Guidelines in using the word “Allah”

Mar. 15 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Jaabir (weproofread4u.blogspot.com) I would like to suggest hereby few issues that should be looked into carefully regarding the usage of the word “Allah” by the non-Muslims. As mentioned in my previous...

Permission (Izin) is not Approval (Redha)

Jan. 30 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by R. Abdul-Hamid I don’t like to be too philosophical in what I say. The purpose of speech and the written word is for the message to be understood by those on the receiving end, not for it to be so convoluted...

NO! to Wahhabi

Jan. 4 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Jaabir (weproofread4u.blogspot.com) It is unfortunate that those known as devout or pious are actually very un-scholarly, though knowledge is the essence of Islam’s purity and authenticity. Of the qualities...

Al-Qardawi: A Man of Reform

Jan. 4 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Jaabir (weproofread4u.blogspot.com) The coming of Dr Yusuf al-Qardawi to Malaysia was most welcomed. Though I was not able to attend his lecture yesterday morning, in which I was told he talked about his...

Fear The Wahhabi Ghost!

Nov. 21 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Jaabir (weproofread4u.blogspot.com) Several individuals had suggested that I briefly expound in my column regarding what was mentioned last week by a tarekat (Sufi sect) activist that had commented on my...

Wahhabi: A Mystery in Malaysia

Nov. 12 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Jabir (weproofread4u.blogspot.com) In the context of Western journalism, the word ‘Wahhabi’ has many connotations. All of them lead to an understanding that it is an Islamic movement perceived as strictly...

Hari Raya is Not a Sad Day

Sep. 30 | By Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translated by Shabana Zahir Ahmad Edited by Umm Hajar The Malay community commonly associates Hari Raya with melancholia. This inclination is being stimulated further by our media. When Hari Raya comes, takbir (saying Allahu...

Tajdid: A Necessity to the Ummah

Jun. 21 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) Tajdid or the process of renewal to the religious comprehension is a necessity. Throughout the history of this ummah, the movement or the struggle of tajdid was instrumental...

Unity Government and Islamic Brotherhood

Jun. 18 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) ‘Unity government’ has become a hot term. I am not sure what it means exactly. Is it possible that it is just like before when ‘Islam Hadhari’ appeared out of...

Islamize Politics or Politicize Islam?

Jun. 2 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) I often call for Muslims to Islamize their politics and not politicize Islam. One may ask, what is the difference between the two? The difference is, when we strive to...

When Crimes Overcome the Makruf

May. 26 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) Thousands of miles away from Malaysia, I read the Malaysia newspaper daily and keep myself abreast on how the security of the Malaysians is turning into a menacing state....

Between Spiritual Need and Sufism

May. 26 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) When a society is overwhelmed by pandemonium, disorder, chaos, spiritual emptiness, destruction and moral degradation with no effective solutions at hand, we will see...

Ulama Or Professionals As Leaders?

May. 26 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) There is a hot debate going on in PAS deliberating whether the top leadership posts should be occupied by the ulama or the professionals. Initially, I had no intention...

The Danger of Democracy Devoid of Divine Principles

May. 26 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) To some people, democracy has become more like a religion than just a system of governance. More than that, some have even placed it at a much higher position than the...

Why Does the Rakyat Feel Frustrated?

Apr. 19 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) As I am writing this article, I am on my journey to Prague yet again. This time, I will meet with a big group of Malaysia’s future doctors. Last week, I was in Doha...

Salaam to the New Prime Minister

Apr. 10 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) Malaysia has a new Prime Minister. This is a result of the fact that leadership is never static. Leaders come and go. No one can hold the sky up forever. Malaysians have...

O Politicians! Are these all worth the effort?

Mar. 27 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) It is so disheartening to talk about the political commotion currently occurring in our country. Even though I am now located so far away in Lampeter, I can still feel...

Mawlid: Between History and Customary

Mar. 12 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) Muslim scholars have been differing in determining the exact date of the birth of the Prophet s.a.w. The hadith reported by al-Imam Muslim only states that he was born...

Ladies! Establish Your Course of Struggle!

Mar. 2 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) My guess that the polygamy article I wrote last week would be objected by many women was slightly wide of the mark. Instead, Alhamdulillah, many of them sent emails to...

Polygamy: Pro-West or Pro-Islam?

Feb. 26 | Written by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin Translation by Umm Hajar (ummhajar@gmail.com) I spent a long time thinking of writing about the topic of polygamy in this column. After this, surely some of my long time enthusiastic female readers will withdraw...