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““INTRODUCTION TO STUDY OFINTRODUCTION TO STUDY OF
‘ILMUL- AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF‘ILMUL- AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF ””
Intermediate Leve...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• After the “Beginners’ course on Islam” ,
which concisely and adequately...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• By “intermediate” we do mean – further
elucidations of the same basic t...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• Each of these would be approached
systematically, with adequate
introdu...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• Notwithstanding, the essential spirit in
learning at this “intermediate...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• Previous to this, we have already
conducted (at intermediate level) the...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
[3] Introduction on the approach to the[3] Introduction on the approach t...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• As in all our approach in Education -
we seek to provide adequate and
s...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• As in all our approach in Education - we
seek to provide adequate and
s...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• Yet, in as much it can benefit new
Muslim, we have long realized that
t...
About this course-moduleAbout this course-module
• Yet, in as much it can benefit new
Muslim, we have long realized that
t...
COMMENTS AND TESTIMONIALSCOMMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS
Extracted from some comments,
reflections and feedback of
participant w...
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“I must admit my own falla...
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“Just as Allah (High and E...
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“Ustaz Zhulkeflee constant...
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“Ustaz’s lesson on buildin...
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“I learnt that our Akhlaq ...
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“This lesson helps me to a...
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“Thank you Ustaz for deliv...
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“As Ustaz shared the vario...
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“Akhlaq, on the other hand...
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“We also learnt about the ...
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  1. 1. ““INTRODUCTION TO STUDY OFINTRODUCTION TO STUDY OF ‘ILMUL- AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF‘ILMUL- AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF ”” Intermediate Level Islamic course in English for AdultsIntermediate Level Islamic course in English for Adults conducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismailconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail 18 weekly class starting:18 weekly class starting: 21 JANUARY 201521 JANUARY 2015 Every Wednesday night @ 8pm – 10pmEvery Wednesday night @ 8pm – 10pm Wisma Indah, 450 Changi Road,Wisma Indah, 450 Changi Road, #02-00 next to Masjid Kassim#02-00 next to Masjid Kassim ANNOUNCING START OF A NEW COURSE [Jan 2015) Pre-requisite: Preferably meant for students who have completed the essential weekly Fardhu ‘Ain – “Beginners’ Course on Islam” by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail Using text & curriculum he has developed especially forUsing text & curriculum he has developed especially for Muslim converts and young Adult English-speaking MuslimsMuslim converts and young Adult English-speaking Muslims.. ““To seek knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male & female)”To seek knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male & female)” BRIEF EXPLANATION REGARDING THIS COURSE ... All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) Register via – For further queries, contactFor further queries, contact EE-mail:-mail: ad.fardhayn.sg@gmail.comad.fardhayn.sg@gmail.com oror +65 81234669 / +65 96838279+65 81234669 / +65 96838279 http://goo.gl/forms/LJFYNYjNHn http://goo.gl/forms/LJFYNYjNHn
  2. 2. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • After the “Beginners’ course on Islam” , which concisely and adequately prepares a Muslim/Muslimah towards his/her basic Islamic education upon the paradigm of “IIMAN-’AMAL-IHSAN”, after which they would be introduced to an “intermediate” level of learning in: AQA-ID/TAUHEED, FIQH and AKHLAQ/TASAWWUF. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  3. 3. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • By “intermediate” we do mean – further elucidations of the same basic topics, but more towards inculcation of deeper appreciation, understanding, conviction and commitment in the aspects of: • AQEEDAH / TAUHEED • FIQHIYYAH • AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  4. 4. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • Each of these would be approached systematically, with adequate introduction; explanation of important terminologies; its history and development; the raison d'être of its study; appropriate explanation of current controversies or confusion (if any) on the subject; equipping students with the basis so as to remove any doubts or conjectures. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  5. 5. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • Notwithstanding, the essential spirit in learning at this “intermediate” level is the inculcation of “ADAB” as faithfully practised in traditional learning circles and Madrasah. • One current Muslims’ approach to learning which we have highlighted and criticised thus hoping to avoid is : “Their learning Islam as a subject.” • We believe it should be subjecting oneself to Islam, insha-Allah. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  6. 6. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • Previous to this, we have already conducted (at intermediate level) the following modules – each 16 sessions (slideshare notes available to students): [1] Introduction to study of Tau[1] Introduction to study of Tauhheed .eed . [2] Introduction on the approach to the[2] Introduction on the approach to the study of FIQH .study of FIQH . All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  7. 7. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module [3] Introduction on the approach to the[3] Introduction on the approach to the study of ‘ILMUL-AKHLAQ / TASAWWUFstudy of ‘ILMUL-AKHLAQ / TASAWWUF .. • Thus the third module (Intermediate level) following the earlier 2 modules – also 16-18 sessions - shall be this: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  8. 8. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • As in all our approach in Education - we seek to provide adequate and satisfactory exposure regarding Islam and their nurturing as adults, mostly to new Muslims (converts/reverts), and in the English language, who may have been from other faith/system, etc. – All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  9. 9. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • As in all our approach in Education - we seek to provide adequate and satisfactory exposure regarding Islam and their nurturing as adults, mostly to new Muslims (converts/reverts), and in the English language, who may have been from other faith/system, etc. – Therefore, our curriculum may not necessarily be similar to what (born)Muslims here have been exposed to in the Malay language. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  10. 10. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • Yet, in as much it can benefit new Muslim, we have long realized that this curriculum in fact is what every young English speaking Muslims here need. Especially to prepare them for future work in Da’wah and in their assisting the education of our next generation. ‫عملم‬ْ‫ل‬ ‫ْعأ أ‬‫ا‬‫و‬ WaAllaahu A’-lam (And Allah knows best) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  11. 11. About this course-moduleAbout this course-module • Yet, in as much it can benefit new Muslim, we have long realized that this curriculum in fact is what every young English speaking Muslims here need. Especially to prepare them for future work in Da’wah and in their assisting the education of our next generation. May Allah SWT grant us TAUFIQ and HIDAAYAH. And may He accepts us and be pleased with all our endeavour. COMMENTS & TESTIMONIALS ....... All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  12. 12. COMMENTS AND TESTIMONIALSCOMMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS Extracted from some comments, reflections and feedback of participant who attended previous run of this module COMMENTS & TESTIMONIALS ....... All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  13. 13. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “I must admit my own fallacy in thinking at the beginning of the course that perhaps, Ustaz was going to teach us something spectacularly new to improve our Akhlaq… Oh how silly of me. Ustaz taught us something spectacularly fundamental; fundamentally important, vital and cardinal that is. It was a reiteration of Fardhu ‘Ain; one that grounds us back to Tauheed. And above and beyond the mere ‘rituals’/actions of worship that people can see (the outer layers of practices), it is the inner state that governs our level of Akhlaq – and that’s what Allah sees…. My greatest takeaway from this particular lesson is that: it ALWAYS goes Back to Basics; our Fardhu ‘Ain.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) #1
  14. 14. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Just as Allah (High and Exalted is He) sees our outward actions, He also sees the inward actions of our heart. We thus have to be vigilant against the bad traits of the heart (such as pride, arrogance, ostentation, thinking lowly of others, conceit, loving the world, envy and many others). Shukran Ustaz, for such a valuable knowledge.” “I learnt that to have knowledge without noble Akhlaq is dangerous. We cannot be ‘intelligent yet immoral’; cannot be ‘learned yet evil’.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) #1
  15. 15. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Ustaz Zhulkeflee constantly remind us of Q: 62:2 - the approach, method and sequence adopted by RasululLah SAW in his teachings – conveyed the message towards tazkiyatun nafs (purification or cleansing of the self) before teaching the Quran (al-Kitab) and Sunnah (al- Hikmah).... Why this sequence? I recall Ustaz Zhulkeflee mentioned in one of his classes about the ‘container’ (nafs or self) need to be cleansed before any beneficial knowledge could enter it. Points me back to being grateful and to obey Allah SWT and follow the teachings of RasululLah SAW in emulating his noble akhlaq. Wallahua’lam bissawab…” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) #1
  16. 16. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Ustaz’s lesson on building (upon) our submission on the 5 rukun Islam inspired me to share the meaning of statements in swolah with my mum and 10-year-old sister when I went back home recently. Besides going through the translations, we also reflected on the lessons from swolah and gave specific examples that my sister can relate to. My mum was amazed at the beautiful meanings of the recitations that she has done daily but has never understood their meanings. It is easier to ask my sister to do her prayers now that she knows they are means of communicating directly with Allah. They felt really touched when I shared that Allah will give responses to each verse of al-Fatihah that we recite. Wallahu’alam.”   All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) #1
  17. 17. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “I learnt that our Akhlaq (disposition) needs to be nurtured such that it becomes second nature so that our practice of Islam reaches the level of Ihsan. Learning the difference between ‘freedom’ and ‘ikhtiyar’ helps me understand that Allah’s will applies to all and by choosing to submit to Allah, we have done justice to ourselves.” “…I learnt about the self (nafs) and fitrah (primordial nature) of man created in the best conformation. The effort to submit to Allah’s will, requires knowledge and understanding of our powers, its strengths/pitfalls, striving to achieve moderation. Hence, man requires guidance to the Straight Path. And the best guidance is definitely from the Creator – He sent the message and the role model for us to learn from; i.e. our Messenger SAW.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) #2
  18. 18. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “This lesson helps me to affirm that Allah is indeed the All-Knowing and is well acquainted with all the affairs of the heart. The various verses covered in the lesson brought to my attention that many diseases of the heart is clearly stated in the Quran. For example, He is aware of people using religion for worldly gains, people who only submitted outwardly, people who thinks that Islam owe them a favour and people who still entertain doubt.... Subhaanallah!” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 3
  19. 19. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Thank you Ustaz for delivering another beautiful lesson. From what was taught, it also shows that Islam is relevant regardless of what year, generation we are living in. There were no computers and internet during Prophet's time but Ustaz shows how Islam is relevant in the IT arena. Ustaz taught us how to behave when using the media (FB, script writing, journalists and etc). We should be a responsible Muslim... We should protect the dignity and honour of our Muslim brothers and sisters, even if we know the flaws in them. And I feel this applies to our non- Muslims friends too.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 4
  20. 20. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “As Ustaz shared the various stations we have to go through in order to attain Taqwa (each requiring istiqomah in that state) – from a Muslim (Islam/Submission) > Mu’meen (Iiman/Faith) > Muhsin (Ihsan/Excellence) > Mukhlisween (Ikhlas/Sincerity) > Muttaqeen (Taqwa/Piety) – the parable of the Shajara Tayyiba (the goodly tree) came to mind as it beautifully illustrates the long drawn process with strive and struggles (literal or otherwise) to attain piety, subhaana-Allah!” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 5
  21. 21. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Akhlaq, on the other hand, are non-contrived praiseworthy actions not proceeding from particular motives. Their outer form is in harmony with their inner truth; they are actions devoid of pretension. Ustaz mentioned when the outer form is in harmony with the inner truth, such actions will become second nature to you.” “My wife and I felt that carrying out a good act with intentions for Allah alone is insufficient to have a high level of Akhlaq. Only when the heart, mind and body automatically knows that every action is for Allah, then we will have such levels of Akhlaq.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 6
  22. 22. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “We also learnt about the dangers of Satan’s whispers: We need to understand ourselves so we don’t fall into his tricks. I was very thankful for the clarification made: Iblis can only *deceive* us and trick us but Iblis has no power over us.” “As I reflect on Ustaz’s constant reminder that we are to subject ourselves to Islam and not learn Islam as a subject, and his wisdom in teaching us what we need versus what we want (youths like us have a lot of ‘wants’), it dawn on me that Islam is indeed beautiful and simple, complete with all the established guidelines (it is our level of knowledge that is malformed or lacking).” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 6
  23. 23. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants “Ustaz, via QS Hujurat, has beautifully outlined to me how the rightly guided conduct themselves (a reference point for me to emulate), subhaan- Allah!... Indeed, our entire life is a test, subhaan- Allah! "Blessed is the one who is busy addressing one’s own shortcomings/faults rather than get involved with the shortcomings of others"… In that I’m to look inwardly and introspect on my own failing, seek Allah’s forgiveness for the failings/shortcomings, and perpetually seek His guidance by turning to the Quran and Sunnah as well as seeking a Murshid as I strive to live up to the 5 essential principles in life.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 6
  24. 24. Testimonials & feedback by previousTestimonials & feedback by previous participantsparticipants This course evinced the aspiration, promise and vision of Islam. It increased my conviction of Islam being an "inexplicably coherent structure of moral teaching and practical life- program", in which "all its parts are harmoniously conceived to complement and support each other", resulting in "an absolute balance and solid composure” (Muhammad Asad 1934). This increase in conviction is due to the deepening of understanding of the various aspects of the Deen. The course lays down the beautiful framework of Islam in details: covenant - implications - revelation – self-knowledge - jihad. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) # 6

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