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[Slideshare] tafaqqahu-(2015)-#3 -daily-application-(understand-ummah-muhammad)-(7-february-2015)

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEEN (AL-ISLAM) Intermediate Islamic (FIQH) course in English Conducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail LESSON # 3LESSON # 3 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)” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. "O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me)” (Qur’an: Isra’: 17: 80) Daily application of FIQHDaily application of FIQH •OUR UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THEOUR UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THE UMMAH OF MUHAMMAD S.A.A.WUMMAH OF MUHAMMAD S.A.A.W Updated 7 FEBRUARY 2015 PARTPART # 2# 2 ((20152015))
  2. 2. TA’ARUF AND SHORT GROUP DISCUSSION  What are the various problems faced by theWhat are the various problems faced by the UMMAHUMMAH here, today?here, today? 1.1. List them according to order of how grave (serious) they are.List them according to order of how grave (serious) they are. 2.2. Identify their causes (direct/indirect) and suggest what kind ofIdentify their causes (direct/indirect) and suggest what kind of solution you think should be embarked (short-term/long-term)solution you think should be embarked (short-term/long-term) Break into groupings (of not more than 8 person in each). Do brief introduction of each other. Proceed to discuss “Salaam .. Nice to get to know you. …. So …….What have we learnt?” All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  3. 3. EXCERPTS FROM: LESSONS ON ISLAMICLESSONS ON ISLAMIC CONCEPT OF ADABCONCEPT OF ADAB By: Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj IsmailBy: Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  4. 4. O YOU who have attained to faith!O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not put yourselves forward inDo not put yourselves forward in the presence of [what] and Allah His Messenger [may havethe presence of [what] and Allah His Messenger [may have ordained]ordained], but remain conscious of and fear (transgressing against), but remain conscious of and fear (transgressing against) Allah: for, verily, Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing!”Allah: for, verily, Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing!” ((Qur’an: Hujurat: 49: 1Qur’an: Hujurat: 49: 1)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  5. 5. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  The most basic ‘The most basic ‘ADABADAB’ as Muslim (who submits to the Will of Allah) can’ as Muslim (who submits to the Will of Allah) can succinctly described in this verse.succinctly described in this verse.  This therefore reinforces the need to be, not only learned in theThis therefore reinforces the need to be, not only learned in the DeenDeen,, but to be committed to living a life filled withbut to be committed to living a life filled with TAQWATAQWA – ever conscious– ever conscious of Allah fearing transgression against Him; ever in obedience to His willof Allah fearing transgression against Him; ever in obedience to His will as taught and exemplified by His Messenger Muhammad s.a.a.w.; beingas taught and exemplified by His Messenger Muhammad s.a.a.w.; being concerned with whatever Allah and His Messenger are concerned with;concerned with whatever Allah and His Messenger are concerned with; prioritizing them before our personal concerns.prioritizing them before our personal concerns.  The phrase “The phrase “Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing!”Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing!” would imply striving inwould imply striving in Al-Islam at the level ofAl-Islam at the level of IIHHSANSAN.. AndAnd TASAWWUF/SUFISMTASAWWUF/SUFISM can thus becan thus be described asdescribed as “the practice of“the practice of AD-DEEN AL-ISLAMAD-DEEN AL-ISLAM at the level ofat the level of IIHHSANSAN.”.”
  6. 6. ““Say [O Prophet]: "If you love Allah,Say [O Prophet]: "If you love Allah, follow me (FAT-TA-BI-’UUNI)follow me (FAT-TA-BI-’UUNI),, [and] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is[and] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.”much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 31Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 31)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  7. 7. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  The command “The command “follow me (FAT-TA-BI-’UU-NI)follow me (FAT-TA-BI-’UU-NI) “ contextually was in“ contextually was in response to those claiming to love Allah – is most telling. Most of us areresponse to those claiming to love Allah – is most telling. Most of us are presumptuous and may not realize the special (nay, a conditional)presumptuous and may not realize the special (nay, a conditional) requirement to deserving Allah’s love and forgiveness – i.e. following therequirement to deserving Allah’s love and forgiveness – i.e. following the SUNNAHSUNNAH (ways of our Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.).(ways of our Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.).  Even those following the Qur’an have to truly conform toEven those following the Qur’an have to truly conform to how thehow the teacher of the Qur’an (Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.)teacher of the Qur’an (Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.) has taught andhas taught and explained. Yet today, there some who are trying to infer their ownexplained. Yet today, there some who are trying to infer their own explanations and interpretations to what they selectively read. Also inexplanations and interpretations to what they selectively read. Also in learning oflearning of AAHHADITHADITH, whereas in the Qur’an Allah use the term “, whereas in the Qur’an Allah use the term “AL-AL- HIKMAHHIKMAH” although it imply” although it imply AS-SUNNAHAS-SUNNAH – (this choice of term) imply such– (this choice of term) imply such a profound significance.a profound significance.
  8. 8. "The Parable of myself and that of my Ummah"The Parable of myself and that of my Ummah isis that of a man who kindled a firethat of a man who kindled a fire, and the, and the flies and moths began flying into it - andflies and moths began flying into it - and I amI am trying to prevent you from diving into ittrying to prevent you from diving into it.“.“ ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM
  9. 9. ((** plural of word “plural of word “ImamImam” – meaning ‘leader’ in general usage,” – meaning ‘leader’ in general usage, but here, especially in the matter of religion)."but here, especially in the matter of religion)." ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) "I only fear for my Ummah from"I only fear for my Ummah from the misguidingthe misguiding A-IMMAHA-IMMAH** TASAWWUR ISLAM
  10. 10. "A group among"A group among my Ummah will continue tomy Ummah will continue to follow the truth and prevailfollow the truth and prevail, and those who, and those who oppose them will not be able to harm them,oppose them will not be able to harm them, until the command of Allah comes to passuntil the command of Allah comes to pass.“.“ ((Hadith reported by Ibnu MajahHadith reported by Ibnu Majah)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM
  11. 11. ““O you who have attained to faith! If you pay heed to some ofO you who have attained to faith! If you pay heed to some of thosethose to whom revelation was vouchsafed aforetime *to whom revelation was vouchsafed aforetime *, they might cause, they might cause you to renounce the truth after you have come to believe [in it].”you to renounce the truth after you have come to believe [in it].” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 100Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 100)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) * THE People of the Book – Jews and Christians
  12. 12. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  The command warns us Muslims to be wary and cautious from whom weThe command warns us Muslims to be wary and cautious from whom we derive our knowledge, advice, direction and guidance. Unfortunatelyderive our knowledge, advice, direction and guidance. Unfortunately today, Muslims have already accepted trend of getting knowledge oftoday, Muslims have already accepted trend of getting knowledge of theirtheir DEENDEEN from dubious source especially those Orientalists (and theirfrom dubious source especially those Orientalists (and their agenda) or Orientalists-minded or Secularist who may be Muslims.agenda) or Orientalists-minded or Secularist who may be Muslims.  The traditionalThe traditional UlamaUlama’ of Islam, “’ of Islam, “The Heirs to the ProphetsThe Heirs to the Prophets”, are being,”, are being, maligned, marginalized, sidelined, ignored and their efforts undermined.maligned, marginalized, sidelined, ignored and their efforts undermined. Even the knowledge (andEven the knowledge (and ADABADAB) as to who they are, is seemingly) as to who they are, is seemingly forgotten or lost, while sources from other faith system are beingforgotten or lost, while sources from other faith system are being popularized “popularized “shamelesslyshamelessly” as though Islamic heritage has become” as though Islamic heritage has become ‘bankrupt’ or redundant in their mind – (.e. those Muslim ‘‘bankrupt’ or redundant in their mind – (.e. those Muslim ‘eliteselites’ who are’ who are in awe of the West and the ‘modern, progressive’ learning system.in awe of the West and the ‘modern, progressive’ learning system.
  13. 13. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) LIZARD’S HOLE TASAWWUR ISLAM
  14. 14. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) ““You will most certainly follow the ways of thoseYou will most certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, arm’s length by arm’swho came before you, arm’s length by arm’s length, forearm’s length by forearm’s length, handlength, forearm’s length by forearm’s length, hand span by hand span, until even if they entered a holespan by hand span, until even if they entered a hole of aof a DwDwABBABB (desert lizard) you will enter it too.”(desert lizard) you will enter it too.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean)They said: “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) thethe Jews aJews and thend the ChristiansChristians?”?” He said: “Who else?”He said: “Who else?” ((Hadith reported by Ibn MajahHadith reported by Ibn Majah)) LIZARD’S HOLE TASAWWUR ISLAM
  15. 15. ““And how could you deny the truth when it isAnd how could you deny the truth when it is unto you that Allah'sunto you that Allah's messages are being conveyed, and it is in your midst that His Messengermessages are being conveyed, and it is in your midst that His Messenger lives?lives? But he who holds fast unto Allah has already been guided onto aBut he who holds fast unto Allah has already been guided onto a straight way (straight way (SWSWIRAA-TWAL-MUSTAQEEMIRAA-TWAL-MUSTAQEEM).”).” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 101Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 101)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  16. 16. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  As Muslims, we are indeed blessed because the teaching ofAs Muslims, we are indeed blessed because the teaching of AD-DEE-NUL-AD-DEE-NUL- ISLAMISLAM has, in fact, been preserved and faithfully transmitted byhas, in fact, been preserved and faithfully transmitted by generations of teacher-scholar traditionally.generations of teacher-scholar traditionally.  Yet today, with internet and social-media; with easy exposure to non-Yet today, with internet and social-media; with easy exposure to non- traditional or even ‘secular’ approaches to learning; with calloustraditional or even ‘secular’ approaches to learning; with callous disregard fordisregard for ADABADAB; etc. leading to a truncation in the way many; etc. leading to a truncation in the way many understand their own history, identity, heritage and even of Al-Islam –understand their own history, identity, heritage and even of Al-Islam – this Qur’anic verse summed up what we Muslims are in dire need of.this Qur’anic verse summed up what we Muslims are in dire need of.  After all, we seek from Allah SWT to guide us upon theAfter all, we seek from Allah SWT to guide us upon the SWSWIRAA-TWAL-IRAA-TWAL- MUSTAQEEMMUSTAQEEM – and therefore, this is a direct response as guidance …. An– and therefore, this is a direct response as guidance …. An urgent priority requiring “urgent priority requiring “holding fastholding fast” to, not mere learning !” to, not mere learning !
  17. 17. “O you who have attained to faith! Be conscious of (and fear) Allah with all the consciousness (TAQWA) that is due to Him, and do not allow death to overtake you ere you have surrendered yourselves unto Him (MUSLIMUUN).” (Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 102) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  18. 18. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  As Muslims, the first pillar is theAs Muslims, the first pillar is the SHAHAADA-TAINSHAHAADA-TAIN --  a serious commitment to uphold witha serious commitment to uphold with TAQWATAQWA;;  a sacred spiritual covenant renewed;a sacred spiritual covenant renewed;  a solemn pledge to holdfast to throughout our life;a solemn pledge to holdfast to throughout our life;  a preparation for the trial and tribulation that most certainly bea preparation for the trial and tribulation that most certainly be given;given;  the actualization towards becoming whom we should be above allthe actualization towards becoming whom we should be above all other identity;other identity;  the entrance into a single universal (the entrance into a single universal (UMMAHUMMAH) community of Faith) community of Faith ((TAUTAUHHEEDEED) transcending racial, geographical, time and history;) transcending racial, geographical, time and history;  Which therefore mustWhich therefore must be consistentlybe consistently andand fervently upheldfervently upheld, till, till deathdeath..
  19. 19. TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  20. 20. TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) ““AndAnd hold fast, all togetherhold fast, all together, unto the, unto the bond with Allahbond with Allah, and, and do not draw apart from one anotherdo not draw apart from one another. And remember the. And remember the blessings which Allah has bestowed upon you: how, whenblessings which Allah has bestowed upon you: how, when you were enemies,you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so thatHe brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethrenthrough His blessing you became brethren; and [how, when]; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss.you were on the brink of a fiery abyss. He saved you from itHe saved you from it.. In this way Allah makes clear His messages unto you, so thatIn this way Allah makes clear His messages unto you, so that you might find guidance,.”you might find guidance,.” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 103Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 103))
  21. 21. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM
  22. 22. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM ““Adhere to theAdhere to the Jama'ahJama'ah, beware of separation,, beware of separation, for indeed Ash-Shaitan is with one, and he isfor indeed Ash-Shaitan is with one, and he is further away from two.further away from two. Whoever wants the best place in Paradise, thenWhoever wants the best place in Paradise, then let him stick to thelet him stick to the Jama'ahJama'ah.. Whoever rejoices with his good deeds andWhoever rejoices with his good deeds and grieves over his evil deeds, then that is thegrieves over his evil deeds, then that is the believer among you.”believer among you.” ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi))
  23. 23. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) A Lion had been watching three Bullocks feeding in an open field. He had tried to attack them several times, but they had kept together, and helped each other to drive him off. The Lion had little hope of eating them, for he was no match for three strong Bullocks with their sharp horns and hoofs. But he could not keep away from that field, for it is hard to resist watching a good meal, even when there is little chance of getting it.
  24. 24. Then one day the Bullocks had a quarrel, and when the hungry Lion came to look at them and lick his chops as he was accustomed to do, he found them in separate corners of the field, as far away from one another as they could get. It was now an easy matter for the Lion to attack them one at a time, and this he proceeded to do with the greatest satisfaction and relish. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  25. 25. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Individually as Muslims, we don’t stand a chance.Individually as Muslims, we don’t stand a chance.  ThisThis UMMAHUMMAH has been built upon the Divinely ordained brotherhoodhas been built upon the Divinely ordained brotherhood ((UKHUWWAHUKHUWWAH), united collectively upon one divinely-inspired leadership), united collectively upon one divinely-inspired leadership of the Last Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.; sharing a common creed andof the Last Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.; sharing a common creed and vision; linked to a common history, heritage and legacy; committed tovision; linked to a common history, heritage and legacy; committed to sharing its message of Truth and spreading Mercy (sharing its message of Truth and spreading Mercy (RARAHHMAHMAH) to all inviting) to all inviting them towards the Way of ourthem towards the Way of our ROBBROBB with Wisdom, beautiful preaching andwith Wisdom, beautiful preaching and with reasoned, rational intellectual engagement (with reasoned, rational intellectual engagement (DA’AWAHDA’AWAH).).  One of the key priority to achieving this is the strengthening bond ofOne of the key priority to achieving this is the strengthening bond of UKHUWWAHUKHUWWAH. Yet in reality today, relations between Muslims are being. Yet in reality today, relations between Muslims are being undermined; being confused by others into doubting our own Faith;undermined; being confused by others into doubting our own Faith; leading to senseless disputations and disagreement among ourselves.leading to senseless disputations and disagreement among ourselves.
  26. 26. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  The dominant motivational idea for success being advocated inThe dominant motivational idea for success being advocated in contemporary education is the personal, individual ‘self-preservation’,contemporary education is the personal, individual ‘self-preservation’,  Even if one denies this rather ‘selfish Egocentric’ sounding motive butEven if one denies this rather ‘selfish Egocentric’ sounding motive but claim a collective concern, then it would be towards some oligarchicclaim a collective concern, then it would be towards some oligarchic grouping, or a corporate ideal which you belong to, or made-createdgrouping, or a corporate ideal which you belong to, or made-created organization - whereas as Muslims, the foremost concern should be fororganization - whereas as Muslims, the foremost concern should be for UMMAH –MUHAMMADUMMAH –MUHAMMAD which transcends above and beyond all these.which transcends above and beyond all these.  Failure to understand the significance of this, Muslims can easily beFailure to understand the significance of this, Muslims can easily be instigated provoked and pitted against each other.instigated provoked and pitted against each other.  Our weakness is our lack of unity, stemming from ingratitude towardsOur weakness is our lack of unity, stemming from ingratitude towards Allah’s bestowal ofAllah’s bestowal of UKHUWWAHUKHUWWAH, allowing it to be trampled by our, allowing it to be trampled by our ‘‘individualismindividualism’ exacerbated by a secular-materialistic educational system.’ exacerbated by a secular-materialistic educational system.
  27. 27. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM ““ If there are three men in a village or in the desert amongIf there are three men in a village or in the desert among whom prayer is not offered (in congregation), the devil has gotwhom prayer is not offered (in congregation), the devil has got the mastery over them. So observe (prayer) in congregation),the mastery over them. So observe (prayer) in congregation), for the wolf eats only the straggling animal.for the wolf eats only the straggling animal. ““ ((Hadith reported by Abu DawudHadith reported by Abu Dawud))
  28. 28. “…“… and thatand that there might grow out of you a communitythere might grow out of you a community [of people][of people] whowho inviteinvite unto all that is good, andunto all that is good, and enjoinenjoin the doing of what is rightthe doing of what is right andand forbidforbid the doing of what is wrong: and it is they, they who shallthe doing of what is wrong: and it is they, they who shall attain to a happy state (attain to a happy state (AL-MUF-LI-AL-MUF-LI-HHUUNUUN)!”)!” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 104Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 104)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  29. 29. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  DA’AWAHDA’AWAH, as the prophetic legacy should be the overarching concern,, as the prophetic legacy should be the overarching concern, being a collective obligation that must be upheld by thisbeing a collective obligation that must be upheld by this UMMAHUMMAH..  The term ‘The term ‘FARDHU-KIFAA-YAHFARDHU-KIFAA-YAH’ actually means “’ actually means “obligatory duty uponobligatory duty upon the community that must be sufficiently fulfilledthe community that must be sufficiently fulfilled “ - If not, every“ - If not, every individual Muslim in this Ummah will be considered to have sinned byindividual Muslim in this Ummah will be considered to have sinned by omission.omission.  Therefore it is that for those who can, let a group of them must striveTherefore it is that for those who can, let a group of them must strive to equip themselves with the profound knowledge of theto equip themselves with the profound knowledge of the DEENDEEN..
  30. 30. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  DA’AWAHDA’AWAH, as the prophetic legacy should be the overarching concern,, as the prophetic legacy should be the overarching concern, being a collective obligation that must be upheld by thisbeing a collective obligation that must be upheld by this UMMAHUMMAH..  The termThe term ‘‘FARDHU-KIFAA-YAHFARDHU-KIFAA-YAH’ actually means “’ actually means “obligatory duty uponobligatory duty upon the community that must be sufficiently fulfilledthe community that must be sufficiently fulfilled “ - If not, every“ - If not, every individual Muslim in this Ummah will be considered to have sinned byindividual Muslim in this Ummah will be considered to have sinned by omission.omission.  Therefore it is that for those who can, let a group of them must striveTherefore it is that for those who can, let a group of them must strive to equip themselves with the profound knowledge of theto equip themselves with the profound knowledge of the DEEN.DEEN. “…“… a contingent could devote themselves to studies ina contingent could devote themselves to studies in the religion (the religion (LIYAT-TAFAQ-QAHU-FID-DEENLIYAT-TAFAQ-QAHU-FID-DEEN)”)” ((Q:Taubah: 9: 122Q:Taubah: 9: 122))
  31. 31. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  ‘‘DA’AWAH’ – call or invite –DA’AWAH’ – call or invite – although originally, it specifically is towardsalthough originally, it specifically is towards every non-Muslim, its spirit of calling continues for the Muslim in what isevery non-Muslim, its spirit of calling continues for the Muslim in what is termed “termed “ISLAISLAHH” – a” – a continuous educative process of making them bettercontinuous educative process of making them better Muslims, reform or reconcileMuslims, reform or reconcile. The traditional mode would still be with the. The traditional mode would still be with the same spirit of Da’awah (invite with Wisdom) yetsame spirit of Da’awah (invite with Wisdom) yet with slight differencewith slight difference inin that they would have to bethat they would have to be orderedordered, be, be commandedcommanded to –to – AL-’AMRAL-’AMR andand eveneven prohibitedprohibited from –from – AN-NAHYUAN-NAHYU; not just in knowing.; not just in knowing.  TheirTheir education with Islameducation with Islam is therefore not merely to teach a subjectis therefore not merely to teach a subject called “called “ISLAMISLAM” (as in” (as in IRKIRK or its experimented varieties) , but rather aor its experimented varieties) , but rather a regimented program, instilling conviction with discipline, ensuring everyregimented program, instilling conviction with discipline, ensuring every MuslimMuslim be subjected to and nurtured with Al-Islambe subjected to and nurtured with Al-Islam..  Conforming, rather than be satisfied merely by informing.Conforming, rather than be satisfied merely by informing.
  32. 32. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM
  33. 33. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) "The parable of the"The parable of the one who upholds Allah's laws and the oneone who upholds Allah's laws and the one who breaches themwho breaches them, is that of a people who drew lots on a, is that of a people who drew lots on a ship at sea. Some of them got the upper part, and some ofship at sea. Some of them got the upper part, and some of them the lower part.them the lower part. Those on the lower part ascended to getThose on the lower part ascended to get water, spilling it upon those upper partwater, spilling it upon those upper part. So those in the upper. So those in the upper part say:part say: 'We will not leave you to come up here and bother'We will not leave you to come up here and bother us.us.' Then those on the lower part say:' Then those on the lower part say: 'We should make a hole'We should make a hole in the lower part, so we can get waterin the lower part, so we can get water.' If they take them by.' If they take them by the hand and stop them, then they will save all of them, and ifthe hand and stop them, then they will save all of them, and if they leave them, they will all drown."‘they leave them, they will all drown."‘ ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi)) TASAWWUR ISLAM
  34. 34. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  With exposure (or rather being immersed) to secular-system, whenceWith exposure (or rather being immersed) to secular-system, whence today with the liberal idea being propagated, many young Muslims havetoday with the liberal idea being propagated, many young Muslims have begun to imitate extolling ‘freedom’ and ‘individuality’ as a birthright.begun to imitate extolling ‘freedom’ and ‘individuality’ as a birthright.  Post-modernist creed-like slogan of skepticism towards all that isPost-modernist creed-like slogan of skepticism towards all that is traditional, is now the trend embraced by a few of those Muslims whotraditional, is now the trend embraced by a few of those Muslims who think of themselves as being the “think of themselves as being the “elites, intellectuals, progressive, liberal-elites, intellectuals, progressive, liberal- minded, rational, moderate, academic, etcminded, rational, moderate, academic, etc.”.”  When they kept it to themselves, there was not much of a problem. ButWhen they kept it to themselves, there was not much of a problem. But now, this insidious ‘trend’ has emerged even to challenge and even hijacknow, this insidious ‘trend’ has emerged even to challenge and even hijack Islamic discourse. The proverbialIslamic discourse. The proverbial UMMATICUMMATIC – ship, is being undermined.– ship, is being undermined.  Thus, this Qur’anic verse has serious immediate relevance to be heeded.Thus, this Qur’anic verse has serious immediate relevance to be heeded.
  35. 35. ““And be not like those who have drawn apart from one anotherAnd be not like those who have drawn apart from one another and haveand have taken to conflicting viewstaken to conflicting views after allafter all evidence of the truthevidence of the truth has come unto themhas come unto them: for these it is for whom (‘: for these it is for whom (‘AZAA-BUN-’AZEEMAZAA-BUN-’AZEEM)) tremendous suffering is in store…”tremendous suffering is in store…” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 105Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 105)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  36. 36. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Yet,Yet, DA’AWAHDA’AWAH andand ISLAISLAHH cannot and must not be done devoid of thecannot and must not be done devoid of the Guidance of Allah SWT and His Messenger, i.e. without first referring toGuidance of Allah SWT and His Messenger, i.e. without first referring to the method which has been faithfully applied and proven effective.the method which has been faithfully applied and proven effective.  We are never to neglect to benefit from the accumulated Wisdom andWe are never to neglect to benefit from the accumulated Wisdom and experience of ourexperience of our ULAMA’ULAMA’ ,, DU’ATDU’AT - Muballigh, Muallim, Mudarris,- Muballigh, Muallim, Mudarris, Murabbi, Mu’addibMurabbi, Mu’addib etc. - before adopting ways of others.etc. - before adopting ways of others.  Local context, history and expertise should be preferred before applyingLocal context, history and expertise should be preferred before applying others to minimize differences in juristic interpretation and conflictingothers to minimize differences in juristic interpretation and conflicting approaches. Safeguarding the Unity of Muslims, is of the utmost concernapproaches. Safeguarding the Unity of Muslims, is of the utmost concern for all who are involved.for all who are involved.  ADABADAB in followingin following MADZAAHIBMADZAAHIB andand ADABADAB ofof IKHTILAFIKHTILAF, is very important., is very important.
  37. 37. “…“… on the Day [of Judgment] when someon the Day [of Judgment] when some faces will shinefaces will shine [with happiness][with happiness] and someand some faces will be darkfaces will be dark [with grief]. And as for those with faces[with grief]. And as for those with faces darkened, [they shall be told:] "Did you deny the truth after havingdarkened, [they shall be told:] "Did you deny the truth after having attained to faith? Taste, then, this suffering for having denied theattained to faith? Taste, then, this suffering for having denied the truth!".”truth!".” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 106Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 106)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  38. 38. ““But as for those with faces shining, they shall be within Allah'sBut as for those with faces shining, they shall be within Allah's grace (grace (RARAHH-MA-TILLAH-MA-TILLAH) , therein to abide () , therein to abide (KHKHO-LI-DUUNO-LI-DUUN).). These are Allah's messages (These are Allah's messages (AA-YA-TULLAH)AA-YA-TULLAH): We convey them: We convey them unto thee, setting forth the truth (unto thee, setting forth the truth (BIL-HAQQBIL-HAQQ), since Allah wills no), since Allah wills no wrong to His creation.”wrong to His creation.” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 107-108Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 107-108)) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  39. 39. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  It is profoundly interesting that Allah SWT alludes to “It is profoundly interesting that Allah SWT alludes to “shining facesshining faces” in” in the “the “day of Judgmentday of Judgment”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which will continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition itwill continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition it will be, is in terms of whether it “will be, is in terms of whether it “shinesshines” or “” or “darkeneddarkened”.”.  It is consistent with what Allah SWT says:It is consistent with what Allah SWT says: ””Hence, he who rejects the powers of evil (shaitan) and believes in AllahHence, he who rejects the powers of evil (shaitan) and believes in Allah has indeedhas indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing,taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall neverwhich shall never give way: for Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing.”give way: for Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing.” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 255Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 255))
  40. 40. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  It is profoundly interestng that Allah SWT alludes to “It is profoundly interestng that Allah SWT alludes to “shining facesshining faces” in the” in the ““day of Judgmentday of Judgment”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which will”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which will continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition it will be,continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition it will be, is in terms of whether it “is in terms of whether it “shinesshines” or “” or “darkeneddarkened”.”.  It is consistent with what Allah SWT says:It is consistent with what Allah SWT says:
  41. 41. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  It is profoundly interestng that Allah SWT alludes to “It is profoundly interestng that Allah SWT alludes to “shining facesshining faces” in the” in the ““day of Judgmentday of Judgment”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which will”. For, the reality of our essence is spiritual which will continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition it will be,continue to exist into the Hereafter. Yet, how or what condition it will be, is in terms of whether it “is in terms of whether it “shinesshines” or “” or “darkeneddarkened”.”.  It is consistent with what Allah SWT says:It is consistent with what Allah SWT says: ““Allah is the guardian (protector, friend) of those who believe. He bringsAllah is the guardian (protector, friend) of those who believe. He brings them out of thethem out of the darkness into the lightdarkness into the light; and (as to) those who disbelieve,; and (as to) those who disbelieve, their guardians (friends) are Shaitans who take them out of thetheir guardians (friends) are Shaitans who take them out of the light intolight into the darknessthe darkness; they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide.”; they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide.” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 256Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 256))
  42. 42. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  When we turn our faces (When we turn our faces (WAJHWAJH) to Allah SWT, through striving with) to Allah SWT, through striving with TAQWATAQWA – exuding– exuding ISLAM-IIMAN-IHSANISLAM-IIMAN-IHSAN; seeking (; seeking (QURBQURB) nearness to Him) nearness to Him (Allah) - the proverbial Light ((Allah) - the proverbial Light (NUURNUUR), surely the effect would be as Allah), surely the effect would be as Allah SWT describes in this extra-ordinary profound parable of His Light:SWT describes in this extra-ordinary profound parable of His Light:
  43. 43. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  When we turn our faces (When we turn our faces (WAJHWAJH) to Allah SWT, through striving with) to Allah SWT, through striving with TAQWATAQWA – exuding– exuding ISLAM-IIMAN-IHSANISLAM-IIMAN-IHSAN; seeking (; seeking (QURBQURB) nearness to Him) nearness to Him (Allah) - the proverbial Light ((Allah) - the proverbial Light (NUURNUUR), surely the effect would be as Allah), surely the effect would be as Allah SWT describes in this extra-ordinary profound parable of His Light:SWT describes in this extra-ordinary profound parable of His Light: ““Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of HisAllah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, thelight is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessedglass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almostolive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to Hisglow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, andlight whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.”Allah is Knowing of all things.” ((Qur’an: Nuur: 24: 35Qur’an: Nuur: 24: 35))
  44. 44. “And unto Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth; and all things go back to Allah [as their source].” (Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 109) TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  45. 45. TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  46. 46. TASAWWUR ISLAM All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) ““YOU ARE indeed the best community that has ever beenYOU ARE indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for [the good of] mankind:brought forth for [the good of] mankind: you enjoinyou enjoin thethe doing ofdoing of what is rightwhat is right andand forbidforbid the doing ofthe doing of what iswhat is wrongwrong, and you, and you believe in Allahbelieve in Allah.. Now if the followers of earlier revelation had attained toNow if the followers of earlier revelation had attained to [this kind of] faith[this kind of] faith, it would have been for their own good;, it would have been for their own good; [but only few] among them are believers, while most of[but only few] among them are believers, while most of them are defiantly disobedient:”them are defiantly disobedient:” ((Qur’an:Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 110Aali ‘Imran: 3: 110))
  47. 47. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  This ayat affirms and praise the generation (This ayat affirms and praise the generation (AS-AS-HHAABI RAASUU-LILLAHAABI RAASUU-LILLAH),), as the best of people – reminds us also of what Prophet Muhammadas the best of people – reminds us also of what Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w. elaborated further and regard as the best generations – thes.a.a.w. elaborated further and regard as the best generations – the SALAFUS-SALAFUS-SWSWOLIHOLIH –– for us to emulate their virtues:for us to emulate their virtues: ““The best of mankind – (believers) – are inThe best of mankind – (believers) – are in my generation, then (a generation) after it,my generation, then (a generation) after it, and then (another generation) after that.”and then (another generation) after that.” ((Hadith reported by Bukhary and MuslimHadith reported by Bukhary and Muslim))
  48. 48. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  For us Muslims today, it is in their virtues which we have to emulate.For us Muslims today, it is in their virtues which we have to emulate. We cannot assume to regard this verse as referring to us, unless weWe cannot assume to regard this verse as referring to us, unless we truly follow them in the way they follow and be faithful to the legacytruly follow them in the way they follow and be faithful to the legacy of Prophet s.a.a.w.of Prophet s.a.a.w.  It is not mere ‘individualism’ of fulfilling in strengthening ourIt is not mere ‘individualism’ of fulfilling in strengthening our IIMANIIMAN and striving withand striving with ‘‘AMILAN-AMILAN-SWSWO-LI-HAAHO-LI-HAAH, but must also be with the, but must also be with the ’collective’ concern as a community –’collective’ concern as a community – WAT-TA-WAA-WAT-TA-WAA-SWSWAU-BIL-AU-BIL- HAQQ- WAT- TAWAA-HAQQ- WAT- TAWAA-SWSWAU- BIS-AU- BIS-SWSWOBROBR..  With our community, engaging – ‘With our community, engaging – ‘AMR-MA’-RUF- NAHI-MUNKARAMR-MA’-RUF- NAHI-MUNKAR – is– is the important crucial dynamics that must be sustained. And like inthe important crucial dynamics that must be sustained. And like in the times of the Prophet, thethe times of the Prophet, the MUNAFIQUUNMUNAFIQUUN – hypocrites would be– hypocrites would be vehemently opposed to it, especially thevehemently opposed to it, especially the NAHYU-MUNKARNAHYU-MUNKAR..
  49. 49. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Be forewarned of this verse:Be forewarned of this verse: Say, "O People of the Scripture, do not exceed limits in yourSay, "O People of the Scripture, do not exceed limits in your religion beyond the truth and do not follow the inclinationsreligion beyond the truth and do not follow the inclinations of a people who had gone astray before and misled manyof a people who had gone astray before and misled many and have strayed from the soundness of the way … “and have strayed from the soundness of the way … “ ((Qur’an: Maa-idah: 5: 77Qur’an: Maa-idah: 5: 77))
  50. 50. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Be forewarned of this verse:Be forewarned of this verse:
  51. 51. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Be forewarned of this verse:Be forewarned of this verse: Cursed were those who disbelieved among the Children of Israel by the tongue of David and of Jesus, the son of Mary. That was because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed. They used not to prevent one another from wrongdoing that they did. How wretched was that which they were doing.““ ((Qur’an: Maa-idah: 5: 78-79Qur’an: Maa-idah: 5: 78-79))
  52. 52. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  And from the some earlier verses regarding theAnd from the some earlier verses regarding the MUNAAFIQUNMUNAAFIQUN whowho Allah SWT describes – they like to ally and sought guardianship withAllah SWT describes – they like to ally and sought guardianship with ““People of the earlier scripturesPeople of the earlier scriptures”, which Allah SWT says – “”, which Allah SWT says – “whilewhile most of them are defiantly disobedientmost of them are defiantly disobedient”” – we should be very careful– we should be very careful of such groups that disregard the warnings of Allah SWT.of such groups that disregard the warnings of Allah SWT.  And yet we are also told by Allah SWT here that there are a fewAnd yet we are also told by Allah SWT here that there are a few good people among the “good people among the “People of the BookPeople of the Book” who, therefore we” who, therefore we should try our best inshould try our best in DA’AWAHDA’AWAH especially towards them, sharingespecially towards them, sharing and inviting them to the Truth and the Mercy of Allah SWT. For theyand inviting them to the Truth and the Mercy of Allah SWT. For they too are thetoo are the UMMAHUMMAH of our Prophet s.a.a.w. – (of our Prophet s.a.a.w. – (UMMAHUMMAH of hisof his DA’AWAHDA’AWAH).). ALLAAHU MUS-TA-’AN
  53. 53. REFLECTION ON THE MESSAGEREFLECTION ON THE MESSAGE OF THE QUR’ANOF THE QUR’AN IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE,MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. SURAH AL-KAHFI : 18 : 4-5SURAH AL-KAHFI : 18 : 4-5 SURAH AL-MAA-IDAH : 5 : 15-19SURAH AL-MAA-IDAH : 5 : 15-19 IN-HOUSE TALK FOR ADULT & NEW MUSLIMSIN-HOUSE TALK FOR ADULT & NEW MUSLIMS ““MABUHAY CLUB” –MABUHAY CLUB” – DARUL ARQAMDARUL ARQAM SINGAPORE.SINGAPORE. BY:BY: USTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAILUSTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAIL SINGAPURASINGAPURA 8 FEBRUARY 2015 (SUNDAY)8 FEBRUARY 2015 (SUNDAY) 3.00 PM @ THE GALAXY3.00 PM @ THE GALAXY Muslim Converts Assn. SporeMuslim Converts Assn. Spore GEYLANG, CHANGI ROADGEYLANG, CHANGI ROAD PART # 1PART # 1 All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) YOU ARE INVITED
  54. 54. May Allah grant us and all our beloved teachers, family andMay Allah grant us and all our beloved teachers, family and companions, the success (companions, the success (TAUFIQTAUFIQ) and the Guidance) and the Guidance ((HIDAAYAHIDAAYA) to attain to His Acceptance, Forgiveness and) to attain to His Acceptance, Forgiveness and Mercy (Mercy (RAHMAHRAHMAH) and gain His Pleasure () and gain His Pleasure (MARDHA-TILLAHMARDHA-TILLAH).). IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TASAWWUR ISLAM

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