Arab Spring II: The Danger to Our Future

In 1973, King Faisal woke the Muslims up to the Divine Gift of almost unlimited wealth. It seemed everything was possible, as the natural resources underneath their lands were suddenly discovered to be indispensable to sustaining the lifestyles of almost all the non-Muslims. By now, forty years later, things have changed. What happened? How did we lose that priceless future which Allah swt placed in our hands? Continue reading

Advice by Sayyidi al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him)

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Please click this link to find a summary of a Friday khutbah delivered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) in Masjid al-Rawdah, Tarim, on 10th Jumad al-Awwal 1434 / 22nd March 2013, where he discusses the problems the Ummah is currently facing and offers solutions to those problems. These words come in the wake of the shocking events that took place in Syria the previous night.

Alfatihah – The passing of a dear teacher Ustaz Muhammad Uthman El-Muhammady

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un.

Today I have received the sad news of the passing of Ustaz Muhammad Uthman El-Muhammady. This is a parting for which all of us were not ready and our heart and eyes cry for our dear teacher. We ask Allah the Most Exalted to bless his soul, and reunite us in Paradise. Continue reading

Rohingyas: Support the call for Global Day of Action

Why is it that many Muslims never even noticed the Rohingyas until the recent attempts to cleanse them ethnically from Myanmar soil? How is it that the Myanmar opposition leader, recently triumphant in her release from House Arrest, wears a pretty white flower in her hair while she condones the killing of thousands of Rohingyas? Continue reading

Malaysia’s Internal Religious Harmony

Everyone agrees that a universal ethical ideal is harmony among peoples, especially those who are committed to their respective religion. And yet, some people, in particular after 9/11, now mistrust all “organized religion” as being troublesome on this harmony issue. It is urgent here in Malaysia that our Muslim leaders are seen unanimously to support the right steps taken to guarantee peace and security among the religions represented here, and especially to serve as an example to other Muslim countries of the true meaning of “Ummah“. Continue reading

Hopes for the future of our youth

30th April. Every year, the day Adolph Hitler committed suicide rolls around. This happens to be this writer’s birthday as well. It makes me think, how can we avoid ever subjecting our youth to such evil and such infamy as those Hitler years? Continue reading

100th Centenary Muktamar of Muhamadiyah in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia has two over-riding Muslim organizations guiding its huge Muslim population. Muhammadiyah, with over 30 million members, is Number Two, founded by Achmad Dahlan a hundred years ago. Nahdlatul Ulama (“NU”), which had the late President Gus Dur’s allegiance, has a slightly bigger membership.

There are quite noticeable differences in the styles of these two mammoth groups, although both are securely within the boundaries of what is permissible in Muslim culture. Muhammadiyah, for example, favors a mathematical calculation of the “new moon” that starts the month of Ramadan, while NU favors actual moonsighting.

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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.

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