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Best convention I’ve been to so far…much better than ISNA has been for the past few years in USA. Here is the link for those of you who would like to attend this year …InshAllah http://www.revivingtheislamicspirit.com/convention/index.php

I’m including some brief notes I took during the convention.

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RIS CONVENTION 2010: Ten Commandments

January 24th, 2010 – January 26th, 2010 

  • Dr. Umar Abdallah
    • If you do make an image, let it be of inanimate things…things that don’t have a spirit such as trees, houses, cars etc.
    • Humans today are bonazide humans…one dimensional.
  • Yasir Fazagga
    • Peace is part absence of violence and absence of war is only possible through justice. Four components of achieving justice are:
      • Equal social status (subhumans)
      • Share wealth: 3 richest people in the world have more money than the wealth of 48 poorest countries of the world combined. They don’t hate us for our DEMOCRACY; they hate us for our HYPOCRISY.
      • Share knowledge: a man of knowledge cannot be a slave. Knowledge=Freedom
      • Serve community
  • Dr. Badawi
    • “Thou shall not devour other’s wealth unjustly” – “devour” instead of the biblical term “steal”
    • Quran has two functions: confirming what was revealed before and to preserve.
    • “I was not sent except to perfect moral character” – Haadith
    • Interconnected  faith, moral behavior and righteous action
    • Work is an act of worship and piety.
  • Amr Khalid
    • amrkhaled.com (website)***
    • Warm your heart towards your parents
      • Birds display surrender by lowering their wings on the floor
      • This does not nullify individuality
      • As long as your parents are happy with you, you got nothing to worry about.
      • For most Islamic acts (umrah, fasting) you will get the reward in the hereafter but for respect and obedience of parents you will get reward now.
    • Recall memories which create Emotional connections
      • Allah reminds us of these in the Quran
      • No other people wish you to be better people than themselves except your parents. They stop buying things for themselves so you can wear beautiful clothes.
    • Catch them before they leave you
      • Prophet PBUH warns of a person who has parents and does not enter Jennah because of them.
      • Once a mother dies, angels say you lost the thing we respected you for.
    • There are those whom God won’t speak to on the Day of Judgment – one of them is those who disrespect his/her parents. 
      • Disrespect (Arabic) is derived from a word which means ‘tearing apart’ another meaning is ‘bitter’…which is what your life will be as a
    • 8 Things To Do:
      • Talk to them
        • She had you so she could have a companion. Silence=Disrespect
        • Be concerned about what concerns her
        • As a child you wouldn’t sleep until she read you a story how do you think that she can sleep without having talked to you all day long?
      • Ask them for Advice
        • Even if you don’t take it or if they advise something that is not possible or in some way wrong, still ask as a sign of respect.
      • Be Patient with their advice
      • Serve
      • Laugh
      • Be concerned with your parents friends after your parents have passed away
      • Be successful in order to make them happy…honor them by doing well
      • Be their friend
  • Dr. Jackson
    • We can’t be in society as devotional beings ONLY
  • Zaid Shakir
    • Religion has to become the conscience of politics
    • Islam can give humanity back to individuals destroyed by today’s society
    • As a community we have to give priority to politics of unity rather than politics of conflict.
  • Tariq Ramadan
    • Be the subject of history and not the object of their judgment
    • Resist the bad and reform for the better
    • Liberation is a means to salvation
    • Some think that good muslims are invisible muslims
      • Some muslims are ready for this since they already dress and speak the part…they disappear
    • Put the meanings before the rules
      • Without meanings you are in jail but with it you liberate yourself
    • Have a thirst for knowledge
    • Share, don’t only impose
  • Hamza Yusuf
    • ‘All Devils Are Here’ (book)***
    • Do not allow the deluder to delude you
    • Humility comes from ‘humus=earth’
    • Prophet PBUH said spiritual life begins at 120 days.
    • Allah doesn’t task a soul for more than it can bear
    • Three types of Nafs
      • Pig Nafs – shahawaat (desires)
      • Dog Nafs – if you treat it as equal, it will take over
      • Sheikh Nafs – the good kind
  • Dr. Ebu Patel
    • I seek to cultivate progress
    • Faithdivide.com (blog)***
  • Zaid Shakir
    • We put too much importance in our immediate concerns and not enough in our ultimate concerns.
    • We live in an interconnected world more so than olden days
    • Our differences should be what brings us together
    • Everything is in state of transformation on its way to its termination
  • Tariq Ramadan
    • The objective of Islam is peace but you have to face conflict to achieve this objective. Conflict is a necessary means. Call for peace while knowing you will face conflict.
    • Don’t just discuss what is going on in the West, start focusing on other oppressed countries in the muslim world
    • Don’t obey people who deny God-STAND UP
      • Fight with intellectual Jihad, equip yourself with knowledge
    • The conflict between nations and humans is necessary because ultimate power can only belong to Allah
    • Resist Oppression!
    • First resist with peaceful means but if they start killing…fight back!
    • Is this the right understanding? (principles) Is this the right strategy? (Context)
    • Are you using your mind? Or merely quoting a verse from the Quran?
    • Justice is a means toward peace but don’t just worship justice
    • Question the questions that are put to you
    • 4 disciplines muslims need to strive towards
      • History
      • Understand other religions
      • Philosophy
      • Imagination (Arts)
    • Sometimes you are more powerful if you are ready to resist with no violence and leave the violent one with their violence.
    • While I don’t agree with their means, the Palestinians are legitimate in resisting
    • Muslims are dreaming the present and the future when they should be studying the past, facing the present and dreaming the future
    • Our silence is nurturing their violence
  • Chris Hedges and Hamza Yusuf
    • The desire of beauty is the desire to find beauty in God
    • God put fire in our hearts so we need to keep breathing otherwise we will get burned out
    • Its difficult for us to look within to see ourselves
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