First and foremost, I’m truly sorry for it has been two hectic years since i last posted…This past few years were just soo mashaAllah. Filled with various emotions and confusion and identity crisis-the typical emotions of people in this transitional phase of life between teenagehood and adulthood. But it was a great experience and I am very thankful that Allah gave me this chance.

Hence, what I am going to talk about today is self-discovery. Identity crisis. Who am I? Why am i here? Why am I created? Why am I letting hours of my life pass me by speeding away at high speed, while I stand in confusion and bewilderment, distracted by the glares, horns and beauty of the other vehicles around me on this highway of life?

Okay, firstly, I know that we were created for a purpose: to worship Allah, and as representatives to look after the affairs of this world. But do I really know it with all my heart? IS this knowledge really internalised and manifested in my actions?

Secondly, I was once a great believer of the power of the mind. The popular phrase “you are what you believe yourself to be”. I’ve researched into the field of psycho-ing your own self as among the paths for character building and development. I even experimented it on myself, and it worked. So i got even more confused. If I can “build” myself from scratch, then who am I, really? What are my prinsips?

After months of contemplating and holding onto Allah’s rope, beseeching Him to show me the right path, I discovered a few things.

A. The issue of Existentialism vs Essentialism: the belief that individuals create the meaning and essence of their own lives vs the belief that individuals are born with essential characteristics vital to their existence. In short, its  a battle between whether “Existence precedes Essence” or “Essence precedes Existence”

If I am an existentialist, I will hold the belief that i have no inborn purpose and goal in life. I am the one responsible to form a purpose for my life as I go on. I form my own principles, my character, my likes and dislikes. I am literally born a “blank slate”.

However, if I am an essentialist, I will hold the belief that there are essential(inborn) and non-essential characteristics. Without these essential aspects such as meaning and purpose in life, physical appearance and etcetra, I will cease to exist. Hence, my purpose is already a part of my essence. Based on this, I will start to build my non-essential characteristics such as principles, likes and dislikes. In short, I exist with an inborn purpose and fate.

B. Exaggerating the importance of the mind- Enslavement by the mind: The problem nowadays is the over-emphasis on the role of the mind in our lives today. We deify our minds. We trust our minds too much, while it is evident that our mind is limited and easily influenced. Hence, we get easily deluded and confused. Why? Because we don’t tie our limited imperfect minds to the Most Perfect. According to one Muslim preacher, this is the essence of Dajjal’s call. He’ll make us deify our minds, and we will be so called “empowered” by this new found power. While in reality, he is the One who is manipulating our thoughts and enslaving our mind. Hence, in reality, we are actually deifying him instead of Allah.

Given these two points, I come to the conclusion that,

Firstly, we as Muslims have an inborn purpose and destiny in us.

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

مَا مِنْ مَوْلُودٍ إِلاَّ يُولَدُ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ فَأَبَوَاهُ يُهَوِّدَانِهِ وَيُنَصِّرَانِهِ وَيُمَجِّسَانِهِ كَمَا تُنْتَجُ الْبَهِيمَةُ بَهِيمَةً جَمْعَاءَ هَلْ تُحِسُّونَ فِيهَا مِنْ جَدْعَاءَ

“No child is born except on the Fitrah and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian. Just as an animal produces a perfect young animal: do you see any part of its body amputated?”

Then Abu Hurayrah said, “And recite if you wish:

فِطْرَ‌تَ اللَّـهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ‌ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّـهِ

“The fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.” [30:30]

[Muslim #6423]

Scholars have said that fitrah here means Islam. And that the purpose of our Creation is to worship Allah and be vicegerents looking after the affairs of this world. AND we will be asked about this two main tasks.

Allah said in the Quran: 
((And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me)) 51:56

Secondly, that being said,  we still have the ability to choose between the right path and the wrong path. Allah gave us the ability to think. To differentiate. And he gave us a guide. Why? So that we can build from these tools our principles and character. Using our purpose in life as a basis and the Quran and Sunnah as an anchor, we can form our identity. Islam does not disregard the mind. It gives it a role that suits its capability. But to keep it in check, it must be anchored. And the best anchor here is the Quran and Sunnah ie religious knowledge.

So, who am I? I am a servant of Allah, created for a purpose. And whatever I do, whatever my principles are, I will be held to account for them. My purpose in life is the filter that can make me pinpoint and grab hold of my slippery elusive time amidst the chaos of the highway around me.

And with this new found mindset, alhamdulillah, I began my journey in university, in a blessed land thousands of miles away from home…May Allah bless us all, ease our affairs and give us strength in going through life:)

Jazakumullah Khayr=)


Ps. It is very important to note the dangers of modern self-discovery methods such as emptying our mind in meditation etc. Why? Because an empty mind is easily influenced by Satan. Instead, as Muslims, during ‘Contemplation’ (something we are highly encouraged to do in Islam), we should empty our mind from all worldy affairs AND fill it with the remembrance of Allah. This is where many Muslims fall short…And Allah knows best:)




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Assalamualaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh

Firstly, I’d like to apologise that I have not been posting anything for such a long time…This year has been such a packed and insightful year, as I entered a new level of education and began to reflect on what do i really know about Islam? The way I pray, the way I fast, the things I do..why ? The things I do suuch as tahlil ceremonies, maulid an-Nabiy etc are they even allowed in Islam? I started researching  deeply into this matter and realised that what I may thing is a small matter and is considered fine if I do it with the right intention, may be something that could lead to syirik. Hence, the constant emptiness I felt in the past is starting to be filled with awareness of every single thing I’m doing, that Allah gave me the capabilities and resources to research in turath books and to not just follow blindly whatever the society has been doing. It awakened in me  a new sense of awareness and internalisation of who I am and what I am here for. I discovered a methodology that would really help me in disciplining myself to avoid manipulation of the ahkam and to stick to the path of the three best generations of Islam: the companions, the generation after that, and the geenration after that. Books have became my best friend as I spent hours at the library pouring over them, trying t absorb as much as I can. Yet, still finding myself, as I traveled deeper and deeper into the ocean of Allah’s knowledge, I find myself more and more overcome by the darkness of Jahl   and increasingly aware of how little I know and how vast His knowledge is.

Alhamdulillah a’laa kulli ni’mah..

Hence, I’ve yet to have the time to go through all the posts here because I know that some of them may not really be accurate..I’d really appreciate it if anyone of you dear readers here to alert me if you come across anything inaccurate..wa jazakumullah khayr

Till then, pray for me to have time to post the valuable life lessons that I’v learnt this year

Thank you for understanding


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We’re family!


Islam is not only a religion, nor is it only a way of life…Islam is an international  institution and Muslims are one big family.

Let me ask you a question..
Is it appropriate for your sister to be suffering under the hands of an oppressor with little hope of surviving on her part and you here are partying the night out as if that’s all there is to life? Of course we wouldn’t!!

Unfortunately, this is our current situation O Muslims! I’m not saying that your sibling is currently being terrorised. No.

I’m talking about the current situation of this ummah. How we, as a big family, remain indifferent to the sufferings of the other members of our family!

Ask ourselves! Our fellow brothers and sisters are suffering in Palestine just because they stood up for what they believed in…and what are we doing?
We have been successfully duped! Our brothers and sisters are being tortured and we are fooled into thinking that they, the Palestinians, asked for it(nauzubillah from such a thought!) or that ‘nah, it does not concern me.’ Reality check: it does concern us! Just as our mothers would get angry if we would be indifferent to our sibling’s suffering, more so would our Creator be if we remain indifferent to our fellow creation’s plight!

He made us responsible for each other! He made us one big family! We should not allow minute details to divide us! We should stop bickering over the little things that we disagree upon!
There is no time for such things!
We need to grow up. We need to look at the bigger picture. Our ‘siblings’ need us.
Don’t get fooled by the dunya. Take the dunya as your current temporary rental house and the akhira as your island paradise. Would you work to ensure you get to live the average life in your normal house or would you like to upgrade and ‘save up’ for the island paradise?

So, you might be thinking now…
You must be kidding! I can’t possibly go there and help them, given all the commitments I have to my community! It is not really feasible for me as well as all the other Muslims to leave their communities to go free Palestine.

Well, know that force is not the only way to help.


:عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْت رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم يَقُولُ

“مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ”
[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ].

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]


Here, two other modes of righting a wrong is mentioned: by the tongue or by the heart

So, how can i help Palestine using my tongue? Well, its surely not by promoting Palestinian cuisine><

We can use our words to spread the truth or the severity of the oppression they are receiving. Words are mightier than the sword. Correct the misunderstanding spread by the media on the reality of what is happening there. Motivate people who can take actions so as to spur them into taking action. Force is not necessarily the only answer. The answer is not objective.

What about the heart then? To help them using our hearts means to keep them forever in our duas, forever in our thoughts. Wake up in the early hours of the morning: praying, weeping and begging Allah to have mercy on them and grant them martyrdom.
You might be thinking that ”my doa is not as powerful..I’ve sinned a lot..”
Well, firstly, never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah and secondly, may our doa get barakah(blessing) due to the thing we doa-ed for…

So, instead of staying up all night watching movies, turn in early and wake up early the next morning to begin our ‘munajah’ to Allah Almighty.

Instead of wasting time lazing around flipping through channels, we could increase our knowledge of what is transpiring concerning Muslims worldwide so as to be a responsible brother/sister.

We should love for our brother what we’d love for ourselves. If we love peace, we too must love peace for our brother and hence, we have to help him obtain the thing that he loves due to our deep love for him for the sake of Allah.

May Allah forgive us for neglecting our family in the past and may He gives us the capabilities and strength as well as knowledge in spreading peace and unity among the sons of Adam (alayhissalam)

Ameen ya rabbal Alameen

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli nia’mihi alayya..


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Knock for success


I had to follow suit,
But i can’t seem to go past the external,
For inside me, a war is raging and i seem to be losing..
I struggle..every second..yearning for the Truth to be followed..
But alas, time and again i fell prey to my desires..being lured into the cave of the dunya and being pounced upon by my nafs in the dark dark tunnels meant to lead astray those who want to be led astray….

What’s the use of looking pious
If its all skin deep..
I need to win this battle, fight my way out of this cave
I need to emerge victorious!

The question is……how??


Question: How do you get a door to open?

Answer: There are 2 options…

1) Strive really really hard to unlock its multiple state-of-the-art locks using all sorts of expensive tools you’d worked really really hard to obtain

2) Knock and it will be opened for you

Its up to us to choose what suits us best:))

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli nia’mihi alayya..


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Do we really believe in resurrection??


Do we really believe that we will be resurrected?

Look around you…look out your window..imagine the them being destroyed and crushed. Imagine them being swallowed up by the Earth. Imagine the stars we see every night falling onto our houses. Imagine the sky we see now being folded like a scroll.

Look at your family as you sit together for dinner and imagine them sitting like that for dinner in paradise, eating the most delicious of food..for all eternity, knowing that nobody would be leaving you forever and there will be no worry upon you nor would there be anymore grief.

Imagine on the other and your family burning in the blazing fire, feasting only on pus and blood…alone, regretting what you have each done or rather, not done in the dunya when you thought that you had all the time in the world…

Imagine you and your family, gathered in the same place but separated, standing alone in front of Allah, hoping and yearning his His Mercy to engulf you on the day where the Most Merciful is also al Muntaqim…

Just imagine yourself in those moments where your soul is being taken to where it your family carried you into your grave and left you there alone to face your fate..

Imagine the fact that those events could happen any second now…..or in the space of years.

Hard to imagine init when you are so protected in the safety of your own home, right?
It almost seems impossible. I mean, this is my life that I’m supposed to live to the fullest. I’m safe here right? I got my family and a job and also everything i want.

But an undeniable reality makes it possible…death. With death, all of this seems, a certainty.
With death, we know that where we are now is only temporary. There must be something after death right? It just doesn’t make sense for us to be here in the world just by coincidence and after we die…we die. Thats it. That’s our fate.

There must be a purpose to this life. There must be a logical reason for our existence. Our existence can’t possibly be ”merely coincidental”. 0+0+0 can not possibly ever give you one, right?

Teachers always have a reason for giving an equation. Similarly, Allah gives us the above equation for a reason. He certainly did not give a difficult one. He gave us a very simple one that even toddlers could answer. He gave us that rhetorical equation so that we get the hint and right-en our perspective concerning our existence.

Now, the question is, how do we judge whether one has fulfilled his  purpose or continues to waste their lives away? We humans can’t be the judge. There is no way we can be 100% sure that someone is 100% fair. Hence, it only makes sense that the One who judges us on whether we have fulfilled our purpose is the One who gave us that purpose in the first place and the One whom we are 100% sure is fair, for the One who owns everything can’t possibly have any form of ulterior motives that could result in His bias-ness.

But as like in any court, proof is needed. It is not enough for a person to only have believe without any action done to proof that belief. And hence, like any other court, those proven guilty of not having fulfilled their purpose will face a severe punishment and hence, hell must exist.

Similarly, for those who have fulfilled their purpose, they need to be rewarded and hence, paradise must exist.

May we be amongst the ones who is enveloped in His encompassing Mercy and be granted the bliss of meeting Him…

Ameen Ya Rabbal Aa’lameen

Hope my disorganised thoughts here makes some sense:)

Alhamdulillah alaa kulli ni’amihi alayna..


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17/1 khutbah–Emulating The Prophet’s Way Of Educating Family



Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

17 January 2014 / 15 Rabiulawal 1435

Emulating The Prophet’s Way Of Educating Family


Dear blessed Friday Jemaah,

Let us heighten our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Take advantage of the age that He has given to us to be consistent in heeding all of Allah’s commands and avoiding what is prohibited upon us. Let us emulate our beloved Prophet, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in all of our affairs, both worldly affairs and religious affairs, as Allah s.w.t. says in surah al-Ahzab verse 21:

Which means: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah often.”


My dear brothers, Rasulullah s.a.w. said:


Which means: Teach your children to guard their prayers and nurture them to do good deeds, and verily doing good deeds will become a habit for them.” [Hadith narrated by at-Tabrani]


This hadith is a beautiful reminder for us, at a time when our children are facing all sorts of challenges and various temptations that can affect their lives and their faith. It reminds us that we need to ensure that the hearts of our children are nurtured to love what is good and to inculcate performing good deeds as a habit, something that should come naturally for them.

Dear jemaah,

Rasulullah s.a.w. did not just leave behind advice and guidance on how to educate our children, but Rasulullah s.a.w. himself showed us the example through his ways of bringing up his family. When we study them, we will realise that often Rasulullah’s methods did not involve any use of force or coercion, but through good examples and gentle mannerisms. Here, I will share several examples which we can reflect upon through several hadith that have been narrated.


First: Early exposure to the teachings of Islam and an environment that encourages ibadah (acts of worship).


There are many sahih hadith which tells us that Rasulullah s.a.w. brought his grandchildren Hasan, Husain and Umamah binte Abi Al-‘As to the mosque when the Prophet s.a.w was leading fardhu prayers at the mosque. That was how he exposed them to the obligation of prayer, so that it will eventually become a part of their daily lives.


Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we are able to expose our children to acts of worship such as solat from a very young age, and make it a habit for them? When they look at us and observe what we normally do, they will insyaAllah be motivated to do the same. And not just acts of worship, but we should also demonstrate to them good akhlak and acts of kindness that they can imitate. This is in line with studies on children’s psychology where children learn through observational learning from as young as a year old. Thus, when children want to join us and imitate us during prayer, we should not chase them away; instead we should work hard to ensure that they will always be encouraged and facilitated in their efforts to be close to the masjid and to be close to Allah s.w.t.


The second example: Teaching them about what Islam forbids, with clear and detailed explanations as to why they are prohibited.


It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim that when Hasan, the grandson of Rasulullah s.a.w. took one date from a bunch of dates which was given in charity to the people, Rasulullah s.a.w. quickly took the date out of Hasan’s mouth and said to him: “It is not halal for us (because it was given to charity)”.


Here, we have been taught the best way to stop a child from doing something that is not allowed or prohibited in Islam, and that is to give a clear explanation as to why it is not allowed.


Sometimes, what is needed is just a gentle reminder. Even so, sometimes the Prophet s.a.w will be firm for the sake of justice, and obviously he will not lighten the error of his own family members if they commit an offense. We can learn this through a hadith which says:

Which means: By Allah, if Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, were to steal, I would have her hand cut off.” [Hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]


As parents, we need to know our children’s friends, the people they mix with, what our children are up to and the activities they are involved in. Often, we hear parents lamenting that they regret what their children have done, and complain that they do not know what their children do outside the home. We should realise that it is our duty as parents to find out about what our children are up to.


Third: Build a close relationship with your children through displays of affection in our words and acts. Indeed, this was the most important approach showed by Rasulullah s.a.w. who was very loving towards children. Anas bin Malik r.a. said:

Which means: “I have not met anyone who was more loving towards children than Rasulullah s.a.w.” [Hadith narrated by Muslim]


It was narrated that Rasulullah s.a.w. often carried and kissed his children and grandchildren. By fostering a close relationship with our children from a young age, they will be very close to us and will easily emulate and learn from us.


May we be able to truly follow Rasulullah s.a.w. in our lives, and succeed in inculcating love towards the Prophet s.a.w. in our hearts, as well as in the hearts of our children. May Allah s.w.t. grant us hidayah (guidance) in fulfilling our responsibilities towards our family, and may we be able to build a family that is successful and tranquil (sakinah). Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.




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10/1 khutbah–Appreciating The Bounty Of Allah’s Favours


I really apologise for this delay…:'(


Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

10 January 2013 / 8 Rabiulawal 1435

Appreciating The Bounty Of Allah’s Favours

Dear blessed Friday jemaah,

Let us take the opportunity of this noble Friday to strengthen our resolve to increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t.  My brothers, let us heed Allah commands in full obedience and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon us. In striving to do so, let us emulate Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

Dear jemaah,

I would like to take the opportunity of today’s gathering to call upon all of us to reflect upon a story narrated in the book of Tabaqat Ibn Sa’ad. It goes as such: There was once when Sayyidina Fatimah r.a, came to her father with a piece of bread. Nabi s.a.w asked her: “What is this oh Fatimah?” Fatimah replied: “I have brought a piece of bread. I feel restless my dear father, until I have brought this piece of bread for you.” And Rasulullah said: “Indeed this is my first meal since the past three days.”

Subhanallah! How amazing is the character of Allah’s Messenger who has stepped into the gardens of Paradise when Allah rose him to the heavens (the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj). This noble man chose to lead a humble lifestyle, even though he was the leader of his country and the leader of the ummah. In fact, the poverty that he felt was also felt by his children and family. Sayidina Ibn Abbas r.a. said:

Which means: “Rasulullah and his family had to starve for several nights consecutively because there was no food.”

In another hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, Sayidina Umar ibn Khattab r.a. once cried in sadness because he was moved by the marks on the Prophet’s body left by the mattress made of palm fronds used by the Prophet.

These stories and many more similar stories, tell us of the life of Rasulullah s.a.w. Although he faced poverty and lack of comforts in life, Rasulullah s.a.w. has never whined or questioned Allah’s will. In fact, he still worked hard to increase his acts of worship as a sign of a grateful servant of Allah. Rasulullah s.a.w. was conscious that every minute and second, we are enjoying the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us. It is up to us whether we choose to realise it or otherwise.

My dear brothers,

Let us pay attention to what Allah s.w.t has said in surah Luqman, verse 20:

Which means : “Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favours, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].”

Sometimes, we think that the bounty of Allah’s favours is only in the tangible form. We express our gratitude only when our salaries have been raised, when we have been promoted and so on. However, when Allah s.w.t. takes back these tangible favours that He has bestowed upon us, then we start to whine, question Allah’s fairness and maybe even forget to be thankful for the thousands of other nikmat (blessings) that Allah has continuously showered upon us.

Do not become like some of Allah’s servants who find it very hard to be grateful to Allah s.w.t. as Allah has mentioned in the Quran in surah Saba’ verse 13:

Which means: “and [remember that] few are the truly grateful [even] among My servants!”

Dear jemaah,

This is a characteristic of the Prophet that we should emulate. Only a heart that is constantly in gratitude will be at ease and feel calm. Let us not be like some people who are constantly complaining about every other matter and what Allah has determined for them, and feel that they should not be given as such. I am sure we have met such individuals. For example, a couple who has been given children, and then they complain or regret having children and wishes for the opposite, while others are pining for the joy of having a family.

In fact, because we lead a very comfortable life in Singapore as compared to many others in other countries, we may easily become people who are ungrateful if we are not careful. For example, sometimes we may complain about weak Wi-Fi signals or slow Internet connection, when for some people in other countries, Wi-Fi is a luxury for them and a very valuable tool in accessing knowledge and information. We may grumble that our smartphones are not the latest model with the most advanced technology, while others elsewhere are grateful simply with having a simple mobile phone to enable them to communicate with the family and friends.

My brothers, we should be aware that if we fail to be grateful for all these blessings with sincerity – not just paying lip service – then our hearts will never be at ease. We will always be caught up in the chase for worldly comforts and material wants and may even forget about the true objective of our existence on this earth, which is to seek Allah’s pleasures through doing good deeds.

Dear jemaah,

When one is grateful to Allah s.w.t., he will strive to make use of all of the favours Allah has granted upon him for noble purposes, in order to reap Allah’s pleasures. His wealth will be spent through halal means and ways that Allah s.w.t will be pleased with. The education and upbringing of his children and wife will be prioritised in order to gain Allah’s love. His energy, his sight, hearing and in fact his entire body will be used to fulfil the commands of Allah and His messenger. He does not simply desire what is not his but in fact, he is grateful for the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him, and makes use of them to the best of his ability.

Only when we can link the blessings we are given in this world to that sense of gratitude, then it can be our provision for the hereafter and not as a distraction from the hereafter. This was the character of Rasulullah s.a.w. which we should strive to uphold. We strive for material success as a means towards bringing ourselves closer to eternal success in the hereafter.

May Allah s.w.t. grant our entire family love for Allah and His Messenger. May the love be the kind of love that will drive us to strive hard to emulate Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., enliven his Sunnah and hold on to his message to guide our lives. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

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3 Jan khutbah–Understanding The Character Of Rasulullah s.a.w.


I really really really am sorry for this delay:'(


Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

3 January 2014 / 1 Rabiulawal 1435

Understanding The Character Of Rasulullah s.a.w. 


Dear blessed brothers,

Last week’s sermon reminded us not to forget to be grateful for all the nikmat (blessings) that Allah s.w.t. has bestowed upon us. Let us embark on a journey to become better servants of Allah, who are in constant gratitude to Him by renewing our intention and strengthening our resolve to be people of takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Obey all of Allah’s commands and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon.

My brothers,

Allah s.w.t. says in the Quran, in surah Ibrahim verse 5:


Which means: “And We certainly sent Musa with Our signs, [saying], “Bring out your people from darkness into the light and remind them of the days of Allah.” Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful.


According to scholars of tafsir such as Imam At-Tabari, what is meant by the days of Allah are the blessings or nikmat from Allah. In short, this verse encourages us to remember the blessings that Allah s.w.t. has granted us.


Among the blessings that Allah has given to us, whether we realise it or not, is the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. His presence brought the light of faith to the world. In the midst of the deterioration of akhlak, immorality, injustice and oppression, Allah s.w.t. sent His servant who would bring hope to the community and eventually spread that ray of hope to all of mankind.


Dear jemaah,

It is through Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. that we learn who is Allah and His Might. It is through the presence of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. that we learn of Allah’s messages, revealed to the Prophet, and now eternalised in the Holy Quran. It is through the beauty of Rasulullah’s good manners and noble akhlak that we learn about the importance of good akhlak and being well-mannered. In fact, the presence of Nabi s.a.w. and his courage helped to raise the standing of all humankind. When the philosophy of man in those days were to value a servant nothing more than just a good that could be traded, Nabi s.a.w. taught humankind that the only servitude is servitude to Allah s.w.t. Moreover, Nabi s.a.w. granted the honour to make the very first call to prayer to Bilal bin Abi Rabah who was once a slave. And so it was Bilal bin Abi Rabah who made the first azan, calling upon all of mankind to pray to Allah Lord of the Universe.


At the same time, Nabi s.a.w. brought the message on the importance of knowledge, and the opportunity for seeking knowledge was made available to all. At that time, reading, writing and pursuing education was limited to those who were from the elite class within the community. But the message that Nabi s.a.w. taught to his followers was one that demanded them to read and to attain knowledge, no matter what their standing in society and their lineage was. In short, Nabi s.a.w shook the world with his good manners, his guidance, his courage and the message that he brought.


Dear Jemaah,

The akhlak of Rasulullah s.a.w. has never failed to impress his friends and enemies. His good manners and how he treated others, his qualities of being trustworthy and honest, impressed everyone who dealt and interacted with him. This is what we should remember every year at the start of Rabiulawal. We hope that by truly understanding and appreciating the life of our dearly beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., our love for him will continue to blossom just like the love and affection felt by his Companions, who were blessed to have seen the beautiful face of Rasulullah s.a.w. and fought alongside our  beloved Prophet s.a.w.


In a story narrated by Imam Muslim transmitted from Anas r.a. that an Arab Bedouin met Rasulullah s.a.w. and asked: “Ya Rasulullah, when is Kiamat (Day of Judgement)”? Rasulullah said: “What have you prepared for it?” The man replied: “Love for Allah and His Messenger!” Rasulullah then replied with these beautiful words: “You will be with those whom you love!” Anas r.a. who heard the words of the Prophet s.a.w. said: “We have not felt happier than this, since the coming of Islam, when we heard the words of Rasulullah s.a.w. I love Allah and the Messenger of Allah, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that Allah will resurrect me with them, even though I did not perform actions similar to theirs.”


Allah! This is indeed good news from Rasulullah s.a.w. for all of us who sincerely strive to love Allah and the Prophet. My brothers, imagine when you are in love with someone. Every time you hear the person’s name mentioned, most of the time your heart will skip a beat in happiness and this happiness is mixed with the feeling of missing that person. We are willing to do anything to make the special person in our life feel happy. Maybe some of us would go to the extent of watching our expenses to save for a special present for that special someone. There may be those who are willing to give up a bad habit when the person we truly love and care for asks us to do so, right?


Do we feel that way when we hear the words of Allah and the hadith of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. being recited? Are we willing to make the same sacrifices when Allah s.w.t and Rasulullah s.a.w. have asked us to leave behind what is bad for us and to enjoin each other in goodness? If the answer is yes, then Alhamdulillah we must continue to be grateful and uphold this. If we are not there yet, then we should strive to learn more about the Prophet s.a.w. and learn about him as a father, husband, friend, and neighbour and how he was as an opposition.


There is a Malay saying that goes, “If you don’t know, then you won’t love”. Make it a habit for us and our children to read about the character of Rasulullah s.a.w. Today, there are many books and resources in both Malay and English which tells us about the Prophet s.a.w. There are also various ‘ilm events all around Singapore which discuss the sirah (history) of the life of Rasulullah or teach the book of “Syamail Muhammadiyah” collection of hadith by Imam Tirmidzi regarding the character and life of Rasulullah s.a.w.


My brothers, even if we may be more interested in the rulings of fiqh fardhu ain which is practical in nature, we must learn the character of the person who conveyed the rulings that Allah has laid upon us. This is important because if we only learn Islamic rulings without learning the adab from Rasulullah s.a.w. then this will give rise to a community that is more religious but uphold less adab in their interactions and mannerisms with others.

For example, we learn the ruling or hukum that praying in the front saf is strongly encouraged. Thus, even if we have arrived at the mosque late, some of us will still try to make it to the front saf by stepping over and disturbing the jemaah that have arrived earlier. However, if we truly understand the sunnah, Rasulullah s.a.w. taught us that when we are late we should not disturb the other jemaah and step over their shoulders. Thus, this is an example of why we have to complete our understanding of Islamic rulings with the adab taught in Islam. This is to ensure that our religious practices can be understood and appreciated by those around us.


Thus, as we usher in the month of Rabiulawal, let us strive to at least read more hadith regarding the akhlak of Rasulullah s.a.w.


Furthermore, if we truly and sincerely love Rasulullah it will be reflected in our actions and our character. Just reflect upon the story of Sayidina Anas in the hadith we shared earlier. He was known as a companion who was always of service of the Prophet s.a.w, but this did not make him arrogant at all. In fact, he was being humble (tawaduk) when he said his actions where nothing like Abu Bakr and Umar r.a.


Thus, we should not become people who claim that they love Rasulullah s.a.w. but do not maintain good relations with Allah and one’s own family. Do not claim to uphold the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w. when our words or actions may still hurt others.


If we truly and sincerely love Rasulullah s.a.w., then we should be kind and compassionate to all, not just to all of mankind but all of Allah’s creations should be treated with care, respect, and should benefit from our co-existence. Our scholars show their love through their deeds and adab. Our scholars reflect their love for Rasulullah by striving hard to compile, memorise and then explain the hadith of Rasulullah s.a.w. Their love for Rasulullah s.a.w. was not limited to words and dressing. It is not simply claiming to uphold the Quran and Sunnah, but is founded on a strong understanding and knowledge; applying the sunnah of Rasulullah in various aspects of our lives within the family and the community, and to touch the lives of others.


May Allah grant us our desire to be among those who truly love Allah and Rasulullah. May Allah make us among those who truly deepen their knowledge of Islam together with their families, and are able to apply what they learn with good manners (adab) and ethics.


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27/12–Self-Reflection At The End Of The Year



Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

27 December 2013 / 24 Safar 1435

Self-Reflection At The End Of The Year



Dear Friday jemaah,

Let’s take the opportunity on this noble Friday to strive to boost our takwa towards Allah s.w.t.  Perform the good deeds that Allah s.w.t. has commanded upon us and avoid what He has prohibited.




My blessed brothers,

As we all know, today, 27th of December is the last Friday of the year. This means that we are very close to the end of the 2013 and will soon welcome 2014. Although most of us do not welcome the Gregorian new year like how we usher in the Hijrah year by reciting the doa for the end of the year and the new year, it does not mean we should just let the time pass by and the year move along without thinking about the changes that can better our lives and strengthen our iman.


Dear brothers,

The coming of the New Year, whether it is the hijrah year or otherwise, is a reminder of the many blessings or nikmat that Allah s.w.t. has showered upon us. The nikmat of being able to live our lives, able to eat, drink and walk. The nikmat of being granted the ability to see, speak and hear, of having family and friends, and the nikmat of living as Muslims who have faith. These are just some of the numerous blessings and pleasures that Allah has constantly showered upon all of us.


Dear jemaah,

As we age, it also means that the nikmat that we receive from Allah increases, whether we realise it or not. And whether we are grateful or otherwise, Allah still showers His blessings upon us, granting us these pleasures every second of our lives, without seeking any returns from us. Allah, the Most Compassionate, never seeks any rewards from us in return for the countless favours He has blessed us with. This despite the fact that we are always forgetful and careless. Allah never stops showering us with His blessings and gifts despite the fact that we constantly disobey Him and commit sins.


Thus, with the coming of the New Year, let us remind ourselves to increase our sense of gratitude towards Allah s.w.t.  by following what Allah s.w.t. has said in surah Al-Baqarah verse 172:


Which mean: “O ye who believe! eat of the good things that we have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him ye worship.”


We can express our gratitude to Allah through various forms of ibadah or worship, be it ibadah through our relationship with Allah, such as giving thanks; increasing sunnah acts of worship, or also through strengthening our relationship with His other creations. For example, giving back to the community by donating to the mosque; contributing to the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Fund; boosting the achievements of our children by supporting our children’s education or that of other children through donating to bursary funds, and so on.  Rasulullah s.a.w said in a hadith narrated by Imam Ibnu Majah which serves as a useful reminder for us:

Which mean: “Eat, drink and dress (well) as long as you are not arrogant and not for the sake of ostentation and extravagance”.


Allah s.w.t., The Provider, said in surah Ad-Dhuha verse 11:

Which means: “But the bounty of the Lord – rehearse and proclaim!”


Dear blessed jemaah,

Besides expressing our gratitude for the continuous nikmat Allah has given to us, the arrival of the new year is a reminder that every moment that passes, every day that moves along and every year that we get through means our age has increased.


Today is different from yesterday. We have increased in age and with this, it should bring a sense of remorse in ourselves, and a reminder that we are approaching closer to death. Thus, let us ask ourselves, have we performed enough good deeds to prepare ourselves for our death? Do we have enough deeds as our investment when we are resurrected and questioned after our death later? If the Angel of Death comes knocking on our doors later this afternoon, are we ready?


My beloved brothers,

Our beloved Prophet, Nabi Muhammad s.a.w, once said in a hadith narrated by Imam Tirmidzi from Abdullah bin Busrin Al-Aslami which means: “The best of you are those with the longest lives and best in action”


Saiyidina Ali r.a once said: “I suffer the greatest loss if today I am the same as yesterday!”


Thus, let us reflect upon our time and remind ourselves that with every moment, day and year that passes we are moving closer to our death.


Dear jemaah,

We do not need to wait until the end of the year to better ourselves, strengthen our resolve and increase the good deeds that we have done and are doing. Everyday, we should realise that we need to improve ourselves. For, there are days where we are healthy and well, and there are days when we are sick and weak. And aren’t there days were we are happy, and there are days when we are sad? Indeed, this is the cycle of life.

My brothers,

While we may be busy with our daily activities, whether as employees, students and so on, this does not prevent us from taking some time to take step back and reflect upon what we have done and what we plan to do. This is what is called reflection or muhasabah and self-reflection should be done daily. We need to set aside some time in our busy schedules to reflect and weigh out our actions; have we performed more good deeds and contributed to the well-being of others, or does the scale tilt in the opposite direction?


If we can do some self-reflection after solat, we should do so. If we can spare some time just before going to bed, then we can do so before we go to bed.


At times, we need to embark on self-reflection with the person closest to us. For example, the husband can ask his wife to take time and reflect upon how they can further better themselves and their family. The husband can remind his wife of her responsibilities and the same goes for the wife, she can remind her husband of his responsibilities as a leader and the compassion and love that he needs to express.


This is the meaning of the life of a mukmin. He will always strive to be an obedient servant of Allah and the best towards those around him.


Thus my dear brothers loved by Allah, it is not too late for us to increase our good deeds and better ourselves. Let us welcome 2014 by planting the seeds of awareness in ourselves that we are moving further away from this temporary world and moving closer to the hereafter which awaits all of us. With that in mind, let us prepare ourselves for our death and for our lives in the hereafter.


Let us pray to Allah The Most Merciful and Compassionate to grant us hidayah and His guidance.


“Allahumma Oh Allah Our Rab,

Forgive our wrongdoings, forgive the wrongdoings of our parents, and forgive the sins of our children and the sins of our brothers and sisters. Forgive our sins and correct our shortcomings”


“Oh Allah Oh Our Rab, we are your weak servants, and You are The Lord Almighty. We are in need of hidayah and guidance from You in our lives. We need Your help to strengthen our iman and takwa. Hear our cries oh Allah, grant our prayers and our requests oh Allah.” Ya Rahman Ya Rahim Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.






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20/12–Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation



Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Friday Sermon

20 December 2013 / 17 Safar 1435

Preserving Islam In The Era Of Globalisation

Dear Friday jemaah,

On this noble Friday, let us come together and strengthen our resolve to increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Obey His commands and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon us.


Friday jemaah,

Throughout the past few weeks, we have been reminded to  take advantage of the advent of globalisation, while at the same time holding true to our principles as people who deeply love Allah and Rasulullah.


Today, I would like to call upon all of you to think about other negative effects of globalisation that we have to be aware of, and how we can play our roles as global citizens who are Muslims.


My brothers, along with globalisation comes the ease of doing business and thus, more opportunities to earn profits. This is definitely a positive outcome of globalisation. However, it may be otherwise if these opportunities fall into the hands of those who are irresponsible. One of the ill-effects of a global market economy that we have seen today is the widening income gap.


For example, there are many people in developing countries who toil away in factories producing branded goods. They receive meagre wages and work in extremely vulnerable conditions. Many children in these economies are also forced to work to help support their families. Instead of a childhood filled with laughter and the opportunity to seek knowledge, theirs are filled with hours of hard labour, some even have to stay in those factories, suffering from poor living conditions. Without education, it is extremely hard for them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty and sadly, it often continues from one generation to another. Thus, we should be conscious of this, and should consider carefully before selling or buying products that are produced under those circumstances.


My brothers,

I am not saying that engaging in business is not encouraged. Far from it. In fact, Islam is a religion that strongly encourages one to engage in business. Rasulullah s.a.w. was asked what is  the best source of income:


“What is the best source of income” Rasulullah s.a.w. replied: “The best kind of work is the work of a man who performed it with his hands and every sale that is mabrur (accepted).” [Hadith narrated Imam Ahmad]


While we engage in business to earn profits, Islam seeks that the economic progress that we strive for must be based on fairness and equality. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Ash-Shu’ara verses 181-183:

This means: “Give full measure and do not be of those who cause loss.  And weigh with an even balance. And do not deprive people of their due and do not commit abuse on earth, spreading corruption.”

These values were also highlighted by Ibn Khaldun, a prominent Muslim scholar, known for his various contributions in many fields including economy. He discussed the concept of division of labour and specialisation which can improve economic productivity, yet he stressed that this would require justice and equality in order to ensure that it continues to function well.


Thus, for those of us who are entrepreneurs, we must ensure that we are ethical entrepreneurs, and are not solely profit-motivated.  We should never reap profits from the losses of others. And for buyers, we can also play our part by being responsible consumers. We should research about the products that we want to purchase. With advancements in technology in today’s globalised world, such information can be acquired easily. We should use the information we gather to make better choices. We should not limit our research to the halal status of a product, but also from an ethical perspective. We want to consume products that are halal and good (toyyib).


Thus, before we rush to buy anything, we should ask ourselves: By buying that new pair of shoes, are we actually contributing to the expansion of a company that uses child labour to produce these goods? Are we indirectly supporting the oppression faced by these individuals who work in terrible conditions and do not get justified wages? The decision to consume is within us, and we have to make the choice to be more aware of these problems and make a responsible decision. We must be aware that our power and influence as consumers can have a great impact on the production process in today’s globalised economy.


Dear jemaah,

As the demand for goods and services increase, this will lead to an increase in processes that will harm the environment, for example through certain processes in the manufacturing industry. The situation is worsened by those who do not take steps to reduce pollution. Lately, we have been experiencing changes in the weather globally, with rain, typhoon and snow hitting many countries, and at alarming records. We are all responsible for reducing pollution. Not just because we fear for the future of our children and grandchildren, but also because it is our responsibility as Muslims to care for the environment.


It was reported that Rasulullah s.a.w. passed Saad Abi Waqqas r.a. who was taking his ablution, and the Prophet said to him: “O Saad, why this wastage?” Saad then asked the Prophet, “Is there wastage even when we take our ablution? The Prophet s.a.w. replied “Yes, even if you are taking the ablution from a flowing river.”


Look at how Rasulullah s.a.w. greatly emphasised conserving natural resources, to the point that he did not allow us to waste resources even when performing ibadah. It is true that with globalisation, we are able to get hold of what we want conveniently, to the point that we may take this convenience for granted. As the ummah of Rasulullah who truly love the Prophet, we should not contribute to the destruction and wastage of the earth’s resources and should always be mindful of the impact of our actions to the environment.


We should start the process of conserving natural resources with small, simple steps such as recycling goods like glass bottles and metal cans as well as paper instead of throwing them away at the trash bins. We should collect them and place them in the recycling bins available near our housing estates. As far as possible, we should avoid using Styrofoam and plastic products because when they are broken down, they emit harmful gases which can pollute the environment.

My brothers,

When we recite the syahadah ’lailaha illallah wa anna Muhammadar Rasulullah”, we are in fact making an oath to Allah s.w.t. that we will obey Him and protect this earth from destructions. Have we fulfilled our promise to Allah s.w.t.?


Dear jemaah,

Globalisation has brought about numerous advantages for us. However, in leveraging on these advantages, we must always preserve our Islamic values and ethics. We must be concerned with our development as Muslim individuals and at the same time, the Islamic requirement for us to fulfil our responsibilities as a citizen of this world.






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