Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A new milestone (personal one)

Is that the right word? We finished (khatam) a tasawwuf kitab last week. "Mengenal Diri & Wali Allah" was written by Ustaz Mustafa Muhammad al-Jiasi in 1971. The manuscript of this kitab was read to the author and his peers (Ustaz Zakaria included) by a wali of Allah Syaikh Haji Daud bin Umar Bukit Abal rahimullahalaih. Ustaz Zakaria started reading me this kitab on (I think) July 24th 2006. It was by some 'strange' coincidence that I started attending lesson with him. Then some guys simply and strangely showed up and now we end up close friends. There'd been some trials and difficulties to keep coming to the lessons in the beginning, but o' friends read this in the Qur'an:

Those who persevere in Us, surely We will show them Our Way...

The kitab is small and might look like a beginner's stuff on tasawwuf, but it opened my 'closed' mind towards Islam insyaAllah.

So Ustaz Zakaria closed the old kitab, and this week opened a new kitab: "Tajul 'Arus" by the great Syaikh Tajuddin Ibn Athoillah as-Sakandari. The version we use is a Malay translation by Syaikh Usman Pontianak of Kalimantan, Indonesia.

I would love to blog lessons from these books as well, but not so sure if I am ..liter..ate.. enough. InsyaAllah, if He will happen.

Wallahu a'lam


  1. thank you for the diligent posts on ustaz zakaria lessons. almost like gems lost in vast sandy beach.

  2. alhamdulillah wa syukrillah. good work sidi, may allah rewards you for the illuminating posts on ustaz zakaaria commentary. may we meet one day, already plan to visit this pondok batu 10 if got free time then.

  3. Yes there a lot to learn from the past ulama. Old-fashioned as they are, no doubt they can contribute a lot to us the (quote) modern (unquote) society.

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