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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah and Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Between ignorance and extremism


For the sake of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala, I have come a long way

What does being Muslim mean?

How do we face the difficulties in this country? We submit to will of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

We have been able to build mosques and buildings here

We have safety and security

Remove, some the black clouds that have gathered

He hopes that we become people who love for the sake of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

The world’s eyes are upon us

We shouldn’t be afraid of answering the questions that are being asked

Islam is submission and we are a peaceful people. Salam is an abode of peace and from this peace is our deen

How do we retain our identity?
How do we create a Muslim environment?
Your house should be a Muslim house

Ismail (upon him peace) commanded his family to pray

Not everyone is against us

The Sheikh was impressed with some people who he has met, they are concerned about us

Their harm is not limited to themselves, they are affecting us as well

Our nation is a middle nation, we should be a balanced community

We need to be balanced and know that balance is hard to maintain

We should not be extreme or arrogant

Don’t make this deen hard

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) is a mercy to the worlds. How can we replicate it? By patience and piety and then it needs to be maintained

A mercy doesn’t change nor anger

He (peace and blessings be upon) is a mercy to animals

He said (peace and blessings be upon), “Be with the people with the best of character.”

Have you not seen the fruits it has different colours and tastes

There are changes from night to day, from darkness to light

The middle path is difficult, the naafs inclines to the extreme, doing too much
or too little

Hassan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “ The deen is between doing too much and too little.”

This is what destroyed the people before us

Extremism comes from ignorance

We need to follow the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon) character.

The definition of the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon) character is mercy

What is distinct is his patience, tribulation from the people is normal. Be patient forgive and overlook.

He (peace and blessings be upon) called people to the deen. After Ta’if he (peace and blessings be upon) prayed for the people who hurt them. Mercy isn’t punishment

A female dog gave birth of the road whilst the army were passing. He (peace and blessings be upon) appointed a guard to protect the puppies. The dog was suckling her new born

At the conquest of Mecca he (peace and blessings be upon) said, “I hold no blame on you today and you are all give amnesty.”

Speak beautifully to people not just to Muslims but also to all humanity, treat people with the best of character

Recognise differences, if we don’t recognise them, we won’t be able to raise ourselves up

Part of Allah’s Subhanu wa Ta’ala creation is difference. Fruits come from the same source but they are different

You can see the diverse colour and Satan wants everything to be the same

We need to have a culture of tolerance

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) stood up when the dead body of Jewish man was being taken for burial. When asked why he stood up, he said (peace and blessings be upon), “Isn’t he a soul?”

Your Lord is one your father (Adam (upon him peace))is one, no Arab is better than a non-Arab except in Taqwa

This world is for the worshippers of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

It is a right of the people to have human rights

Human dignity

Humans are like teeth on a comb

Call people with gentleness, debate with people in a beautiful way. There are good ways to talk to people

Lands belong to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and his servants, are the servants of Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala, you can reside anywhere

Know that your blood and property are sacred. He (peace and blessings be upon) said at the final pilgrimage, he (peace and blessings be upon) encouraged men to treat their women well, he removed interest from himself (peace and blessings be upon peace and blessings be upon) and his uncle Abbas (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him). He (peace and blessings be upon) removed the blood writ

People have right and these should be represented. In the Muslim lands, other religions used to have their own courts, Jews had their own courts. Leave them to their own judgements but if you judge do it right

As long as breaches didn’t occur, non-Muslims were left alone

Being a good citizen is part of Islam

Accept other people and be good to people

Co-operate with non-Muslims when they do good but in war but in good behaviour

In a positive way not a negative way

Tolerance is a positive

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) said, “Love for your brother, what you love for yourself.” He (peace and blessings be upon) also said if he was called to an alliance he would’ve gone to it because it helped the weak and suppressed.

He (peace and blessings be upon) didn’t want to fight people in Mecca

We are looking for common factors, we desire good for each other
Our deen is tolerance

How can we hold onto our deen? Strongly

The Muslims are neither oppressors nor people who hurt each other

He (peace and blessings be upon) let Ethiopians dance in his Masjid, “Leave them, this is one of their practices.” He (peace and blessings be upon) said to Umar (May Allah be pleased with him)

We need to teach the prayer, in our houses

Ibn Tayyimma said, “Jihad is defined as all good actions.”

Stop oppressors, a Muslim lives in peace with others

A Muslim isn’t the angry one, he (peace and blessings be upon) advised a man to remain quiet

How do we realise this tolerance?
Return harm with good, good and bad are not the same
He (peace and blessings be upon) forgive and overlooked

A Jew wanted to see if the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) had patience and when he saw it. The Jew said, “I saw that you had all these qualities except one.”

Islam is not monopoly for one nation, or for example we own it. Its for everyone

Ignorance is of two kinds one that someone is aware of and one that is compounded

Ignorance is the opposite of intelligence

They learn a little and to extremes, by being judgemental

Know the text and the principles

Fiqh is a craft it takes time and tools to acquire

If they study law, they can be a judge

The Abyssinian king was just and the deen entered that country

Patience is beautiful

It’s like the man who wrote the cartoons but he didn’t know who he was writing about

In these lands you should be like the first Muslims, call these people to virtue

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) prayed over the Abyssinian (may Allah’s mercy be with him).
We should be friendly they’ll help us and we should help them and over look their faults

The people who try to disgrace the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) is like trying to blow out the sun with your breath

None of the slander will get to him (peace and blessings be upon).

If people see us they should recognise the good comes from this religion with his (peace and blessings be upon) methodology, he (peace and blessings be upon) returned wrongs with good actions

We should behave like our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon)

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah and Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Between ignorance and extremism

Q+A

How do we defend the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon)? When we see people killed because they defended him. (peace and blessings be upon)

We defend with the good and fight with the good

He (peace and blessings be upon) stopped people from being killed. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) gave a man a gift and asked, “Have I done good to you?” He said, “No.” One of the Companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) wanted to kill him. Afterwards the Prophet (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) gave him another gift and said, “Are you happy now?” He said, “Yes.” Now say this in front of my companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) because I want what’s in their hearts about you to be good. I am like a man who owns camels, I know my camels.”

The Spanish Umayyads caliphs would protect Christians who would go into mosques and write abuse about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon). When they saw that the Christians were trying to re-ignite their religion by getting martyred by the Muslims. The Christians were converting to Islam in droves, they wanted to stop it

They didn’t want to react in a negative way towards Islam

Anything that calls to unity is good in the confines of the law

It’s against your interests to hurt people and this gives a bad image of Islam and Muslims

The Sheikh desires guidance for Bush and Blair

There is no defence for killing people

We need to be exposed to sound scholarship, we need to cure the people of their wrong beliefs

Guard your young people

When you pray with people don’t antagonise them

Imam Maliks (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) rule is that an Imam can only speak about what he acts upon, if he doesn’t its Maqru (disliked)

Someone said (sh. Hamza) homosexuality was ok

Another person came him (sh Hamza) and said, “I am at 69th excuse for you.” We are supposed to look for 70 excuses for your brother.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Habib Hassan Al-Kaf

Seeking knowledge

A student of knowledge biggest blessing is being a student.
It is a great blessing to be a student of knowledge

He should thank Allah and praise him. It is a tremendous blessing

He should always ask for beneficial knowledge in his prayers, he should always extent his hand and ask for beneficial knowledge, whilst he in a lesson and when he reading a book. They should act upon their knowledge and they will see things open for them but then they have knowledge that it has all come from him

Understand the virtue of knowledge and read about the scholars

Knowledge is the inheritance of the Prophets (upon them peace)

He should always be humble and never be ignorant

He should consider himself worse than everyone and then he will be able to take from everyone

Zain Al abideen was sitting in the Masjib Nabi whilst a former slave was teaching a lesson. When he was asked, “oh son of the daughter of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) who are sat and gathering knowledge from? He replied, “I seek knowledge from whoever benefits my deen.”

Don’t be hasty in seeking knowledge; you may have to seek knowledge for a long
Time. Some books took him years to finish because they had a long-term benefit in them.

Remain consistent and persistent in your studies, Scholar who would get a basic level and then they would continue to study

You should study even if its for a small amount of time a day and you will benefit from the blessing in persistent study

A pure intention is needed when we study

The intention even though it is small it can have a great effect
By benefiting yourself and others

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sheikh Faraz Rabbani

Lesson one Hadith Gibril

This hadith is the foundation of Prophetic guidance

Hadith is in Muslim (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him), related by Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him)

This hadith gives us our key understandings

Our deen is encompassing and specific to one area i.e fiqh

This gives us an indication to spiritual excellence; there is a point of perfection

Faith is to have conviction

Every level has realities

There is Insight in the hadith that gives us ways to seeking knowledge

There are many layers of beautiful meanings

Qadi Iyad said; "This hadith has explained all the inward and outward duties, of servitude and worship to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala. Established for us what the foundations of faith are, key outwards works, the means inward sincerity and how one preserves ones work for corruption. In reality all the branches of sacred law return to this hadith and branch out from it."

The importance of knowledge and the means of attaining it

The hadith has been referred to as Umma sunna

This also shows us a way to be a true believer

The state of spiritual excellence is a constant state of worship

"The world is what busies you with other than Allah" (subhanu wa ta'ala) Ibn Ata'llah Alsaknderi (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him)

This has the word of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) and the events that took place, which is something we don't always get.

One of the conditions of knowledge is that one understands what he is learning

You may have knowledge but you may not understanding

Knowledge can be taken from books but not understanding

The companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) lived the Prophetic guidance

Umar(May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) clearly determined between falsehood and truth

The companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them.) should not be vilified

The hadith talks about the strangeness and suddenness of this event

Going to the hadith;who was this stranger and where did he come from, not a traveller or a resident, handsome and had good perfume, he had the manners of a desert Arab

The best of times to seek knowledge is in your youth

Good care and attention for good appearance for Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) is a Sunna

Each and everyone of us is ambassador for our deen

The best of dress is piety

Islamic clothes should be modest and this depends of the custom of the people, (The good custom)

We are very lazy in our attitude to knowledge

There is a proper manner to learning knowledge

If you take care in learning and take it seriously then you'll get benefit

Scholars look at forms and meanings

Sheikh Adeeb Khalas said, " A student of knowledge has to break his knees." He took notes even though he had been teaching it for 50 years, whilst sitting in on a lesson given by Sheikh Abdul razzaq Al halabi.

He Gibril (upon him peace) said "Ya Muhammad." (peace and blessing upon him) which was strange as well, in some accounts we have Gibril (upon him peace) give salam and then asked to approach.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Sheikh Naeem Abdulwali

You'll become altered on your journey to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

From seeking sincerity to becoming sincere

The saint and the sinner have the same belief

When Ali ibn Abu talib (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) would hear the call to prayer he would turn pale and say, " It is time to furfil the trust that heavens and the earth refused."

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Yayha An Ninowi

Trust in Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) Part two

Those who believe are the ones who send prayers onto the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him). Your prayers on him increases your faith

Any place with Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) depends on your place with the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

The book of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) is beautiful, this is the book of success

Our "christmas gift" is salat on the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

They give you manual for everything even a pen. Every maker makes a manual, Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) made the Quran our manual. (You get a manual with a lot of things,i.e. cars, computers etc. You look in the manual to find a solution to problem. So every maker (of something) makes a manual. Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala made the Quran our manual.When things go wrong , look in the manual!)

Allah's (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) promise will never be changed.

The Quran states; "He who does good and is a believer, we will give him the best of lives."

See Sura Al Asr

There was a sheppard once, who every time he prayed one of sheep died, until he had two left, he looked at them and said, "Will you shut up or shall I pray 2 rakat?"

Do you think that really deserve to be forgiven, when you are asking for forgiveness or are you just doing "lip service."

Sometimes faith decreases until someone goes to hell

Deeds are collective and individual, we must ask ourselves,
Do we furfill Allahs (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) rights?
Do we furfill the Sunna?
Do we abide by the Quran?

What about your kids? Husband rights? women’s rights? What are we doing? We must go back to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala

We could all be disobeying Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and we could be punished for other peoples sins.

Do not disobey the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) by leaving the Law, in order to get money and then disobey, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) because you have left the Sunna

At the battle of Uhud, Hamza and the other companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) were killed because the archers left theeir positions then the Quresh counter attacked.

War is declared on the Riba takers by Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and his Messenger (peace and blessings upon him). The collective Umma must go back to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and ask for forgiveness

We must as a community call people to good, then await the victory of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

Habab (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him), he face filled with blood and said, “why don’t you pray for us? To decrease this torture.” The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “ Before you they would put a man in a hole and cover him, then split his head. They will use iron combs to take off their skin, this didn’t take them from their deen. This deen will succeed until someone will go from here to Yemen and have nothing to fear except a wolf. You are a people are too quick.”

If a person attacked the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) personally, he never retaliated

Uthman Ibn Talhah had the keys to the ka’ba, he would let people in, one day the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) joined the queue. Uthman didn’t let him in and closed the door on his face, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) smiled and said, “How will you be when I will have the keys?” “The Quresh will be destroyed.” The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “No, the Quresh will be masters.”

“Do not be distressed, Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) is with us.” Said the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) to Abu bakr (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) in the cave as they made migration to Medina from Mecca.

“I am with Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and he will guide me.” Said Musa (upon him peace) when he was at the banks of the Nile whilst being chased by Pharaoh

He who has Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) how can he lose?

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) informs him not to worry, Musa (upon him peace) is told to hit his staff and the Nile parts, Musa (upon him peace) was told to go but he feared that Pharaoh would come after him.

Enough for me Is Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) a blessed protector, said Ibrahim (upon him peace) when he was thrown into the fire.

Suraka (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) caught up with the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) when he was making Hijra, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) made dua and Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) send Gabriel (upon him peace) prevented Suraka from coming any further. The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) asked him if he would like the Jewels of Persia? It was during the Caliphate of Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) that this was realised.

On the first night of the Battle of Khandaq, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) asked someone to check the trench, no one came forward, he (peace and blessings upon him) asked again and said that would guarantee that they come back, again no one came forward. He asked for a third time and said he will be with me in Heaven. Hudaifah got up and went, he said afterwards he was scared that his aw’ra would be uncovered, as he stood up he saw his clothes lengthen.

The only thing you need is patience and you will see things change with you own eyes.

Ali Zayn Al abideen (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said about the Day of Judgement. “A call will be made, were the patient will enter heaven without reckoning.” When the angels will be asked why they are being allowed into heaven they will reply, “ We were patient with things that happened and sins until we were taken by Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala).”

The wife (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) of Abu Talha (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) was married to him and her Mahr was the Shadada. A son of theirs called Umair (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) fell sick and after fajr, Abu Talha kissed the boy and when to work. The boy died during the day, she prayed over him. When Abu Talha returned his wife cooked him a good meal, after eating he asked her, “how is the boy?” She replied, “He is better than before.” In the morning she informed him about his death, she said, “ I am very sad, they borrowed something and Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) took it back.” Abu Talha told the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) about this event, “Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) blessed your night.” They would go on to have 10 sons all would become Quran memorises

If you want to have the best, you need to do well and you’ll have a good life.

Bring the Sunna into your houses, minds, ears and heart and you will become light upon light.

As soon as you are born your days are numbered

Every time you lay down in your bed realise that you may never wake up, sleep in the minor death

Sidi Hafiz Gul Muhammad

Trust in Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) Part one

Mankind is in error

A man called Nuradeen had a horse that he went to the market to sell. He told someone who was going to buy, "Its a strange horse, you have to say Alhumdillah, to make it go faster, then you have to say Allahu akbar to make it stop.

The Prophets (Upon them peace) were all prepared before they were tested

When you are in darkness too long, it hurts the eyes when the light is turned on

Ibrahim (Upon them peace) came out of the fire in a better state than he went in

Maryum (Upon her peace) was provided for with food, she shook the palm tree, whilst she was preganat. So when she had Isa (Upon them peace), she was ready to hear the nonsense that the people accused her of, she pointed at him whilst he was in the cot.

Abu bakr (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) gave everything in the path of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala), yet he never begged

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) preferred poverty over wealth, so we can learn

Tawaqul is knowing that you'll get through it

Trust makes people strong and what are,( i.e. the companions.)

Know that Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) will support you

We can get fooled into thinking that we are providing for ourselves.

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) loves us seventy times more than a parent does.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Yayha an Ninowi

Living the Sunna

Its a fortune for those who taste fortunes

Some people can't taste fortunes

Imam Suyuti (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) said, “Every time I read the Quran and do tafsir, I find something different."

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) always gives us (human beings) examples. The knowledge of man is imperfect because you still have to learn

We are either a slave to one or a slave to many

Some people are a slaves to their desires of drink, etc

When you are a slave to creation (that is true slavehood).

Bishr Al hafi’s (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) house used to be the party centre in Baghdad. One of his servants was dumping some food when he was approached by a very dark, thin man who was called Musa ibn Jafir ibn Zayn Al abideen ibn Hussein ibn Ali ibn abu talib (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them). Musa (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said, “Let me ask something before you dump this food, your master a free man or a slave.” “If he was a slave to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) he would’ve feared him.”
When the servant informed Bishr (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him), he ran out to find out who this man was.
(This was the beginning of Bishr (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) repentance.)

Our problem is how we bring out Islam to the people

Ali ibn Abu talib (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) found a servant crying, “Why are you crying?” he asked, ther servant told him that he had brought some dates that were bad and the shopkeeper refused to take them back. Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) went to the shopkeeper to ask him to change them, he refused and pushed Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) away until some of the companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) came and informed the shopkeeper that he had pushed the Caliph. The shopkeeper became scared and asked if there was anything that he could do to please the Caliph, Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said, “I would be pleased, if you pleased Allah with yourself.”

From hadith, “He who cheats is not from us.” Islam came to perfect noble character.

If you please Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala), Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala will make people pleased with you.

The people who wanted to burn Ibrahim (upon him peace) took 6 months to collect the wood and when they lit it, the birds could not fly over it.

You follow the Sunna by loving the one who gave you the sunna.

The truth is usually unpopular

Effort and distance should not matter

We have too many chiefs and not enough Indians

Bilal (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said on this deathbed, to his wife, “What is wrong with you? Tomorrow I’ll be with my beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him), I have been waiting to this moment all my life.

Some people don’t realise what it is to life with the Sunna

You need to make the Sunna more important than anything else

One of companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) was put on a piece of wood, nails were driven into him, his eyes were gouged out. Just before the Quresh were going to kill him they asked him, “Would you rather be at home with your family and Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) here.” He replied, “No, I swear by Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala), I would rather go through this 70 times than Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) to have thorn in his hand.”

Zayn Al abideen (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) was doing Wudu, his servant was scared and she looked at him, he was yellow. He said, “You don’t know who I am going to stand in front of soon.”

You only follow, if you love

We need to think about how long we think about the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) (this is a sign of love.)

A sign of love is to love what the person you love, loves, food, books, the people who he loves.

Majnun kissed the walls of a city because of who lived in the walls

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) honoured the black stone and so was the Ka’ba because he encircled it

Listen with the ears of you heart

You don’t live your Sunna, you live his sunna

You should have a yearning to follow the Sunna

When you read/hear a hadith you should imagine that he is talking to you, there are two kinds of love: love of faith and love of beauty.

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) gives you and maintains blessings, he gives to us and we decrease in our need to follow him (We think its from ourselves.)

Loving is being the presence of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) as though he sees you but you know you can’t see him.

Abdul qadir Jilani (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) stated three levels of fasting;
1. To abstain from food and drink,
2. Everything that disobeys Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala),
3. Abstain from everything except Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

Love of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) is like being in an academy in which you go up in levels.

There is a difference between substance and subversion (theres difference between true knowledge and what people think is knowledge.)

The signs of love;
1. When love someone you are totally abosorbed by them
2. You abandon what you love for they do
3. You are still behind them and need to catch up.

Jabir ibn Abdullah Al Ansari (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said after the Minbar had been built and the tree was left, the tree began to moan, all the companions (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with them) could hear it. The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) came down from the Minbar and hugged the tree and then the tree began to calm down. He (peace and blessings upon him) said, “If I had not done that, the tree would’ve been crying to the day of judgement.”

What’s wrong with you, if a tree was screaming.

One of the companions used to cry because he couldn’t be with the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) all the time

Living the Sunna means getting close to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

You can see him by being persistent

He (peace and blessings upon him) said, “I have left you with two things, if you hold fast to them, you will not go astray, the book and my family.” A hadith in Tirmindi and ibn Hakim (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with them).

Worry about yourself not others

If you want to learn how to drive you go to a driving instructor, so we need to find an instructor. So we can learn how to drive.

Sheikh Abdul hakim Murad/ Habib Ali Al Jifri

Q+A
Radical Middle Way

Sheikh Abdul hakim

What is a follow on from this?

Read the Quran repeatedly, its good news
Herd those sheep back into the fields, where they belong
We need need more scholars

How do we know whats a correct interpretation?

We have people who read into them what they want
Accept the authority of the scholars

Do we need an Islamic state?

The words used in the books of Islam is "Islamic nation " not state.
State is a western term, we can't use western terms and apply them to Islam

My father would now not become Muslim because one of his friends died
in 7/7.


Habib Ali Al Jifri

We need to honour our women in our family and our work places

We must allow the women roles within our community

(He asked us all to pray for Sheikh Abdulhakims father.)