Archive for September, 2013

Islam & Secularism Series 21 Oct, 4 & 18 Nov, 2 Dec


This event is part of an on-going series, happening every alternate Monday night. It is a conversation based on the ideas and thoughts from the world renowned book by Prof Al-Attas, Islam & Secularism. Scroll down to see the list of chapters, with the estimated dates. At this point, we have covered 5 sessions in Season 1 (April-June 2013), reaching up to the chapter: The Nature of Man. Videos from those sessions are in production now, click here to watch what’s been uploaded thus far.


In Season 2, we kickoff with the next chapter: The Nature of Knowledge. To help us promote this project, click here and also here to have a copy of the poster for your distribution. For FB Event Page, click the following – 21 Oct , then 4 Nov18 Nov. There is no session for 2 Dec. For alerts and invites, please SMS us at Peace Meal. 019 334 5466.

There’s also an FB Group where attendees can ask questions about the session, click here to join. To find out more about Prof. Al-Attas, thus understanding why we have chosen his book for this, click here or for an extensive one, click here.

Venue: CASIS – Dewan Jumaah, UTM KL, Jalan Semarak. We stop at 10pm sharp, so do try to come by 8pm sharp. 🙂

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There will be a free shuttle from Damai LRT from 7.30-7.45pm. Keep a lookout for our volunteer cars at the waiting area.
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We distribute the cards above during our events. The volunteers will coordinate a crowd-sourced car-pool for those with no transport to go home. Those who do have transport, hope you’ll be nice and helpful by offering the empty spaces of your vehicles, if you’re going to the same or near destination of those in need. 🙂


Podcast – Rhodus on Al-Ghazali’s Deliverance from Error

Here’s a podcast download of Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, on Malaysia’s talk radio, discussing Imam Al-Ghazali’s Deliverance from Error. We arranged this session with BFM Night School when he was in Kuala Lumpur for Haul of Imam Al-Haddad organized by Hawi Al-Khairat (Amanah HAK).

Click here to stream or download the podcast.

Al-Ghazali is arguably the greatest Muslim thinker of all time. In this episode, we reflect on Deliverance from Error, his spiritual biography, whereby he details his discovery of the path to The Truth. Join us as our special guest this week, Sheikh Yahya Rhodus, takes us through this text and its relevance for contemporary times.

– BFM Night School

Questions for the Tall White Man with Yahya Rhodus – September 12


Collaborating with our friends Young Muslims Project (YMP), we’re organizing a dialogue session for the youth and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.

Questions for the Tall White Man will take place on Thursday 12 September 2013. Doors Open 7pm, Event Starts 7.45pm. Maghrib Facility will be available.

It will be near Taman Jaya LRT and because space is limited it is first come first serve. You will be notified of the venue details via SMS and you must RSVP here:


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Purification of the Heart with Yahya Rhodus – 13 September

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In 2006, the late Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia’s famous film director, wrote a book review in the New Straits Times and blogged about it too, click here to read it. The often sold-out book was Hamza Yusuf’s commentary and translation of a poem by the same title, Purification of the Heart written by Imam al-Mawlud.


On Friday 13 September, a student of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson of Zaytuna College California, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus will be giving a talk on the same subject. Organized by Hawi Al-Khairat, Rhodus is in Malaysia for the annual symposium for the scholarship of Imam Al-Haddad (1634-1720) who he himself too wrote about the same subject 300 odd years ago.

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This event will take place on Friday 13 September 2013 at KGPA @ Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam in Petaling Jaya. Doors open 8.30pm. No admission fee, but do RSVP here:

Link to FB Event page, click here.


FYI, we are working towards having this book ready for sale to those attending the event, and perhaps sell it online prior to it. All funds will be channeled to Peace Meal to assist existing and future projects.

Most recently in 2012, Yasmin Mogahed published on YouTube her talk on the same subject.

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus began his study of Islam with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson and then at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Hadhramout in theology, legal theory and Arabic poetry under the likes of Habib ‘Umar binHafiz and Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri.   He has a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley Keys to the Revival: An Analytical Study of the Architecture of Al Ghazali’s Ihya’ ‘Ulum Al-Din Center for Islamic Studies, With Honors.

This year he begins his PhD at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, with Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad @ Professor TJ Winter as his Supervisor.