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    [Slideshare] raffles girlssch  lessonsaboutlife-madrasah-ramadhan (8-aug-2012) [Slideshare] raffles girlssch lessonsaboutlife-madrasah-ramadhan (8-aug-2012) Presentation Transcript

    • IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. Presentation by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail for ”Ramadhan Talk – and IFTAR “ organize by Raffles Girls School - Singapore Wednesday , 8 August 2012 – 19 Ramadhan 1433 5 pm – 6.45pm @ Raffles Girls School, 20 Anderson RoadAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) )
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT. ROB-BANAA- AN-FA’-NAA -BI-MAA- ‘AL-LAM-TA-NAA O our Lord! Make us to benefit from what You have taught us.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT. ROB-BI –’AL-LIM- NAL- LA-DzEE- YAN-FA- ‘U-NA O Lord! Teach us whatever that is beneficial for us.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT. ROB-BI –FAQ-QIH-NAA -WA -FAQ-QIH – AH-LA-NAA O Lord! Grant upon us profound understanding, (as also grant upon) our family members. .All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT. WA –QO-RAA-BAA-TIN-LA-NAA -FEE -DEE-NI-NAA And also to those in the Faith who are close to us.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT. MA- ’A -AH-LIL- QUTw-RI- UN-THA - WA DzA-KAR Amongst fellow citizens, the female and the male.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  I am very much aware that I am primarily addressing Muslim audience, who are fasting in this blessed month of Ramadhan. We are here to seek further bestowals from Allah SWT, especially to benefit from knowledge which we may have already possess, as well as to gain further beneficial knowledge from Allah SWT.  Indeed, before we can derive further benefit and bestowals, we must first recognize and be thankfully appreciative of every favors given to us by Allah SWT. For, we are not merely to be servants of Allah as Muslims (who submit and obey), but most importantly as “GRATEFUL servants of Allah” -All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  “Praise belongs to Allah who guided us to His praise, and placed us among the people of praise, that we might be among the thankful for His beneficence, and that He might recompense us for that with the recompense of the good-doers! “  “ And praise belongs to Allah who showed favour to us through His religion, singled us out for His creed, and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence, in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them to His good pleasure, a praise which He will accept from us and through which He will be pleased with us! “All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  “And praise belongs to Allah who appointed among those roads His month (SHAHRAHU),  the month of Ramadan (SHAHR-AR-RAMADHAN),  the month of fasting (SHAHR-AS-SIYAM)  the month of submission (SHAHR-AL-ISLAM), … “  “ … the month of purity (SHAHR-AT-TOHUR)  the month of putting to test (SHAHR-AL-TAM-HEESw)  the month of standing in prayer (SHAR-AL-QIYAAM)  (month) in which the Quran was sent down as guidance to the people, and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator! “All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): "If ye are grateful (SHAKAR-TUM), I will add more (favours) unto you; but if ye show ingratitude (KAFAR-TUM), truly My punishment is terrible indeed." (Qur’an: Ibrahim:14: 7)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  YOU HAVE BEEN CREATED AS A HUMAN BEING.  YOU HAVE PARENTS WHO LOVE AND CARE.  BROUGHT UP AS MUSLIM WITHIN A FAMILY ENVIRONMENT.  STILL GIVEN LEASE OF LIFE, GOOD HEALTH AND YOUTH.  OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY IN GOOD SCHOOL.  HAVE GOOD TEACHERS AND CARE-GIVER.  LIVING IN PEACEFUL PROSPEROUS COUNTRY.  HAVE GOOD FRIENDS. When we can appreciate, even just one of, these as favours, (NI’MAH) then we must strive to become a GRATEFUL person.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “O MANKIND! Worship (serve) your Sustainer, who has created you and those who lived before you, so that you might remain conscious of Him (TAQWA)“ (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 21)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Tolib r.a. said:“The foremost in religion is the acknowledgement of Him (Allah)” Mankind’s existence is not accidental as though without purpose,but humans by nature are capable of knowing meanings and purpose tohis life and his special place in nature. Unlike animals, man’s reasoning faculty is summoned to reflect uponthe higher philosophical questions as to the meaning and purpose of lifewhich leads to the cognition of the existence of the Divine. There is already and innate predisposition in him towards wanting toserve (worship) someone or something.
    • Those who claimed to be “atheists” even are in reality serving orworshipping their own Selves (their desires). “Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire , and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?” (Qur’an: Jathiya: 45: 24)
    • “AND WORSHIP (serve) Allah [alone], and do not ascribe divinity (SHIRK), in any way, to others beside Him. And do good unto your parents,” (Qur’an: An-Nisa’: 4: 36)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.” (Qur’an: Luqman: 31: 14)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “Allah’s pleasure (acceptance) is in the pleasure (acceptance) of your parents (towards you), and Allah’s displeasure is in the displeasure of your parents (towards you).” (Hadith reported in Subulus Salam narrated from the Prophet s.a.w. by ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Ash r.a.)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “O YOU who have attained to faith! Ward off from yourselves (i.e. save yourself) and those who are close to you (AHLIKUM) that fire [of the hereafter] whose fuel is human beings and stones: [lording] over it are angelic powers awesome [and] severe, who do not disobey Allah in whatever He has commanded them, but [always] do what they are bidden to do.” (Qur’an: Tahrim: 66: 6)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “Every child is born in a state of Fitrah (pure innocence); it is the parent that will make him to be a Jew, or a Christian, or a pagan (Majusi).” (Hadith of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “From amongst the rights of a children upon their parents are, that they be instilled (to be educated by them) with ADAB and to be given a good name.” (Hadith of the Prophet s.a.w. reported by Baihaqy from Ibnu ‘Abbas r.a.)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • Reality of the Self NAFS al-AMMARAH Initial traits : (Commanding self) [1] Appetite, [2] Emotion still link to needs, Link to various [3] curiosity, memory, TIME Quwwah (powers): [4] imitative, see, listen & do, [5] application of [1] shahwiyya basic sensory feelings (desires) [2] ghadabiyya BODY (anger) SELF HEART [3] Wahmiyah (imaginative) TONGUE [4] ‘aqliyya DESIRE (thoughts) MIND Importance of linguistics to thoughts: THE WORLDAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • Reality of the Self NAFS al-AMMARAH Initial traits : (Commanding self) [1] Appetite, [2] Emotion still link to needs, Link to various [3] curiosity, memory, TIME Quwwah (powers): [4] imitative, see, listen & do, [5] application of [1] shahwiyya basic sensory feelings (desires) [2] ghadabiyya BODY (anger) SELF HEART [3] Wahmiyah (imaginative) TONGUE [4] ‘aqliyya DESIRE (thoughts) MIND Importance of linguistics to thoughts: “He (Allah) has created man: He has imparted unto him articulate thought and speech.” (Q:55: 3-5) THE WORLDAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • Relationship with the Parents and Teacher Beginning of education: Obedience to Parents and teachers [1] Tarbiyya pertains to training of the soul still attached to TIME desires, etc. KNOWLEDGE TEACHERS PARENTS Teacher/Educator: [1] Parent BODY SELF HEART [2] Teacher TONGUE Although ultimate is DESIRE Knowledge, (both MIND theoretical and practical) – initial disciplining, rote learning, Islam: to submit the entire memorization, etc. may be self (body, tongue, heart and crucial. Mind) – Freeing it from desire which needs to always be guided to the Will of Allah. THE WORLDAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • And they will say: "All praise is due to Allah, who has guided us unto this; for we would certainly not have found the right path unless Allah had guided us! Indeed, our Sustainers Messengers have told us the truth!“ (Qur’an: A’-raf: 7: 43)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • CRITERIA 1. Acknowledge and extol praises of The key to the true giver, Allah Who alone is succeed in this test as well God, the Bestower of all favours. as to deserve achieving 2. Learn the value of what is given, further increase of do not take for granted any of bestowals from Allah. these favours. 3. Reciprocate with gratitude. yet how does one become Utilize what is given in grateful? What are the accordance to what may please important criteria? the Giver (i.e. do not abuse the gift), so as not to cause His wrath to befall us.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION WHICH EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO ASKAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEWAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “ Hallowed be He (Allah) in whose hand all dominion rests, since He has the power to will anything: He Who created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test [and thus show] which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He (Allah) alone is almighty, truly forgiving.” (Qur’an: Surah al-Mulk: 67: 1-2)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “ Verily! We create man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to test him; so We gave him (gifts of) hearing, sight. Verily! We have shown him the Way, whether he be grateful (SHAAKIRAN) or ungrateful (KAFUURA) i.e. disbelieving (rests on his will).” (Qur’an: Al-Insan:76: 2-3) 34All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “The example of [this] worldly life is but like rain which We have sent down from the sky that the plants of the earth absorb - [those] from which men and livestock eat - until, when the earth has taken on its adornment and is beautified and its people suppose that they have capability over it, there comes to it Our command by night or by day, and We make it as a harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday . Thus do We explain in detail the signs for a people who give thought.” (Qur’an: Yunus: 10: 24)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “Halia ini tanam-tanaman, Ke barat juga akan rebahnya, Dunia ini pinjam-pinjaman, Ke akhirat juga akan sudahnya” English translation “Ginger is a plant that grows in clumps, Towards the west it’s shoot will turn, Life in this world is but on borrowed times, For the Hereafter is where all must eternally return”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEWAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW  What do you call : “A person who does not know where he is now at, where he came from and, where he is going to?”  What about : “A person who may know where he is now, but does not know where he was from and where he is suppose to be going to?”  What about : “A person who may know where he is now, he knows where was from, but he does not know he is going to?”  Finally, what do you call: “A person who knows where he was from, where is now at, and where he is supposed to be going to?”All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW  A DETAILED MAP OR NAVIGATIONAL CHARTS. As Muslims, we are provided by Allah with the Qur’an and As-Sunnah.  A COMPASS – SEXTANT AND NAVIGATIONAL TOOLS Religious classes, khutbah, ceramah, naseehah (counsel and advices); constantly checking our position viv-a-vis our destination; always to be striving to better ourselves; correcting ourselves to reform or return to the path whenever we deviate from the SHARI’AH (AD- DEEN AL-ISLAM).All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW  A MANUAL – LOG BOOK OF PREVIOUS SUCCESSFUL TRAVELLERS This is to follow the well-established traditional path of those who went before us – viz. the MADZAAHIB : school of thoughts transmitted through an unbroken chain of teachers-scholars, linked back to the Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w., collectively scrutinized and check by the competent Islamic scholars of the community.  A CORRECT ATTITUDE, ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE - PREPAREDNESS Our education and training that ought to develop us In terms of our capability for ‘AMAL (Islam – practical), IIMAN (Faith and conviction), IHSAN (Righteousness) , IKHLAS (Sincerity), many other levels until TAQWA (Consciousness and fear of transgressing the command of Allah).All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW  BE ACCOMPANIED BY KNOWLEDGABLE AND EXPERIENCED GUIDE Importance of obeying the guidance of the parents and learned teachers ( MURABBI’ – sustainer, nurturer, educator, nourisher,) – who may be also the elders, husbands and leaders (those who may influence your development), etc.  FELLOW TRAVELLERS In keeping with Islam’s commandment to be with community (UMMAH), beginning with the important family institution, strengthening silatur-rahmi (bond of kith and kinship), to be vigilant and cautious of whom we take as intimate acquaintance and life- partners.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW  PROVISION FOR THE JOURNEY Utilizing our capabilities (IKHTIYAR), seeking the goodness and whatever Allah may bestow while in this life the livelihood ( RIZQ ) through Halal means, and utilizing them as an act of serving Allah by being good. A good person is one who is most beneficial towards others.  WHAT ‘TREASURE’ TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE FINAL DESTINATION Surely, there must be a reason for our being put on this life journey. Thus Islam teaches us what are we suppose to seek in this world which we can bring back; what can benefit us when we cross-over the threshold of death, into the intermediary world of the grave, and inevitably be made to be accountable on the Day of Judgment.All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “Seek instead, by means of what Allah has granted thee, [the good of] the life to come, without forgetting, withal, thine own [rightful] share in this world; and do good [unto others] as Allah has done good unto thee; and seek not to spread corruption on earth: for, verily, Allah does not love the spreaders of corruption!” (Qur’an: Qasas: 28: 77)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • Lessons regarding our life fromAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “O YOU who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might learn self- restraint (being conscious and fear Allah - TAQWA):” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “Allah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol Allah for His having guided you aright , and that you render your thanks [unto Him] – TASH-KURUN – (SHAKUR).” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • This list is not exhaustive, but only my personal reflection as to what Ramadhan teaches me as a MuslimAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  TA-’AH (Obedience) and ADAB (Decorum) Reminder of our covenant (SHAHADAHTAIN); and that we have to “walk the talk.” A Muslim is one who obeys Allah and His Messenger – not privately but if need be openly, to dare to show who we are without being apologetic. A Muslim is one who has ADAB, most importantly to place Allah and the Prophet’s command above all else. In Ramadhan, many aspects of our life has to be re-orientated and put in its proper order.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  NIYYAT WAL IKHLASW (Intention and Sincerity) Ramadhan teaches us that any act (‘AMAL), to be regarded as acts of merit acceptable to Allah, it must be with a resolve and sincere intention for Allah’s sake. Verbalizing to oneself, with knowledge and clear purpose of what we are about to do, is indeed important towards forming strong resolve and determination towards success of any endeavor. Despite the obvious uncertainty, yet by relying upon our faith (IIMAN) in Allah, Whom we seek to please and Who alone can grant us the TAUFIQ (success) we strive and face the ordeal of fasting. It is after all, done as a test of our Faith and faithfulness.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  SAHUR (Preparation – physical & spiritual) This teaches us the necessity for preparation before embarking upon whatever cause. Preparations are both physical and spiritual. The time for such is best made especially during occasions whence other people may be resting. Especially we are taught of the blessed time for spiritual preparation seeking Divine help is through making DU’A (supplication) and MUNAJAT (intimate whispering) just before Dawn. Knowledge of this is not merely taught theoretically, but in Ramadhan we are made to learn and experience it practically. And the sheer ease which many of us have experienced, boost our confidence that we can indeed do it even after Ramadhan.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  IMSAK (Abstention) Essentially, fasting is “IMSAK ” – abstaining from everything which Allah has forbidden us to do. Therefore in requires us to take charge and be in control over our desires. Thus, to be truly MUSLIM, we have to have the power to rein in and discipline our base desires – submitting our will to the will of Allah. Many people do not know how to say “No!” to evil and wrongdoing. Fasting in Ramadhan, effectively teaches us that in fact WE CAN DO IT! Even to curtail our basic needs which, normally outside fasting, are ‘Halal’. Ramadhan is the proof. And the fact is, for us Muslims what Allah has forbidden ( HARAM) are very few as compared to what He made lawful ( HALAL).All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  SWOLAH WA QIYYAM (Worship – personal night devotion) This being the Pillar ofour religion (IMAD-DU ADDEEN), is very much enhanced during Ramadhan, more than any other month. Congregational prayer in mosques, should become the norm in the community and ought to be reasserted. Night worship and spiritual retreat are revived and be inculcated throughout the month such that it can become ingrained as a community activity, that Muslims are to be the most worshipful people on earth – “they bow and prostrate and their faces glow with traces of (wudhu’ and) prostration”All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  TILAWAH - TADABBUR (Companionship with Al-Qur’an) In Ramadhan without fail, the Qur’an take centre stage. Muslims would inevitably be made to listen and experience the recitations of it in SWOLAH TARAWIH, TILAWAH and TADBBUR, from accomplished Qur’an reciters (MUQRI’ / QARI) and even by HUFFAZ (Those who memorize the Qur’an in its entirety). With satellite technology, the prayer in Masjidil Haram (Makkah) is beamed worldwide. This inspires many to focus upon embarking upon reciting and reading of portions of the Qur’an as a daily routine. Lectures, tadzkirah, commentaries by scholars would instill realization that the Qur’an is indeed the book of Guidance.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  MUJAAHADAH (Striving with utmost - exertion) Contrary to what some may think as though life ought to become relaxed, Ramadhan is the month in which Muslims learn the meaning of JIHAAD (striving with utmost in the way of Allah) which focus upon intense exertion (exhaustion)towards conquering our ego and desires. Its day spent in Fasting does not excuse the Muslims from their daily occupation, while their nights’ rest are shortened to increase their devotions and prayers. Indeed, this was the kind of life which the companions of the Prophet lived daily – a diligent “worker-warrior (MUJAHID)” by day and an “ascetic-devotee (ZAHID- ‘AABID)” by night.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  TAQWA (Reverential fear of transgression) The reason given by Allah as to why we fast is to teach us TAQWA – the highest virtue which every Muslim must strive for. The essential meaning of TAQWA is to safeguard ourselves from the wrath of Allah through our being ever consciousness of Allah’s Who sees and ever aware of our state; with sense of awe, reverential fear of Allah’s presence in our life and being ashame of our shortcomings. Indeed, TAQWA is the unmatched motivation for a truly ethical and good person. Although, to really become a MUTTAQEEN as our accomplished disposition (MAQOM –station) is not easy, yet in Ramadhan, we get to taste and experience this spiritual state.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  USRAH WAL JAMA’AH (Importance of Family and Congregation) Ramadhan brings back family living, where many activities like partaking of meals and praying in Jama’ah at home is revived. Many may have disregarded this important family way of life that gives real value and quality to our life. When we realize and experience how truly priceless it is, hopefully we will wish to sustain this life-style which many, in todays fast-pace and almost maddening existence, have lost. Indeed, “we may be in a rat race, but we must never become rats .” Human dignity through family and community living, must be cherished and upheld.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  RAHMAH WAL IHSAN (Mercy and Compassion) One of the important lessons of Ramadhan is its teaching us mercy and compassion. We who experience what it is like to be thirsty and hungry, should become more caring for those lacking in means to sustain themselves and their family. Thus it is in this month, the increase in deeds of charity, the sharing of meal and the giving of ZAKATUL-FITRA, are meant to acclimatize us into becoming a community who cares for others, mobilized to spread mercy and compassion towards all. This is also accompanied with realization of our own need for Allah’s forgiveness for our sins, which in Islam we are taught, is also by being merciful and forgiving towards others, ourselves.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  TASHAKKUR (Gratefulness) To become grateful, one must be taught to appreciate the favours NI’MAT , given. Unfortunate we have dulled our senses through excesses and habits, making us oblivious to even the great pleasure which we are given so abundantly. Thus amongst the lesson of Ramadhan, through temporary deprivation, we can restore and enhanced our senses and sensibility thereby to re-experience those favours. Through this month too, it ought to make us realize how excessive our previous life-style has been. To be grateful is not to over-indulge but to share those bounties and favours from Allah, with others in our life. For being prudent must also not lead us to miserly.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  TAUBAH WA ISTIGHFAR (Repentance and seeking forgiveness) The most important message of Islam is the Message of Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah. This is through mankind’s returning in repentance (TAUBAH) and seeking forgiveness of Allah (ISTIGHFAR) The door is never close for anyone, until the end of the world (QIYYAMAH) or till when he experience the moment of death (SAKARAT-AL-MAUT). In Ramadhan especially, this message is greatly enhanced and opportunity to do so permeates throughout its period and occasion. And in this month, one can even get to taste the indescribable feeling of Allah’s forgiveness and acceptance of our repentance (TAUBAH).All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  ‘AMR AL-MA’RUF NAH-YUL MUNKAR (Enjoining good and forbid evil) Al-ISLAM is not meant to be a ‘personal-individual’ religion to be only practiced privately. It is more a community living (welfare type society) which places duty and responsibility collectively upon every of its member. They enjoy personal privileges by virtue of discharging their social obligation too, which are meant to safeguard the survival of the whole community. Thus ‘enjoining good and forbidding evil’ is an essential pillar which Muslims uphold and practice – through practical prevention, advise, exhortations, encouragement, etc. to one another, which keep every members in check from deviation and waywardness.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    •  ‘AMR AL-MA’RUF NAH-YUL MUNKAR (Enjoining good and forbid evil) In Ramadhan, the vibrancy of this spirit of collective preservation is even more pronounced. The most effective way to correcting others is by showing by our own example. And this would only be effective if demonstrated by the collective majority. One of the most effective approach to reform society is : “It is when good people are actively seen and conspicuously projected, in their goodness and their doing good as a norm that bad people will shy away.” – ( zhulkeflee ) And this is possible because to every Muslim, what is permissible (HALAL) is already clear, and what is forbidden (HARAM) is also clear.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way (UMMATAN WASOTAN) [i.e. justly balanced], so that [with your lives] you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind (SHUHADAA-A - ‘ALAN-NAAS) , and the Messenger as a witness over you.“ (Qur’an: al- Baqarah: 2:143) EXCERPTS FROM FARDHU-’AIN COURSEAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “And when Allah guides a single person (to Islam), through you (with your sincere effort), (the reward) for you is better than (if you are given) the whole world and whatever it contains.” (Hadith of the Prophet ) EXCERPTS FROM FARDHU-’AIN COURSEAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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    • “Whomsoever that Allah wishes for him goodness, He will make him a FAQIH (learned) in matters of the religion(Deen); and for everything there is a pillar, and the pillar of this religion is AL-FIQH – (the profound understanding of the Deen); a learned scholar (of the Deen) is more difficult upon satan than a thousand worshippers.” (Reported by Bukhary and Muslim)All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
    • “Among the believers are men who have [always] been true to what they have vowed before Allah: Of them some have fulfilled their obligations (with their lives), and some of them are still waiting (for its fulfillment) without having changed [their resolve] in the least.” (Qur’an: al-Ahzab: 33: 23) EXCERPTS FROM FARDHU-’AIN COURSEAll Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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