This page lists information about a lecture Shaykh Hamza gave. It organizes what quotes he made, which books he recommended, and links to a transcript, if one is available.
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|Event Location||Taif, Saudi Arabia|
|Event Description||Concerning a poem on Seerah
From a 2008 Rihla class in Taif
|A History of Knowledge: Past, Present and Future|
|The BOOK OF VIRTUES|
|Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment|
|Civilization on trial|
|Washington Irvings - Life of Muhammad|
|The Case against Adolescence|
|Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families|
|The Open Society|
|Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet|
|Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Quran|
|The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions|
|The Power of Place: Sacred Ground in Natural & Human Environments|
|On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al Ghazali|
|Islam and Secularism|
|Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East|
|Pearls of Faith|
|Light of Asia|
|A History of Knowledge: Past, Present and Future - Note: References Toynbee|
|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`.|
|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|
|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.|
|Civilization on trial - Note: SHY quoted from this book during the ISNA 2001 lecture|
|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.|
|Jewish Theology - "It is accepted within Jewish tradition that the Prophet Muhammad was a vehicle of divine intervention." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|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.|
|Washington Irvings - Life of Muhammad - "" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|The Case against Adolescence - Note: The ever present attempt by society to prolong teenage life.|
|The Case against Adolescence - "He argues that to resolve the problem we have with children, we should treat children like adults." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - Note: On the effects of Pornography.|
|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|
|Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families - Note: Not recommended, just mentioned|
|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
|The Open Society - ""The last interview" is worth reading. Censorship is a good thing" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|The Open Society - Note: In his last interview, he said he was wrong, we have to censor violent media|
|The Open Society - Note: Not recommended, SHY quoted from it, and it was used as a proof for censorship|
|Les Miserables - Note: How justice and mercy cannot go together|
|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
|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 - "
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
|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|
|On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al Ghazali - "A beautiful book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|Walking - "It's really worth reading" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf|
|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|
|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."