Memoir Eng

Yusuf ibn Tashfin

Yusuf ibn Tashfin atau Tashafin (memerintah 453 H - 500 H) ialah seorang penguasa etnik Berber dan Almoravid di Afrika Utara dan Al-Andalus (Moor Iberia). Beliau lahir pada tahun 400 H. Pada tahun 453 H, Abu Bakr, yang ketika itu adalah pemimpin Almoravids, pergi ke selatan ke padang pasir untuk menghentikan pemberontakan suku di sana. Dia memberikan memberi jawatan panglima untuk pasukannya di Maghrib kepada...

Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh

Sultan Muhamad al-Fateh dilahirkan pada 27 Rajab 835 Hijrah bersamaan 29 Mac 1432 M dan meninggal dunia pada 3 Mei 1481.  Ketika berumur 19 tahun beliau diangkat untuk menaiki takhta menggantikan ayahnya Sultan Murad. Selepas pelantikan beliau, Sultan al-Fateh menjadikan Adrianopel (Adana) sebagai ibu kota dan pusat pemerintahannya bagi memudahkan cita-citanya menawan Konstantinopel. Sultan Muhamad al Fateh berjaya menakluk Konstantinopel pada 29 Mei 1453 bersamaan...

Chapter 61: First Day as the Mufti

This morning is unlike any other morning. After performing the Subuh prayer, Zulkifli puts on his white jubah, kakula and al-Azhar turban. Rewinding...

Chapter 60: Responsibility, Not Greatness

Prologue II Alhamdulillah, the first volume which is the compilation of 59 chapters of my memoir beginning from my birth until I completed my service...

Chapter 58: She Is My Mother

“Well, if it’s Zul, he wouldn’t eat any cheap fish ever since he was young. He just couldn’t tolerate the taste. If it’s expensive...

Chapter 57: The Beginning of a Journey

“Ustaz, I think it’s about time for you to change your car. Hehehe…” Hasrulnizam joked while looking at the rows of impressive and large...

Chapter 56: Fatwa, Usul al-Fiqh and INFAD

My experience socializing and interacting with various races during my studies truly open my mind and paradigm regarding the vastness of customs and culture...

Chapter 55: My Travels to Syria, Egypt and Indonesia

“I’m very happy with your visit to Malaysia. Malaysians are close to my heart although I’ve never been there. I once had a student....

Chapter 54: My Memory with Syeikh Dr Wahbah al-Zuhaili

“This question is for Dr Zulkifli bin Mohamad al-Bakri. I want to ask regarding the necessity of taqnin al-ahkam in Islam. Is it an...

Chapter 53: New Resolve at USIM

“The financial situation in UNITI College isn’t going well right now. Even the country’s economy is unstable. I appreciate your efforts throughout your term...

Chapter 52: My Memory in Singapore

“I’d like to introduce Ustaz Abdul Rahman, he’s also an Islamic Medina University alumnus. Maybe he is your senior.” One of the al-Ghufran Mosque...

Chapter 51: That Is Dakwah. Tiring but Fulfilling

It was a calm and peaceful morning just like any other morning in Lekir Room. The wind from the Port Dickson beach beside UNITI...

Chapter 48: Learning Not Only in the Classroom

Diploma in Islamic Studies Program is a new program founded as a result of the joint venture of Zulkifli and his colleagues such as...

Chapter 46: From Paroi to Pasir Panjang

“Alhamdulillah…” Zul said as he smiled looking at the sunrise from Taman Paroi Jaya, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. It never crossed his mind that he...

Chapter 44: My Travels to the United Kingdom

“Welcome to the United Kingdom, Ustaz Zul!” Husni greeted him, holding out his hands to shake hands with him. Together with him are several...

Chapter 42: “Ustaz Zul, Are You Taken?”

“Insya-Allah, next week we’ll be departing to mecca for hajj. We’ll ride with our friends in Jordan, on road. Whoever wants to join can...

Chapter 41: The Fragrance of Maulidurrasul in Syria

The fragrant aroma of desserts and delicacies in Souq al-Hamidiyah which is located in the old town of Damascus is a sign of the...

Chapter 40: Pearls of Wisdom in the Land of Syria

“Ustaz Zul, can I learn the Hikam book from you…?” Azlan’s greeting stopped Zul from his thoughts. Zulyadain who was by his side smiled...

Chapter 39: The Beautiful Character of the People of Halab

“Did Zul go to visit any of his Arab friends in Syria? I’m curious as to the custom of people there. You told me...

Chapter 38: Tea at Marjeh Square

Weekends are among the days on which Zul is free in Damascus. Considering there is nothing of importance planned that day, Zul decided to...

Chapter 37: My Memory with Syeikh Dr Muhammad Sa’id Ramadhan al-Buti

“Blessed audiences by Allah SWT. Islam started to spread to Medina in that year. As promised, a group of the Ansar arrived with an...

Chapter 36: My Memory with Syeikh Sadiq Habannakah

Through the lesson by Syeikh Sadiq Habannakah al-Maidani, Zul was introduced to a broader view in understanding the fiqh of madhhab Syafie. Syeikh Sadiq...

Chapter 35: My Memory with Syeikh Dr Mustafa al-Khin

Most Syrian scholars are gifted by Allah SWT with the expertise and comprehensive knowledge in fiqh and usul fiqh. Zul took full advantage of...

Chapter 34: Master’s Degree Student at al-Majma’ al-‘Ilmi al-‘Ali, Jami’ al-Sadat

In the early morning, Zul, Azli and Hazman were all standing in wait in front of Majma’ al-‘Ilmi al-‘Ali (MIA) at al-Aqsab Mosque (Jami’...

Chapter 33: Damascus: Love at First Sight

The sun has started to shine since 6.30 in the morning. Zul, Azli, and Hazman are all up and smartly dressed prepared to go...

Chapter 32: Farewell Jordan

“I bet Zul had a lot of fun he went to visit and go sightseeing in Jordan,” Sarah suddenly interjects when Grandpa Aki was...

Chapter 31: Stopover in Jordan

In 1989 – 1993 Zul was in Medina. In 1994, Zul begins his journey for knowledge of Syria. Once again, Telaga Batin Airport and...

Chapter 30: From Medina to Syria

While waiting for the result of the interview he had at KUSZA, Zul has begun his search for postgraduate studies. He intended to pursue...

Chapter 29: Failing the Interview for a Lecturer Position in KUSZA

It was a nearly 8-hour journey for him to arrive at Subang International Airport. Zul’s return was welcomed by his families and villagers of...

Chapter 28: Ma’assalamah O the Land of Medina

“Syeikh Soleh, I’m going back home to Malaysia. Alhamdulillah, I’ve completed my studies in the Islamic University of Medina.” Zul greeted an elderly man...

Chapter 27: “I’m a Dual University Graduate!”

“Sarah, how many years do you think Zul spent in Medina?” Grandpa Aki asked testing his granddaughter who he saw sitting still barely ever...

Chapter 26: Cherished Friends

“Dear students blessed by Allah, The Islamic University of Medina always emphasizes the strengthening of relationships between our fellow Muslims as the basis in the...

Chapter 25: If We Could Turn Back Time

“Zul, hurry up…we’re going to be late. I think Maulana is already there!” Zulkifli Singapore invites Zul to Nabawi Mosque. Zulkifli is one of...

Chapter 24: Kulliyyah Shariah Islamic University of Medina’s Syllabus

“Zul, did you get what Syeikh Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Mukhtar’s explanation just now?” Azhan asked right after class. Syeikh’s class is among the most...

Chapter 23: Cowboy Hajj

“Grandpa, Muslims perform their hajj in Mecca, right? Is Mecca far from Malaysia?” Sarah suddenly asked her grandfather. Grandpa Aki turned to look at...

Chapter 22: The One Who Taught Me Knowledge and Manners

“My name is Zulkifli bin Mohamad. I’m from Terengganu, Malaysia. Here, I’m studying in the Kuliyah of Syariah, Islamic University of Medina. I dream...

Chapter 21: Precious Memories

I used to own a light orange Mazda 929 “Ayub, hurry up. I’ll be late for Syeikh Muhammad ‘Ali Thani’s class!” Zul yelled, calling his...

Chapter 20: Halaqah at Nabawi Mosque

بَابُ نُزُولِ عِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ حَاكِمًا بِشرِيعَةِ نَبِيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا لَيْثٌ، ح، وَحَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رُمْحٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا...

Chapter 19: Fridays in Medina and Mecca

Thursdays and Fridays are the weekend holidays for Saudi Arabia. The history of the beginning of the tradition of Thursdays and Fridays as weekends...

Chapter 18: First Experience of Being Classmates with Arabs

From Jeddah, they board yet another aeroplane headed to Medina happily. The blessed land of which previously just read in books and watched through...

Chapter 17: SZB – JED

Zul read and reread each line of the fax sent from the Islamic University of Medina that he had just received from Ustaz Haji...

Chapter 16: Islamic University of Medina Enrollment Interview

After the Thanawi examinations are over, hence, it also concludes the school years for Zul in SMAASZA. How did he do? Alhamdulillah, he and...

Chapter 14: Tablighi Jamaat

“Dear honoured guests. There are four reasons for our success in this world and the hereafter; believing in Allah, performing good deeds, obeying Allah’s...

Chapter 14: Studying and Teaching

“Grandpa, after that, what other concerts did Zul go to?” Sarah asks curiously. “Hehe… As far as I know, Zul never went to any other...

Chapter 12: Al-Arqam and Nadamurni

I long for the glory of Islam Rise again with splendour O Islam Echoing the previous triumphs in Islam I hope for the return honour of Islam   Friends...

Chapter 11: The Story of a Kampung Kekura Boy in Front of Syeikhul Azhar

“Are you sure about getting a motorcycle? It’s dangerous, you know how many accidents are reported since you watch the news right?” Ustaz Mad...

Chapter 10: Usrah, Tarbiah and Dakwah

During his studies in SMAASZA Batu Burok, Zul remained active in takraw. Most of his time he spent in his rented house to revise,...

Chapter 8: 11A’s in SMASZA Ladang

“It’s fine, Mi. I’ve got your back. It’s unfair for the school to treat you like that.” Zul said, patting Mazemi’s shoulder in an...

Chapter 7: Days of Celebration in Islam

“What happened next, Granpa Aki? Why did Zul got expelled?” Sarah asked ardently. “I’m sure you are dying to know right? Well, let’s take an...

Chapter 6: SMASZA Ladang’s Takraw Athlete

Zul jogged towards the bus stop near the main road followed by Khairul. Khairul is just a year younger than his brother. So, they...

Chapter 5: Raya Celebration

A few days before Eidulfitri, people will gather at Pasar Payang, Kuala Terengganu to shop for household essentials in their preparation for Raya and...

Prologue

Truthfully, I’ve always wanted to write my life’s memoir, compiling the valuable lessons I've gained throughout my life as well as my experience throughout...

Chapter 2: Unlike Before

Every day, since early in the morning Hajah Ramlah would busy herself in the kitchen preparing breakfast for her children. Their breakfast staple includes...

Chapter 1: Village Boy

Scratching the dirt on the ground with her dinky toe, Sarah sighs slowly saying, “Grandpa, I’m bored. I’ve been here for two weeks. Mom...

Chapter 3 : Ramadhan in Kubang Kekura

“Everyone, wake up. Rise and shine.” Hajah Ramlah starts to wake her children up. Zul stretches and rubs his eyes. “Mom, you woke us...

Chapter 4: The Last 10 Nights of Ramadhan

The Khatam (completion of the recitation of the Quran) celebration at Surau Kampung Kubang Kekura and areas in the neighbourhood is usually held on...