Abstract: Finite state models even though very traditional can also be applied to the analysis and design of both abstract and physical systems. A general finite state model has been developed and applied to a self help system to assess the initial state of the user and discern the ways that the user can transit from that state to higher states ultimately progressing to reach a certain goal. The general model has also been diversified to show, how it can be used to add different features to the system. A proto type system entitled self-help maqam-based search system based on the seven maqams or hurdles mentioned in the book Minhaj al Abidin has been used as a use case. In this book, Minhaj al Abidin by Imam Ghazzali (RA), it has been illustrated how a man by crossing seven distinct hurdles one at a time by achieving certain knowledge and performing specific deeds, one can gain bounties of Allah (SWT) at the end.
Roslina Othman, Mohamad Fauzan Noordin, Tengku Mohd Tengku Sembok, Akram M.Z.M. Kheder, Emma Nuraihan Mior Ibrahim and Sadia Hamid Kazi, 2016. A Finite State Model for a Self-help System Based on Minhaj Al Abidin. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 345-351.