Ibn Hazam al-Andalusee (rahima-hullaah) mentions:
((A man who is a miser with his knowledge is worse than a man who is a miser with his money, for the money-miser is afraid of using up what he possesses but the knowledge-miser is being mean with something which does not get used up and is not lost when it is given away)).
al-Akhlaaq was-Siyar - Ibn Hazam al-Andalusee
Ref: Fatwa-OnlineI know that the title of this article is going to rile some folks amongst the Malaysian Ummah here but I feel that it is high time someone raises this issue and try to create an awareness about the many acts of the Era of Ignorance @ Jahiliyyah which is growing amongst the Malays and the Indian Muslims community here.
Not to say that these Malays and Indian Muslims are totally ignorant and oblivious to the forbidding in Islam against doing all such nonsense that many amongst such folks are committing but it is more of a sense of stubbornness on their parts to listen to advice.
Among the obvious acts of khurafat that these recalcitrants do without fail is the act of placing their trusts on talismans and charms.
Restaurant and eatery owners are notorious for such blatant acts of believing in these clearly haram acts and this stubbornness on their part to keep on doing so are quite visible in their premises.
They display frames containing copper tooling verses and diagrams produced by Bomoh's @ Shamans and trust such worthless charms to protect their premises from getting the 'evil eye' from their competitors and enemies.
Even at fast food premises owned by Malays in shopping centres, you will come across such charms placed at strategic places in their shops.
This khurafat acts are practiced vigorously by both the Malays and Indian Muslim restaurant owners.
Woe betide any 'alim' who tries to advice such folks!
Their faces will at once turn unpleasant and they would either dismiss off such good intentioned Muslims immediately by asking them to mind their own business or would give cock and bull excuses that they are just making efforts to protect their business ventures.
The usual standard excuse is that 'Kami berikhtiar saja!' @ 'We are just making a preventive effort'.
So, that's about all that the well meaning Muslim could do. He or she would have done their part in preventing the ongoing acts of khurafat that is still practiced by Muslims including by those who have performed their Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah Al Mukarramah and Madinah Al Munawwarah.
The title of 'Haji' or 'Hajjah' does not stop these ignorants from carrying out such forbidden acts after they have successfully performed their pilgrimage which is intended to cleanse and purify oneself from sins and return home sin free and live a life that is more inclined to uphold that of a good Muslim and Muslimah, pending the final day of one's life.
When one places his or her trust on anything else besides Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, then he or she has committed Shirik, a major sin in Islam.
So, who do we blame for these forbidden acts? Can the Islamic Affairs Department be bothered to go door to door taking action against such recalcitrants?
We all know that would be not only a waste of time but totally useless for such kind would only return to displaying such frames containing the charmed verses once the authorities have left.
I sure hope that the Islamic Affairs Department get RTM through JAKIM to produce informative programs that detail such khurafat acts and explain to the misguided ones amongst the Malaysian Muslims that doing such things are wrong and they must stop it!!!
Another craziness that some Malays are doing is their act of dyeing their hairs or streaks of it blond!
Not only do such Malays look stupid, they don't look good dyeing their hair so!
What a pity that in these modern times, there are still so many Jahiliyyahs amongst us who do not have a clue as to what is allowed and what is forbidden in Islam?
Converts to Islam here in Malaysia are so much more better informed than these Malays who are born as Muslims but know almost nothing about Islam!
Reason being is that these folks think that just because they are Malays, they are naturally better Muslims than converts or Muslims from other ethnicities!
Such is their misleading beliefs that no one can come correct them or that when they die, they won't be thrown into Hellfire because they are Malays?
Islam is colorblind and Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala created us in so many different tribes and ethnicities so that we might learn to establish connections between one another and to uphold Islam and invite one another to goodness and unite to forbid evil and misguidance.
Muslims need to break out of such misguidance and start living as true Muslims here and elsewhere.
Islam is a faith that does not differentiate between skin color, eye color or social status!
It makes no difference if one is a royal or a commoner. Peel off the human skin and the muscular structure and all other organs and what do we see? The same bone structure and reality of our equality.
There is no higher class or lower class in Islam.
The only difference is whether one is a Mukmin or a Kaffir?
Munafiqs @ Hypocrites are even worse than a Kaffir because a Kaffir declares his or her disbelief straight up whilst the Munafiq is one who declares outwardly of being Muslim but works from inside the Ummah to derail Islam. Treachery is surely abhorred by every rational society and punishable by death!
That's about it.
My call to the concerned Malays and Indian Muslims is to please stop all these nonsense.
I received an email the other day from a Muslim asking me why some Indian Muslim restaurants aren't closed during Friday prayers?
Since when did I become the Indian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association's spokesman?
I myself have realized that some of these Indian Muslim and even Malay restaurant owners who do not pray the Friday prayers as when I passed by such places I saw them there and when I returned from the masjid's, they are still there, operating their businesses without a care about the Commandments of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala or the Call of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam!
I replied to the email sender to please contact JAKIM and address his grievances to the proper authorities.
There are just so many things going on in our nation which makes us grumble deep within because of these ignorant masses.
Imams are no longer respected because of their failure to enjoin the Good and Forbid the Bad in the real sense.
It's not enough to claim that one has studied so many Thanawi's and has Degrees and Masters to fill up one's wall but does nothing concrete as to help guide the recalcitrants amongst the Ummah!
We sure have hundreds of thousands of such highly educated Muslims but there is an irony that all these scholars fail to do their bit for the salvation of the Muslims!
Islam is Nasihah and when such 'Alim's' no longer have it in them to go into our society and engage with the Ummah directly, this is the end result.
Ignorance and Jahiliyyah practices run riot and the emergence of a new kind of 'Muslims'.
MINO's! Muslims In Name Only.
Does the Islamic Affairs Authorities care?
I seriously hope that they start doing so failing which just wait for the 'Bala and Musibah' from Allah to come wake us up!
As we have seen, Malaysia has already started to experience disasters that were unknown previously in our history.
The Dec 2004 Tsunami was sort of an eye opener but still Malaysians didn't give a hoot about such a disaster.
Bukit Tinggi, Pahang has started to experience tremors ranging between 2 to 3 on the Richter Scale.
Do you think that the ignorant masses amongst the Malays and Indian Muslims would wake up to such ominous signs and start correcting their ways?
Don't raise your hopes.
As the world gets closer to Yaum al Akhir, the bulk of mankind are prophesied by Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam to be in worse situations.
The Jahiliyyah Malays and Indian Muslims would definitely be amongst the top contenders to be amongst such folks IF they do not stop the nonsense and return to the rightful Way of Life enjoined in Islam.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless them with His Taufik and Hidayah and Guide them back to the Way of Haqq and Save them from further Ignorance and Narr Al Jahannam!
Ameen. Ya Rabbal Alameen.