The third and final talk for the year that was conducted by the Human Enrichment secretariat was entitled “Secrets of the Divine Revelation”. The talk was delivered by Ustaz Mohamed Qusairy bin Thaha on the 2nd of November 2012. He is the head of Darul Qur’an (centre for Quranic studies under MUIS in Singapore) and is an Education Officer at Kampung Siglap Mosque.
The aim of the talk was to allow undergraduates to explore the question of what it means to be a Muslim. Another aim was to highlight relevant verses from the Qur’an which can be applied in the daily lives of Muslim undergraduates. These can range from verses encouraging universal values-kindness, tolerance, respect for other religions and others-to verses related to seeking knowledge and ideal manners. Since the verses covered were mostly related to an individual’s interactions in society, all undergraduates regardless of their religion were welcome. It was hoped that the talk would provide a good opportunity for everyone to find out more about Islam and what it stands for. This would then allow greater understanding and interaction between all students within the NUS community.
The talk also touched briefly on the basics of how to learn or practice what is taught in the Qur’an. It consists of 3 steps. The first is to read it as a form of ibadah. The next step is to tadabbur, which means to understand the meaning and realise the consequences and effects from the ayat or verse. The final step is to act on it with hikmah, such that our actions will be a true reflection of the lessons of the Qur’an. There was also a lengthy question and answer section at the end where participants asked a wide variety of questions and were able to clarify any doubts they had that was related to the contents of the talk.
Overall, it was a very informative and interactive talk which managed to effectively highlight the relevance of the Qur’an in our lives, successfully concluding the events organised by NUSMS in 2012(: