By Jihan Banaeem
GOMBAK, 9 Nov – “The west is scared of us, this is because the Muslims are rising and the young educated people should be there to help.”
Dr. Bilal Philips talked about “Practicing Islam in Modern Society” at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Mosque. Around 100 people attended the lecture which lasted for an hour from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips is a globally known Islamic scholar, speaker and author. He is Jamaican Canadian who converted to Islam in the early seventies. He completed a B.A. in Islamic studies in Madeenah, and an M.A. in Islamic Theology in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, United Kingdom where he completed a PhD in Islamic Theology in 1994.
Dr. Bilal became a teacher of Islamic studies for 10 years in an Islamic High School in Riyadh, and a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, for another 10 years.
Bilal Philips started things off by asking the audience whether there are other ways to practice Islam aside from prophet Muhammad’s way. He said, there are no other ways at all, there is no such thing as modern Islam or liberal Islam. There is only Islam. According to Bilal Philips, the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad represents the methodology for implementing Islam.
Then, he captured the students’ attention by saying that students should make their studies in the university as an ibadah. He defines ibadah as doing something which is pleasing to Allah SWT and avoiding actions which displeases Him. “If you study sincerely for the sake of Allah, then it is good. If it is displeasing to Him, then it is bad,” he said.
Before ending his lecture, he shared his opinion about how Muslims should handle Islamophobic treatment, especially now that Donald Trump has become President of the United States and will be dominating media headlines, he said, “the issue is about the media and through various medium, we need to be actively involved in presenting the case of Islam globally.”