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Monday, October 16, 2006

To all Hindus of the World " Hope you enjoy your Deepavali!"

I came across this comment by a blogger by the ID of A.Abdoul at Walski69's blog!

In his comment about the 'Wishing of Happy Deepavali' issue being discussed, he came up with a very appropriate way to wish our Hindu fellow Malaysians without us Muslims falling into the 'committing Shirik' category.

His comments are :
"A. Abdoul said...

It's funny how a simple greeting of a festival is 'literaly'interpreted as a full-blown conviction to a religion, more so that it may determines one's salvation. Ok, watever I said, you strongly beleive that such greeting is still a sinful about ~ 'hope you enjoy your deepavalli'..juz a tot!"

10/15/2006 08:54:57 PM
Now, to me that's a very appropriate manner to wish our Hindu brethren, friends and fellow Malaysian citizens !

In the Surah Al Kafirun , Al Qur'an Chapter 109, Verses 1 to 6 , the translations are :

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

1. Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)to these Mushrikûn and Kâfirûn): "O Al-Kâfirûn (disbelievers in Allâh, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, and in Al-Qadar, etc.)!

2. "I worship not that which you worship,

3. "Nor will you worship that which I worship.

4. "And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping.

5. "Nor will you worship that which I worship.

6. "To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islâmic Monotheism)."

So, by following Brother A.Abdoul's manner in wishing our Hindu brethren (we are all the Children of Prophet Adam alaihis salam) ' Hope you enjoy your Deepavali' , the dilemna is solved and everyone should be happy!

Not that our Hindu brethren are desperate for our wellwishes , but as fellow Malaysians, I am sure we all want to see this nation be a peaceful, multi cultural, multi religious, multi ethnic and still the best country in the whole wide world!

Religion is a pretty touchy sensitive issue for all! Nothing else comes close to being the soul of our life!

Those coining up all those DeepaRaya, KongsiRaya, this and that forgot for a moment that by doing so , they implicate many interpretations of such terms and I am sure we all have had our fair share of heartaches and heartburns by such unthinking folks!

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless this blogger A.Abdoul for showing us a way out!

Brother A.Abdoul, I salute you!

To all Hindus , "Hope you enjoy your Deepavali!" :)


walski69 said...

Asalamu 'alaikum...

Good post! And a very welcome one in the spirit of harmonious coexistence of all mankind.

veronica said...

What is the different between
"Happy Deepavali"
"Hope you enjoy your Deepavali"
I don't uderstand

mahaguru58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam Brother Walski69.

You asked me in your blog about the difference between wishing someone 'Happy Deepavali' or any other festivity that is not Islamic and the one I used following Blogger A.Abdoul's suggestion which is 'Hope you enjoy your Deepavali' and in the future any other non Islamic festivals or occasions?

The difference is simply the word 'your'!

The usage of the word 'your' negates any sense of 'association'.

If we as Muslims were to wish any non Muslim 'Happy this or that'; with or without the intention to participate in the religious aspect of the festivity or occasion, we will be associated with the particular occasion and be liable of committing Shirik to Allah.

A simple word @ 'your' is the key to unlock the dilemna that we found ourselves to be following the realisation of the consequences of our utterances.

There are many out there who asked 'why in the years before, no one batted an eyelid when we wished this and that to each other and others who are not Muslim?'

With each learning experience over the years, we find the Muslims progressing in time and actually come to realise our past mistakes and those of our forefathers.

Go back in time 40,50 years back and see the pictures of how Muslims lived here in Malaysia or British Malaya.

How many of the Muslimahs do you see wearing the 'tudung' and other forms of dressing that is today associated with the image of being a Muslim?

I am sure not that many.

That's the major difference a single word does to the wishing of yore and the way out that Blogger A.Abdoul has came up with.

Sometimes, a simple answer would be right there before all of us but circumstances and the 'Hidayah and Taufeek' of Allah SWT escapes our attention and realisation.

Alhamdulillah, today I feel a very, very heavy burden lifted from my heart and soul that has been agonising all this while from the helplessness I felt when I saw the term 'DeepaRaya' being coined by the former Minister of Information, Datuk Kadir Syeikh Fadzir!

As a Da'ee , I could not just stand by and watch such a abomination take place without objection from me and many others like me.

We as Muslims are commanded by Allah SWT to stop any injustice we see before us by using our hands (meaning power or authority- which I don't have); failing which we are asked to speak out -which I did through my writing and MENJ took up and posted it in his blog and got screwed and roasted left and right for it! If I was scared or didn't have it in me to voice out as I did, then keeping silent but hating it in my heart would be the last option -which i didn't - thank God!

Today, I feel so very relieved and happy in sharing with Muslims who do bother and take concern about this situation to use the form of expression that absolves us from the major sin of Shirik by association!

Subhanallah! Praised be He who has given us a way out of our predicament!

Words are very powerful dear Brother and the wrong words used at the wrong time or occasion can land us in hot soup or in the earlier case in Narr al Jahannam!

The right words however as showed to us by Blogger A.Abdoul has given us the answer out of our misery and Insya Allah will bring happiness and relief to all Malaysians and the rest of the world! Ameen.

Wabillahi Taufeek Walhidayah Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh!

Have a Blessed Ramadhan brother! :)

mahaguru58 said...

Dear Veronica,
Hope you now understand the difference between the meanings and implications of those two wellwishes.

Happy Deepavali carries the implication of 'association' with the religious festivity of the Hindus brethren whereas 'Hope you enjoy your Deepavali' negates any sense of association with the Hindus celebrating the Hindu festivity but carries our wellwishes to them minus the implication of committing Shirik @ a major sin in Islam of associating Almighty God with another object of veneration.

Thus, my immense relief at this realisation of a simple key of the usage of the term 'your' which is in fact been staring at us Muslims since the revelation of the Surah Al Kafirun Chapter 109 verses 1 to 6 about a 1460 years ago!

The last verse puts it so clearly to us but no one here came to realise the answer to our predicaments which cropped up a year ago due to the coinage of the term 'DeepaRaya' by the former minister Kader Syeikh Fadzir.

I hope you are clear about all this by now.

I will wish you 'Hope you enjoy your Merry Christmas' later this year without any fears of committing Shirik! :D

Alex said...

n a blessed and happy festive season to u too mate!

mahaguru58 said...

Thanks Blogger Alex,

May commonsense and goodwill prevail over us and may we have the broadmindedness to digest each and every issue that crops up before us, go through it with wisdom and knowledge before coming to any conclusions and decisions.

People do tend to make immediate judgements and assumptions without giving each other some time to ponder and reply according to each other's acceptance and standpoint about anything.

A sensitive issue such as faith and creed of anyone of us is not to be taken lightly for the implications are very severe and determine our destiny in life here on this Earth and in the hereafter.

Hope we all shall get to partake in the festivities with our fellow citizens in goodwill and understanding, Ameen.

pak shah said...

Assalammu `alaikum my respected brother,champion of Islam.

Just wanna know if you ever thought of changing your `nick' ?
'Mahaguru' has shades of Hinduism don't you think so ?

Think hard my friend.

pak shah said...

Assalammu `alaikum my respected brother, champion of Islam.

Don't you think that you should change your `nick' ?
'Mahaguru' has shades of Hinduism, don't you think so ?

mahaguru58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam dear Pak Shah,

I agree that the term 'mahaguru' has its Sanskrit heritage but as you have just categorised me as a champion of Islam, it also negates any sense of relativity of myself to Hinduism! :D

The ID is already established that MAHAGURU58 is a Da'ee of Islam.

Any suggestions for a new ID? :P

I will consider. Jazakallah akhi!

Wassalamualaikum warahmatulillahi ta'ala wabarakatuh! Happy fasting!

emmanuel_83 said...

A very insightful post, as always :)

mahaguru58 said...

Thanks for the support Brother Emmanuel!

As always, you are my favourite Christian!

You are able to appreciate my way of explaining which is important so that we do not misunderstand the real situation about certain things.

People almost always end up thinking the exact opposite of what we Muslims are standing up for!

Unfortunately, some of us do not have it in us to really share the truth in a manner befitting our religious fervor and zeal.

That takes years of understanding the human psyche but even then, every other day shoves up a whole new challenge for folks like me! :D

Great to have you here with me!

Take care bro!

eddie said...

For a Muslim that can speak wonderful English;

For a Muslim that is open-minded to understand others culture;

For a Muslim that is inovative enough to find a way out for sensitive issue;

Bravo and Kudos to you and for us! It's a long time since I meet with such a outspoken and outstanding Muslim.

And I have to apologize, for i used to have some kind of discrimination toward Malay Muslims. You are really different from them.

Lastly, let me comment on the post. I personally think that wishing happy deepavali doesnt imply that you are involved/practising Hindus teachings. It's just a sign of hoping the receiver to celebrate happily. Dont you think so?

mahaguru58 said...

Thanks for your understanding Brother Eddie.

I believe that deep down most of us just want to live our lifes as best as we can amidst this melting pot of a nation that at times gets its fair share of jolts and shake ups due to the misadventures of the few who do not give a hoot as to the feelings and sensitivities of others.

I myself am labelled as an extreme Muslim fundamentalist by those who do not know me in person; they make up their minds about me based on my writings or my comments with regard to me defense of my faith, Islam, God's Way of Life for All Mankind!

I know it's hard to please each and everyone out there.

The Prophets of God with all their miracles and powers given to them by God Almighty themselves faced all kinds of obstinate recalcitrant dangerous enemies during their times; what chance do I as a Caller to Islam have against their heirs apparent in these times?'s okay.

Some will accept my point of views, some won't, so what? Next!

I always use that as a matter of principle in my Dakwah online and offline.

Back to your topic.

You see Brother Eddie; in Islam, for those of us amongst the Muslims, there are several categories of the Believers so to speak.

There are those like myself who really try my level best to stick to what the true teachings of Islam as enjoined by Allah, God Almighty and The Last Prophet of God, the Unlettered Prophet Muhammad have left for us to live our lifes by.

The most important, most basic foundation of Islam is the matter of Faith in Allah.

This is called Tawheed. The Foundation of Iman in Allah and Allah Alone.

When we go around partaking in other religious based festivals or wishing our fellow Mankind who are not worshipping Almighty God Happy(.........), the general contention so far is that its harmless and in fact many of us simply didn't realise the implications of such wellwishing.

The reality of our actions ( realised or not) was that we had unknowingly subjected ourselves to an act of association with the observance of that particular festivity.

Although at face value, we didn't have any intention of such an act of association with an observance of a faith that is Kufr to Allah, we have unwittingly been party to an act of Shirik towards God Almighty.

So, when the brouhaha recently erupted over the email issued by the Takaful Nasional Head of Syariah Department to his staff to not wish Happy Deepavali, etc for fear of committing such an act of Shirik towards Allah the Almighty, it set my mind thinking.

How are we to get out of this sticky situation without offending our Hindu brethren and yet be safe from committing Shirik to Allah?

The answer and absolute relief came to me by way of an idea from this blogger by the name of A.Abdoul who came up with an appropriate new manner of wishing our Hindu friends ' Hope you enjoy YOUR Deepavali!'

Some may say I am being petty! Some may say I am just making a mountain out of a molehill, this and that!

Hell, Eddie, those people are not gonna be answering for me when I am dead and being questioned in my grave as to why I kept aloof about such things and didn't share my views about such a critical and sensitive thing as that act which could bear the consequence of committing Shirik to Allah!

The Mufti's can say anything they want, the Prime Minister can give any opinions he wants , even the King of Malaysia can say anything he wants!

It makes no difference to me!

All I know is that deep in my heart, I am a 100% confident now that I can go wish all my Hindu friends and neighbours wholeheartedly ' Hope you enjoy your Deepavali, and then other faiths observers ' Hope you enjoy your Christmas, Hope you enjoy your Gong Xi Fa Cai, Hope you enjoy your Vaisakhi, etc without being guilty of any act of committing Shirik to Allah as I would only be following the adjoining of the Surah Al Kafirun ' To you be your faith; and to me mine'!

Praise be to God!

At the end of the day, I'd be happily wishing my fellow Malaysians my best wishes to them on their festive religious occasions with a glad heart!

That's all I want and no matter who says what about me, it doesn't matter!

I am sure that you understand my point of view and what's my stand point from my religious principles.

I thank you for your support and appreciate it very much.

May Allah guide us all. Ameen.