Post World War II Era

1945 - 1964

The problem of westernisation persisted after the war. The community was reminded that Islam was not any less great compared to the Western culture, and in order to succeed, Muslims would have to revert to the teachings of Islam based on the Qur’an and Sunnah. Muslim Scholars (Ulama) had many discussions pertaining to various issues such as the economy, misinterpretations of Islamic teachings, and also observing Islamic moral values and teachings, especially the proper way to pray.

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Melalui Dua Simpang Jalan, 1948

Professor Ahmad Ibrahim was a renowned writer on the subject of Islamic Law. He made great contributions to research and implementation of Islamic law. His literary works covered civil and syari’ah laws, the legal aspects of inheritance, constitution, and Islamic banking. He was a prolific writer who wrote in both English and Malay.

Among his notable works in Islamic literature is the book Melalui Dua Simpang Jalan (Treading at the crossroad). At a time when Western culture was on the rise, this small book was written reminding Muslims to hold on to Islamic values which are in no way inferior to Western values. The book summarised his views on Muhammad Asad’s work ‘Islam at the Crossroads’ which examined Islamic thoughts and values in comparison to Western civilisation. Muhammad Asad reiterated how Islam did not stand in the way of progress and advised Muslims to return to Islamic teachings – which, in his belief, had been sidelined as a result of Muslims blindly imitating Western culture and practices in their daily lives.

Islam is not in need of any improvement as the perception of some Muslims. It is complete and perfect. We need, however, to improve our attitude towards how we view religion, our idleness, our negligence and our negative views.

Melalui Dua Simpang Jalan, Professor Ahmad Ibrahim

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Mari Sembahyang, 1958

Ustaz Ahmad Sonhadji Mohamad, a renowned, and respected scholar, was at the forefront in dakwah and writing. Many know his instructional guide in performing prayers entitled Mari Sembahyang (Let’s Pray) which was printed many times over the decades. One of the earliest versions was written in Jawi published in 1958 with the title Pelajaran Sembahyang: Allahu Akbar.

It inspired the publication of similar prayer guidebooks both in Singapore and in the region up till today. Mari Sembahyang has been translated into various languages including English, Mandarin, Tamil and Sinhalese. 

 

Not everything we aspire will be achievable, however, a failure in one effort may result in goodness in another.

'Abr al-Athir, Ustaz Ahmad Sonhadji Mohamad

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‘Abr Al-Athir, 1961

Besides Mari Sembahyang, his book ‘Abr Al-Athir is one of his most influential works. ‘Abr al-Athir which means ‘transcending radio waves’ was the complete collection of Qur’anic exegesis (Tafsir) which he initially presented through a radio programme. These presentations were subsequently compiled and published in 30 volumes. The writer admitted that it was a difficult and time-consuming task that took him almost 25 years, from 19th February 1959 to 26th April 1984, to complete. It was among the earliest translations of Tafsir in modern Malay and one which correlated with social and current issues of its time. It was an effort to provide access to understanding the Qur’an not only for scholars but for the general public who lack the knowledge of the Arabic language.

 

 

 

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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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