLAH ALWAYS EXIST SO HOW TO ASK IF CREATED OR WHEN BEGAN – BEYOND OUR ABILITY USING LINEAR REASON TO EXPLAIN OR UNDERSTAND PRE-ETERNITY – TIME BEFORE TIME SPACE – WE CANNOT FULLY GRASP SOME CONCEPTS – THINGS BEYOND REASON + WORDS

CHESS MASTER EXAMPLE – REASON FOR THE WINNING MOVE – DON’T KNOW WHY MADE BUT KNEW THAT WAS THE RIGHT MOVE – INNATE KNOWLEDGE – RELIGION HAS THIS UNKNOWN AND MYSTERY – CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING

SIGNIFICANCE OF TAJ AL-ARUS NAME – CROWN OF THE BRIDE – DENOTES BEAUTY AND DRAW US TO A CERTAIN STATE OF MIND – ESTHETICS APPEALS TO OUR A RATIONAL VS IRRATIONAL SENSE – A RATIONAL IS BEYOND REASON LIKE WHEN EXPLAIN LOVE – HOW EXPLAIN SCIENTIFICALLY

WHY LOVE WIFE – BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL KIND ETC SO OTHERS ALSO SAME BUT WHY LOVE HOW LOVE – A RATIONAL EXPLANATION NO SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION FOR

HUMAN RELATIONS – THE COMPANY THAT WE KEEP IS THE JUDGMENTS OF YOUR CHARACTER – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) HUMAN BEINGS RESURRECTED IN RELIGIOSITY OF HIS CLOSEST CONFIDANTS

CHOOSE GOOD SPOUSE – ARUS – HIJABI IN BROWN

CHILDREN AND FAMILY AND WEALTH WILL ALL LEAVE YOU – YOUR DEEDS WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU AND WILL GO WITH AND BE WITH YOU ON DAY OF JUDGMENT – BECOME FRIENDS WITH YOUR DEEDS IT WILL ENTER YOUR GRAVE WITH YOU – BECOME AWARE OF YOUR ACTIONS

THE COMPANY THAT WE KEEP – FRIENDS – SOMEONE THAT WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY TO ALLAH – WILL NOT FIND MANY THAT WILL DO THAT FOR YOU – THEN GRAB ON TO THEM
HE WILL POINT OUT TO YOU YOUR FAULTS AND FLAWS TO IMPROVE YOU – DONE IN YOUR INTEREST

EASY TO POINT OUR PHYSICAL FLAWS – HOW MANY WILL POINT OUT THE INWARD FLAWS AND PUT YOU BACK IN THE RIGHT PATH – DIFFICULT THING TO DO – POINTING OUT FLAWS TO PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE NOT THOSE THAT ARE YOUR ENEMIES IS THE HARDEST THING

OVERLY CONCERNED WITH PHYSICAL APPEARANCES – AND NO HEED GIVEN TO CONDITION OF OUR HEARTS – LIKE THAT OF A LEAPER IN FINE CLOTHING – AN ANALOGY

WHY CONCERN WITH ASPECTS OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL SEE AND SAY – WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEART WHICH IS THE ONLY THING ALLAH IS CONCERNED WITH – ALLAH LOOKS AND JUDGES US ON THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEARTS – DAY OF JUDGMENT

4 THINGS THAT WILL HELP TO CLEAN HEART

1ST REMEMBER AND MENTION ALLAH OFTEN THE DHIKR OF ALLAH – REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBRANCE – SIMPLY JUST FORGET AT TIMES – IT IS LIKE ITS BEEN REMOVED FROM OUR MINDS AND HEARTS – GENTLE REMINDERS

2ND SILENCE – JUST REMAIN SILENT AT TIMES – LEARN HOW TO SHUT UP – GOOD ADVICE TO NEWLY WEDS – ONCE WORDS OUT THERE CANNOT TAKE BACK DAMAGE IS DONE – JUST SHUT UP! LIKE NIKE JUST DO IT – SPEAK GOOD OR BE QUIET – DANGERS OF THE TONGUE

SPEECH – OUR TONGUES – IN THIS TIMES OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY – WHAT IS BETWEEN THIGHS AND WHAT BETWEEN TONGUES IF WE CAN CONTROL AND WILL GUARANTEE JANNAH SAW – CONTROL IT BE SILENT –

3RD KALWA – TIME ALONE – MEDITATION – BE WITH YOURSELF BY YOURSELF – NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SOCIAL – SOCIAL SETTINGS BLINDS US TO OWN REALITY – SOME FIND IT VERY HARD TO BE BY THEMSELVES NEED TO BE AROUND OTHERS – SELF AFFIRMATION

NEED TO WITHDRAW FROM SOCIETY TO EXAMINE RELATIONSHIP TO ALLAH – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) WENT TO HIRA

4TH LIMITING FOOD AND DRINK – ANOTHER LEVEL OF SELF CONTROL – DIET OF 1/3 EMPTY – VERY RELEVANT IN OUR TIMES OF 20-30% OBESITY – DIABETES – FAST AS A MEANS OF ALLAH CONSCIOUSNESS TO INCREASE –

RAMADAN IN AUGUST WHEN DR. JACKSON BECAME MUSLIM AT AGE 21 – THAT IS WHEN BECAME A MAN – MAGHRIB AT 9PM – WHAT IF THAT WATER AND FOOD IS NOT THERE ANY MORE – RATIONING WATER HADITH – WE BECOME MORE AWARE AND GRATEFUL OF OUR NEEDS AND WEAKNESSES AND OUR DEPENDENCE ON ALLAH

FREE SLAVERY DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS – FREE BUT STILL SLAVE – HAVING SO MANY FRIENDS – FACEBOOK – CAN SPEND ENTIRE LIFE LIVING IN THEIR COMPANY AND PRAISE AND THEIR HABITS AND SHORTCOMINGS

NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOURSELF – DEMANDS OF SOCIETY ARE INTENSE – NEED A TIME OUT FOR OURSELVES WITH OURSELVES

I CANNOT KNOW EVEN BY MYSELF THAT ARE SMART – ONLY WITH OUTSIDE WITH OTHERS AND IN SOCIAL SETTINGS AND INSTITUTIONS TO GET THAT AFFIRMATION – LIKE INDIAN MATHEMATICIAN THAT DISCOVERED THEORIES IN ISOLATION – ONLY WHEN DISCOVERED BY OUTSIDE PROFESSOR THAT BRILLIANCE BECAME APPARENT –

NEED OTHERS TO CONFIRM WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OURSELVES – IE WHY PARENTS ARE SO IMPORTANT – THEIR SELF ESTEEM CRITICAL AND DEPENDANT ON WHAT THEIR PARENTS SAY AND TOLD THEM IN CHILDHOOD – BE ARTICULATE – WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID VERY NEGATIVE EFFECTS HAS

ALLAH NEEDS NO CONFIRMATION OF HIS QUALITIES – SELF CONTAINED – FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE WITH HUMAN BEINGS – OUR SELF PERCEPTION CHANGES OVER TIME AND WITH EVENTS – IE 911 DAY AFTER – HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT OURSELVES

AFRAID OF REJECTION – SOCIAL CONDITIONING – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN ADVERTISING
OUR WEAKNESSES ARE EXPLOITED FOR PROFIT – IN A SENSE WORSE THAN MURDER – LIKE KILLING YOU YOUR SLOWLY – AFFECTING THE CORE OF YOU FOR THE WORST FITNA

MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO SEEK VALIDATION RATHER THAN SUBSTANCE OF OUR LIFES – WANT HIGH ESTEEM – FORTUNE AND FAME SEEK – IBN ATA ALLAH SAYS PERSON THAT IS LOST NOT ONLY PHYSICAL BUT ALSO FROM PATH OF ALLAH AND HOW TO GET BACK ON PATH

SEEKING SOCIAL RECOGNITION – ESTEEM – BUT NOT SEEKING FROM ALLAH – HE WILL NOT ELEVATE YOU UNLESS YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF – OPPOSITE OF FORTUNE AND FAME

IF LOSE DIRECTION FASTER YOUR DRIVE AND TURN THE MORE LOST YOU WILL BECOME

CAN GO EAST FOREVER AND NEVER GET NORTH

HAVE TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND COME BACK TO ORIGIN – THE SOURCE – NOOR AL BAIN..? A LIGHT THAT PROCEEDS AS THEY PROCEED – SELF LIT PATH! –

NO MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR OUR SCHOLARS AND TEACHERS BUT THEIR TEACHINGS STILL RELEVANT – THAT IS THE EZZ – BLESSINGS OF THEIR TEACHING – NO BILLBOARD NO COPYRIGHTS NO FOUNDATIONS NO ETC

IF SEEKING REAL EZZ – THAT IS ALL IN CONTROL OF ALLAH – IF HE LOVES US THEN WE ARE ESTEEMED – DESPITE OURSELVES –

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)FASTED CONSISTENTLY – MAN OF FEW WORDS – PURIFIED THE HEART – NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF HUMAN BEINGS OUR CREATION AND OUR CREATOR AND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 3

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

DEC 24, 2007

DR. JACKSON

OUR PASSIONS… AND TAJ AL-ARUS DISCUSSION – CONTINUED…

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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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SUBJECT IS NOT LINEAR – ARE SERIOUS OF STATEMENTS – THOUGHTS – SO STRUCTURE MAY APPEAR RANDOM OR RAMBLINGS –

HUMILITY AND ARROGANCE – A MAJOR DISEASE – MAIN REASON FOR IBLIS’ DECISION WAS BASED ON ARROGANCE – THIS AFFECTS GREATLY ALLAH’S GUIDANCE AND MERCY – UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH OR RECOGNIZE TRUTH – READ INTO THINGS WHAT WE WANT

WHEN READ QURAN – TO HAVE QUIET THE PASSIONS – OTHERWISE GET NOTHING OUT OF IT – IBN ATA ALLAH IS BIG ON ISSUE OR DHUML OR INJUSTICE – WHEN WOUND OTHERS ESPECIALLY ON RELIGION – NOTHING WILL REPEL PROVISIONS FROM ALLAH LIKE ARROGANCE

WHEN IT RAINS IT SETTLE INTO VALLEYS – WHEN PROVISIONS COME – THEY COME AND SETTLE IN THE HEARTS OF THE HUMBLE – QURAN WILL INCREASE FOR SOME PEOPLES REJECTION OF THE TRUTH – BECAUSE THEY WANT TO USE FOR THEIR PURPOSES THEIR TRUTHS

WHAT I MEAN BY ARROGANCE IS REJECTION OF THE TRUTH – CONTEMPT FOR OTHERS – JAHILI POET NARRATED HOW POOR PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN SOCIETY – LET ME GO AND STRIVE FOR MONEY THEY GET NO LOVE EVEN HIS RELATIVES HIS CHILDREN WILL ASK FROM HIM IT WILL BREAK HIS BACK –

NO RIGHT TO SAY YOU POOR – TOO BAD – THEY HAVE VERY FEW SINS THE RICH SOCIETIES PERCEPTION – NOT HELD TO SAME STANDARD AS THE POOR PERSON – EVEN IF FATIMA STEALS THEN SHE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE – WILL EXACT JUSTICE

ALL GUIDED BY BOUNTY OF ALLAH – PEOPLE CAME TO SEE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IN MEDINA BUT COULD NOT DISTINGUISH HIM FROM OTHERS – WAS SO HUMBLE – SUNNAH

WHEN WEALTHY THEN IMPORTANT ARE NOT ARROGANT – A DUTY

IF WANT BOUNTY – MERCY – NEED TO HAVE RIGHT FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS – TO THOSE THAT ARE HUMBLE – A MAN WILL PRAY 2 RAKAH AND GETS PUFFED UP ALL THAT CONCEIT THIS BECOMES A GOOD DEED SURROUNDED BY BAD DEEDS – THE 50 WOLVES VS 1 LION EXAMPLE

ANOTHER MAN DISOBEYS – GIVES HIM SHAME AND HUMILIATION FEELS BAD – I NEED TO RETURN TO MY LORD – BAD DEED SURROUNDED BY GOOD DEEDS – BETTER THAN ABOVE

WHEN DO BAD – TAUBA – SPIRITUAL HYGIENE GOES BACK TO – NO NEED TO POINT FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER –

HOW BRING PEOPLE BACK TO THE FOLD – WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IS ALL THESE SITUATIONS
REAL MAN SHOUTS HIMSELF DOWN NOT OTHERS –

HOW TO FORGIVE OTHERS – HOW DO WE LET IT GO – HOW DO YOU FORGIVE YOURSELF?

SELF CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE ARE OF BAD QUALITY – NEED TO IMPROVE – KEEP BEATING UP OURSELVES – NEED TO RETURN TO HUMILITY

1ST ACT OF MAN TO DISOBEY – ADAM AND IBLIS – ADAM ASKED FORGIVENESS VS NOT – ALLAH FORGIVES ADAM – ALL MAKE MISTAKES –

WE DO NOT HONOR EACH OTHER – OBSERVE BEHAVIORS OF OTHERS WHEN TALK OF SOMEONE ELSE – BACKBITING – GIBAH CONDEMNED IN QURAN – LIKE EATING FLESH OF DEAD BROTHER

HOW DOES BACKBITING DO ANY GOOD – ITS THE WORK OF SHAITAN – NO BENEFIT IN IT
WHEN JOIN IN BACKBITING THEN JUST AS GUILTY – YOUR SINS AND FAULTS WILL NOT BE HIDDEN BY ALLAH – DID NOT STOP IT WHEN HAD THE ABILITY TO DO IT

CAN STOP WITH TONGUE, ACTION, THOUGHTS OR HEART – 4 LEVELS TO CONDEMN AND STOP BACKBITING – STOP AT THE BEGINNING – DON’T LISTEN OR ENCOURAGE ITS START

SAFE SPACE NEED TO HAVE WITHOUT BACKBITING – SOCIAL SPACES NEED TO BE HALAL WITH SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – NET SOCIAL EFFECT IS THAT IT LOWERS EVERYONE’S STATUS IT DEGRADES THE QUALITY AND STATURE OF THE RELIGION AND COMMUNITY

CULTURAL HABITS THAT HAVE TO BREAK – MANIFESTATIONS OF DISEASES OF THE HEART

FIRST SOURCE – LOVE OF BEING ELEVATED IN EYES OF OTHERS IS A DISEASE SOURCE OF

SECOND SOURCE – TREAT DAY OF JUDGMENT AS FAIRY TALE DISTANT – NOT CONSCIOUS OF IT

THIRD SOURCE – ..?

EX-COLONIALS AND EX-SLAVES THE MAJORITY OF THE AUDIENCE..?

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 2

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

DEC 23, 2007

DR. JACKSON

TAJ AL ARUS – CROWN OF THE BRIDE

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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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TAUBA SEEK AT ALL TIMES – A GIFT

LOVE AND BE LOVED BY ALLAH

JIHADUL NAFS – CANNOT BE BEHOLDEN ONLY AT OUR PASSIONS, WHIMS

PASSIONS + SHAITAN ONLY STAND BETWEEN US AND ALLAH

SHAITAN IS YOUR ENEMY AND ADVISORY – CAREFUL OF

TRAIN SELF TO BE OBEDIENT

NO PEACE WITH SHAITAN – HE IS YOUR PERMANENT ENEMY – NOT TO GIVE IN TO YOUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS

UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS NEED TO BE CONTROLLED AND HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH

CONSTANT VIGILANCE AGAINST – ON THE LOOK OUT FOR

THINK WE HAVE RIGHT TO UNNATURAL ENTITLEMENTS = MISERY

THAT IS WHERE DEPRESSION IS DERIVED FROM

FROM WANTING THAT WHICH WE CANNOT HAVE

CALL YOURSELVES TO ACCOUNT

WE ARE SEEKING FORTUNE AND FAME = IE IN CAREER CHOICES AND FINANCIAL SECURITY

CREATING MONSTERS THAT WILL OVERTAKE YOU

DAILY ENTICEMENTS ARE EXPOSED TO – TV, INTERNET, MEDIA, ETC

HOW TO COUNTER THEN BALANCE THESE FORCES – THE PUSH AND PULL
NEED TO OFFER CIVILIZATION ALTERNATIVE

COLLECTIVE UMMAH EFFORT – NEED INVOLVEMENT OF ALL

THESE AREA DISEASES OF THE HEART AND SOUL – PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS

JUST AS MEDICINE IS DISTASTEFUL BUT HAS A GOOD PURPOSE AND END GOAL IS HARD TO TAKE BUT IS IN FACT GOOD FOR YOU

WHAT TO ARE IS THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – ONE WAY TO DEFINE OURSELVES BY OUR FRIENDS

WHO DO YOU SURROUND OURSELVES WITH

MUST KEEP GOOD COMPANY

TIME WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM

SMALLER SINS CAN BE OUR DOWNFALL – RESPECT YOUR BROTHERS + SISTERS – DON’T BE JEALOUS OR ENVIOUS – DON’T GIVE ENVIOUS LOOKS – IF SOMEONE ELSE HAS SOMETHING BE GRATEFUL THEY HAVE

THIS LIFE IS A MARATHON NOT A RACE – PACE YOURSELF – THINK FOR THE LONG TERM

BETTER TO READ 2 PAGES OF QURAN PER DAY THAN 1 CHAPTER AND THEN GIVE OUR 3 DAYS LATER

QURAN IS A HEALING – IT IS YOUR DISINFECTANT, IT HAS A CURE AND HEALING PROPERTIES

WITH SMALL BITES CAN EAT THE ELEPHANT BUT NOT WITH ONE BITE

CAREFUL OF THE INNER CONVERSATIONS WITH OURSELVES

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – DR. JACKSON – PART 1

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

DEC 23, 2007

DR. JACKSON

PURIFYING OUR HEARTS

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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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DEBATE HAS BECOME OVERLY POLITICIZED, DANGER OF VS. DAY OF JUDGMENT (DOJ)

KALBI SANI, RITUAL PURITY WHICH IS PHYSICAL VS. HYGIENE OF THE SOUL – CONCEPT OF SPIRITUAL HYGIENE, HYGIENE OF THE NON PHYSICAL SELVES

HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF BOTH – IS FARD AIN

INDIVIDUAL DREAMS, PASSIONS VS. ISLAM, COLLECTIVE, UMMAH

OUR UNDISCIPLINED PASSIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIVINE

RIGHTEOUSNESS – HOW TO BALANCE WITH A FULL LIFE VS. EXTREMES AND MODERNIZATION

FULL LIFE + RIGHTEOUS = ISLAM

WHY SOUL SO IMPORTANT

PUBLIC DISCOURSE NEED ON SPIRITUAL HYGIENE – BOOK BY IBN ATA ALLAH WILL DISCUSS TAKE FROM

AL-ASKANDARY SPOKE ON THIS TOPIC ALSO

TAJ AL-ARUS – CROWN OF THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO DISCUSS

ALSO WROTE SUFI WORKS WAS OF THE SHADIRI ORDER

LESSON HERE TO TAKE FROM THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND LEAVE THE REST

WHICH IS BETTER TO KNOW MEN THRU TRUTH VS. KNOW TRUTH THRU MEN – FIRST IS

INTELLECTUAL HERITAGE HAVE TO CAPITALIZE ON AND NOT WASTE FOR SUFI OR NOT SUFI SQUABBLES

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE IS A LIFE LONG PROCESS WHERE WE MANAGE OUR PASSIONS

NOT TO BE PASSIONLESS ZOMBIES, LEAVE A LIFE OF HERMITAGE – NO

HOW TO BALANCE – IE SEXUAL PLEASURE WITHIN CONFINES OF ISLAM AND MARRIAGE

DEPRESSION IS A INWARD ANGER – CHIEF CAUSE OF FROM MISMANAGEMENT OF WILLS AND DESIRES

COMES FROM WANTING THE WRONG THINGS – SOUL IS AFFECTED

WANTING THINGS THAT ARE NOT REALLY GOOD FOR THE SOUL – AND WANTING THINGS WE CANNOT REALIZE – LEADS TO DEPRESSION

CAN BECOME ANGER ALSO WITH THE DEEN AND FALL PREY TO THE SHAITAN

SO HOW TO MANAGE OUR DESIRES = EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT SOME HAVE CALLED IT

HAVE TO KNOW WHAT TO GET ANGRY AT AND HOW LONG TO STAY ANGRY

LOOK AT THE ELEPHANT BUT ONLY CURSE ITS SHADOW – SAYING OR PROVERB FROM SUDAN

MEANS DON’T DEAL WITH PROBLEM ONLY THE PERIPHERY, DON’T ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEM, EASIER TO CURSE AND BLAME THE SHADOW

WHAT IS YOUR DISEASE – BEING STINGY AND LAZY ARE DISEASES OF THE NAFS OF THE HEART

SPIRITUAL HYGIENE 1ST A STEP FIRST TO CURE, HEAL

1ST MAKE TAUBA, REPEAT AND BE SINCERE

BEST WAY TO POLISH THE HEART – EXAMPLE GIVEN OF THE SKILLET – ONCE SKILLED COOKED WITH OVER YEAR BECOMES BLACK – VERY HARD TO CLEAN AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT – HAVE TO CLEAN AND POLISH EVERYDAY TO KEEP IT NEW AND SHINY

BECAUSE NO GUARANTEED FOR TOMORROW – IT IS GUARANTEED TO NOBODY

HAVE RELATIONSHIP WITH ALLAH – BE MINDFUL OF ALLAH ALWAYS

DON’T BE AFRAID TO START – EXAMPLE OF MUSA (AS)

WAS MISGUIDED BEFORE, BUT NOW NO LONGER – ANSWER GAVE TO PHARAOH SINCE WAS RAISED IN HIS HOUSE AND THEN TURNED AGAINST HIM

THE DOOR OF FORGIVENESS IS ALWAYS OPEN – ALLAH IS MOST MERCIFUL – ALWAYS ROOM TO COME BACK BEFORE YOU DIE – BUT TAKE THE 1ST STEP

DOMINANT CULTURE TELLS US IN SUBTLE WAYS AND AFFECTS US IN SUBTLE MESSAGES

AVOID QUNUUT – SHIRK

EFFORT ON THE SOUL + ACTION = DIALECTICAL RELATIONSHIP

RIGHT OF GOD VS. MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

KEEP KNOCKING AT THE DOOR – IT WILL OPEN, HE IS HOME – EXAMPLE GIVEN FROM WHEN KNOW SOMEONE IS INSIDE AND WILL BE OPENING THE DOOR

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT – KNOWLEDGE RETREAT – SHAYKH HAMZAH YUSUF – PART 8

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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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