Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Wahhabi Myth

1.A few nights ago i had a short chat or argument with someone in msn. That person happens to be a lady who is not happy with my post and she felt that the post was directly reflecting to her.

2. To protect her identity i shall not reveal her name.

3. I told her the main reason i post and create a blog on the wahabi myth is on defence of scholars like Syeikul Islam ibnu Taimiyah,ibnu Qayyim, the muhaddith Albani, the late grand mufti of saudi arabia Abdul aziz bin baz and many others scholars of the sunnah which was label as wahabi.

4.They were among the scholars that were label as 'Wahabi' for refusing to commit and commdeming acts of shirk and innovation in the religion.

5. I futher explain that i pity our asatizah who have gotten their B.A and M.A from riyadh or madinah and were label as Wahabi by the community.

6. I don't blame her for being offended as she told me that we had an argument about this before. She used to told me that the wahabis and people from muhammadiyah didnt do maulid, kenduri tahlil etc. She futher told me that the Wahabis didnt believe in ijma(consensus of opinion) and qiyas(anology).

7. I did my research and found out most of what she say is not true. Apart from her views they are many other myth going on the internet about wahabism. In the west wahabism is asscociated with terrorism. The Sufi view wahabism as a group of Muslim who condemns them from asking help from the saints etc. I shall expose the myth in another new blog of mine which is under construction at

8. For the mean time i advice readers to do your research before spurting wrong information. There is a war of ideology going on between the 'Salafi' and 'Sufi'. When doing your research read directly from the source. E.g when you want to learn or research about Sufism, read from the 'masters' of sufism like Abdul Hamid Ghazali or Abdul Qadir Jalaini. If you want to research about the Salaf Or 'Wahabi'( a term given by the opposition of the salaf) do the same. Read books written by the mujtahid like Syeikul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah or Muhammad Abdul Wahab etc.

9. As i update my blog, our Muslim brothers and sister are being massacred by the Israeli Army. I will not focus too much on petty issues raised by some of the community. There are more important events that are going on that need to be change and stop. At the end of your research and whatever your findings i hope we will understand ourself better and stay united against the enemy of Islam.

10. After the conversation with her i was really upset with the kind of arguments we made. I would expect a madrasah and university graduate to explain her perception on religion with justifications ( dalil & nas) but sad to say her arguments is filled with emotions . Moreover, she belittled me dat the formal and informal education that i have gone through from the muslim organisations in Singapore is of no match from her university. See what she wrote (in malay):

''senang kate kn,mayb d prob dat lies betwen us psl awk belajar dari tpt lain n whereby myself i learn frm basic to the advance level dari madrasah,n for ur case, awk blaja frm other religious agency n cara dan ilmi pengetahuan yg disampaikan pd kte byk yg berbeza,babtu timbulnye pelbagai percanggahan ant kte,''

Wow!! She proclaimed that she learn from basic to advance level but she failed to provide strong evidence from authentic sources.. Allah mentioned in the Quran:

''O you who believe! Let not some man among you laugh at others; it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former)'' (Al-Hujurat:11)

''Hai orang-orang yang beriman, janganlah sekumpulan orang laki-laki merendahkan kumpulan yang lain, boleh jadi yang ditertawakan itu lebih baik dari mereka. ''(Al Hujurat:11)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Misconception: Muslims Hate Jesus

1. Living in a beautiful multi racial and religious country in Singapore it is quite suprising for me to hear that there are some sterotype of people who thinks that Muslims hate Jesus!? I find this pretty ironic.

2. Many non-Muslims are surprised to find out that according to Muslim belief, Jesus, the son of Mary, is one of the greatest messengers of God. Muslims are taught to love Jesus, and a person cannot be a Muslim without believing in the virgin birth and miracles of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him.

3. Muslims believe these things about Jesus not because of the Bible or any other religion, but simply because the Holy Qur'an says these things about him.

4. However, Muslims always emphasize that the miracles of Jesus, and all other prophets, were by "God's permission". This having been said, many Christians feel to not believe that Jesus is the "Son of God", "God Incarnate" or the "Third Person" of the Trinity. This is because the Qur'an clearly says that Almighty God does not have a "Son" --- neither allegorically, physically, metaphorically or metaphysically. The Pure Monotheism of Islam rejects the notion of "defining" God (which is basically what the "Doctrine of the Trinity" does), saying that someone is "like" God or equal to him, or praying to someone else besides God. Also, Islam teaches that titles such as "Lord" and "Savior" are due to God alone.

5. In order to avoid misunderstanding, it should be clarified that when Muslims criticize the Bible or the teachings of Christianity, they are not attacking "God's Word" or Jesus Christ, peace be upon him. From the Muslim point of view, they are defending Jesus and God's Word --- which they have in the form of the Qur'an. Muslim criticism is targeted at writings that some people claim are God's word, but Muslim's simply don't accept their claim that they are really God's word in toto.

6. Additionally, Christian doctrines such as the Trinity and the Atonement are criticized by Muslims precisely because they did not originate from Jesus, peace be upon him. In this way, Muslims are the true followers of Jesus, peace be upon him, because they defend him from the exaggerations of the Christians and teach the Pure Monotheism that Jesus himself followed.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

How to Benefit from the Qur'an by Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

If you want to benefit from the Quraan, then gather your heart when you read and listen to it, pay close attention, and be [mentally] present as one would be if he were in the presence of the One who spoke it (ِِAllaah) Subhaanahu while he is speaking it (the Quraan), from Him [Allaah] to the slave. For indeed it is a speech from Him to you through the tongue of His messenger.

[Allaah] Ta'aala said:

"Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful." [Qaaf:37]

And this is because: The complete effect [of the Quraan] will not occur unless the following are combined:

[1] Something which possesses the ability to give a strong effect;

[2] A place that is susceptible [for the effect to take place];

[3] A condition for the effect to take place is met;

[4] A barrier which obstructs the effect from taking place is removed.

And the [aforementioned] verse incorporated all of these in the shortest, clearest and most substantial phrase.

For His saying;

"Verily, therein is indeed a reminder..."

is a reference to what has already been mentioned from the beginning of the Suraah to this point, and this is what possesses the ability to give a strong effect (the Quraan).

His saying:

"...for him who has a heart..."

This is the place which is susceptible for the effect to take place, and what is meant is: The heart which is alive, a heart which thinks and contemplates about Allaah. As [Allaah] Ta'aala said:

"This is only a Reminder and a plain Qur'aan. That he or it (Muhammad Sal-Allaahu 'alayhe Wa Sallam or the Qur'aan) may give warning to him who is living (a healthy minded the believer)..." [Ya-Seen:69-70]

Meaning: One who has a heart that is alive, and His saying:

"...or gives ear..."

Meaning: He concentrated and turned his sense of hearing to what is being said to him, and this is the condition that has to be met for the speech to have an effect.

His saying:

"...while he is heedful."

Meaning that his heart is present and witnessing, not absent. Ibnu Qutaybah said:

"He listened to the book of Allaah, while his heart and mind were present, and he was not in a state of inattentiveness nor absentmindedness."

And this is the indication to the barrier which prevents the effect from taking place, and it is the absentmindedness of the heart and its absence from thinking, pondering and looking at what is being said to him.

So if there is something that has an effect, which is the Quraan, and a place for that effect to take place, which is the heart that is alive, and the condition is met, which is concentration, and the barrier is removed, which is the preoccupation of the heart and its absence from the meaning of what is being said to it, and its departure to something else, the effect will take place, and it is the benefit and the reminder.

Tidak Usah Berburuk Sangka

Dalam masalah agama kadangkala kita berselisih faham dan pendapat. Tetapi aku tak boleh angkat sekiranya bila aku atau organisasi aku ditudoh bukan2. Bila dibagi muka mereka pijak kepala. Bila aku tak mahu ikut sesuatu ibadah yang tidak berteraskan dalil mereka mengatakan aku di influence oleh organisasi aku dengan bermazhab 'Muhammadiyah' atau Wahabbi.
Mereka mengatakan orang2 Muhammadiyah dan Wahabbi tidak membuat kenduri tahlil lah..tak ada nisfu syabaan lah... tak buat maulud lah..bla bla bla. Sebenarnya aku tidak ada masa nak layan benda remeh2 macam gini. Masyarakat kita di Singapura ini yang dibelenggu dengan gejala sosial seperti dadah,seks luar nikah, kadar perceraian yang tinggi masih belum ditangani dan kau masih nak buang masa dgn berbual mengenai issue yang remeh temeh ?? Aku boleh dan terbuka untuk berdiskusi perkara2 dalam agama secara ilmiah.. Tetapi bila kau datang kat aku tanpa dalil dan aku research dan beri kau dalil dari Quran dan Hadith lalu kau tanak accept; then Jangan Buang Masa aku.

''Hai orang-orang yang beriman, taatilah Allah dan taatilah Rasul (Nya), dan ulil amri di antara kamu. Kemudian jika kamu berlainan pendapat tentang sesuatu, maka kembalikanlah ia kepada Allah (Al Quran) dan Rasul (sunnahnya), jika kamu benar-benar beriman kepada Allah dan hari kemudian. Yang demikian itu lebih utama (bagimu) dan lebih baik akibatnya.'' (An-Nisaa:59)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lessons From The Singapore Police Force

2 years pass just like that. 9 oct 2008 marked my official ORD day from serving the Police Force. It was a good experience for me. I was attached and posted as a Staff Assistance(SA) to the Operations Officer in one of the Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC)

During my time in the police force i learn from my senior officer about courage,teamwork,going the extra mile and working smart. Something which I didnt learn in school except for some theory stuff. As police offices we also need to be very tactful and at the same time be firm with members of the public. One small mistake and we are prone to letters of complaint from the public.
I also had the chance to receive information about most of the crime in the neighbourhood. I would not mention or reveal any facts in my blog as it will be a breach of the Official Security Act (OSA). But one short advice i can give my readers is not to take the low crime rate for granted and that most crime can be prevented if we take safety precaution.

Im back!

Its exactly 2 months since i last posted my blog. My com have been infected with virus and worms. Since then i rarely surf the net and had no time to update my blog.. It has been a hectic year for me. I will start posting valuable lessons ive learn and share the unforgettable experience that i went through, be it for good or worse.