Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Whirling Dervishes

The Whirling Dervish are here in Singapore.

Jointly organize by ACM & Turkish Cultural Centre

There will be two performance at the ACM
23 Oct 8 p.m.
24 Oct 4 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale at the museum front desk, located at the lobby.
Asian Civilization Museum 1 Empress Place
For more information call 63323284
or e-mail them at

Click here for more information about Whirling Dervishes

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Quad & Qatar??

Title: Islamic Thinkers
Author: Mixed
Publisher: Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), 2005

This book should have been properly edited before it was printed.

Some puzzling quotes from the above-mentioned book:

page 5, Preface
“The Kingdom of Islam became weaker in the 17th century with the arrival of colonisers like Britain, Dutch [sic.] and Italy.”
Comment: Kingdom? Islam became weaker?

page 5, Preface
“The rise of Islam began at the end of the 18th till the 20th century.”
Comment: Amazing statement.

page 5, Preface
“Some of the earliest movers and intellectuals are Shah Wali Allah, Muhammad Abdul Wahab ...”
Comment: I dont think Muhammad Abdul Wahab would have liked being called an intellectual.

page 14, Introduction
“The majority of Britain’s Muslims are good and law-abiding citizens. Once again, the ingenuity of Muslims is challenged.”
Comment: Is the writer implying that if you’re a good citizen, you cannot be very clever? Or perhaps the writer meant ‘sincerity’ not ‘ingenuity’.

page 25, Islam and Universalism
“Today we have indeed benefited from his [Prophet’s s.a.w] teachings when UNESCO came up with the concept of life long learning in the 1970’s.”
Comment: So we benefit from Prophet’s s.a.w teaching as a result of UNESCO’s concept?

page 26, Islam and Universalism
“Many learned scholars can only front theories but fails [sic.] to execute them. However, Imam Al Ghazali taught, wrote and spread knowledge that he can execute.”
Comment: First, what does ‘front theories’ mean? Secondly, you don’t ‘execute’ knowledge, you apply it.

page 27, Islam and Universalism
“Imam Al Ghazali proved to be an icon of [sic.] learned leaders who wrote more than 400 books. One of them was Ihya Ulum Ad Din (The Rise of Knowledge). According to An-Nawawi, a writer in the thirteenth century, if all the writing materials in the world were to vanish from this world, we would still be able to survive with Ihya Ulum Ad Din only.”
Comment: 1. Imam An-Nawawi was so much more than a writer. 2. ‘Writing materials’ usually refer to pens and pencils.

page 27, Islam and Universalism
“Because of Imam Al Ghazali’s influence, the handicapped can walk fast and those who cannot appreciate melody can now be a [sic.] singer!”
Comment: MashaAllah!

page 31, Islam and Universalism
“Profile of Thinkers: Muhammad bin Abdullah ...”
Comment: Most people I have spoken to find the placing of the Prophet (s.a.w) under the heading, Profile of Thinkers, offensive and lacks in proper adaab to the Best of Creation (s.a.w).

page 52, Sufism, Arts and Nature
“The concept of a lover that is meant by Maulana Rumi was his Creator, Allah. This concept at the same time makes us realise that Maulana Rumi’s life on earth was very distant from Allah.”
Comment: How can you say that Maulana Rumi was distant from Allah?

page 52, Sufism, Arts and Nature
“During his short life, Rumi did not write books. Instead his prose and poetry, such as those in his book, Matsnawi [sic.] ...”
Comment: So did he write books or not?

page 78, Islam and Reformism
“This caused Muslims to surrender to fate, to the extent of misconstruing the concept of Quad and Qatar.”
Comment: An unfortunate misspelling of Qadha and Qadar

Islamic thinkers, very thought-provoking - Ahmad

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Fall of Adam - William Chittick

Several years ago William Chittick gave a lecture at our local university on Ahmad Sam'ani's view of Adam's fall as elaborated in Sam'ani's work, "The Ease of Spirits in Explaining the Names of the All-Conquering King" ("Rawh al-arwah fi sharh asma' al-malik al-fattah").

It's a fascinating and beautiful lecture (reflective of the excellence of Chittick's work in general) and I have wanted for some time to make it available online but did not feel right doing so without first obtaining Chittick's permission. I was recently put in contact with him and he has very graciously, granted permission. The lecture is now available as a podcast.

Taken from Islam From Inside

Monday, October 10, 2005

What Salad Are You?

Are you an "ill-equipped traditional-minded" Muslim or a "modern-leaning, anti-traditionalist" Muslim? Between these two poles is the 'resulting salad' as Shaykh Gibril puts it.

Well, traditional or modern, all should agree that the path ahead should be the path of re-discovering the Science of Hadith: a path of learning from specialists that have been given permission to teach by their own teachers.

This book is made up of two parts. The first part is made up of essays by Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad who has devoted his life to studying Hadith from authorised traditional Ulema. The second part is a translation by Musa Furber of Shaykh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's Nukhbat al-Fikar (Chosen Thoughts on the Nomenclature of Hadith Specialists)

Taken from Reading Santuary

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wirid of Imam Nawawi

Ramadhan Mubarak!! The link below is a wirid from Imam Nawawi. It comes with both text and audio. Great website. Worth the visit.-Ahmad

Taken from Dhikr.Org