All good things MUS-t come to an end!
Assalamualaikum to one and all. It has been quite a while since we last posted about the conclusion of an event. Alhamdulillah, the 3-part Muslim Undergraduate Series (MUS1101E) has just concluded! Organised by the NUSMS Human Enrichment team, these talks aim to address the essential matters most pertinent to the lives of Muslim youths and undergraduates today – revolving around the theme of relationships with the self, the community and God.
As we live in an increasingly connected world where socialization and relationships form the basic features of our daily lives, it has become more crucial for us to learn how to handle the diverse relationships in our lives, especially in accordance to Islamic teachings. Hence, this year, MUS1101E aims to inspire participants to apply lessons learnt to their own lives so that they can improve on their connections with God, with His Creation and with themselves.
Part 1: The Gift of Mind
Held on the 7th of September at the School of Medicine, the first talk focused on the connection of the self to knowledge. Alhamdulillah, we were blessed to have Ustaz Taufiq Radja Nurul Bahri as the speaker, a graduate of Al-Azhar University and co-founder of Alqudwah Academy. Ustaz Taufiq RNB enlightened the audience on the position of the mind in Islam, the merits of one who seeks knowledge and most importantly, the spiritual gain from doing so. The audience left the talk with an appreciation that knowledge, if applied correctly, can help us fulfill our duty on Earth – to worship Allah, to serve humanity and to do good.
Part 2: An Exploration of the Soul
The second talk as part of the Muslim Undergraduate Series, which focused on the notion of the soul and the etiquettes of seeking knowledge in our efforts to gain a more intimate relationship with our Creator. Held on the 2nd of October at Tahir Foundation Building, we were honoured to engage Ustaz Amin Badekruzaman to be our esteemed speaker, who is experienced in Islamic Sciences and Theology. Ustaz Amin touched on the importance of knowing oneself in order to know our Creator. He also enlightened the audience with the distinct qualities of the human soul through showing a video which was inspired by the famous book of Imam Ghazali, “The Alchemy of Happiness”. Ustaz Amin engaged the audience on the roles of a vicegerent and how we can perform it well through the seeking of knowledge with proper etiquettes.
Part 3: Rooted to the Earth, Planting in the Heavens
As the name suggests, the final talk focused on contributing to the community. The talk was held on the 4th of November, at the Tahir Foundation Building. Alhamdulillah, we were very fortunate to have Ustaz Hafiz Kusairi, an NUS alumni and graduate in History, as our esteemed speaker. The charismatic and eloquent Ustaz Hafiz, elucidated on the centrality of helping and performing good deeds to others in nourishing our spirituality as well as the need for a healthy and firm spirituality before we can contribute well to the community without diminishing our spirit. He also emphasized the importance of consistency of performing good deeds and the wisdom of starting with simple ones. We hope that the audience gained an appreciation of the integral place of service to others to our identity as Muslims, insya-Allah. A set of takeaways for this talk can be found on our Facebook page.
Till Next Year:
We were incredibly heartened to see such a wonderful crowd despite the talk being held near the end of the semester. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped and supported us at any stage of this series. This would not have been possible without your assistance and support, and without Allah’s guidance. All that is good comes from Allah and all that is bad stems from us. We apologize for any shortcomings on our part; we will strive to improve for our future events insya-Allah. May Allah bless all of you and guide us towards being a God-conscious society. Ameen.