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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Fanning the flames of racism in Malaysia - The Dangers.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

I am worried for our nation. Very worried.

So worried that my heart feels so constricted and my emotions are starting to swell up, fearing the worse that can come out from the current racial tones being spewed by politicians who don't bother to consider what their words and statements tend to spark off another disastrous wave of racial and religious conflict amongst the multi-ethnic, multi-faithed communities that Malaysia consists of?

From day one, I have had this premonition of racism flaring uncontrolled through the hearts and minds of desperadoes in the prevailing ruling BN coalition parties who seem oblivious to the dangers of speaking emotionally and irrationally without considering the consequences that their racist statements will have on the future of this country?

For all the so called peace and harmony that the BN has been claiming to champion all these while, the actions, reactions and statements being spewed forth by UMNO Penang's leaders threatens to destroy the fragile state of calmness and tolerance that the majority of the Malaysian people are trying very hard to maintain and upkeep?

I am dismayed to see the PM Dato Seri Abdullah Badawi failing to stem and nip in the bud all these racist threatening gestures and blatant attempts to sow discord between the Malays and the Chinese populations of Malaysia by the UMNO chiefs of Penang?

The current racism fuelled tense political atmosphere over there in Penang is not something to be disregarded and ignored by the ones in power over Malaysia today?

If the Malaysian Government under the BN today fails to keep in check or take corrective action decisively and swiftly to curb or dissipate the building tensions between the Malay and Chinese communities there in Penang, chances of the current political face off fed by inflammatory insensitive remarks and pontificating stands of the UMNO Penang warlords and equally recalcitrant ones from the Chinese leaders can only lead to a disastrous ending between us soon?

I call upon the Malaysian authorities to not waste anymore time in stepping in and reprimand the folks in Penang from getting out of hand for we do not need to have a fullblown racial conflict break out amongst fellow Malaysians at this or any other time in the future?

The current racial conflict being propagated by those who fail to consider what their actions can lead to stems from their failure to heed the Almighty's Commands to be fair towards their fellow mankind.

Those who are aware of the do's and don'ts of the Islamic faith will not behave in such racist ways.

The Prophet of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam forbade us to differentiate and discriminate between Mankind.

As Muslims we ought to realize that whatever we do or say has its rewards or punishments both here on Earth and in the Hereafter?

Islam is very clear about the equality of Mankind and it opposes racial prejudice and racism in any form is forbidden in our faith.

The way our Muslim UMNO brothers are behaving over there in Penang goes against the very fundamentals of these principles.

Have our fellow Muslims there forgotten the contents of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam's Khutba al Wida @ Final Khutba where he stated :

O ye people, without doubt, God is one, just the same as you can have only one father. All of you are children of Adam, and he was fashioned from the earth's clay.

Beware, no Arab is superior to an alien, nor is an alien superior to the Arab.

No red is superior to the black, nor is a black superior to the red.

For human excellence is in the effort we make in our trying to follow the ordained word of Allah, and the actions of his prophet, in word and deeds.

Allah's honored are those blessed amongst you who fear Him most. Hearken! Have I conveyed? The companions said, 'Yes, you have conveyed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.'

The prophet, peace and blessings of the Lord be upon him, then said, O ye present, convey my words to the absent witness. {Reported in Targheeb o Tarheeb un Jabar bin Abdallah, Jamhrata Khatab ul Arab.}

So my dear fellow Muslims of Malaysia, especially those of you who are Malays, let me ask you as to whether you do believe that Islam our faith calls upon us to be racists or to be fair to all?

I for one do believe that the rights of the Malays are enshrined in the Constitution of Malaysia and that none from amongst the Non Malays have any rights to encroach upon such rights since the Chinese and Indian migrant populations have long acknowledged such rights and their leaders have signed such acknowledgment into the founding documents of post British Malaya!

Today, we all accept that those of us living today here in Malaysia are mostly born here in this land and no longer merit being called immigrants.

It is therefore ridiculous for our UMNO politicians to still harp on chasing born Malaysian citizens of the Chinese and other ethnicities to foreign lands all because of the way some folks in the BN have deteriorated to being sore losers in the recent P44 Permatang Pauh Parliamentary By Election and the recent 12th Malaysian GE which saw the BN lose 4 other states to the already remaining steadfastly PAS ruled State of Kelantan?

I just wish to remind such UMNO politicians to not go against the Amanat of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as reproduced by the relevant excerpt above?

Do we as Muslims disrespect the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam by being defiant and recalcitrantly be championing such notions of Assabiyah?

Does anyone of the racist politicians refute the reality that when we as Muslims die, it is in our faith that we will be visited by the two Malaikats @ Munkar and Nakir?

Do any of the racist ones threatening to unleash another 13th of May, 1969 bloodbath dare to refute that the Malaikats of the Grave will be asking the following questions to our souls when we are in our graves?

"When a believing slave comes close to the Hereafter and nearer to the end of the present life (i.e. at a state of last breath), angels descend to him; two angels come to him, make him sit up and ask him:

1. Who is your Lord?

He replies ''My Lord is Allah".

2. Then he is asked: "And what is your religion?"

He replies: "My religion is Islam."

3. He is asked again: "Who was that person who was sent to you?

" He answers: "He is the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam."

4. Lastly, he is asked: "And what did you do?"

He answers: "I read the Book of Allah, and I believed in it."

After that Allah says (interpretation of meaning): {My Servant has spoken the truth, so spread a bed for him in Paradise, clothe him from Paradise and open a door towards him from Paradise.}.

In relation to a disbelieving slave, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, said: "When the disbelieving slave comes close to the end of the present life and nearer to the Hereafter (i.e. at a state of last breath), two angels will come to examine him.

They will ask him "Who is your Lord"?

He will reply: "Alas, alas, I do not know."

Then they will ask him: "Who is your Prophet"?

He will reply: "Alas, alas, I do not know."

Then he is asked: "And what is your religion"?

So, he will reply: "Alas, alas, I do not know."

Then Allah says (interpretation of meaning): {He has lied, so spread a bed for him from Hell, clothe him from Hell, and open towards him a door into Hell…}.

So the Muslim is asked four questions:
  1. Who is your Lord?
  2. What is your religion?
  3. Who was that person who was sent to you?
  4. And fourthly: What did you do?
Whereas the non-Muslim is asked three questions:
  1. Who is your Lord?
  2. What is your religion?
  3. Who was that person who was sent to you?
So Allah will make the Muslim firm in his answers and guides him to the correct answer, whereas He lets the non-Muslim to be on his or her own?

This is what is meant by the saying of Allah (interpretation of meaning):

{Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word, in worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allah lets astray the wrongdoers. And Allah does what He wills.}[14:27].

The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "When a Muslim is questioned in the grave, he will testify that "Laa ilaaha Illallaah Muhammadun Rasoolullaah'' (there is None worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah), this is the saying of Allah (interpretation of meaning):

{Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word, in worldly life and in the Hereafter.}. We ask Allah to keep us firm with the firm word in this worldly life and in the Hereafter. Ameen.

Now, I would like to ask my fellow Muslims who are rabidly championing Assabiyah to this very day, especially back home in Penang as to whether the Malaikats of the Grave will ever ask us:
  1. What is your race?
  2. Are you a bumiputera or non bumi?
What do you think?

They will surely like hell not bother as to what ethnicity we are, will they?

All that the Malaikats of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala will bother about are those questions stated above and they won't give a hoot as to who the hell we are over here on Earth?

They won't care that all your life, you lived in a bloody istana, palace, mansion, etc. or that you had all the honorifics emblazoned right before the very names that your parents named you with?

They wouldn't even care that all your life you had people bow to you, had addressed you as Tuanku, Tengku, Engku, Raja, Megat, Nik, Tun, Tan Sri, Datuk Paduka, Datuk Panglima, Dato' and all other earth bound honorifics that people so crave to have before their very names here?

Yes sirree...

All that the Malaikats will care about is to whether we have been Believers in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and obeyed the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, lived our life's as true servants of Almighty Allah, been good to ourselves, our families, our neighbours, our fellow mankind, etcetera?

I believe that if we Malaysian Muslims can strive our best to live up to our faith and practice what we preach, the non Malays and non Muslims of Malaysia will see the truth of Islam, it's justice and fairness towards all of Allah's makhluk and not bother those of you who are so worried about losing your 'rights'?

We all live between the 5 prayers and at the Will and Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

We may have been blessed to be able to pray our Subuh prayers. There is no guarantee that we can make it to Zohor?

Same goes for those of us who make it to settle our Zohor prayers.

Is there any certainty that we might make it to Asar?

Again, those who get to pray Asar, what guarantee is there that they will be able to pray Maghrib and from Maghrib to Isya and all the way to the next Subuh?

Learn to live as true Muslims, dear brothers and sisters and please...please realize that all these rants and raves about this race being better than that race is all pure hogwash that belongs to the Age of Jahilliyyah!!!

We are now living in the Last Ages.

All the prophecies of Rasulullah Sallalahu alaihi Wassallam concerning the Signs of the coming of the Yaum al Qiyamat have all come to pass and we are amongst those who need to get ourselves focused towards upholding the true teachings of Islam as bequethed to us by our Blessed Prophet?

Can we afford to destroy the peace and harmony of this multi ethnic, multi faithed country just because of some misguided souls who have lost their bearings and remain stuck in the rut of the ignorants?

Think!

May those who are angry remember the nasihah of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and reflect back as to where they are and where they should be?

The Ulamaks of this nation and the Malay Sultans must not remain as mere observers and watch this country go to hell!

Remember that the Amanah of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam rests upon your shoulders too!

You will be the first ones to be questioned by Allah Azza Wa Jalla as to what you did and did not do with regard to the responsibilities given by Him to you in the Akhirat?

May those of you who are the 'Ulul 'Amri protect us and guide the ones getting out of hand to be back on the track of Ad Deenul Islam and serve the people in the manner that this nation expects of them?

Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Abdillah,

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