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CONSOLIDATION EXERCISE AND ADVICE
REGARDING THE CONTEMPORARY
APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF FIQH

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[Slideshare] fiqh-course(batch-5-january 2016) -introdn #11 -advice-regarding-contemporary-(13-april-2016)

  1. 1. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016)) LESSON # 11LESSON # 11 CONSOLIDATION EXERCISE AND ADVICECONSOLIDATION EXERCISE AND ADVICE REGARDING THE CONTEMPORARYREGARDING THE CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF FIQHAPPROACH TO THE STUDY OF FIQH Using text & curriculum he has developed especially forUsing text & curriculum he has developed especially for Muslim converts and young Adult English-speaking Muslims.Muslim 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)” UPDATED – 13UPDATED – 13 April 2016April 2016 BATCH # 5 INTAKE – [ January - May 2016 ] Intermediate Level course in English for AdultsIntermediate Level course in English for Adults conducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismailconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail And say: O Lord! Increase for me my knowledgeAnd say: O Lord! Increase for me my knowledge
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  3. 3. ““And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you areAnd [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if yougrateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny (ungrateful), indeed, My punishment is severe.' “deny (ungrateful), indeed, My punishment is severe.' “ ((Qur’an: Ibrahim: 14: 7Qur’an: Ibrahim: 14: 7)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  4. 4. The key toThe key to succeed in this test as wellsucceed in this test as well as to deserve achievingas to deserve achieving further increase offurther increase of bestowals from Allah.bestowals from Allah. yet how does one becomeyet how does one become grateful? What are thegrateful? What are the important criteria?important criteria? 1.1. Acknowledge and extol praises ofAcknowledge and extol praises of the true giver, Allah Who alone isthe true giver, Allah Who alone is God, the Bestower of all favours.God, the Bestower of all favours. 2.2. Learn the value of what is given,Learn the value of what is given, do not take any of these favoursdo not take any of these favours for granted.for granted. 3.3. Utilize what is given inUtilize what is given in accordance to what may pleaseaccordance to what may please the Giver (i.e. do not abuse thethe Giver (i.e. do not abuse the gift), so as not to cause His wrathgift), so as not to cause His wrath to befall us.to befall us. CRITERIACRITERIA All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  5. 5. The key toThe key to succeed in this test as wellsucceed in this test as well as to deserve achievingas to deserve achieving further increase offurther increase of bestowals from Allah.bestowals from Allah. yet how does one becomeyet how does one become grateful? What are thegrateful? What are the important criteria?important criteria? 1.1. Acknowledge and extol praises ofAcknowledge and extol praises of the true giver, Allah Who alone isthe true giver, Allah Who alone is God, the Bestower of all favours.God, the Bestower of all favours. 2.2. Learn the value of what is given,Learn the value of what is given, do not take any of these favoursdo not take any of these favours for granted.for granted. 3.3. Utilize what is given inUtilize what is given in accordance to what may pleaseaccordance to what may please the Giver (i.e. do not abuse thethe Giver (i.e. do not abuse the gift), so as not to cause His wrathgift), so as not to cause His wrath to befall us.to befall us. CRITERIACRITERIA ““ Learn the value of what isLearn the value of what is given,given, do not take any of these favoursdo not take any of these favours for granted.”for granted.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  6. 6. Striving to be grateful is a life-long endeavour. Especially when itStriving to be grateful is a life-long endeavour. Especially when it requires us to learn the value of what we have already been given.requires us to learn the value of what we have already been given. When one stops doing itWhen one stops doing it, this inevitably lead to one becoming, this inevitably lead to one becoming careless and would take for granted those bestowals. Suchcareless and would take for granted those bestowals. Such carelessness may be harmful spiritually.carelessness may be harmful spiritually. Our ego and self-conceit may deceive us into assuming that weOur ego and self-conceit may deceive us into assuming that we already know the true value of these, whereas we knew very little.already know the true value of these, whereas we knew very little. My teachers would impress upon me to work mostly on what theyMy teachers would impress upon me to work mostly on what they had taught, reminding me that I am “had taught, reminding me that I am “still not there yet !still not there yet ! ”” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  7. 7. And even when we had the privilege of our teachers’ presence,And even when we had the privilege of our teachers’ presence, our focus would be towards wanting to discover the wisdomour focus would be towards wanting to discover the wisdom which may have escaped us all regarding those knowledge whichwhich may have escaped us all regarding those knowledge which we had already been taught, rather than be deluded to seek outwe had already been taught, rather than be deluded to seek out other ‘new knowledge’ that our desire and ego, want to learn.other ‘new knowledge’ that our desire and ego, want to learn. In fact, to be in their presence, we would most certainly beIn fact, to be in their presence, we would most certainly be infected by their humility (infected by their humility (TAWADHU’TAWADHU’) which, on hindsight, THE) which, on hindsight, THE most crucial lesson which a truemost crucial lesson which a true ‘ALEEM‘ALEEM exude in his dispositionexude in his disposition ((AKHLAQAKHLAQ) and not what spews from his tongue.) and not what spews from his tongue. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  8. 8. They were people who spoke from their heart-soul, to their students’They were people who spoke from their heart-soul, to their students’ hearts-souls. Of course to be effective, their students must not have ahearts-souls. Of course to be effective, their students must not have a dead and heedless soul in the first place.dead and heedless soul in the first place. Apart from humility, many amongst them were with such sincerityApart from humility, many amongst them were with such sincerity ((IKHLASIKHLAS) and gifted with spiritual insights due to their own striving) and gifted with spiritual insights due to their own striving and devotion to Allah, in practice of Islam at the level ofand devotion to Allah, in practice of Islam at the level of IHSANIHSAN.. ““Beware of the intuition (Beware of the intuition (FIRASAT)FIRASAT) of a (true) Believer,of a (true) Believer, for verily he sees with the light (for verily he sees with the light (NURNUR) of Allah.”) of Allah.” ((Hadith reported by Tirmidzi and TabaraniHadith reported by Tirmidzi and Tabarani)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  9. 9. Thus humility in learning is very crucial. PastThus humility in learning is very crucial. Past tulaab-ul-’ilmtulaab-ul-’ilm (seekers(seekers of knowledge) and theof knowledge) and the ulamaulama’ (Islamic scholars) are ever fearful of’ (Islamic scholars) are ever fearful of such conceited feeling, always reminding themselves that they stillsuch conceited feeling, always reminding themselves that they still do not know all.do not know all. They instinctively knew that theyThey instinctively knew that they have not fully benefittedhave not fully benefitted from allfrom all the knowledge already taught to them, and are never distractedthe knowledge already taught to them, and are never distracted from this shortcoming. In fact they continuously beseech Allah SWTfrom this shortcoming. In fact they continuously beseech Allah SWT to grant them to benefit from these.to grant them to benefit from these. Thus when on their own, or with fellow travelers on the path ofThus when on their own, or with fellow travelers on the path of knowledge, they would engage in deep reflection andknowledge, they would engage in deep reflection and contemplation upon what they have already been given.contemplation upon what they have already been given. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  10. 10. This session is to consolidate what understandingThis session is to consolidate what understanding the participants had gained from the lessons thusthe participants had gained from the lessons thus far, relevant to the present plight and problemfar, relevant to the present plight and problem faced by the ummah.faced by the ummah. Therefore, the effectiveness of this session isTherefore, the effectiveness of this session is dependent upon response (input) and participationdependent upon response (input) and participation from everyone.from everyone. Class will be grouped into 4 groups.Class will be grouped into 4 groups. Several questions or subject matter will then beSeveral questions or subject matter will then be flashed – one at a time - which require every groupflashed – one at a time - which require every group to deliberate upon.to deliberate upon. Then, from the deliberation these will then beThen, from the deliberation these will then be presented to the whole class to be commentedpresented to the whole class to be commented upon and perhaps discussed further.upon and perhaps discussed further. TAMRIN TAMRIN (EXERCISE) (EXERCISE))) CONSOLIDATION You are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberationYou are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberation before presenting your response to the rest of the classbefore presenting your response to the rest of the class All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  11. 11. TAMRIN TAMRIN (EXERCISE) (EXERCISE) CONSOLIDATION (Based on your personal exposure and experience)(Based on your personal exposure and experience) – How effective or ineffective has the– How effective or ineffective has the learning/teaching of FIQH been,learning/teaching of FIQH been, priorprior to yourto your attending this “Introductory” module ?attending this “Introductory” module ? Appreciate if the response given is with examples orAppreciate if the response given is with examples or elaboration of its “effectiveness – ineffectiveness”elaboration of its “effectiveness – ineffectiveness” You are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberationYou are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberation before presenting your response to the rest of the classbefore presenting your response to the rest of the class All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016)) Question # 1
  12. 12. TAMRIN TAMRIN (EXERCISE (EXERCISE)) CONSOLIDATION (Based on your personal exposure and experience)(Based on your personal exposure and experience) – Thus far, what is your general comment on this– Thus far, what is your general comment on this ““Introduction to study of FIQHIntroduction to study of FIQH “ module?“ module? Which previous topic or topics have impacted youWhich previous topic or topics have impacted you most, and how or why so … ?most, and how or why so … ? You are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberationYou are given only 10 minutes for each topic for group deliberation before presenting your response to the rest of the classbefore presenting your response to the rest of the class All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016)) Question # 1
  13. 13. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  14. 14. ““It is He (Allah) Who has sent amongst the Unlettered aIt is He (Allah) Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, tomessenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and torehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom― although theyinstruct them in Scripture and Wisdom― although they had been, before, in manifest error―had been, before, in manifest error― .“.“ ((Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  15. 15. ““As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, whoAs well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined them: and He is Exalted in Might, Wise.”have not already joined them: and He is Exalted in Might, Wise.” ((Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 3Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 3)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  16. 16. “Such is the Bounty of Allah, which He bestows on whom He will: and Allah is the Lord of the highest bounty.” (Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 4) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  17. 17. ““Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, worksWho is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says "I am of those who bow in Islam"righteousness, and says "I am of those who bow in Islam" ((Qur’an: Fussilat: 41: 33Qur’an: Fussilat: 41: 33)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  19. 19. ““Nor should the Believers all go forth together: if a contingentNor should the Believers all go forth together: if a contingent from every expedition remained behind, they could devotefrom every expedition remained behind, they could devote themselves to studies in religion (themselves to studies in religion (LIYA-TAFAQQAHU -FID-DEENLIYA-TAFAQQAHU -FID-DEEN)) and admonish the people when they return to them― that thusand admonish the people when they return to them― that thus they (may learn) to guard themselves (against evil).”they (may learn) to guard themselves (against evil).” ((Qur’an: Taubah: 9:122Qur’an: Taubah: 9:122)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  20. 20. Say: "Are those equal, those who know and those who doSay: "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understandingnot know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition.“that receive admonition.“ ((Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 9Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 9)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  21. 21. ““So ask the people of the ‘Remembrance’ (i.e. those who know)So ask the people of the ‘Remembrance’ (i.e. those who know) in matters which you do not know.in matters which you do not know.““ ((Qur’an: Anbiya’: 21: 7Qur’an: Anbiya’: 21: 7)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  22. 22. ““Verily those who truly fear Allah from among His Servants,Verily those who truly fear Allah from among His Servants, those who have knowledge (those who have knowledge (AL-’ULAMAAL-’ULAMA): for Allah is Exalted): for Allah is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.in Might, Oft-Forgiving.““ ((Qur’an: Fatir: 35: 28Qur’an: Fatir: 35: 28)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  23. 23. ““ Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks (and degrees),Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks (and degrees), those of you who believe and who have been grantedthose of you who believe and who have been granted Knowledge (Knowledge (UU-TUL-’ILMAUU-TUL-’ILMA): and Allah is well-): and Allah is well- acquainted with all ye do.”acquainted with all ye do.” ((Qur’an: Mujadilah: 58: 11Qur’an: Mujadilah: 58: 11)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  24. 24. He (Allah) grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and he toHe (Allah) grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and he to whom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefitwhom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the message but men ofoverflowing; but none will grasp the message but men of understandingunderstanding.“.“ ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 269Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 269)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  26. 26. “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 MuslimReported by Bukhary and Muslim)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  27. 27. ““Whosoever sets out upon the path in which toWhosoever sets out upon the path in which to seek knowledge (seek knowledge (‘ILMA‘ILMA), Allah will make easy), Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise.”for him the path to Paradise.” ((Reported by Abu Daud & TirmidziReported by Abu Daud & Tirmidzi)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  28. 28. ““The best ones amongst you is the person who makes youThe best ones amongst you is the person who makes you remember Allah when you look upon him; and whenever heremember Allah when you look upon him; and whenever he speaks it increases you your knowledge (of the Deen), and withspeaks it increases you your knowledge (of the Deen), and with his deeds it inspires (motivates) you to strive for yourhis deeds it inspires (motivates) you to strive for your Hereafter.”Hereafter.” ((Hadith reported by Hakim from Ibnu ‘Umar r.aHadith reported by Hakim from Ibnu ‘Umar r.a.).) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  30. 30. In my advice to some of my students, I have reiterated myIn my advice to some of my students, I have reiterated my concern of the way Muslims learn and carry out theirconcern of the way Muslims learn and carry out their FARDHUFARDHU ’AIN’AIN,, which needs to be re-looked into again.which needs to be re-looked into again. My concern was because I sensed that many may have learntMy concern was because I sensed that many may have learnt Islam merely as a subject or subjects, and not so much as a wayIslam merely as a subject or subjects, and not so much as a way of life to strive upon.of life to strive upon. For many,For many, FARDHU‘AINFARDHU‘AIN are regarded merely as things to beare regarded merely as things to be done, and they overlooked that these are made as obligationdone, and they overlooked that these are made as obligation upon us Muslims to benefit from, because it containsupon us Muslims to benefit from, because it contains HIKMAHHIKMAH and the Mercy of Allah – as “and the Mercy of Allah – as “transformative program oftransformative program of changing our entire worldview and paradigmchanging our entire worldview and paradigm.”.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  31. 31. Remember, by being Muslims we are not doing Allah s.w.t. any favour, whereas it is Allah Who has favoured us with Islam. Actually when Muslims re-orientate themselves and regard the “ARKAAN-AL-ISLAM” as crucial ‘building blocks’ of their life and that each fulfilment of these ARKAAN (singular – RUKUN) must be appraised upon by how close (TAQARRUB) they have become towards Allah s.w.t., only then can they extricate themselves out of the malaise which some have analysed and described (which I termed as “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” syndrome All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  32. 32. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” syndrome – i.e. intermittently lapsing into forgetfulness or heedlessness (GHAFLAH), then remembrance, then forgetfulness of Allah again in a kind of cycle in life), causing their identity as Muslims to be compromised e.g. referring to himself / herself as “Secular-Muslim” !? This is because their worldview of and the fundamental understanding of Islam perhaps may be faulty, partial and truncated, whereas the spirit of Islam should dominate and permeate our entire existence. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  33. 33. Allah warns us of this forgetfulness in some people, and with the Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad ., He wants to guide us to be different: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  34. 34. Allah warns us of this forgetfulness in some people, and with the Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad ., He wants to guide us to be different: ““Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of theLet not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you. Adisbelievers throughout the land deceive you. A brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell;brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.”and worst indeed is that place for rest.” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 196Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 196)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  35. 35. Allah warns us of this forgetfulness in some people, and with the Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad ., He wants to guide us to be different: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  36. 36. Allah warns us of this forgetfulness in some people, and with the Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad ., He wants to guide us to be different: ““But, for those who fear their Lord, are GardensBut, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein areunder which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein are they to dwell (for ever), an entertainment fromthey to dwell (for ever), an entertainment from Allah; and that which is with Allah is the Best forAllah; and that which is with Allah is the Best for Al-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah andAl-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His Orders).”follow strictly His Orders).” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197-198Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197-198)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  37. 37. If ourIf our Fardhu ‘ainFardhu ‘ain is done in accordance with the intendedis done in accordance with the intended (correct) approach, which I regard as the traditional way (as(correct) approach, which I regard as the traditional way (as differentiated by the ‘conventional’ IRK-style in learning Islam),differentiated by the ‘conventional’ IRK-style in learning Islam), the Muslims remembrance of Allah would be continuous andthe Muslims remembrance of Allah would be continuous and strong throughout their life, (strong throughout their life, (Insha-AllahInsha-Allah, Allah will instil, Allah will instil istiqomahistiqomah) not just in their wakeful hours, even when they are in) not just in their wakeful hours, even when they are in their sleep too, in spite of the so many life-engagement andtheir sleep too, in spite of the so many life-engagement and worldly distraction he/she may be exposed too.worldly distraction he/she may be exposed too. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  38. 38. So theSo the ‘‘FIRASATFIRASAT’’ (inner sense -intuition) of a believing Muslim(inner sense -intuition) of a believing Muslim ((MU’MINMU’MIN) that make us sense that perhaps “) that make us sense that perhaps “mymy Fardh 'ainFardh 'ain is ofis of poor qualitypoor quality” which many of us may harbour, is spot-on, and” which many of us may harbour, is spot-on, and should worry us all into acting to redress it.should worry us all into acting to redress it. The problem of Muslims today may primarily be due to oneThe problem of Muslims today may primarily be due to one single principle problem i.e.single principle problem i.e. of knowledge and of their educationof knowledge and of their education – more precisely Islamic education (or the lack of it, or and the– more precisely Islamic education (or the lack of it, or and the confusion regarding it).confusion regarding it). All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  39. 39. So do not despair and strive to carry out what Allah wish for usSo do not despair and strive to carry out what Allah wish for us to aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (as opposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful of distractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snaredistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snare us into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially in seeking knowledge with practice (‘seeking knowledge with practice (‘ILM WA ‘AMALILM WA ‘AMAL):): All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  40. 40. So do not despair and strive to carry out what Allah wish for usSo do not despair and strive to carry out what Allah wish for us to aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (as opposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful of distractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snaredistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snare us into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially in seeking knowledge with practice (‘seeking knowledge with practice (‘ILM WA ‘AMALILM WA ‘AMAL):): ““O ye who believe! enter into Islam whole-heartedly (fully);O ye who believe! enter into Islam whole-heartedly (fully); and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to youand follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy.”an avowed enemy.” (Qur’an: Surah al-Baqorah: 2: 208(Qur’an: Surah al-Baqorah: 2: 208)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  41. 41. My insistence that we re-visit our basicMy insistence that we re-visit our basic Fardhu 'AinFardhu 'Ain topic, buttopic, but with Da'wah in mindwith Da'wah in mind (towards ultimately for each of us to being(towards ultimately for each of us to being able to share it with the non-Muslims).able to share it with the non-Muslims). It would be unjust to burden you all withIt would be unjust to burden you all with Da'wahDa'wah when thewhen the 'Da'wah'Da'wah' should firstly be towards ourselves.' should firstly be towards ourselves. Are we truly convinced (Are we truly convinced (YAQEENYAQEEN) of those basic knowledge of) of those basic knowledge of Islam that we have already been taught?Islam that we have already been taught?  You may ask:You may ask: What is my basis for choosing this approach? All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  42. 42.  My involvement in Islamic work begun as aMy involvement in Islamic work begun as a Da’iDa’i inin DA’WAHDA’WAH (accurately as(accurately as MUBALLIGHMUBALLIGH missionary to convey Islam especiallymissionary to convey Islam especially to English speaking non-Muslims since 1980), and not as ato English speaking non-Muslims since 1980), and not as a teacher (teacher (mudarrismudarris).). When theWhen the Mufti Syed Esa bIn SumaitMufti Syed Esa bIn Sumait andand Allahyarham al-FadhilAllahyarham al-Fadhil al-Ustaz Syed ‘Abdillah bin Ahmad al-Jufrial-Ustaz Syed ‘Abdillah bin Ahmad al-Jufri approved and directedapproved and directed me to teach converts in 1982, I had to develop a curriculum onme to teach converts in 1982, I had to develop a curriculum on ““Fardhu ‘ainFardhu ‘ain”, specific for converts’ need.”, specific for converts’ need. What is my basis for choosing this approach? All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  43. 43. It was unlike that of the curriculum amongst the MalayIt was unlike that of the curriculum amongst the Malay Muslim’s, and I guess myMuslim’s, and I guess my Da’wahDa’wah background somewhat shapedbackground somewhat shaped its syllabus, methods and approaches.its syllabus, methods and approaches. After many years teaching converts theirAfter many years teaching converts their Fardhu ‘ainFardhu ‘ain, I have, I have noticed that many of them were somewhat empowered to donoticed that many of them were somewhat empowered to do Da’wahDa’wah work, although they may have never studied any specificwork, although they may have never studied any specific subject onsubject on Da’wahDa’wah.. What is my basis for choosing this approach? All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  44. 44. It is in the manner that they were taught that perhaps made theIt is in the manner that they were taught that perhaps made the difference. And some Malay-Muslims (those born into a Muslimdifference. And some Malay-Muslims (those born into a Muslim family) also experienced the difference with this approach,family) also experienced the difference with this approach, which from itwhich from it al-al-HHam-dulillaaham-dulillaah, I was able to develop a teachers, I was able to develop a teachers training program to empower more Islamic educators.training program to empower more Islamic educators. I strongly opine that “I strongly opine that “Teachers’ training for theTeachers’ training for the AsaatizahAsaatizah” –” – should beshould be seriouslyseriously looked into. Mere ‘grafting’ or giving them alooked into. Mere ‘grafting’ or giving them a stint in N.I.E. may have been done, but is not adequate. Withoutstint in N.I.E. may have been done, but is not adequate. Without them being given the “them being given the “wisdom gained from experience of ourwisdom gained from experience of our past practitionerspast practitioners”, we would not recover what have been lost.”, we would not recover what have been lost. What is my basis for choosing this approach? All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  45. 45. ““Knowledge is not from the listening of much narrationsKnowledge is not from the listening of much narrations (or merely reading books), verily knowledge is light (which(or merely reading books), verily knowledge is light (which Allah s.w.t.) placed into the heart.”Allah s.w.t.) placed into the heart.” ((Saying ofSaying of ** Ibnu Mas’ud r.aIbnu Mas’ud r.a.).) * The famous companion (SAHABI) of the Prophet s.a.a.w.The famous companion (SAHABI) of the Prophet s.a.a.w. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  46. 46. ““The most meritorious of knowledge is knowledge of the ‘The most meritorious of knowledge is knowledge of the ‘HaalHaal’’ (spiritual state); and the most meritorious of actions (deeds) is to(spiritual state); and the most meritorious of actions (deeds) is to maintain one’s standing (goodly spiritual state attained).”maintain one’s standing (goodly spiritual state attained).” * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: •The famous student of Imam Abu Hanifah r.h.mThe famous student of Imam Abu Hanifah r.h.m. amongst the teachers of Imam Ash-Shafi’ie r.h.m All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  47. 47. • REFLECTION:REFLECTION: Our concern should be towards drawing close to AllahOur concern should be towards drawing close to Allah spiritually described as states (spiritually described as states (HaalHaal). In the incremental). In the incremental states which we gained, we must strive to maintain withstates which we gained, we must strive to maintain with ‘amal‘amal (practice) as we can regress. When ‘(practice) as we can regress. When ‘istiqomahistiqomah’ in’ in one’s Haal is achieved, it is called ‘one’s Haal is achieved, it is called ‘MaqomMaqom’’ * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  48. 48. ““Learn (seek knowledge)! For the learning is an adornment forLearn (seek knowledge)! For the learning is an adornment for the one who (strive and) possesses it; a virtue and a prelude tothe one who (strive and) possesses it; a virtue and a prelude to every praiseworthy action.”every praiseworthy action.” * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  49. 49. • REFLECTION:REFLECTION: Certainly, this is from the Islamic perspective ofCertainly, this is from the Islamic perspective of knowledge linked toknowledge linked to ‘ibaadah‘ibaadah – not the secularist-culture– not the secularist-culture of learning which is attached to value-system quiteof learning which is attached to value-system quite opposed to Islamic ideals.opposed to Islamic ideals. * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  50. 50. ““Give yourself up to the study of jurisprudence (FIQH), for the knowledge of jurisprudence is the best guide to piety and the fear of God and it is the straightest path to the ultimate goal.”.” • REFLECTION:REFLECTION: ““FiqhFiqh” – literally means “profound understanding (of the” – literally means “profound understanding (of the Deen)” – ref: al-Qur’an Surah Taubah : 9: 122, which laterDeen)” – ref: al-Qur’an Surah Taubah : 9: 122, which later was used to refer to the studies of Islamic jurisprudence.was used to refer to the studies of Islamic jurisprudence. * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  51. 51. “It is the milestone leading to the ways of proper guidance; it is the fortress that saves [one] from all hardships. “ • REFLECTION:REFLECTION: Again, one has to understand Islam’s value system which doAgain, one has to understand Islam’s value system which do not separate the eternal goodness and hardship in Hereafternot separate the eternal goodness and hardship in Hereafter with present life which is temporary and fleeting. Thus,with present life which is temporary and fleeting. Thus, those with secular worldview, may not be able to appreciatethose with secular worldview, may not be able to appreciate profoundly this message.profoundly this message. * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  52. 52. “Indeed, one godly person versed in jurisprudence is more powerful against Satan than a thousand [ordinary] worshippers.” • REFLECTION:REFLECTION: Only by knowing the boundaries between obedience andOnly by knowing the boundaries between obedience and disobedience, instilled withdisobedience, instilled with TaqwaTaqwa (fear of transgression)(fear of transgression) that can effectively equip a Muslim against being temptedthat can effectively equip a Muslim against being tempted or deceived by Satan. Thus, the emphasis upon thisor deceived by Satan. Thus, the emphasis upon this knowledge.knowledge. * Muhammad ibn al-Hassan Abu ’Abdallah al-Shaibany r.h.m. said: All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  53. 53. ““The knowledge is what benefits,The knowledge is what benefits, not what is memorized”not what is memorized” ((Imam Muhammad Idris ash-Shafi’e rhm. aImam Muhammad Idris ash-Shafi’e rhm. a.).) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  55. 55. ““Whoever seeks knowledge (intending) to argue withWhoever seeks knowledge (intending) to argue with the learned (scholars), or to brag with the foolish;the learned (scholars), or to brag with the foolish; or with it to attract peoples’ attention to himself;or with it to attract peoples’ attention to himself; Allah will make him to enter the Hell-fire.”Allah will make him to enter the Hell-fire.” ((Hadith also reported by Tirmidzi and Ibn MajahHadith also reported by Tirmidzi and Ibn Majah)) WARNING ! All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  56. 56. ““We are (much) in need of a littleWe are (much) in need of a little AdabAdab, from (that of), from (that of) going out (seeking) after much ofgoing out (seeking) after much of ‘ilm‘ilm (knowledge)” –(knowledge)” – (Imam ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak)(Imam ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  57. 57. "Indeed the"Indeed the scholarsscholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fallare the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fall into covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? Theinto covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? The merchants and businessmenmerchants and businessmen are the trustees of Allah, so if they areare the trustees of Allah, so if they are treacherous, who can be trusted? Thetreacherous, who can be trusted? The warriorswarriors are the guests of Allahare the guests of Allah so if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whomso if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whom can we defeat the enemies? The righteous andcan we defeat the enemies? The righteous and ascetic onesascetic ones are theare the kings of the earth but if they become insincere (i.e. havekings of the earth but if they become insincere (i.e. have riya’riya’), who), who shall be followed? Theshall be followed? The governors/rulersgovernors/rulers are the shepherds (protectors)are the shepherds (protectors) of the people, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protectof the people, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protect the flock?"the flock?" - Imam 'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak- Imam 'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  58. 58. ““((‘ilm‘ilm) Knowledge without) Knowledge without AdabAdab,, is like (having) fire (but) without wood (fuel);is like (having) fire (but) without wood (fuel); andand AdabAdab without knowledge (without knowledge (‘ilm‘ilm) ,) , is like (having) the Soul (but) without body.”is like (having) the Soul (but) without body.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  60. 60. ““The best ones amongst you is the person who makesThe best ones amongst you is the person who makes you remember Allah when you look upon him;you remember Allah when you look upon him; and whenever he speaks it increases you yourand whenever he speaks it increases you your knowledge (of the Deen), and with his deeds it inspiresknowledge (of the Deen), and with his deeds it inspires (motivates) you to strive for your Hereafter.”(motivates) you to strive for your Hereafter.” ((Hadith reported by Hakim from Ibnu ‘Umar r.aHadith reported by Hakim from Ibnu ‘Umar r.a.).) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  61. 61. Allah SWT says: “If you are grateful,Allah SWT says: “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]”I will surely increase you [in favour]” ((Qur’an: Surah Ibrahim: 14: 7Qur’an: Surah Ibrahim: 14: 7)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL.. AN-NASEEHAHAN-NASEEHAH All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011))
  62. 62. "Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and"Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and (ASLIMU-LAHU) bow to His (Will(ASLIMU-LAHU) bow to His (Will),”),” ((Qur’an: Surah Az-Zumar: 39: 54Qur’an: Surah Az-Zumar: 39: 54)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL.. AN-NASEEHAHAN-NASEEHAH All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011))
  63. 63. "Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise."Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise. The companions of Paradise - they are the ones who attain [true success].”The companions of Paradise - they are the ones who attain [true success].” ((Qur’an: Surah Al-Hashr: 59: 20Qur’an: Surah Al-Hashr: 59: 20)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL.. AN-NASEEHAHAN-NASEEHAH All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011))
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  65. 65. ““Seeking knowledge is obligatory (Seeking knowledge is obligatory (FARDHFARDH) upon every Muslim,) upon every Muslim, and he who imparts knowledge to those who do not deserve itand he who imparts knowledge to those who do not deserve it ((GHAYRI-AH-LIHIGHAYRI-AH-LIHI), is like one who puts a necklace of jewels, of), is like one who puts a necklace of jewels, of pearls and of gold around the neck of swines.”pearls and of gold around the neck of swines.” ((Hadith reported by Ibn Majah from Anas ibn Malik r.aHadith reported by Ibn Majah from Anas ibn Malik r.a.).) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  67. 67. BY READING ? AS LISTENERS ONLY ? BEING IN PRESENCE ? BY BEING TRUE SEEKERS ? BEING ACCEPTED AS SEEKERS OF ‘ILM ? UNDERGOING MENTORSHIP ? LEARNING THROUGH KHIDMAH ? Regarding our learning this –AD-DEEN & DA’WAH, - how are we approaching it ? TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  68. 68. Are we really serious?  Like how we slogged for Academic achievement and success?  Like how we struggle in seeking worldly material progress?  Like the way we are ready and committed to sacrifice in seeking personal fame, status, career, influence, power?  … the way we promote our groups, our company, our party? Our ‘Amal firstly depends upon our having the right ‘ilm, in the right way TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  71. 71. ““For, behold, all who say, “Our Lord (Sustainer) isFor, behold, all who say, “Our Lord (Sustainer) is Allah”, and thereafter (Allah”, and thereafter (IS-TAQOMUIS-TAQOMU) stand firm [in their) stand firm [in their faith] - no fear (faith] - no fear (KHAUFKHAUF) need they have, and neither) need they have, and neither shall they grieve (shall they grieve (HUZNHUZN) : it is they who are destined for) : it is they who are destined for paradise, therein to abide as a reward for all that theyparadise, therein to abide as a reward for all that they have done.”have done.” ((Qur’an: Ahqaf: 46: 13-14Qur’an: Ahqaf: 46: 13-14)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  72. 72. ““I (Abu ‘Amr) said: O Messenger of Allah (I (Abu ‘Amr) said: O Messenger of Allah (), tell me something about), tell me something about Islam which I need not have to ask anyone but you. He said :’ Say: IIslam which I need not have to ask anyone but you. He said :’ Say: I believe in Allah (believe in Allah (AA-MANTU BILLAAHAA-MANTU BILLAAH); … and thereafter (); … and thereafter (ISTAQEEMISTAQEEM)) remain upright (steadfast) ”remain upright (steadfast) ” ((Hadith reported by MuslimHadith reported by Muslim) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  73. 73. ISTIQOMAHISTIQOMAH From the root Qaf – Waw – Mim ; stand still or firm, rose/stand up, managed/conducted/ordered/regulated/superintended; established, made it straight/right, maintain/erect/observe/perform, set up, people/community/company, abode, stature/dignity/rank. QAA-MA : to keep a thing or an affair in a right state. QAWAMA : stood still; rise up QIY-YAM : uphold; stand; QAYYIM : right, correct, true ISTIQOM : It became right; direct; in a right state; straight; even; tended towards the right, or desired, point, or object; had a right direction, or tendency; ,or regular All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  75. 75. ““AndAnd strive hard in Allah’s causestrive hard in Allah’s cause with all the striving that iswith all the striving that is due to Him: it isdue to Him: it is He who has elected you [to carry HisHe who has elected you [to carry His message], and has laid no hardship on you in [anything thatmessage], and has laid no hardship on you in [anything that pertains to religion, [and made you follow] the creed of yourpertains to religion, [and made you follow] the creed of your forefather Abrahamforefather Abraham. It is He who has named you in bygone. It is He who has named you in bygone times as well as in this [divine writ] – “those who havetimes as well as in this [divine writ] – “those who have surrendered themselves to Allah –surrendered themselves to Allah – AL-MUSLIMUUNAL-MUSLIMUUN”, so that”, so that the Messenger might bear witness to the truth before you,the Messenger might bear witness to the truth before you, andand that you might bear witness to it before all mankindthat you might bear witness to it before all mankind ... “... “ ((Qur’an: Hajj: 22: 78 )Qur’an: Hajj: 22: 78 ) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  76. 76. ““((FAS-TAQIMFAS-TAQIM) Pursue, then, the right course,) Pursue, then, the right course, as thou hastas thou hast been bidden [by Allah]been bidden [by Allah],, together with all who, with thee,together with all who, with thee, have turned unto Himhave turned unto Him; and let none of you behave in an; and let none of you behave in an overweening manner: (overweening manner: (LAA-TATW-GHAULAA-TATW-GHAU) for, verily, He) for, verily, He sees all that you do.”sees all that you do.” ((Qur’an: Hud: 11: 112Qur’an: Hud: 11: 112)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  77. 77. Approach in being “educated with the traditional Islamic method”, may be subtly phased out with the (touted) “more innovative, lively, techno- savvy, charismatic, motivational” lecturers and teachers. Some may claim to be faithful to and may seem to be replicating the “traditional method “, yet, when critically assessed these approaches may be devoid of the essential spirit, unfaithful to its traditional history, methods, wisdom and the philosophy etc. , ignoring the ‘ADAB’ which qualitatively marks out Islamic education from others. This point may be disputed, and may not sound plausible especially to many who are unaware or unable to know the difference between them – to differentiate the genuine from the false, unable to detect the imitations being ‘marketed’ from the original. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  78. 78. Even when similar terminologies are used, familiar methods and approaches employed, authoritative titles affixed etc. – yet, among the many criteria, the important aspects of a truly “traditional Islamic method” is that it is never approached in haste; every subject not disparately taught, haphazard without concern for merits and priority which Islam view each science; never truncated from its historical roots and Prophetic legacy; nor oblivious towards the aim, objective and desired outcome for which the Ummah has been assigned to fulfil. Alas, as pointed out by Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas, confusion in knowledge has led to breakdown in ADAB, whence levelling occurs and this has paved the way for false leaders to rise. ALLAAHU MUSTA-’AN All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  79. 79. ““AndAnd do not incline towardsdo not incline towards, nor rely upon, nor rely upon, those who are bent, those who are bent on evildoingon evildoing (ZOLAMUU)(ZOLAMUU) lest the fire [of the hereafter] touchlest the fire [of the hereafter] touch you: for [then] you would haveyou: for [then] you would have none to protect you from Allahnone to protect you from Allah,, nornor would you ever be succoured [would you ever be succoured [helped by Himhelped by Him].”].” ((Qur’an: Hud: 11: 113Qur’an: Hud: 11: 113)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  80. 80. Islam is not a religion that preach hatred no advocate anti-socialIslam is not a religion that preach hatred no advocate anti-social behavior. Therefore, in the verse quoted, the phrases : “behavior. Therefore, in the verse quoted, the phrases : “inclineincline towardstowards” and “” and “rely uponrely upon” are key terms; as well as to understand the” are key terms; as well as to understand the context and concern that in this command it is about being true tocontext and concern that in this command it is about being true to your Faith and Way of Life (your Faith and Way of Life (DEENDEEN).). There is limitation regarding being sociable, As caution, Allah SWTThere is limitation regarding being sociable, As caution, Allah SWT singled out the group “singled out the group “those who are bent on evildoingthose who are bent on evildoing (ZOLAMUU) “,(ZOLAMUU) “, which may affect us if we are naïve to think of them as harmless.which may affect us if we are naïve to think of them as harmless. What is scary is that if you disobey this, Allah SWT will leave youWhat is scary is that if you disobey this, Allah SWT will leave you without any protection and will not help.without any protection and will not help. It is important to heed this command - do not incline towardsdo not incline towards, nor rely, nor rely uponupon, those who are bent on evildoing, those who are bent on evildoing (ZOLAMUU) .(ZOLAMUU) . ALLAAHU MUSTA-’AN All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  82. 82. ““((FA-AQEEM WAJ-HAKAFA-AQEEM WAJ-HAKA) So direct your face toward) So direct your face toward the religion (the religion (DEENDEEN), inclining to truth (), inclining to truth (HANEEFAHANEEFA).). [Adhere to] the[Adhere to] the FITwRAHFITwRAH (primordial nature) of Allah(primordial nature) of Allah upon which He has created [all] people.upon which He has created [all] people. No changeNo change should there be in the creation of Allahshould there be in the creation of Allah. That is the. That is the correct religion (correct religion (DEE-NUL-QAY-YEEMDEE-NUL-QAY-YEEM), but most of), but most of the people do not know.”the people do not know.” ((Qur’an: Rum: 30: 30Qur’an: Rum: 30: 30)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  83. 83. At a time when people admire progress and equates it with change, we have to be very careful and concerned. Like a journey, our life and living requires us to look beyond and strive ahead towards a goal. But what should be our goal? Who sets or influence the setting of our goal? Even those whom we deem to be without vision, are upon a direction charted by the media, society, culture, sub-culture etc. As Muslims, we have our own guidance and guideline. And as the vicegerent of Allah SWT, ours as Muslim, is to uphold the trust (AMANAH) of Allah to preserve and protect. Whereas in todays’ context mankind is fiercely competing in exploitation and destruction; wanton display of arrogance by changing nature itself. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  84. 84. At every waking hours – daily, we must be trained to be reminded of our true purpose for existence. When we neglect to do this, other agendas and concerns would inevitably replace this and our life-vision would subtly be shifted. When this is repeated it forms into habit, and when the people we interact with seemed to advocate similar thinking, vision and motivation etc. such a ‘secular’ worldview then becomes fossilized and ingrained into our core. Yet, if we pay utmost attention and accord utmost importance to the daily practices according th Sunnah as taught by generations of our traditional ‘Ulama’ – making them as the template for our daily activities, while all others are secondary embellishments of the life of a Muslim, this shift can be prevented. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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  86. 86. ““O Allah! Make us see the Truth to be true andO Allah! Make us see the Truth to be true and grant us the ability to follow it.grant us the ability to follow it. And make us see Falsehood to be false and grantAnd make us see Falsehood to be false and grant us the ability to reject it.”us the ability to reject it.” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  87. 87. O our Lord! Make us to benefitO our Lord! Make us to benefit from what You have taught us.from what You have taught us. O Lord! Teach us whatever that is beneficial for us. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  88. 88. O Allah! Make us to be people who guide (others)O Allah! Make us to be people who guide (others) and who are (always) Guided (by Your Guidance) .and who are (always) Guided (by Your Guidance) . All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  89. 89. Not of those who are astray andNot of those who are astray and who lead people astray.who lead people astray. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  90. 90. O Allah! Guide us allO Allah! Guide us all with Your Guidance.with Your Guidance. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  91. 91. And make us people who hastenAnd make us people who hasten towards what pleases You.towards what pleases You. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  92. 92. And do not let us be protected (by others) exceptAnd do not let us be protected (by others) except only with Your Protection (as our Guardian).only with Your Protection (as our Guardian). All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  93. 93. And do not make us to be of those who differAnd do not make us to be of those who differ from Your command and who are disobedientfrom Your command and who are disobedient towards You.towards You. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  94. 94. And sufficient is Allah for us,And sufficient is Allah for us, for He is the Best Protectorfor He is the Best Protector All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  95. 95. And there is no power nor strength exceptAnd there is no power nor strength except with Allah The Most High, the Most Esteem.with Allah The Most High, the Most Esteem. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  96. 96. And salutations of Allah and Peace be upon ourAnd salutations of Allah and Peace be upon our Leader Muhammad, and upon His householdLeader Muhammad, and upon His household and Companions .and Companions . All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
  97. 97. And all the Praises belongs to Allah,And all the Praises belongs to Allah, Lord Sustainer of all the worldLord Sustainer of all the world AA-MEENAA-MEEN All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2016))
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