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Lecture: The Art and Artifice of Poetry | Hamza Yusuf & Scott Crider

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Event Date6/12/2018
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Note: How Aristotle called for the ban of music because it is too powerful
"Its an incredible journey home" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Note: SHY mentions this book alot but never really recommends it.
Note: Shy quoted Achilles on lieing
Note: How The Illiad portrays vengeance killings

I'm going to tell you the truth. You're a young man, and I've been around long enough to know some things.

This is it: We're Aliens, really. This is not our planet. We're just here for a short time. It's like a prison that you've been put in.

Behave well, and you'll get off on good behavior. But ignore the other inmates, because they're crazy.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Note: The last major American attempt to write an epic poem
Note: Shaykh Hamza discusses epic poetry, and why it's so important

We visited him once (Sidi Jaid), at this point he was Blind... (and) he could barely hear, he was in his Coma. He was on the bed (laying

Mouli Hassan said, "Hamza Yusuf came, he's visiting."

Alhamdullilah, he liked me a lot. There was no response.  We sat there and we read something and then we were about to leave.

Mouli Hassan said, "Mashallah, Ghaib", He is just not here.

And when he said that, Sidi Jaid said, "I'm coming, give me a little time."

That's what he said, "Give me a little time."

And then, we waited a little bit, and he came, and he said "Lift me up."

We sat him up, and he opened his eyes, and he asked for his glasses. Then he started reading Surah Yaseen. and then he just said, "I am really giving the Shayateen such a hard time."

Wallahi, that's what he said, "They're trying to put doubts in me, and I'm just Alhamdulillah."

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
"Bob Dylan, will probably be included in the Canon" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
"I just finished reading a book (Why Dylan Matters" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
""I don’t like the overall message in this movie", but the scene about the mechanics of poetry was good." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf