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Lecture: Qurrat al-Absar - Discerning the Eyes Delight

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Lecture Details

Event Date1/1/2011
Event LocationTaif, Saudi Arabia
Event DescriptionConcerning a poem on Seerah

From a 2008 Rihla class in Taif

Event Transcripts

No Transcripts Available

Quotes Made at this Event

Jewish Theology - "It is accepted within Jewish tradition that the Prophet Muhammad was a vehicle of divine intervention." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: On the value of mastering vs dabbling. In reference to a quote by Sidi Ahmed Zurruq in `Foundations of the Spiritual Path`.
Jewish Theology - "An Extraordinary Book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Jewish Theology - Note: How traditional Judaism views Islam
Washington Irvings - Life of Muhammad - Note: How the marriage of Aisha (ie at an early age) was not considered a big deal by post-modern Western Thinkers.
The Case against Adolescence - Note: The ever present attempt by society to prolong teenage life.
Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - Note: On the effects of Pornography.
Civilization on trial - Note: SHY quoted from this book during the ISNA 2001 lecture
The Open Society - ""The last interview" is worth reading. Censorship is a good thing" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet - "

And I'm going to tell this. A young man, who was a graduate from one of the top universities in this country. He wanted to go to Mauritania to study Fiqh.

And Jazakullah Khairan, his father...and his mother gave him permission, because they're honorable people. But she curses me because she thinks I'm the cause that he's not going to medical school.

We can't give one person for this Ummah? Our mothers can't give one son for this Ummah? How many doctors do we have? How many engineers do we have? Who's going to learn this Deen, to give it to the people that come after?

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Quran - "

A young man came to me the other day and said, "I want to study, where can I study? I can't get in to Medina because they have a condition that you have to be under 24. I can't to this place because of this, I can't go to this place because of this."

He said, "Why is it so easy to go to school here, but so hard to go to school in the Muslim world?"

Well if you find out the answer to that, you'll understand why we're in the condition we're in, and why these people are ruling the world.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - "If you haven't read it, I really recommend that book " -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: SHY recommends this book repeatidly, and quotes from this book in the "How to Read a Book" lecture
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: Regarding people who like to join groups. Sh Hamza pointed at the chapter on Dabblers
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - "A really great book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Les Miserables - Note: How justice and mercy cannot go together
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet - "Brilliant" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet - Note: Shaykh Hamza discussed how orientalists like Karen Armstrong were bringing new material into the subject matter of Islam (which was a good thing)
Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Quran - "Izutsu is a genius" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Quran - Note: Karen Armstrong based much of her work on his texts on Islam.
The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions - "The reason I became Muslim was because of Huston Smith's book (World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions). " -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions - Note: Shaykh Hamza took a World Religions course in college, and this was (I assume) required reading.
The Power of Place: Sacred Ground in Natural & Human Environments - Note: A materialistic explanation for holy places
The Case against Adolescence - "He argues that to resolve the problem we have with children, we should treat children like adults." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Washington Irvings - Life of Muhammad - "" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al Ghazali - "A beautiful book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Open Society - Note: In his last interview, he said he was wrong, we have to censor violent media
Civilization on trial - Note: He quoted Toynbee, who said that Islam is asleep, and when it awakens, it will be a force to be reckoned with.
Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - Note: Not recommended, just mentioned
The Open Society - Note: Not recommended, SHY quoted from it, and it was used as a proof for censorship
Walking - "It's really worth reading" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: Related to the Hadith on Archery; Meaning: If you start, don’t stop. Don't dabble.
Islam and Secularism - Note: Can be bought here: http://www.islamicbookstore.com/b2694.html
Islam and Secularism - Note: He considered that the loss of Adab, was the greatest crisis for the Ummah
Islam and Secularism - "I recommend everyone to read..." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East - "Michael Lecher - Brilliant research and Arabist" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Pearls of Faith - "I'm hoping to republish that book, I found it quite extraordinary to find that..." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
A History of Knowledge: Past, Present and Future - Note: References Toynbee
Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - "

if you want to read a really good book on this (pornography addiction and its effects), read "Pornified"

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Conversion and insanity The only person I know is Dr Winters (who didn't go fundamentalist after conversion), because I know him since we both converted. I met him the first year I converted. He was always so level headed; ...Whereas I was completely insane. -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf

The Prophet (SAW), his religion is Adab (Courtesy / Ettiquette), the whole thing is Adab.   And if you lose Adab, you lost everything.

-Shaikh Hamza Yusuf

America wasn't always Tatoo's and T-shirts.  You couldn't get into an Ivy League college without a coat and tie

-Shaikh Hamza Yusuf

The rungs of Islam are going to go one by one.  Every time one of those rungs goes, people will cling to the next one.  The first to go will be governance.  And the last is salaat.

So, this idea that Islamic law is coming back, is a modern fantasy.  This kind of idea these islamic movements have put out there.  "We need to reestablish shariah."
You're going to apply Shariah in the modern world?
You create consumer societies, put false desires in people, then you're going to cut off their hands when they steal things?
I'm not an advocate of reimplemention of Hudood (Capital Punishment).  It's long gone, and it's been long gone.
The Prophet (SAW) said, The sign of Jahiliyah (uncivilized) is when you implement (the Hudood) on weak people and leave the strong people.

-Shaikh Hamza Yusuf