A little self reminder: Al Ghazali’s Wisdom on Humility

Extract from The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al Hidaya) by Al Ghazali: “Your belief that you are better than others is sheer ignorance. Rather you ought not to look at anyone without considering that he is better than you and superior to you. Thus, if you see a child, you say, ‘This person has never sinned against God, but I have sinned, and so he is better than I.’ And if you see an older person, you say, ‘This man was a servant of God before me, and is certainly better than I.’ If he is a scholar, you say, ‘This man has been given what I have not been given and reached what I did not reach, and knows what I am ignorant of; then how shall I be like him?’ Continue reading

Reviving the humane among our Muslims


COMMENT We know that Allah the Most Exalted wants us to return to Him as human beings, not as human in form yet showing many animal qualities. The one letter “e” makes the difference. The first sign of a humane Muslim is that he treats other Muslims as if they were true human beings, not as victims of poverty, war crimes, rich inheritances, elderly or senile, or anything else. Continue reading

Our Journey to Islam: An Innovative Islamic Speaker’s Bureau

We are hoping to be able to launch in mid-2011 the “Our Journey to Islam” program. Islamic Outreach ABIM is designing it to the needs of the nation and beyond, under a five year plan from its initiation through providing a speaker list of more than 100 active participants throughout Malaysia and beyond. Continue reading

Yes indeed, non-Muslims are welcome in mosques

COMMENT In a suburb of Sydney, Australia, a small yet quite beautiful Turkish-style mosque has been built, following the model of the Sulaimaniye in Istanbul, that is, with library, school rooms, public clinic, canteen, social hall, and so on. There is a big banner in front of the mosque, “Open to All! Please Visit”. Continue reading

We need to talk


Whatever we may think about Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administrative skills, he frequently stated in his speeches one of his deepest hopes for the Malaysian community, which was recourse to rational conflict resolution. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has to a certain degree made the same recommendation, acknowledging the shortcomings of the judicial process in such matters. Other leaders of different political and religious persuasions have issued similar statements. Continue reading

The Golden Mean by Imam Al-Haddad

Know that moderation and steering a middle course are required in all affairs and must be maintained. It has been handed down that “the best of the things are the middle ones”. And, “Moderation, deliberation, and graceful manners are one of twenty-five parts of Prophethood.”

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