Know Allah: The Most Compassionate and Merciful God






Click here for original source. The Importance of Knowing Allah Belief in God is the essence of Islam. The shari`ah of Islam brought by prophets evolved over time. Thus, the shari`ah brought by Moses a.s. is different from the shari`ahbrought by Jesus a.s. and therefore there are differences in the shari`ah revealed to Muhammad. Nevertheless, the aspect pertaining to belief in God […]

My article – A Wasatiyah Approach to Decision Making Based on Shari`ah






Published in Wasat, no. 14/April 2017, at here. Introduction** On a daily basis, we face various issues in life that require us to make decisions and choices. For a Muslim, decisions and choices must be made not only in accordance to his wants. It has to be in accordance to the principles of his faith […]

Towards A Better Life After Ramadhan: What Ramadhan Can Do For Us 






(Note: I would like to thank bro. Hafiz Kusairi for translating this article. The original Malay version is available here.) Muhammad Haniff Hassan Ramadhan should change ourselves for the better. At least, it should be the platform that catalyses changes in us. Below are 10 ways in which Ramadhan can help us engineer changes within […]

A Balanced Viewpoint towards Misfortune and Disaster






(Note: This article was translated from the original article in Malay published in Berita Harian on 12 October 2012. Click here to read the Malay version. The translation was made possible with the help of sister Lieja.) Some Muslims tend to view any misfortune as negative as it is caused by sins and a punishment […]

An Analysis of Muslim Voices Against IS






This article was originally published in Malay by Berita Harian (24 September 2014, available here) (c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan & Mustazah Bahari, Oct 2014 Out of sudden in June, ISIS succeeded in expelling Iraq’s armed forces from its northern territories to Baghdad and took control over the large area. This development has caught the world […]

When death came visiting….






(This is an abridged version of my original article written in Malay in 2001, see at http://haniff.sg/pesanan/apabila-ajal-tiba/ ) Almost every day we come across news of death in the media. Indeed, nothing is more certain in this life than death. The Quran says, “Every human being is bound to taste death…” (The Quran, 3:185) A person […]

What does commemorating mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) mean to us






    (This article was translated from original article written in Malay at http://haniff.sg/pesanan/memperingati-maulid/ . Apology for less-than-ideal translation work. May this still benefit readers.) Muslims all over the world commemorate the birth of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the month of Rabi `ul Awwal (the third month of Islamic calendar) every year. The arrival of […]

List of my short articles in English from 2004 – 2012






Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Nur Azlin Yasin, “Indonesian Prisons: A Think Tank for Terrorists”, Counter-terrorist Trends and Analysis, ICPVTR, Singapore, August 2012.   Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Zulkifli Mohamed Sultan, “Insights from Recent Study on Roots of Violent Radicalisation in the UK”, Counter-terrorist Trends and Analysis, ICPVTR, Singapore, May 2012.   Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Zulkifli Mohamed […]

Najasyi – a pious Muslim king






© Muhammad Haniff Hassan, March 2003 Many of us are familiar with the names of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, well known as outstanding leaders among the companions and recognised for their noble characteristics and contributions. Very few however know of another companion of the Prophet pbuh, a Najasyi (Negus, The Ethiopian King) named […]

Barzanji – a test of our creativity






© Muhammad Haniff Hassan, June 2003 Reading the Barzanji has become part and parcel of our community’s tradition. In the past, it was often read on Thursday evenings at mosques. At other times, it was read on special occasions such as Aqiqah ceremonies, “shaving of the head” ceremonies for new-born babies, circumcisions and other cause […]