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Monday, July 31, 2006

Aurat for Muslimahs-Does it not apply to Malaysia's Elite?

I have always been grumbling inside my heart as to the hypocrisy of our nation's creme de la creme or 'high society' or the 'ruling elite' if you can call them so as to the total disregard they seem to have for the Commandment from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala as to the covering of the modesty for Muslim 'believing' women!

Have I missed anything or does Allah SWT exempt those who are 'royalty' or the leaders of 'Islamic Nation' Malaysia which is championing 'Islam Hadhari' from having their wives cover their heads as required in Surah An Nur Chapter 24 Verse 31 :

'And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.'

Another commandment from Allah SWT is here in the Al-Qur'an

Surah Al-Ahzab Chapter 33 Verse 59:

'O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful'.

I am sure that there are many of us who have questioned the integrity of our 'Islamic Leaders' who in the limelight of our nation's media portray themselves as the 'Ulul 'Amri' and spearheads of putting Islam to practice and try to come across as being among the Ummah in upholding Islam and lately have come up with 'Islam Hadhari' for the entire worldwide Muslims to emulate!

The problem is that I see all this media hype and portrayal of championing Islam on these figureheads as mere rhetoric on their part as they fail as Muslim husbands to protect their wives from displaying their hair and fail to cover their 'Aurat' before the public !

How can I accept such figures to be my 'Ulul 'Amri' when something as simple as telling one's wife to properly cover up herself before appearing in public have not been done by these men?

No matter whether one is a royal or commoner, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala doesn't differentiate between us humanbeings when it comes to following and obeying His Commandments!

When we die and are being questioned by the Angels Munkar and Naqir, those angels are not going to ask us about our lineage or social standings when we were alive on Earth!

Munkar and Naqir are not gonna be bothered about our numerous 'titles' and honorifics which we got while being here on this mortal existence.

They will ask us who are husbands as to what we have done and didn't do for our wife or wives!

They will question us as to our duties as parents, as father's, as sons, as brothers and as fellow Muslims, etcetera.

Apart from the 5 major questions as to who is our Rabb, who is our Prophet, what is our Qiblat, what is our Imam and who are our brethren, the questions after that will be as to whether we have carried out our responsibilities and duties in protecting and caring for our wife or wives?

I ask as a fellow Muslim and as a brother in Islam to our leaders to stop the rot! I ask that they lead by example when being in authority and power here while still being alive now to tell their wife or wives to cover up in the real sense of the word!

We don't need to ask our wives to wear the purdah for that is up to them according to their levels of Iman @ Faith but the requirements for 'believing women' to cover their heads and their bosoms' is not to be taken lightly by our 'leaders'!

Many a husband is gonna end up in Hellfire for such shirking of responsibilities! Your wife or wives are your responsibilities!

Show us, the Ummah that you do practice what you preach and correct the wrong being perpetrated so very long and to date, I don't believe anyone has ever come to you as I have now to ask that you do the right thing!

I am your brother in Islam first and a citizen next. As one who calls to Islam, I see no reason to fear 'advising' you gentlemen.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala guide us all and give each and everyone of you the strength and the willingness to listen to sincere advice when it is given!

There is none that is more powerful and more majestic than Allahu Akbar, Rabbul Alameen!


Adam said...

I also wonder when men will start following the commandment that precedes it:

Surah 24, Ayat 30: Tell the believeing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is aware if what they do.

I am really worried about the undue importance given to the "Visible" side of Islam.

Why is there little or no importance being given to the social duties, being honest, removal of corruption, gossip, belief in bomohs and neglect of children and first wives.

mahaguru58 said...

I as a person am trying my level best to do my part in my personal capacity here as a Muslim blogger to advice and remind my fellow Muslims first and fellow Malaysians next to correct ourselves, get back to the basics of living a decent life as God asks us to!

I am just one voice but if all those who are reading our comments here can join us in righting the many wrongs taking place in our society, I am confident that we can all make a difference to the quality of life both for us and for all Malaysians.

Through this blog, I am doing what I can to correct myself and my society to live a better life as decent Malaysians and as good Muslims.

People simply have forgotten or choose to not bother anymore because each and every individual doesn't care about what is happening all around us!

Malaysians used to be known to be caring and kind to one another, no matter what race or religion the other is.

Those good old days have vanished overnight and 'Kiasu'ism' rears its ugly head everywhere here in this multiracial, multi religious and multi cultural country!

We need everyone else to feel the same and each do his or her own part to stop the rot!

As far as Mahaguru58 is concerned, I am doing what I can according to my present capabilities.

Allah the Almighty surely knows that I need all the support I can get from my fellow citizens.

left-t said...

one of the most politicians I respect is DSAI. Congratz to Datin Seri and daughters...

mahaguru58 said...

On that part of DSAI's family, I agree with you that they are a good example of elitists who haven't lost their bearings as Muslimah's who know how to cover their Aurat when in public.

As far as DSAI's political ambitions and current standings, it's a different story altogether.

A good example of royalty taking care of their Aurat is the Sultanate of Terengganu. The Sultanah wears a tudung and has her crown or tiara above it. That's so much better than to see coiffures sticking out like a bee's nest on the other 'luminaries'!

But then again as Adam points out, there are also many other issues we need to focus upon at the same time.

This matter of the Malaysian Elites coming out looking like they do not give a damn about the Commandments of Almighty God to cover their modesty however needs to be hammered in to their ego's !

When they die, the funeral attendants would prepare their janazahs complete with tudung, etc as if they were so modest whilst being alive !

That's the severest of hypocrisy carried right down into the graves!

We need to advice. We need to voice out these things now rather than wait for the society to meltdown in fitnah and maksiat!

How do we do it? That's coming soon. Next!