Where is the LoveSimplyIslam.sg is organising a special lecture entitled Where is the Love? by a visiting eminent scholar of Islam, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani.  He is a world renowned Islamic scholar and author.  He is also the Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America [website] and the As-Sunnah Foundation of America [website].  [Click here] for Shaykh Hisham Kabbani’s detailed biodata.

Art Fazil The event includes a special guest performance by Art Fazil. Please note that entry for the lecture is by a valid ticket only.  Don’t miss this special lecture event!

Public Lecture
Topic: Where is the Love?
Date: Sunday 11 October 2009
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Level 6 (1 Raffles Boulevard)
| $20 per person (early bird price ends 1 October 2009)
| $25 per person (2 October onwards)
| $18 for students
All participants will receive a special “Insan Rabbani” Dhikr & Salawat CD worth $19.90 and other stuff.


Haul Imam Al-Haddad

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Masjid Baitul Aman Kuala Lumpur and the Al-Haddad family are organising the Haul of the great Imam Abdallah Al-Haddad.  “Haul” is the Arabic word for what is known as ‘anniversary commemoration’.

The Messenger of God, salallahu alaihi wasallam, prophesied that in every century Allah would raise up amongst his nation a man who would renew its religion. Imam ‘Abdallah al-Haddad was the renewer, or Mujaddid, of the 12th Islamic century. He was renowned, and deser vedly so, for the breadth of his knowledge and his manifest sanctity. The profundity of his influence on Muslims is reflected by the fact his books are still in print throughout the Islamic world.  He was born in Tarim, in the hills of Hadramaut, one of the southerly regi ons of the Arabian peninsula, and grew up in an environment where the accent was upon piety, frugality, erudition, and an uncompromising thirst for gnosis (ma’rifa). He is a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, salallahu alaihi wasallam.

SimplyIslam.sg is organising a wisata or travel to Kuala Lumpur to participate in the Haul (see programme below). We are leaving Singapore on Saturday 1 November 2008, at 7 am and we shall return to Singapore on Sunday 2 November 2008 (9 pm). Fee is only $60 per person – the fee includes transportation, 1 night accommodation at Sucasa Apartments and insurance (meals are not included). The fee is heavily subsidised. Details:

Date & Time of Departure: Saturday 1 November 2008, 7 am
Point of Departure: Eunos MRT Station
Fee: $60 per person (subsidised)
Inclusive: Transportation (coach bus), 1-night Accommodation at Sucasa Apartments & Insurance
Other Details: Meals not included
Return Date & Time: Sunday 2 November 2008, 9 to 10 pm

Saturday 1 November 2008
7 am – Depart for Kuala Lumpur (Meet @ Eunos MRT)
4 pm – Haul of Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad at Masjid Baitul Aman (KL)
9 pm – Back to Sucasa Apts

Sunday 2 November 2008
10 am – Session with Shaykh Afeefuddin Al-Gaylani (Tazkirah & Dhikrullah)
12 pm – Maulid/Hadrah @ Shah Alam (men only)
– women free and easy @ Shah Alam

4 pm – Depart for Singapore (expected SIN arrival 9-10 pm)

For enquiries, please call Sis Saira Elley at 65474407 or Mohamed Nassir at 90703200.

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[A blog piece from my friend, Ibrahim Tahir from Wardah Books. Read on…]

Minutes before closing time at Wardah on a Saturday evening, in walks a young man who seemed to me to be in his late teens. He scans the books on our shelves, pausing now and again at some of the more exotic titles: his expression was one of bemusement. Ah, it’s a familiar feeling for any bookseller – my selection is being sized up. Judgement is not for in coming. He finally turns to me and says, “Why do you have all these books?” Needless to say, I was puzzled, and my momentary silence must have successfully communicated this. “Why do you have books on philosophy, Islamic science, Islamic art … and all of that,” he elaborated, waving at the ‘Sufi’ section.

“Because this is a bookshop and this is our selection of books we think are good and are worth reading,” was my reply.

“But you don’t need all of this because the Qur’an has everything.”

[click here to read more]

An Apology
Heartfelt reflections on the passing of a legendary Blackamerican Muslim leader


On September 11th, 2008, while countless American flags whipped in the wind and the television and radio waves were dominated by remembrances, recordings, and stories about the terror attacks of seven years ago, I attended the funeral of Imam W.D. Mohammed (may God be pleased with him). For me, it was a somber day, but I found myself mostly lost in thought: about African-American Muslim communities, about the challenges ahead in American Muslim institution-building, and about the future of Islam in America. If you don’t know who Imam WDM was, you should look him up. The Sufis say: “The true sage belongs to his era.” And of the many gifts given to Imam WDM by God, perhaps the most obvious and beneficial one was the Imam’s profound understanding of the principles of religion, and his adeptness at intelligently applying those Islamic principles in a socially and culturally appropriate manner befitting the everyday lives of his North American followers. While carefully respecting sound, traditional jurisprudential methodologies of the Islamic religion, and the collective religious history and time-honored scholarship of classical Islam, he promulgated creative ideas and dynamic teachings across many domains of human endeavor, including theology, law, spirituality and even ethics and aesthetics, that together articulated a vision for a quintessentially “American Muslim” cultural identity. And he did all of this before anyone else, with quiet strength and unending humility—a true sage indeed.


Praises on the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alaihi wasallam) by the famous Moroccan singer, Rachid Ghoulam. Born in 1972 in Casablanca, Rachid Gholam started his artistic career in the middle of the 80s when he was still a teenager. At that time, he used to sing Arabic classical music such as Oum kalthoum’s and Nazem Al Ghazali’s. He is now focused on singing qasidah and al-madih, or praises to Allah and Sayyidina Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam.

Listen to a good lecture on the subject of extremism by the eminent Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Chairman or Nawawi Foundation, USA).  The lecture was organised by The Radical Middle Way (UK), which is headed by my friend Fareena Alam. Islamic Extremism by Dr Umar Abd-Allah [click here to listen]

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, a major Islamic leader in the U.S. who led thousands of African-American Muslims to orthodox Islam, died on September 9th in Illinois. He was 74.

Born and raised in Hamtramck, Mohammed, also known as Imam W.D. Mohammed, was the son of Nation of Islam leader and Michigan native Elijah Muhammad. After his father’s death, Mohammed transformed the Nation from a black nationalist organization into a group that embraced a more mainstream Islam that rejected racial and ethnic divisions.

Born October 30, 1933, Wallace Delaney — later Warith Deen — Mohammed was tapped by the founder of the Nation of Islam, Wali Farad Mohammed, to be his father’s successor. But, trained from childhood in Arabic and in the Koran, he early came to reject the Nation of Islam’s racial theology and loopy accounts of the creation of the white race by a mad scientist. He also rejected his father’s contention that Farad, originally W.D. Fard, was divine.

He was considered to be the biggest Muslim leader in the U.S. among African-Americans and probably had more followers than any other Muslim leader in the U.S., say Muslims.

“He was a reviver of the religion,” said Imam Abdullah El-Amin, head of the Muslim Center in Detroit. “He saved a lot of lives, including mine…He brought a whole lot of people to the correct worship of Islam, almost with just a wave of his hand.”

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed died on September 9, 2008, the 9th day of Ramadan, in Illinois Chicago.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. From Allah we came and to Allah we shall return. May Allah bestow His Mercy on Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, and rest his soul among the Prophets, the Truthful, The Martyrs and the Pious Ones, Ameen.

I had to honour of speaking to Imam Warith Deen many years ago to invite him to Singapore. The visit did not materialised, but he was certainly a nice person and he was thinking about his community all the time.

My takziah and condolences to his family and loved ones.