The race to score A’s and its implications


The yearly examination results announcement season is here again and as usual the nation celebrates the achievements of top scorers not realizing that Malaysians' preoccupation with "scoring" in school examinations does no one any favours. For the high-achieving students themselves, it instills the perception that straight A’s are the be-all and end-all of school life. … Continue reading The race to score A’s and its implications

Islam & Science -The road to renewal


After centuries of stagnation science is making a comeback in the Islamic world THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only … Continue reading Islam & Science -The road to renewal

Why listen to the Vice Chancellor?


In a democratic country like Malaysia, it rests upon all the citizens of this country to determine the fate of our nation and communities. I feel that my fellow academics and I have a unique opportunity to advise and educate the citizens of this country about many technological, social and spiritual issues so that we … Continue reading Why listen to the Vice Chancellor?

Indonesia’s Muslim schools draw Christians


Where can one find schools run by a Muslim organisation, the majority of whose students are non-Muslims? Christian-Muslim relations in Indonesia are too often associated with conflict, disharmony and hostility, thus, it might be surprising for many to learn that such schools exist in different parts of Indonesia. In some Christian Indonesian enclaves, Muhammadiyah (literally … Continue reading Indonesia’s Muslim schools draw Christians

Developing a Close Relationship with Allah


Dear beloved jemaah blessed by Allah, On these last days of the blessed month of Zulhjjah, let us seek from Allah s.w.t. to continue protecting our taqwa to Him throughout the year. Let us persevere, my dear brothers, in our efforts to improve our obedience to Allah s.w.t. as well as to subjugate our hearts … Continue reading Developing a Close Relationship with Allah

Perfecting the Beginnings


In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa'illah As-Sakandari says: “A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning. If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.” A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests … Continue reading Perfecting the Beginnings

The Prophet’s Wisdom in Leading His Companions


Human resources experts say that successfully leading a small group of people is not an easy task. Imagine for a moment the challenge Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) faced when he established the foundations of the first Muslim community first in Makkah, then in Madinah. When Islam started to gain publicity, the few people … Continue reading The Prophet’s Wisdom in Leading His Companions