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Lecture: The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times

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Lecture Details

Event Date11/3/2011
Event LocationGalt House, Louisville, Kentucky
Event DescriptionA lecture delivered by Hamza Yusuf on the evening of November 3rd, 2011 at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Thanks to Fons Vitae Press and Ten Thousand Films for video production, as well as The Council of Islamic Organizations of Kentucky for the event.

Event Transcripts


Quotes Made at this Event

Ghazali (Makers Of The Muslim World) - "

If you deny design, you're completely mad.

I dont care if you have the Isaac Newton chair of Mathematics in the most prestigious University in the world. I don't care how many Degrees you have, if you deny design in the world, as far as I'm concerned, you're a lunatic.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Ghazali (Makers Of The Muslim World) - "He argues that Ghazali was an Usooli" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Path to Virtue: the Ethical Philosophy of al-Raghib al-Isfahani - Note: `Ethics` By Raghib Isfahani was specifically recommended. But there aren`t any of his books available in English, yet.
Arabic-English Lexicon (Islamic Texts Society) - "Aisha Grey Henry is a friend of now many years. The first time that I met her, was in Cambridge, Mass. I was a very young student of Arabic. I didn't have enough money so I just wanted to see Lane's Legendary Two-Volume masterful Dictionary of The Arabic Language. So I went to see her shop in Cambridge, The Islamic Texts Society. And she actually had the 2 volumes on the desk. I told her, "I just want to look at the book. I'd love to buy it but I can't afford it." She said, "how much money do you have?" I looked in my pocket, and I had 10 quid. So she said, "Just give me 10 pounds." I gave her 10 pounds, and I think it (the dictionary) was 55 pounds at the time. She gave me this 2 volume (dictionary), which I still have in my library; It was over 20 years ago. We've been friends ever since. It's a good way of gaining a friend quickly, being generous." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
A Modest Proposal - "If you don’t believe me, then read "A modest proposal"" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
A Modest Proposal - Note: On English attitudes to the Irish / Famine
My own teacher, Murabit al Hajj, spent a large period of his life reading nothing but the Ihya, in a graveyard outside of the Bedouin camp where he was from. And the Prophet SAW used to visit the graves. -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
People used to be present when they cooked food. They cooked with love... I had one teacher Umar Malahji; His wife would cook her food doing prayer on the Prophet the entire time, with Niyat-us-Shifa. That God would make that food a healing for the people that ate it and make the energy that they derive from it, used for worshipping Allah. They would only buy from grocers in Medina that they knew prayed 5x in the Masjid. They would go out and pick their own animals and sacrifice them, becuase they did not want to buy meat from these butchers, because they didn't know how they were treating the animals. This is a real family...and it is a fact, and I guarantee you, many people have experienced this. If you go and have eaten a full meal, and you go there, and they serve you food in the house of Umar Malahji, you will not get indigestion by eating a second meal immediatly after that at his house...and they will force you eat. They will Say, "KUL, KUL, KUL!" That food was made with presence. People dont have energy anymore. How is your food being grown? How is it being cooked? Because this is where energy comes from. -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf