Rabu, 16 Jun 2010


Himpunan Keilmuan Muda (HAKIM) in collaboration of Curiosity Institute (CI) and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) will be organizing a series of reading and discussion sessions on the theme of the worldview of Islam, where we will be poring over key and foundational texts related to the worldview of Islam on a weekly basis, guided by a scholar well-versed in and having intimate understanding of the selected text.

The series will kick off with a careful reading, review and exposition of Prof. Syed Naquib al-Attas's ISLAM AND SECULARISM.

It will be supervised by Associate Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zainy Uthman, who completed his Ph.D under the tutelage of Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas in 1997 and worked as the chief librarian at ISTAC from 1991 to 2002. This inaugural series will consists of 6 separate classes to be held every Friday night and spread over six weeks, beginning 11th June 2010 till 16th July 2010.

It is with great pleasure that we wish to extend our invitation to you to partake in this series of reading and discussion sessions, the first of which will begin this coming Friday.

The details of the first class and following classes are as follows:

Date : 11th, 18th, 25th June, 2nd, 9th and 16th July 2010
Time : 8.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. (dinner will be served prior the discussion, shortly after Magrib)
Venue : Shafi'e Conference Room, Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Humanities (IRKH) building, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak.

Should you have any inquiries with regards to this event, please contact Mr. Mohd Hilmi Ramli at mohdhilmiramli@gmail.com or by phone 019-3068241. We would be very grateful if you would kindly pass on this invitation throughout your network.

The first class has already kick-off on 11th June, and received warm support from participants. The classroom almost packed and the discussion lengthy has attracted the interest and enthusiastic of the participants.

The Persian mystic Jalal-ad-Din Rumi says in one of his poems:

If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon, don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?

We hope that you will take this opportunity to join us in our quest for understanding as we seek to uncover the lessons and wisdom contained in ISLAM AND SECULARISM so that we may confidently navigate the unfamiliar seas that the ship bearing the Ummah is currently passing through, specially during this troubled age of ours.

Please find attached a brief outline of the main themes planned for discussion and a short biography of the speaker Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zainiy Uthman.

Thank you very much.


Yours Truly,

Mohd Hilmi Ramli
Program Coordinator


1. Dr Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran, Chairman of HAKIM
2. Mr. Amir Roslly, CEO of Curiosity Institute,
3. Mr. Muhd Razak Idris, President of ABIM

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