November 24, 2011

Towards the One- Thanksgiving Retreat !! LIVE streaming NOW. —

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah: Creed of Salvation Before anything else, it is incumbent upon Muslims entering into the faith to affirm their belief that there is no god but the One God and that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is His Messenger.  It is not sufficient however, to utter these words on the tongue if they have not penetrated into the heart and enlightened the intellect with proper understanding.  This is why scholars traditionally considered the study of aqīda or creed to be an individual obligation (farḍ ʽayn) upon every Muslim man and woman.  In this retreat, Dr. Umar will be covering the short poem known as the ʽAqīdat al-Najāt that highlights the most important elements of belief that Muslims must have conviction in.  Conviction and certitude of the heart, however, often only come after the intellectual comprehension of the mind.  This retreat will be an immense opportunity to sit with a highly qualified scholar, such as Dr. Umar, to deepen one’s understanding of the foundations of Islamic theology and universal questions about the nature of God.  In a post-modern period in which we are bombarded with doubts, questions, and alternative views about the nature of God and His relationship with humanity, the contemporary Muslim cannot afford to not have a firmly grounded knowledge of their creed.  Among the benefits of the study of a basic course in Islamic theology are the profound implications undertaking a course like this has upon strengthening an individual’s faith (iman) by eradicating doubts and suspicions that become obstacles on the path of men and women of high spiritual aspirations towards the One.  Do not miss this unique opportunity to acquire this essential knowledge.
Shaykh Amin: Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths In their desire to be included in the Messenger of God’s (PBUH) promise, “Whoever preserves for my community forty hadiths from my Sunna, I will include him in my intercession on the Day of Resurrection,” scholars throughout the era of Islamic scholarship compiled collections of forty hadiths.  However, no forty hadith collection received the acceptance and acclaim that Imam Nawawi’s forty did, to the extent that when “the forty hadiths” are referred to they have become synonymous with Imam Nawawi’s own collection.  In his relatively short lifespan of 45 years, Imam Nawawi published dozens of scholarly works that became invaluable contributions to the legacy of Islamic learning.  No doubt, he was a man selected by God with a gift of spiritual and intellectual genius that enabled him to make his important contributions.  The collection of Imam Nawawi’s forty hadith is an ideal work to study in a condensed period that will give the discerning student a glimpse into the words of the Prophetic tradition that are foundational to acquiring a proper understanding of Islamic practice and faith.  It is precisely for this reason that the great men and women of the past used to derive dozens and often hundreds of rulings from just a few words in a short hadith.  Indeed, the Messenger of God (PBUH) used to remind his community that he had been given conciseness in speech (jawāmīʽ al-kalim).  In studying these words as compiled by Imam Nawawi in his collection of forty hadiths, students will be introduced to the richness of the Prophetic hadiths as well as have the opportunity enrich their love for the Prophet (PBUH) by tasting the sweetness of the words of the one who was the sweetest in speech.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus: The Wisdoms of Imam al-Haddad The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer.” Wisdom literature was an integral genre from the earliest times: Sayyiduna Ali, al-Hasan al-Basri, Wahb bin Munabbih, al-Shafi’i, Sahl al-Tustari, al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi, al-Ghawth Abu Madyan, Ibn Ata Allah al-Sakandari, are just a few examples who have contributed to this field. In line with those who preceded him, Imam al-Haddad bequeathed a number of aphoristic jewels that were the fruit of his experience of la ilaha illa Allah. In an age where there is much knowledge but little wisdom, Imam al-Haddad’s aphorisms are much needed to satiate the incessant human desire and need for wisdom.
Dr. Mona Al-Hassan: Turning to God & Trusting in GodThis session ponders our relationship with God and considers how we reflect our understanding of our Creator in our inward and outward behavior.


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