Alhamdulillah, I'm blessed by Allah to attend this year's RIS conference. A conference that I looked forward to attend every year and so far I've attended all 3 conferences in my 3 years (almost) of being in Canada.
This year is particularly special because it's the 10th anniversary and for the first time in 10 years, the tickets were sold out! I witnessed a massive gathering of 20,000 Muslims who came primarily from North America. Subhanallah, Islam is growing strong in the west.
Anyway, I just want to write this post to record the gems that I've gathered from the wonderful speakers.
Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury
Where is Allah in your plan? If you live a life where Allah is not a part of it, remember what Allah says in Surah at-Taubah, Ayah 24.
If we give Zakat, poverty will not exist.
They run away from the slavery for Allah and become slaves of themselves and Shaytan.
|Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury|
Imam Yassir Fazaga
It is not enough to feed your children, to give them clothes, to send them to school, etc. They need directions.
The Prophet was always available for his family.
The Masjid is like a hospital. It is a place for anyone who is not doing well. What kind of a hospital that doesn't accept a sick person?
|Imam Yassir Fazaga|
Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X's eldest daughter)
Learn the other cultures while sharing ours.
Even if you can't see a Muslim in your midst, know that there's one around.
We guide, we support, but we don't push.
Sheikh Abdul Hakim Jackson
Sometimes we have to give up our own rights, for something greater.
I don't have to strive to be unforgiving.
|Sheikh Abdul Hakim Jackson|
Dr. Umar Faruq
Titanic was a sign of Allah. It is a lesson. Is that lesson learned?
We may not see the problems in our lifetime, but what about our children's lifetime?
This world is the garden for the animals and the plants. We have to allow them to cultivate this garden. Our Garden is not here but in the Hereafter. We're just passing by.
We don't eat pigs but pigs are also God's creation. They glorify God.
It's not enough that the animals are killed properly, but we have to demand that they lived properly.
If we do not apply the knowledge we have, it may become a proof against us.
Subjectivity and egotism of this world will be removed in the Hereafter. Only objectivity and truth remains. All egos will be crushed.
Evil is never absolute. It's always limited and it's there for a purpose. Evil always come to an end, even though you might think it won't be.
God creates good and evil. Human beings acquire good and evil. But God is not evil, He is all good. He created evil to test us. He doesn't acquire evil but He allows us to acquire evil.
Our belief in the Hereafter must be our highest moral principle.
The best of all people are those who are keys to open up good and locks to lock down evil.
|Dr. Umar Faruq|
Sheikh Sulaiman Mulla
The gaze of a believer is deep and far reaching to the end result.
A system that survives on usury and interest is like feeding a person unhealthy food.
Speak the truth. Allah will amplify your voice.
I fear when everyone will value his own opinion that there's no room for other opinions.
Aspire to inspire before you expire.
It's not that obesity runs in your family, but nobody runs in your family.
Don't fear anything in this world except the consequences of your sins.
The regret of one who couldn't sin is worse than the pleasure of one who sins.
Don't attach your hopes to the creations.
|Sheikh Sulaiman Mulla|
Habib Ali al-Jifri
Our religion is the religion of love. Period.
|Habib Ali al-Jifri|
Imam Zaid Shakir
This is a great time to be a Muslim. Don't wish for another time. This is our time.
An irresponsible Muslim is an oxymoron.
Never think that you can't contribute anything positive to the society using the teachings of Islam. There are people out there who wants to listen to what you have to say as a Muslim. So start talking!
Allah Praises the builders and Dislikes the talkers.
Don't fear talented people. Unleash them!
Don't suppress the creative energy of women.
One who attaches his heart to the world is attaching his heart to something that isn't permanent.
We will never be an illuminated community until we couple faith with love.
|Imam Zaid Shakir|
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf
Patriotism is not the same as nationalism.
It's ridiculous to question one's patriotism just because one points out the flaws of one's country.
If you treat them like human beings, they will behave like human beings.
Never seek the pleasure of the people by displeasing God.
Do little with great love.
Not all corporations are evil, just most of them.
Commodity-backed wealth is the only sound form of wealth.
The Prophet will never betray you.
|Sheikh Hamza Yusuf|
Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens)
Between the beginning and the end is the purpose.
To ignore the existence of Satan is fatal.
There is no barrier between you and Allah.
FYI, Muslim Matters did an excellent summary of the conference. Click here to read the article.