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[Slideshare] fiqh-course-lesson#13-(feb-2013-batch)- bringing-dawah-spirit-in-muslim-education-(22-may-2013)

  1. 1. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.““INTRODUCTION TOINTRODUCTION TOTHE STUDY OFTHE STUDY OF FIQHFIQH ””Intermediate Level Islamic course in English for AdultsIntermediate Level Islamic course in English for Adultsconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismailconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj IsmailLESSON # 13 –LESSON # 13 –BRINGING BACK THEBRINGING BACK THEDA’WAH SPIRIT IN THE MUSLIMSDA’WAH SPIRIT IN THE MUSLIMSTEACHING AND LEARNING ISLAMTEACHING AND LEARNING ISLAMAnd say: O Lord! Increase for me my knowledgeUsing text & curriculum he has developed especially forUsing text & curriculum he has developed especially forMuslim 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 22 MAY 2013UPDATED 22 MAY 2013All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  2. 2. ““INTRODUCTION TOINTRODUCTION TOTHE STUDY OFTHE STUDY OF FIQHFIQH ””Intermediate Level Islamic course in EnglishIntermediate Level Islamic course in Englishfor Adultsfor Adultsconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismailconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail“Special lecture”Wednesday night @Wednesday night @8pm – 10pm8pm – 10pmWisma Indah, 450Wisma Indah, 450Changi Road,Changi Road,#02-00 next to#02-00 next toMasjid KassimMasjid KassimIN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.22 MAY 201322 MAY 2013All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))For further information and registrationFor further information and registrationcontact Econtact E-mail :-mail : ad.fardhayn.sg@gmail.comad.fardhayn.sg@gmail.comor +65 81234669 / +65 96838279or +65 81234669 / +65 96838279
  3. 3. ““And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, If you areAnd [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, If you aregrateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if yougrateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if youdeny (ungrateful), indeed, My punishment is severe. “deny (ungrateful), indeed, My punishment is severe. “((Qur’an: Ibrahim: 14: 7Qur’an: Ibrahim: 14: 7))PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  4. 4. Striving to be grateful is a life-long endeavour. Especially when itStriving to be grateful is a life-long endeavour. Especially when itrequires 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 becomingcareless and would take for granted those bestowals. Suchcareless and would take for granted those bestowals. Suchcarelessness 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 wealready 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 theyhad taught, reminding me that I am “had taught, reminding me that I am “still not there yet !still not there yet ! ””PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  5. 5. 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 wisdomwhich may have escaped us all regarding those knowledge whichwhich may have escaped us all regarding those knowledge whichwe had already been taught, rather than be deluded to seek outwe had already been taught, rather than be deluded to seek outother ‘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 beinfected by their humility (infected by their humility (TAWADHU’TAWADHU’) which, on hindsight, THE) which, on hindsight, THEmost 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.PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  7. 7. “Whomsoever that Allah wishes for him goodness, He willmake him a FAQIH (learned) in matters of thereligion(Deen); and for everything there is a pillar, and thepillar of this religion is AL-FIQH – (the profoundunderstanding 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))PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  8. 8. In my advice to some of my students, I have reiterated myIn my advice to some of my students, I have reiterated myconcern 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 learntIslam 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 wayof 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 bedone, and they overlooked that these are made as obligationdone, and they overlooked that these are made as obligationupon us Muslims to benefit from, because it containsupon us Muslims to benefit from, because it contains HIKMAHHIKMAHand the Mercy of Allah – as “and the Mercy of Allah – as “transformative program oftransformative program ofchanging our entire worldview and paradigmchanging our entire worldview and paradigm.”.”PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  9. 9. Remember, by being Muslims we are not doing Allah s.w.t. anyfavour, 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 andthat each fulfilment of these ARKAAN (singular – RUKUN) mustbe appraised upon by how close (TAQARRUB) they have becometowards Allah s.w.t., only then can they extricate themselves outof the malaise which some have analysed and described (which Itermed as “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” syndromePREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  10. 10. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” syndrome – i.e. intermittently lapsinginto forgetfulness or heedlessness (GHAFLAH), thenremembrance, then forgetfulness of Allah again in a kind of cyclein 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 fundamentalunderstanding of Islam perhaps may be faulty, partial andtruncated, whereas the spirit of Islam should dominate andpermeate our entire existence.PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  11. 11. Allah warns us of this ‘forgetfulness’ in some people, and withthe Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammads.a.a.w., He wants to guide us to be different:PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  12. 12. Allah warns us of this ‘forgetfulness’ in some people, and withthe Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammads.a.a.w., He wants to guide us to be different:““Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of theLet not the free disposal (and affluence) of thedisbelievers throughout the land deceive you. Adisbelievers throughout the land deceive you. Abrief 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))PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  13. 13. Allah warns us of this ‘forgetfulness’ in some people, and withthe Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammads.a.a.w., He wants to guide us to be different:PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  14. 14. Allah warns us of this ‘forgetfulness’ in some people, and withthe Qur’an and the teachings of His Messenger Muhammads.a.a.w., He wants to guide us to be different:““But, for those who fear their Lord, are GardensBut, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardensunder which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein areunder which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein arethey to dwell (for ever), an entertainment fromthey to dwell (for ever), an entertainment fromAllah; and that which is with Allah is the Best forAllah; and that which is with Allah is the Best forAl-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah andAl-Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah andfollow strictly His Orders).”follow strictly His Orders).”((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197-198Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197-198))PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  15. 15. 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 (asdifferentiated 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 andstrong throughout their life, (strong throughout their life, (InshaAllahInshaAllah, Allah will instil, Allah will instilistiqomahistiqomah) not just in their wakeful hours, even when they are in) not just in their wakeful hours, even when they are intheir sleep too, in spite of the so many life-engagement andtheir sleep too, in spite of the so many life-engagement andworldly distraction he/she may be exposed too.worldly distraction he/she may be exposed too.PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  16. 16. 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 ofpoor qualitypoor quality” which many of us may harbour, is spot-on, and” which many of us may harbour, is spot-on, andshould 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 onesingle 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 theconfusion regarding it).confusion regarding it).PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  17. 17. 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 usto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofdistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snaredistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snareus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inseeking knowledge with practice (‘seeking knowledge with practice (‘ILM WA ‘AMALILM WA ‘AMAL):):PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  18. 18. 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 usto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asto aim to do, especially to wholeheartedly enter into Islam (asopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofopposed to learning partially and hesitantly) and be careful ofdistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snaredistractions which are what our enemy Satan is trying to snareus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inus into, so do not allow yourself to backslide – especially inseeking 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 youan avowed enemy.”an avowed enemy.”(Qur’an: Surah al-Baqorah: 2: 208(Qur’an: Surah al-Baqorah: 2: 208))PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  19. 19. My insistence that we re-visit our basicMy insistence that we re-visit our basic Fardhu AinFardhu Ain topic, buttopic, butwith Dawah in mindwith Dawah in mind (towards ultimately for each of us to being(towards ultimately for each of us to beingable to share it with the non-Muslimsable to share it with the non-Muslims).).It would be unjust to burden you all with actualIt would be unjust to burden you all with actual DawahDawah work,work,when thewhen the DawahDawah 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 ofIslam 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?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  20. 20.  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 especiallyto English speaking non-Muslims since 1980), and not as ato English speaking non-Muslims since 1980), and not as ateacher (teacher (mudarrismudarris).).When theWhen the Mufti Syed Esa bIn SumaitMufti Syed Esa bIn Sumait andand Allahyarham al-FadhilAllahyarham al-Fadhilal-Ustaz Syed ‘Abdillah bin Ahmad al-Jufrial-Ustaz Syed ‘Abdillah bin Ahmad al-Jufri approved and directedapproved and directedme 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?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  21. 21. It was unlike that of the curriculum amongst the MalayIt was unlike that of the curriculum amongst the MalayMuslim’s, and I guess myMuslim’s, and I guess my Da’wahDa’wah background somewhat shapedbackground somewhat shapedits 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 havenoticed that many of them were somewhat empowered to donoticed that many of them were somewhat empowered to doDa’wahDa’wah work, although they may have never studied any specificwork, although they may have never studied any specificsubject onsubject on Da’wahDa’wah..What is my basis for choosing this approach?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  22. 22. It is in the manner that they were taught that perhaps made theIt is in the manner that they were taught that perhaps made thedifference. And some Malay-Muslims (those born into a Muslimdifference. And some Malay-Muslims (those born into a Muslimfamily) 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 teacherstraining program to empower more Islamic educators.training program to empower more Islamic educators.What is my basis for choosing this approach?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  23. 23. 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 astint 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. Withoutthem being given the “them being given the “wisdom gained from experience of our pastwisdom gained from experience of our pastpractitionerspractitioners”, we would not recover what have been lost.”, we would not recover what have been lost.The manner of their approach to teaching Islam has always beenThe manner of their approach to teaching Islam has always beento inject ‘to inject ‘lifelife’ into people, to revive, to invite and guide them’ into people, to revive, to invite and guide themupon the straight path. It is definitely a different approach whenupon the straight path. It is definitely a different approach whencompared to that of the ‘professionally trained’ teachers of N.I.E.compared to that of the ‘professionally trained’ teachers of N.I.E.What is my basis for choosing this approach?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  24. 24. These traditional teachers of Islam regard their task, alwaysThese traditional teachers of Islam regard their task, alwayswithin the overall framework of continuing the legacy ofwithin the overall framework of continuing the legacy ofDA’WAHDA’WAH – to continue to invite all to the way of life -– to continue to invite all to the way of life -AD-DEENAD-DEEN ofofAl-Islam.Al-Islam.Without this spirit, this essential purpose and motivation – theWithout this spirit, this essential purpose and motivation – theteaching of Islam by any teacher today, would be different, shortteaching of Islam by any teacher today, would be different, shortof ‘betrayal’ to the traditional Islamic scholars and teachers whoof ‘betrayal’ to the traditional Islamic scholars and teachers whofaithfully transmitted to us thisfaithfully transmitted to us this DeenDeen..They do not teach Islam as subject, but regard their task asThey do not teach Islam as subject, but regard their task asteachers subjecting their students to Islam – andteachers subjecting their students to Islam – and DA’WAHDA’WAH is theis thelife-giving ‘soul’.life-giving ‘soul’.What is my basis for choosing this approach?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  25. 25. What is my basis for choosing this approach?PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINEDPREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED““O you who have believed, respond to Allah andO you who have believed, respond to Allah andto the Messenger when he calls you to thatto the Messenger when he calls you to thatwhich gives you life. “which gives you life. “((Qur’an: Anfaal: 8: 24Qur’an: Anfaal: 8: 24))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  27. 27. The state of us Muslims today, regarding the loss of many of ourThe state of us Muslims today, regarding the loss of many of ourIslamic heritage, especially in preserving and benefitting fromIslamic heritage, especially in preserving and benefitting fromthe legacy of Islamic education, knowledge, science and historythe legacy of Islamic education, knowledge, science and historyetc. is like the story of Aladdin and his magical lamp in theetc. is like the story of Aladdin and his magical lamp in thecollection of fables in “collection of fables in “ALF - WA-LAYLAALF - WA-LAYLA” (“Thousand and One” (“Thousand and Onenights” or better known in the West as “the Arabian Nights”).nights” or better known in the West as “the Arabian Nights”).This is not just a story, but contain a profound lesson ofThis is not just a story, but contain a profound lesson ofwisdom, highlighting the foolishness and naivety which must bewisdom, highlighting the foolishness and naivety which must beavoided.avoided.REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  28. 28. In this story, Aladdin’s maid-servant was duped into exchangingIn this story, Aladdin’s maid-servant was duped into exchanginghis master’s magical (but it looked rather old, odd and seeminglyhis master’s magical (but it looked rather old, odd and seeminglyuseless) lamp for a new one, peddled by the evil sorcerer.useless) lamp for a new one, peddled by the evil sorcerer.He cunningly peddled his ‘new wares’ and making it seemed thatHe cunningly peddled his ‘new wares’ and making it seemed thatthose who still cling to old stuffs are foolish for not grabbing thisthose who still cling to old stuffs are foolish for not grabbing thisfantastic offer of a much superior alternative.fantastic offer of a much superior alternative.The maid’s ignorance of the true value of his master’s magicalThe maid’s ignorance of the true value of his master’s magicallamp; and her folly (nay breach of trust and loyalty to her master)lamp; and her folly (nay breach of trust and loyalty to her master)of not consulting the true owner, led to the tragic dispossession.of not consulting the true owner, led to the tragic dispossession.REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  29. 29. If only the old lamp was to be polished and rubbed (i.e. if she wasIf only the old lamp was to be polished and rubbed (i.e. if she wasto try to clean it to shine) as what the maid servant should haveto try to clean it to shine) as what the maid servant should havebeen doing, she would already know that a wonderful geniebeen doing, she would already know that a wonderful geniewould have emerged and she would know the true value of thewould have emerged and she would know the true value of therather old-looking lamp.rather old-looking lamp.Aladdin too has to be blamed. Being the inheritor of this lamp, heAladdin too has to be blamed. Being the inheritor of this lamp, heshould have imparted such crucial knowledge of the lamp toshould have imparted such crucial knowledge of the lamp tothose in his household and ensure that such precious possessionthose in his household and ensure that such precious possessionbe well-guarded and cherished.be well-guarded and cherished.REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  30. 30. Alas today, the penchant to discard old stuff (without understandingAlas today, the penchant to discard old stuff (without understandingits true value), just because we think the new is better. It is naive toits true value), just because we think the new is better. It is naive tobelieve in whatevver others may say about what we possessbelieve in whatevver others may say about what we possess(intending to dispossess us) without we being careful as to where(intending to dispossess us) without we being careful as to wherethey are leading us to. This surely is foolish, don’t you think so?they are leading us to. This surely is foolish, don’t you think so?And although we cannot accuse others of stealing from us, butAnd although we cannot accuse others of stealing from us, buttoday, such evil trade-off are being done subtly through what theytoday, such evil trade-off are being done subtly through what theytermed as encouraging your right to personal “termed as encouraging your right to personal “freedomfreedom” and” andconsensual “consensual “exchangeexchange” (even if unfair) is not thievery.” (even if unfair) is not thievery.REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  31. 31. Well, there are some who may label me and my other colleagueWell, there are some who may label me and my other colleaguefellowfellow asaatizahasaatizah as “traditional”. We believe that those who areas “traditional”. We believe that those who arewont to label us such may not have understood our concern, andwont to label us such may not have understood our concern, andthe seriousness of holding fast to the trust - may Allah give themthe seriousness of holding fast to the trust - may Allah give themGuidance, and the realization to repent and mend their ways.Guidance, and the realization to repent and mend their ways.Actually those who ignorantly disregard our traditional ways, areActually those who ignorantly disregard our traditional ways, arehaving the naïve mentality like that of Aladdin’s maid-servant.having the naïve mentality like that of Aladdin’s maid-servant.Let them be reminded that this our tradition belongs to Islam andLet them be reminded that this our tradition belongs to Islam andthe Muslims. We must remain trustworthy (the Muslims. We must remain trustworthy (AMANAHAMANAH).).REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  32. 32. They who styled themselves as ‘They who styled themselves as ‘liberal & progressiveliberal & progressive’ Muslims’ Muslimswho are anti-traditionalist ought to know that they are merewho are anti-traditionalist ought to know that they are mere‘servants’ - but they don’t know that they are servants of whom?‘servants’ - but they don’t know that they are servants of whom?They should doThey should do MUHAASABAHMUHAASABAH - (- (may Allah guide them), andmay Allah guide them), andthey must be told thatthey must be told that they do not have the right to bethey do not have the right to beexchanging and be replacing our traditionexchanging and be replacing our tradition on behalf of Islam andon behalf of Islam andthe Muslims.the Muslims.To insist in doing so is treachery (To insist in doing so is treachery (KHIYAANAHKHIYAANAH).).waAwaAllaahu a’lam.llaahu a’lam.REFLECTAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  33. 33. SIMILAR BUT NOT THE SAMESIMILAR BUT NOT THE SAMEWARNING AGAINST USURPERSWARNING AGAINST USURPERSIN THE GUISE OF THE TRUTHFULIN THE GUISE OF THE TRUTHFULIN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  34. 34. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  35. 35. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.““And there are those who put up a mosque by way ofAnd there are those who put up a mosque by way ofmischief and infidelity― to disunite the Believers and inmischief and infidelity― to disunite the Believers and inpreparation for one who warred against Allah and Hispreparation for one who warred against Allah and HisMessenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that theirMessenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that theirintention is nothing but good; but Allah doth declare thatintention is nothing but good; but Allah doth declare thatthey are certainly liars.”they are certainly liars.”((Qur’an: Taubah: 9:107Qur’an: Taubah: 9:107))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  36. 36. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  37. 37. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.“Never stand thou forth therein. There is a mosque whosefoundation was laid from the first day on piety; it is moreworthy of thy standing forth (for prayer) therein. In it aremen who love to be purified; and Allah loveth those whomake themselves pure.”(Qur’an: Taubah: 9:108)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  38. 38. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  39. 39. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.““Which then is best?― he that layeth his foundation onWhich then is best?― he that layeth his foundation onpiety to Allah and His Good pleasure?― or he that layethpiety to Allah and His Good pleasure?― or he that layethhis foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready tohis foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready tocrumble to pieces? And it doth crumble to pieces with him,crumble to pieces? And it doth crumble to pieces with him,into the fire of Hell. And Allah guideth not people that dointo the fire of Hell. And Allah guideth not people that dowrong.”wrong.”((Qur’an: Taubah: 9:109Qur’an: Taubah: 9:109))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  40. 40. 40““He is not from my Ummah (community),He is not from my Ummah (community),One who do not respect our elders, orOne who do not respect our elders, orOne who is not merciful (kind) to our young, andOne who is not merciful (kind) to our young, andOne who do not know ourOne who do not know our ‘Ulama’ -‘Ulama’ - Islamic scholarsIslamic scholars(and respect their rights ) .”(and respect their rights ) .”((Hadith of our Prophet s.a.w. Reported by TabranyHadith of our Prophet s.a.w. Reported by Tabrany))Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w. said:All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  42. 42. "Verily Allah does not remove knowledge from the (hearts of the)Verily Allah does not remove knowledge from the (hearts of the)people, rather he takes away knowledge by taking away itspeople, rather he takes away knowledge by taking away itspeople (the true scholars –people (the true scholars – ‘ULAMA‘ULAMA), until there are no more), until there are no morescholars, the people then take leaders that are ignorant, andscholars, the people then take leaders that are ignorant, andwhen they are asked, and givewhen they are asked, and give fatwasfatwas – religious rulings, (they– religious rulings, (theygive) without knowledge, so they misguide and are misguided.“give) without knowledge, so they misguide and are misguided.“((Hadith reported by Ashaab as-Sunnan from Ibnu ‘Umar r.aHadith reported by Ashaab as-Sunnan from Ibnu ‘Umar r.a.).)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  43. 43. "Indeed the"Indeed the scholarsscholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fallare the inheritors of the Prophets, but if they fallinto covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? Theinto covetousness and greed, who shall be taken as leaders? Themerchants and businessmenmerchants and businessmen are the trustees of Allah, so if they areare the trustees of Allah, so if they aretreacherous, who can be trusted? Thetreacherous, who can be trusted? The warriorswarriors are the guests of Allahare the guests of Allahso if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whom canso if they become extreme (or take spoils without right), with whom canwe defeat the enemies? The righteous andwe defeat the enemies? The righteous and ascetic onesascetic ones are the kings ofare the kings ofthe earth but if they become insincere (i.e. havethe earth but if they become insincere (i.e. have riya’riya’), who shall be), who shall befollowed? Thefollowed? The governors/rulersgovernors/rulers are the shepherds (protectors) of theare the shepherds (protectors) of thepeople, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protect thepeople, but if the shepherd becomes a wolf, who shall protect theflock?"flock?"- Imam Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak- Imam Abdullah ibn al-MubarakAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  44. 44. TO BE CONTINUED, INSHA-ALLAAH!TO BE CONTINUED, INSHA-ALLAAH!All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  45. 45. ““O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness (O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness (SHAAHIDAHSHAAHIDAH), a), aBearer of Glad Tidings (Bearer of Glad Tidings (MUBAS-SHIRAHMUBAS-SHIRAH), and a Warner (), and a Warner (NADZEERAHNADZEERAH)―)―And as one who invites to Allahs (Grace) by His leave (And as one who invites to Allahs (Grace) by His leave (DAA-’IYANDAA-’IYANILALLAAHILALLAAH) , and as a Lamp spreading Light () , and as a Lamp spreading Light (SIRAAJAN MUNEERAHSIRAAJAN MUNEERAH).”).”((Qur’an: an-Nahlu: 16: 45-46Qur’an: an-Nahlu: 16: 45-46))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  46. 46. ““Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom (Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom (BIL-BIL-HHIKMAHIKMAH) and) andbeautiful preaching (beautiful preaching (MAU-’IZAH-MAU-’IZAH-HHASANAHASANAH); and argue with them in); and argue with them inways that are best and most gracious (ways that are best and most gracious (JAADIL-HUM-BIL-LATI -HIYAJAADIL-HUM-BIL-LATI -HIYAAAHHSANSAN): for thy Lord knows, best who have strayed from His Path,): for thy Lord knows, best who have strayed from His Path,and who receive guidance. “and who receive guidance. “((Qur’an: an-Nahlu: 16: 125Qur’an: an-Nahlu: 16: 125))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  48. 48. ““It is He (Allah) Who has sent amongst the Unlettered aIt is He (Allah) Who has sent amongst the Unlettered amessenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, tomessenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, torehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and torehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and toinstruct them in Scripture and Wisdom― although theyinstruct them in Scripture and Wisdom― although theyhad been, before, in manifest error―had been, before, in manifest error― .“.“((Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  49. 49. ““As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, whoAs well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, whohave 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))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  50. 50. “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)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  51. 51. ““Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah,Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah,works righteousness, and says "I am of those who bow in Islam"works 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 (2013))
  52. 52. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOSTMOSTCOMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.By: USTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAILAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  53. 53. “People are like minerals, the best of them in Jahiliyahwill still be the best amongst them in Islam,so long as they have proper (profound) understanding.”(Hadith reported by Bukhary, Muslim, Darimi and Ahmad)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  54. 54. Differentiating the GeneralDifferentiating the Generalfrom the Specific (technical)from the Specific (technical)terms used.terms used.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  55. 55. 55DA’WAH – today, has been understood generally, to refer to everyinitiatives to call people towards adhering to every teachings ofIslam, without any distinction with regards to the audienceconcerned (al-mad-’uun).Unfortunately in Singapore, every religious activity amongst Muslimsare termed as “Da’wah” activity as though Da’wah is only meant forMuslims, whereas the original meaning refers to “calling every onetowards Islam” especially the non-Muslims.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  56. 56. 56DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam. In matters of Islam, we Muslims (in Singapore) generally may haveIn matters of Islam, we Muslims (in Singapore) generally may havebecome ‘localized’ (insular and exclusive) to the extent that we onlybecome ‘localized’ (insular and exclusive) to the extent that we onlythink as though “Islam” is only for us, and about us.think as though “Islam” is only for us, and about us. Every activities pertaining to Islam are deemed only for us Muslims.Every activities pertaining to Islam are deemed only for us Muslims.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  57. 57. 57 All our “All our “Islamic Da’wah resourcesIslamic Da’wah resources” (if any) are geared only towards the” (if any) are geared only towards the16% Muslims16% Muslims of the nation’s population (Singapore). We have all alongof the nation’s population (Singapore). We have all alongneglected theneglected the 84% (non-Muslims).84% (non-Muslims). Some Muslims here are so afraid to speak of doing direct “Some Muslims here are so afraid to speak of doing direct “Da’wahDa’wah””towards non-Muslims. They even deemed this (the Prophetic Qur’anictowards non-Muslims. They even deemed this (the Prophetic Qur’anicmethod ofmethod of Da’wahDa’wah ) as being confrontational – outdated!) as being confrontational – outdated!DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  58. 58. 58 Some (indirect) approach towards the non-Muslims inSome (indirect) approach towards the non-Muslims in ““InterfaithInterfaithDialogueDialogue”” events, may perhaps been done. Albeit only because it isevents, may perhaps been done. Albeit only because it isencouraged to showcase religious harmony in our nation. Yet, they areencouraged to showcase religious harmony in our nation. Yet, they areclaiming this as their efforts in doing “claiming this as their efforts in doing “Da’wahDa’wah” (they called it “non-” (they called it “non-confrontational type”).confrontational type”). We must tell them that to ‘We must tell them that to ‘confrontconfront ’ does not necessarily mean that one’ does not necessarily mean that onemust be “aggressive, intolerant, discourteous etc.”must be “aggressive, intolerant, discourteous etc.”DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  59. 59. 59 The Qur’an already stipulates we must do it:The Qur’an already stipulates we must do it: “with wisdom and goodlyexhortation, and argue with them in the most kindly manner” So as not to be misunderstood, I am not against Interfaith dialogue, orSo as not to be misunderstood, I am not against Interfaith dialogue, orefforts in building bridges with others, or promotion of religious andefforts in building bridges with others, or promotion of religious andracial harmony amongst our comrades and citizens in this, our belovedracial harmony amongst our comrades and citizens in this, our belovednation.nation.DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  60. 60. 60 The concern is our (certain Muslims’) dishonesty of claiming to be doingThe concern is our (certain Muslims’) dishonesty of claiming to be doing““Da’wahDa’wah” when that effort, when judged by the criteria from” when that effort, when judged by the criteria from Al-Qur’anAl-Qur’anandand As-SunnahAs-Sunnah ,, it may not qualify as to be regarded as “it may not qualify as to be regarded as “Da’wahDa’wah” in the” in thetrue sense. Some dare to regard these (true sense. Some dare to regard these (DA’WAHDA’WAH) criterion as archaic.) criterion as archaic. They justify it by saying:They justify it by saying: “Those old methods are foolish and outdated,“Those old methods are foolish and outdated,we must now be wise. Be pragmatic we do not want the others towe must now be wise. Be pragmatic we do not want the others todislike us!”dislike us!”DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  61. 61. 61 Yet these people conveniently ignored or forgotten that they have beenYet these people conveniently ignored or forgotten that they have beencommanded by Allah to be TRUE and sincere, even if this be hated:commanded by Allah to be TRUE and sincere, even if this be hated:DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.““ ... be sincere (making religion pure for Allah only),... be sincere (making religion pure for Allah only),however much the disbelievers be averse –”however much the disbelievers be averse –”(Qur’an: Ghofir: 40: 15)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  62. 62. 62 And those Muslims engaged in thisAnd those Muslims engaged in this “Interfaith dialogue”“Interfaith dialogue” have to behave to behonest and sincerely admit what their motives and objectives for doinghonest and sincerely admit what their motives and objectives for doingso are – Is it forso are – Is it for Islamic Da’wahIslamic Da’wah or merely to comply with otheror merely to comply with otheragendas? To be in the mainstream, perhaps?agendas? To be in the mainstream, perhaps? Have they considered or have any regard for theHave they considered or have any regard for the “Usul ad-Da’wah”“Usul ad-Da’wah” andandthethe “Fiqh-hud-Da’wah”“Fiqh-hud-Da’wah” ?? Isn’t Truth supposed to confront falsehood?Isn’t Truth supposed to confront falsehood?DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  63. 63. 63 Afraid to confront and yet claim to be doing “Da’wah” ? They like to say: “Let’s accept that everybody is right and nobody iswrong!!?” - only the difference of perspective of what is the truth! LAA-HAU-LA WA LAA-QUW-WA-TA IL-LA BIL-LAAH !DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  64. 64. 64 And they should be reminded that this religion of al-Islam is also calledAd-Deen-ul-Haqq (the religion of Truth):DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  65. 65. 65 And they should be reminded that this religion of al-Islam is also calledAd-Deen-ul-Haqq (the religion of Truth):DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.““He (Allah) it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and theHe (Allah) it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and thereligion of Truth (al-Islam), that He may make it victorious (triumph) overreligion of Truth (al-Islam), that He may make it victorious (triumph) overall religion however much idolaters may be averse.”all religion however much idolaters may be averse.”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 8Qur’an: Saff: 61: 8))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  66. 66. 66 And they should be reminded that this religion of al-Islam is also calledAd-Deen-ul-Haqq (the religion of Truth):DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  67. 67. 67 And they should be reminded that this religion of al-Islam is also calledAd-Deen-ul-Haqq (the religion of Truth):DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to thecalling of all mankind (unbelievers) to Islam.““It is He (Allah) who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and theIt is He (Allah) who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and theReligion of Truth (al-Islam), to proclaim it over all religion: and enoughReligion of Truth (al-Islam), to proclaim it over all religion: and enoughis Allah for a Witness.”is Allah for a Witness.”((Qur’an: Fath: 48: 28Qur’an: Fath: 48: 28))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  68. 68. 68““Da-’inDa-’in” [sing.] (caller; one who invites) –” [sing.] (caller; one who invites) – title indicating atitle indicating ahigh station in the hierarchy of ranks amongsthigh station in the hierarchy of ranks amongst ‘ulama’‘ulama’ of Islamof Islam..Title accorded only to those with certain criteria; more asTitle accorded only to those with certain criteria; more asambassador or emissary of Islam - to call others toambassador or emissary of Islam - to call others to al-Islamal-Islam..This title or appellation of aThis title or appellation of a ““Du-’atDu-’at” [pl.]” [pl.] - should not be- should not becarelessly used just because a Muslim is doing or helping in work ofcarelessly used just because a Muslim is doing or helping in work ofDa’wah.Da’wah.As Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w. is the exemplary :As Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w. is the exemplary :““and as one who invites to Allahs (Grace) by His leaveand as one who invites to Allahs (Grace) by His leave”” , - the task, - the taskof such a person is indeed wide-ranging .of such a person is indeed wide-ranging .All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  69. 69. “Verily, Allah loves [only] those who fight in His cause in[solid] ranks, as though they were a building firm andcompact. “(Qur’an: Saff: 61: 4)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  70. 70. ““O YOU who have attained to faith! Shall I point out toO YOU who have attained to faith! Shall I point out toyou a bargain that will save you from grievous sufferingyou a bargain that will save you from grievous suffering[in this world and in the life to come]?”[in this world and in the life to come]?”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 10Qur’an: Saff: 61: 10))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  71. 71. ““You are to believe in Allah and His Messenger, and toYou are to believe in Allah and His Messenger, and tostrive hard in Allahs cause with your possessions andstrive hard in Allahs cause with your possessions andyour lives: this is for your own good - if you but knew it!”your lives: this is for your own good - if you but knew it!”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 11Qur’an: Saff: 61: 11))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  72. 72. ““[If you do so,] He will forgive you your sins, and [in the life[If you do so,] He will forgive you your sins, and [in the lifeto come] will admit you into gardens through which runningto come] will admit you into gardens through which runningwaters flow, and into goodly mansions in [those] gardens ofwaters flow, and into goodly mansions in [those] gardens ofperpetual bliss: that [will be] the triumph supreme!”perpetual bliss: that [will be] the triumph supreme!”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 12Qur’an: Saff: 61: 12))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  73. 73. ““And [withal, He will grant you] yet another thing that youAnd [withal, He will grant you] yet another thing that youdearly love: succour (help) from Allah [in this world], and adearly love: succour (help) from Allah [in this world], and avictory soon to come: and [thereof, O Prophet,] give thou avictory soon to come: and [thereof, O Prophet,] give thou aglad tiding to all who believe.”glad tiding to all who believe.”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 13Qur’an: Saff: 61: 13))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  74. 74. ““O YOU who have attained to faith! Be helpers [in the causeO YOU who have attained to faith! Be helpers [in the causeof Allah - even as Jesus, the son of Mary, said unto theof Allah - even as Jesus, the son of Mary, said unto thewhite-garbed ones, "Who will be my helpers in Allahswhite-garbed ones, "Who will be my helpers in Allahscause?" - whereupon the white-garbed [disciples] replied,cause?" - whereupon the white-garbed [disciples] replied,"We shall be [thy] helpers [in the cause] of Allah!”"We shall be [thy] helpers [in the cause] of Allah!”((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 14Qur’an: Saff: 61: 14))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  76. 76. 76AD-DA-‘I WAD-DA’WAHAD-DA-‘I WAD-DA’WAH(THE CALLER AND THE CALL)(THE CALLER AND THE CALL)MUBALLIGHMUBALLIGHMUDAR-RIS WA MU-‘AL-LIMMUDAR-RIS WA MU-‘AL-LIMMURAB-BI’ - MU-AD-DIB - MURSHIDMURAB-BI’ - MU-AD-DIB - MURSHIDMUS-LIMUS-LIHH AD-DEEN WAL-UMMAHAD-DEEN WAL-UMMAHMUJAD-DIDMUJAD-DIDMUJAHID - DA’WAHMUJAHID - DA’WAHBIL-LISAAN BIL-QALAAM BIL-HAAL BIS-SAYFQUDWAH HASANAH MUNAZARAHAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  77. 77. THE AMBASSADORMEDIA DEPARTMENTEDUCATION DEPARTMENTHUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENTRESEARCH – THINK TANK - DEPARTMENTCOUNTER INTELLIGENCEPERSONNEL DEPARTMENT – FIELD WORKAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  78. 78. 78It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.““In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease andIn their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease andgrievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (togrievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (tothemselves).”themselves).”((Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 10Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 10))WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGETAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  79. 79. 79It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.““When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth", they say:When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth", they say:"Why, we only want to make peace!" Of a surety, they are the ones"Why, we only want to make peace!" Of a surety, they are the oneswho make mischief, but they realize (it) not.”who make mischief, but they realize (it) not.”((Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 11-12Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 11-12))WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGETAll Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  80. 80. 80It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET“When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe" they say:"Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they arethe fools, but they do not know.”(Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 13)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  81. 81. 81It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET“When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe" butwhen they are alone with their evil ones * they say: "We are reallywith you; we (were) only jesting.”(Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 14)All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  82. 82. 82It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET““Allah will throw back their mockery on them and give them rope inAllah will throw back their mockery on them and give them rope intheir trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to and fro)their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to and fro).”.”((Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 15Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 15))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  83. 83. 83It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET““These are they who have bartered guidance for errorThese are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their: but theirtraffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction.”traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction.”((Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 16Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 16))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  84. 84. 84It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET““And remember Allah took a Covenant from the People of the Book,And remember Allah took a Covenant from the People of the Book,to make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it; but theyto make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it; but theythrew it away behind their backs, and purchased with it somethrew it away behind their backs, and purchased with it somemiserable gain! and vile was the bargain they made! “miserable gain! and vile was the bargain they made! “((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran:3: 187Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran:3: 187))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  85. 85. 85It saddens us when there are certain “Muslims” who displaycynicism and even discourage (if not prevent) efforts of “Da’wah”towards others.WARNING : LEST WE FORGETWARNING : LEST WE FORGET““Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and theThose who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and theGuidance, after We have made it clear for the people in theGuidance, after We have made it clear for the people in theBook―on them shall be Allahs curse and the curse― of thoseBook―on them shall be Allahs curse and the curse― of thoseentitled to curse.”entitled to curse.”((Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 159Qur’an: Baqarah:2: 159))All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  86. 86. Allah did confer a great favour on the Believers when He sent amongAllah did confer a great favour on the Believers when He sent amongthem an Messenger from among themselves, rehearsing unto themthem an Messenger from among themselves, rehearsing unto themthe Signs of Allah, sanctifying them, and instructing them in Scripturethe Signs of Allah, sanctifying them, and instructing them in Scriptureand Wisdom, while, before that, they had been in manifest error.and Wisdom, while, before that, they had been in manifest error.((Qur’an: Aali’Imran: 3: 164Qur’an: Aali’Imran: 3: 164))IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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  88. 88. Generally in Singapore, conversion to Islam taking place annually,Generally in Singapore, conversion to Islam taking place annually,was not out of anywas not out of any Da’wahDa’wah program specifically directed towardsprogram specifically directed towardsnon-Muslim undertaken by any organizations. It was more of anon-Muslim undertaken by any organizations. It was more of ageneral type like having public talks, generating interest regardinggeneral type like having public talks, generating interest regardingIslam, disseminating information, making available resourcesIslam, disseminating information, making available resourcesabout Islam, etc. We have a rather ‘about Islam, etc. We have a rather ‘reactivereactive’ program of only’ program of onlyproviding services to any interested to know about Islam.providing services to any interested to know about Islam.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  89. 89. Yet despite this, the conversion rate to Islam has been quiteYet despite this, the conversion rate to Islam has been quitesubstantial . Many of these people usually come be serious aboutsubstantial . Many of these people usually come be serious aboutIslam indirectly only through personal encounter with personalIslam indirectly only through personal encounter with personalMuslim friends, working colleagues, neighbours, would-beMuslim friends, working colleagues, neighbours, would-bespouses, or from other new-converts of their racial background.spouses, or from other new-converts of their racial background.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  90. 90. Such interested non-Muslims must be provided with relevantSuch interested non-Muslims must be provided with relevantanswers and explanations aboutanswers and explanations about Al-IslamAl-Islam – not merely as subject– not merely as subjector information, but with reason and an engaging approach ofor information, but with reason and an engaging approach ofteaching, subjecting them into accepting the truth in Islam . Itteaching, subjecting them into accepting the truth in Islam . Ituses (what I termed) “uses (what I termed) “Da’wah-modeDa’wah-mode” addressing their particular” addressing their particularneed.).need.).All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  91. 91. This is very different from the curriculum which the Malay bornThis is very different from the curriculum which the Malay bornMuslims are used to, which is “Muslims are used to, which is “IslaIslahh-mode-mode”. And it is not simply a”. And it is not simply amatter of translating from that which is available in Malay intomatter of translating from that which is available in Malay intoEnglish.English. AsaatizahAsaatizah intending to teach these would-be or newintending to teach these would-be or newconverts is advised to learn from those with the experience ofconverts is advised to learn from those with the experience ofdoing this kind ofdoing this kind of Da’wahDa’wah (teaching Islam to non-Muslims).(teaching Islam to non-Muslims).All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  92. 92. Also, the ‘Also, the ‘paranoiaparanoia ’ (misperceived fear) of infringing the delicate’ (misperceived fear) of infringing the delicaterelations in Singapore multi-religious society – (Religious Harmonyrelations in Singapore multi-religious society – (Religious HarmonyAct), perhaps have caused many to focus all ‘Act), perhaps have caused many to focus all ‘Da’wahDa’wah’ programs to’ programs toonly Muslims. Direct approach towards non-Muslims, if any, must beonly Muslims. Direct approach towards non-Muslims, if any, must betreaded with much wisdom, right knowledge, tolerance and courage.treaded with much wisdom, right knowledge, tolerance and courage.Unfortunately, this led to our gross neglect for doingUnfortunately, this led to our gross neglect for doing Da’wahDa’wah to all.to all.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  93. 93. Also the way Islam is taught to Muslims here gradually lost theAlso the way Islam is taught to Muslims here gradually lost therequired “required “Da’wah-spiritDa’wah-spirit”, exacerbated by the attitude of “”, exacerbated by the attitude of “MuslimsMuslimslearning Islam merely as subjects but not subjecting the Muslims tolearning Islam merely as subjects but not subjecting the Muslims toIslamIslam.”.”Pursuit in the learning of Islam mostly became “Pursuit in the learning of Islam mostly became “ACADEMICACADEMIC” instead of” instead of““AQEEDAMICAQEEDAMIC”; dealing with partial (”; dealing with partial (JUZ-’IYJUZ-’IY) knowledge instead of) knowledge instead ofthem given the wholistic (them given the wholistic (KULLIYKULLIY) knowledge .) knowledge .All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  94. 94. It was because of these, the most favoured and effectiveIt was because of these, the most favoured and effective Da’wahDa’wahprogram thus far has been the ‘program thus far has been the ‘indirectindirect’ development of as many’ development of as manyMuslims, to empower them to become effective ‘Muslims, to empower them to become effective ‘witnesseswitnesses’.’.Unfortunately mostUnfortunately most AsaatizahAsaatizah currently do not have the relevantcurrently do not have the relevantproficiency (English – theproficiency (English – the lingua francalingua franca) required by most younger) required by most youngerMuslims in their understanding Islam and helping them to share.Muslims in their understanding Islam and helping them to share.Yet, it is these young English-speaking Muslims that can beYet, it is these young English-speaking Muslims that can bedepended upon to directly engage their non-Muslim friends,depended upon to directly engage their non-Muslim friends,colleagues or neighbours. So, a program to empower and inspirecolleagues or neighbours. So, a program to empower and inspirethem to speak confidently and convincingly about the basics ofthem to speak confidently and convincingly about the basics ofIslam is required.Islam is required.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  95. 95. Thus, one of the earliest program developed to address this wasThus, one of the earliest program developed to address this wasthethe IICIIC (Islam & Its’ Challenges) in the 1980-90’s (when I was still(Islam & Its’ Challenges) in the 1980-90’s (when I was stillin Darul Arqam), which later inspired thein Darul Arqam), which later inspired the IAWIAW (Islamic Awareness(Islamic AwarenessWeek) on campuses.Week) on campuses.It was at one time followed throughIt was at one time followed through by post-IIC programsby post-IIC programs (special(specialeducational programs ) as well as assigning roles to theseeducational programs ) as well as assigning roles to these‘‘actualizedactualized ’ activists while continuously developing them further’ activists while continuously developing them furtherwith their basic Islamic knowledge geared towards participatingwith their basic Islamic knowledge geared towards participatingeffectively in one-on-oneeffectively in one-on-one Da’wahDa’wah work (personal sharing). Thiswork (personal sharing). Thiswas in 1980-90’s (i.e. when I was a staff in Darul Arqam) but waswas in 1980-90’s (i.e. when I was a staff in Darul Arqam) but wasinformed that it is no longer being done.informed that it is no longer being done.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  96. 96. It was most unfortunate that traditional Islamic method are beingIt was most unfortunate that traditional Islamic method are beingdiscarded by those who do not even know or been exposed todiscarded by those who do not even know or been exposed tosuch method. Instead, corporate-culture and marketing strategiessuch method. Instead, corporate-culture and marketing strategieswere unashamedly used. ‘Students’ became directors of theirwere unashamedly used. ‘Students’ became directors of their‘teachers’ in‘teachers’ in Da’wahDa’wah program.program.And ‘And ‘motivationalmotivational’ type or training are favoured as the training’ type or training are favoured as the trainingforfor Da’wahDa’wah work. Ad-hoc, seasonal and ‘crash-courses’ are beingwork. Ad-hoc, seasonal and ‘crash-courses’ are being‘‘promoted and marketedpromoted and marketed’ – capitalizing upon the increasing’ – capitalizing upon the increasinginterest amongst unwary younger English-speaking Muslims whointerest amongst unwary younger English-speaking Muslims whomay be sincere and well-meaning.may be sincere and well-meaning.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  97. 97. Simplistic, “Simplistic, “AnsweringAnswering 20-questions20-questions” type of manual are” type of manual arepromoted over the proper “promoted over the proper “FIQHUD-DA’WAHFIQHUD-DA’WAH” and “” and “USULUD-USULUD-DA’WAHDA’WAH” – long-term” – long-term DA-’IEDA-’IE training programs – previouslytraining programs – previouslyconducted by those who had the training and field experience ofconducted by those who had the training and field experience ofdoingdoing Da’wahDa’wah in Singapore.in Singapore.Confusion thus becomes exacerbated when other countriesConfusion thus becomes exacerbated when other countriesapproach inapproach in Da’wahDa’wah are being popularised – forgetting theare being popularised – forgetting thedifference in their context ofdifference in their context of Da’wahDa’wah from ours.from ours.Another very dangerous trend has already emerged when variousAnother very dangerous trend has already emerged when variousgroups promoting their ‘groups promoting their ‘brandbrand ’ of Islam began to use’ of Islam began to use Da’wahDa’wahprograms to recruit their members.programs to recruit their members.All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  98. 98. REFER TO ABOVE LINK -REFER TO ABOVE LINK - INSHA-ALLAHINSHA-ALLAH......http://an-naseehah.blogspot.com/2009/06/question-for-youths-and-teenagers-how.htmlTO BE CONTINUED -TO BE CONTINUED - INSHA-ALLAHINSHA-ALLAH......All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
  99. 99. ““Invite with Wisdom (bil-Hikmah)Invite with Wisdom (bil-Hikmah)not with the Law (bil-Ahkam)”not with the Law (bil-Ahkam)”99TO BE CONTINUED -TO BE CONTINUED - INSHA-ALLAHINSHA-ALLAH......All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013))
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