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Habib Abdullah Al-Mudhor Singapore Visit 2017
Building Communities of Excellence
Synopses for all Talks
Public Talk: Uniting for the Prophet S.A.W: Transforming Humanity
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was born more than
14 centuries ago. Nevertheless, his teachings remain relevant today and provide
a source of inspiration and guidance for millions across the world. He was
instrumental, not only in bringing the people living on the Arabian Peninsula
together under the banner of Islam, but also in laying the foundations for a
unified humanity, regardless of race, social class and gender.
In this lecture, Habib Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mehdhar will, insyaAllah,
speak on:

How the Prophet dealt with diversity:
▪ Lessons from the Sunnah on inclusivity and teamwork as
pillars of the community
▪ How the Prophet spoke to different layers of Meccan
society while staying true to his message of monotheism

The Prophet’s leadership style and philosophy:
▪ His serving of others before himself, both at home and in
the public eye
▪ His leading by example, instead of merely commanding his
followers and his willingness to listen to suggestions and

Prophetic characteristics needed today in healing a fractured ummah

Public Talk: Healing our Hearts: The Journey of Self-transformation
Addressing and regulating the state of one’s heart is an essential Islamic
teaching. We are today witnessing a broken and fractured world in dire need of
healing, care and transformation. Many of us carry within our hearts trauma,
pain, and scars. The pressure in today’s world for wealth and prestige leads to
other moral diseases like rancor, envy, and enmity amongst others. How do we
achieve ultimate peace and happiness in our hearts when circumstances around
us are too much to handle? How do we return our hearts to the Creator for
healing, after all the painful or regrettable actions of our past? These are often
the questions we seek answers to, when we keep erring over and over again, and
unable to attain peace and happiness that hearts long for. Exactly as the air in the
material world is easily polluted, the air of the spiritual world is also polluted by
our negativity; our anger; our jealousy; our selfishness; our small-mindedness;
and our limited view of the goodness of God. Our hearts become dark and heavy,
and as a result, we get caught up with thoughts that tell us that God doesn't care
and love those whose hearts are not purified from blameworthiness. God,
however, is exalted above such concept of him and is exalted above our
negativity and despair, and having knowledge of this will aid in the healing of our
hearts and thus make them be filled with joy and hope since there are no limits
to God’s mercy and grace for His erring servant. The sciences and methodologies
to heal our hearts from spiritual sicknesses are deeply rooted in the Islamic
tradition. Therefore, in this talk, the speaker will guide attendees on:

Ways to develop resilience and to keep resolute in our desire to heal our
hearts from blameworthiness and/or trauma
How to contribute to the healing process of others in the community, so
that through us, more hearts will be healed from trauma and/or any
spiritual ailments

Public Talk: The Prophetic Way of Parenting: Raising children of Excellence
Tarbiyah & Ta'dib: The Role of Education in the Development of a Godconscious and Morally Upright Society
An oft-quoted saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon
him, reminds us that to seek knowledge is a duty incumbent upon every Muslim,
man or woman. To be equipped with knowledge is integral and necessary when
facing a rapidly changing globalized world. What role do Muslim parents play in
educating the younger generation?
In this lecture, Habib Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mehdhar will, insyaAllah,
speak on:

The role of the Muslim family in educating the young:
▪ Lessons from the Quran, Sunnah and practices of the
pious predecessors on the importance of fathers in the
educational wellbeing of children
▪ How Islam encourages family members to support one
another in seeking of knowledge, for example, through
the establishment of endowments and scholarships
▪ The importance of providing the right environment at
home, which allows for the development of scholars

The desired outcomes of an Islamic education:
▪ To develop a strong and resilient Muslim identity
through the Tawhidic (Monotheistic) paradigm; one
that does not waver in the face of adversity
▪ To be a blessing to all and a positive influence in any
environment or situation – lessons from historical
figures who spread the teachings of Islam through
peaceful efforts
▪ To be able to understand the reasons behind a ruling,
allowing one to adapt to changing circumstances,
without compromising core beliefs

The importance of a proper medium of instruction when learning Islam:
▪ The role of teachers of religious knowledge in society
▪ Living in a multicultural and multi-religious society in
Islamic history

Public Talk: The Ethics of Commerce: Lessons from the Early Arab Traders of
Singapore (Pre-Khutbah)
Arab Muslim traders have traditionally been known to be prolific businessmen
who ply the historical trade routes to China, India, South East Asia and beyond.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was himself a
merchant before he received revelation. The wealthy merchants from amongst
the Companions of the Prophet were instrumental in the early development of
Islam, using their wealth to fund worthy causes, which uplifted entire
communities. In doing so they improved the lives of thousands, including those
who were not Muslim.
Similarly, early Muslim pioneers in Singapore, most notably Arab traders such as
Syed Omar Aljunied, contributed much to the development of Singapore. Their
keen sense of entrepreneurship and knowledge of commerce meant that they
were important financiers that contributed to building the nation state.
In this pre-khutbah lecture, to be delivered at Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka,
Habib Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mehdhar will, insyaAllah, speak on:

The importance of seeking an honest livelihood
▪ Being disciplined and dedicated in pursuing one’s
career, trade or craft
▪ Understanding how the right intention allows for work
or trade to become a form of worship to Allah
▪ Seeking work not simply as a means of finding wealth,
but also to provide positive contributions to society

The role of Muslim traders historically and the traits they embodied
▪ Transparency in business - a reflection of their Godconsciousness, e.g. the trade of Habib Ahmad Masyhur
Al-Haddad in East Africa
▪ Courage to venture outside one’s comfort zone to
explore business opportunities, simultaneously
enriching the communities they dwelled in with a
renewed sense of spirituality
▪ Examples of how they extended their help to people
within their community, and how this help was not
exclusive to fellow Muslims

Public Talk: Converts’ Talk: The Spheres of Islam
Islam teaches that in the quest of achieving harmony with our surroundings, it is
first essential to achieve inner peace; and in order to achieve inner peace, one
must be armed with the right knowledge and possess correct understanding and
practice of the religion. In the famous Hadith of Jibreel (a.s.), the key concepts of
Islam, Iman and Ihsan have traditionally been referred to as a comprehensive
summary of Islamic practices, beliefs/principles and spiritual realization. These
different spheres or dimensions of Islam cogently express what it means to be
Muslim by encompassing acts of worship, core beliefs and attainment of spiritual
perfection. The talk aims to show that by attaining correct understanding and
fulfillment of our basic duties and responsibilities as Muslims, we can achieve
inner harmony that translates into a peaceful and productive existence that
benefits our personal lives, our loved ones and our community at large.

Introduction and exposition of Islam, Iman and Ihsan
Achieving perfection in knowledge and practice
Negotiating the spiritual and material world
Learning to benefit oneself and others

Public Talk: (Women’s only Talk) A Woman’s Quest: Living the Spiritual Life
in Modern Times
In the past fifty years, fundamental changes to women’s rights, roles and lifestyle
choices across many societies have raised radical challenges to issues on family
and gender norms. Women, from religiously oriented communities, often face
the debilitating choice of either adopting the so-called progressive, secular and
predominantly Western notions of female identity or the conservative-religious
identity: portrayed oftentimes as backward and dependent on patriarchy. This
false dichotomy framed by age-old Orientalist (colonial) stereotypes and
representations continues, regrettably, to impact and inform our modern
perceptions and representations of women, where hegemonic pressure to
conform to Western-secular demands chafes at traditional Islamic value systems.
As a result, contemporary Muslim women are confronted by unique challenges
to issues of selfhood and identity.
A traditional Islamic perspective, on the other hand, unequivocally asserts that
modernity and spirituality are not antithetical but complementary when
priorities, values and religion are understood and implemented correctly. The
contemporary woman regarded as highly educated, economically independent
and living in a largely secular world can simultaneously enjoy a profound
spiritual existence in spite of the unique obstacles she face through a firm
understanding of the spiritual dimensions of Islam.
Using examples of illustrious female saints and scholars in Islamic history,
participants will be introduced to their remarkable achievements and the
inspiring lessons they offer. Through them the lessons drawn can help the
modern woman adapt, co-opt and/or assimilate modern demands with Islamic
imperatives. Participants will ultimately learn how living in the modern world
does not mean compromising Islamic values that enrich, give purpose and bring
meaning to their existence. But by staying true to traditional and normative
practices of Islam, Muslim women will be empowered to positively contribute to
both their own Muslim community as well as to other communities. Whether one
is a student, a career woman or a housewife, being on a spiritual path to connect
with our Creator is what allows one to be successful in both this world and the

What it means to be a woman: A Spiritual Perspective
Islamic- Historical perspective: the changing roles of women
Finding Spirituality in Modernity

Public Talk: Friends of Allah – Fortitude in the face of adversity
No matter who we are, this life will always be fraught with obstacles and
challenges. As Muslims, how do we stay resilient and at the same time
contributive while navigating the treacherous waves in the sea of life? Perhaps,
the answer lies in the tales of our pious predecessors who have embodied
exemplary stewardship on this Earth as envisioned in the Quran. These are men
and women who remained steadfast in the face of a turbulent world. People
whom, despite the weight on their shoulders, were at the forefront when it
came to serving all of God’s creations with exceptional gentility and
magnanimity. In fact, putting others first, even to their own detriment, was
second nature to these People of God. They are the personification of the verse in
Surah Yunus (verse 62): Behold! Verily, the friends of Allah - no fear befalls them,
nor shall they grieve.
In this talk, the speaker will be addressing the following:
• How we can emulate their resilience in the face of trials and tribulations?
• The importance of drawing close to God through, altruistically, serving
His creations even when one is going through adversity.

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