Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Not to be associated with Daarul Hijrah (El-'Ayn) & Toobaawear

Bismillaah walhamdulillaah was solaatu was salaamu 'alaa Rasuulillaah wa ba'd,

Dear readers,
Assalaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullaah,
Just to clarify issues. Especially to those brothers who are to return the "sponsored books" they took earlier. Whatever posted here is a sum-up of all the write-ups I wrote about this issue and all these are not to be linked to any of the Asatizah, just the Admin of Toobaawear and what previously known as El-'Ayn (Daarul Hijrah).


This is to clarify to all, that I am not to be associated with Daarul Hijrah and Toobaawear.
Even up to last month, there are still some brothers and sisters not knowing this and associated me with these Educational Centre and Company.

After having made clear the reasons for me not to be associated with these 2:
  1. The character of the Admin (formerly known as Toobaawear & El-'Ayn Admin, who refused to listen to my advice among others, to close the classroom and focus on garment sales. Not to "abuse Dakwah" for worldly gains. Not to take others as rivals or competitors in Dakwah efforts especially Salaf's Dakwah but partners or regard Dakwah efforts and business as "threat to others" and in matters pertaining to the products). My concern, see: Hadeets ""at-Tujjaar hum al-Fujjaar". (One of the reason why I suggested to shut the Classroom is to fulfill the requirement of separating Muslimeen and Muslimaat and to avoid intermingling of Muslimeen and Muslimaat at the small shop, so with no classroom, the shop can accommodate).
    I had also advised on the “fitting room for women/ladies” as it is a violation to Islamic rulings if it happens as in this condition: Women removing her clothes in a place other than her home. As for after May 2015, I have nothing to do with both; the Centre and Company anymore and no more advices.
  2. The idea of Dakwah supporting business (Fees from classes to support business and rental payment). People might do what superstars do...cover up their "sins" by giving in charity.
  3. Too high fees charged for Educational Programmes (as in no: 2)
  4. To avoid tarnishing "Dakwah Salafiah" and cause confusion and dissension among it's followers/supporters.

Below is my posting dated 24th April 2015 (some points deleted to shorten - especially the Malay version), citing the reason why the classroom at the Toobaawear Shop was set up (then it was El'-Ayn) and now it is Daarul Hijrah's and has nothing to do with me:

Sidang pembaca yang budiman, semoga Allah memelihara kalian sentiasa dalam Rahmah dan 'InaayahNya.
(Dear readers, may Allah preserve you with His Mercy and Help. See below for the translated version - in blue -  of some points in this write-up)

Tujuan saya menulis kali ini adalah untuk memperjelaskan duduk perkara dan sebagai suatu pencerahan, demi mengelakkan salah tanggapan. Yang demikian bersesuaian dengan tindakan Rasulullaah (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Sepertimana yang diriwayatkan oleh Ummul Mukminin, Safiyyah(radhiyalLaahu 'anha):

“Nabi (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) pada satu ketika sedang beri‘tikaf di masjid pada 10 malam terakhir Ramadan, maka saya datang untuk menziarahi baginda (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) pada suatu malam [dan saya dapati isteri-isteri baginda lainnya ada bersama baginda (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), lalu mereka pun pergi] lantas saya pun berbicara dengan baginda (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam)[buat seketika], kemudian saya bingkas untuk pulang, [maka berkatalah baginda (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam): Sebentar, biarlah aku mengiringimu], lantas baginda (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) bangun bersamaku untuk menghantarku, (sedang beliau -Safiyyah- menetap di rumah Usamah bin Zaid (radhiyalLaahu 'anhuma), [sehinggalah sampai ke pintu masjid yang berada bersebelahan dengan rumah Ummu Salamah (radhiyalLaahu 'anha)], ketika itu ada 2 orang lelaki Ansar berjalan, lalu mereka jadi tergesa-gesa, maka berkatalah Nabi (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) kepada mereka berdua, “Bertenanglah kalian! Sesungguhnya ini adalah isteri ku Safiyyah binti Huyaiy, mereka pun menjawab: “Maha suci Allah (SubhanalLah)! Wahai Rasulullah!” Sabda baginda: “Sesungguhnya, syaitan berkeliaran di dalam manusia seperti peraliran darah mereka dan sesungguhnya, aku khuatir syaitan telah melontarkan sesuatu ke dalam hati kalian (sehingga kalian mungkin jadi berprasangka – penterjemah).”

(diriwayatkan oleh asy-Syeikhan dan Abu Dawud, adapun penambahan lafaz di dalam [ ] yang terakhir adalah di sisi Abi Dawud).

Maka mengelakkan saudara sesama Islam, kaum Muslimin, daripada berprasangka adalah ajaran Rasulullaah (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam).

Lagipun, ia merupakan jalannya untuk mematuhi Allah dan ar-Rasul.

Firman Allah 'azza wa jalla:

"Wahai orang-orang yang beriman, jauhilah daripada banyak berprasangka kerana sesungguhnya sebahagian persangkaan itu adalah (perbuatan) dosa"

Sabda Nabi (sollaalLaahu 'alaihi wa sallam): "إياكم و الظن فإن الظن أكذب الحديث" ertinya: "Waspadalah kalian daripada berprasangka kerana persangkaan buruk itu adalah bicara yang paling dusta"
[diriwayatkan oleh Imam-imam Maalik, Ahmad, al-Bukhaariy, Muslim, Abu Dawud dan at-Tirmidzi -Sahih al-Jaami': 2679]

The establishment of El-'Ayn, in general, is to serve as another effort to spread the Islamic Da'wah base on the Quran and the Sunnah and the Guidance of the Pious Predecessors, to the best we can, to the masses at all levels.  

Secara khusus, berikut adalah penjelasannya:
As for the specific reasons to it's establishment, these are the points for clarification:

1. Since my years of study in Medina, I had this idea of establishing an Educational Centre (Religious) with the help of a few friends, who were very enthusiastic in supporting this course (they were not students or graduates - more of monetary and financial support - "Success or an-Najaah Edu Ctr" - 1998), due to the importance of such an institution. However, due to some reasons, foremost among them, to treasure the companionship with fellow graduates and to avoid a bad impression on our solidarity, that idea was left and abandoned. Moreover, if I was to start such a centre at that point of time, I would have to rely on others financially, to sustain it. My worst fear was that it will become like my "bread and butter" more than the actual initial objective or rather "intention - niyyah", to spread the true message of Islam. Worst still, if eventually the effort would turn out to be one of "seeking to please people at the expense of Allah's Pleasure, for the sake gaining patronage, wealth, personal gains and the sustenance for centre".

2. After delivering some workshops and Seminars, through out my da'wah efforts all these years, I see the need to organise, conduct and manage such events on my own, without the intervention of others. To hold such events with the freedom to fulfill my aspiration of "totally in compliance to the Sharee'ah" and safeguard the Clarity in Manhaj, it is high time for me to have my own centre or establishment, to facilitate this. Walhamdulillaah, as for now, we conducted a seminar for the "Yellow Ribbon" and some of them started following the weekly classes. The Weekend Class for children, "Fountain of 'Ilm", an education programme for the young, for 2 years, which we started early this year (2015), received an overwhelming response, walhamdulillaah. This class was originally a project initiated by Salsabil and myself personally, long before the establishment of "El-'Ayn" and it's name (Brother Aliffy, the Admin of the FB as well as Admin of El-'Ayn, was the one who named it) the "Fountain of Ilm", started. The class was shifted from Salsabil, due to Brother Aliffy's request and there was no issue or misunderstanding of any kind with Salsabil, more for the safety of the children, not having to climb the steep steps, since we have a class at ground level. El-'Ayn was established from the revenue gained from Toobaawear sales and business. My idea is that "business supports Da'wah". A trade which we hope will "give back" and contribute to the Muslim community. It is my personal principle that I hold on to: "Da'wah effort  and Islamic knowledge should not be a source of income".  

3. Salsabil bukan "milik" saya, kerana ada teman-teman menyangka demikian. Ikhwah yang menubuhkannya, hasil perbincangan saya dengan wakil-wakil mereka, sewaktu perlaksanaan Ibadah Haji Tahun 2011, dengan Taufiq Allah dan PertolonganNya, akhirnya pada 12 Disember 2012, pengajian pertama di Salsabil bermula. (Sila lihat: Salsabil opens our doors).

Walhamdulillaah, ikhwah Salsabil sentiasa bekerjasama dengan kami para Asaitzah dan sentiasa membincangkan apa jua isu yang perlu diberi perhatian, yang berkaitan dakwah setempat dan kegiatan serta perancangan yang diatur. Semoga Allah membalas mereka yang melakukan berbagai pengorbanan dan setia menyelenggara dan menguruskan Pusat Pengajian tersebut dengan kebaikan Dunia Akhirat. Tiada tabung bergerak, tiada laungan meminta dana, namun saya secara peribadi, bukan mewakili Ikhwah Salsabil, menggalakkan teman-teman yang telah dan masih meraih manfaat daripada usaha mereka agar menyalurkan apa jua sokongan dan bantuan yang mampu, semoga Allah juga membalas kalian dengan kebaikan Dunia Akhirat. Seumpama sebutir biji benih yang akan menghasilkan 700 butir biji yang baru pada 7 tangkai. Demi Dakwah dan Keberuntungan di Akhirat.

Dengan itu, saya tegaskan di sini, tiada apa-apa sebab buruk yang mendorong penubuhan "El-'Ayn". Tiada perselisihan faham antara saya dan Ikhwah Salsabil, tidak pula percanggahan pendapat, Walhamdulillaah. Saya masih terus melakukan usaha Dakwah bersama Salsabil, malah ia salah satu tempat tumpuan Dakwah saya. Saya masih tetap terus berkongsi ilmu di Salsabil dan masih meneruskan program ABAD (A Book a Day) dan lainnya.  Malah mereka juga menyokong penubuhan 'El-'Ayn". Perpindahan "Fountain of 'Ilm" daripada Salsabil ke Pusat Pengajian El-'Ayn adalah untuk kemaslahatan anak-anak para pelajarnya, tidak perlu menaiki tangga yang agak tinggi dan mengurangkan kos penyelenggaraan. Saya secara peribadi yang memilih nama "El-'Ayn" kerana kaitannya dengan Salsabil pada ayat 18 Surah al-Insaan.
        

              "Iaitu sebuah mata air ('Ayn - Fountain) dalam Syurga, yang disebutkan sebagai "Salsabil"."

    Semoga dengan penjelasan ini, sidang pembaca memahami dengan sejelasnya tujuan di sebalik penubuhan El-'Ayn dan hubungan baik dan akrab saya dengan Ikhwah Salsabil mahupun gabungan usaha kami yang berterusan.

    El-'Ayn ditubuhkan dengan ongkos penyelenggaraannya didapatkan daripada perniagaan ToobaaWear.

    Kami mengelakkan sedaya upaya kami, semoga Allah Menolong kami, perbuatan mempergunakan agama untuk mendapatkan keuntungan Duniawi semata. Sebab itulah sebaiknya, mata pencarian hidup, bukan dengan apa yang terkait urusan Akhirat, seperti Ibadah Haji (sehingga menyediakan segala cara yang "Jemaah Haji Friendly" semata-mata - mahunya yang mudah dan senang sahaja, bukan ikutan asal Manasik Rasulullah), Pengurusan Jenazah, bacaan-bacaan dan lainnya.

    Semoga Allah memberkati usaha kami dan sentiasa mengurnia PetunjukNya kepada kami agar Istiqaamah di atas kebenaran dan menjadikan sentiasa Akhirat adalah keutamaan kami.
    Baarakallahu fiekum atas doa dan sokongan antum.

    و صلى الله على محمد و على آله و صحبه و سلم
    والحمد لله رب العالمين



    Wallahu a'lam. Baarakallahu feekum for your continuous support especially Du'a...may Allah reward with the best in both Worlds.

    Another posting in July 2015:
    Bismillaah. Walhamdulillaah. Wassolaatu was salaam 'alaa Rasuulillaah wa ba'd.

    Assalaamu'alaikum wa rahmatullaah,

    Dear readers this is to inform that I have withdrawn myself from Toobaawear, El-'Ayn and al-jamaah.sg pte ltd (the company not this weblog). This  was made official w.e.f. 26th May 2015 when we sat for an AGM for reasons yet to be explained. The withdrawal was a mutual and in "good terms" (meaning I leave peacefully). Walhamdulillaah.
    I am not the Admin of  Toobaawear and El'Ayn Facebook account and had never been. I do not even have an FB account.
    So whether it's the garment sale, education and da'wah programmes or any other matter related to these 3, none is to be linked to me or affiliated with me from the above mentioned date. Thank you.

    Yet, if you see me wearing any Toobaawear or Al-Jamaah.sg (Ibn 'Awf - it's new name) products, then I am wearing it just like any other person wearing something bearing a brand name or label (as long as it is halal/legal and permissible in Islam) not as a promotion for or an association with these products (smile).

    (Updated: January 2016: As for now, I have to shade off the logo "ط" or any indication to Toobaawear, as it has become like a "group" and I cannot advise anymore as it is just supposed to be a brand label...as we know Shaikhul Islam indicated the prohibition of forming groups within the Muslim Ummah to avoid divide among the ummah and it is due to this post below: "Toobaawerians"...celebrating Birthday or Anniversary???)


    Sidang pembaca budiman.
    Ini untuk memaklumkan bahawa saya telah menarik diri dari Toobaawear, El-'Ayn dan Al-Jamaah.sg Pte Ltd (syarikat bukan weblog ini). Yang demikian atas sebab-sebab yang akan saya jelaskan kelak, secara rasminya pada 26hb Mei 2015. Dengan ini saya tiada kaitan lagi dengan ketiga-tiga itu tadi dan dari awal, saya tidak mengendalikan FB malah tiada FB akaun.
    Maka samada ia adalah penjualan pakaian, usaha dakwah dan pendidikan atau apa sahaja perkara berhubung ketiga-tiga pihak tersebut, tiada yang layak dikaitkan dengan diri saya dan saya tidak melibatkan diri dengannya sejak tarikh yang disebutkan tadi. Terima kasih.

    Namun, jika anda melihat saya mengenakan sesuatu (misalnya baju) keluaran Toobaawear atau Al-Jamaah.sg (Ibn Awf - nama baru syarikat), maka saya memakainya sebagaimana sesiapa sahaja memakai sesuatu daripada pakaian yang berjenama atau bertanda dengan nama tertentu (selama mana ia adalah yang halal) bukan sebagai suatu iklan pelaris/promosi atau kaitan dalam usaha niaga mahupun keterlibatan dengan barangan/pakaian syarikat tersebut (senyum).

    Updated:
    (4th August 2015 - update)
    To explain further, especially for those concern parents whose children are students of "Fountain of 'Ilm" weekend classes, the lessons will continue after the long break of School Vacation, Ramadhan and Eid Celebration holidays, with a new teacher, to be engaged by the Administrator of El-'Ayn Education and it's FB account, Brother Abdul Aliffy at his own discretion. He will determine according to his knowledge, who will fit in as the new teacher and probably principal too.  This matter will be pursued further by Brother Aliffy.

    Since I have pulled out myself from any involvement with "al-Jamaah.sg Pte Ltd" (Ibn Awf Pte Ltd) and "El-'Ayn Education" is a subsidiary of it, it is like, since one has left the company or being "sacked" or "fired" (slang)...I would rather not use such words...I am discharged from my role as the teacher/principal of the weekend classes. All administrative matters, the fees, uniform, the setting up of the classroom (at the shop) et cetera (etc i.e and so forth), since the beginning, were not entirely within my discretion. I did discuss with the Admin, about the “rather high” fees of $60/mth for 1 and half hour weekly session and even cited as an example for comparison, that my son used to attend at Masjid Siglap for 5 hours/week and the fees was only $30/mth. But I was told that it is to “break even” or compensate the FAS students who are studying for free and since I was not the one who handles admin matters, I had to “rest my case”. My role was more to teach and conduct lessons and draft the lessons plan...a principal and an advisor, although the choice of the education centre's name was determined by me, after some discussion with the brothers.

    I apologize to the parents, especially those whom had sent their children due to their trust in me. Those who attended the "meet the parents" session before the long break and before my departure for Umrah (last June), I believe, have a better understanding of this matter. This is with regard to "Fountain of 'Ilm" and "El-'Ayn Education".

    As I have explained earlier, about the establishment of El-'Ayn Education, my principle has been "business to support da'wah" and not the other way around.

    I take this opportunity to extend the apology to the parents from my good “buddy”, al-Akh Rosman, the teacher/Ustaz, who helped to conduct the Saturday session of Fountain of ‘Ilm. He believes in the same principle of “business to support Da’wah” too and followed suit, in leaving the “Fountain of ‘Ilm Programme” as his main purpose of joining El-‘Ayn was to help me.

    Clarifying matters on his behalf and myself, since a “meet the parent” session was not held for him to explain to the parents of the Saturday’s Fountain of ‘Ilm class, though I did ask for it, these are the points, we hope the parents will understand better “this episode” from it’s roots:
    I offered al-Akh Rosman, to “shadow” me, cover me, replace me as the teacher, whenever I have to leave for Umrah, or even Haj (as part of my dakwah effort and a sacrifice, I hope Allah will reward me and my family too for this sacrfice) from the very start of this “Fountain of ‘Ilm”, as I knew him having the experience and a great passion to teach children, since he used to teach at Masjid Kampung Siglap Weekend Classes for a few years. He agreed and was very glad, walhamdulillaah and attended the lessons, just to “understudy”.

    Registration for a new batch/intake, was launched on FB in March, not by me and without my knowledge - rather described as "demand is very high" by the Admin. I could not agree to this as the first batch had just started and still at a “cradle stage”. My opinion is always, “go gradual but beneficial”, not hastily but troubled and problematic, when it involves dakwah and especially children’s education. I thought we need a one year “trial”, before we can take a new batch. I could not commit to teach another class due to my tight schedule. I was informed and made to believe by the Admin that al-Akh Rosman was very keen to teach the new intake (problem solved). (This “very keen to teach the new intake”, I eventually – after the end of the episode – found out, to be untrue). Akh Rosman, on the hand, was made to think and convinced, that I wanted him to teach and that the Saturday intake was my idea. I was even given the idea by the Admin that "he desperately need to teach". I could not say no, since registration launched and it was rather inappropriate for me to ask my good brother, akh Rosman…for example: “Why are you so keen and desperate to teach, when you are just suppose to cover me?”. That was how and when the Saturday class started. Just before the AGM (26.05.2015), akh Rosman clarified with me, asking me, the reasons I made such abrupt decisions (stop teaching El-‘Ayn) and since he is involved, he would like to know more to understand the situation. All along he thought that I wanted him to teach another class instead of just “as a cover” or shadow. Allaahul Musta’aan. he even advised the Admin not to open another centre of learning but was made to understand that it was a necessity. When akh Rosman asked whether I approved with the setting up of the classroom at the shop, he was told that I approved it. Yes, I approved it due to the circumstances. Do take note, dear parents, I never wanted to have a new intake, as explained earlier and had to agree due to the circumstances, with the opening of the shop (not the classroom actually – as I’m fine with the Sunday class at Salsabil without any problem. How would I want to have a classroom, when from the start, I never wanted to have the class/lesson/intake/batch itself?) after clarifying with the Admin as to whether we have the capacity to open and sustain the shop/boutique, as online sale was good enough, to which the Director who handles the sales, profit margins etc, assured of the company’s “capacity” and as I have explained earlier (in another write-up on this blog), not to trouble him and his family (as explained here (point no: 6) - in Malay), I agreed and even helped out in the setting up of the shop and then the “inevitable” classroom as a  solution to point no:3).

    When the Saturday class was about to start, we had a problem. Salsabil was occupied on Saturday, for the slot of the class. The idea of making a classroom, as part of the shop came up and it became a reality and the Saturday class started at the Shop cum Classroom. Then the Admin persuaded me to shift the Sunday class to the new location (the shop), which I agreed in view of the convenience and safety being on the ground level, although dislike the idea of a "cramp congested class".

    Then a few other programmes started, not from my decision. On the very day, the programme “Tasneem” officially started (I had just concluded the Sunday morning class at the new classroom), a brother who attends my Saturday morning English Lessons at Masjid Siglap, asked me: “Ustaz, you are teaching right?” I said: “I’m sorry, but I’m not the one teaching as I’m leaving for Salsabil, to conduct the Haj course”. “Oh, so then who will be teaching?” “I’m not sure. You registered your child for this class?” “Yes.” (the brother seemed confused from his facial expression – the whole conversation was in Malay – translated), then I was informed by the Admin of El-‘Ayn: “This is the youth programme, Tasneem”. I saw some teenage girls joining the class. It crossed my mind at that instance: If I was the teacher, I would not have approved holding a class with “mix gender” in such a cramp small place. How to abide by the Shar‘ie ruling of no ikhtilath? This is not the same as children below the age of puberty. Even for children of that age, I will try my best to avoid free mixing. Then an Arabic class…to be conducted by the same teacher, whom I knew would not stay long to teach the class due to his commitments in his studies. Then an Ustazah will be teaching very soon…and that was the point of “fullstop” of this saga as all these were not my programmes and all advices not taken and the fear that people might be confused into thinking that all these are from me and with my approval. I did  express my disagreement, my reservation, every time, a plan, a move or an action or a programme launched and most of the time, launched via FB and I didn’t know about it until someone would ask or inform me. I’ve cited earlier my disagreement regarding the “rather high fees” as an example. Everything went on based on “trust” and due to circumstances.

    My principle: No to “fees collected to support business” and I was asked: “Is this a Shar’ie ruling? Haram to take fees and charge people?”. My reply: “No it is not haram to take fees and charge people for your services. Once people pay you, willingly, without you taking advantage in any sense, it is yours and you can do with it as you wish. Pay rental, buy items for your trade etc. It is just my personal take.” Even if I were to collect fees or inevitably charge people, I’ll keep it minimal for me to pay for the premise used. I strongly believe and it has been proven through experience, there are many out there generous Muslim brothers and sisters, willing to sponsor this and that and help to provide what you need. Salsabil is one lucid example. Sincerity in Intention should not be at stake. “You help (the deen of) Allah, Allah will help you and make you firm” and when you do the other way around…my worst fear.…Wallahu a’lam. It was said to me: “Getting revenue from sales is not easy and uncertain. Getting fees from the classes can be considered like easy fix revenues and once collected, say $3K, enough to cover the rental of the shop”. Well, that is the very thing that is against my principle. Before the AGM, I advised the Director to close the classroom and expand the shop...to which I eventually understood, the classroom is an integral part of the shop and after the AGM, I am no longer the Advisor.

    When we talk about Dakwah and Spreading the Truth, Manhaj, Knowledge based on Manhaj…we need to “know who you take your knowledge from”. This is an important principle taught by the Salaf and wrongly applied by some people of ignorance who refuse to seek knowledge from the Scholars (except a few and thus forming a sect). Who is the one who guides and oversees or doing the Dakwah effort and all must be with references. With that, one would understand the confusion of this whole episode and the necessary action/move I took to clear this confusion and the “danger/harm” it poses to Dakwah. No matter what the name of a Dakwah centre, example, “Daarul Hijrah” etc, we need to be clear that the one conducting lessons and steering it, is truly one who is known to follow the way and teaching of the Salaf, for the sake of our deen. May Allah bless us with sincerity and guide us to the Truth. Many a times, the Owner of a Centre, a firm, or Organisaton or a premise, would facilitate "Dakwah Salaf" more for worldly gains, rather than out of his own aspiration and awareness. This truthfulness in awareness and support for ad-Da 'wah as-Salafiyah, is manifested in one's eagerness to seek knowledge and strong support without any worldly rewards. Walhamdulillaah, may Allah bless the brothers of Salsabil, an example of this truthfulness, Inshaa Allah and make them perservere in this effort.

    Having said all these, just to make all of you understand my situation and al-Akh Rosman’s and the circumstances we were in. It is most unfortunate that we had to pull out and like “jeopardise” the children’s education.
    My main objective from this explanation is just to make clear from our side; my side and akh Rosman’s. I hope that this clarification is understood by the parents especially and others generally, those who continuously inquire about this, out of concern and curiosity. While I am preparing this write-up, a few asked about this “El-Ayn” issue. Even before this update, there had been 734 readers to this article. We thank you and hope you make doa for us and may Allah reward you all with best in this world and the Hereafter.

    It is my responsibility to continue providing children among our muslim community the education they need. But being considerate, I will not “hijack” other people’s programmes or “students/participants”…as I said: “Subtle, gradual but beneficial” Inshaa Allah. May Allah guide us.

    The whole idea that I had, when the idea of “El-‘Ayn” came out, it is to serve as an organiser or to facilitate “events” like workshops and seminars only, to be conducted and delivered by me to benefit the larger masses. Occasional events and not classroom and not even a centre of learning. As you would have understood, this Weekend Class for the Children was not El-‘Ayn’s project or programme, but it became El-‘Ayn’s. For example, El-‘Ayn conducted the “Seminar Pulang”. Probably, it was not made clear to the other brothers involve in this project.

    Someone accused me of trying to be “authoritative”, with this abrupt decision to put a fullstop to these programmes.
    My response: I cannot let people out there confused, thinking that I am behind all these progarammes, when I am not the one who initiated or managing them and not even as an advisor anymore.

    Someone boastfully said: The way you do Dakwah is very slow. Salafi Dakwah will not grow at the rate you are going. When boosted on FB, we get 2000 over likes. My way is fast and effective. Your weblog, you have less than 100 followers. Just as an example. There are many out there, even pakcik makcik, asking for classes.
    My reply to this: That is not the way to compare or determine the effectiveness and success of Dakwah…by likes or numbers. If we go by that standard, then Prophet Nuh failed in his Dakwah since only got 70-80 followers. Our Prophet Muhammad also did not get more than 100 followers when he did Dakwah in Mecca until Migration/Hijrah to Medina. Yet, I thank you for your constructive criticism and hope I can do better, Insha Allah and since you get a lot of followers, you should make your own Dakwah, teach them and guide them. In my opinion, sincerity in seeking the truth and spreading the truth and steadfast upon it, is the ultimate goal.

    However, I thank Allah, the readers of the articles I uploaded on my weblog, some of the articles had been read by more than 2200 readers. Like this article, for eg., 734 read it. Walhamdulillaah. As for the common people out there, if they are truly interested in seeking knowledge, not from FB, they can anytime come to any of my classes, if you are concern about “my effort” not talking about other Asatizah’s effort. I travel to Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok, Bishan, Siglap and elsewhere and walhamdulillaah, there are those who diligently, almost every lesson, attend these classes. Other than that, I occasionally hold seminars or workshops or talks, for the larger group. We just cannot attend to everyone and anyone. Imam Malik taught us: Knowledge will not come to you, but you are to go to it, seek knowledge. And as the cliché: “No pain no gain”, Seeking knowledge needs patience, sacrifice and perseverance yet it is my philosophy or approach in sharing knowledge: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, show him how to catch fish, you feed him for a lifetime”, I share the fundamentals and methodology in seeking the truth and together we seek the truth and arrive at the truth, for the sake of His Pleasure and for our own good in this life and the Hereafter.

    My apologies and Baarakallahu fiekum.

    As for "Toobawear" then this I have to say. My thought and whole idea of this garment business, as it wasn't my idea and I have no expertise in this, is to serve the "niche market" as one would phrase. To provide men and women what would be difficult for them to get in the market of garments which are in compliance to the Sharee'ah, rather than what is "rampant and prevailing" today in the market of "Busana Muslimah" and  "designers' fashion" kind of garment for Muslim men and women. However, since I cannot commit myself like a fulltime advisor. I have to withdraw.

    From the beginning of this business, 2 brothers came to me offering me support. But I am not under any of the 8 categories of the  zakat recipients, walhamdulillah. Then, to support “my dakwah”.  I cannot sacrifice my Dakwah activities for such a business as business really makes one “busy”. I was rest assured, everything will be handled and my most important role is to be the Advisor, to ensure all our undertakings and products are Shari‘ah compliant. Other than that, as the “Sale-promoter or booster” – as long as our products are in compliance to Shari‘ah rulings. My weblog name was used as the company name…like “it’s your company Ustaz” and I hold the largest share as one of the shareholders.
    Company registered everything done…but I am not the Director (owner) of the company. Someone else, among the 3 of us and I never bothered about all these registration etc…as it has no issue of “Shari‘ah compliance”.

    Products came out and walhamdulillaah, an overwhelming response and sale…and we only wanted it as an “online” business then.
    Then the idea of opening a shop came about…as I have explained, I asked the Director if it is really a necessity and we have the capacity to sustain and the Director guaranteed. Products need to be multiplied…and “the designers’ dream” came about.

    I was described as “petty” for not allowing and not giving approval to certain “designs” and “colours” and thus, my most important role would be a hurdle for the development of the business and since I cannot cope to play my role due to the expansion of the business, it is best for all and part of bewaring of Allah, for me to withdraw. My "nephew" (cousin's son) took over my share, as a shareholder, as he had just contributed the biggest sum of shares, with the thought of supporting Dakwah. However, he is not taking over my role as the Advisor.

    Wallahu a'lam.
    May Allah guide us all, myself, the brothers who intended and did business with me and you, the parents and readers, with His Guidance to achieve His Pleasure.
    Ameen.


           
     
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