Monday, May 19, 2014

ilmfest 2014 - Day 1 Session 6-10



The community of Madinah was far from monolithic. It was a diverse society made up of people who adhered to different faiths and came from different ethnicites and backgrounds. In a world that has become increasingly similar to a multicultural global village, it is crucial for Muslims to understand the Prophetic revolving around civic work, freedom, interfaith and communication with others.

  • Ice Sheets are melting at North and South Poles, oceans are rising, and global weather is changing.
  • Floods, tornadoes, fires, drought- record breaking disasters are hitting everywhere.  Changes are happening.
  • Allah says in Surah Ar-Rum, 41- that corruption has appeared in the land & sea because of what man's hands have done.
  • Companions asked: What is the corruption on the land? Transgressing limits of Allah, resulting in decrease in plant & animal life.
  • The corruption in the sea will be decrease of fish in the sea.   How does this compare to what we are seeing now?
  • We will taste something of what we have done. Following Fukushima nuclear disaster, ppl can literally taste fallout.
  • This is happening- not in vain, but for us to return to path of Allah- right relationship w/ Allah & each other.
  • Globalisation has brought people together in communication, but it has affected social, economic, and spiritual life.
  • There is a rise of materialism, racism, tribalism.  People are more concerned with themselves moreso than others.
  • There is a rise in the use of drugs, in the building of casinos, in prostitution and crime.
  • The lesson we take from this is that the world needs to return to the path, and what is that path? We have an example.
  • Madina was once known as Yathrib- it was a place of civil war, tribe fighting tribe in the streets.
  • When Prophet SAW entered, he commanded people to extend greetings of peace, feed the needy, maintain relationships and maintain prayer so they could enter paradise. These are actions that impact civil society- relationships.
  • The relationship of citizens from one to another- loyalty, service, community- these make you & these bind people, they make you want to save someone's life even if you don't know them. Such is community.
  • (@hakimquick is covering so much, so fast that my fingers are tired and I'm 20 mins behind his talk!) tqsm for her efforts
  • In closing: May Allah make Muslims an example of what good community looks like- where we are at peace
  • Not only at peace with each other, but with our neighbors, our environment, and ourselves. InshaAllah.

It has long been said and believed that this Ummah is onlu as strong as its women. They are half of our nation and they raise the other half. The Prophet Muhammad SAW was keen to attend to the needs of women, singling them out with special times to instruct them in their religion and give them specific advice. This session will highlight key areas of development for Muslim women in the 21st century in the light of timeless Prophetic counsel.

  • Pleasing Allah is not hard. Pleasing people though, is impossible. Don't worry about people think, worry what Allah thinks.
  • Modern society expects women to do everything a man can do and then do it better, while also doing all the things men can't.
  • Women are expected to be model employees, perfect wives, homemakers, mothers who look good, smell good, sound good 24/7.
  • Sisters- these are not reasonable. Not saying don't try hard, but don't be so hard on yourself.
- She's having some problem with connectivity, no tweet much for this session. iA i'll find from others.
- " Having connectivity problems with 3G network. Hope I can reconnect via laptop before next talk, InshaAllah"

The Qur'an states that if the Messenger SAW had been overly harsh or severe then even his followers would have dispersed from him. Indeed he was the opposite of that, his Companions testifying that they never met anyone who smiled more than him SAW. The Prophet's sense of humour was uniquely truthful, he was gentle, he was kind, and he would dearly miss the presence of his Companions. He was the best friend. Let Sh Omar prove to you how.

  • Messenger SAW made every person around him feel special. He was an incredible friend- what if he was your friend?
  • When you look at the highways, you see the pavement. But what's holding it up is the steel. Be like steel.
  • Be dependable, so much so that people can rely on you, and know you can be relied on.
  • Some "great" leaders lose sight of individuals while pursuing goals, but Prophet SAW never ignored "little guy."
  • When Prophet SAW talked, he turned entire body. He gave everyone attention, even one lil girl who'd take him by hand for walks.
  • He never made anyone feel insignificant.
  • If you haven't seen yet, see @omarsuleiman504 video: The Ugliest Sahabi- amazing example of Sunnah of friendship
  • Prophet SAW never said can you call me later, I have to save the world- he attended to everyone well as he could.
  • When a man came complaining cuz he couldn't get married- he took the guy by the arm & started knocking on doors.
  • If someone is missing from masjid or class, are you asking about them?
  • Prophet SAW was so considerate that he made sure to return amanaat even to the Quraysh before Hijra.
  • Where in the Seerah does the Prophet SAW ever talk bad abt someone? Or not defend someone when they were attacked?
  • We're talking about friendship- remember that husbands and wives are supposed to be good friends?
  • Even when standing up for someone in anger, Prophet SAW never put the other person down, only other person up.
  • Nice people in this world WILL get burned. But better to be burned in duniya than aakhira. Be a good friend.
  • Prophet SAW talked to people about what interested them, got down to their level & brought it up vs looking down.
  • There's this one sister w her big tupperware full of kek lapis, she offered to all ppl around. Kind soul, May Allah bless her.

Some people mistakenly assume that Muslims and non Muslims cannot get along with or benefit from one another. Yet, the sirah of the Prophet SAW demonstrates that this is not the case at all. Muslims should not behave towards the "Other" in the same way that many misguided people treat Muslims like their "Other". In this fascinating lecture, Sh Yasir will discuss the relationship that the Prophet SAW had with a particular nobleman of the Quraysh who never converted to Islam, and derive benefits that we can apply to our situations today in the modern world.

  • The Seerah is a well of knowledge and inspiration that does not dry up, and continues to teach.
  • Islam is not a religion of hate, nor Muhammad SAW a Prophet of arrogance.
  • Mut'im Ibn Adi was the equivalent of a minister in Pagan Quraysh hierarchy. He was abt 20 yrs older than Prophet SAW
  • A merchant from tribe of Zabeed had sold to a Quraysh chief who said he'd pay later. Later became never & merchant asked for help.
  • No one from Quraysh helped, so the merchant composed a poem and read it aloud at Kaba, asking what good was lineage w/out nobility
  • Quraysh called a council, and agreed to enforce economic justice among their tribes. They forced other chief to pay up.
  • Prophet SAW was a young man in the room when that treaty was signed, and considered his participation to be an honor.
  • Prophet SAW participated in an effort of social justice. He was involved in the affairs of his community.
  • Islam is not about isolationism, but change and involvement in our greater communities. This is Dawah.
  • Before prophecy, Muhammad SAW was known to his community as Truthful, Trustworthy- a pillar of good in his people.
  • Muhammad's SAW social credibility came from community involvement and a history of care for his community.
  • Social work opens the doors to Dawah- by leading through example of how Islam brings good to people & places.
  • Back to Mut'im. He never became a Muslim, but he believed strongly in the values of his people. He opposed the Boycott
  • Mut'im was the ONLY person of Quraysh to help Muslims- sneaking food  by night personally at risk to his life.
  • Mut'im spent a fortune feeding Muslims, not because he believed in Islam, but in justice.
  • Mut'im organized secret plot to speak out again boycott publicly- and his involvement was instrumental in its lifting. So now we have some background on the character of Mut'im
  • In the tenth year of Hijra- Abu Talib died & Prophet SAW no longer had protection of Banu Hashim- Abu Lahab took over
  • Unable to stay in Makkah, Prophet SAW tried Taif, where he was stoned and run out of town.
  • Prophet SAW returned and was stranded outside of Makkah, injured and unable to re-enter without protection.
  • Bilal RA is sent door to door, asked for permission & sanctuary to enter Makkah- and faces serial refusal.
  • Bilal comes to the door of Mut'im, and Mut'im calls his sons to grab their weapons bring Prophet SAW back- to safety.
  • Next day, Mut'im publicly declares his protection of Muhammad SAW and challenges other chiefs to defy him.
  • He is asked: You're Muslim? He says no. But he believes in justice.
  • Mut'im died before the Quraysh were crushed in Battle of Badr. After battle, when 70 Quraysh prisoners of war stand in shackles and Prophet SAW said, If Mut'im were alive, and asked me to release them all. I would."
  • This was an honor & credit to Mut'im from Prophet SAW. Prophet didn't make dua for him in Jannah- but recognized him
  • Some Muslims couldn't care less if people are homeless, marginalized or hungry if not Muslim. This is not correct.
  • Prophet SAW lived social justice before and after Islam, and kept interfaith honor & relations throughout.
  • What type of stupidity is it to say Muslims should not work with, care, or love non Muslim like Prophet loved Abu Talib
  • Or work with non-Muslims like Prophet SAW worked with Mut'im. We can disagree about theology but agree about justice.
  • The Seerah is such an amazing story that even if he had no miracles, his story enough authenticates his prophecy, SAW.
  • Loving the non-standard topic lineup! Community involvement, interfaith cooperation via @YasirQadhi


Some words that come to mind when describing the household of the Prophet SAW are perfection, devotion, and even humanity. As such, it was not a household that was immune from problems and conflict that come from either the human weaknesses of those inside the household or the human weaknesses of the society that they lived amongst. In this session, Sh Waleed will teach you how the Prophet SAW showed his love to his family, and how he responded to trouble and discord when it arose.

  • JazakAllahukheiran to everyone who's been sitting here since 10am, I promise this is the sweetest lecture.
  • We are now going to talk about the Prophet SAW in his capacity as a father, a husband, and a family member.
  • As an Imam, I hear every day from people w/marriage problems. The amount of divorces  is increasing.
  • When you think about love, you think about movies, tv, music. That's not real life of real love. That's in Sunnah.
  • Prophet SAW was a great man- meaning he was a great husband & a role model for men striving for greatness.
  • Relationship between husband and wife should be growing sweeter over time.
  • Don't look for a spouse you can live with, look for someone you cannot live without.
  • Is your wife younger? older? from different race? divorced? a widow? making more money than you? You have an example from the Sunnah.
  • No matter your situation, you can look to situation of Prophet SAW for inspiration.
  • Some people are great in public but awful in their homes. Prophet SAW was great in public, and better in his home.
  • The media shows us dysfunctional examples of what successful marriages look like. And your parents may too.
  • Our example of marital harmony can only come from the Sunnah, because culture is outdated and tv is unrealistic.
  • We don't want you to be like sister who wears wedding ring on wrong finger because she's married to wrong man.
  • People want divorce cuz they don't have love in their marriage. Do you buy new one if there's no gas in your car?
  • Prophet SAW publicly said- things I love most from this world are my wives, and perfume. :)
  • Expressing love is part of the Sunnah, even if it isn't part of your culture.
  • We have Hadith about kissing- Prophet SAW always kissed his wife goodbye before he left the house.
  • Prophet's wife Safiyya's camel got sick, and she was sad because she couldn't travel. He went to wipe her tears.
  • Prophet SAW gave his wives loving nicknames. Some people call their wives Interior Minister, Ball and Chain.
  • Prophet SAW used to sleep shirtless so that his skin would touch wife's skin. There is no shame in love & romance
  • Prophet SAW showered with wife, and they used to fight over who could fill the pitcher of water first
  • Prophets SAW wife wanted to ride camel, so he got down on knee so she could stand on his leg & climb up.
  • These days if man opens door for wife, either the wife is new or the car is new. :p
  • When Prophet SAW was overwhelmed with first revelation, who did he run to for safety & advice? His wife.
  • After treaty of Hudaibiyya, Prophet SAW didn't know how to break bad news to Muslims, so he went to wife, sought, took her advice.
  • Brothers- underline that- Prophet SAW SOUGHT and TOOK advice from his wives, recognizing & respecting opinions.
  • Prophet SAW spent quality time with his wives, and when he travelled, he always took his wives & rode together.
  • Prophet SAW was given invitation. He asked if he could bring his wife. No? Then he wasn't coming.
  • Prophet SAW spent time between Asr and Maghrib every day with his family, despite responsibility of leading Ummah
  • Husbands make a big mistake- they treat their wives like men and expect them to feel & behave like they do.
  • Wives make a big mistake- they treat their husbands like women and expect them to feel & react like they do.
  • When Aisha wanted to see Abyssinian hunters dance, he didn't say shame on you! He stood with her, cheek to cheek.
  • he (SAW) also used to turn his cup to drink from where his wife had drunk from.
  • Aisha RA dropped necklace. Prophet stopped entire caravan to look. It was important to him cuz important to her.
  • These days, if wife drops necklace and delays journey- husband gets mad and says who told you to bring it!
  • Prophet SAW came home late one night- and he took off his shoes & tiptoed. Some men want the whole house up, why?
  • There is nothing better you can give your spouse other than your own happiness. No one can make you happy but you.
  • Prophets house was place of happiness & fun- he used to race with and joke with wives.
  • In one instance, Aisha & Sauda were painting other's faces with sauce & Prophet SAW watching & laughing with them
  • When you go home tonight, tell your spouse you love them. Buy them a gift- there's a lovely bazaar outside ;) And that's it for #ilmfest tonight, thank you and good night.

Don't thanks me for this, instead make dua for her Zebasez
as i'm copying and just copying all of her tweets for our reference later

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