Islamic Worldview – It’s not Secularism, Modernism, Globalisation, Post-Modernism Nor Liberalism

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What is the vision prescribed by Allah SWT?

Allah has chosen for himself Man as a vicegerent. Allah has created his vicegerent who is kind, hospitable and speaks only good. Allah tells us that this world is temporary. Allah controls everything and intends that his khalifah remembers that he came from Him.

ٱللَّهُ يَصْطَفِى مِنَ ٱلْمَلَٰٓئِكَةِ رُسُلًا وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَمِيعٌۢ بَصِيرٌ (٧٥)
Allah chooses from the angels messengers and from the people. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Seeing.

Allah is the most caring towards us and he reveals his Qur’an to save us.

وَمَكَرُوا۟ وَمَكَرَ ٱللَّهُ ۖ وَٱللَّهُ خَيْرُ ٱلْمَٰكِرِينَ (٥٤)
And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.
وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ أَوْ يُخْرِجُوكَ ۚ وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ ٱللَّهُ ۖ وَٱللَّهُ خَيْرُ ٱلْمَٰكِرِينَ (٣٠)
And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.
I believe therefore, that the greatest pleasure, lies in Man’s mission in obtaining Allah’s will.


What is the life as taught by Rasulullah SAW?

First and foremost, Rasulullah SAW is a mere human being like you and me. His mother is Aminah and his father is Abdullah just as you and me are descended from parents. This is important because as in Surah Yassin:

وَقَالُوا۟ لَوْلَآ أُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ مَلَكٌ ۖ وَلَوْ أَنزَلْنَا مَلَكًا لَّقُضِىَ ٱلْأَمْرُ ثُمَّ لَا يُنظَرُونَ (٨)
And they say, “Why was there not sent down to him an angel?” But if We had sent down an angel, the matter would have been decided; then they would not be reprieved.
وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَٰهُ مَلَكًا لَّجَعَلْنَٰهُ رَجُلًا وَلَلَبَسْنَا عَلَيْهِم مَّا يَلْبِسُونَ (٩)
And if We had made him an angel, We would have made him [appear as] a man, and We would have covered them with that in which they cover themselves.
Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say:

“Allaahumma aslih li deeni alladhi huwa ‘ismat amri wa aslih li dunyaaya allati fihaa ma’aashi wa aslih li aakhirati allati fihaa ma’aadi w’aj’al al-hayaata ziyaadatan li fi kulli khayri w’aj’al al-mawta raahatan li min kulli sharr”

(“O Allaah, make me adhere properly to my religion, on which all my affairs depend; make this world good for me in which is my livelihood; make my Hereafter good for me, in which is my ultimate destiny; make my life increase in every good thing and make my death a respite from every evil).

 The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no-one who is afflicted by distress and grief, and says:

“‘Allaahumma inni ‘abduka ibn ‘abdika ibn amatija naasyati bi yadika, maada fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka. As’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghayb ‘indaka an taj’al al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’ huzni wa dhihaab hammi”

(“O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your maidservant; my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety).

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Abdul Halim Abdul Karim majored in English Language and Philosophy. He holds an Honours Degree in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore.

His Honours thesis is entitled, “Averroes: Reason and Revelation”. He went on to obtain a Masters in Comparative Philosophy from the same university. His Master’s thesis is a critical comparative analysis of Islamic and Chinese Philosophies with specific reference to Ibn Arabi and Chuang Tzu. It is entitled, “Sufism and Taoism: The Absolute and Its Attainment”. He also holds a Diploma in Computer Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. He has written numerous articles and papers in English and Malay in various publications including the local Malay daily, Berita Harian. He has attended and presented papers in numerous workshops, seminars and International Conferences on a wide range of subjects including Civilisational Dialogue, Linguistics, Education, Economics, Islamic Philosophy and Knowledge Management.

Abdul Halim was for several years, a volunteer committee member of the Training Division of PERGAS (Association of Islamic Scholars of Singapore). He is also a member of the teaching staff (tenaga pengajar) at the Madrasah Mingguan run by PERGAS where he teaches a wide range of subjects including Islamic Worldview (Tasawwur), Comparative Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy of Economics, Islamic Creed (Aqidah), Islamic Thought, Islamic Civilisation as well as Islamic History and Culture.

Abdul Halim is currently pursuing full-time, his PhD at the School of Communications and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Islamic Worldview (Tasawwur Islam) Course 9 April 2013, 8 pm -10 pmVenue: 45 Bussorah Street #02-00Details»
Organiser: Abdul Halim Abdul Karim
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