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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Apostasy and Islam in Malaysia - Get your facts right!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh O Mukmins! May the Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you. May the Guidance and Mercy of Allah also be upon you the Unbelievers. Insya Allah.

For a faith that makes it compulsory to greet one another with such a beautiful prayer, it is ironic to see it's adherents be castigated and accused wrongly of being rigid and unrelenting by those who would not want to learn anything about the very faith they are waging war against!

I understand that for folks who have been fed negative news and the wrong input over the years and media manipulation by certain elements of the press and print industry, whatever they read and see on the 'news' is the 'truth' and nothing but the 'truth'. Yeah...right!

The problem with the world is that people will always swallow hook, line and sinker whatever anyone writes bashing Islam and the Muslims. It's like the 'in thing' to do nowadays.

Islam with it's teetotaler puritanical tenets and principles comes forth as a faith that to the uninitiated will scare the hell out of any hedonistic couldn't care less soul and seem to be a 'killjoy' religion. (no reference to the apostate in Malaysia)

The DAP is spearheading this awareness about the apostasy case concerning Lina Joy to maybe provide an outlet to let those who are concerned for their newfound sister in the Christian belief air their views or fears about their rights of freedom to practice their individual faiths or maybe it is just another vehicle to boost their political mileage.

We can't blame them. If not the DAP, some other party will try to be the champion and bring the media attention and focus on them. This is just part and parcel of being a political party. You don't make noise; no one knows you! Hence , I understand their actions lately.

I do feel that we who are Muslims need to do our part to help clear the air about what Islam's stand is on this sensitive but very important matter.

We who are Muslims believe in Allah the Most High as our Lord and Creator and have faith in Him.

We also declare that Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as Allah's Last and Final Messenger and we believe in all that the Holy Prophet (May Peace and the Blessings of Allah be upon him) has left us as his Sunnah @ Example and his sayings @ hadiths to judge or rule by together with what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has revealed in His Qur'an.

We who are Muslims in the truest sense must not doubt the Holy Qur'an al Kareem and the authentic Hadiths of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Anyone amongst the Muslims who doubt or deny the Laws of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala or does not ascribe exactly to what the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam decreed as the apt reward or punishment for any one act of a Muslim or Non Muslim living under the rule of a Muslim nation is deemed to be guilty of disobeying Allah SWT and His Messenger.

As a Muslim, I subscribe to what is in the Qur'an and the authentic Hadiths.

Here is what the Hadiths have to say about the apt punishment for an apostate from Islam.

Click on to the picture here to see it in a larger view.

It is from the Book of Jinayat (Offenses). Page 408.

Let's take a look at the first relevant hadith. No.993
Narrated by Ibn Mas'ud Radhiallahu Anhu :

Allah's Messenger Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam said : "The blood of a Muslim who testifies that there is no god but Allah and that I am Allah's Messenger' may not be lawfully shed but for one of three reasons :
  • a married man who commits fornication ( adultery)
  • a life for a life ( murder, manslaughter, unjustified killing)
  • one who turns away from his (or her) religion and abandons his (or her) community."
In the next authentic hadith narrated by none other but the Holy Prophet's wife herself, Saiyidatina Aisha Radhiallahu Anha :

Allah's Messenger Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam said : " A Muslim may be lawfully killed only for one of three behaviors:
  • a married man who commits fornication, in which case he should be stoned to death
  • a man who kills a Muslim deliberately ; for which he should be killed
  • and a man (or woman) who apostatizes from Islam and fights (legal action?) with Allah and His Messenger, in which case he (or she) should be killed, or crucified, or banished from the land (of the Muslims)."
Reported by Abu Da'ud and An-Nasa'i.

This is just two amongst many authentic hadiths of Allah's Messenger which states crystal clearly what needs to be done by any Muslim ruler worth his salt to prescribe the above stated punishments for the stated crimes.

I ask all you Malaysians here : 'How many of such criminals here has been stoned to death?' How many criminals who have been proven guilty of all such crimes and many others been punished according to the authentic hadiths of the Holy Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam which he wouldn't have stated as such without the revelations from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala Himself?

I dare say not one criminal amongst the Muslims here in Malaysia has ever been punished according to the Hadiths of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam since this nation became 'independent' from the British Colonial rule!

We pay more attention and squabble over the definitions of man made laws drawn up by the British Lord Reid than we do to the Supreme Constitution of Allah the Almighty!

The Syariah Courts that we have here do not mete out punishments to the letter as what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and His Messenger decreed upon those of us who say that we are Muslims!

By all means, please prove me wrong and I will be a very happy Muslim.

We just pay lip service to saying that the Syariah supercedes over the civil laws when it comes to punishing Muslims as per what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala orders us to do.

Those of you who are all worked up over this Lina Joy case should understand that the true Syariah Laws aren't being put to practice here in the Kingdom of Malaysia.

The most that these watered down Syariah laws in Malaysia prescribe are just fines or imprisonment and even those have been proven to be ineffective to stem the rising spate of vicious crimes committed by Muslims and Non Muslims alike.

What we have is a direct disobedience to Almighty Allah and the Messenger Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

All those of you who are Syarie lawyers, am I being right or wrong? Yes or no?

Please enlighten me with the true status of the Syariah Laws we have here.

I may not be a legal practitioner but hello, what I quote from is but the authentic Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

As for you who aren't Muslims, please do not get worked up over this matter for your dear new found sister is not in any danger of having even a hair of hers harmed by the Syariah system we have here. No worries. Everything's okay. That's as far as the justice system here goes by.

Since many are 'concerned' about this case hence I feel it is just right to share with you what Allah the Almighty and His Prophet have decreed for us to judge this case by.

Learn about what's the truth in Islam before jumping to conclusions or believing any gossips or rumor or the internet Parliament.

May the Truth prevail. Ameen.


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ابوفاتحة said...

Bro MG,

If you realize, the dialog was held a week after Lina Joy case been closed. I'm thinking whether in a week we can get the a room in such hotel like Armada. If cant, was that dialogue was planned before that. The dialogue topic is quite open and can suit what ever result on Lina Joy case.

mahaguru58 said...

Assalamualaikum Saudara Sumedi,

Nggak jadi masa'alah untuk kita bersahabat secara maya.

Saudara bisa saha omong seupaya saudara didalam Bahasa Indonesia.

Insya Allah, saya bisa faham dan membalas.

Selamat berusaha dan semoga sukses!


mahaguru58 said...

Assalamualaikum Brother Abu,

You have a point there.

The thing is we all know that those who are Non Muslims here in Malaysia are just unduly worried about their rights to practice their faiths or to welcome those apostates that they manage to bring over into their fold.

It's just natural bro. They have been at it since the times of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

It's part of their plans and agenda to evangelize as many Malaysian Muslims as they can and they have the means, right approach and commitment to do it.

Muslims here in Malaysia on the other hand are at odds against one another and squabble for position and power.

They aren't bothered about the need to do Dakwah and forge a closed unity unlike the Christians and all those in the MCCBCHS who are behind the setting up of the interfering in Muslim's affairs IFC.

You have got to hand it to them. They will never say die and the readymade venue for the 'Malaysia-After Lina Joy' dialogue is as the Hokkiens say 'Sap sap soay maa' @ In Indonesian language -'Bisa di Atur Pak!'.

UMNO and PAS have never seen eye to eye even though both giant Malay based parties are from the same ethnicity and profess Islam.

Difference is that UMNO operates on a Malay race based policy whilst PAS is a totally based on Islam policy.

Yet I know that there are elements of racism even in PAS. Only recently efforts have been made in PAS to accommodate other ethnicities into their fold even those who aren't Muslims but supporters of PAS as associate members.

We Muslims must learn to put aside our differences and unite as one as the Non Muslims do ; not to fight them unless we have no other option but to engage in interfaith dialogues on a fair and just manner.

Problem is that we also have double edged swords stabbing us from the inside as some munafiqs amongst our midst do so very determinedly to pull the plug from within.

This is something that we need to address and eliminate precisely.

I for one am working towards bringing together the leaders of Muslims here into really becoming one jamaah as Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and Our Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam calls us to do!

We need to be on our guard and protect our interests as well as be just to the Non Muslims as well.

We need to put our faith to practice and not fall prey to our nafs and the manipulations of those who are our enemies from within.

Insya Allah, the truth will prevail but we need to do our part and speak up for ourselves!

Thank you for sharing your ideas.

May Allah SWT guide us all. Ameen.

Wassalamualaikum wr wb.

Trashed said...


I agree with your comment - "The problem with the world is that people will always swallow hook, line and sinker whatever anyone writes bashing Islam and the Muslims. It's like the 'in thing' to do nowadays."

Islam used to be perceived as a peaceful religion prior to 1979. Then came the Iranian Revolution and the world view changed as perceived hardliners "hijacked" the religion and that has led to misconceptions over the ensuing years.

In your reply to Abu, you said that "Muslims here in Malaysia on the other hand are at odds against one another and squabble for position and power.". Not just Malaysia je, look at what is happening in Palestine where in-fighting is going to destroy the country and in Iraq where mosques are damaged by fellow Muslims.

We need moderates like you to tell the religious leaders that they are failing to see the Truth.

mahaguru58 said...

Assalamualaikum Brother 'trashed',

Jazakallah for understanding the gist of my reply to Brother Abu.

I will write about the Palestine issue and why the Muslims all over the world are so screwed up today?

Taking me to be a moderate is being mild. I do admit that I try my level best to be diplomatic and I prefer a gentlemanly approach to dealing with the Kuffar.

I have also no hesitations to be a hardliner in defending Islam and my fellow Muslims if the situation warrants my being so.

We who believe in Allah as our Rabb and the Holy Messenger Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as our Rasul, must wake up to the reality that we live and we will die one of these days.

I prefer to live as best as I can being a Muslim worth my name and to die as a Mukmin, Insya Allah.

We who are on the path of Ad Deen ul Haqq must not be afraid to declare to the world that we believe in none other but Al Azeem and we must put to practice all that our Iman entails.

Wabillahi Taufeek Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.