Shaykh Hamza Yusuf at the RIS Retreat
(Taken from Zaytuna College’s Facebook account)
We should really stop and look at the nature of the self. We are on a journey to Allah. As we move in life, we are moving to the end of the journey, the meeting with Allah Almighty.
The end is coming and people will do anything to occupy their time to avoid the inevitability of Death.
People are completely distracted and they are not present in their lives.
People completely fade away as we are living in a very trivialized civilization.
The Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) has warned: the “The intellects will be removed from people”; these are our Prophetic traditions.
The things that make us humans unique to other species, is our Aql (intellect).
Human beings are losing all sense of what they were intended for. Our whole purpose is to get to Paradise.
Selfies in Arabic are called Nafsies.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings upon him) was the most eloquent of human beings. We have to think to ourselves — why then would Allah have given him that attribute, if it’s not what human beings were supposed to embody?
Where are the Muslims – where are their voices? Muslims are blowing each other up with more people dead everyday. Syria has 5 million refugees.
Think deeply about your life and where you are going. What is it going to be like 30 years down the road?
The crisis in the Muslim world is an Intellectual crisis, not a Spiritual crisis.
The Arabic language reveals realities of the world to you.
The Quran says: Human Beings have 3 Purposes –
1. Cultivate the Earth (Build);
2. Ibadah (Devotion);
3. Reveal – to be sovereign who stand in place of the true sovereign. To follow/imitate what the creator has done. To implement these qualities wisdom, justice, forbearance, and virtue in our lives.
The honor of the human being is the level of presence of these (purposes). The lowness of the human being is the lack of these.
I believe there is a strong case for those fighting for animal rights. The animals are doing what they are suppose to, but we are not.
We need master how to govern the soul and body. People eat too much, don’t exercise, sleep too much, and don’t take care of their bodies, and then, end up in the doctors office.
Governess of others – No one is worthy of governing another — if you can’t govern yourself.
Do you call others to be upright and you are not yourself?. Rectify your own souls before you try to rectify others.
Allah is upright so if you are not upright, you have no authority to tell others to be upright.
Shaytan is the very progressive and as Muslims we have truly underestimated Shaytan as an enemy.
Shaytan never had what he has today. He is able to sit back and watch RIBA in abundance – you don’t even have to be present to get involved in it.
Facebook, Twitter — people are like locusts – consuming everything. One side of the planet is dying of starvation and the other side is dying of obesity. We are people of excess in all areas of our life.
The more you know, the more troubled you should be of your state and world around you.
The noblest of you are those who have Taqwa. You have to implement these devotional practices – this is how we balance ourselves.
You can’t reach grace until you have achieved justice. You can not comprehend extras unless the essence is achieved. Doing “extra” is doing the devotion.
Being alone is not enough – we need each other, we have to help each other.
Food, drink, clothing, and shelter is all you need. Nothing else.
The world cannot be sustained. It cannot go on as this system is unsustainable, as it is based upon everything Shaytan loves.
Muslims should be at the forefront – where are the Muslims? We have to change our behavior