Monday, April 7, 2014

[Sheikh In Town] Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,

We'd like to give a warm welcome back to our beloved brother Hamza Tzortzis, in our newly revamped series 'Sheikh In Town'. The last time we had Sh. Hamza was back in 2009 for the 'Knowledge and Arts Tour 09' so we're really excited to have a chat with him again this Friday 11th April 2014.

Keep this date free!

We know all of you would have lots of questions you'd like to ask him too, so this session will be an open mic session where you'll also be part of the conversation. Sh Hamza will share his experiences, wisdom, and vast knowledge in this special event inshaAllah

So please fill up this registration form here -

*ALHAMDULILLAH, we have a special announcement! The venue for this event is fully sponsored. Tabarakallah. The donations collected on this event will be directed FULLY to Ibdaat Syrian Relief, a humanitarian relief organization, based in the borders of Lebanon/ Syria, where they have built schools and medical facilities for the displaced communities of Syria; which also includes Syrians, Palestinians among others.


[Video] Sh. Hamza Tzortzis sharing his life experiences in the K&A09 event in University Malaya

Here are the event details.

Event: [Sheikh In Town] Hamza Andreas Tzortzis
Date: 11 April 2014
Day: Friday
Time: 7.30pm (registration)
Venue: Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA)

Entrance Fee: Your generosity (as you see fit)
Organizers: Young Muslims Project (YMP) + Muslims Professional Forum (MPF)
Venue Sponsor: Al Kauthar Institute

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Young Muslims Speak - A Survey

Friday, February 7, 2014

Quran Stories: People of the Cave

The Story of The People of the Cave

The story of the youth of the cave signifies love of the best kind and shows how the youth had a commitment to such love by seeking to earn the pleasure of the beloved, Allah (swt), before taking pleasure in His creations. [Surah Al-Kahf, Chapter 18]

Do you think that the people of the Cave and the Inscription (the news or the names of the people of the Cave) were a wonder among Our Signs? (Remember) when the young men fled for refuge (from their disbelieving folk) to the Cave. They said: ”Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way! [Quran, 18: 9-10]

. . . Indeed, they were youths who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance. [Quran, 18: 13]

Lessons from the story of the Youth in the Cave

Put your trust in Allah (swt).
The young men put their trust in Allah (swt) when they separated from their disbelieving folk and sought refuge in a cave. They had no idea what would become of them. You should equally learn to trust in Allah (swt) at all times and especially in times of uncertainty and trial.

Have faith and take action.
The youth did not only believe, they also took the necessary steps to act on their belief. First their thoughts and eventually their limbs took action. Begin the journey in your heart, but do not let it end there; verbalize your thoughts, then walk the talk. Now start moving.

Embrace Islam as your true religion.
Islam is the true religion and a complete way of life. In Islam you will find guidance, faith, strength, and the will to submit to the true Creator, Allah (swt). If you embrace it wholly as the youth of the cave did, you will be among the rightly guided Muslims. You will have no unnecessary fears or feel overwhelmed with the challenges around you.

Play your part.

Whatever your station in life, you have an important part to play— in the family, at school or work, and in society— as part of the wider Ummah.

Your role as a Muslim youth comes with responsibilities. These responsibilities will not simply be executed without challenges, choices, and changes.

Not too long ago, I remember looking forward to the teen years and the years beyond as a time of maturity, decision-making, and independence. It seemed like the perfect years were yet to come. But I was wrong. My teen and youthful years brought with them many challenges, from faith issues to other internal conflicts to trying to balance family and friends with career.

Understanding the teachings of Islam, especially the message of the Quran, guided me on a path of self-discovery and focusing on my faith, passion, experience, and skills. The Quran carries lessons for the youth in all situations and with any kind of challenge.

The life of the Muslim youth is not simply about independence and choosing between black and white. It is a period of change, choices, and challenges, with many shades of grey in between. And these challenges are not without a purpose, just as the entire life of a Muslim is not without a higher purpose beyond fulfilling our immediate needs.

Move forward.

Each time you are faced with issues regarding your faith and Islamic identity, remember the advice of Luqman. Reflect on his words to help you build the best of relationships with your parents and others around you. Emulate Yusuf (as) in building a fine character and facing up to daily challenges with patience and trust in Allah (swt).

Follow in his footsteps by repelling evil with good and striving to work hard for your sustenance with excellence. Face up to societal pressure through the example of the youth of the cave. Build a kind of “cave” in your life from time to time so that you can give yourself space away from the noise and busyness around you to reflect on the verses of Allah (swt) and nurture the faith within.

Such are the lessons and reminders we find in the Quran. The times may be different but the principles and emotions remain the same. Isn’t it time then to take a closer look into the pages of this special book— to study, reflect, seek answers, and adopt the solutions embedded within it?

Keep reading the Quran and do not simply recite it; ponder over the meanings and practice what you learn in addition to sharing the message with others. Take a simple step each day and make your intention sincere. Read the Quran daily and take lessons from the stories contained within and you will overcome your challenges without any doubt.


Amina Edota is a writer, mentor and a business owner. She is passionately committed to inspiring Muslim youth to act on the opportunities of their youth. Join her for inspirational tips, insights, resources, and reminders for Muslim youth (

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Quran Stories: Luqman the Wise

The Story of Luqman the Wise

Luqman was a pious man who Allah (swt) blessed with much wisdom. He was reminded to be thankful to Allah, the Almighty.

And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], “Be grateful to Allah .” And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.[Quran, 31:12]

Luqman advised his son using the best of words and in regards to life in general. How? From the example of his faith, his treatment of parents and other people, and his consciousness of Allah (swt). His words to his son carry important messages for Muslim youth and to all of mankind.

There are many profound lessons found in the advice of a loving father to his dear son. [Quran, 31:12-19]. Consider them as advice to you from a father figure and a great mentor!

Lessons from the Advice of Luqman to his Son

Believe in Allah (swt) alone & remain firm upon Tawheed. Luqman warned his son against joining partners in worship with Allah – shirk, because it is the greatest form of injustice man can commit. You must commit to Tawheed (oneness of Allah – SWT) in all of your words and actions. That is the greatest form of justice you can uphold.

Maintain an excellent attitude towards parents. Honour your parents, be kind to them and take care of them even if they are not Muslims. Your obedience should only end when they invite you to join others in worship with Allah (swt).

Guard all acts of worship with patience. You will be tested with your personal worship and in dealing with others, so learn to be patient. Perform your prayers correctly and at the appointed time. Enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong.

Be kind to yourself and others. Nothing is hidden from Allah, so beware of doing wrong to others in even the simplest of ways. Do not be loud arrogant and boastful. And always strive to be moderate in your walk and talk.

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Quran Stories: Prophet Yusuf (AS)

Qur’an Stories and Lessons for Every Muslim Youth

The Story of Prophet Yusuf (as)

We all love stories with a happy ending, just as the story of Prophet Yusuf (as) ended in the Qur’an [Surah Yusuf: Chapter 12].
"Verily, in Yusuf (Joseph) and his brethren, there were Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for those who ask".[Quran,12:7]
His life journey as detailed was anything but happy from the beginning. His childhood and youth were characterised by tests of various levels and not without physical and emotional pain. It was also filled with conspiracy, accusation, jealousy, imprisonment, family tension, and separation, slavery, and more.
It was strong faith, reliance on Allah (swt), supplication, good character, and patience that pulled him through. Yusuf (as) developed the skills needed to survive the greatest of trials— separation from his loved ones— yet he emerged an exemplary leader and a success by all standards. All of these are narrated vividly in the Qur’an so that we may reflect and take lessons.

Lessons from the Story of Yusuf (as)

Have patience during trialsYusuf (as) was tried with an intense sibling rivalry, temptation from a lady in high position, and authority among, other tough challenges. He remained patient through all of it. Allah (swt) rewarded him with worldly success and strong faith, and united him with his loved ones after many years of separation.
Forgive those who wrong youYusuf (as) was separated from his loved ones purely because of bad feelings from envy, and this led him into slavery and eventually falling into trouble with the authorities. He forgave all those who wronged him and even gave his help and support to them in their time of great need.
Be of good character and a great example: His noble character and principles were firmly grounded in his belief in Allah (swt) and this shone through from his inner being to the outside. This earned Yusuf (as) a noble position in the society as well as respect and admiration by all who met him. He became a noble leader and a great example to those around him, including his jealous and oppressive brothers.
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