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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 # 1dLESSON # 1d 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 ( 2017 )) 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) RESUMING MODULE AFTER BREAKRESUMING MODULE AFTER BREAK MUSLIMS’S EDUCATION Sharing a concern raised in a public talkSharing a concern raised in a public talk held in 2015 – “Subject them to Islam”held in 2015 – “Subject them to Islam” Updated 11 FEBRUARY 2017 PARTPART # 6# 6 (January-(January-20172017))
    2. 2. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail for talk ”Liberalism & its Effect” Saturday , 14 March 2015 – @ 3.00 pm venue: Singapore Post Centre 10 Eunos Road 8, Singapore IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH Keynote MessageKeynote Message :: Primary problem faced by Muslims today is regarding their confusion inPrimary problem faced by Muslims today is regarding their confusion in Knowledge. The solution agreed upon may be in regard to their Education.Knowledge. The solution agreed upon may be in regard to their Education. Yet even in this, another issue (though subtle) has to be critically explored.Yet even in this, another issue (though subtle) has to be critically explored. What kind of education?What kind of education? Whether their educationWhether their education is “is “of Islamof Islam” or “” or “withwith IslamIslam”.”. Is there any difference? What are its implications? How have we come to this?Is there any difference? What are its implications? How have we come to this?
    3. 3. ””Verily this is knowledge (which contains the rules) ofVerily this is knowledge (which contains the rules) of thethe DEENDEEN (Religion), so look thoroughly into(Religion), so look thoroughly into the person from whom you acquirethe person from whom you acquire (the knowledge of) your(the knowledge of) your DEENDEEN (Religion).”(Religion).” Imam Muhammad ibnu Sirrin (rhm.a) advices and warns us MuslimsImam Muhammad ibnu Sirrin (rhm.a) advices and warns us Muslims All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    4. 4. ““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)) * THE People of the Book – Jews and Christians IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    5. 5. 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’ sources especially thosefrom ‘dubious’ sources especially those OrientalistsOrientalists (with their(with their agenda) oragenda) or Orientalists-mindedOrientalists-minded oror SecularistSecularist who may even be Muslims.who may even 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. certain Muslim ‘‘bankrupt’ or redundant in their mind – (.e. certain Muslim ‘eliteselites’ who’ who are in awe of the West and the ‘modern, progressive’ learning system.are in awe of the West and the ‘modern, progressive’ learning system.
    6. 6. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) LIZARD’S HOLE TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH
    7. 7. 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 TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH
    8. 8. ““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)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    9. 9. 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, generally been preserved and faithfully transmitted byhas, in fact, generally 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 callous disregardtraditional or even ‘secular’ approaches to learning; with callous disregard forfor ADABADAB; etc.; etc. unfortunately this has led to a truncation in the way manyunfortunately this has led to a truncation in the way many Muslims understandMuslims understand their own history, identity, heritage and even of Al-their own history, identity, heritage and even of Al- Islam – which the following Qur’anic verses allude to, may summed upIslam – which the following Qur’anic verses allude to, may summed up what we Muslims are in dire need of.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 merely of learning !” to, not merely of learning !
    10. 10. “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) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    11. 11. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Strive till the end to be Muslims - the first pillar is theStrive till the end to be Muslims - the first pillar is the SHAHAADA-TAINSHAHAADA-TAIN --  a serious commitment to uphold witha serious commitment to uphold with TAQWATAQWA;;  a sacreda sacred spiritual covenantspiritual covenant renewed;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 we willa preparation for the trial and tribulation that most certainly we will be made to face in this worldly life;be made to face in this worldly life;  It in fact requires theIt in fact requires the self-actualizationself-actualization towards becoming whom wetowards becoming whom we should essentially be, above all other identities;should essentially be, above all other identities;  the entrance into a single universal (the entrance into a single universal (UMMAHUMMAH) community of Faith of) community of Faith of ((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.. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDS
    12. 12. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    13. 13. ““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)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    14. 14. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IncreasingIncreasing this Ummah withthis Ummah with Da’wahDa’wah andand preservingpreserving it withit with IslahIslah “CALL THOU (all mankind] unto thy Sustainer's path with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the most kindly manner” (Qur’an: An-Nahlu: 16: 125)
    15. 15. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) ““INDEED, there has come unto you [O mankind] a Messenger fromINDEED, there has come unto you [O mankind] a Messenger from among yourselves:among yourselves: heavily weighs -upon him [the thought] that youheavily weighs -upon him [the thought] that you might suffer [in the life to come];might suffer [in the life to come]; full of concern for you [is he, and]full of concern for you [is he, and] full of compassion and mercy towards the believers.”full of compassion and mercy towards the believers.” ((Qur’an: Taubah: 9: 128Qur’an: Taubah: 9: 128))
    16. 16. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH “All of my people (UMMATI ) will enter paradise except those who refuse.” They said : O Messenger of Allah, Who are those who refuse?. He s.a.a.w. then said: “ Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobey me is one who refuses (to enter it).” (Hadith reported by Bukhary)
    17. 17. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH “People are like minerals, the best of them in Jahiliyah will still be the best amongst them in Islam, so long as they have proper (profound) understanding (of the DEEN).” (Hadith reported by Bukhary, Muslim, Darimi and Ahmad)
    18. 18. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH “ Invite them to Islam, and inform them what is enjoined upon them for, I swear on Allah, if Allah should guide one person through you, it is better for you than possessing the ‘red camels’ (i.e. the most precious of things to have then).” (Hadith reported by Abu Dawud)
    19. 19. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) “And from among you there must be a party who invite people to all that is good and (AMR) enjoin the doing of all that is right and (NAHYU) forbid the doing of all that is wrong. It is they who will attain true success (MUFLIHUUN).” (Qur’an: Aali’Imran: 3: 104)
    20. 20. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH
    21. 21. 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 (to bore the hole), they will all drown."‘they leave them (to bore the hole), they will all drown."‘ ((Hadith reported by TirmidziHadith reported by Tirmidzi)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH
    22. 22. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  With exposure (or rather being immersed) in a secular-system, whenceWith exposure (or rather being immersed) in a secular-system, whence today with the secular liberal idea being propagated, many youngtoday with the secular liberal idea being propagated, many young Muslims have begun to imitate extolling slogan of incitement toMuslims have begun to imitate extolling slogan of incitement to ‘‘freedomfreedom’ and ‘’ and ‘individualismindividualism’ as though it is an absolute birthright.’ as though it is an absolute 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 few of those Muslims who maytraditional, is now the trend embraced by few of those Muslims who may bethink of themselves as being the “bethink of themselves as being the “elites, intellectuals, progressive,elites, intellectuals, progressive, liberal-minded, rational, moderate, academic, etcliberal-minded, rational, moderate, academic, etc.” of the community..” of the community.  These Muslims are mostly the product of purely the national educationThese Muslims are mostly the product of purely the national education which promotes a secular (or non-religious) approach to learning as thewhich promotes a secular (or non-religious) approach to learning as the dominant philosophy, in which their Islamic studies (if any) are regardeddominant philosophy, in which their Islamic studies (if any) are regarded as mere subjects acquired as supplementary, not the core.as mere subjects acquired as supplementary, not the core. ONE OF THE RELEVANT CONCERNS
    23. 23. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Whereas, the aim and objective of an “Whereas, the aim and objective of an “Islamic educationIslamic education” is that it is” is that it is singular (singular (TAUTAUHHEEDICEEDIC) holistic endeavor, where learning is regarded as an) holistic endeavor, where learning is regarded as an ‘IBAADAH‘IBAADAH – worship - including even in the pursuit of worldly sciences and– worship - including even in the pursuit of worldly sciences and skills, as it regard these as complementary to Muslim total Islamicskills, as it regard these as complementary to Muslim total Islamic development.development. Yet, the dominant philosophyYet, the dominant philosophy oror rraison d'être in this approach is to subject Muslimsis to subject Muslims toto AD-DEEN-UL-ISLAMAD-DEEN-UL-ISLAM - regarding Muslims’- regarding Muslims’ faith (faith (IIMANIIMAN) practice () practice (‘AMAL‘AMAL) and Righteous character () and Righteous character (IIHHSANSAN).).  There is no dichotomy in the ‘education’ for Muslims between that ofThere is no dichotomy in the ‘education’ for Muslims between that of religion (religion (DEENDEEN) and the other () and the other (UKHRA-DUNYAWIYUKHRA-DUNYAWIY) i.e. worldly sciences.) i.e. worldly sciences.  Without inculcation of theWithout inculcation of the DEENDEEN as theas the dominant concerndominant concern in Muslims’in Muslims’ pursuit in other fields of learning, national ‘schooling’ alone (thoughpursuit in other fields of learning, national ‘schooling’ alone (though important) isimportant) is not regarded as synonymousnot regarded as synonymous with our ‘with our ‘ Islamic educationIslamic education’.’.
    24. 24. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Unfortunately, many Muslim parents do not subscribe to suchUnfortunately, many Muslim parents do not subscribe to such philosophy of education, although they may provide lessons on Islamphilosophy of education, although they may provide lessons on Islam (IRK - Islam Religious Knowledge) for them who(IRK - Islam Religious Knowledge) for them who then learnt Islam merelythen learnt Islam merely as subjectsas subjects, whereas their, whereas their dominant philosophy in education still remaindominant philosophy in education still remain secularsecular..  Their drive and primary motivation for their children’s education isTheir drive and primary motivation for their children’s education is purely ‘purely ‘pragmatismpragmatism’ i.e. for socio-economic reasons, while learning and’ i.e. for socio-economic reasons, while learning and inculcation of theinculcation of the DEEN-AL-ISLAMDEEN-AL-ISLAM is relegated to be less important, asis relegated to be less important, as part-time extra-curricular sessions, of learning on Islam as subjects.part-time extra-curricular sessions, of learning on Islam as subjects.  Many religious teachers too are now directed to imitate and adopt theMany religious teachers too are now directed to imitate and adopt the conventional (secular) schooling approach of teaching, devoid of theconventional (secular) schooling approach of teaching, devoid of the traditional Prophetic method that exude the spirit oftraditional Prophetic method that exude the spirit of DA’WAHDA’WAH (calling(calling others to Islam) andothers to Islam) and ISLAISLAHH (reconciling and reforming the Muslims).(reconciling and reforming the Muslims).
    25. 25. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  We have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors whoWe have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors who understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:,understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:, ““It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselvesIt is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves ((YAT-LU ‘ALAY-HIM AA-YAA-TIHIYAT-LU ‘ALAY-HIM AA-YAA-TIHI) reciting to them His verses and () reciting to them His verses and (YU-ZAK-YU-ZAK- KEE-HIMKEE-HIM) purifying them (and make them grow) and () purifying them (and make them grow) and (YU-’AL-LI-MU-HUMYU-’AL-LI-MU-HUM)) teaching them the Book (teaching them the Book (AL-KITAABAL-KITAAB) and wisdom () and wisdom (AL-AL-HHIKMAHIKMAH)) whereas before that they were indeed, most obviously, lost in error …”” ((Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 2))
    26. 26. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  We have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors whoWe have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors who understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:,understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:, “ … and [to cause this message to spread] from them unto other people as soon as they come into contact with them: for He alone is almighty, truly wise! Such is Allah's bounty: He grants it to anyone who is willing [to receive it]: for Allah is limitless in His great bounty.“ (Qur’an: Jumu’ah: 62: 3-4)
    27. 27. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  We have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors whoWe have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors who understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:,understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:, ““ ((UUD-’UUUUD-’UU) Invite (or call all mankind) to the way of) Invite (or call all mankind) to the way of your Lord with (your Lord with (AL-AL-HHIKMAHIKMAH) wisdom and good) wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.”instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.” ((Qur’an: An-Nahlu: 16: 125Qur’an: An-Nahlu: 16: 125))
    28. 28. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  We have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors whoWe have become ungrateful to the legacy left by our predecessors who understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:,understood the purpose of Muslims being educated with Al-Islam:, ““And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle wayAnd thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way ((UMMATAN WASOTANUMMATAN WASOTAN) [i.e. justly balanced],) [i.e. justly balanced], so that [with your lives]so that [with your lives] you might bear witnessyou might bear witness to the truth before all mankind (to the truth before all mankind (SHUHADAA-SHUHADAA- A - ‘ALAN-NAASA - ‘ALAN-NAAS) , and the Messenger as a witness over you.“) , and the Messenger as a witness over you.“ ((Qur’an: al- Baqarah: 2:143Qur’an: al- Baqarah: 2:143))
    29. 29. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  Now some of these Muslims are assuming community leadership andNow some of these Muslims are assuming community leadership and may be unaware that Al-Islam is not a ‘religion’ like other religion, butmay be unaware that Al-Islam is not a ‘religion’ like other religion, but rather asrather as AD-DEENAD-DEEN which aims to the building of awhich aims to the building of a TAMADDUNTAMADDUN (civilization).(civilization).  Especially those tutored by Orientalists and academics with secularEspecially those tutored by Orientalists and academics with secular worldview, although are aware of this fact about Islam, nevertheless areworldview, although are aware of this fact about Islam, nevertheless are vehemently opposed to this notion being taught to Muslims asvehemently opposed to this notion being taught to Muslims as alternative worldview. They have very low regard for Islamic teachings,alternative worldview. They have very low regard for Islamic teachings, history, legacy - tradition, etc. and want the Muslims of today to ratherhistory, legacy - tradition, etc. and want the Muslims of today to rather accept ‘secularism’ or hoped to be somewhat secularized withaccept ‘secularism’ or hoped to be somewhat secularized with liberalism, pragmatism, modernism, etc..liberalism, pragmatism, modernism, etc..
    30. 30. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  To some of them, “To some of them, “Islam as a CivilizationIslam as a Civilization” is to be regarded as a threat” is to be regarded as a threat and present a formidable challenge to their hegemony, and thus are inand present a formidable challenge to their hegemony, and thus are in fact already responding with their meddling into Islamic discourse (nowfact already responding with their meddling into Islamic discourse (now with some unwary Muslims), to confuse and weaken thewith some unwary Muslims), to confuse and weaken the UMMAHUMMAH further.further.  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 evennow, this insidious ‘trend’ has emerged even to challenge and even hijack Islamic discourse. The proverbialhijack Islamic discourse. The proverbial UMMATICUMMATIC – ship, is being– ship, is being undermined.undermined.
    31. 31. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  These the “These the “elites, intellectuals, progressive, liberal-minded, rational,elites, intellectuals, progressive, liberal-minded, rational, moderate, academic, etcmoderate, academic, etc.” fancy themselves as rational thinkers, whereas.” fancy themselves as rational thinkers, whereas they take their cue from the Orientalists, who researched on Islam andthey take their cue from the Orientalists, who researched on Islam and are trying to re-introduce into Islamic discourse using arguments from theare trying to re-introduce into Islamic discourse using arguments from the early Muslim ‘rationalists’ –early Muslim ‘rationalists’ – MU’TAZILITEMU’TAZILITE who dare to opposewho dare to oppose ‘revelation’, whereas such views have already been refuted by Muslim‘revelation’, whereas such views have already been refuted by Muslim scholars.scholars.  Inciting use of ‘reasoning’ and being too obsessed with ‘rationalizing’Inciting use of ‘reasoning’ and being too obsessed with ‘rationalizing’ that led to skepticism towards the ‘revelation’ , already has precedencethat led to skepticism towards the ‘revelation’ , already has precedence even in the beginning of creation, mentioned in teachings of Qur’an andeven in the beginning of creation, mentioned in teachings of Qur’an and its parables. It is therefore very relevant to be understood by us - theirits parables. It is therefore very relevant to be understood by us - their lessons learnt and their intended warnings heeded.lessons learnt and their intended warnings heeded.
    32. 32. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE …
    33. 33. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    34. 34. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH “And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know." (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 30) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    35. 35. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  In this narration, the inquisitive angels were rather perplexed towardsIn this narration, the inquisitive angels were rather perplexed towards Allah’s decree in appointing Adam a.s. the vicegerent on earth. InAllah’s decree in appointing Adam a.s. the vicegerent on earth. In accordance with their reasoning they judged that man, as compared toaccordance with their reasoning they judged that man, as compared to angels, would be unsuitable for this.angels, would be unsuitable for this. Implicit in the questioningImplicit in the questioning waswas actually anactually an attempt at levellingattempt at levelling – a serious breakdown in– a serious breakdown in ADABADAB towardstowards Allah.Allah.  In response to such ‘In response to such ‘insolenceinsolence’ although unintended, Allah SWT replied’ although unintended, Allah SWT replied with a terse chastisement, :with a terse chastisement, : "Indeed, I know that which you do not know.“  Their inability to ‘rationalize’ or rather the need to satisfy their ‘reasoning’ , is irrelevant in the face of Allah’s Wisdom and eternal Knowledge.  The Angels then accepted the rebuke and ceased questioning.  Now compare this to what Iblis did when relying upon his reasoning in
    36. 36. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) “ It is We who created you and gave you shape; then We bade the angels prostrate to Adam, and they prostrated, not so Iblis; he refused to be of those who bow down …” (Qur’an: Surah al-A’raf: 7: 11)
    37. 37. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) ““(Allah) said: "what prevented thee from bowing down when I(Allah) said: "what prevented thee from bowing down when I commanded thee?" He (Iblis) said: "commanded thee?" He (Iblis) said: "I am better than heI am better than he: thou: thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay."didst create me from fire, and him from clay." (Allah) said: "Get thee down from this(Allah) said: "Get thee down from this: it is not for thee to be: it is not for thee to be arrogant herearrogant here: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of creatures).”creatures).” ((Qur’an: Surah al-A’raf: 7: 12-13Qur’an: Surah al-A’raf: 7: 12-13))
    38. 38. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  To be clear,To be clear, Islam is not against inquisitivenessIslam is not against inquisitiveness as aas a valid methodvalid method in seekingin seeking knowledgeknowledge. The actual concern, as in the story of Prophet Ibrahim a.s. is. The actual concern, as in the story of Prophet Ibrahim a.s. is when questioning which is intended to oppose Faith and exalt skepticism –when questioning which is intended to oppose Faith and exalt skepticism – i.e. the arrogant use of “i.e. the arrogant use of “reasonreason” to subvert “” to subvert “revelationrevelation.”.” Behold! Abraham said: "My Lord! show me how You give life toBehold! Abraham said: "My Lord! show me how You give life to the dead. He said: "Do you not then believe?"the dead. He said: "Do you not then believe?" He said: "Yea! but to satisfy my own understanding.“He said: "Yea! but to satisfy my own understanding.“ ** ((Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 260Qur’an: Baqarah: 2: 260)) ** literally: “to make my heart tranquil”literally: “to make my heart tranquil” WALLAAHU-A’-LAM
    39. 39. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH ANOTHER IMPORTANT LESSON …
    40. 40. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL.
    41. 41. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH ““And there are those who put up a mosque by way ofAnd there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief (mischief (DHIRARADHIRARA) and infidelity () and infidelity (KUFRAKUFRA) ―) ― to disuniteto disunite the Believers and in preparation for one who warredthe Believers and in preparation for one who warred against Allah and His Messengeragainst Allah and His Messenger aforetime. They willaforetime. They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; butindeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; but Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars.Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars. Never stand thou forth therein. …”” ((Qur’an: Taubah: 9:107-108Qur’an: Taubah: 9:107-108)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    42. 42. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    43. 43. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH “Never stand thou forth therein …. There is a mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety (TAQWA) ; it is more worthy of thy standing forth (for prayer) therein. In it are men who love to be purified; and Allah loveth those who make themselves pure.” (Qur’an: Taubah: 9:108) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    44. 44. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    45. 45. TADZKIRAHTADZKIRAH ““Which then is best?― he that layeth his foundation onWhich then is best?― he that layeth his foundation on piety to Allah and His Good pleasure?― or he that layethpiety to Allah and His Good pleasure?― or he that layeth his foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready tohis foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready to crumble 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 do wrong.”wrong.” ((Qur’an: Taubah: 9:109Qur’an: Taubah: 9:109)) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFUL. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))
    46. 46. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  When Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. arrived (during the Hijrah) inWhen Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. arrived (during the Hijrah) in QUBAQUBA (outskirt of Madina) he stayed there and built the first mosque - which he(outskirt of Madina) he stayed there and built the first mosque - which he referred to as the "referred to as the "MASJID of TAQWAMASJID of TAQWA" upon which was associated the" upon which was associated the building of strength of Islam through his frequent visits andbuilding of strength of Islam through his frequent visits and DA’WAHDA’WAH ..  Some of the hidden enemies of Islam, known asSome of the hidden enemies of Islam, known as MUNAFIQUUNMUNAFIQUUN (Hypocrites)(Hypocrites) fromfrom Bani GhanamBani Ghanam, knew the importance of mosque as the sacred, knew the importance of mosque as the sacred institution of Islam, also built a mosque there, pretending to be similarlyinstitution of Islam, also built a mosque there, pretending to be similarly advancing the cause of Islam. In reality, they were in league with oneadvancing the cause of Islam. In reality, they were in league with one AbuAbu 'Ameer'Ameer, a notorious enemy who fought against the Prophet s.a.a,w. in, a notorious enemy who fought against the Prophet s.a.a,w. in UHUDUHUD andand HUNAINHUNAIN, and was then based in Syria., and was then based in Syria.
    47. 47. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015))  They built this mosque (They built this mosque (MasjidMasjid ), as a base for him and their followers), as a base for him and their followers (the hypocrites), to promote their agenda and activity to undermine(the hypocrites), to promote their agenda and activity to undermine Islam and the Prophet's mission, s.a.a.w.Islam and the Prophet's mission, s.a.a.w.  Thus Allah s.w.t. revealed their dangerous plot and warned theThus Allah s.w.t. revealed their dangerous plot and warned the Muslims of their evil scheme. This mosque, which Allah s.w.t. referredMuslims of their evil scheme. This mosque, which Allah s.w.t. referred to as "to as "MASJID DHIRAARA WA KUFRAMASJID DHIRAARA WA KUFRA" (a mosque built for mischief &" (a mosque built for mischief & infidelity) was then destroyed.infidelity) was then destroyed. WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS ?WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS ?
    48. 48. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS ?WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS ?  Rise of the false leaders, especially the dangers of theRise of the false leaders, especially the dangers of the MUNAAFIQUUNMUNAAFIQUUN (Hypocrites) and their attempts to undermine Islam – e.g. by their(Hypocrites) and their attempts to undermine Islam – e.g. by their misrepresenting Islam’s symbols, weakening its institutions,misrepresenting Islam’s symbols, weakening its institutions, disconnecting the Muslims from their true leaders, subvert and hijackdisconnecting the Muslims from their true leaders, subvert and hijack Islam’s teachings and discourses with something false althoughIslam’s teachings and discourses with something false although presented as resembling Islam, etc. - for the unwary Muslims to bepresented as resembling Islam, etc. - for the unwary Muslims to be duped into following these.duped into following these.  Importance ofImportance of TAQWATAQWA andand SWOLAHSWOLAH – as the foundational criteria and– as the foundational criteria and essential virtue to promote, which every Muslim must aim for and set foressential virtue to promote, which every Muslim must aim for and set for whatever endeavor and program they are involved in - to be deemed aswhatever endeavor and program they are involved in - to be deemed as Islamic; absence of which or hesitancy to upholding these or disregardingIslamic; absence of which or hesitancy to upholding these or disregarding its importance, almost always indicate a kind of deviation.its importance, almost always indicate a kind of deviation.WALLAAHU-A’-LAM
    49. 49. AS THIS IS JUST A PRELIMINARY REFLECTION, AND DUE TO TIME CONSTRAIN – I HAVE TO END HERE, FOR THE MOMENT. INSHA-ALLAH! MAY WE HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT FURTHER. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2015)) TO BE CONTINUED INSHA-ALLAH

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