Thursday, August 30, 2007
I take this auspicious moment in time pending another hour to go before the fireworks go off and illuminate the blessed skies of our nation that will be the golden jubilee of Malaysia achieving its independence from the British colonial power, 50 years ago on the 31st of August, 1957, to wish all my fellow Malaysians a Happy 50th MERDEKA!
I pray that Malaysia will remain peaceful and progress towards becoming the best that it can be and all Malaysians from all ethnicities and creed be as we have always been, tolerant and willing to live and let live.
Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Orang Asli's, Ibans, Kadazans, Muruts, Eurasians, etc...you are all precious and important members of this thriving nation.
I am sure that none of us would want to see Malaysia implode from within as other countries elsewhere where strifes, famines, natural disasters, etc are almost daily routine for their citizens!
I call upon all politicians to stop instigating trouble and ill will amongst the population just to further your own individual causes.
This is our only home. We all need to preserve and protect our nation from all unnecessary problems.
The General Elections is the proper time for you to exercise your right and choose your preferred government.
After the results are announced, everyone should return to being a good citizen and strive to improve their own selfs and their communities.
Look for ways to earn a better income and stop looking for scapegoats for your own screwups!
May Allah SWT bless us all and protect our nation from harm's way and the corrupted ones!
We can do it! Let's make Malaysia a better place for all. Ameen.
MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Today, a growing number of Malays no longer feel obliged to portray themselves as being Hang Tuah's heirs and the titled ones always call each other by their 'Westernized' nicknames.
Salmah becomes 'Sally' ; Mariam morphs into 'Mary', fancy sounding names are given to their offspring and the parents themselves are left clueless as to what they have named their children?
This is what the Datins, Datuks, Tan Sri's and Puan Sri's society practicing with a zeal that will scare the shit out of the ordinary kampong folks if they were ever to be caught in their midst! This tendency is portrayed very aptly in the 'Datin Diaries' tv series.
Malays are very inclined to imitate the latest fads and trends. Many of the Malay youth today go about in attires, attitudes and mindsets that are more akin to the hip hop culture of the Afro-American society of the USA.
Just take a look at the way, Malay television producers and their so called artistes try to out Western each other in their productions and try to sound like Westerners whereas their mugs betray who the hell they really are?
The irony is that, there are hundreds of thousands of foreigners who flock to our nation to try learn the rich traditional Malay culture but we have these hordes of delusional Malays who try to be more 'barat' than the 'orang barat'!
They speak with a funny accent , thinking that they sound 'cool' and are 'alright'. The reality is that their grammar is damn lousy and most can't comprehend proper English!
Instead of living as Muslims, there are many amongst the latter day Malays who don't know anything about their faith of Islam!
Only last Friday, I was shocked to meet three Malay teenagers who were loitering on our apartment's stairways during the Friday prayers time who were reluctant to follow me to the masjid because according to them, they didn't know how to pray?
I succeeded in getting two of them to follow me but the third chap, of Mamak descent managed to escape! Hehehehehe...signs of the times, signs of the times....
Just imagine the scenario 5 years from now or 10 years down the road?
Malays as a race will definitely disappear from the face of this Earth bit by bit and they will morph into something else..halfbreed's? May Allah forbid!
That is if the present slide of the Malays into imitating others is not nipped in the bud by the relevant authorities?
Maafkan hamba Datuk Laksamana Hang Tuah, ' Melayu memang semakin menghilang dari dunia yang Datuk pernah perjuangkan...anak cucu Datuk kini semakin menjadi bagaikan umang umang atau kacang yang melupakan kulit...
Lately, the way things are going on in this country, makes us think as to whether it is fair in letting a civil servant rule over us when in fact we have our Royal Malay Sultans present in the nation but reduced to being Constitutional Monarchs?
Haven't we achieved Independence from the foreign powers who occupied this land with their might and spirited away much of this 'Golden Chersonese' riches since the 15th century?
Malaysians deserve to be ruled by our Kings and not left to the whims and fancies of our nation's politicians and their never ending cases of corruption and abuses of power!
Our Majesties of today aren't what the Malay Sultans were before!
Among our Royal Highnesses are learned judges and highly educated intellectuals who are both proactive and capable of coming up with rational, reasonable decrees and govern over their respective Sultanates in a manner we can all be proud of.
We must give credence where it is due and to me as a loyal subject of His Majesty, the Yang diPertuan Agong @ Supreme King of Malaysia, I say that it's time we honor our Majesties by returning to Their Royal Highnesses, the right to rule over this land proper and not be ruled by a subject as in the person of Civil Servant # 1!
Malaysians ought to realize that in this nation, it is His Royal Highness, the Yang diPertuan Agong who is the highest authority over us all and not the Prime Minister!
Check out the Powers and Authority of His Majesty here.
According to Article 32(1) Federal Constitution, there must be a Paramount Ruler of the Federation who is titled as The Yang diPertuan Agong @ Supreme King of Malaysia.
His Majesty prevails over everyone in the Federation and is immune to any legal action in any court of law save for the Special Court that has been formed under Section 15 (Article 182 and 183).
Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah
Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong
Tuanku Nur Zahirah
D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu), S.S.M.Z., S.S.M.T. (Terengganu)
After His Majesty, the Constitution provides that Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong @ Her Majesty the Supreme Queen of Malaysia is the second highest authority of the nation.
It is her Royal Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong who is this nation's First Lady and not the wife of the Prime Minister who is mistaken to be so.
I for one have always respected our current Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah for the manner by which Her Royal Highness has covered up Her Majesty's aurat just as our Tuanku Siti Aisyah did when Her Majesty was our Queen.
It is not fitting for our Royal Majesties to be robbed of Their Majesties rights to rule over this nation proper for the way the politicians running the government of this land have abused and screwed up the administration of this country is all so clear and on record for all to see.
It's high time that Malaysians see things as to what they really are and not be hoodwinked into thinking that everything is hunky dory and be fooled with the rhetorical 'Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang' hollow promises!
We are no longer in the 1950's where our nation's founding fathers were sincere in wanting to establish a just nation for all.
Today, we the citizens are being insulted by Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Zainuddin Maidin and other culprits in the ruling citizen political party of UMNO and their stooges and they expect us to be as the deaf, dumb and mute simians they accuse us to be!
Are we to just let this be and not call upon our Royal Majesties to deliver us from the insulter's? Our Royal Majesties have never called their subjects degrading names as these buffoons in power have!
I for one no longer have it in me to stand idly by and watch this tyranny continue!
I reserve my respect an honorifics only to my King and Royal Sultans! DAULAT TUANKU!
Duli Sultan Selangor and Raja Muda Perak have spoken out against corrupt officials being left to rule and ruin the good name of this nation. Take heed from Their Majesties call!
The General Election is soon coming to be. Exercise your precious vote and kick out the corrupt and foulmouthed ones from their positions.
Those who so love to think that they are the masters of this land can just go fly kite as far as I am concerned.
Malaysia! Its high time to do some spring cleaning! Elect only the rightful candidates this time around!
Time to have our Royal Majesties, the Malay Sultans help put this nation back on track!
Their Royal Majesties need to do their bit too for the good of all the people of Malaysia.
We don't need to see more extravagant palaces. No need to see more sport cars being driven out of the ports without paying their dues! No more beating up of hockey coaches or golf caddies!
We don't need our Majesties to be just made as sovereign symbols or decorations at functions.
We need to see more proactive governance from Their Majesties. No more unnecessary Datukships!
This nation deserves better. There are still citizens of this nation going without food and sleeping in shacks and shanties.
Their Majesties need to see to it that their appointed civil servants toe the line and do their jobs and not come up with more 'cock and bull stories' or excuses!
Heads must roll if the tail needs to be whipped into shape!
That illegally built palace in Klang must either be turned into a home for the poor and elderly or be bulldozed into oblivion failing which the status of justice in this land is truly a farce!
There has been too much abuse of power and innovations in the Islamic faith being propagated to the ignorant ummah to distract them from focusing on all the abuses of power going on!
We want to see justice prevail! Both for us the people of Malaysia and also our Royal Highnesses!
We, the people of Malaysia will rally behind Tuanku anytime! The nation awaits your decree.
Just read what the many online websites have to say. You'll understand. Insya Allah.
May Almighty Allah guide our Royal Highnesses and us all. Ameen.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
I am writing this article in response to a fellow Blogger's query as to why Islam forbids Muslims from doing certain things that Non Muslims do and take for granted as no big deal?
The Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam has in his Oceans of Wisdom derived from direct revelations and inspired by Almighty God, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala left us numerous guidance by way of his Hadith's, so as to show us the proper way of life that Islam enjoins us to live by.
Muslims of today are exposed to all kinds of unIslamic behavior and practices that the Ummah in general doesn't bother to advise and guide against!
Let's focus on the way a growing number of Muslims in Malaysia are going about with their daily lives, gradually slipping into the unIslamic lifestyles of the world.
The Malays are notorious for being lackadaisical in their not giving a hoot to living as true Muslims.
The severity of this corruption of their moral and social values is so evident in the way they live.
Their personal appearances betray their deviations from the Islamic principles and values that the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam enjoins Muslims to stay firm to the Commandments of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala as revealed in the Holy Al-Qur'an and his Sunnah's.
To say that all Malays are guilty of this behavior would be wrong but the growing numbers of them seem to be heading that way.
I say this based on my personal observances and study of how my fellow Muslims are behaving here in Malaysia?
Narrated An-Nu'man bin Bashir:I heard Allah's Apostle saying,
- "Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them.
- So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor.
- And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it.
- (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things.
- Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt ; the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart."
The reality that there would be many amongst the recalcitrants in the Ummah here in Malaysia to try be a smart ass and attempt to ridicule and indulge in name calling those of us who are just doing our duty to remind them from falling prey to their own ego's!
If we are to just let things be and say its none of our business, that would be a major sin for Islam is 'nasihah' @ 'advise'.
A faith won't survive if everyone doesn't care about others and society would go to ruin and anarchy will reign supreme.
You can forget about living in peace and being safe in your home or nation. None would bother coming to your defense or help you out because if we let things be as they are getting now, everyone would say' To hell with him or her ; it's none of my business!'.
Well, life as we know it will cease to be and mankind can forget about making it to tomorrow!
Okay, let me go to the main point of what Silent Me Not Author 1 was asking me yesterday?
Why it is wrong for Muslims to touch dogs and pigs even though it's not 'forbidden' in the actual sense?
I believe that's the gist of his asking so?
Okay, the main reason why we are to refrain from doing such an act unless we are required to by the profession of being a veterinarian, I see it as doing something that will slowly desensitize the Muslim from becoming prone to doing more than that, in the ensuing gained habit.
When a Muslim start to go the way of the Non Muslims by way of mannerisms, mindset and daily activities, slowly but surely, the said Muslim will no longer differentiate between things that are Halal and Haram, what more of all those matters that are considered as 'Makruh'?
'Alah bisa ; tegal biasa' is a Malay saying that refers to becoming 'immune to poison over time'.
It will be considered normal for a female Muslim to not cover her aurat @ modesty when she keeps company of those who are similarly inclined such as what we see taking place in our 'high society'!
Even the so called Imam of 'Islam Hadhari' doesn't have it in him to order his wife to cover her aurat as what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala commands the true Believers to see to it that their wife or wives cover themselves properly as per His Commandment in Surah An Nur Verse 31!
31. Waqul lilmu/minati yaghdudna min absarihinna wayahfathna furoojahunna wala yubdeena zeenatahunna illa ma thahara minha walyadribna bikhumurihinna AAala juyoobihinna wala yubdeena zeenatahunna illa libuAAoolatihinna aw aba-ihinna aw aba-i buAAoolatihinna aw abna-ihinna aw abna-i buAAoolatihinna aw ikhwanihinna aw banee ikhwanihinna aw banee akhawatihinna aw nisa-ihinna aw ma malakat aymanuhunna awi alttabiAAeena ghayri olee al-irbati mina alrrijali awi alttifli allatheena lam yathharoo AAala AAawrati alnnisa-i wala yadribna bi-arjulihinna liyuAAlama ma yukhfeena min zeenatihinna watooboo ila Allahi jameeAAan ayyuha almu/minoona laAAallakum tuflihoona
31. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.So, Commands God Almighty to all the Believing Women!
The reprimand actually goes to the Believing Men first in the same Surah in Verse 30!
30. Qul lilmu/mineena yaghuddoo min absarihum wayahfathoo furoojahum thalika azka lahum inna Allaha khabeerun bima yasnaAAoona
30. Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.The warning goes to the 'believing men' to lower their eyes from looking at the exposed 'aurat' of women who are not lawful to them.
Means that true Muslim men are forbidden to go ogle at the exposed areas of modesty of women who are not their wife or wives!
I mean, even any female whom they are not supposed to go look at when those women aren't decently covered!
Yet, you and I know how many women go about today in public? I don' think I need to dwell on that!
You are well aware of how things are today, across all stratas of society, and such moral decadence is prevalent in almost all communities, creed and color, worldwide!
We are living in a world of two extremes. It's either too decadent or too damn oppressive!
Islam doesn't call for the way some communities go to such extremes in their day to day activities. It's human nature to appreciate all things beautiful and if every true Muslim, male and female starts to live their life according to what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and His Messenger enjoin us to, there will be peace and salvation here on Earth.
In reality, many Muslims live a life devoid of care and compassion brought about by a pretentious way of living because many do not actually live according to the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
We see all these things happening before us but how many of us Muslims have it in him or her to go help our brothers and sisters from falling into ruin with using the right approach full of wisdom and commonsense?
The reason why we need to stop our fellow Muslims from doing things that will slowly but surely lead them to a life that is out of the Islamic faith is because apathy will lead all those ignorants to think that its okay in Islam because no one amongst the Muslim ummah came forward to stop or correct them?
Go ask anyone amongst the wayward Muslims especially the Malays here in Malaysia, doing all the nonsensical things they do today in the name of being modern and up to date, as to whether they realized that what they were doing was wrong and against the teachings of Islam or did anyone from the Muslim society come forward and advised them against it?
You can rest assured that their answer will be in the negative. The irony is that the government of this nation goes forth and trumpets itself as leading an 'Islamic nation'!
The Religious Department officials all over tis nation are infamous for carrying out 'anti-vice raids' but we have yet to hear of any proper true blue Islamic Dakwah efforts being carried out by the numerous Muslim scholars we hear about being there in all those departments!
I have said times and times again that the problems plaguing the Muslims of Malaysia will never go away until and unless the fellows running the show in JAKIM, JAIS, JAWI and all the other 'JA's of Malaysia really truly practice what they preach!
All those Mufti's sitting so snugly in office and speaking to the nation before the tv cameras are bloody useless in trying to portray that they are doing their job when none of them actually has it in him to go down to society and reach out to the poor ignorant misguided souls amongst the Malays of their respective states and give them counsel straight forward, in person to the masses!
Pretentious living I say! Shirking of their true responsibilities towards their fellow Muslims by allowing hedonism to take root and spread like a virus amongst the unfortunate souls of the Malays of today!
Apathy kills. The rulers of this land are accountable for allowing such rot to take place in society and do nothing effectively to nip the problem in the bud.
They allow the misguided ones to do as they please in society and just ignore all the sins and misguidance to flourish uninhibitedly in 'Bolehland'!
I will continue on this subject in detail after this. Keep reading. Insya Allah.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I would like to caution all Facebook users about the immediate danger of disclosing too much of their personal info online.
We all know about how data stored online can be hacked into and retrieved by the expert cyber criminals of the world.
When they can hack even into the American Department of Defense websites such as the ones in Pentagon and NASA, hacking into our Facebook accounts will be nothing to them!
I understand the euphoria of Facebook users to utilize all the latest gadgets and widgets being added to the Facebook system where even I succumbed to just adding this and that application to my Facebook account until I heard of how Datuk Rejal Arbee, a veteran writer of Malaysia, had his email hacked in and emails sent out in his account without his knowledge!
That scared the hell out of me and I promptly removed and reduced access to my Facebook account as fast as I could.
Same goes for all our other online websites and accounts. We never know who's monitoring and retrieving our personal data such as our birthday's, parent's details, etc which is normally used as answers to security questions required in sensitive online systems such as online banking, etc.
Can we afford to reveal too much sensitive data of ourselves for the sake of being popular online?
No thank you!
Wise up and clam up to remain safe rather than disclose too much and risk getting victimised by invinsible forces out there who are just so pleased to see all the data being posted publicly online by so many clueless folks like those in Facebook!
I hope that you will update your friends and loved ones to stop posting too much sensitive info online and immediately remove and delete all such data from your Facebook and other similar systems online.
Do not be victims of fraudsters. Act now before its too late and save yourselves from danger!
I may not be a huge fan of Yasmin Ahmad the filmaker for the way she goes about making mix and match films portraying Muslims and Islam in the way she did in her films Sepet and Gubra but I acknowledge that she has done well by speaking out against the inciting of hatred through the Negarakuku videoclip that Namewee did and posted online.
After watching all the short clips that Yasmin has produced for Petronas, celebrating our forthcoming 50th Merdeka Day featuring all the innocent young schoolchildren of this nation, showing their free from racial bias and pure from sin outlook on life, it would be a sin for me not to appraise and congratulate her for causing me to have a lump in my throat and try my best to hold back my tears seeing the wonderful job she has done here for the Petronas Merdeka ads.
I wish her well and pray that she takes our viewpoints seriously in not producing any films or videos that might deviate from Islamic principles and teachings. I know she means well but as her fellow Muslim and a cherisher of good human values that she has successfully shared with us through the Merdeka clips, I have to admit that she has done good for the nation especially in fostering our unity.
May you continue producing good films that will show Islam in the proper light and bring about a better understanding of it to all of us.
Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan ke 50 Yasmin!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I would like to draw the attention of fellow Bloggers and those who choose to remain anonymous yet go in and comment in blogs as mere commenter's.
Blogging and commenting is all fine and in fact encouraged to promote better interaction between members of society and the worldwide internet users.
The problem starts when some Bloggers and commenter's start using foul words and expletives in speaking their mind online.
Bad language does no one any good and in fact it destroys any credibility one might have or has built up all their life.
No one benefits by indulging in such vile behavior and expressions which makes decent folks who are their fellow bloggers or blog readers to cringe and stop reading the offensive material for very obvious reasons.
Only those who are mentally disturbed and vile beings relish reading such filth and choose to feed such offensive material into their sick demented minds.
When you curse someone or some faith for the crimes of others , it doesn't bring about any instant remedy to whatever you are not happy about?
Sure, expressing oneself exactly as one feels is said to be the trend nowadays where good behavior and fair speech seems to be no longer the norm because mankind looks to be gradually going to the ways of those who are foul and uncouth.
Even cabinet ministers and senior politicians here in government seem to relish being foul mannered in both their actions and speech.
Our current Minister of Information, Zainuddin Maidin seems to love badmouthing and insulting bloggers as being this and that. UMNO's Head of Information Muhammad Muhammad Taib seems to be trying to outdo the said minister by coming out with his own offensives against bloggers especially against Raja Petra Kamarudin.
Malaysia Today anonymous commenter's seem stuck in their rotten mindset of using cuss words and expletives in insulting Islam, Muslims and anything else under the sun as they please.
So, where is this unhealthy fixation with using the 'F' word for every other sentence that these sick folks taking our society to?
Mankind needs to exercise proper decorum in order to be regarded as worthy of being the vicegerents of Allah the Almighty here on Earth or if they choose to carry on with their foul manners, end us being worse than animals.
Animals don't go around creating mischief and heartaches for their fellow creatures. It is the sick and depraved amongst us who do just that.
I hope that the insulting ones will stop doing all these nonsense and behave as decent beings worthy of respect and accorded proper acknowledgment for their thoughts and views which surely can be channeled through to the rest of the world through better choice of words and expressions.
To all those who are calling bloggers all those insulting terms, I warn you that you will get your retribution, if not from the people, you will surely be held to task before the Almighty Allah!
To the voters of Malaysia, would you still vote for these uncouth foulmouthed people in the coming General Elections?
We need decent persons running this country. Make sure that all the corrupt and foulmouthed ones go into oblivion and are made to pay for all their insults and sins.
You have the power to exercise your right to have a fair government. Vote wisely.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
This is a case which has come to my attention and one that is kind of shocking to us Muslims here in Malaysia to see pictures of these tudung clad Malay Muslim students nonchalantly handling dogs and pigs with their bare hands and posing for these pictures without any expressions of being squeamish or disgust as what would usually be the case for many of us here in Malaysia.
I received this email recently forwarded to me and took the time and trouble to translate it into English so as to enable you to read about this quite an eye-opening case.
The email is from a Malay Muslim Veterinarian based in Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
To all those who are concerned. I wish you all the best and pray that you are in the good graces of the Almighty and Most Merciful Allah.
I feel drawn to share with you what I have to say about certain pictures now being circulated in group websites and forums in the internet of a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University Putra Malaysia Malay Muslim student who has posed for photos whilst being in a pig sty and handling both dogs and pigs!
I am writing this email in length with the hope that my explanations will be understood clearly and not misinterpreted.
NEVERTHELESS, to those who don't have much time to spare in reading this, its enough for me to state that :
- 'THERE'S NO PROBLEM WITH THOSE PICTURES!
- THOSE PICTURES AREN'T INSULTING ISLAM BUT IN TURN SHOW THAT MUSLIMS CAN IF THEY NEED TO ; TOUCH DOGS AND PIGS!
- IT'S MANKIND'S RESPONSIBILITY AS KHALIFAH'S OF ALLAH TO ENSURE THE COMFORT, SAFETY, FREEDOM AND WELLBEING OF ALL OF ALLAH'S CREATURES ON EARTH!
Both of them are amongst the Creation of Allah and Allah would not create anything in vain ; in fact, each creation of Allah has a significant role to play in this life.
Has Allah created the dog and pig to be viewed with disdain by His Ummah?
Before continuing with this discourse, please allow me to introduce myself.
I am a graduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, year 2006. I am now continuing my Master of Physiology, first semester studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM.
I studied at the Kuala Selangor Islamic Secondary School before this.
I might not be the best person to explain about this for there are better individuals who are Islamic scholars, who could give in depth explanations about the subject matter together with the relevant verses and their detailed translations.
Even then, I will to the best of my abilities, try to share with you with my limited Islamic knowledge and from what I have learned from my personal discussions with the learned religious teachers in seminars that we have held in our own faculty with regard to this issue.
Firstly, as a Veterinary Doctor @ ( Animal Doctor), it is just part and parcel of our duty in having to carry out treatment of dogs or pigs.
For those of us who work as Veterinary Doctors or Vets in short in Animal Clinics, most of us have to treat dogs and cats.
Even then, there are those who limit their treatments to just cats.
Those who work in the Department of Veterinary Services, at times have to visit the pig farms to ensure that the farms concerned practice good farming procedures and management in order to be free from contagious diseases such as the Nipah virus which wreaked havoc in 1999 that also threatened the life's of human beings.
There are also Vets working in the laboratories, who have to process samples coming from pigs or dogs such as their blood, faeces, or anything else derived from them.
Hence, in the curriculum of the Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, students will be involved in handling dogs and pigs.
In general, I agree with the term of 'desensitization' used by someone who emailed me recently.
Upon entering Year 4, a veterinary student will have to follow the introduction to clinic subject and clinical subjects in Year 5.
In both these subjects, students will be divided into small teams. These teams will take turns to carry out practical work in the prescribed activities. They have to carry out practical studies for a week on each subject.
These practical studies involve the treatment of pets such as dogs and also the pig rearing industry. They have to visit pig farms to carry out observations, diagnose diseases and carry out treatment procedures.
From what I have seen, the pictures being circulated through the internet are those of a UPM veterinary student, taken during her practical studies at the pig farms and clinical studies.
Its my opinion that the student posted such pictures publicly not to insult the Islamic Faith or anyone but to share an experience that not many in the general public might go through!
Regarding the issue of touching, holding, treating dogs and pigs that are categorized as 'Najis Mukhallazah' @ Severe Najis according to Islamic Fiqh, its not actually 'HARAM' as understood by most Malay Muslims.
Many ask me as to how I being a Muslim can touch dogs and pigs which are forbidden to be touched?
According to the Fiqh of Islamic Knowledge that I studied since my Islamic primary school up to the secondary school, the touching of 'Najis Mukhallazah' is not 'haram'.
- What is taught in the Fiqh Laws are when we have touched 'Najis Mukhallazah' ;
- we are to purify ourselves with carrying out the 'samak procedure' which is to wash the affected areas 7 times.
- Once with water mixed with pure earth and then to rinse it off 6 times with pure water .
As a Malay, I understand the views of the Malay society who feel squeamish or disgusted against dogs and pigs.
This might have come into being from the traditions brought about by our forefathers who tried their level best to avoid touching of dogs and pigs for their aversion to have to cleanse and purify themselves when such a situation occurs and would affect their acts of ibadah.
I myself, even after being clear about the rules regarding the touching of dogs and pigs, felt awkward and squeamish when I held a pig's heart for the first time, what more when I had to lift a dog to be placed upon the examining table where the technique calls for me to hold the dog close to myself as it is the safest technique to avoid injury to the animal in the lifting process.
Still, we need to be clear about what is Islam's view with regard to these two animals, created by Allah the Almighty?
Did Allah create the dog and pig to be reviled and loathed as severe 'najis'?
If so, why then is there the Islamic decree in Fiqh that states any prey caught and killed by trained hunting dogs as 'halal' to be consumed provided the hunter makes the intention in his or her heart for the sake of Allah when releasing the hunting dog or dogs or bird of prey ?
What about the story of the prostitute who was forgiven by Allah of all her sins and entered into Paradise solely on the basis of her good deed in feeding a dog dying of thirst with water that she took by climbing down a well using her shoe?
Dogs and pigs are also creatures of Allah and included amongst the responsibilities of mankind who have been appointed as the Khalifah's of Allah upon this Earth.
It means that if a vet just washes his or her hands after work but hasn't purified their hands through the 'samak' procedure, such a situation still does not promote contagion when or if you have to shake their hands.
The essence of color, smell and taste is no longer there for they have washed off their hands but still the vet needs to carry out the 'samak' process before prayer.
There are suggestions by several ustaz's to purify the whole body through the 'samak procedure once in a while for the civilian Muslim population and once a month for the veterinarians.
This is if the essence of the Najis Mukhallazah is worried to be present on their persons but not detectable, they can then be purified thoroughly by carrying out the 'samak' process regularly.
What's the Islamic law regarding it? How about the treatment fees received? Is it halal?
The same goes to the matter of a Muslim veterinarian who provides services and advice in improving the pig farming industry. What's the Islamic law regarding that?
What about the vet who has to carry out a lengthy corrective surgery on dogs and pigs to the stage that he or she misses their prayers?
Can it be considered to be the same as carrying out surgery on humans where the prayers can be shortened and carried out together in 'jamak and qasar'?
- "If you saw a dog that had its legs trapped, would you help by freeing it?"
- Give reasons for each of your answers.
- Our relationship with Almighty Allah.
- Our relationship with our fellow human beings.
- Our relationship with our fellow Creatures on Earth.
We need to delve into the Revelations, seek and find the answers to all our needs, understand, implement and put them to practice in our life's.
I welcome those who feel like sharing their views, thoughts, corrections of facts or wish to share more information with regard to this matter to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Mohd Dzulhamka Kamaluddin
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Prof. Dr. Rasedee Abdullah
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Universiti Putra Malaysia
- dead meat,
- the flesh of swine,
- and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than God;
- that which hath been killed by strangling,
- or by a violent blow,
- or by a headlong fall,
- or by being gored to death;
- that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal;
- unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form);
- that which is sacrificed on stone (altars);
- (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety.
- This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me.
- This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
- But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, God is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
Also read this Question & Answer session regarding the touching of dogs and pigs by Muslim veterinarians.
Touching Dogs and Pigs by Veterinarians By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 26 Jamad-ul-Awwal 1422, 16 August 2001
Q.) Please tell me whether touching of dogs or pigs by veterinarians is haram or not? If it is permissible in Islam, should they wash their hands 7 times ; out of which one should be with sand or earth?
Jazakallahu Khairan. [Hafsa Suhail]
A.) It is permissible for veterinarians to touch dogs and pigs or any other animal.
Latex gloves, etc. may be used in order that a person avoids direct contact with these animals.
If any impurity from the animal soils a person's hands, he should remove the impurity by washing the hands via the samak procedure. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.
For detailed explanations on Halal and Haram in Islam but in Malay, please visit this site.
Well, that sort of wraps up this article but still I consider it important that Muslims study Islam thoroughly and acquire the true knowledge of what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has revealed to us in the Holy Al-Qur'an and also do our research of the numerous Hadiths of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Only by coming to know of what's enjoined and what's forbidden in our faith, will we be able to live our lives according to what Allah SWT commands us.
As we all know, there are good, bad and evil in most things and beings that we come across here on Earth. We can avoid getting harmed or falling into danger by learning about such things or beings by studying about them and learning to be able to differentiate between all such matters.
True Muslims will find this world that we live in to be a source of goodness and happiness only by becoming wise and learned about all things.
The ignorants fall into misguidance and commit khurafat and syirik when they mix and match misguidance and superstition in their daily life's as a result of their being misled into committing sin and acts that render their faith and deeds null and void through such ignorance.
The very first word of revelation of the Holy Last Testament @ Al-Qur'an Al-Karim of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to His Final and Greatest Messenger and Prophet to Mankind, the Blessed Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam was 'I'qra!' @ 'Read!'
Thus it is incumbent upon each of us to read about everything and acquire all relevant skills and knowledge here on Earth in order to be amongst the successful ones amongst the entire Mankind.
Another good site I recommend you to visit and read up is this. Very straight forward article.
It is important to read a lot and compare notes with one or the other. Do remember that in the field of studying about Islam through the ages, one has to be absolutely sure about the source of all the thoughts and viewpoints being shared by many of the authors.
Always go back to the root source of all relevant information and facts about Islam.
The Last Testament of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala in the Holy Al-Qur'an and also the authentic Hadiths of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
May Allah the Almighty bless us all with more of His Guidance and Wisdom to help us out with our life's. Ameen.
I end this article with just that. Do read about all things revealed to us by Allah SWT and His Messenger and be the best that we can be. Insya Allah.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Cartoon courtesy of ZUNAR.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
For all the bloody build up and hype that the UMNO's Information Chief and Deputy Youth Head were spewing out that Malaysian socio- political bloggers were cowards and this and that, the open challenge by Malaysia Today's Editor in Chief Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin has seen the shriveling of the gonads of the two UMNO bigshots, recently!
Hell! Just when I was looking forward to a lively discussion or debate or what the hell ever between those loudmouths from UMNO challenging us Bloggers to this and that, it all seems like the usual run of the mill bullshit spun forth by those who don't know nuts about what Blogging is or even have the courtesy to back up their challenges and insults with having the balls to engage with us Malaysian Bloggers in a proper arena such as the one being called by RPK!
Talk is cheap. Any idiot under the sun can say this and that, talk loud and thump the chests like a bloody gorilla but when the one being insulted comes out ready to rumble, how come those who made so much noise simply cower in fright and hide under so many excuses?
I mean, let's get this stalemate between the Bloggers and the ruling party settled once and for all by going ahead and having this proposed debate , forum or seminar between us at the PWTC!
No more excuses! Doesn't speak well for the two blokes from UMNO to chicken out now!
Let's meet up , Bloggers and UMNO! Man to man!
As decent citizens of Malaysia!
You guys up to it?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Two American animators who have found their calling to be among the world's latest blasphemers of Allah's Messengers and they are supported by all the sickos of the present world under the platform of free speech and expression.
Their production called South Park thrives on portraying Prophets of God, in the revered personalities of Muhammad Sallahu Alaihi Wassallam and Eesa Alaihis Salam @ Jesus Christ the Messiah in unsavory caricatures.
To us Muslims, such blasphemy is a blatant insult upon our blessed Prophets and thus , the Muslims as a whole take grievous offense at such perpetrators.
These scum of the earth who go about deriding our beloved Prophets just seek to draw attention and are instigators of social unrest in the world.
This seems to be the modus operandi of lowlifes who try to seek publicity for their wicked selfs by doing something outrageous so as to make money out of their foul productions.
Those who aren't true believers in God Almighty and fail to revere and accord due respect to our beloved Messengers of God, will try to pass this off as another episode of Muslims and also those of the other faiths such as the Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Taoists, etc as being overly sensitive and intolerant!
I for one wish that all those who insult any of God's Messengers and Prophets to receive their due retribution immediately by way of anything that will teach them a lesson and suffer the consequences of their blasphemy!
I join all those who condemn these blasphemers in asking that the governments of this world take these criminals into account and mete out the appropriate punishments against them.
This is among the reasons why society today is going to the dogs so to speak. Respect and reverence for the holy messengers of God are no longer being upheld by those who claim to lead civilized life's!
Even dogs are better than these devils who take pleasure in hurting the feelings and provoke peace loving believers into taking action against them and in return call those defenders of honor and integrity as fundamentalists and religious fanatics!
Damned be those satans in human form! May they contract HIV and rot away eaten alive by all viruses imagined!
The Malaysian Tamil 'Makkal Osai' newspaper who published the offensive caricature depicting 'Jesus Christ' with a cigarette and a can of beer in each hand must be severely dealt with and the newspaper banned and legal action taken against the editors and culprits responsible for such a blatant act of blasphemy!
I refer to the latest developments regarding the proposal by the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, to abolish the usage of the the English Common Law in favor of our own system of civil laws.
For the learned Chief Justice to speak up so clearly and state his wish to free this nation's legal system from further colonization of the judiciary speaks volumes about his ideals and principles in wanting to rid this nation, once and for all from the vestiges of the British Colonial chains still loved and adulated by the majority of the legal fraternity here!
Sometimes, one doesn't have to be a legal eagle to be able to see where Tun Ahmad Fairuz intends to bring this nation to?
Its not easy to change the mindset of the people at large who have been colonialized all these while by the notion that whatever comes from the West is definitely the best and the Eastern values are subservient to the English, who have succeeded in driving deep the stakes of their colonizing agenda even to the stage of it being self generating in its affects of supremacy, over the rest of the world to this very day!
The British must be gloating to see our Bar Council's objection to the Chief Justice's wish to break the shackles of the colonial mindset from our legal system!
I for one am all for the Chief Justice's proposal to ask the legal practitioners here to give serious thought and considerations as to why we can't come up with our own system of civil laws when we are no longer in servitude to the British Empire?
Are Malaysians incapable of governing themselves?
Is it due to the wishy washy administration running the government of today that makes the Bar Council have its reservations in rising up to the Chief Justice's call for us to be our own masters and have our own rules and regulations?
Let's give Tun Fairuz a chance to present his views clearly in the Parliament.
Surely, being the Chief Justice of this nation, warrants him to look after all our interests and not just that of the Malaysian Muslims?
Is it because his call was made at a seminar organised by the Islamic Understanding Institute of Malaysia a.k.a IKIM @ Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia on Tuesday?
Those who are debating as to whether the Chief Justice is right or wrong in his call must free themselves from racial and religious bias against the Honorable Chief Justice and try to see where and what his visions are about this serious matter?
We have to acknowledge that many amongst the legal fraternity especially from amongst the Non Muslim lawyers weren't exactly thrilled by his decision not to allow the apostate from Islam, Azalina binti Jailani a.k.a Lina Joy to have her way with wanting to remove the status of 'Islam' from her MyKad recently!
To us Muslims of Malaysia, naturally we were in full support of the Chief Justice's final decision on her case.
I can understand that Tun Ahmad Fairuz would not be in the top favourite list of all those who so wanted to see the apostate be legally allowed to fulfill her's and her sponsor's wish to set such a precedent in the applications to apostate here in Malaysia!
Even if such dissatisfaction's will never be stated openly by those in the legal fraternity who support Lina Joy, such ill will towards the Chief Justice's would surface in other ways through the emergence of issues as serious and important as this one, where his learned self calls for the removal of the last vestiges of the British Colonial system from our judiciary.
I say, give the Chief Justice room for him to present his case and let the learned one speak freely as to why he calls for such a measure?
If it is because the Bar Council fears the advent of the Islamic Syaria to replace the English Common Law , then I for one think that they should come up with their counter suggestions ONLY after Tun Ahmad Fairuz has presented his suggestions at the Parliament and not before they get the full picture of his intentions in black and white!
It is not wise to pass judgments and objections about his proposals before the Chief Justice has been given his chance to state his suggestions properly before the nation.
Where is the respect and honor that the Chief Justice deserves to be accorded to when just based on newspaper reports, the Bar Council starts getting offensive against his proposal?
Let's give Tun Fairuz his opportunity to present it to the nation and take it from there.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Muslims today are busy fighting amongst themselves and fail to see the reality of what is the fruit of their disunity?
One doesn't have to look elsewhere to see this stupidity. It is evident in the manner by which Muslims squabble amongst ourselves here in Malaysia. I do not even want to start referring to all the other so called Muslim nations.
The Muslims here in Malaysia are recalcitrant in their stubbornness to sit and discuss with their fellow Muslims as to how best to join forces and improve their common lot in terms of religious, economics, education, science & technology, social and moral issues, etc.
UMNO and PAS. Two of the largest group of Muslims continue to engage in a 'cold war' between themselves and from day one have hurled insults and curses against one another.
Today, the ruling party of UMNO goes all out to castigate and lambast PAS as their mortal enemies and they spare no quarter to see to it that PAS is vanquished from the political scene.
PAS in turn never fail to denounce the UMNO members as fasiqs and munafiqs due to the very reason that Islam is not being upheld by UMNO as what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and His Messenger enjoin and command upon us to live by.
The continuing saga of this Malay Muslim dilemma is further compounded by the emergence of the innovative concept of Islam Hadhari by the current UMNO leadership that adds fuel to the conflict between the two parties.
If Doomsday is to take place today, I wonder what the Grand Imam of 'Islam Hadhari' is gonna say to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala when he is questioned as to how he came up with such a bida'ah when Islam has already been revealed in perfection to the world, a thousand four hundred over years ago by the Greatest of Allah's Messengers?
The tremendous Ego of the innovators manifests itself to all those who dare to question them as to why the hell they have added further fitnah to the Muslims by coming up with this preposterous hypocritical way of thinking?
Do the proponents of such a concept really practice what they preach?
Far from it. They only further confuse the people with their confusing attitudes when they say one thing yet do another.
This is the reason why the Muslims need to return the Khilafah of Islam.
Watch the video above and see how the Muslims have been played out by their own bloated egos and as a result of their disunity, the Kaffirs have cleverly taken over the Islamic empire and made them weak and powerless, thanks to such constant quarrels amongst the Ummah!
I don't know what else to say of those Muslims who after viewing this videoclip still remain unmoved or unaffected emotionally except to say that maybe such people are the living dead or zombies without care or compassion about their fellow Muslims?
UMNO and PAS! Will you guys ever learn from this mistake and wise up to forgive and forget each other and join forces for Islam's sake?
Or would you like to be remembered as the ones who are responsible for the demise of Islam from this part of the world by your ever growing enmity towards each other?
Excerpt from Surah Al-Imran Chapter 3 (Verses 102 to 104) :
102. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo ittaqoo Allaha haqqa tuqatihi wala tamootunna illa waantum muslimoona
102. O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.
103. WaiAAtasimoo bihabli Allahi jameeAAan wala tafarraqoo waothkuroo niAAmata Allahi AAalaykum ith kuntum aAAdaan faallafa bayna quloobikum faasbahtum biniAAmatihi ikhwanan wakuntum AAala shafa hufratin mina alnnari faanqathakum minha kathalika yubayyinu Allahu lakum ayatihi laAAallakum tahtadoona
103. And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah.s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.
104. Waltakun minkum ommatun yadAAoona ila alkhayri waya/muroona bialmaAAroofi wayanhawna AAani almunkari waola-ika humu almuflihoona
104. Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.
~End of reference.
We can't say that we do not know about all these commandments of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala , can we?
Information about the Al-Qur'an is so easily available today, at the click of a keyboard button or through other forms of media.
One doesn't have to travel miles and spend days to learn about such things.
All Muslims who are reading this , please understand that we have no other options except to live exactly as what is commanded upon us by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and called for by our Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam?
If you have the slightest doubts about such Commandments, then you need to recheck your Iman and Aqeedah.
It doesn't matter who you are? You are a servant of Allah and you will live and die exactly according to your Ajal. Not a second longer or a second earlier.
This is the Hakikat of Life. How you live it is up to you. Study Islam and live as a Muslim.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless you and guide you towards success. Ameen.