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Monday, June 21, 2010

'Respect Non Muslim Rights'...to destroy themselves?

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Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

I am referring to the front-page headline of today's theSun e-paper where it screams out the 'infallible' Minister in the Prime Minister's Office's opinion that the rights of those who aren't Muslims in this country to gamble away as they please must not be barred just to please the Muslims of Malaysia.

If we are to think along the lines of the said minister and others like him, such a stand might seem acceptable to those who advocate a mind our own business standpoint in life?

On the other hand, if we are to look at the reasons why Allahu Ta'ala forbids gambling, taking of alcohol, involving oneself in all the other sinful acts in this life from the perspectives of caring considerate Muslims and advocates of goodwill, care and compassion for all mankind as fellow Children of Adam Alaihis Salam, would we just let those who have yet to realize the consequences of such evil doings to destroy their lives and those of their dependents just because they are Disbelievers?

Have we as Muslims ever spared a thought as to the state of affairs of those who are yet to be Believers in Allahu Ta'ala?

Do we just let them go on with their lives to continue drowning themselves in the misery caused by all such social ills as is being advocated by the current Malaysian government and powers that be on the excuse that its okay with the Kaffirs to engage in alcoholism, gambling, prostitution, etc because its in their 'culture'?

I beg to disagree.

Ever since I became involved with calling my fellow mankind to Islam or started sharing whatever info I myself have learned about Al Islam, I realize that we are all interconnected with one another in this nation and that of the whole wide world.

We are all equally responsible to take care of each other and to help those closest to us, like our families, our neighbors and our fellow citizens, no matter that they be different from us, be it in race or religious beliefs?

We can't afford to ignore all those who may not be of the same ilk or creed as us in the name of letting others go to hell or whatever just because they do not believe in Islam as we do.

As I understand, Islam is the only Way of Life that Allah the Almighty God of us all has revealed to us through the Ages starting with the advent of our Father, Sayyidina Adam Alaihis Salam and our Mother Sayyidatuna Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha, then with the consequential 124,000 prophets and messengers of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala finalizing with our Blessed Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, Muhammad Al Mustafa, Sayyidul Mursalin's Prophethood to all Creation.

Am I correct?

If you agree, then how can we who regard ourselves as Muslims simply resign ourselves to letting our fellow brothers and sisters amongst Mankind, continue to live a life ignorant of all that has been entrusted to us, which is the faith of Al Islam which is the birthright of every human being?

To live a life free from the dangers of all that Allahu Ta'ala has deemed it to be Haram and to live upon those that are beneficial and good for all of us?

The said minister and those who think like him might mean well and believe that they are being righteous towards the Non Muslims but they forget their general responsibility as being those who have been put in charge of the populace in their respective portfolios or ministries to help guide others who are yet to be Muslims to live a life safe from the harm and dangers of all such social ills like gambling, alcoholism, etc.

Do these people in power fail to consider the safety and well being of Non Muslim families here in Malaysia?

The difference of belief is one thing but the general need for us as fellow Malaysians to look out for and take mutual care of our fellow citizens as brothers and sisters here in this multi racial, multi religious nation can't simply be overlooked just because a few members of such Disbelievers tend to indulge in such immoral activities!

Aren't we as Muslims expected to carry out Dakwah efforts and engage in goodwill to those who are yet to be Believers in Allahu Rabbul Alamin?

How can the so called leaders of this claiming to be a Muslim government advocate the allowing of social ills to flourish amongst the Non Muslim members of our community in the pretext of giving them their so called rights to 'destroy' themselves and the livelihoods of their families?

I have first hand experience of seeing my immediate neighbor who is a Chinese Non Muslim suffer the consequences of alcoholism and eventual womanizing which almost destroyed his family!

His wife left him taking his children away and he became even worse, getting drunk every night and many other things happened to him which I am not going to elaborate further here.

All of us, his neighbors who happen to be Muslims suffered as well emotionally looking at the way things were going wrong for the Non Muslim neighbor so close to us.

Yes, we could just have minded our own business and let him and his family go to hell ~ metaphorically speaking ~ but deep down in our hearts, we couldn't.

Unlike others who didn't have the guts to go speak to him about the wrongs he was doing to himself and his family, I am not one who shies away from such a confrontation because I mean well as a neighbor and as a Muslim.

I know that our Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam asks us to take care of ourselves, our families, our immediate neighbors and our community if not the rest of the world. He didn't ask us to differentiate between Muslims and Kaffirs! No sirree!

Islam asks us to be fair and good to all. No matter that some Non Muslims are offensive to us within our nation but in fairness, it is not right to regard all of them as our enemies.

Some of them are even better than our own families in dealing with us. So, I have my own views not to go with the general flow of thoughts that it is best to let those who are Non Muslims to carry on with activities that are forbidden in Islam.

If it is bad for us who are Muslims, surely it is equally bad for those who are our neighbors and fellow members of our community and a danger to their beloved family members as well?

Where's the so called care and compassion that we crow about as 1Malaysia, bla bla bla so very often?

Double standards?

Discriminating against those who have yet to receive Allah's Blessings and Guidance?

Back to the story of my immediate Non Muslim Chinese neighbor.

I advised him to ease off such social ills and Alhamdulillah, he listened to my advice and gradually put his life back in order.

He has stopped being an alcoholic and his wife and children have now returned to live with him. Alhamdulillah!

Yes, they are still Non Muslims. It's their right to be so as they wish. Yet, it is also important that their life is now back to be as it was before the head of the house's bout with alcohol and its subsequent other social ills.

I am not asking us who are Muslims to be busybodies and interfere in the lives of our fellow Malaysians who happen to be Kaffirs ~ Non Muslims.

I'm just voicing out my concern for the way those who are in power today in this country seem to be advocating legalization of social ills for the so called rights of some Non Muslims who ignorantly wish to gamble their lives and the future of their loved ones away in the name of this and that ill perceived freedom!

Consider you not the prohibition of Allahu Ta'ala against the drinking of wine ~ alcoholism and gambling as revealed in the Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 219 as shown here?

2:219
219. Yas-aloonaka AAani alkhamri waalmaysiri qul feehima ithmun kabeerun wamanafiAAu lilnnasi wa-ithmuhuma akbaru min nafAAihima wayas-aloonaka matha yunfiqoona quli alAAafwa kathalika yubayyinu Allahu lakumu al-ayati laAAallakum tatafakkaroona
They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit." And they ask you what they should spend. Say, "The excess [beyond needs]." Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn
They ask you about wine, and divination arrows, gambling, and what the ruling is regarding them. Say, to them: ‘In both, that is, in the partaking of both, is great sin (a variant reading [for kabīr, ‘great’] has kathīr, ‘much’) because of the fighting, cursing and swearing that ensue from it; and profit for men, by way of delight and enjoyment in wine, and acquiring money effortlessly from gambling; but the sin in them, that is, the degenerate behavior in which they result, is greater, graver, than the usefulness’.

Dear brothers and sisters, fellow Malaysians, Muslims and otherwise.

We can't afford to let our friends and neighbors go to rot. Any true Muslim worth his or her namesake can't just close an eye to the social dangers currently being put into place here by the powers that be in this nation!

If we do not stop the current powers that be from legitimizing this spate of social ills being pro offered to the ones amongst the Malaysian Non Muslims to engage in, its repercussions will come home to roost very, very close to us as I experienced it myself in the reference to my immediate Non Muslim neighbor above.

I leave it to you my respected reader to decide.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
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