Monday, May 19, 2014

ilmfest 2014 - Day 1 Session 1-5

Assalamualaikum,

I'll be sharing some gems from all 22 sessions from all speakers InsyaAllah.
I didn't get to copy all the gems, but i got this from one sister on twitter who tweets almost everything about ilmfest. @Zebasez . May Allah bless her.

SESSION 1 - THE CALL
-SH MUHAMMAD ALSHAREFF-
The Qur'an is the perfect Word of Allah that calls people to the truth, but it was to be accompanied in this by the perfect caller too : The Prophet Muhammad SAW. He was the master Da'i and well equipped to deal with the challenges facing the da'wah at that time. Sh Muhammad Alshareef brings forth those principles and techniques from the Sunnah for the da'wah challenges for today.

  • Question from @shMuhammad- Which verses of the Quran make you cry? Next question, which verses made Prophet SAW cry?
  • Answer- How great the day when the Ummah will witness again world, and you a witness again them.
  • When we talk about Sunnah, we think food & clothes. :p But the sunnah is calling to Allah: your self & those who follow you.
  • Allah says that one of the first things you'll face when you stand up for Dawah is harm from the tongues of others. be patient.
  • You will be tested from many things- family members, society- sometimes from within your own body by way of disease or illness.
  • But be patient- as great as the test, greater is the reward. "Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah & believes."
  • Nimrood said: I'm lord. Ibrahim AS said: my Lord makes sun rise in East. Can you make it rise in west? Evidence based Dawah is best
  • Prophet SAW said tell people about Islam, even if 1 ayah. You don't have to be sheikh to do dawah with 1 ayah.
  • Sometimes one ayah from the Qur'an is enough to turn someone's heart.
  • Doing dawah doesn't mean giving talks or lectures- sharing talks, tweeting, speaking, even graphic designing can be dawah.
  • Having said that, you're not responsible for people *becoming* Muslim.  Pass on message as beautifully as you can, that's your job.
  • Dawah isn't you guiding people to Islam, Allah guides people to Islam, not you. You're just a messenger.
  • "I looked at Muslim printed materials, and I looked at McDonalds. McDonalds looked better- can Islam not do better than this?"
  • Muslim dawah marketers- compare yourself to a hamburger. You should do better than a hamburger.
  • Being selfish with Islam and not doing Dawah is an invitation to disaster.
  • First step to good Dawah is to genuinely care for people & you wish them well. Otherwise, you will resent them.
  • The people of Taif stoned Prophet SAW, angel offered to crush them. Prophet made dua for them instead & their children.
  • A bounty hunter- Suraqa- came to capture Prophet SAW, got Dawah instead. Suraqa ibn Malik became Muslim.
  • Extra Credit: How much do you know about Suraqa Bin Malik, Bounty Hunter, and how he acquired the bracelets of Persian King Kisra?
  • If you said to your community, Allah will ask you about me, what will you say about me? What do you think they'll say?
Now, some practical ways to do Dawah and become an immediate part of the solution. You can start now.
  • 1. Hashtag. Create content & share.  If you can't create, at least share! You get an equal reward!
  • 2. Share with Family: Parents create the culture of Islam- or the lack thereof- in the family. No kids? You have siblings? Parents?
  • 3. Daily Life- integrate bits and pieces of Islam into your conversations and you will be reminded as well
  • 4. Protect your Salah: Not only your own, but invite others to come. Salah is foundation of deen, don't neglect it.





SESSION 2 - THE SIRAH
-SH KAMAL EL-MEKKI-
The Prophet SAW is the most documented man in history. Period. But documentation alone does not prove one's greatness. Muslim throughout history have taken the biography of the Prophet SAW and studied it carefully so that we can apply the key lessons to ourselves in our yet-to-be-written biographies. Sh Kamal El-Mekki will provide a synopsis of the sirah throughout history explaining its importance and give us an insight on how to truly study and benefit from this magnificent life-story.

  • The Seerah is the life of greatest man Allah created, SAW. Most books though, go from battle to battle with some bits in between
  • That's because the first books were collected from historical battle accounts, not because there is nothing to Seerah but war.
  • This is a misconception- Christian books are all "Jesus is love" and we get "Islam is war?"
  • But the reason for this is that the books are divided by subject: Book of manners, books of appearance, book of battles, etc.
  • If we put everything about Seerah in one book, it would be HUGE, so the division of information makes sense.
  • One of the first Seerah accounts was taken by 'Aban, the son of Uthman Bin Affan, of Fab Four Companions.
  • Kamal Al Mekki is explaining how books of Seerah are historically compiled.  Unsurprisingly, this is longer than 140 characters.
  • It is, however- no less interesting! Islam is only religion able to authenticate history from person to person, MashaAllah.
  • Side note: Napoleon was a liar on a mule vs rearing steed. Marketing is amazing.
  • So, what's the benefit of learning Seerah? Well, how can you love someone you don't know anything about?
  • Unless you know and love Prophet SAW, you won't love sunnah. Learn seerah to love Sunnah.
  • Loving the Prophet SAW, and his Sunnah, we then love his companions and people, InshaAllah.
  • Muslims who are connected through their love of Prophet SAW will in turn love one another, InshaAllah.
  • Biggest reason to learn Seerah? When you love what Allah loves, Allah will love you. :) What more could you ever need?
  • The Prophet's SAW authenticity can be known through details of his life, his character, and his actions.
  • Benefit of Seerah: Helps you understand the Qur'an.  Insights of how Prophet felt in Qur'an. For example in Surah Al Kahf
  • Allah lets us know that the Prophet SAW is "killing himself with grief" over the Quraysh's rejection of Islam.
  • Surah Aale Imraan- Allah tells us some of the companions are out seeking duniya versus aakhira, which they had been hiding in their hearts.
  • The Qur'an and the Seerah complement each other by sharing info both ways- the Seerah provides context for verses in Qur'an
  • Without the Seerah, a reader wouldn't understand Surah Al Hashar's description of a certain battle.
  • Surah Tawba refers to the three who remained behind- from the Seerah, we know who stayed behind and what their names were.
  • There are people who try to separate Qur'an from Seerah and Sunnah, and reject hadith. You cannot separate the two.
  • Muslims are very behind in modern analysis of Seerah- Prophet's teaching, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills etc
  • The Seerah is full of benefits for every situation- read it with your situation in mind, how is it relevant to you?
  • Closing words in Malay spoken by Kamal El Mekki: If you enjoyed talk, my name is Kamal El Mekki, if not, it's Abu Eisa ;)





SESSION 3 - THE CHARACTER
-DR REDA BEDEIR-
The most beloved of us to the Messenger of Allah SAW and the ones amongst us that will be the closest to him on the Day of Judgement will be those who have the most perfect character. As for the Prophet's own character, Allah Himself praised it as being exalted, full of concern and mercy for the Believers. This session will reflect some of the attributes that made up that exemplary character of the Messenger SAW and Dr Reda will illustrate how we can embody them in our times.

  • Shaykh Reda is talking about the Characteristics of the Prophet SAW, Al Shamail. So why do we study the Shamail?
  • You can ask Allah for Jannah- but there's something even better- Jannah in the company of the Prophet SAW.
  • Do people love the Prophet (SAW) because of his worship? Or his faith? No, they love him because of his character and how he treated others.
  • Islam is a chain of components that cannot be interrupted-a belief system through Ibadah, manfiested in Akhlaaq.
  • Ibadah without Akhlaaq is a person who prays but treats people badly. Akhlaaq without Ibadah is a nice person who doesn't pray.
  • A person with lots of extra Ibadah but no basic Akhlaaq is destined for jahannam- hadith.
  • But a person with only fard ibadah but exceptional Akhlaaq will be in Jannah.
  • Those closest to Prophet SAW on Qiyama will be those who good Akhlaaq- treatment of others.
  • One element of good akhlaaq is Al-Hilm.  To say patience is limiting, Al Hilm is forebearance.
  • Surah Al Ahzaab- The Messenger gives you the best example for those who wish to please Allah. Follow his example & akhlaaq.
  • Who fears Allah in this dunia will be safe on Qiyama. And whoever feels safe in this dunia, should fear Allah on Qiyama.
  • When the Prophet SAW returned to Mekkah, he forgave everyone. A general amnesty was given too all former enemies.
  • When Ikrimah- son of Abu Jahl, was hiding in doubt of amnesty, Prophet SAW took off & sent his own turban as pledge of safety.
  • The companions were told to not say anything bad about Abu Jahl, though their words would not reach him, it could offend Ikrimah.
  • Prophet SAW would intend to pray long Jama'a, but when he heard baby crying, he shortened prayers for heart of the mother.
  • Prophet SAW made a sujood so long companions thought he had died. When they prayer was done, they asked: what happened?? Prophet said: Grandson climbed on my back & rode me like a camel, I hated to disturb his fun. So I waited for him to get down. Compare this: how do you react when lil people start climbing over and under you in salah?
  • When someone gave their hand, Prophet SAW never withdrew his hand first.
  • Every companion though they were the Prophet's SAW favorite companion. That's how he treated people.
  • When one companion asked who the Prophet's SAW favorite was (assuming his own name), Prophet answered Aisha (RA) Companion pushed, "Among men?" Prophet replied, Her Father. Prophet SAW wasn't afraid of showing love.
  • The Prophet SAW was also humble. So let us talk about humility.
  • The Prophet SAW visited the sick, even paid visits to children. Lil Boy Aba'Umair had a parrot named Nughair. And when the parrot died, Prophet SAW sat with the little boy for an hour, not leaving until the boy was smiling again.
  • During Battle of Khunduq when companions were digging ditch- the work was distributed across companions & Prophet SAW assigned himself the hardest, dirtiest work. He was hauling away dirt and digging in deepest part of trench.
  • In his own home, Prophet SAW helped around the house and SERVED (gasp!) his family. Compare this to culture today.
  • Prophet SAW was sent as Mercy to everyone- not just Muslims, friends, family. He was even merciful to his enemies.
  • When Prophet SAW retook Makkah, some said "This is a day of revenge!" He said "No, this is a day of mercy & honor." He announced amnesty.
  • Messenger of Allah (SAW) declared amnesty long before Amnesty International was around to make people do so.
  • Famous story: Bedoun started peeing in corner of the masjid. Companions were abt to freak out. Prophet (SAW) said; let him finish. When he was done peeing, Prophet SAW politely told him to not pee in places of worship. Had it cleaned up.
  • "I'm not just here to entertain you with stories, you have to take this home and make the intention to change your character."
  • Umar was pick-pocketed in a market, & merchant made dua against the thief. In turn, he made dua to guide thief, forgive him.





SESSION 4 - THE DECENT WAY
-SH SAAD TASLEEM-
We live in a time where the concepts of love and sexuality have been warped worldwide, and concepts such as chastity and fidelity are considered relics of eras long gone by. This session will highlight examples of the Righteous in their struggle against indecency, make clear the dangers of zina, and give tips on how to protect yourself from its allure. 

  • You say: Are you telling me that by having coffee with someone I will commit zina? I'm telling you that you're on the path of Zina.
  • There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it's sound, the whole body is sound. If it's diseased, the whole body will be too.
  • Checking the status of your heart is not just an Eid or Ramadan or conference thing- it's a daily thing. Check your heart.
  • Your heart becomes diseased after you have had low Iman for a while & you've been letting it slide vs. challenging it.
  • Heartthrob bro is protected from fitnah of fangirls as long as he keeps his Iman up. Once it's low, he's vulnerable.
  • When the Iman dips, the harder to lower gaze & keep fitnah off the mind. More the fitnah lingers, it festers.
  • Before you know it, Brother Heartthrob is downloading porn. Shaitan tells him he's a hypocrite, so he leaves Ummah.
  • He spends his time with people that he doesn't feel like a hypocrite with- people with same habits. He makes friends.
  • Brother Heartthrob let his guard down, and Shaitan Barseesaa'ed him. Step by tiny step to Zina.
  • MSA Supersister is overworked with MSA and class and exams. She needs a friend. Mr. Sensitive comes along. They talk.
  • Mr. Sensitive is just a friend, it's not zina. He pays attention, validates her. Her heart fills w/love.
  • Sister MSA Superstar was looking for validation and appreciation, but instead she found Zina.
  • Zina takes place when we belittle the consequences of our actions.
  • Oh young people- if you able to marry, then marry. Guard your private parts. -Hadith
  • If you guarantee purity to me of tongue & private parts, I guarantee Jannah -Hadith
  • If you can't marry, then fast.  Not if you can't marry, then porn because it's better than zina.
  • You say fasting isn't working for you- but are you immersing yourself in zina of eyes? Game of Thrones? Kardashians?
  • Muhsina- righteous woman- comes from the word Hisn- fortress. Modesty takes protection. Make your faith a fortress.
  • Not saying marriage will make you super religious- not unless both partners strive for deen TOGETHER.
  • Modesty & fight against zina is an ongoing battle, just cuz you're married doesn't mean you can let your guard down.
  • Because you can be married and if you're not lowering gaze, you compare your spouse to others.
  • Lower your gaze- even on FB, Instagram, social media. Fake pictures, duck lips, don't be looking where you shouldn't
  • Never let Shaitan convince you that you are immune from Zina, or that it's only for "Bad people."
  • Zina is a path, and anyone can walk on it, one step or ten steps.  Get off it and stay off.
  • Never be ashamed to seek help in the battle against zina. It's a tough battle.
  • If Shaitan sez you suck, tell him that as long as you're alive you'll never be as bad as he is, cuz you seek Taubah.
  • Awesome, straight-talking lecture from @SaadTasleem about zina & staying the heck away from it. JazakAllahuKheiran





SESSION 5 - THE REASSURANCE
-SH NAVAID AZIZ-
It is a popular misconception that being religious should make you immune to depression, anxiety, stress and feeling down. Sh Navaid Aziz explores not just how the Messenger of Allah SAW was consoled by his Lord Almighty during his own difficult moments, but also examines how the Prophet SAW helped those around him to deal with their problems and increase their happiness, both in this life and the next.


  • There was a time during Messengers (SAW) life when there was six months of no revelation- a period of great sadness.
  • Mushrik began to say that Allah had given up on Messenger SAW and making fun of him. Allah's response was Surah Duha
  • A surah which beautifully answers the questions; what do we do when we feel sad?
  •  Surah 93: The morning light.
  • By the Glorious morning light, and the night when it is still. Your Guardian Lord has not forsaken you, nor is he displeased.
  • The Prophet SAW actually made dua to ask Allah to bless the early morning hours, think of light after darkness.
  • And think about how happiness feels when breaking through sadness- that is why Allah opens swears by Dawn.
  • Then Allah swears by night- darkness after light. The Messenger worshipped at night to get strength for the day.
  • When we feel down, we look for strength, happiness, or distraction everywhere except with Allah.
  • When's the last time someone said: Depressed? Wake up for tahajjud and tell me how you feel?
  • In Islam your duniya and aakhira should be synchronized- increasing Ibadah decreases wordly sadness.
  • Your Lord has not forsaken you. We may have distanced ourself from Allah, but He's still there for us to return to.
  • If Allah cooled fire itself for Ibrahim AS & put ZamZam in the desert for Hajar & Baby- imagine what He can do for you
  • Turn back to Allah, take the first step- and He will come running to you.
  • You want Allah's love, protection, comfort- ask Him for it. He doesn't hate you, He will never abandon you.
  • "And that which is to come is better than what you have now."  It will get better.
  • From the darkness, Allah brings light. When we're in the dark, Allah will send light.
  • If you feel like things can't get any harder, then know then they can only get easier, InshaAllah.
  • The hereafter is better- Better than what we're pining over, or people we're missing, or opportunities lost.
  • When you feel down you lose motivation.  Allah's giving you some: stand up from the ground and look to the sky- Jannah.
  • If you're depressed about what you don't have in this life, Allah promises better if you strive for it.
  • From @SaadTasleem's talk on Zina- what you lower your gaze from in this life, Allah will give you better than that.
  • Combat sadness by surrounding yourself with positive people who bring you closer to Allah.
  • Who are the top five people on your speed dial? You are a summary of those five people.
  • Gem from @boonaamohammed: You hang around with nine idiots and you're probable the tenth
  • Allah found you wandering and He gave you guidance: TV, movies, music are not going to increase quality of your life.
  • Increase your knowledge- seek more 'Ilm to bring your happiness and proximity to Allah.
  • When you grow as a Muslim, you will find happiness in that growth, InshaAllah
  • 'And He found you dependent, and He made you self-sufficient.' You can into this world naked and knowing nothing. And look at where you are now- walking, talking, reading, Muslim- in Malaysia! Look at how far you've come!
  • The keys to happiness are in 3 things: Thanking Allah for blessings. Patience in Calamity, and Forgiveness after sin.
  • Look, Allah brought you this far.  He's going to take you even farther. Don't despair, don't lose hope in His support.
  • Despite what society tells you: happiness isn't found in things. You build it yourself, not buy it.
  • The house of happiness is built in your soul with gratitude, patience, and repentance.
  • Have mercy on the people of the Earth, and Allah will have mercy on you. Serve others to be happy.
  • When you help others, Allah will also help you.
  • You know that feeling when you've done something good and people smile at your or thank you? You can increase it.
  • The more effort you put into serving your community, the more Allah will increase you in happiness & sweetness of faith
  • The Messengers came to bring us out of darkness and into light- share knowledge with others and you both get more light
  • "And the favors of your Lord- proclaim!" Find what you're grateful for, and express thanks for them.
  • No amount of money in the world can replace things like sight, health, happiness- your family. Be grateful.
  • No matter how great the calamity you're facing, Allah's blessings to you are, and will always be Greater.
  • Even if we spent our whole lives in worship, we would never be able to thank Allah enough.
  • We will all face sadness; but we can respond in three ways:
  1. At night, think of the blessings Allah has bestowed on you and thank you. Remember your sins, repent for them.
  2. Remove negative people from your life- negative attitudes, haram influences, people who pull you away from Allah. Whatever- or whoever- you leave for the sake of Allah, Allah will replace with something better.
  3. Get to know Allah. The more you understand Allah, the more you can trust in what He's doing to you.
  • Learn the names and attributes of Allah, and you'll understand His Love, Mercy, Knowledge, Creation, etc.
  • You will trust that whatever Allah allows to happen to you, it's in your best interest. Because Al Wadud loves you.
  • Al Khaliq made you, and everything that he made about you too. Says the woman with a genetic collagen disorder.
  • The notes @NavaidAziz prepared for this beautiful talk are available on Facebook. They will be posted today.
  • Surah 93


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