- "The Sincere Advice" : from the desk of Ustaz Zhulkeflee

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ صَلُّواْ عَلَيۡهِ وَسَلِّمُواْ تَسۡلِيمًا

"... O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation." (QUR'AN:AL-AHZAB:33:56)

"O Allah, I believed in Muhammad but did not see him; do not deprive me in the Gardens of his vision. Bestow his company upon me and cause me to die in his religion. Let me drink from his pool a quenching, pleasant, delightful drink after which we shall never thirst again. You are powerful over everything. O Allah, convey to the soul of Muhammad my greetings and peace. O Allah, as I believed in Muhammad but did not see him, do not deprive me in the Gardens of his vision."

O Allah! I make the intention to invoke blessings on the Prophet, may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, in compliance with Your Order and as an attestation of  the Prophet sent by You, our master Muhammad, may Your blessings and peace be upon him; in his love and in my yearning for him and with the respect due to him as he merits it. Accept it from me by Your Grace and Kindness and remove the veil of negligence from my heart and make me among one of Your righteous servants.

A-MEEN! YA ROB-BAL 'AA-LA-MEEN ! .............











"DALAA-ILUTL-KHAY-RAT" was compiled of Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli r.a. May Allah Reward & Bless his soul.  (and to reciter Ishak Danis)

...  Al-Faatihah !


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Response: "Don't be a reductionist; adab in sharing; how have du'at been trained ... "


from a discussion on "Singapore Da'wah & Islah Community" group


As-salaamu'alaykum warahmatullaah,

Let us all be reminded from Hadith of Jibril a.s. that our Deen of al-Islam comprises of 3 important / essential / intrinsically linked / inseparable / tauhiidic paradigm, or components - viz. of Aqeedah (iiman), Fiqh wal 'Amal (islam) and Akhlaq/Tasawwuf (ihsan).

To single out one over the other components, or highlighting one in such a manner which may diminish the importance of the other aspects, being obsessed with one of these subjects to the detriment of the others just because one 'feels or preferred this' (imposing personal preference), etc. - is erroneous - one of the "reductionist" tendencies - much employed by the Orientalists.

All three are to be learnt and be inculcated in tandem, in accordance with our development - and it is not 'mechanically', but rather 'organically'. If one then argues about priority of learning them, viz. which subject to start, how much to learn, how it is to be inculcated etc. this encroaches into "education" ta'leem, tarbiyyah, ta'dibiyya, which should be best left to the "ahli-ha". These, our learned teachers, are the "physicians, the gardener, the murobbi, etc." and they have their own majaa-lis and 'platform'.

So, hope we here do not try to usurp or undermine our own tradition and knowledge-culture (Budaya 'Ilmu). The FB is not the place ... (this is 2nd time I've to remind myself and all here, to refrain from wanting to teach - only to share what you know).

Also, to merely present informations from others - especially wholesale quotes - does not reflect your own understanding of the subject. What is your point - after you have read them - to illuminate this discussion? Are you highlighting as a concern that many in our community,generally their Aqeedah which they have learnt from e.g. other like, Imaan Ash'ariy or Maturudi (those not following the current Hanabila madzhab like Sheikh's Muhammad Abdel Wahab, Ibn Baaz, Uthaymeen et. al) are committing "Shirk"?

In my opinion (humble or not is not the issue, just consider whether it reflects truth and reality), wholesale referencing only shows perhaps how much one has read, or where one has surfed or sourced, not in how much one has understood the subject which may help amplify and clarify matters. Or, do you all want to clutter this FB merely with "cut & paste" informations which, I'm sure those who may differ from your view can equally do ? How does this illuminate the discussion?

Here again my point about whether we, in this FB, really know the difference between "'ilm" and "ma'lumat"?

This reminds me of another concern which I had previously raised. Alas, as usual, this has perhaps been ignored, because I tend to be regarded in certain quarter, as one who would "throw a spanner in the works" while perhaps, disregarding the possible merits of what I've brought up (why? because absence of comments [with basis] although some indicated disagreement or even shown 'dislike'). Thus, I would like to share this concern here, which may help to describe what kind of training a person may have undergone, specifically those aspiring to be "Du'aat".

(Article): "Da'i" ("Caller" to the Way of Allah - as in Da'wah) - Between the "mould-casters" and the "skilled artisan."

May Allah grant us Taufiq and the Guidance.

WaAllahu a'lam



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