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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Just Imagine if Malaysia is truly a secular nation?

Assalamualaikum dear Muslims.

I would like to draw your attention to a question that's playing in my mind.

For all the claims that we hear from our nation's leaders that this country is an Islamic nation all along and that the Muslims of Malaysia ought not opt for another ruler than the one we already have and that our affairs are being taken care of by the monarchy, being the Keepers of the Islamic faith, all these while, a question keeps gnawing at my heart...'What if this country becomes a truly secular state as being championed by many of our legal eagles from the Non Muslim and 'liberals' amongst the Ummah, itself?

I mean, here we are already reeling from one problem to another concerning applications to apostate, rising statistics of 'Muslims' committing all kinds of sins here in this 'Islam Hadhari' espousing nation and a thousand and one issues regarding the non-implementation of the Syariah of Islam as commanded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala as per the Last Testament of Allah, the Holy Al-Qur'an Al Kareem and according to the authentic Hadiths of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

It scares me to think of what is the future going to be for this nation's Muslims who are today being assailed from all corners of their life's by all kinds of hedonistic pursuits and challenges, proudly sponsored and propagated by all parties including even this ruling government?

I would love to see more active efforts from the Malay Sultans to go address the declining standards of the faith of Islam being neglected by the Muslim Ummah here and their Royal Highnesses actually put to practice what Islam is in their life's and not just be ornamental figureheads as what we see now?

Maksiat is at an all time high and many amongst the Ummah are clueless and ignorant about their true faith of Islam.

Religious knowledge is circulating only amongst the elite few and they in turn are too bloody proud to want to share it with the masses, who in turn couldn't give a damn about all these!

Pride and Ego. Two major root causes afflicting the Malaysian Ulama and Ulul 'Amri.

I understand that being normal human beings, Malaysian Muslims are just as susceptible to the temptations of this life as everyone else on Earth but if this nation is truly being governed by true Muslims as we hear, how come that we are having so many issues challenging the actual implementation of Allah's Supreme Constitution as He Commands us?

I am sure that deep down in their hearts, the Muslims ruling this nation are all for the upholding of the just Laws of our Creator and want to see to it that Islam is accorded it's true status as per what the Federal Constitution states and that all other acknowledged Faiths are to be allowed to be practiced by their adherents without any hindrance from anyone.

What I think is the reason why the Non Muslim Malaysians are worried about is the conflicting stands being taken by the government running Muslims not only in UMNO but also in the Opposition PAS and Keadilan's understanding of Islam?

To solve this stalemate, I call upon my fellow Muslims concerned to be bighearted and reach out to one another by way of having dialogues and muzakarah's in a cordial and respectable manner between them.

Sit and solve through whatever it is separating them in the true Muslim spirit of 'Ikhwanul Muslimin'.

We pray to Allah, the same Creator of us all. Why does EGO have to be the stumbling block to this reunification amongst the Ummah?

Surely , when each Muslim true to his or her name , prostrates before Ar Rahman, their ego's ought to have left them and purify their souls with the goodness of Iman and sincerity of their 'amal'?

So, what is stopping you , O fellow Muslims from doing just that?

Surely, we all want to see our nation's Ummah be the best that we can be and rid ourselves of this enmity between the various jama'ah's ?

Unite as one and stop the rot from the top. We can do it IF you delete all the hatred virus affecting our hearts and minds.

'Hendak seribu daya ; tak hendak tak upaya!'

May Allah SWT bless our true leaders and Ulamak's with His Taufeek and Hidayah and give them the courage and firmness of willpower to see to it that Islam reigns supreme over us Muslims of Malaysia. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.


flygoon said...

Let's be frank, there is and will never be a truly secular state. Even in Communist Country, what they practice is more of an Atheist State than a Secular state.

On the other hand, by aspiring to be an Islamic State, what direction are we heading? The likes of Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Taliban state? Where's the role model of a true Islamic State in this modern Society?

The issue of Secular state and Islamic state has been politicised in Malaysia.

The definition of secular state has been purposedly skewed by politicians to scare muslims in the same way as the Islamic state was used to scare the non-muslims.

In Malaysia, a true Secular State is not possible because we have the Sultans. The constitution also never stated that Malaysia is a secular state. But the constitution did spell out that Malaysia is not an Islamic State. And it is on that assurance that Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaya to formed Malaysia. So, do not betray the forefathers of Sabahans and the Sarawakians by turning Malaysia into an Islamic State.

The notions of muslims that in a secular state, religion play no roles is also skewed and incorrect. A secular state simply means that the executives, parliament and court should not use be executed based on any religious law but on universal values, which are common to all religions. If the people wished so, "Maksiat" could still be outlawed but not based on Islamic point of view alone but based on the social ills "maksiat" brings to the Society.

mahaguru58 said...

Peace be upon you Brother Hiung Lo.

I understand what you mean and can agree with you that what you say is fair comment.

It is true that Malaysia with its Malay Sultans can never be an absolute secular state but we must know that the Malay Sultans who are supposed to be the Keepers of the Islamic Faith aren't exactly being allowed to rule over us especially in upholding the Islamic Syariah as what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala commands us Muslims and their Highnesses as the Rulers of us all?

Their Royal Highnesses have been reduced to being 'Constitutional Monarch's.

They are there as our Sultans but the true power and authority is held not by the Malay Sultans but their subject in the person of the Prime Minister.

This is the sole reason why our nation is caught in a quandary and Muslims like me are all out to see to it that our Sultans are given their rightful power and authority to really be in power over us especially the Muslims of Malaysia.

We Malaysians are unique in that our nation has an almost fair balance of Muslims and Non Muslims.

Malay Muslims make up roughly just about 60% of the population and the rest are the Chinese and Indians plus other ethnicities.

The Syariah of Allah is incumbent upon us Muslims whilst the Civil Laws can be used to rule over the Non Muslim Malaysians.

No major problem unless and until we have cases of mixed marriages and circumstantial cases like Siti Fatimah @ Revathi,etc.

You say the Federal Constitution never states that Malaysia is a secular state but there are many today who are ranting and raving the opposite.

As long as we are being instigated and divided by this issue, the nation will continue to be plagued by such dissatisfactions from all quarters.

I am all for the Malay Sultans be given back their authority to rule according to the true Syariah Laws over us their Muslim subjects and have the Civil Laws apply to the Non Muslims of Malaysia.

Sabahans and Sarawakians can have a referendum as to whether they want to submit to the same solution being two of the four Malaysian states without Sultans like Penang and Melaka.

Regarding what role model of an Islamic nation do I perceive, I can tell you that all those countries you mentioned aren't exactly the standard bearers of what a true Islamic nation is because each country have their own interpretations of ruling based on their own local customs and not as what the Holy Qur'an and Hadiths requires?

I dare say that there is no 'Muslim nation' today that is a 100% following the Syariah of Almighty Allah.

I will write about the ideal Islamic nation when I have completed my research on it, Insya Allah.

That means 'God Willing'.

As a Muslim who believes that the Faith of Islam is perfect and complete in its Constitution as revealed by our Creator, I hold true to exactly that but also acknowledge the 'Universal Values' that all decent folks amongst Mankind agree upon as your last sentence.

If we want to , we can all come to a fair conclusion that what is forbidden in Islam is also acknowledged and agreeable in other faiths.

It's all a matter of willpower and sidelining the human EGO that is the root cause of all these ill will and misunderstandings between us, the Children of the Prophet Adam, peace be upon him.

You are a fair man in your view Sir and I am honored to have you share your views here.

Have a nice day and do keep in touch.

May the Almighty bless and guide us all.