Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Assalammualaikum wr wb.

All praise is due to Allah, and may His peace and blessings be upon the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) who said: “Should I not be a grateful servant.” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

With the year end approaching, let’s recap the talks that were organised by NUSMS, beginning with “Fundamentals of Faith: Islam”(:

The talk entitled “Fundamentals of Faith: Islam” was conducted by experienced speaker Ustaz Zhulkeflee Haji Ismail. The first talk organised by the newly elected executive committee members, which encompassed the 3 core concepts of the Islamic belief system, namely Islam, Iman and Ihsan, garnered an overwhelming response from the student population. The talk met its objectives of discussing and bringing forth the relevance of the three concepts in one’s daily life as an undergraduate, as well as the practicality of religion.

Ustaz Zhulkeflee delivering the talk

By definition, here are the meanings to the three terms:

1) Islam is that one testifies that there is no deity save Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Haj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) if you can find a way to it.
2) Iman is that one believes in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the last Day and in fate (qadar), both in its good and evil aspects.
3) Ihsan is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.

The meanings attached to the three terms mentioned in “Hadis Jibril” go beyond that, falsifying the belief that one who have had memorized the definitions meant that they have truly understood Islam.

Ustaz Zhulkeflee went on to highlight and clear the common misconceptions of separating and enforcing differences between attaining knowledge for worldly affairs and the hereafter. Most often, Islamic knowledge is being deemed as beneficial for the security of the next life, whilst secular knowledge is meant to better oneself only in the issues of this world. This is not true, for Islam propagates the learning of both Islamic and Western sciences, in addition to the attainment of various kinds of knowledge available that could potentially benefit oneself, and the community, under the banner of hukum fardhu kifayah.

The attentive audience

Ustaz Zhulkeflee answering questions & clarifying doubts during the talk

Indeed, the current activities planned out by the 49th Executive Committee are in accordance with the understanding of the meanings attached to these three terms, as it is hoped that all who partake in this journey towards a God-conscious society, or at least participate in the activities or the talks organised by the NUS Muslim Society may benefit from them, InsyaAllah.

May we continue to attain beneficial knowledge and practice the knowledge of which we had received. And may Allah bless us all, and guide us to the right path. Ameen.(:

Lastly, if you wish to view more photos of the event, do visit our Facebook page & don’t forget to click “Like”! Also, don’t forget to keep a look out for other NUSMS events that will be coming your way in 2013(:

Thank you.