Millennial Era

2000 - today

During this period, the number of religious books published reduced significantly, in part due to the inclination of religious teachers to write and publish articles instead. Issues raised in these works are more directed towards the lives of Muslims in the context of the plural Singapore society. Such issues include racial harmony and moderation in Islam. Apart from magazines and newspapers, religious teachers have also taken advantage of online platforms such as blogs and social media in sharing their thoughts. 

 

(In this era, there are religious teachers working in the field of research in academic institutions and think tanks. They are trained in research and writing. These religious teachers are also amongst those who contribute tremendously to the local dakwah writings.)

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Pelita Al-Quran, Juz 30, Al-Baqarah, Ali-Imran, An-Nisa, Al-Maidah, Al-An’am, Al-A’raaf (4 volumes), 2001

Ustaz Syed Abdillah Ahmad Al-Jufri was a highly respected religious leader who was also a prolific writer. He translated books from Arabic to Malay, wrote religious articles and texts for Friday sermons as well as articles on topics which suited the needs of his students.

In the 1970s, he taught his first class of Tafsir Al-Quran (Qur’anic exegesis) at Madrasah Asriyah at Lorong Melayu. He had his class notes compiled and published into a book titled Pelita Al-Quran (Light of The Holy Quran). It consisted of four volumes, focusing on the chapters of Al-Baqarah, Ali-Imran, An-Nisa, Al-Maidah, Al-An’am, Al-A’raaf, and Juz Amma (Part 30 of The Qur’an). Additional content was added to make it a complete book to benefit the general reader. Ustaz Syed Abdillah was inspired to compile this book after working with and assisting Ustaz Ahmad Sonhadji Mohamed in his ‘Tafsir Qur’an Di Radio’ (Commentary of The Qur’an on-air) programme in the 1970s.

Bagaimana Mendapat Pahala Hidup 7000 Tahun (Reaping Rewards as if Living for 7000 Years), 2004

This book was written by Ustaz Ahmad Haris Suhaimi with the hope of motivating its readers to strive for continuous good deeds by carrying out simple acts of amal jariah (ceaseless charity). It discusses how small meaningful acts of charity can earn a person good deeds which will be multiplied as if he or she lives for thousands of years, and how it can earn him or her a high standing on the Day of Judgement. The writer also shares tips on ways to balance and incorporate daily deeds and supplications into one’s daily routine. This book is a comprehensive guide which calls its readers to maximize their time earning good deeds as a form of investment for the afterlife.

The best donation is the one that is not known to others.

Reaping Rewards as if Living for 7000 Years, Ustaz Ahmad Haris Suhaimi

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Shahih Bukhari: Analisa dan Rumusan, 2006

Ustaz Syed Ahmad Muhammad Semait was a respected figure known for his tireless work in the translation and publishing scene – namely with Pustaka Nasional. As an appreciation for Islamic knowledge that was spreading within the Malay Archipelago, Ustaz Syed Ahmad Semait started translating Arabic books with the aim of making the works of notable scholars readily accessible to the general public. In his lifetime, he translated and published more than 20 books on various subjects. These books remain valuable reference material today. 

 

After writing and publishing for nearly 40 years, Ustaz Syed Ahmad Semait published the translation, commentary and analysis of the Sahih Bukhari – one of the major canonical collections of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w’s hadith. Titled Shahih BukhariAnalisa dan Rumusan (Commentary on the Shahih Bukhari: Analysis and Summary) it was the first ever commentary of the Sahih Bukhari in Malay. Ustaz Syed Ahmad Semait’s efforts in this regard greatly benefitted the Malay Muslim community by providing them access to this remarkable compilation of Prophet Muhammad’s s.a.w. words. Unfortunately, Ustaz Syed Ahmad Semait passed away before he could complete translating all volumes from the Sahih Bukhari. Nonetheless, in the six volumes of his commentary and analysis, he managed to translate 2,026 hadith to the Malay language.

Islamic Cosmic Creation, 2014

Ustaz Dr. Firdaus Yahya belongs to a new generation of scholars who received both Islamic and secular education. Known for his interest and knowledge in the field of astronomy, Ustaz Dr. Firdaus Yahya often integrates Islamic knowledge seamlessly with other disciplines in his writings. Among his most noteworthy publications is Islamic Cosmic Creation – a condensation of his doctoral thesis with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, and Civilization (ISTAC). The book discusses Islamic viewpoints on astronomy, cosmology, the beginning of creation and challenges ideas from other writers and scholars.

The Father of Jihad: ‘Abd Allah ‘Azzam’s Jihad Ideas and Implications to National Security, 2014

Ustaz Dr. Muhammad Haniff Hassan is an expert in the field of counter-terrorism. He has done extensive studies and research on this area and shares his ideas on eradicating terrorism through his personal blog. One of his many books is The Father of Jihad. In this book, Ustaz Dr. Muhammad Haniff studied the ideas of jihad by ‘Abd Allah ‘Azzam – an iconic figure in the study of militant jihad in the 20th century, as well as the history of the Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union, Al-Qaeda and current threat of terrorism. He did extensive research to render an in-depth description of ‘Azzam’s ideas by way of a review of his writing. He then identifies how these ideas have inspired so many to participate in militant jihad in the Soviet-Afghan war, and indeed elsewhere. 

Seindah Solat Nabi, 2015

Ustaz Mohammad Yusri Yubhi Md Yusoff actively contributes articles to religious magazines published in Malaysia, such as to Al-Ustaz.

His book Seindah Solat Nabi (Beautify Our Solah as the Prophet’s Prayer) is a light reading version inspired by his master’s thesis in the field of Usuluddin (Hadith) at University of Malaya. Having worked in a mosque for about ten years, he presented anecdotes of his observations and experiences in the form of case studies and resolution of problems. In this book, he also explained prayers as performed by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and seeks to motivate readers to perform their prayers and supplications with mindfulness, as how the Prophet s.a.w would have done it.

Over two years, about 30 workshops and lectures were carried out based on the content of this book.

Prayer is the key to the acceptance of all our deeds. If our prayer is accepted, all our other deeds will be accepted and vice versa.

Seindah Solat Nabi, Ustaz Mohd Yusri Yubhi Md Yusoff

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4. Fiqh Minoriti Muslim (Publications of Asatizah’s Writings), 2008

The Beginners’ Manual on Islam; written by the late Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail was amongst the earliest publication of Pergas by a local Ustaz.

Later in 2008, Pergas collaborated with Pustaka Nasional to publish 3 books written by local asatizah, namely Fiqh Minoriti Muslim (Fiqh for the Muslim Minority), Menunggak Nilai, Melurus Faham (Upholding the traditions, enhancing the understanding) and 40 Hadis seruan Nabi Muhammad SAW kepada umatnya (40 Hadis from the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.)

Apart from these books, the book by Ustaz Mohamad Hasbi Bin Hassan – Istilah-Istilah Ilmu Tasauf (The Terminology in the Science of Tasauf) – was published back in 2011.

12. Wasat Online, 2015

A platform that serves in publishing the writings and research papers with the concept of moderation in Islam as the main theme. It was published online and later printed into a book.

11. Footprints of Muslim Scholars’ Heritage in Singapore, 2014

A bibliography of the past luminous scholars from our Beacons of the Ummah series were collated. This is in conjunction with the Footprints of Muslim Scholars’ Heritage in Singapore Exhibition.

This effort was expanded in 2019 with the publication of the 100 Years Bibliography of the Asatizah.

This reference is vital in ensuring the contributions of asatizah in the field of writing is well documented and assist researchers to find resources for their writings.

10. Launch of the Syed Ahmad Semait Reference Library (SASRL), 2013

SASRL was established as a center of reference on the writings on Islam. It specializes in the collection of the thesis written by local asatizah.

9. Publication of Pergas Institute of Islamic Religious Studies (IPIP), 2012

An effort, which focuses on publishing religious textbooks that were written and compiled by asatizah. The textbooks are used for IPIP students in particular and have served of benefit the local madrasah students, and as well as the Muslim community in Singapore. Examples of publications include the review and a contextualize understanding to Pengetahuan Islam (Islamic Revealed Knowledge), Ulum Al-Quran (Sciences of the Quran) and Ulum Al-Hadith (Sciences of Hadith books).

8. Beacons of the Ummah: Tracing the Footsteps of Islamic Religious Leaders, 2011

A publication that narrates the biography of Singapore Muslim scholars and academician which aims in providing the inspiration for the Malay Muslim community. 

Currently three such series have been published in Malay Language with two series translated into the English language.

7. Jurnal Dakwah, 2010

A journal that features studies on Islam and the Singapore Muslim community. Started in 2010, it is the only local Islamic journal available thus far and has reached its 6th edition.

6. Moderation in Islam in the Context of the Muslim Community in Singapore, 2004

A significant publication that encompasses the Moderation in Islam framework based on the Singapore context. The views presented in this book are supported by the scholars and asatizah present at the Konvensyen Ulama (Muslim Scholar’s Convention) which was held in 2004.

5. Istilah Tasauf (Publications of Asatizah’s Writings), 2002

The Beginners’ Manual on Islam; written by the late Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail was amongst the earliest publication of Pergas by a local Ustaz.

Later in 2008, Pergas collaborated with Pustaka Nasional to publish 3 books written by local asatizah, namely Fiqh Minoriti Muslim (Fiqh for the Muslim Minority), Menunggak Nilai, Melurus Faham (Upholding the traditions, enhancing the understanding) and 40 Hadis seruan Nabi Muhammad SAW kepada umatnya (40 Hadis from the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.)

Apart from these books, the book by Ustaz Mohamad Hasbi Bin Hassan – Istilah-Istilah Ilmu Tasauf (The Terminology in the Science of Tasauf) – was published back in 2011.

3. Beginners manual (Publications of Asatizah’s Writings), 2002

The Beginners’ Manual on Islam; written by the late Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail was amongst the earliest publication of Pergas by a local Ustaz.

Later in 2008, Pergas collaborated with Pustaka Nasional to publish 3 books written by local asatizah, namely Fiqh Minoriti Muslim (Fiqh for the Muslim Minority), Menunggak Nilai, Melurus Faham (Upholding the traditions, enhancing the understanding) and 40 Hadis seruan Nabi Muhammad SAW kepada umatnya (40 Hadis from the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.)

Apart from these books, the book by Ustaz Mohamad Hasbi Bin Hassan – Istilah-Istilah Ilmu Tasauf (The Terminology in the Science of Tasauf) – was published back in 2011.

2. Ar-Risalah Magazine, 1997

Started in 1997, Ar-Risalah (the Message), the triannual magazine featuring thematic articles by local asatizah. To date, the magazine has published more than 25 issues.

1. Sinar Magazine, 1981

The earliest magazine published by Pergas called Sinar (Ray).

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