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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Azan - Call to Prayer to all Believing Mankind





The Azan @ Call to Prayer is the most melodious manner by which to call out to our fellow Muslims to come submit to Almighty Allah, Lord of us all.

There is no sweeter melody that I would love to hear than the Azan, the Clarion Call to submit to my Maker.

Blessed be he who calls out the Azan and cries out the phrases glorifying Allah Rabbul Jaleel, Creator of all that's within the Earth and the entire Universe.

Damned be those who try to mock or ask that the Azan be silenced to suit their wishes to remain in their stupor from which I wish they would never awake!

What a dastardly thing to ask by the Demons After Power ?

This is the very reason as to why the DAP will never ever get my vote or support!

I know that these elements of chauvinistic trouble mongers in the form of the radicals in the Opposition who never fail to rile us up in Malaysia by demanding that we curtail our rights to practice our Faith of Islam and submit to their intrusive demands for us to forego our religious practices!

The Kepong DAP MP, Tan Seng Giaw has again disclosed his animosity against Islam by demanding that we mute our Azan!

Have we Muslims ever demanded that the Taoists stop banging their cymbals and drums when practicing their religious practices?

Have we ever demanded the Christians from tolling their bells in Church?

Have we ever demanded that the Hindus stop beating their drums and clanging their bells when they want to practice their beliefs?

How dare this idiot ask that we stop calling out the Azan to glorify Allah?

Let it be known that if the DAP pursues this thing, they will be just asking for the Muslims here in Malaysia to see to it that they will from now on, face total annihilation from the elections that they partake.

I will see to it that I write to all my fellow Muslims NOT to ever cross the ballot paper which has the DAP logo on it!

If there's an election where the DAP is contesting against the BN for example, I will vote for the BN.

Even if I know that the BN hasn't really benefited me directly, they still do not pose a challenge to my Faith. To me, Islam comes first. Everything else just follows God's will.

And to me, the DAP have just screwed up their chances to gain support from those of us who want to see change in the Government.

If PAS can upgrade and improve their ranks and file, the DAP will from now on be delegated to the rubbish heap of the political wannabes. PAS must not ever join ranks with these enemies of Islam!

I and those who think alike will see to it that it's an all out campaign against the Devils After Power from this second! Wallahi Wabillahi.

I now pledge that whoever is against Islam and the Muslims will see that they be facing total opposition from us ! Insya Allah.

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! La haula wala quwwata illa billah hil aliyyil adhim!

This is a reaction from PAS.

"Dewan Pemuda PAS Wilayah Persekutuan (DPPWP) kesal dengan tindakan Ahli Parlimen DAP dari Kepong, YB. Dr. Tan Seng Giaw yang masih lagi membangkitkan isu laungan azan yang didakwa mengganggu ketenteraman masyarakat yang bukan Islam di negara ini.

Perkara ini tidak sepatutnya dibangkitkan di Dewan Rakyat pada sidang Parlimen Kesebelas Penggal Keempat, Mesyuarat Pertama bertarikh 10 April 2007 semata-mata bagi memperkukuhkan hujah untuk mewujudkan Interfaith Council (IFC).


Walaubagaimana pun, YB. Tan mengakui bahawa perkara ini dibangkitkan berdasarkan aduan seorang penduduk yang tidak puas hati dengan azan subuh di Taman Putera, Jinjang Utara pada hari tersebut. Adakah kerana kehendak seorang penyokong beliau, maka azan ini perlu diperlahankan?

YB. Tan perlu memahami adat dan budaya semua kaum memandangkan beliau adalah seorang ahli Parlimen yang mewakili satu kawasan yang turut dihuni oleh umat Islam juga.

Wajib bagi beliau belajar untuk memahami budaya umat Islam sama seperti umat Islam memahami budaya masyarakat Cina yang melakukan banyak upacara yang boleh dikatakan mengganggu suasana siang dan malam kaum lain. Sebagai contoh, upacara penghormatan bagi ahli keluarga kaum Cina yang meninggal dunia, acara Tahun Baru Cina yang dimeriahkan dengan persembahan gendang Cina, Upacara Meraikan Pesta Hantu dan sebagainya.

Umat Islam walaupun ada yang tidak puas hati dengan beberapa amalan kaum Cina tapi, kita tidak membangkitnya kerana kita memahami bahawa itu adalah adat Kaum Cina yang harus dihormati.

Jadi DPPWP berasakan bahawa tiada sebab untuk YB. Tan cuba untuk menghalang azan dikumandangkan kerana ianya ditujukan kepada Umat Islam bagi memaklumkan Waktu Sembahyang dan mengajak mereka bersembahyang di Masjid atau surau.

Ini adalah amalan agama Umat Islam yang patut dihormati dan setelah 50 tahun negara Merdeka kita sebenarnya telah menerima kontrak sosial ini secara bersama. Oleh itu tiada sebab untuk YB. Tan cuba menafikan hak umat Islam untuk mengamalkan ajaran Islam yang menjadi agama rasmi negara ini.

DPPWP akan mengaturkan satu pertemuan berupa dialog bersama YB. Tan serta pimpinan DAP lainnya bagi mencari jalan penyelesaian terhadap isu ini secara baik. Demontrasi adalah satu pilihan jika isu ini gagal diselesaikan melalui dialog tersebut.

DPPWP mahu agar YB. Tan menarik balik cadangan beliau agar daripada 5 kali azan yang dilaungkan setiap hari, satu azan dilaungkan dengan perlahan agar tidak mengganggu Kaum lain.

Beliau juga harus meminta maaf kepada Umat Islam atas keterlanjuran desakan beliau yang didasari oleh kehendak seorang penyokong beliau yang tidak memaham amalan dan hak umat Islam.

Secara kesimpulannya DPPWP menolak cadangan YB. Tan dan berharap agar pihak Kerajaan tidak melayan permohonan beliau agar azan dikumandangkan dengan perlahan kerana ia adalah salah satu dari syiar Islam yang amat penting.

DPPWP juga berharap agar isu-isu berkaitan dengan agama dan amalan umat Islam atau agama lain tidak dibangkitkan atau dipertikaikan bagi mengelakkan perpecahan rakyat yang mengundang sengketa yang boleh merosakkan keharmonian negara.

Perbezaan pendapat dan fahaman agama adalah satu perkara yang kita harus fahami dan hormati. Semoga hubungan antara kaum dan agama di negara dapat terus dijaga dan dipelihara bagi memastikan kelestarian hubungan yang harmoni dan keamanan negara dapat terus dikecapi hingga ke generasi mendatang.


Herman Samsudeen
Ketua Penerangan
Dewan Pemuda PAS Wilayah Persekutuan

12 comments:

Dek Mat said...

he didt say mute, he said to make less loud. big diff.

mahaguru58 said...

The objective of calling out the Azan is to reach as far and wide as possible.

The calling for us to 'lower' the volume of the loudspeakers is akin to asking those who toll their bells and beat their drums to 'muffle' their level of the sounds created.

It's not only not practical but also reflects the stupidity of a person who got elected to represent all in that constituency.

Try asking all other noisemaking Non Muslims to 'lower' their noise when carrying out their practices first!

I get pissed off too when firecrackers are let off during Chap Goh Mei,etcetera or I get caught up in traffic when the drum beating Thaipusam observing Hindu devotees come my way but do I go and ask them'Excuse me..Can you please beat your drums a little softer?

Or do I tell my Chinese neighbours not to let off those damn big explosive noisy firecrackers?

I DON'T!

So please, respect our rights as we respect yours.

That's the ONLY WAY TO PRESERVE PEACE AND HARMONY here in Malaysia.

Wilson said...

So please, respect our rights as we respect yours.

That's the ONLY WAY TO PRESERVE PEACE AND HARMONY here in Malaysia.

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i tend to agree with your last statement there. Just a few comments of mine, read it with an open heart.

1. DAP was only referring to AZAN Subuh, and only requesting to lower down the voice a bit.
--> u dont see any other religion for that matter, banging cymbals, drums, bells during wee hours in the morning.

2. Religious events u mentioned, are only celebrated ONCE a year, in another words, only ONCE a year u would be disturbed by it.
--> Azan subuh goes about EVERY wee hours in the morning. unless that mosque speaker rosak la..

3. Firecrackers during any celebration is no longer allowed.

When u wanna compare, compare an apple with an apple.

mahaguru58 said...

Well Mr.Wilson,

Those who don't like to hear the Azan have an option.

They can just choose to live as far away from the mosque if it is too much to bear for them.

The choice is clearly theirs. No one forces Non Muslims to live besides a mosque or a surau just as no one forces Muslims to go live besides a temple or church.

The reality is that there are many of us who live besides mosques, temples, churches and gurdwaras in peace and just bear with it no matter what because we all have no other place to go.

This situation is known as the Kingdom of Malaysia.

The one making the fuss is just one idiot who makes a mountain out of a molehill.

He's not happy with the Azan disturbing him in the early morning; no one's forcing him to stay put.

It's ridiculous for anyone to try ask us to call out our Azan in a more subdued manner.

That defeats the purpose of calling out the Azan.

As this land is made up of multi faithed, multi ethnic citizens, we just have to learn to live with each other with all our social, cultural and religious diversities.

I for one don't think that any self respecting Muezzin will kowtow to that demand. Period.

Dek Mat said...

like i said in other blogs:

tak kan lah nak tegur minta tolong kurang sikit volume tak boleh. kalau aku dekat rumah aku jiran punya anjing menyalak mlm2 sampai aku tak leh tido aku pun tegur.

kalau mercun, loceng atau gendang bising, tegurlah

tapi tegur baik baiklah.

adat berjiran kan?

kenalah bertolak ansur dan saling memahami.

azan ke, anjing menyalak ke, kalau volume dia kuat, adalah telinga org sakit!

betul tak?

Emmanuel said...

Hi Brother Mahaguru...

I respectfully disagree with you on this point.While the good MP may have gone overboard in asking them to slow down the azan, the terms where you questioned if we non Muslims have ever been asked to practise our faith more 'quietly'...I would say yes, and on more than one occasion.Near where I live, there was a temple devastated by a group of overzealous Muslim youth who did not like the sound of drums used for the pooja prayers.

IN the church where I worship,we have been asked to tone down processions,among other things.FYI brother, Christians , or more specifically Catholics traditionally ring the church bell three times a day, at 6am,12pm and 6 pm.Its called the Angelus or in Easter, the Regina Caeli prayers.But nowadays, you do not hear this bell toll anymore.Curious, is it not?


Anyway brother, I agree that tolerance is the key, and clearly both sides seems to be flaunting this point now.Perhaps bloggers like us should play a part in reminding them of this, rather than stoke disharmony and discord..

mahaguru58 said...

Well Brother Emmanuel,

That's just not right. No one should go and interfere in another's faith's right to practice their creed.

If what you say is true and you have proof of it, then you should lodge a police report against those who harassed your church activities.

In Islam, we are encouraged to practice tolerance as clearly commanded in the Al-Qur'an Surah Al Kafirun Chapter 109 Verses 1 to 6.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
[109:1]
Say : O ye that reject Faith!
[109:2]
I worship not that which ye worship,
[109:3]
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
[109:4]
And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,
[109:5]
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
[109:6]
To you be your Way, and to me mine.

The above Surah clearly states that Muslims and Non Muslims are free to worship what we want to and we are to allow each other the total freedom to be as we want to.

You can write to SUHAKAM and ask for the body to bring this up to the authorities.

The key to continuous peace and harmony between us Malaysians of all the different ethnic and religious beliefs is to allow each other our own space and freedom to practice our individual faiths without hindrance and interference.

As responsible Malaysian bloggers, I believe that we are playing our part in defending our own followings and stating our stand in as decent a manner as possible without descending to uncouth forms of expressions and usage of hurtful words as best as we can.

Peace to you brother.

mahaguru58 said...

Dek Mat,

Saya tidak tahu samada anda seorang Muslim ke tidak jadi harap anda dapat jelaskan kepada saya status anda sebelum saya dapat menjawab komen anda.

Silakan. Saya tunggu pengesahan anda sebelum membalas komen anda ini secara tepat.

Emmanuel said...

I sincerely wish more Muslims think that way about religious freedom like you.Peace be with you too.

Bok Her said...

Hello Mahaguru,

I lived near a mosque before. Then, I moved to a place also near a mosque. I thought it would be OK since I already get used to it. Tolerance as you said. I agreed. The mosque then only use speaker for Azan which lasted for about 3 minutes.
Unfortunately, this new place is worse than I could imagine of. I never thought a Subuh prayer would last for 1.5 hours every morning 5.30am to 7am (include ceramah with speaker) and night prayer would last for 2 hours, 7pm to 9pm(include ceramah with speaker) every day. I wrote a letter to the Imam asking for some tolerance as neighbours and only to use speaker for Azan and Sembahyang Jumaat. But to no avail.
What is your view?

mahaguru58 said...

Well bok her,

The Azan is the only call for prayer that ought to be broadcasted through the loudspeakers.

After the Azan has been called out, the loudspeakers must be turned off and the Iqamat just be called out by way of internal loudspeakers for the congregation to line up for the prayers in the masjid or the surau.

If the surau or masjid near your place is not taking into consideration of the disturbance that they are causing to the residents nearby by having the loudspeakers on throughout the prayer sessions save for the Friday prayers or the Eid Prayers, then you have the right to make a complaint to the Islamic Religious Department or the local authority about such practices.

The reality that there do exist some individuals who always like to create a situation like what you have described out of their sheer arrogance or trying to show their 'authority' and pompous attitude.

Mosque and surau administrators must not switch on the loudspeakers throughout the prayer sessions.

The loudspeakers are only to be switched on to call out the Azan after which the mosque and surau administrators must ensure that only the internal loudspeakers are switched on to benefit the congregation inside the premises to be able to hear the Imam leading the prayers and not forget to switch off the external loudspeakers.

Those who flout this understanding ought to be reported to the authorities for creating an uneasy atmosphere due to the unnecessary lengthy broadcasting of the prayers or lectures to the surrounding residents of any community.

It's not right for the mosque or surau administrators to do that.

The usage of the loudspeakers must only be during the calling out of the Azan and not for the broadcasting of the five daily prayers session.

Andrew said...

Hi MG,

You have raised several important points in your post which I would like to respond to.
Firstly, “It's not only not practical but also reflects the stupidity of a person who got elected to represent all in that constituency.”
Why is it not practical to lower the volume of the azan subuh? Lower the volume of the dawn azan mind you, not every azan. And as the elected rep of all in Kepong, did it cross your mind that perhaps it was his duty to highlight this request from the people in his constituency?

“I get pissed off too when firecrackers are let off during Chap Goh Mei,etcetera” “Or do I tell my Chinese neighbours not to let off those damn big explosive noisy firecrackers?”
You should call the police as this has been banned by the government of Malaysia.

“I get caught up in traffic when the drum beating Thaipusam observing Hindu devotees come my way but do I go and ask them'Excuse me..Can you please beat your drums a little softer?”

If there’s a jam 5 times each day and the drum beating starts at dawn, then I guess, IMHO, it would be fair to ask them to beat their drums a little softer, or perhaps beat the morning drums a little softer. But a jam once year is ok, like during the Maulidur Rasul perarakan. If we know there's a jam, we can take an alternate route. But where to run from the azan at dawn?

“Those who don't like to hear the Azan have an option.
They can just choose to live as far away from the mosque if it is too much to bear for them.
The choice is clearly theirs. No one forces Non Muslims to live besides a mosque or a surau just as no one forces Muslims to go live besides a temple or church.

The reality is that there are many of us who live besides mosques, temples, churches and gurdwaras in peace and just bear with it no matter what because we all have no other place to go.

This situation is known as the Kingdom of Malaysia. “

Again, the situation is not comparable. Firstly, when Islam was first instituted, the bilal’s cried out the azan minus any artificial electronic amplification. So mosques all over the world had minarets where the call to prayer is sounded. People living next to these mosques face no major problem. But then electronic speakers were installed. Should people who have lived near these places for ages move because a new system was installed? What about places where a new mosque is built? Should they move as well? Would this not create ghettoes based on religious affiliation?

And mosques are being build with new sound systems everywhere in Malaysia. Should all non-Muslims pindah? Is this really reasonable?

“you should lodge a police report against those who harassed your church activities.”
Well, my parish has been applying for a permit but after months it has not yet been granted. It may be granted, but perhaps a few days before the event when there’s no time to publicize it. Shall I call the police against the police? When it's within their discretion? Are you really serious?

“The Azan is the only call for prayer that ought to be broadcasted through the loudspeakers. “

“The usage of the loudspeakers must only be during the calling out of the Azan and not for the broadcasting of the five daily prayers session.”
This is something for Muslims to regulate. If we non-Muslims try, we’d be accused of meddling and get into all sorts of trouble. If you’d send me an email, I’ll let you know where this is happening and you can make the attempt to coax them into broadcasting only the azan. Good luck with that though.

“Damned be those who try to mock or ask that the Azan be silenced to suit their wishes to remain in their stupor from which I wish they would never awake!”
If the Hindus or Christians rang their bells daily at dawn, I think there will be a riot. But if the azan is blasted out, we are damned. Sigh.

“Have we ever demanded the Christians from tolling their bells in Church?”
“Have we ever demanded that the Hindus stop beating their drums and clanging their bells when they want to practice their beliefs?”
If Christians and Hindus amplified their bell tolling and drum beating and broadcasted it 5 times a day for 3 minutes starting from dawn, and there are Hindu temples and Christian churches everywhere, with new ones constantly being built, you might be persuaded to change your mind.

“How dare this idiot ask that we stop calling out the Azan to glorify Allah?”
No one is asking for that la. Please la. He was asking for the dawn azan to be slightly less loud because non-Muslims and even some Muslims need to sleep. Do you know that this loud blaring might result in people sinning because instead of praying, they will curse? My parish priest has exhorted us all to pray when we hear the azan, to take it as a reminder for ourselves to pray, but I’m sure there are many people who do otherwise in Malaysia.

Let's be rational and reasonable. i hope I am not immediately damned for writing my opinion and I hope this dialogue can be civil.

Remember, as strongly as you believe in the truth of Islam and in your right to uphold it, others who believe in other religions hold beliefs which are just as strong.