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Islamically Speaking, Mind Your Language

Photo credit to KMSS Media Unit A muslim speaks well. They choose good words to speak their mind and heart. To speak well is to be well educated and to be cultured. O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. [al-Ahzāb 33: 70] It is a specific command by Allah instructing the believers whenever they speak, they must speak with quality. The words are sound, the message is clear and the meaning is delivered and understood. But we do not have an Islamic Language. We have Arabic as the chosen language to deliver the premier …

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Is My ‘Islamic School’ Islamic Enough?

khalifahschool.com Is my school Islamic enough? This is the toughest question to answer. Even with the Douglass and Shaikh’s article, plus the guideline given by Shaykh Ramzy Ajem which I found very beneficial for me to start with, I found the question of ‘Islamic enough’, questions my own understanding about the Islam itself. This is a huge debate which involves the establishment of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), based on the concept of Islamization of Knowledge associated with Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas and Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi. After more than three decades since the establishment of the university, I …

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Fasting in Ramadan: Stronger or Sleepier?

“You neither eat nor drink the whole day?” Tan asked me. “Yes. The whole day. But not at night. Only from dawn to sunset” I replied. “How can you survive? Can you survive?” Tan asked again. “Well, it’s not just you. Even Habib Bourguiba, the late President of Tunisia who was also a ‘Muslim’, convinced that fasting is against productivity. You know the history?” I took my turn asking Tan my question.   Habib Bourguiba  “How would I know? Tell me!” he said. In 1961, Habib Bourguiba made a controversial statement claiming that fasting should not be observed for it …

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Allah’s Blue Print for Success

A topic to be discussed in a halaqah or usrah “Hmm.. Allah had saved the grossly ignorant dwellers of Makkah who had not only tarnished Masjidil Haram with more than 300 idols but also performed circumambulation around it naked! Still, Allah had saved them from the attacks of Abrahah’s Elephant Army,” I tried to reflect the situation at Makkah just before the birth of Rasoolullaahsallallaahu’alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). “If such grossly ignorant Makkan dwellers were saved from destruction, why didn’t Allah save us? Why are we Muslims, continuously at the losing end? Aren’t we already worshiping Him? …

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Orientalists: The Fishy Experts

Orientalism was and always one of my favourite subjects. It helps my understanding and challenges my ability to analyse current events such as the Zionist crime in Palestine, under the shade of role played by the ‘experts’ behind the scene. Our main figures among the Orientalists whom we analyse their works and impact to the global political situation are Bernard Lewis and his main opponent, the late Edward Said. During my study in IIUM, I received this question for an open book exam from Prof Abdullah al-Ahsan: “Orientalist scholars have tended to use their standing as experts to deny – and …

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‘Adams’ Before Adam?

“Quite against my will, my lecturer has managed to convince me that the Theory of Evolution is actually true. I felt very uncomfortable in class” said Nazri, one of my fellow coursemates. “The point now is to figure out whether or not the Theory of Evolution is really against the teachings of Islam. Exactly what is Islam’s stand on Darwin’s Theory? Is it 100% against it?” I asked him. “Well, it’s difficult to say” said he. “In my opinion, the challenge is for us to not making any kind of blanket statements. We should differentiate between Charles Darwin, Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism, …

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