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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Marimuthu - Raimah Bibi (Hindu -Muslim Tragedy )

When I watch this clip of the unfortunate couple from Malaysiakini, I feel a deep sadness to see them suffering like this unnecessarily.

Ignorance about the tenets of the faith of Islam caused this Indian Muslim lady to marry Marimuthu, the Hindu rubber tapper.

I learn that Marimuthu had married her in a temple and the temple authorities had acted irresponsibly in officiating the marriage between the two.

From the clip, I can see no sense of being a Muslim on the part of the lady. She doesn't come across as one who even has an inkling of what her duties as a Muslim should be hence she got married in that way.

Blame it on ignorance? Well, one might be excused to say just that.

Now, let's look at Marimuthu's perspective. He ain't that aware of what he did either. They being simple folks didn't think too much of their actions.

I do however wonder how the hospitals registered those 6 children of this couple?

Didn't the Registrar of Births notice the discrepancy that states so clearly that the name of the mother being that of a Muslim and the father a Hindu?
Whoever it was that registered and continued to register the births of the consequentive offsprings born to this mixed up couple had seriously lacked the awareness that something is seriously wrong with the status of that mixed couple!

The failure of the temple authorities to stop the couple from marrying in the first place for the union was going against the laws of this land is the utmost severe crime that they went ahead and solemnized the marriage between Raimah Bibi and Marimuthu without going through the proper procedures.

Even if the lady in question wasn't a practicing Muslim, the folks responsible to have married this poor unfortunate couple must be held responsible for creating this tragedy where this poor Indian Muslim lady and her naive Hindu husband are now the victims of this legal and religious quandary brought about by nothing but sheer ignorance of both the laws of this land and the religious principles of Islam and that of Hinduism.

I do not claim to know much about Hinduism but I am sure that in that belief, they have no qualms about such a union!

There's no doubt howsoever that in Islam it is haram to conduct such a marriage between one who is born as a Muslim to go marry someone who is not!

Today, we have 8 suffering souls who are caught between the legal and religious tussle as a result of sheer ignorance between the unfortunate naive couple who have now been rendered asunder and the mother deprived of custody of her children because she says she didn't know that she was signing away her rights to her children when the lawyers asked her to sign those papers!!!

This is the sorry state of affairs in this country where there live many ignorant folks who do not know a jot about the do's and don't's of the faith they are born into and become hapless pawns in the manipulations of those who have vested interests and hidden agendas.

As usual, the Islamic Religious authorities who failed to sense and nip such problems in the bud, will only come in to impose the rules and regulations on these unfortunates when the situation has gone from bad to worse as in this case!

It saddens my heart to see them suffering like this! The law needs to go after those responsible for this unholy union between the two and haul them to court! Which court?

Now, that's another problem!!! Damn!


Rauff said...

Here here~ simply shows that ignorance is not bliss. Certainly in this case.

Beng said...

There are many things haram for Muslims. Should it be for the sinner to face Allah in the afterlife or some apostles to carry out the punishment?

As usual, it is the poor and helpless that usually get the blunt of the raw justice.

Since Abdul Razak Baginda confessed his affair with Altantuya in his affidavit, did anyone from the religious dept reacted for his unIslamic act? What about the countless corruption and abuse of power by powerful Muslim Politicians and members of the Royalty.

Of all the issues why pick a happy family and turn it into a nightmare for them - this is truly sick! What's more - its done in the name of a religion!

mahaguru58 said...

Greetings commenter beng,
I suggest that you spend a bit more time studying about Islam before passing comments as these!

Would be pleased to respond to you when you have done that.

As for now, there's no point in trying to explain to you stuff you know nothing about.

Hope you get back to me when you are ready.


Billy said...

Hi Bro MG: You mentioned that these bartenders could have opted for other jobs as what they are doing is not appropriate for a Muslim. I believe you then need to throw the net a little wider. What about the Muslims working with our national airline as stewards and stewardesses. They need to serve liquor to some passengers. And that also includes Muslim girls working in hotel lounges serving liquor to the guests. We must also not forget that we also have Muslims working in breweries such as Anchor-Guiness and Carlsberg. Should they be there in the first place earning their keeps. Then we also have Muslim staff working for local brandy distributors such as Hennessey, Otard, XO, etc. If all Muslims are to quit because of their religiious affiliations, then where are they to go? No companies can just absorb the hundreds of thousands unemployed workers overnight. Gosh, we will probably end having a national calamity on our hands.

mahaguru58 said...

Greetings to you Brother Billy,

You are absolutely right in pointing out all those Muslims working in all those industries and services need to really repent and go seek jobs which are halal.

The stipulation is so clear as shown in this Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

"Truly Allah has cursed khamr and has cursed:

* the one who produces it,
* the one for whom it is produced,
* the one who drinks it,
* the one who serves it,
* the one who carries it,
* the one for whom it is carried,
* the one who sells it,
* the one who earns from the sale of it,
* the one who buys it,
* and the one for whom it is bought."

(Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah).

I didn't make up this rule brother.

As a Muslim I follow my faith as best as I can and I make sure that I earn a honest income.

Same goes for every Muslim true to his or her faith.

They must make sure that they do not work in places where they have to be involved in all these sinful activities.

Not like our nation doesn't have the appropriate job alternatives.

People from all over the world make a beeline to our country to earn a honest income.

All these people whom you so rightfully have pointed out have an option.

No one's forcing them to do such jobs which forces them to serve liquor which is clearly haram in Islam.

These people aren't stupid either.

They just don't give a damn about the halal or haram aspects of their chosen profession.

The employers of most of these places are not Muslims hence they wouldn't be bothered to ensure that their Muslim employees aren't working in areas where they would be going against their Islamic faith.

The reality is that even in some Muslim owned businesses like certain hotels and airlines, they do serve liquor.

So, who's to be blamed but not those owners of such businesses themselves?

The responsibility to make sure that they do not earn a forbidden income is however upon the individual Muslim!

He or she is free to choose. They choose wrongly, well just answer to Allah when they die.

The income that they get from working in such haram jobs is haram in turn and when they feed their families with it, the flesh and blood is thus contaminated with haram sources.

Continuous feeding on such haram income gives way to indifference about the stipulations of the Islamic faith.

That's a major reason why so many so called Muslims are living a life that is hypocritical and they don't care anymore about living according to the principles and tenets of this God given faith.

The leaders of this country also shoulder the responsibility of failing to make sure that Muslims aren't employed in all such places which are not in accordance with the Islamic faith.

The Mufti's are sidelined, not given the authority to uphold Islam and even if they try to do their job, they get blasted blue black by all quarters and these spineless Mufti's in turn buckle under pressure and become just deaf, dumb and blind in the real sense.

A growing majority of Malaysia's Muslims are mostly drowning in sin, dear Billy and the ones supposed to protect and care for them aren't doing so.

Even the Malay Sultans who are the 'head of the Islamic faith' in their respective states are totally not bothered to do anything about this situation and they are also responsible towards their citizens before Allah for failing to carry out their duties!

I fear only Allah thus I state the truth regarding the status of the Muslims you mentioned here.

Take care Brother Billy. May Peace be upon you. Amen.

shrini said...

what on earth is happening,
Islam is most modern (read reverse),
Muslims cant even make a bicycle,
only thing know is relegion relegion,
what a waste

mahaguru58 said...

Well shrini,

Tell that to the Pakistanis!

They just became a nuclear power n for your info, study history first before coming with a statement like that.

Maybe u have not learnt about what Islam n the Muslims have contributed to science, eh?

For all u know, if u should be unfortunate enough to have a heart attack n have open surgery, learn that the intricacies of dealing with open heart surgery that the surgeon who's operating on u, comes from research that the ancient Muslim surgeons researched and introduced to the world.

Don't confuse latter day situations with the origins of scientific inventions and technology, sir.

It pays to be concise and rational when commenting failing which one just proves to the world the kind of personality one is and what level of thought if there is, that takes place in that cranium.