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Newsletter | Issue 1 | February 2013


Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

-Muhammad Ali

Shared by Muhammad Khairulanwar bin Shamsuri First-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


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On Cosmic Verses In The Holy Quran

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P h o t o g r a p h y O u r Voices | News l etter

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Editor-In-Chief Muhammad Azfar Anwar Executive Editor Siti Nur Fairuz Mohd Anis Content Features Editor Nur Afiqah Karsani Design Director Muhammad Azfar Anwar Associate Art Director Muhammad Ashraf Anwar Photography Department Director Nur Diyana Zait Creative Features Directors Muhammad Asyraf Kasim Muhammad Khairulanwar Shamsuri Publicity Director Aufa Muhammad Sidqee Haji Salleh Hoddin Associate Publicity Director Nurhanisa Yusoff Administrative Department Aufa Muhammad Sidqee Haji Salleh Hoddin Nurhanisa Yusoff Production Consultant Goh Muhammad Redhuan Abdul Malik Ahmad Qushairy bin Mohd Ariff Muhammad Sufyan Mohamed Ishak PERKEMAS Executive Committee Representatives Muhammad Ismail Mohamed Sarip Nurzahidah Muhammad Suhaimi


The Editor. In the Name of our Infinitely Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Source Rumi once said, The worm is in the root of the body’s tree; these unhealthy roots must be dug out and burned. Travellers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days, while you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings. Value the small amount of seed that remains, in order that eternal life may grow from these few moments. While this jewelled lamp still glows, now is the time to trim its wick and replenish its oil. Wake up! Do not say “Tomorrow”for many tomorrows have come and gone. [Mathnawi II: 1264-1269] I was inspired. What are we but seekers, travellers upon a path of favour. How deeply connected then is the traveller to the settings of the sun, to the risings of the stars, to the inevitability of time. How true. How profound. What little we have of the blessings that the Source has blessed us must still be sowed and brought to fruition. Whatever forms of manifestations the latter based upon is then immaterial. What matters is the essence. For details are always secondary. And while this ‘jewelled lamp still glows’, PERKEMAS’ Research Unit 2013 decided upon the initiative to give back to the society. To contribute. Whatever ‘small amount of seed’ that we are blessed with, we hope it would still be of benefit. For it is good for one who has knowledge and is seeking, that he should learn whatever he does not know, and teach others what he knows already. Thus a choice has to be made. A medium must be adopted. We decided to provide our peers with a platform to express themselves. The world has become a noisier place. The exploits, adventurism and bigotry of many partisans have transfigured the world into a fish market. The noisiest, and most persistent wins. The only way to make yourself heard is to stand on a platform and scream. This magazine is our platform, not to vociferate, but to voice out. The former, to be issued twice annually on an academic semester basis will comprise works contributed by fellow PERKEMAS’ members. Whether they are written, photographed or even illustrated, the message is there to be delivered. The essence is always supreme. This first issue - and an upcoming second issue - of the newsletter version of this publication will serve as a preview to the online magazine to be published before this academic term ends. The Source proclaimed, ((Surely, we have sent it down; and We will certainly preserve it)). [15:9] The commentators say this refers to the Quran. But according to Rumi in Fihi Ma Fihi, it can also mean: “We have placed in you a substance, a desire to seek, a yearning; We take care of it. We will not let it be wasted; We will bring it to fruition”. Our Lord knows that we desire nothing but that. This is ‘Our Voices’.

Azfar Anwar  |  Editor-­‐‑in-­‐‑Chief


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Life’s Lesson By Muhammad Mustafa bin Roslan

There were many instances in my life where I became bored with people’s stories as it all seems cliche, I’ve lost this and I triumphed over this. Everyone’s story was getting similar. Even the most complicated ones sounded like a regular snippet from a teenage magazine, it bored me. It was a regular day in Cairo, as I rushed to Al-Azhar University for my first class, Science of Hadith; a major subject in Islamic Theology. Seated in front of me were two pink-skinned guys with short brown hair and bright blue eyes. They were inattentive to the professor and seemed to enjoy talking rather than focusing on the lecture. The day ended and the guy nearest to the end of Nullam arcu leo, facilisis ut

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way they dress, talk and by their dark facial hair.

I always wondered why are there Europeans in AlAzhar? Unlike being in AlJunied, our aim has always been to step foot inside AlAzhar.

“And what language do Albanians speak?” I asked.

I tapped his shoulder. “You’re from Turkey aren’t you?” I asked casually. He smiled and shook his head, “No, Albania”. That was unexpected. Great! I knew nothing about Albania, except their flag was dark red with a black bird-like thing in the middle. I was confused. Normally I would see him with the Turkeys chatting along during break. You can recognize the Turks by the

He grinned, “We speak Albanian, but some Albanians speak Italian, Greek and English”. I jolted. I love languages. Languages have always interest me. I have met people who could speak more than half a dozen languages and some who could only speak a language. “And you, how many languages do you speak?” I asked. “I speak Turkish, English, Arabic and of course, Albanian. I can understand Italian but I cannot speak it”

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It was getting interesting. So he was Albanian who speaks three other languages. So what brought him to Egypt? I advised him to take up a course in the American University Of Cairo and get a diploma in translation or interpretation and become a professional. The pay is great and there is a demand in the global market. He grinned at me with those crooked teeth and laughed.

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I was silenced. I was wondering was he a nonMuslim before this and converted.

“Do you know the Salafis?” he asked.

He bellowed a hearty laugh, “I was born a Muslim to both Muslim parents. But my whole family and I never practiced Islam. There was never religion in our house. Before this I drank, fornicated, partied and did all those prohibited stuffs. I did

“They are a lot of them in Albania! They call everyone who does not practice the religion the way they do as Kafir. If they see that you are not wearing a jubbah that ended anywhere above the ankle, then you are a Kafir! If you don’t have a beard then you are a Kafir! When you made a do’a and you didn't raise your hands, then you are a Kafir!” he sternly explained.

“I came here, to get a degree from AlAzhar” he said calmly. I scratched my head. “I study in AlAzhar University to learn religion. I want to propagate the true message of Islam to the Albanian muslims” he stated. My attention to his story increased multifold when he mentioned that. My first thoughts were; Are there Muslims in Albania? And what did he mean when he said ‘the true message of Islam’? Were the Albanian Muslims taught the wrong message or something? I had to know. The Albanian turned his body towards me and I was facing him fully. He was indeed European. Large sized, pinkskinned, light-coloured hair with bright eyes. “My friend, I became a true Muslim only five years ago”, he explained with a smirk. 8

not pray until later when I found Islam back in my life” he explained enthusiastically. “My friends and I used to do all those when we were younger. We used to do everything that was haram. But then one day, I met my Ustaz who was from Turkey and he was a Math teacher. And from that day onwards, he changed my life and my friends’ lives”.

I nodded. Who doesn’t?

I shook my head. I was not ignorant of the influence of Salafism in the West. A few months back, I met two Swedish men in the streets who were very influenced under the Salafism's ideologies. Not knowing at that time, I asked them randomly to what music they enjoyed. They looked at me in horror and stated that music is completely haram and if I continue listening to any forms of music, I am a Kafir! We debated it out in the streets and I left before they started to get physical.

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things without us paying him a single cent”. By then I was literally ooh-ing multiple times in the conversation. I was captivated by his story and felt teary. His Ustaz sounded like a really kind-hearted person.

“He brought us to meet other Sheikhs who were Turkish is because of this, the Albanian and most of them were from AlAzhar. We started going back to Muslims think that Islam is oppressing and harsh. So I came Islam. Soon I graduated and I asked my Ustaz for advice for here to learn my religion, get where I should continue my my degree and propagate the studies. I was disappointed truth to them". when he said that I should I was in awe. There were continue engineering at the moments when I questioned the National University. I was reason I studied in Al-Azhar. If hoping to hear Al-Azhar! After you randomly asked me why I I graduated from engineering I studied here, I would probably asked him again, where should I stammer and make some clichéd go? Then he said Al-Azhar”. story up. Unlike this remarkable Albanian guy who was clear of his reason of studying in Al-Azhar; to ` propagate the truth. “So my math teacher who was also a graduate from AlAzhar comes to class, wearing a suit and tie with no beard and was such a great teacher. During class, he would sometimes slipped into talking about religion but none argued. Everyone, even the nonmuslims wanted to listen to him speak about Islam. On our test paper he would quote a simple hadith such as ‘Whoever cheats among us is not part of us’. It was simple but affected us strongly. That was our first time experiencing true Islam! After class, the boys wanted him to continue speaking about Islam so we would invite him to our dorm. He started telling us about Islam and it was so wonderful! He did all those Nullam arcu leo, facilisis ut

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guy’s eyes seemed to spark brilliantly when he stated his last sentence. I had Goosebumps all over me. “When you see an Albanian in Al-Azhar, they could be a doctor or whatever you know! I am an engineer but I want to learn religion here, learn the beautiful language of the Quran, and meet Sheikhs, so when I go back to Albania I can dakwah!” he stated proudly. “Dakwah can be in many forms, who knows engineering can be a form of Dakwah?” he coyly said. I looked at him with almost tears in my eyes. You don’t look at someone with such a remarkable story like his and

not feel an utmost respect for him. His story had captivated and refreshed me in many ways. Reminding me the true message of Islam and the gargantuan role an Ustaz or da’I has. And Al-Azhar indeed teaches you both roles.

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Author is a second-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo. Contents expressed in this article does not necessarily reflect Perkemas’ views.

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Malcolm X A Biography | Ida Mariam

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First-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


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Malam mengganti siang dan Lihatlah mentari hilang dari ufuk dunia. keajaiban Kegelapan itu menggalaukan jiwa. Menyesakkan perasaan. Aneh. Mengapa dihilangkan sang mentari yang begitu hebat memancar cahaya menerangi segenap pelusuk dunia lalu digantikan pula dengan sang bulan yang malap cahayanya, tidak berdaya menerangi kegelapan malam yang menyelubungi alam. Mengapa harus dunia. wujud kegelapan, bila cahaya sudah Lihat langit yang terapung tanpa amat menyenangkan? dicacak. Awan berkepul Setiap manusia pasti melalui menghiasi dadanya. Berarak perlahan, episod kesedihan di dalam hidupnya. siapa yang menggerakkan? Lihat lautan Malah, dugaan yang datang tidak terikat yang memenuhi lebih dari separuh isi pada hanya satu kali. Ia datang berkali- dunia, bermacam kehidupan yang kali. Mungkin juga bertubi-tubi. Saat itu tumbuh dari perutnya. Siapa yang biasanya akal manusia akan bertanya, menghidupkan? Lihat gunung-ganang "mengapa aku? Mengapa harus ditimpa menjadi tiang. Bermacam bentuk, kesusahan ini?" Bukankah Tuhan itu bermacam ragam. Siapa sangka di Maha Penyayang, lalu mengapa dia antara yang diam membatu, ada lahar turunkan bencana yang menyesakkan yang menggelegak menunggu masa jiwa? dimuntahkan semua? Siapa yang Our Voices Newsletter

mengurus? Siapa yang mentadbir semua? Tuhan yang mengurus segala. Tuhan yang mentadbir semua. Alam semesta bersama seluruh isinya.


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ulan nun jauh di atas sana,

bersama bintang-bintang yang setia menemani setiap kali malam menjelang. Matahari yang begitu terang memancar saban hari tanpa jemu. Juga penghuni alam yang pelbagai rupa. Ada yang bersayap, ada yang melata. Seluruh cakerawala, lautan yang paling terdalam, hutan rimba yang tebal, gunung ganang yang tinggi mencakar langit... segala apa yang manusia baru, belum dan tidak akan pernah terokai. Semuanya tersusun rapi, semuanya terletak di tempat sendiri. Siapa yang mengurus? Siapa yang mentadbir semua? Tanpa cacat cela, kerajaan Tuhan begitu gah tersergam indah. Bukankah itu bukti depan mata? Andai kau tahu dan faham akan hakikat itu, atas dasar apa lagikah perlu kau ragui rancangan Tuhan mengurus kehidupanmu? Terkadang, kerana terlalu tenggelam di dalam kesedihan, manusia terlupa siapa yang telah menghantar ombak tersebut. Dia yang menghantar. Siapakah lagi yang mengenali anak Adam lebih dari Dia yang menciptakan mereka? Mungkin akal kita gagal untuk menggapai hikmah agar dapat kita fahami suratan tersebut. Namun percayalah dengan kehendak Tuhan yang Maha Tahu akan segala sesuatu.

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kepada sesuatu padahal ia buruk bagi kamu. Dan (ingatlah), Allah jualah Yang mengetahui (semuanya itu), sedang kamu tidak mengetahuinya."1

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Segala apa yang kau tempuhi hari ini sudah tertulis sejak azali. Yakinlah bahawa bersama turunnya ujian, Dia juga menyelitkan kesenangan. Bukankah telah Tuhan berfirman

"Kerana sesungguhnya setiap kesukaran disertai kemudahan. Sesungguhnya setiap kesukaran disertai kemudahan."2

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menyedarinya. Mungkin kita tidak merasainya. Dan mungkin juga kerana terbatasnya akal kita membuatkan kita tidak mampu untuk memahami hikmah setiap kejadian. Namun apakah janji Illahi masih juga tidak mencukupi?

bahawa andai kita benar-benar menghayati doa yang kita panjatkan, ia mampu menjadi penguat diri di kala kesusahan. Doa-doa tersebut menjadi saksi kesedaran diri, bahawa tiada daya dan upaya melainkan hanya denganNya.

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ndai kita telusuri sejarah,

nabi Muhammad S.A.W juga diuji. Kita seringkali mendengar kisah tentang peristiwa baginda Rasul di kota Taif. Saat beliau, insan paling mulia di kanvas sejarah, datang membawa berita gembira buat mereka, berita yang bakal menyelamatkan mereka dari kemurkaan Tuhan, dengan hanya bersyaratkan satu tuntutan; beriman kepadaNya dan kepada RasulNya. Begitu tulus niat di hatinya, bersama cinta buat umatnya. Namun apakah baginda dapat sebagai balasan? Sudahlah dihalau, dibaling pula batubatu yang menyakitkan, sehingga mengalir darah dari kedua-dua kakinya. Hati siapa yang tidak bersedih apabila diri diperlakukan sedemikian? Hati mana yang tidak membara? Namun apakah baginda menyalahkan takdir, merasa terlalu berat ujian yang menjadi tanggungan? Saat itu beliau hanya menyerahkan segalanya kepada Tuhan, lalu dengan

Sebenarnya, terlalu banyak doadoa yang telah diajarkan di dalam AlQuran dan Sunnah Nabi untuk "Boleh jadi kamu benci kepada dijadikan benteng pertahanan diri. sesuatu padahal ia baik bagi Doa-doa tersebut bukanlah jampi kerendahan kamu dan boleh jadi kamu suka serapah yang kita amalkan untuk m e m a n j a t k a n menolak bencana. Namun yakinlah 22

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musibah. Baginda juga diuji Tuhannya. Baginda juga ditindas k u m e n g a d u h a l k e l e t i h a n manusia. Tetapi tidak pernah sekali tenagaku, kekurangan hilahku, pun baginda meragui ketentuan kehinaanku di hadapan manusia, Tuhannya. Lalu siapakah kita untuk wahai Maha Penyayang Lagi Belas Kasihan. Dikaulah Tuhan golongan mengeluh dan meratapi nasib diri saat l e m a h d a n d h a i f . D i k a u l a h dugaan datang melanda? Oleh itu saat Tuhanku, kepada siapa lagi yang kau disapa duka, fahamilah. Dia hendak ku menyerah..? Apakah menguji yang Dia kasihi. kepada orang yang jauh membenci Segalanya diciptakan berpasangan. Itu daku? Atau kepada seteru yang telah Kau beri kuasa mengatasi f i t r a h k e h i d u p a n . M a l a m daku? Kiranya tiada kemarahan menggantikan siang. Suka dan duka Kau ke atasku, tidaklah ku peduli, itu silih berganti. Bagi akal manusia namun afiat dari Mu lebih luas yang diciptakan terbatas, mungkin bagiku, ku berlindung dengan sahaja kita tak mampu untuk c a h a y a M u . D i k a u l a h y a n g memahami hikmahnya. Namun menerangi kegelapan, dengannya p e r c a y a l a h d e n g a n k e a d i l a n urusan di dunia dan di akhirat TuhanMu, takkan Dia pikulkan ke menjadi baik, aku berlindung atasmu lebih dari apa yang kau denganMu dari terturunnya ke mampu. a t a s k u k e m u r k a a n M u , a t a u terturun kemarahanMu, bagi Kau “Allah tidak akan membebani jua tempat kembalinya hingga seseorang melainkan apa yang tercapai keredhaanMu, tiada daya terdaya olehnya.”5 dan upaya kecuali denganMu Ya Percayalah setiap kesusahan yang kau Tuhan.”3 alami itu perlu untuk pertumbuhan Tahun tersebut sememangnya tahun diri. yang sedih buat baginda Rasul. Terlalu ramai yang hilang Setelah pakciknya; salah satu s a a t pelindung kuatnya meninggal dunia, k e y a k i n a n kaum Quraisy semakin mengganas k e s u s a h a n menindas baginda. Sehinggakan d a t a n g seorang lelaki Quraisy dengan b e r t a n d a n g . beraninya menabur pasir ke atas N a m u n kepala baginda. Sewaktu baginda p e r c a y a l a h , d i pulang dengan tanah dan pasir yang dalam kesusahan bertaburan di atas kepalanya, sebuah ujian, terselit puterinya membersihkan kepala kemanisannya ganjaran ayahnya sambil menangis. Lalu kesabaran. Lumrah dunia memang baginda berkata kepada puterinya, b e g i t u ; m e n g e c e w a k a n d a n "janganlah kau menangis wahai menyakitkan. Namun andai kita anakku, sesungguhnya Allah fahami bahawa dunia ini hanya melindungi ayahmu ini..."4 Rasul sementara, mungkin sahaja bebanan insan termulia di sisi Tuhan. Kita perasaan yang dipikul akan hilang saat semua sedia maklum akan kemuliaan datangnya redha di dalam jiwa. baginda. Namun baginda juga ditimpa Sehebat mana pun dugaan di dunia, Our Voices Newsletter

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ingatlah balasan di akhirat yang kekal abadi. Apalah sangat nak dibandingkan kesusahan di dunia yang berbilang harinya, dibandingkan dengan kesenangan di syurga Tuhan yang tiada akhirnya… Sabda Rasulullah S.A.W: "Sungguh menakjubkan perkara orang yang beriman, kerana segala perkaranya adalah baik. Jika ia mendapatkan kenikmatan, ia bersyukur kerana (ia mengatahui) bahawa hal tersebut adalah memang baik baginya. Dan jika ia tertimpa musibah atau kesulitan, ia bersabar kerana (ia mengetahui) bahawa hal tersebut adalah baik baginya." (Hadis riwayat Muslim). 1.Surah Al-­‐Baqarah  :  216 2.Surah  Al-­‐Baqarah  :  216 3.Raheeq  Al-­‐Makhtum,  ditulis  oleh  Safi-­‐ur   Rahman  Al-­‐Mubarakfuri. 4.Raheeq  Al-­‐Makhtum,  ditulis  oleh  Safi-­‐ur   Rahman  Al-­‐Mubarakfuri. 5.Raheeq  Al-­‐Makhtum,  ditulis  oleh  Safi-­‐ur   Rahman  Al-­‐Mubarakfuri.

Author is a fourthyear student at the Faculty of Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.

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Caption | Divine Artistry. Photographer | Siti Aisyah binte Khalid Fourth-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being. You will be like the donkey going around at the mill. It travels to what it sets out from. Travel from phenomenal beings to the Maker of beings, and the final end is your Lord. !

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been seen  most  notably  in  the   West,  such  as  the  likes  of  Ziauddin   Sardar,  Maurice  Bucaille  and   Keith  Moore.  This  notion,   however,  rose  up  a  very   important  issue:  What  is  the   Ulama’s  say  on  this?  If  they  are   not  against  it,  what  happens  when   science  contradicts  with  what  is   said  in  the  Quran?  While  this  issue   seems  to  be  new  for  most  of  us,  it   may  surprise  many  that  it  is  an   old  topic  which  has  been  heavily   discussed  centuries  ago  and  is  still   ongoing  amongst  great  Muslim   scholars  worldwide.  Knowing   this,  it  is  obligatory  that  we  –  as   Muslims  and  seekers  of   knowledge  –  read  upon  their   discourse  Uirst  and  learn  about   their  concerns  and  the   consequences  one  is  subjected  to   towards  this  matter  beforehand.

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decades, we  have  seen  the  recent   rise  of  discussions  among   intellectuals  on  the  issue  of   bringing  modern  science  into  the   light  of  our  Holy  Quran.  In   Singapore  particularly,  this   ‘contemporary’  subject  has   proved  to  be  very  appealing  to  the   youths  of  our  Muslim  community   in  general,  be  it  those  studying  in   madrasahs  or  ‘secular’  schools.  On   the  contrary,  although  this   interest  and  the  involvement  of   youths  in  discussions  revolving   around  religious  affairs  seem  like   a  good  thing  to  many,  it  is  of   utmost  importance  to  remind   them  that  things  are  not  always  as   simple  as  it  seems.  There  are   many  essential  fundamentals  one   has  to  take  into  regard  before   relating  any  matter  that  seem  to   be  in  conformity  with  the  eternal   word  of  Allah. Throughout  the  years,  a   substantial  amount  of  effort  into   the  study  of  cosmic  verses  has   Nullam arcu leo, facilisis ut

clarify the  correct  understanding   of  the  relationship  between   science  and  Islam  and  how  to   undertake  the  right  approach   towards  the  application  of  science   in  trying  to  understand  the   abundance  of  cosmic  verses  )Al-­‐ Ayāt  Al-­‐Kauniyah)  in  the  Quran.

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Tafsir Ilmi It is defined as the scientific exegesis of the Holy Quran. It is the attempt of the human mind in understanding the true meaning of the Quran’s cosmic verses in the light of modern scientific knowledge that has been discovered in his time. Â

These interpretations expand consistently with the ever-developing human knowledge as new discoveries are made throughout the years. Most importantly, this consistency grows in integration, and not in contradiction. This is simply due to the fact that the truth will always remain, and true knowledge will never decrease as time passes but rather, it increases in detail and clarification with the heightened efforts and studies of scholars. Among numerous examples include trials to interpret the verses which concern astronomy, stages of the human embryology, and the water cycle. This field of study has perpetually been the interest of scientists worldwide who are intrigued by the very nature of these indications that are abundant in the Quran. In many cases, we become witnesses to scientists such as Dr Arthur Alison embracing Islam wholeheartedly as they reach and discover the truth of the Prophet’s message.

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It is  the  fruit  of  tafsir  ilmi,   when  scientiUic  results  match  with   what  has  been  foretold  by  Allah  in   the  context  of  the  cosmic  verses.  It   demonstrates  the  Quran’s   dominance  over  man  in  the   discoveries  of  scientiUic  knowledge.   These  modern  Uindings  level  with   the  context  of  the  verses  in   correspondence,  but  not  in   validity;  meaning  to  say  that   science  does  not  authenticate  the   truth  of  Allah’s  word,  but  rather,  it   is  the  exact  opposite.  The  Quran  is   the  one  most  deserving  to  judge   the  truth  of  man’s  scientiUic  results.   Indeed,  the  truth  of  Quran  does  not   ever  need  to  be  justiUied.  Since   Allah  is  the  creator  of  all  things,  the   true  knowledge  of  the  mechanisms   behind  His  creations  lies  within   Him  too.  Knowledge  begins  with   the  Quran,  and  does  not  end  with   it.  There  can  never  be  any   contradiction  between  science  and   the  word  of  the  Creator.  

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to be  known  to  mankind.  This   ultimately  leads  to  the  Uinal  truth   that  these  evidences  can  only  come   from  a  divine  source:  Allah.  He  is   the  Creator  of  all  things  and  All-­‐ Knowing  of  their  secrets;  hence   afUirming  the  truth  that  Islam  is  the   true  religion  from  Allah  and  that   the  Quran  is  nothing  but  His  true   words.  This  is  the  main  purpose  of   i’jaz  ilmi.  In  conjunction  with  this,   verily  Almighty  Allah  has  said  in   surah  Fussilat,  verse  53  and  An-­‐ Naml,  verse  93:  “We  will  show  them  Our  signs  in   the  horizons  and  within   themselves  until  it  becomes   clear  to  them  that  it  is  the  truth.   But  is  it  not  suf;icient   concerning  your  Lord  that  He  is,   over  all  things,  a  Witness?”

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commencement of  the  Hereafter. “Does  man  think  that  We  cannot   assemble  his  bones?  Nay,  We  are   able  to  put  together  in  perfect   order  the  very  tips  of  his   ;ingers.”   In  the  light  of  these  two   notions,  many  past  and  present   Ulama  have  discussed  the  validity   of  tafsir  ilmi  in  Islam.     Most  of  the  opposition’s   arguments  circulate  around  these   key  factors: (a)  That  the  true  purpose  of  the   revelation  of  Quran  is  to  establish   the  creed  of  religion,  and  not  to   explain  the  details  of  His  creations   as  a  book  of  science.

(b) The  cosmic  verses,  which  are   mostly  makkiyah,  were  originally   sent  down  to  the  musyrikeen  to   direct  their  attention,  through  the   beauty  of  His  creations  and   towards  the  magniUicence  of  Allah   and  to  afUirm  His  Oneness.  Hence,     A  Uine  example  of  the   it  is  for  us  to  contemplate  on  His   Quran’s  i’jaz  ilmi  is  the  discovery  of   supremacy  and  to  remind  us  on  the   the  distinct  feature  of  our  set  of   I’jaz  ilmi  also  refers  to  the   Hereafter,  not  to  deviate  and  to  be   Uingerprints  in  the  19th  century   fact  that  this  divine  text  has   too  preoccupied  in  validating  the   which  is  unique  to  each  and  every   truth  of  these  scientiUic  evidences. preceded  man  in  claiming  these   one  of  us.  No  two  individuals  can   facts  centuries  even  before  man   have  the  same  set  of  Uingerprints;   (c)  As  history  has  proven,  the   began  to  ponder  upon  how  the   be  it  siblings  or  identical  twins.   theories  of  science  are  subjected  to   order  of  this  world  and  universe   Astoundingly   i n   t he   Q uran,   A llah   changes  and  rectiUication  while  the   works.  These  cosmic  verses,  which   had   a lready   h inted   t his   f act   i n   Quran  is  eternal  and  thus,  it  is  of   makes  up  almost  one-­‐sixth  of  the   surah   A l-­‐Qiyamah,   v erse   3 -­‐4   w hen   great  insult  to  interpret  the  word   Quran,  are  amazingly  abundant  in   He   e mphasised   p articularly   of  Allah  through  fallible  science.   chapters  such  as  surah  An-­‐Naml,   on   t he   U ingerprints   o f   Furthermore,  this  group  of  ulama   Al-­‐‘An`am,  Al-­‐Hajj,  Al-­‐‘Ankabut,   man   d uring   t he   worry  that  the  attempts  of  man  in   and  Ar-­‐Ra’d.  The  scientiUic   resurrection,   their  search  to  clarify  these  verses   indications  were  revealed   right   b efore   might  not  reach  the  truth  of  it  and   to  our  Prophet  in  the   the   thus,  leading  them  to  believe  that   Quran  during  a  time   the  facts  in  which  the  verses   when  it  was   contain  are  false. inevitably  impossible   And  say,  "[All]  praise  is  [due]  to   Allah.  He  will  show  you  His   signs,  and  you  will  recognize   them.  And  your  Lord  is  not   unaware  of  what  you  do."

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towards the  propagation  of  Islam   which  one  cannot  just  ignorantly   ith  contemplation   abandon  its  utilization  in  this  era   of  knowledge  and  technology   and  rational  thinking,  one  will  Uind   where  modern  science  is  at  its   highest  pinnacle  in  history  by  far.   that  there  is  truth  in  those   statements;  however,  it  might  lead   Though  it  is  true  that  there  are   many  other  forms  of  da’wah,  many   the  ignorant  to  straightaway   will  agree  that  this  is  one  of  the   conclude  that  tafsir  ilmi  is  haram   and  impermissible  in  Islam.  But  as   most  suitable  and  formidable  form   pursuers  of  the   truth,  we  must  be   wise  enough  to   differentiate    the   black  and  white   areas;  to  reUlect,   and  not  jump  to   any  assumption   without  any   rigorous  analytic   thinking.  Only   then  can  we   reach  to  a  Uirm   conclusion:  one   which  is  based  on   true  comparison,   based  on  the   correct  moderate   approach.

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To refute   the  factors  above,   there  are  things   that  we  need  to   rectify  to  clear   their  doubts  and   address  their   concerns.  We   absolutely  agree  that  the  Quran  is  a   sacred  scripture  of  guidance  and   not  a  book  of  science,  nor  does  it   demand  its  readers  to  elaborate   the  scientiUic  facts  within  it.   Nonetheless,  one  must  not  deny   the  remarkable  wisdom  behind  the   abundance  of  these  cosmic  verses,   and  the  reason  behind  Allah’s   repetitive  instructions  towards   man  to  always  observe  His   creations  and  ponder  upon  how   they  operate  in  nature.

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and He  is  most  knowing  of  who   is  [rightly]  guided.” All  of  the  past  revelations  and   mu’jizah  were  sent  down  in  a  form   that  was  most  suitable  to  the   circumstances  of  the  generation  by   meeting  their  needs  and  their   standards  of  knowledge.  The  same   is  applied  to  the  Quran,  but  on  top   of  it,  the  Prophet’s  risalah  was  

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meant to  be  the  upstanding  one   which  will  last  until  the  end  of   time.  To  achieve  this,  it  has  to   withstand  the  ever-­‐changing   culture  of  his  universal  ummah  and   be  adaptable  to  their  intellectual   activity  throughout  the  years.   During  the  early  years  of  its   revelation,  it  was  linguistics.  Now   in  this  era,  it  is  science.  The   correspondence  of  the  Quran  with   the  nature  of  the  respective   periods,  inimitability  and    “Invite  to  the  way  of  your  Lord   invulnerability  against  any   with  wisdom  and  good   contradictions  of  falsehood  from    I’jaz  ilmi  of  the  Quran  has   instruction,  and  argue  with  them   man  have  proven  its  supremacy   the  ability  to  instil  mankind  into   in  a  way  that  is  best.  Indeed,   and  demonstrates  just  how  never-­‐ leading  them  towards  the  Truth. your  Lord  is  most  knowing  of   ending  its  miracles  can  be,  such   who  has  strayed  from  His  way,   worthy  to  be  the  word  of  Allah.    It  has  within  itself  a   tremendous  amount  of  inUluence   34

of da’wah  in  this  stage  of  time.   Aren’t  Muslims  entrusted  with  the   task  to  spread  Allah’s  words  to  the   disbelievers  through  the  best  and   most  suitable  means  possible?  One   must  constantly  be  up  to  date  with   what  is  happening  in  the  West  and   observe  how  hundreds  of  scientists   have  come  to  accept  Islam  through   this  mean  of  da’wah  alone.  Verily,   Allah  has  stated  in  the  surah  An-­‐ Nahl,  verse  125:

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mankind as  told  in  chapter  An-­‐ Nisa,  verse  82: urthermore,  i’jaz  ilmi  

increases the  iman  within  the   believers’  hearts  as  they  grow  to  be   more  convinced  of  the  truth  of   Islam  upon  the  correspondence   from  both  sides.  Not  to  mention,  it   also  helps  to  strengthen  and,  at  the   same  time,  pacify  both  their  minds   and  hearts  in  the  face  of  any   contradictions  that  may  arise.  This   is  because  a  true  Muslim   understands  that  the  sole  reason   that  can  cause  any  contradiction  to   manifest  comes  from  the   shortcomings  within  himself  -­‐  his   limited  perceptive  ability,   unrighteous  intentions,  and   insufUicient  knowledge.  He   sincerely  understands  that   mistakes  are  the  nature  of  

their opposition  towards  tafsir   ‘ilmi  is  the  fear  of  any   shortcomings  in  the  Quran  in  the    “Then  do  they  not  re;lect  upon   face  of  newly-­‐discovered  scientiUic   the  Qur'an?  If  it  had  been  from   results  since  the  true  knowledge   [any]  other  than  Allah,  they   would  have  found  within  it  much   behind  Allah’s  creations  will  never   contradict  the  Quran  which   contradiction.” likewise,  comes  from  Himself.   At  any  rate,  majority  of  scholars   who  oppose  the  validity  of  tafsir       R e g a r d l e s s ,   t h e r e   a r e   m a n y   ‘ilmi  do  not  deny  that  these   c o n s e q u e n c e s   t h a t   n e e d   scientiUic  indications  which  are   t o   b e   c o n s i d e r e d   a n d   apparent  in  their  literal  context   p r e c a u t i o n s   t o   b e   t a k e n   remains  as  Allah’s  explanation   i n t o   a c c o u n t   b e f o r e   o n e   towards  the  respective  phenomena   c a n   d e l v e   i n t o   t h i s   f i e l d . described  in  the  verses  and  thus   (to  be  continued  in  the  upcoming   they  are  the  absolute  truth  and  are   newsletter)   one  of  the  primary  factors  for  the   Quran’s  inimitability.  Therefore,   Author is a third-year student at the one  must  refrain  from  even   Faculty of Islamic Theology, Althinking  that  the  actual  basis  for   Azhar University, Cairo.

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Caption | On the rooftop of the majestic Al-Azhar Grand Mosque with its caretaker Ammu Ahmad. Photographer | Nur Hidayah binte Mohammad Ismail First-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


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Words & Illustrations by Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tii Qah binte Suhaimi. She is a third-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


Your body is only clothing.Your flesh will wither, but you are your heart and mind, and they do not change except to grow stronger. -Robert Jordan, from the book ‘Winter’s Heart’

Shared by Muhammad Asyraf Kasim Third-year student at the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University, Cairo.


Courtesy of Himmah

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