Prof. Al-Attas’ view on the polemical usage of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims


On December 13, 2009, during the Worldview of Islam Seminar organized by the Assembly of Muslim Intellectuals or Himpunan Keilmuan Muda (HAKIM), there was a question being posted to Professor Al-Attas regarding the polemical usage of the word "Allah" by the non-Muslims. Below is the transcript of his brief-but-yet-concise enlightening remarks. As a word of … Continue reading Prof. Al-Attas’ view on the polemical usage of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims

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

Understanding God’s Giving and Depriving


In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa'illah As-Sakandari says: You might think that He is giving you, while in reality He is depriving you! And you might think that He is depriving you, while in reality He is giving you! If through your deprivation, He opens the doors of understanding … Continue reading Understanding God’s Giving and Depriving

Difficulties: True Character of the World


In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa'illah As-Sakandari says: "Do not be surprised when difficulties happen in this worldly abode. It is only revealing its true character and identity." If the servant of Allah repents to Him, relies on Him, purifies his intention to Him, reflects on Him, and seizes … Continue reading Difficulties: True Character of the World

The Prophet of Mercy: ‘Plant It’


Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “If the Last Hour comes while one of you has a palm seedling in his hand, which he can plant before it falls, let him plant it.” (Musnad Ahmad) The palm seedling will only bear fruit years later when the Day of Judgment is imminent, but the order … Continue reading The Prophet of Mercy: ‘Plant It’