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  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEEN (AL-ISLAM) Intermediate Islamic (FIQH) course in English Conducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail LESSON # 9 bLESSON # 9 b 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 ENHANCING OUR CONNECTION WITH THE DIVINE IN OUR LIFE Updated 6 JUNE 2015 PARTPART ((20152015)) Part # 2
  2. 2. Messenger of Allah ‫ﷺ‬ said: "Whoever goes out seeking knowledge, then he is in Allah's cause until he returns.“ (Hadith reported by Tirmidzi) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  3. 3. (1)(1) ‘‘ilmilm (knowledge);(knowledge); (2)(2) ‘amal‘amal (practice);(practice); (3)(3) wara`wara` (religious scrupulousness, piousness);(religious scrupulousness, piousness); (4)(4) KhaufKhauf (reverential fear of Allah); and(reverential fear of Allah); and (5)(5) IkhlasIkhlas (sincerity).(sincerity). ** al-Manhaj as-Sawi syarhu Ushul Thoriiqah as-Saadah Aali Baa 'Alawi"al-Manhaj as-Sawi syarhu Ushul Thoriiqah as-Saadah Aali Baa 'Alawi" METHODOLOGYMETHODOLOGY : STRIVE TO LIVE UP TO FIVE: STRIVE TO LIVE UP TO FIVE ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES (ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES (USHULUSHUL) IN LIFE.) IN LIFE. ADVICE FROM MY PARENT, TEACHERS AND PREDECESSORS * IMPORTANT REMINDER All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  4. 4. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOSTMOST COMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. ““When My servants (When My servants (‘I-BAAD‘I-BAAD) ask thee concerning Me,) ask thee concerning Me, (tell them) I am indeed ((tell them) I am indeed (QO-REEBQO-REEB) close (to them) …”) close (to them) …” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 186Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 186)) SURAH-BAQARAH: 2: VERSE : 186 All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  5. 5. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOSTMOST COMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.MOST MERCIFUL. “…“… I respond (I respond (U-JEE-BUU-JEE-BU )) to the prayer (to the prayer ( DA’-WADA’-WA) of every suppliant) of every suppliant ((DAA-’INDAA-’IN) when he calleth on Me () when he calleth on Me (DA-’ANDA-’AN); let them also with a will); let them also with a will respond (respond (YAS-TA-JEE-BUU-LIYAS-TA-JEE-BUU-LI) to Me (i.e. to My call, command) and) to Me (i.e. to My call, command) and ((YU’-MINUUYU’-MINUU) believe in Me; that they may walk (guided) in the right) believe in Me; that they may walk (guided) in the right way (way (YAR-SHUDUUNYAR-SHUDUUN).”).” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 186Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 186)) SURAH-BAQARAH: 2: VERSE : 186 All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  6. 6. A childhood riddle ….. WHICH IS CLOSER TO YOU - THE MOON OR THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA? ‘‘Closeness’ may not be about physicalCloseness’ may not be about physical distance but can be a matter of perceptiondistance but can be a matter of perception or conception in terms of its meaningor conception in terms of its meaning regarding relationshipregarding relationship All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  7. 7. “Surely We have created man, and We know the promptings of his heart, (WA NAH-NU – AQ-ROBU) and We are nearer (ILAI-HI) to him than even his jugular vein (MIN – HAB-LIL – WA-REED).” (Qur’an : Qaf: 50: 16) Here is another verse : Allah SWT saysHere is another verse : Allah SWT says All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  8. 8. What is important for Muslims, is our conviction of Allah’sWhat is important for Muslims, is our conviction of Allah’s Divine relationship to us as ourDivine relationship to us as our ROBBROBB (Lord; Sustainer;(Lord; Sustainer; Cherisher); Who is intimately close to us; to Whom we areCherisher); Who is intimately close to us; to Whom we are connected at all times; Who is ourconnected at all times; Who is our WALIYYWALIYY (Guardian;(Guardian; protector; Friend)protector; Friend) ““Allah is the Helper and Protector of those who believe inAllah is the Helper and Protector of those who believe in Him: He brings them out of the depths of darkness into theHim: He brings them out of the depths of darkness into the light.”light.” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 25Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 257)7) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  9. 9. After assuring us of His nearness, the focus now is with the subjectAfter assuring us of His nearness, the focus now is with the subject ofof DU’ADU’A (prayer; supplication). This highlight an important(prayer; supplication). This highlight an important point, that the true satisfaction to the question asked, indeed ispoint, that the true satisfaction to the question asked, indeed is in ourin our connectionconnection, how to be intimate or (, how to be intimate or (TAQARRUBTAQARRUB) gaining closeness to) gaining closeness to Allah – the Unseen Divine, Who alone is God, having no partners norAllah – the Unseen Divine, Who alone is God, having no partners nor rival.rival. Allah SWT assures us clearly also that He indeed responds to theAllah SWT assures us clearly also that He indeed responds to the DU’ADU’A , using the term, using the term IJAABAHIJAABAH – meaning– meaning “answer(ing);“answer(ing); reply(ing); response; fulfilment; granting (of request); etc.”reply(ing); response; fulfilment; granting (of request); etc.” Yet, Allah SWT here also is guiding us with His stipulation for HisYet, Allah SWT here also is guiding us with His stipulation for His servants as reminder that, they too must respond to His call orservants as reminder that, they too must respond to His call or command and guidance. Such then becomes a ‘relationship’.command and guidance. Such then becomes a ‘relationship’. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  10. 10. Indeed Allah SWT always respond to whoever makeIndeed Allah SWT always respond to whoever make DU’ADU’A toto Him. Even when people who do not makeHim. Even when people who do not make DU’ADU’A nor even believe innor even believe in Him too, Allah beingHim too, Allah being AR-RAHMAANAR-RAHMAAN - the Most Gracious- the Most Gracious (Compassionate) , still bestows many favours and provide for their(Compassionate) , still bestows many favours and provide for their wants and needs. Yet, their getting these do not mean they havewants and needs. Yet, their getting these do not mean they have gained nearness to Allah but may even cause themgained nearness to Allah but may even cause them to gradually goto gradually go further awayfurther away from His Mercy. This is termedfrom His Mercy. This is termed ISTIDRAJ.ISTIDRAJ. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  11. 11. Indeed Allah SWT always respond to whoever makeIndeed Allah SWT always respond to whoever make DU’ADU’A toto Him. Even when people who do not makeHim. Even when people who do not make DU’ADU’A nor even believe innor even believe in Him too, Allah beingHim too, Allah being AR-RAHMAANAR-RAHMAAN - the Most Gracious- the Most Gracious (Compassionate) , still bestows many favours and provide for their(Compassionate) , still bestows many favours and provide for their wants and needs. Yet, their getting these do not mean they havewants and needs. Yet, their getting these do not mean they have gained nearness to Allah but may even cause themgained nearness to Allah but may even cause them to gradually goto gradually go further awayfurther away from His Mercy. This is termedfrom His Mercy. This is termed ISTIDRAJ.ISTIDRAJ. ““Let notLet not the (uninhibited) free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelieversthe (uninhibited) free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the landthroughout the land deceive youdeceive you. [It is but] a small enjoyment; then their. [It is but] a small enjoyment; then their [final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place.”[final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place.” ((Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197Qur’an: Aali ‘Imran: 3: 197)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  12. 12. Whereas, foremost endeavor for a Muslim is to seek nearness toWhereas, foremost endeavor for a Muslim is to seek nearness to Allah and gain His Mercy and to please Allah (Allah and gain His Mercy and to please Allah (MARDHA-TILLAHMARDHA-TILLAH).). Thus Allah stipulatesThus Allah stipulates IIMANIIMAN (Believing; having Faith; ).(Believing; having Faith; ). For even in supplicating, there are right and wrong way, thus AllahFor even in supplicating, there are right and wrong way, thus Allah wants us to be doing it in the right way (being guided) –wants us to be doing it in the right way (being guided) – And the most important and crucial teaching of Islam isAnd the most important and crucial teaching of Islam is TAUTAUHHEEDEED (Attestation to the Absolute Oneness of God) and therefore in making(Attestation to the Absolute Oneness of God) and therefore in making DU’ADU’A withwith IIMANIIMAN must entail avoidance of every forms ofmust entail avoidance of every forms of SHIRKSHIRK (Association; setting up rivals or partners to Allah) – because(Association; setting up rivals or partners to Allah) – because DU’ADU’A isis essentialessential ‘IBAADAH.‘IBAADAH. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  13. 13. AD-DU-’AA – MUAD-DU-’AA – MUKHKH--KHKHUL- ‘IBAA - DAA-TUL- ‘IBAA - DAA-T ““AD-DU’AAD-DU’A (Supplication) is the marrow (essence) of(Supplication) is the marrow (essence) of AL-‘IBADAHAL-‘IBADAH (worship, servitude).”(worship, servitude).” ((Hadith reported by BukharyHadith reported by Bukhary)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
  14. 14. AD-DU-’AA – HU-WAL- ‘IBAA - DAA-TAD-DU-’AA – HU-WAL- ‘IBAA - DAA-T ““AD-DU’AAD-DU’A (Supplication) is (itself)(Supplication) is (itself) AL-‘IBADAHAL-‘IBADAH (worship, servitude).”(worship, servitude).” ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) FROM PREVIOUS LESSON
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  16. 16. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) LESSONS FROM A DU’A TAUGHT BY IMAM ‘ALI R.A. Ibn Tawus in “Muhaj al-Dawat” and Kafami in “al-Misbah” narrate this (Du’a) supplication on the authority of Imam Ali (as) who learnt it from the Holy Prophet ‫.ﷺ‬ (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny). The Holy Prophet ‫.ﷺ‬advised him to recite this (Du’a) supplication regularly, whether in prosperity or poverty, till death, because it unveils the secrets of creation and divine strategy. This (Du’a) supplication is recommended for the removal of all troubles and worries, and it is recommended that it be performed with ablution (wudhu’). IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.
  17. 17. All praise is due to Allah. There is no god but He, the King, the Truth that makes all things manifest All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) LESSONS FROM A DU’A TAUGHT BY IMAM ‘ALI R.A.IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.
  18. 18. He is the Administrator without any minister and without consultation with any of his servants. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  19. 19. He is the First, who cannot be described. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  20. 20. He is Eternal and will live forever, (even) after the annihilation of all creatures. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  21. 21. He is the greatest Cherisher and Sustainer. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  22. 22. the Light of the earths and heavens and their Creator and Maker out of nothing. He created both of them without any pillars and separated them – a proper separation. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  23. 23. Thus the heavens became stable in obedience to His commandment All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  24. 24. and the earths became fixed on the surface of the water with their pegs All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  25. 25. Then our Lord subdued the high heavens All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  26. 26. The Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  27. 27. Everything that is in heaven and in the earth and in between them and what is below the earth belongs to Him. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  28. 28. So, I bear witness that verily You are Allah. There is none to elevate what You have lowered All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  29. 29. And no one to lower what You have elevated All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  30. 30. and no one to exalt him whom You leave in disgrace All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  31. 31. and no one to bring into disgrace him whom You exalt All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  32. 32. and no one to prevent him upon whom You bestow Your favour All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  33. 33. and no one to bestow anything, which You have withheld. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  34. 34. You are Allah, there is no god but You All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  35. 35. Who existed when there was neither the stable sky nor the broad earth All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  36. 36. nor the brilliant sun nor the dark night, nor the bright day, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  37. 37. nor the vast and stormy sea, nor any sublime and stable mountain, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  38. 38. nor any revolving planet, nor the luminous moon, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  39. 39. nor any blowing wind, nor any raining cloud, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  40. 40. nor any breathing soul, nor any flying bird, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  41. 41. nor any blazing fire, nor any flowing water. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  42. 42. You existed before the existence of everything All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  43. 43. and You created everything All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  44. 44. and controlled everything All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  45. 45. and originated everything. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  46. 46. You enriched some and reduced others to poverty, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  47. 47. caused some to die and brought others to life, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  48. 48. and made some people glad and others weep. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  49. 49. Verily You rule from the Throne. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  50. 50. You are of vast blessing, O Allah You are Great and Supreme. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  51. 51. You are Allah and there is no god other than You. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  52. 52. You are the Creator and Supporter All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  53. 53. Your Decree is overpowering and Your Knowledge is operative. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  54. 54. Your strategy is wonderful; Your promise is true; All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  55. 55. Your word is right; Your command is just; All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  56. 56. Your utterance is right guidance; Your Revelation is light; All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  57. 57. Your mercy is vast and abundant; Your forgiveness is superb; All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  58. 58. Your grace is overflowing; Your gift is most respectable All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  59. 59. Your cord is strong; Your might is ever ready All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  60. 60. Your protégé is powerful; Your wrath is severe; and Your stratagem is entrapping All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  61. 61. O Lord! With You are lodged all complaints. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  62. 62. You are present in all gatherings, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  63. 63. and are the witness of all secrets, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  64. 64. and the ultimate goal of all supplications, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  65. 65. the expeller of all sorrows, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  66. 66. the affluence of every needy person, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  67. 67. the stronghold for every refugee, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  68. 68. security for everyone who is terror-stricken, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  69. 69. a shield for the weak, a treasure for the indigent, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  70. 70. the destroyer of grief, the helper of the virtuous. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  71. 71. Such is Allah, our Lord. There is no god but He. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  72. 72. You satisfy such of Your servants as trust unto You. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  73. 73. You are the protector of him who is firmly attached to You and humiliates himself before You, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  74. 74. a shield for him who seeks refuge with You, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  75. 75. the help of him who looks up to You for help, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  76. 76. the forgiver of sins for him who begs for Your pardon, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  77. 77. the compeller of the tyrants, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  78. 78. the most grand of the grand, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  79. 79. the most great of the great, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  80. 80. the master of masters, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  81. 81. the Lord of lords, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  82. 82. the Succour of the grieved, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  83. 83. the Helper of those crying for help,, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  84. 84. the Responder to the call of the distressed, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  85. 85. the best of all listeners, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  86. 86. the best of all observers, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  87. 87. the best of all judges, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  88. 88. the most swift of reckoners, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  89. 89. the most merciful of all the merciful All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  90. 90. the best of all forgivers, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  91. 91. the satisfier of the needs of the faithful, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  92. 92. and the hearer of the appeals of the virtuous. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  93. 93. You are Allah, there is no god but You. You are the Cherisher and Sustainer of all the worlds All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  94. 94. You are the Creator and I am a creature. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  95. 95. You are the Master and I am a servant, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  96. 96. You are the Lord and I am a slave. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  97. 97. You are the Provider while I am provided with sustenance, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  98. 98. You are the Giver while I am a beggar, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  99. 99. You are the Generous while I am a miser. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  100. 100. You are the Mighty while I am weak, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  101. 101. You are the Noble while I am humble. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  102. 102. You are the independent while I am needy. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  103. 103. You are the Master while I am a slave. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  104. 104. You are the Forgiver of sins while I am sinful. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  105. 105. You are the Omniscient while I am ignorant. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  106. 106. You are the forbearing while I am hasty. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  107. 107. You are the All-Merciful and I have been treated with mercy. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  108. 108. You are the Provider of safety but I am involved in suffering. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  109. 109. You are the Responder and I am the distressed. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  110. 110. And I bear witness that verily You are Allah, there is no god but You All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  111. 111. You bestow favours upon Your slaves even without their asking. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  112. 112. And I bear witness that verily You are Allah, the One, the Peerless, All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  113. 113. and verily to You we must return. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  114. 114. May the blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and his family the holy and pure. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  115. 115. O Lord, forgive my sins All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  116. 116. and extend to me Your special mercy and bounteous sustenance All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  117. 117. O the All-merciful! All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  118. 118. All praise is due to Allah the Cherisher and sustainer of all the worlds All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  119. 119. And Allah is sufficient for us and most excellent is the Protector. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  120. 120. There is neither might nor power but with Allah the Great, the Exalted. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  121. 121. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  122. 122. ““O YOU whoO YOU who have attained to faithhave attained to faith ((IIMANIIMAN)! Fasting is ordained for)! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you,you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might learnso that you might learn self-restraintself-restraint (being conscious and fear Allah -(being conscious and fear Allah - TAQWATAQWA):”):” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  123. 123. ““Allah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to sufferAllah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship;hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days requiredbut [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required],], andand that you extol Allah for His having guided you arightthat you extol Allah for His having guided you aright, and that, and that youyou render your thanksrender your thanks [unto Him] –[unto Him] – TASH-KURUN – (SHAKUR)TASH-KURUN – (SHAKUR).”.” ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 185)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  124. 124. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  125. 125. ““O YOU who have attained to faith!O YOU who have attained to faith! Shall I point out to youShall I point out to you a bargain that will save you from grievous suffering [in thisa bargain that will save you from grievous suffering [in this world and in the life to come]?world and in the life to come]? You are to believe in AllahYou are to believe in Allah and His Messengerand His Messenger, and to, and to strive hard in Allah's cause withstrive hard in Allah's cause with your possessions and your livesyour possessions and your lives: this is for your own good -: this is for your own good - if you but knew it! [If you do so,] He will forgive you yourif you but knew it! [If you do so,] He will forgive you your sins, and [in the life to come] will admit you into gardenssins, and [in the life to come] will admit you into gardens through which running waters flow, and into goodlythrough which running waters flow, and into goodly mansions in [those] gardens of perpetual bliss:mansions in [those] gardens of perpetual bliss: that [willthat [will be] the triumph supreme!be] the triumph supreme!”” ((Qur’an: Saff: 61: 10-12Qur’an: Saff: 61: 10-12)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  126. 126. ““But as for those who strive hard (But as for those who strive hard (JAAHADUJAAHADU) in Our) in Our cause -cause -We shall most certainly guide them onto pathsWe shall most certainly guide them onto paths that lead unto Usthat lead unto Us: for, behold, Allah is indeed with the: for, behold, Allah is indeed with the doers of good.“doers of good.“ ((Qur’an: Ankabut: 29: 69Qur’an: Ankabut: 29: 69)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  127. 127. ““O Allah! Make the best of my life to be inO Allah! Make the best of my life to be in the ending stagethe ending stage ofof living; and make the best of my deeds to beliving; and make the best of my deeds to be in the closing of myin the closing of my deedsdeeds; and; and make the best of my Daysmake the best of my Days to be the Day (in Hereafterto be the Day (in Hereafter when) I (return to)when) I (return to) meet Youmeet You (with a clean heart)”(with a clean heart)” ALLAA-HUM-MAJ –’AL -ALLAA-HUM-MAJ –’AL - KHKHAI-RA – ‘UM-RI – AA-AI-RA – ‘UM-RI – AA-KHKHI-RA-HU,I-RA-HU, WA -WA - KHKHAI-RA – ‘AMALI -AI-RA – ‘AMALI - KHKHA-WAA – TI – MA -HU,A-WAA – TI – MA -HU, WAJ - ’AL-WAJ - ’AL- KHKHAI - RA – AY-YAA - MI – YAU-MA – LI-QAA- IKAI - RA – AY-YAA - MI – YAU-MA – LI-QAA- IK All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  128. 128. ““O Allah! Whatever You have decreed for us (in all our affairs in ourO Allah! Whatever You have decreed for us (in all our affairs in our life),life), make its endingmake its ending to be goodto be good (guided aright by Your Guidance).(guided aright by Your Guidance). O (Allah) You Who is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy!”O (Allah) You Who is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy!” ALLAA-HUM-MA- WA-MAA – QO -ALLAA-HUM-MA- WA-MAA – QO - DwAI-TADwAI-TA – LANAA – MIN –’AM-REE– LANAA – MIN –’AM-REE FAJ - ’AL – ‘AA - QI - BA –TA-HU – RA – SHA - DAAFAJ - ’AL – ‘AA - QI - BA –TA-HU – RA – SHA - DAA YAA – AR – HAMAR – RAA- HI- MEENYAA – AR – HAMAR – RAA- HI- MEEN All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
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  130. 130. This made up mostly of children and perhaps adults too who lackThis made up mostly of children and perhaps adults too who lack knowledge (knowledge (‘ILM‘ILM) and they may practice Islam not so much out of) and they may practice Islam not so much out of true conviction, but only because all others around him are doingtrue conviction, but only because all others around him are doing so. More out of the accepted ‘Malay’ custom.so. More out of the accepted ‘Malay’ custom. Although they know that they are fasting, yet the real lessons, theAlthough they know that they are fasting, yet the real lessons, the opportunity to gain great merit and reward throughoutopportunity to gain great merit and reward throughout Ramadhan escapes them. Not that Allah wants to deprive them ofRamadhan escapes them. Not that Allah wants to deprive them of many of His Blessings, but it is they, due to their own neglect andmany of His Blessings, but it is they, due to their own neglect and heedlessness, who caused their own loss.heedlessness, who caused their own loss. ‘‘CUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEESCUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEES All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  131. 131. ““This, becauseThis, because Allah would never change the blessings withAllah would never change the blessings with which He has graced a people unless they change their innerwhich He has graced a people unless they change their inner selvesselves: and [know] that Allah is all-Hearing, all-Seeing.”: and [know] that Allah is all-Hearing, all-Seeing.” ((Qur’an: Al- Anfal : 8:53Qur’an: Al- Anfal : 8:53)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  132. 132. If they persist without being guided, or advised, or shown throughIf they persist without being guided, or advised, or shown through the better example by their family and peers whom they are with,the better example by their family and peers whom they are with, then they may be subjected to further negative traits.then they may be subjected to further negative traits. This may affect their ‘This may affect their ‘moodmood’ and ‘’ and ‘attitudeattitude’ which colour their’ which colour their perception (or rather misperception) of what Ramadhan is all about.perception (or rather misperception) of what Ramadhan is all about. The media, the trend-setter, the sales pitch, the commercialisationThe media, the trend-setter, the sales pitch, the commercialisation of Ramadhan etc. may replaced what should be (of Ramadhan etc. may replaced what should be (IIMANIIMAN) Faith as) Faith as theirtheir motivationmotivation and (and (IHTISAABANIHTISAABAN) expecting Allah’s acceptance, as) expecting Allah’s acceptance, as theirtheir attitudeattitude.. ‘‘CUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEESCUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEES All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  133. 133. Rather than to regard ‘Ramadhan’ as something seasonal, we mustRather than to regard ‘Ramadhan’ as something seasonal, we must correct this wrong attitude. Ramadhan in fact can be liken to acorrect this wrong attitude. Ramadhan in fact can be liken to a “Madrasah (school)”. Surely every year we should progress to“Madrasah (school)”. Surely every year we should progress to higher levels of attainment. Unfortunately many seem contented tohigher levels of attainment. Unfortunately many seem contented to remain stagnated at ‘kindergarten’ level each time, without any realremain stagnated at ‘kindergarten’ level each time, without any real assessment of achievement, but merely based upon attendance.assessment of achievement, but merely based upon attendance. Thus, year in year out, no progress nor incremental level is attained.Thus, year in year out, no progress nor incremental level is attained. When in our school-system, would we allow our children to be likeWhen in our school-system, would we allow our children to be like that? would not this be a very wrong thing to do?that? would not this be a very wrong thing to do? ‘‘CUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEESCUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEES All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  134. 134. This can lead some Muslims to be resentful of the ‘fasting’ and otherThis can lead some Muslims to be resentful of the ‘fasting’ and other devotions (devotions (‘IBADAH‘IBADAH ) in Ramadhan itself, being obsessed only to) in Ramadhan itself, being obsessed only to chase after the ‘festivities’ and ‘light-up’ and ‘bazaar’ and thechase after the ‘festivities’ and ‘light-up’ and ‘bazaar’ and the gatherings with celebrities and other ‘worldly’ attraction, etc.gatherings with celebrities and other ‘worldly’ attraction, etc. Hypocrisy (Hypocrisy (NIFAQNIFAQ) may afflict this group whose criteria for liking) may afflict this group whose criteria for liking RAMADHANRAMADHAN is the connection to the festival (is the connection to the festival (Hari RayaHari Raya). Their). Their observance of fasting may be like as ‘prisoners’ undergoingobservance of fasting may be like as ‘prisoners’ undergoing temporary incarceration; or one fasting with ‘vengeance’ bottling uptemporary incarceration; or one fasting with ‘vengeance’ bottling up desires to be ‘desires to be ‘unleashedunleashed’ rather than to be effectively ‘’ rather than to be effectively ‘tamedtamed’.’. ‘‘CUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEESCUSTOMARY’ DEVOTEES All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  135. 135. Some of us may start our Ramadhan well since we may possessSome of us may start our Ramadhan well since we may possess knowledge. Yet, our theoretical Islamic knowledge may beknowledge. Yet, our theoretical Islamic knowledge may be inadequate to prepare us to know that there are ‘practices’inadequate to prepare us to know that there are ‘practices’ commonly done in our society (trends, customs etc.) which in fact arecommonly done in our society (trends, customs etc.) which in fact are contrary to the spirit of Ramadhan itself.contrary to the spirit of Ramadhan itself. Do not assume that what is done by Muslims, even by the majority,Do not assume that what is done by Muslims, even by the majority, are automatically what Islam teaches. Such careless assumption mayare automatically what Islam teaches. Such careless assumption may cause us to be distracted from achieving the true purpose ofcause us to be distracted from achieving the true purpose of Ramadhan, into following agendas set by others in Ramadhan.Ramadhan, into following agendas set by others in Ramadhan. THE ‘DISTRACTED’THE ‘DISTRACTED’ All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  136. 136. THE ‘DISTRACTED’THE ‘DISTRACTED’ ““And do not pursue that of which you have noAnd do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and theknowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned.”heart - about all those [one] will be questioned.” ((Qur’an: Isra’: 17: 36Qur’an: Isra’: 17: 36)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  137. 137. THE ‘DISTRACTED’THE ‘DISTRACTED’ All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  138. 138. THE ‘DISTRACTED’THE ‘DISTRACTED’ ““And keep yourself patient [by being] with those whoAnd keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening,call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes passseeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life,beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, andand do not obey one whose heart We have madedo not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembranceheedless of Our remembrance and who follows hisand who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.”desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.” ((Qur’an: Kahfi: 18: 28Qur’an: Kahfi: 18: 28)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  139. 139. As Ramadhan is aAs Ramadhan is a “month of being put to test”,“month of being put to test”, within it there arewithin it there are countless challenges, temptations, distractions, diversion, deviationscountless challenges, temptations, distractions, diversion, deviations etc. Therefore, we need to always be on guard, vigilant and remainetc. Therefore, we need to always be on guard, vigilant and remain focus on what we are suppose to attain to in this month.focus on what we are suppose to attain to in this month. So be in the company of the learned and righteous Muslims.So be in the company of the learned and righteous Muslims. Especially in the last of Ramadhan, we can still amend ourselves or beEspecially in the last of Ramadhan, we can still amend ourselves or be corrected again to re-focus and guided back upon the right path.corrected again to re-focus and guided back upon the right path. Allah’s intends for His mercy and forgiveness to reach all Muslims toAllah’s intends for His mercy and forgiveness to reach all Muslims to be freed from the Hell-fire.be freed from the Hell-fire. Just come back to Him!Just come back to Him! THE ‘DISTRACTED’THE ‘DISTRACTED’ All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  140. 140. Say, "O My servants who have transgressed againstSay, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning],themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercydo not despair of the mercy of Allahof Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.“He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.“ ((Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 53Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 53)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  141. 141. “And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 54) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  142. 142. ““And follow the best of what was revealed to youAnd follow the best of what was revealed to you from your Lordfrom your Lord before the punishment comes uponbefore the punishment comes upon you suddenly while you do not perceive,”you suddenly while you do not perceive,” ((Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 55Qur’an: Zumar: 39: 55)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  143. 143. Many of us perhaps belong to this category. It is in the last lap thatMany of us perhaps belong to this category. It is in the last lap that many may “many may “drop our guarddrop our guard”, or give in complacency and are”, or give in complacency and are impatient thinking only of theimpatient thinking only of the EidEid (Hari Raya celebration).(Hari Raya celebration). Actually we forget that the test is not over yet.Actually we forget that the test is not over yet. Therefore last lap (week) of Ramadhan in fact is very crucial – it canTherefore last lap (week) of Ramadhan in fact is very crucial – it can ““make or breakmake or break”.”. Thus our Prophet , his Household and companion exemplified this inThus our Prophet , his Household and companion exemplified this in the Sunnah ofthe Sunnah of I’TIKAFI’TIKAF (“(“retreatretreat”) and intensifying the personal”) and intensifying the personal devotions.devotions. THE ‘IMPATIENT’ – OR THE ‘LACKING IN STAMINA’THE ‘IMPATIENT’ – OR THE ‘LACKING IN STAMINA’ All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  144. 144. When we analyse all acts of devotions taught in Islam, it generalWhen we analyse all acts of devotions taught in Islam, it general teachings about life - it is the ending part that teaches us to increaseteachings about life - it is the ending part that teaches us to increase the intensity of our devotion to Allah.the intensity of our devotion to Allah. It does not really matter much that we may have made many mistakes,It does not really matter much that we may have made many mistakes, being careless, lazy and weak at the beginning – for it is in the endingbeing careless, lazy and weak at the beginning – for it is in the ending part that really counts.part that really counts. After all, it is not through our effort that ultimately saves us, butAfter all, it is not through our effort that ultimately saves us, but through our sincere intention and true resolve seeking Allah’s Mercythrough our sincere intention and true resolve seeking Allah’s Mercy and Acceptance towards us; our belief and trust of Allah’s Beneficence.and Acceptance towards us; our belief and trust of Allah’s Beneficence. THE ‘IMPATIENT’ – OR THE ‘LACKING IN STAMINA’THE ‘IMPATIENT’ – OR THE ‘LACKING IN STAMINA’ All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  145. 145. THOSE WHO SEEK AND GRANTED GUIDANCETHOSE WHO SEEK AND GRANTED GUIDANCE All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  146. 146. THOSE WHO SEEK AND GRANTED GUIDANCETHOSE WHO SEEK AND GRANTED GUIDANCE ““Whoever fast in Ramadhan, withWhoever fast in Ramadhan, with IIMANIIMAN (Faith, conviction)(Faith, conviction) and withand with IIHHTISAABANTISAABAN (full accountability; reflection; content(full accountability; reflection; content with expecting recompense from Allah in Hereafter) – then allwith expecting recompense from Allah in Hereafter) – then all his previous sins are Forgiven”his previous sins are Forgiven” ((Hadith reported by BukharyHadith reported by Bukhary)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  147. 147. “My Sustainer (Lord)! ! Inspire me so that I may forever be grateful for those blessings of Thine with which Thou hast graced me and my parents, and that I may do what is right [in a manner] that will please Thee; and include me, by Thy grace, among Thy righteous servants (SwOLIHEEN)!” (Qur’an: Naml: 27: 19) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
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  149. 149. ““O my Sustainer (Lord)!O my Sustainer (Lord)! Inspire me so that I may foreverInspire me so that I may forever be grateful for those blessings of Thine with whichbe grateful for those blessings of Thine with which Thou hast graced me and my parents, and that I mayThou hast graced me and my parents, and that I may do what is right [in a manner] that will meet with Thydo what is right [in a manner] that will meet with Thy goodly acceptancegoodly acceptance; and grant me righteousness in; and grant me righteousness in mymy offspringoffspring [as well]. Verily, unto Thee have I turned in[as well]. Verily, unto Thee have I turned in repentance: for, verily, I am of those (repentance: for, verily, I am of those (MUSLIMEENMUSLIMEEN)) who have surrendered themselves unto Thee!”who have surrendered themselves unto Thee!” ((Qur’an: Ahqaf: 46: 15Qur’an: Ahqaf: 46: 15)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  150. 150. IMPORTANT TO BE ENGAGED IN NOWIMPORTANT TO BE ENGAGED IN NOW REMEMBER, ONE OF THE CRITERIA OF BEING GRATEFUL ISREMEMBER, ONE OF THE CRITERIA OF BEING GRATEFUL IS IN KNOWING THE VALUE OF BESTOWALS ALREADY GIVEN.IN KNOWING THE VALUE OF BESTOWALS ALREADY GIVEN. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
  151. 151. This list is not exhaustive, but only my personal reflectionThis list is not exhaustive, but only my personal reflection as to what Ramadhan teaches me as a Muslimas to what Ramadhan teaches me as a Muslim TO BE CONTINUED INSHA-ALLAH All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
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