Alhamdulillah, last night at CAC, UIAM I had an opportunity to attend a much-awaited lecture by Prof. Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. During his one-week-long lecture-tour in Malaysia, I got chance to go to three of his lectures. The insightful talk by Prof. Tariq Ramadhan last night is entitled "In the Footstep of Rasulullah; what should Muslim contribute to the World".
As the input is so numerous to write, so i choose to summarize in a form of words of wisdom by Prof. Tariq Ramadan. May it be beneficial, to you and me.
"Our relationship with Allah is a LOVE STORY"
"The first dimention to change - to follow Rasulullah saw - is to change the way we look at ORDINARY things like nature and the poor"
"If you are happy with what you are not doing, it is HIPOCRACY but if you are struggling with what you are not doing, it is SINCERITY."
"Starting point in spirituality is to look at nature as a GIFT"
"You neglect your nature, you neglect your heart"
"Don't clap. stand up now and do something!"
"Let us monopolize good deeds"
"It is easy to condemn others when you are not doing what you are supposed to do"
"The poor & the oppressed are ignored by the powerful but celebrated by the believers"
"Are you close to the powerful or the neglected, the poor or the marginalised?"
"Understanding with your mind would lead you to arrogance. But understanding with your heart is the source of humility. Imaan is beyond reality."
"The first thing the capitalist entertainment makes you do is it makes you forget of DEATH; that you are going to die!"
"The purpose of education is not only to teach the know-how but more importantly to stress on meaning and deep understanding"
"Education is supposed to produce not only an efficient citizens but also a DIGNIFIED citizens"
"Education is a mean to equip people to face reality not to deny the reality"
"Rasulullah talked beautifully; few words but deep meaning"
"There is dignity in your being even if there is indignity in your behaviour"
"It is not that you love that you are known. Love always needs repeatition"
"We (muslim) must not in the name of our specificity, deny our similarity (with other religions & philosophies)"Tariq Ramadan, 16 July 2012, UIAM, Malaysia.