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Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim

Introductory remarks by HAKIM’s Founder & Chairman, Dr. Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran

Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim (HAKIM) is an organization formed with a great mission and vision to inculcate the true culture of knowledge in the Muslim society. This is in line with the Islamic intellectual tradition that regards knowledge as a great virtue reflected in the term hikmah. Hikmah (wisdom) springs from the faculty of reason (‘aql) which defines and distinguishes human being from the rest of God’s creation.

Hikmah is also one of the cardinal virtues (ummahat al-Fadha’il) as deliberated by the many Muslim sages. There is a famous Arabic saying that “wisdom issues from the niche of prophecy” (yanba`u’l-hikmah min mishkat al-nubuwwah). This is in line with the affirmation of the Qur’an that the Prophets, apart from being given a Book, were also endowed by God great wisdom (al-kitab wa al-hikmah).

The name HAKIM is also selected with a purpose. Apart from being an acronym of Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim, the term ‘Hakim’, which is also one of the Beautiful Names of God (al-Asma’ al-Husna), is an attribute that reflects perfection in Divine Essence and which bears its stamps in the wonderful creation of God. To a human being, this divine attribute of hakim, as pointed out by Imam al-Ghazali in his book Maqsad al-Athna fi Sharhi al-Asma’ al-Husna, can also be exemplified at their level in their ethical life as mentioned by the Prophetic hadith “takhallaqu bi akhlaqillah (mould yourselves following the attributes of Allah)“. Hence, when the term HAKIM is chosen as acronym of our organization, it is with this purpose and definitely does not mean to place ourselves at the same level as the perfectly Wise God (al-Hakim). It is also to emphasize the paramount importance of possessing wisdom as a symbol of goodness as mentioned by the Qur’an, “Those have been given by God hikmah they are indeed being given abundant of goodness.” (wa man yu’ta al-hikmata fa qad utiya khayran kathira)

As an organization, HAKIM was officially registered on September 2009. Nevertheless, the initial activities had already begun way back in 2002 in the form of monthly intellectual gatherings among like-minded youth fired by the bold desire to recover, rejuvenate and make central again the culture of knowledge that is firmly rooted in the tradition of Islam. This continuous activities bears fruits after nearly a decade when by now, bigger programs such as seminars, colloquiums, intellectual discourses and classes become core activities of HAKIM. The most successful among them is the Worldview of Islam Series (WISE), a semester-system intellectual discourse program aims at expounding the main elements of the worldview of Islam which began in January 2011 and is still continuing until now.

In the context of contemporary Muslim society especially in Malaysia, the existence of HAKIM is aiming at filling the intellectual vacuum and barrenness especially among the youth. This can be seen from the fact that among various Muslim organizations that emerge in the country hardly we can find an organization that focuses on the intellectual dimension. Apart from its unpopular nature, the serious and deeply contemplative nature of such an intellectual movement as HAKIM is another obstacle that distances this movement to the masses. But for HAKIM members, this fact is consciously taken not as a hindrance to move forward but more as a challenge to continue burning the intellectual torch and to enlighten the whole humanity with the light of knowledge and wisdom.

To achieve that objective, HAKIM programs and activities are directed at the long term civilizational revivification of the Ummah in general and Muslims in Malaysia in particular through well thought out, systematic educational, research and consultancy initiatives.

Himpunan Keilmuan Muda

Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim (HAKIM) merupakan sebuah organisasi yang diurustadbir oleh syarikat Himpunan Keilmuan Muda Sdn Bhd serta mempunyai gagasan dan misi yang bersifat ilmiah dan intelektual. Dengan berteraskan prinsip ‘ilmu adalah keutamaan tertinggi’ dan berbekalkan semangat ingin mengembalikan kegemilangan tradisi dan budaya Ilmu Islam perkumpulan ini sejak tahun 2002 telah secara berterusan telah menjalankan majlis perbincangan ilmiah dengan cara menjemput para pembentang dari luar, menelaah dan menekuni beberapa karya penting dalam pemikiran Islam di samping pembentangan tajuk-tajuk tertentu dari kalangan ahli-ahli HAKIM sendiri.

Penubuhan HAKIM adalah berlatarbelakangkan keprihatinan terhadap kemelut pemikiran dan ilmu yang berlaku di kalangan generasi muda dewasa ini. Di asak dengan budaya mengejar diploma dan tuntutan kerjaya ditambah dengan budaya hiburan dan lepas bebas yang melampau, generasi muda terutama golongan mahasiswa telah tidak lagi serius dalam menekuni ilmu. Mereka telah kehilangan kekuatan berfikir dan keupayaan menganalisa secara pelbagai isu dan faham yang timbul di kalangan masyarakat. Mereka tidak lagi berminat untuk membahaskan mauduk-mauduk yang serius jauh sekali untuk menghasilkan ide-ide besar yang mampu menawarkan penyelesaian terhadap pelbagai kemelut yang melingkari masyarakat Islam. Generasi muda tidak lagi menjadi tunjang kepada pembinaan tamadun pemikiran dan sekiranya ini tidak selesaikan, maka masa depan tamadun ilmu Islam berada di dalam keadaan yang amat genting dan membimbangkan. Penubuhan HAKIM adalah usaha proaktif bagi mengatasi masalah ini dari berterusan. Walaupun penubuhan ini bermula dengan dalam bentuknya yang kecil, namun ia diharapkan dapat memulakan satu arus baru dalam kebangkitan semula generasi muda yang kukuh asas pemikirannya seterusnya membawa kepada kejayaan dalam pembinaan semula tamadun ilmu Islam.

[Source: www.hakim.org.my]

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