Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prof. Dato' Dr.Harun Din Al Haj exclusive interview.

Prof. Dato' Dr.Harun Din Al Haj exclusive interview.


Prof. Dato' Dr.Harun Din Al Haj exclusive interview.

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 12:11 PM PST



Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be granted an exclusive interview by the learned and esteemed Malaysian scholar of Islam, Professor Dato' Dr. Harun Din Al Haj at his residence in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Professor Dato' Dr. Harun Din is the Deputy Spiritual Head @ Deputy Murshidul Am of PAS, the Islamic Party of Malaysia.

Professor Dato' Dr. Harun Din is also the founder of Darussyifa, an Islamic Spiritual Health Centre where treatment based upon the Prophetic Tradition using the Ayatus Syifa of the Blessed and Sacred Holy Al Quran is given to anyone who is afflicted by disturbances of the spiritual kind.

Amount of payment for successful treatment is usually left to the voluntary contributions and free will of the patients.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless all those who are selflessly contributing their services at Darussyifa.

Ameen.

Accompanying me was Brother Khairulnizam, a fellow Muslim Bloggers Alliance member. He is known as king-fx online. A fitting nickname for someone who is a forex and commodities trader.

The subject of my interview of Professor Dato' Dr. Harun Din Al Haj was the current debacle about the Catholic Church of Malaysia's using the word 'Allah' in their publications as the name of their Triune Godhead.

Let's watch and learn.

Insya Allah.


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Worship Almighty Allah Alone ~ Obligation of every being.

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 10:54 AM PST

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

The nation has been experiencing a most challenging and distressing time since the last day of 2009, when Justice Dato Lau Bee Lan reversed the decision of the High Court in allowing the Catholic Church of Malaysia to use the word 'Allah' in its Herald magazine.

Irresponsible persons have been adding fuel to the religious fire literally by going around firebombing the churches of this multi ethnic, multi faithed nation. As a citizen, I am very concerned and sad that it has come to this.

Protesting against the court decision is one thing ; going around destroying churches is plainly criminal and those culprits must be tracked down and made to pay according to the laws of this land.

There is no room in the teachings of Al Islam for such desecration's of another's house of prayer or place of worship.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala commands us to say to the Disbelievers in Surah Al Kafirun :

1. Qul ya ayyuha alkafiroona

1. Say: O ye that reject Faith!


2. La aAAbudu ma taAAbudoona

2. I worship not that which ye worship,


3. Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbudu

3. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.


4. Wala ana AAabidun ma AAabadtum

4. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,


5. Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbudu

5. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.


6. Lakum deenukum waliya deeni

6. To you be your Way, and to me mine.

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala surely does not ask us to go around burning down churches or any other places of worship such as temples, gurdwaras or synagogues just because they do not have faith in Him.

As Muslims, we are enjoined to invite others to His Way @ Al Islam by using wisdom and beautiful preaching and if needed be to argue, debate or discuss with them about where we stand as far as upholding the principles of worshiping just Almighty Allah alone and not any of His Creations?

Every being is created by Allah. Every child is born pure and free from sin. That's what we Muslims believe.

The Christians in the Malaysian Roman Catholic Church are adamant in using the word 'Allah' to be the translation for God in their church magazine The Herald.

We who are Muslims know that they do not worship Allah the One and Only God, thus we object to such a demand.

As far as I know, Christians believe in a Triune God which is as per their beliefs to be God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

To the average Muslim mind, it is a blasphemous act to associate Allah Most Pure, Most High with any other form of deity or object of worship, real or imagined.

Instead of resorting to firebombing churches, those who are not happy with the High Court's decision should engage in sharing the reasons why Non Muslims are wrong to name objects of their worship apart from Allah as Him!

Educate! Not complicate.

When I attended the protest at Masjid Negara, the other day, I sensed that those who spoke to the media after the main event were not that efficient in stating the reasons for the demonstrations.

The intention to show our unhappiness over the verdict was there but the effectiveness of their replies were quite wanting.

Surely, those amongst the Catholic Christian community must be wondering as to why the Muslims in Malaysia are so upset about this matter?

So, isn't this the most opportune moment in our nation's history for those who are capable of educating the masses as to the reasons why Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala forbids any association in the worship of His Glorious Self with His Creations or those conjured up by mankind as His partners or fellow deity or deities?

I am sure that by now there are many curious Christians and other Disbelievers out there who want to know why we object to their using Allah's sacred name for their object of worship?

I would like to share a hadith that teaches us about our faith :

Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
Allah's Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):

1. To testify that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle.

2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.

3. To pay the Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) .

4. To perform Hajj (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)if one has the means and able to?

5. To observe fast (from before dawn to the sunset) during the holy month of Ramadan.

For those of us who are Muslims, it is important that we stay firm on the matter of our worship to none but Allah.

This bedrock of our faith is called Tawheed al Ibadah.

Oneness of Worship.

There are many people today who fail to realize that Islam did not come to be with the arrival of the blessed final and greatest prophet of Allah, the blessed Messenger, Sayyidina Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam came to complete the mission of all earlier prophets and messengers of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

Come and learn about what even the Christian bible has to say about the coming of the last messenger of Allah?


Christians and Muslims are about the closest in faith to one another as we believe in most of such divine matters save for the difference in the matter of whom we actually worship and as to the matter of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam being Allah's last and greatest messenger to mankind?

We differ on the matter of worshiping purely Allah the Almighty Alone and Christians coming to believe in a Triune God.

We also differ as to the prophet Eesa ibnu Maryam who to us Muslims is a noble messenger of Allah the Almighty sent only to the Jewish Nation of Israel but whom the Christians come to declare as the Son of God, Na'uzubillahiminzalik! May Allah forbid!

So for us who are Muslims, it is just a matter of explaining to our fellow Children of Adam Alaihis Salam who happen to be Christians where we stand on such matters and why we can't accept their demands to be allowed to address a Triune God with the blessed name of Allah?

To do so would amount to us being in compliance with those who associate Allah with another or other objects of worship which is a major sin in our Islamic faith.

Let me share with you an excerpt from Khilafah.com which relates the story of Jaafar ibni Abi Talib, the brother of Sayyidina Ali ibni Abi Talib, a cousin and son in law of the blessed Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

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Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur'an:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ

"You are the best ummah singled out for mankind: you enjoin what is right (ma'roof), forbid what is wrong (munkar), and believe in Allah."

[Surah al-Imran: 110]

The Muslim Ummah faces increasing pressure to voice opinions that are in line with the policies of western governments, and to remain silent concerning the munkar being perpetrated against Muslims throughout the world. There is also a danger when under attack to become defensive about Islam and the shar'iah and begin to compromise on some of the fundamental aspects of the deen. Therefore, it's of paramount importance that Muslims do not succumb to this pressure and twist the message of Islam to appease the kuffar and the western governments. Rather we must enjoin the highest ma'roof (i.e. the Islamic 'Aqeeda) and convey the message of Islam with wisdom and good teaching without compromising any tenet of Islam.

Every Muslim, male or female, young or old, has his or her part to play in this work. Our role models are undoubtedly the Messenger of Allah (saw) and his sahaba. If we study the example of the sahaba when they migrated to Abyssinia we can take many lessons from them that apply to our situation today.

The early Muslims faced unbearable levels of persecution in the Arabian Peninsula instigated by the Quraysh in Mecca. When the Quraysh heard that some Muslims, being afraid of forced apostasy, had emigrated to Abyssinia they sent two determined envoys after them to discredit the Muslims in the hope that the Negus would expel them from his kingdom and have them sent back. The two envoys were 'Amr ibn al-'As ibn Wa'il and 'Abdullah ibn Rabi'ah. They reached Abyssinia and offered presents to the generals of the Negus to help them convince the Negus to extradite the Muslim refugees.

They said to them, "Some foolish fellows from our people have taken refuge in the King's country; they have forsaken our Deen (religion) and not accepted yours, but have brought into being an invented Deen which neither we nor you know anything about. Our nobles have sent us to you to return them. So surrender them to us, for their own people have the keenest insight and know most about their faults."

They also stipulated that the King should not speak to the Muslims, fearing what they might say to him.

The generals met with the Negus and recommended that he surrender the Muslims to their own people. The Negus summoned the Muslims and demanded to hear what they had to say for themselves.

Ja'far ibn Abi Talib was the leader and spokesman of the Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia. When he and the companions entered the court of the Negus they refused to bow down to him as the two envoys and the rest of the King's subjects had done. When questioned about this Ja'far said, "We do not bow down before anyone except Allah."

Ja'far then gave a speech presenting Islam to the Negus. He said, "O King! We were ignorant people and we lived like wild animals. The strong among us lived by preying upon the weak. We obeyed no law and we acknowledged no authority save that of brute force. We worshipped idols made of stone or wood, and we knew nothing of human dignity. And then God, in His Mercy, sent to us His Messenger who was himself one of us. We knew about his truthfulness and his integrity. His character was exemplary, and he was the most well-born of the Arabs. He invited us toward the worship of One God, and he forbade us to worship idols. He exhorted us to tell the truth, and to protect the weak, the poor, the humble, the widows and the orphans. He ordered us to show respect to women, and never to slander them. We obeyed him and followed his teachings. Most of the people in our country are still polytheists, and they resented our conversion to the new faith which is called Islam. They began to persecute us and it was in order to escape from persecution by them that we sought and found sanctuary in your kingdom."

When Ja'far concluded his speech, the Negus said to Ja'far, "Do you have with you anything from what your Messenger brought from Allah to read to me?"

Ja'far said, "Yes," and recited Surah Maryam from the beginning until where Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:

فَأَشَارَتْ إِلَيْهِ قَالُوا كَيْفَ نُكَلِّمُ مَن كَانَ فِي الْمَهْدِ صَبِيًّا
قَالَ إِنِّي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ آتَانِيَ الْكِتَابَ وَجَعَلَنِي نَبِيًّا
وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُ وَأَوْصَانِي بِالصَّلَاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيًّا
وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَتِي وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي جَبَّارًا شَقِيًّا
وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيَّ يَوْمَ وُلِدتُّ وَيَوْمَ أَمُوتُ وَيَوْمَ أُبْعَثُ حَيًّا

"She pointed at him. They said, 'How can we converse with an infant?' [But] he said: 'I am a servant of Allah. He has granted me the Scripture; made me a prophet; made me blessed wherever I may be. He commanded me to pray, to give alms as long as I live, to cherish my mother. He did not make me domineering or graceless. Peace was on me the day I was born, and will be on me the day I die and the day I am raised to life again." [Surah Maryam 19:29-33]

When the patriarchs heard this they said, "This and what our Lord 'Isa (Jesus) the Messiah brought are from the same source."

King Negus listened to the recitation of the Qur'an and cried so much that his beard was wet.

The Negus said, "Of a truth, this and what Musa brought, come from the same niche. You two may go, for by Allah, I will never give them up and they shall not be betrayed."

The two envoys left the Royal Palace and began to think of another way to fulfil their task. The next day 'Amr ibn al-'As went back to the Negus and said to him, "The Muslims say dreadful things about 'Isa, son of Maryam, send for them and ask them about it."

He did so and Ja'far replied, "We say about him that which our Prophet brought, saying, he is the slave of Allah and

His Messenger, and His spirit, and His word, which He cast into Maryam the blessed virgin."

The Negus took a stick from the ground, drew a line in the soil with it and said to Ja'far, "There is nothing more than this line between your Deen and ours", and he discharged the two envoys empty-handed.

There are four main lessons we can learn from the example of Ja'far ibn Abi Talib to the Negus.

Lesson 1. Never compromise the shari'ah rules .

The Muslims were under enormous pressure before the Negus. Failure to present a strong case would have meant their deportation back to Mecca to face certain torture and possibly death. Despite this pressure they refused to compromise their deen and bow down before the Negus, even though this may have acted against them. Although the Muslims refused to bow down they explained their position in an intellectual manner that the Negus understood and being a religious man ultimately agreed with.

When presenting the message of Islam we must therefore adhere to the rules of Islam at all times. We must not lie, backbite, slander, insult or compromise any other rule of Islam. Principles such as necessity and 'ends justify the means' have no place in conveying the message of Islam.

Lesson 2. Never twist the message of Islam.

When Ja'far was questioned by the Negus over Islam's view on Isa (as), he did not attempt to disguise or twist Islam's view. Ja'far clearly articulated that Islam views Isa (as) as a messenger of God and not the son of God.

We must never twist or disguise parts of Islam in order to present an opinion that the government or media find more palatable. Muslims have nothing to be ashamed of regarding their Islamic values and must refuse to accept western claims that Islam is backward and an 'evil ideology' responsible for all the terrible things happening in the world.

Lesson 3. Understand your audience.

The Negus was a Christian King. Therefore out of all the verses of Qur'an revealed at that time, Ja'far chose a verse from Surah Maryam describing one of the miracles of Isa (as) that he knew the Negus could relate to. This verse had such an effect on the Negus that he wept till his beard was wet.

Understanding our audience and choosing the most relevant examples that will relate to them is vital. When addressing youth, professionals, academics, politicians or media the message will remain the same but the styles and means of language will change.

Lesson 4. Accounting the rulers.

The two Quraysh envoys tried to prevent the Negus from listening to the Muslims fearing what they would say about them. When Ja'far gave his speech he indeed exposed the persecution and injustice of Quraysh creating public opinion in the court against them. Ja'far refused to remain silent over the injustice of Quraysh even though if he and the companions were deported back to Mecca their persecution would have increased.

The west and their agents ruling our lands use all means at their disposable to try and silence any voice that speaks against them. Torture, propaganda, imprisonment and killings are perpetrated against those brave enough to stand up to the western occupation and the brutality of the Muslim rulers.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "The master of martyrs is Hamza bin Abdul-Muttalib and a man who stood to an oppressor ruler where he ordered him and forbade him so he (the ruler) killed him." [Abu Dawud]

Conclusion

In whatever situation we find ourselves in there is always guidance to be found in the Book of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of the Messenger (saw). We must also study the lives of the sahaba, the best generation (May Allah be pleased with them) who were human beings of different races and backgrounds with various strengths and weaknesses, and who managed to mould their personalities according to Islam. Indeed there are countless lessons we can learn from their lives to help us in ours.

End of quote.

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This subject is not something that we can settle within our lifetimes. It's not something that we can afford to give up just so that it pleases our fellow mankind.

The matter of Tawheed, the Oneness in the Worship of Allah is the most fundamental aspect of our creed and faith in the Almighty.

Let's worship no other but Him, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala or choose to go our own separate ways in order to live and let live.

That's what Allah the Almighty commands us to in Surah Al Kafirun which I have shared above?

Let's take a look now at Surah Al A'raaf Chapter 22 Verses 172 to 174 :

172. Wa-ith akhatha rabbuka min banee adama min thuhoorihim thurriyyatahum waashhadahum AAala anfusihim alastu birabbikum qaloo bala shahidna an taqooloo yawma alqiyamati inna kunna AAan hatha ghafileena

172. When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful":


173. Aw taqooloo innama ashraka abaona min qablu wakunna thurriyyatan min baAAdihim afatuhlikuna bima faAAala almubtiloona

173. Or lest ye should say: "Our fathers before us may have taken false gods, but we are (their) descendants after them: wilt Thou then destroy us because of the deeds of men who were futile?"


174. Wakathalika nufassilu al-ayati walaAAallahum yarjiAAoona

174. Thus do We explain the signs in detail; and perchance they may turn (unto Us).

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Sometimes I wonder as to why it is so hard for some folks to understand the Oneness of Allah?

Surely if there are to be more than one supreme creator of us, there would be total chaos in this universe and other realms of existence that mankind is only coming to learn of in these stated Last Ages?

Well, that should be the topic for another day's discussion...provided we get to live till then?

May Allah bless and guide us all.

Ameen.


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The KL-Selangor SABM Roadshow

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 09:17 AM PST


Believe instead - SABM Klang Valley Roadshow
Date: Jan 23, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 2pm-7pm
Venue: KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

Great line-up of speakers and interesting topics in the works, people. Don't miss it.

More details can be found HERE.


PAGING HELL. CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS HAVE ARRIVED IN MALAYSIA

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 03:26 PM PST



The Archdiocese in Malaysia should never have gotten itself embroiled in a court battle against the government simply to demand its right to use the Arabic term for God, Allah. Winning in court, the ensuing glory caused an overflow of temper to attack eight churches beginning Friday mainly in failed acts of arson by Molotov cocktails.

Now, as church spokesmen are reported to defy the official request for the Archdiocese to withdraw the demand, it does make the Archbishop to be seen behaving like a brat who must have what he wants. He shifted the general agitation of civil society for justice and for fair-play into a coordinated act of international espionage.

How does using the word Allah help the Church in its evangelism? Why make such a mountain of what is to the popular mind a mere mole-hill? Why can't they use the Malay word "Tuhan" (God) which is known to everyone in Malaysia?

After the baptism of fire, the Archbishop, Tan Sri Murphy N. Pakiam, for a long time much respected and loved by many across the religious barriers, is saddled with the choice either to apply strategic withdrawal or walk into outright rebellion.

The Church in Malaysia had firmly kept to the line of secure diplomacy to render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what's left of the remaining.

There was only the outspoken Jesuit, O.C. Lim of the Xavier Church in Petaling Jaya, who would mix politics with the apostolic in his sermons.

Then, from some years before, a wind came blowing the devil's artifices to change the Christian mind-set in Malaysia.

A group of Christians, said to have been funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, began an earnest campaign to shake the Church into a political awakening while founding at the same time a dubious Malaysian Inter-Faith Network (NIM).

Small bodies of church-led Christians appeared to have become politically active in that elections, bringing in its wake the train of events that nearly caused the Archdiocese to burn in the fire of hell.

What had transpired had been a relentless flame-baiting, a loathing of Malays and of Islam. In the terms of history it could only be construed as a Vatican-US-CIA devise to seed civil unrest in Malaysia.

It is, of course, far less vivacious as the grand plan of the complot to stump the expansion of Communism in Vietnam after French colonialism was battered at Dien Bien Phu by the Vietcong.

That was when the Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem was propped-up as the first president and with his brothers and his sister-in-law and a Catholic Bishop to boot, he falsified Armageddon under the gaze of the Lady of Fatima in Vietnam.

He rained insults, injuries and blow after blow on the Buddhist population until monks in saffron began the unforgettable protests by self-immolation on the streets of Saigon. You remember? You can begin to remember better from here.

What followed the High Court decision to approve for the Christians the use of Allah, was a quick reflexive remark by Anwar Ibrahim, de facto leader of Pakatan Rakyat and an old buddy of the architect of the Iraq War, Paul Wolfowitz.

In Malaysia the connection means we are in the midst of a geo-political tussle for the containment of China and to secure both, the Straits of Malacca and the air space of the triangle from the Spratly's to the Nicobar/Andaman islands and to Bangkok.

It is clear that the attacks on the churches since last Friday were a direct counter to this "Anwar-offensive".

The IGP, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, was reported to have said the motive behind the acts was political. They were not about religious sentiments.

While Tan Sri Pakiam and the editor of the Herald had challenged an order of the Minister of Home Affairs, who also withdrew the license for the Herald, the fiery reactions that ensued had clearly been understood to have been a reaction against Anwar's approval of the High Court decision.

The Muslims were widely split in their attitudes and responses to the Christians using the word Allah. It is possible the larger body of Malays and Malaysian Muslims are not averse to the use of the word by Non-Muslims.

Thus, to many observers the vitriol had been sourced from the underside of the political conflict and it had nothing to do with the broad-based agitation for the freedom of conscience by civil society.

The Archdiocese was clearly trapped in the political mess that's now headed for a final countdown.

In this contest for power is seeded the fear that Malaysia may well have to pay a very heavy price for the hubris of the ruling elite that has caused executive and administrative dysfunction.

That price is re-colonization, the takeover of the micromanagement of Malaysia and of her resources in the quest of another operational staging point to contain China and the flow of the Islamic magma in the region.

So, does Tan Sri Pakiam, the Archbishop, want to continue challenging the powers which will force him to appeal to the Vatican sooner than later, or will he resist that temptation and himself retreat for the well-being of the larger numbers in the country?

We will have to wait and see.---a. ghani ismail, 12 Jan. 2010


Public Relations For 1Malaysia

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 09:18 AM PST

I got this SMS right after the first few arson attacks on churches:

RM0: Adakah anda sedar tentang konsep 1Malaysia? Taip 1M A utk YA atau 1M B utk TIDAK & SMS ke 15888. Dari Maxis & 1Malaysia.

I didn't bother to respond.

I know I'm going to get mindless drivel about how wonderful the government is at promoting racial harmony.


The more I read the more I get upset, angry even

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 08:42 AM PST

The issue is quite clear, if you can point to any part of the bible that refers to God in his Proper Name then I say that should be the name of the Christian God.
The fact is the only name for the Christian God is the name of the Prophet Isa or Jesus as he is known in the English speaking world.
The others are known as The Father and The Holy Ghost
Perhaps someone can point to me the names of God in the original Hebrew language of the Torah and the Aramaic/hebrew language that Jesus is said to speak then that is the name of God for the Christians
I understand Yahweh is one name referred to in the Torah then there is Jehovah and Elohim
Why not use those words?
Are you not proud of the names mentioned of God in your own scripture?

In the Quran, one of the shortest surah or chapter described God in clear and concise manner it says

It is called the Al-Ikhlas


Arabic:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ ١
اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ ٢
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ ٣
وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ ٤

Transliteration:
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem
1 Qul huwa Allahu ahad
2 Allahu alssamad
3 Lam yalid walam yoolad
4 Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad

Translation: Surah 112: Al-Ikhlas (The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of God)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
4. And there is none like unto Him.

This is what we hold on to , what we hold dear, we cannot bear to hear anyone say that Allah has a son because it breaches the core of our understanding of God

Is the potential trouble really worth getting one word in the church newsletter?

If Christians think it is worth going through all the trouble, think how much trouble the Malay Muslims are willing to go through to defend their right to exclusive use of it...

Whoever said religious disputes are rational? it begets religious persecution and may even trigger a religious crusade


Akramshah Sanusi Exhibits What is Wrong with the Malay Psyche

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 07:22 AM PST

Firstly, I don't know why Akramshah claims himself to be "educated". I mean, being educated and having an education are two very different things. In order to be educated, one has to exhibit certain qualities and virtues. One cannot simply claim that one is educated. One has to earn the right to claim oneself as educated.

His article Torched Churches... Reaping What Is Sown could easily be construed as an articled written by a New York street bum. There isn't anything "educational" about it at all.

The part I like the most is when he tried to explain the phases of what he calls "Malay Anger". The phases he explained is very much inspired by the 13th of May incident (though he doesn't mention 13th May, but Malays usually will refer to the incident when talking about issues with racial content).

But, most Malays do not realize that the reason for Malay disenfranchisement before 13th May is mostly due to UMNO's continuation of the former colonial "lazzer faire" economy. UMNO made a choice not to start affirmative action program for Malays right off the bat from Merdeka. Yet, when their failure is out on the open, they blame the Chinese. And the Chinese had to bear the brunt of Malay frustration.

So, naturally, when the issue of Allah name came up, narrow minded Malays like Akramsyah Sanusi can turn to nothing else but the "Malay Anger" mentality usually inspired by the 13th May incident. It somewhat gives a sense of justifications for Malays to act rationally and with reason. Akram is no exception.

What's abhorring about Akramsyah rantings is that he is using Islam as a justification. When until now, there has been no Islamic injunction prohibiting the use of the term Allah for Christians. In Egypt for instance, the Church of Alexandria has been using the term for about 1000 years. Yet, the oldest Islamic seats of learning, Al Azhar, has never issued an edict prohibiting Christians from using the term.

What motivates me to write this piece is the need to separate what Akramshah stands for with real Islam. It is my duty to Islam to explain to the masses that what Akramsyah stands for has nothing to do with Islam. Akrahmsyah is trying to prohibit what Islam doesn't prohibit.

And he is masking his "Malay Superiority" ideology with what he claims to be Islam. In truth, there is nothing Islamic about what Akram stands for. His anger and emotions are driven by his Malay nationalist ideology, which is prohibited by Islam.

And an "educated" man can easily differentiate between Malay causes and that of islam. This is something Akram has completely fail to do. No wonder he is in the same bandwagon as Mahaguru58 in an autocratic organization call "Muslim Blogger Alliance".

My reason for bringing up the May 13th incident is to show you how UMNO manipulates Malay emotions to stop Malays from using reason in their action. Uncontrolled emotions has helped UMNO many times throughout the history of Malaysia in their quest to hold on to power.

To this day the Malays continue to blame the Chinese for the pre 13th May Malay disenfranchisement. Yet, the real factor is UMNO's failed economic policies caused it. Why? Because of the "Malay Anger" Pavlovian mental conditioning applied by UMNO on the Malay mass. That's why UMNO had to kill off Utusan Melayu back in the 60's in order to get the Pavlovian conditioning a success.

Evoking these emotions is usually UMNO's last straw and it usually works in the past. However, this time around, Allah Al Mighty has failed UMNO's plans and machinization. It seems whatever they've done has backfired.

Maybe Akram can explain how the "Malay Anger" can help to rescue our fledgling economy. The fact that oil money is slowly running out and that our economy is not looking very promising in the future should be explained by Akramsyah Sanusi.

The negative coverage throughout the world on this issue is shaming Malaysia. In Indonesia, Islamic leaders are laughing at Malaysian Muslims for making an issue of of this. It shows how trivial the Malay mind can become under the leadership of UMNO. And chief spokesman to Malay trivial mentality is no one else but Akramshah Sanusi.

So, no Akram. You have no right to claim that you are educated. All I know, the money paid for your expensive education might as well have been flushed down the toilet. IT makes no difference at all.

I know beggars on the street of Kansas City who thinks better than you, Akramshah.
Please stop all these racists rantings. It's not Islamic and it's stupid. Besides, you lineage are not even Malay. They Achehnese. Achenese do not speak the Malay language.

So my former classmate Akramsyah, you're everything but educated. More likely indoctrinated rather than anything else.

As for UMNO, they want Malays not to use their ability to think and rather use their raw and uncontrollable emotion. It works more in UMNO favor that way. Cause any Malays with a mind will stay away from UMNO with a 20 ft pole. And yes, Akram is not one of those Malays with a mind. That's why he sticks with UMNO.

Tulang Besi


Insult Christianity with impunity and get praised!

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 08:53 PM PST

This is from the blog Pure Shiite. After a lengthy article about the court battle between Bible publishers in Indonesia (of which our friend provides no background so that people cannot judge the situation within the proper context) this is his conclusion...

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To my Muslim Brothers and Sister let us now do what Munshi Abdullah could not in 1832


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Just some observations:

Bumiputra Christians in East Malaysia denied their Constitutional right to use their normal reference to their God = a supreme insult to Islam and a hidden agenda to Christianise all Muslims?

Pure Shiite's widely supported views such as calling Christianity a blasphemy of Islam (even though Christianity came before Islam) and equating the Christian God to 3-in-1 coffee = THE ABSOLUTE INDISPUTABLE TRUTH?

Now where have we seen such trampling of citizens Constitutional rights, ghettoising of minority religious beliefs, and the belief that only one point of view must reign supreme before?

Oh yaa...

It was during the rise of the Third Reich!

And it is the views of monkies like this dude that are being nurtured by the current ruling regime. Already, more than 200,000 facebook members are being indoctrinated with such views and attitudes towards their fellow Malaysians.

It's only logical that if the means are the same, then the ends being sought are also the same!

Hallmarks of the Third Reich:
- Absolute hegemony by the ruling party
- Control over all instruments of govt power
- Brutal suppression/extermination of dissenters and non-approved persons/parties

God help us all!


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Posted: 12 Jan 2010 04:54 AM PST

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad was a notable speaker at a forum on the 'Allah' controversy held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night. Full presentation here: www.malaysiakini.tv
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Creation of Man. A not to be missed educational video.

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 05:49 AM PST



Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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Bottleneck to “Furious and Safety Concerns”

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 05:05 AM PST


The article below we wrote on 2nd of May 2008 which is close to a year and a half ago and amongst the very first we blogged to ensure that the project does take off. It took off sometime in November 2009 but today the people who ply the stretch of road to/fro their homes to their places of work are voicing some other concerns. 

What are they not happy about…? They are happy with the government for approving the project but now the FINGERS ARE POINTING TO THE CONTRACTORS AND GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE PROJECT.

   Amongst them are CLEARLY LISTED BELOW:-

  • 1. Peak Hours especially 5 pm-6oo pm there should not be contracted earth lorries on the dual carriage ways. (work scheduling needed to stop the bottleneck and further aggravate the fuming motorists)
  •  2. Police/ JPJ should not be carrying out checks just around the constuction roundabout areas.
  • 3. Road Safety,Road Works and Mandatory Signs are really inadequate.
  • 4. Night Flashing warning nights are compromised (contractor not following safety rules) and not available.
  • 5. Night Road Safety tapes/reflective markers/reflective delineators should also be looked into. 
  • 6. A  road engineer even told audie61 that the Contractor concerned has not followed the Traffic Management Fulfillment as per the contract signed.
  • 7. Road users fear that only when there are FATALITIES on this stretch of the road then the contractors or authorities concern will fulfill the SAFETY NEEDS.
  •  8. Where are the Common Traffic Cones..?? Saving $$$$$$ for human lifes..??    Costs Cutting measures Please…….
  • The Minister or Assistant Minister in charge should at least make an effort/surprise  working visit to see for themselves the JAM and the Safety inadequacies.  

 

BOTTLENECK MAMBONG

Jam and more Jam!! The deafening cries of thousands of motorists who frequent the Mambong to Pending a journey of Approxiamtely 24km which during the day takes 1hour or more and when if it is completed will take at only 20 minutes.

Why the particular interests in this Mambong Highway? The author was informed by a reliable source that there has been a lot of jostling and tussling over this project. It is of no use to the State Barisan National Government if there are delays when the project itself has been implemented. This delays should stop now and the funds that was made readily available when the project was awarded be channelled back for immediate implementation.

Obviously there are causes for delays but it is "Inexcusable" when Plans that are put forward by the Economic Planning Unit to suffer a hiccup. They say without Planning,Projects will fail and in this case isn't it worrying for the Rakyat? Let us think for the Rakyat for once and not just another Barisan Project.

  • 1. The amount of man hours travelling this journey to and from work is enough wastage in terms of human capacity and man hours used up which the country can ill afford.
  • 2. The Economical benefits and money spinning projects available for the rakyat and tax collections for the government coffers if this road is completed on schedule and not Delayed!!!
  • 3.Sungai Kuap Bridge which spans the Pending to Mambong road is in its final stages of completion. It is 2% ahead of works schedule and it will be ready and passable for traffic in December 2008. The contractors have delivered and they are 3months ahead of the official handover date March 2009.
  •  4.Why in the first place build a bridge while you delay the highway? This does not stop traffic congestion from being solved and it leads further to more bottlenecks. This the rakyat feels that it is indeed poor planning and a wastage of public expenditures. Some might say its a chicken and egg situation. Do you think so?
  • 5. All works should work simultaneously is the answer and to give anyone the benefit of the doubt for querying is just undermining the rakyat's intelligence. A bottleneck with no immediate solution is a cause for concern.

The Ministry of Works has to prioritised this project as it is a sickening worry for the State Barisan Government especially when in the Kuching Urban areas they suffered significant losses to the DAP and Keadilan. Can this turn it round for the State BN? Some say unless otherwise its "the pot calling the kettle black" all is not lost.

The Rakyat are the masters in this political scenario. It is wise to keep them happy on a good journey to and from work instead of them putting their frustrations in the Ballot boxes. Make it a Bottleneck No more and lets have a Good Superhighway to Mambong and back. Lets get cracking and walk the talk!!!! Hidup Rakyat……


How To Eradicate Institutionalized Racism In Malaysia?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 03:20 AM PST

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The Best Blog in the History of the Whole Wide World The Terrorist Mind: An Update

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 12:10 AM PST


By SARAH KERSHAW

MATT DORFMAN – ILLUSTRATOR
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/weekinreview/10kershaw.html?pagewanted=1&hpw

What moves people to kill themselves and innocent bystanders?

This mystery of the mind became an issue again in recent weeks as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan — a double agent — killed seven C.I.A. officers; a man plowed a truck full of explosives into a crowded playground in Pakistan, and a Nigerian man tried to blow himself up on a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

Until recently, the psychology of terrorism had been largely theoretical. Finding actual subjects to study was daunting. But access to terrorists has increased and a nascent science is taking shape.

More former terrorists are speaking publicly about their experiences. Tens of thousands of terrorists are in "de-radicalization" programs around the globe, and they are being interviewed, counseled and subjected to psychological testing, offering the chance to collect real data on the subject.

Terrorist propaganda has flooded the Internet and the thinking of sympathizers is widely available. There are entire cable television channels operated by extremists, and researchers have access to the writings and "farewell tapes" of the growing number of suicide bombers as well as the transcripts of terrorism trials.

The new research has its limits. The accounts of the extremists — generally militant Islamists — are difficult to verify. And researchers often differ over the path to radicalization. Some boil it down to religion, others to politics and power, others to an array of psychological and social influences.

But even if the motivations for terror can be wildly idiosyncratic, a range of patterns have been identified.

1. THE PATH TO VIOLENCE

Despite the lack of a single terrorist profile, researchers have largely agreed on the risk factors for involvement. They include what Jerrold M. Post, a professor of psychiatry, political psychology and international affairs at George Washington University, calls "generational transmission" of extremist beliefs, which begins early in life; a strong sense of victimization and alienation; the belief that moral violations by the enemy justify violence in pursuit of a "higher moral condition;" the belief that the terrorists' ethnic, religious or nationalist group is special and in danger of extinction, and that they lack the political power to effect change without violence.

Research has also shown that some terrorists have a criminal mentality and had previous lives as criminals. Paradoxically, anxiety about death plays a significant role in the indoctrination of terrorists and suicide bombers — unconscious fear of mortality, of leaving no legacy, according to new research.

Many researchers agree that while there is rarely a moment of epiphany, there is typically a trigger of some kind to accelerate radicalization — for example, the politically related killing of a friend or relative.

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts who is finishing a book on what drives terrorism and conflict, has identified three types of terrorists. "Idealists" identify with the suffering of some group. "Respondents" react to the experience of their own group. (Perhaps they were raised in a refugee camp or saw relatives killed; they may also be responding to unrelated individual trauma, like child abuse.) Finally, "lost souls" are adrift, isolated and perhaps ostracized, and find purpose with a radical group. Dr. Post said the lost souls are "ripe for the plucking" by recruiters.

Clark McCauley, a professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College, sees four general trajectories: "revolutionaries," who are involved in the same cause over time; "wanderers," who are involved with one extremist group after another, whatever their causes; "converts," who suddenly break with their past to join an extreme movement; and "compliants," whose involvement occurs through persuasion by friends, relatives and lovers.

2. LIFE IN THE GROUP

The collective, not the individual, identity has drawn the most attention in recent years. Only in rare cases, like those of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, and the Washington sniper, John Allen Muhammad, have individuals acted on their own, with no connection to a group. (The Unabomber was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, while most terrorist groups weed out the mentally unstable, experts say; they even prefer to select those with higher status for the suicide missions. in the belief that sending those with the most to lose will raise the credibility of their cause.) Most researchers agree that justification for extremist action, whether through religious or secular doctrine, is either developed or greatly intensified by group dynamics.

The Internet has come to play a huge role in increasing the number of jihadi groups, many of them offshoots of larger networks or inspired by Al Qaeda. Dr. Post said the Internet has given rise to what he calls a "virtual community of hatred."

Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist, former C.I.A. operations officer and Al Qaeda scholar, and others say personality theory does no good in explaining terrorism — and that only an understanding of the group's impact on the individual illuminates the causes of the phenomenon.

One theory holds that when people are in groups they are more likely to make risky decisions because the risk is perceived as shared and therefore is less frightening. As the group becomes more radical, so does the individual, who is also likely to feel enormous social pressure to agree with the group consensus.

At the same time, the group may provide camaraderie and a sense of significance. The group can become extremely cohesive under isolation and threat. Counterterrorism rhetoric like former President George W. Bush's description of a planned tactic against Al Qaeda — "to smoke them out and get them running and bring them to justice" — often serves to unify the group. So do invasions and escalations of campaigns against them, which can draw more sympathizers to the group. Most terrorist groups crumble quickly because of internal strife, many experts say. But groups that go underground and are cut off from competing groups and outside opinions develop the most intense bond. With a charismatic leader, an individual's identity and morality will be subordinated to that of the group.

3. MORAL QUESTIONS

A play by Albert Camus, "The Just," is sometimes cited in explanations of the moral complexities of terrorism. It tells the true story of the assassination by a revolutionary group in 1905 of a grand duke in Russia. The assassin planned to kill the duke while he was riding alone in a carriage but the duke's niece and nephew accompanied him. So the assassin went back and killed him when he was alone, having drawn from what John Horgan, director of International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University, calls the "internal limits" of terrorists.

For a book published last year, Dr. Horgan collected the accounts of 29 former terrorists, many of them defectors from groups like the Irish Republican Army and Al Qaeda. He found that terrorists must inherently believe that violence against the enemy is not immoral, but that they also have internal limits, which they often do not learn until they are deeply embedded in a group.

Some terrorists who accepted killing off-duty soldiers abhorred the killing of animals. Some are comfortable with only a limited number of casualties. When a key I.R.A. bombing instructor was ordered to shoot a police officer whose mother was a widow, he said he felt he "would have to pay for it." He went into hiding when the I.R.A. killed a pregnant officer and he overheard his mentor say, "We might get two for the price of one."

Some interviewed by Dr. Horgan told of becoming disillusioned when other group members stole or robbed banks. It was the stealing that bothered them, not the killing.

David C. Rapoport, professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a longtime expert on terrorism and morality, said that the final common pathway is a moral calculus, driven by the conclusion that the terrorists' enemies have "done something so bad, so terrible that they can't get away with it." Moral quandaries have often splintered groups, or caused them to disband.

If your objective is to create a world in which innocents (the members of your persecuted group) prevail, but you have to kill innocents to get there, you are in essence destroying your own dream, Dr. Rapoport said. Nevertheless, he said, many terrorists believe "the pathway to paradise is straight through hell." And to kill or in any way violate their own personal moral codes, many terrorists must believe they will achieve a higher moral condition for the group or society as a whole.

4. THE SUICIDE BOMBERS

Once a terrorist, it is often difficult to turn back. This is particularly true for prospective suicide bombers. Once assigned to their fatal missions, they become known as "walking martyrs." Backing down would create too much shame or humiliation.

Fathali M Moghaddam, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University, describes a "staircase to terrorism," as a way to understand the process of radicalization. The stairs narrow toward the top. It becomes harder to turn back with each step. As with killing, there are varying interpretations among Muslims of Islamic doctrine on suicide. The Koran prohibits suicide, religious scholars say. But some Muslim groups insist that by classifying the bombers as martyrs, their self-destruction becomes permissible because it is a form of self-sacrifice, and because it is honorable to die in battle against infidels. Much new research also ascribes the phenomenon to other motives that are more personal or temporal, including a desire for honor, dedication to a leader, vengeance, peer pressure (first identified as a motivation among the Japanese Kamikaze fighter pilots), and the material support that a terrorist group promises to extend to a martyr's family after his death.

Arie W. Kruglanski, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, who has studied videotapes of suicide bombers' final words and interviews with their mothers, argues that the overarching motivation of suicide bombers is the quest for personal significance, the desperate longing for a meaningful life that appears only to come with death.

5. LEAVING TERRORISM

Dr. Horgan has led much of the research into what is known as disengagement — a terrorist's departure from the organization. He has concluded that terrorists can disengage from violence without abandoning their radical views, and he has also found that some leave after becoming intensely disillusioned with the reality of life in terrorist movements.

The reasons terrorists leave the life provides great insight into how their minds work, and their beliefs may be more subject to change than previously thought, Dr. Horgan said.

Recruits are often promised an exciting, glamorous adventure and a chance to change the world. But what they often find, Dr. Horgan said, is that the groups they join are rife with jealousies and personal competition. Also, the life, is boring. You end up in a safe house drinking tea. For those who maintain an existence outside the group, the pressure of living a double life can be exhausting. Some may, as they grow older, find that their own priorities change — for example, they may want to start a family. They may see that the group's goals appear unattainable and they may find, as the group becomes more extreme, that they have reached their internal moral limits.

In one case, a former Al Qaeda recruit told Dr. Horgan that when he arrived to fight in Afghanistan, he was dismayed to find that children and the elderly were being forced into battles. The man's "image of this all-seeing, all-powerful, all-noble movement was receiving its first hard knock," Dr. Horgan said.

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Hijrah + Transgender beenhistorically been disregarded and marginalised by mainstream issue advocates.

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 11:41 PM PST


A new frontier in civil liberties

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Posted by Sana Saleem

Transgender rights represent a relatively new frontier in civil liberties activism. In Pakistan, eunuchs have historically been disregarded and marginalised by mainstream issue advocates. The discriminations against eunuchs reveal our petty-bourgeois mentality that is mostly reluctant to recognise gender deviance.

Over the years, the complete isolation of eunuchs from the very fabric of our society has denied them access to education, employment and health care – a direct violation of fundamental rights. Instead, they are forced to beg, dance, and enter prostitution as the only means of livelihood. Forms of discrimination impacting them include housing discrimination, discrimination in public accommodations, and violence, rape and forced prostitution. Discriminatory behaviour has also forced eunuchs to resort to living in isolated colonies, shunned by society.

To demystify the shrouded lives of eunuchs here, we must begin with an understanding of our society. Ours is a society with a blatant male privilege – the patriarchal orientation reigns supreme as an institution that organises much of life, exhibiting a natural preference for sons over daughters. While we battle against gender discrimination, transgendered children have little or no space in the social set-up.

In fact, when it comes to analysing the life of a eunuch, we find ourselves immensely confused owing to gender-role socialisation which is rampant in our society. It's safe to assume that our understanding of genders is not only discriminatory, but we are also clearly confused about the spectrum of gender. It is this unfortunate condition that has led to the marginalisation of the eunuch community and forced them in to the world of sexual exploitation.

Despite years of discrimination, the eunuch community has survived the taunts, humiliation, and savagery, and continues to fight back. Islamist jurist Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki joined their struggle as he filed the petition for the welfare of the unfortunate and vulnerable community abandoned by society. Dr Khaki's activism led to the Supreme Court ruling in favour of the protection of eunuch rights.

Dr.Khaki researched the conditions in which eunuchs live and discovered them to be the most oppressed and deprived segment of society, subjected to humiliation and molestation.

Responding to a query, he told the court that there are about 80,000 eunuchs in Pakistan. Parents give their gender-confused children into the care of gurus (leaders of eunuchs) at a very tender age. They get no opportunity to study and are instead trained to beg, dance or become prostitutes.

The court order thus requires the social welfare authorities to register and research the particulars of the eunuchs, and the circumstances in which parents hand over their children to gurus. The court has further ordered an evaluation of the offence such parents commit as they willingly give their children away to eunuch leaders at the time of birth.

At this point, it is difficult to ascertain the future of the eunuch community in Pakistan. While we laud the stupendous effort of the Supreme Court to ensure every Pakistani citizen's human rights, we must acknowledge that the issue is far more complex and will take a lot more than surveys and court rulings. No doubt, the survey is a step forward in recognising the existence of the mostly ignored factions of our society. It is also bound to face critical issues, such as how to differentiate between eunuchs, cross-dressers and sexually ambiguous or androgynous people who don't identify with any gender or sexual orientation.

The fact is, surveys cannot be the only route to justice because they cannot account for the psychological aspect of sexuality and transgender issues. Whether the Pakistani judicial system – and, more importantly, the public at large – is ready to come to terms with the findings of the survey and the complexity of transgender issues remains to be seen.

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Salute to every single civil liberty activist, Islamic and national activist and entire society of Pakistan, because the thinking of the community is going forward positively. Supreme court has identified the core issues of the masses, such as gender discrimination which was a chronic disease in the society. In that backward thinking society if a transgender is able to live a free life without any kind of hate, isolation, degradation, disrespect and discrimination that will be a day dream for a poor transgender person. We as a nation only can hope that the day will come when every one weather he/she or transgender will have freedom and will have a freedom for their language, culture, custom, tradition, religion, and gender.Very well covered as for as human rights are concerned, I would like to say that our system owner should give the opportunity that parents give equal attention to their kids, our system is full of flaws that parents are left with option to invest on that kid who is intelligent/Genius enough to compete this social world, rest are ignored/neglected by creating lame excuses, e.g. one kid is studying in UK based school & 2nd Govt. school, if such things can happen with boy or girl then one can imagine what will happen with "eunuchs"

I can dream that if our Govt. with our taxes can take care of stuff in terms of health, education, transportation atleast to start with, such discrimination will disappear.

And I believe if you get educated & have aims in life, can reach the destination irrespective of man, women, eunuchs (Atleast in private sector)Our society has always had a dubious way of treating transgender. Initially, we are told to sympathize and respect them, not maltreat them or even argue with them because they have nothing to wish for their own. The reality in the night is different, with forced pick-ups, abuse, harassment and soliciting for dimes- often at the hands of men who regard them as disposable secondary objects when needed- but to be jeered otherwise.

Yes there needs to be tremendous change in the thinking of the people, court ruling alone would not help. Gender identity is not a factual matter, however as Naveen mentions that transgender should be given a choice to register themselves as an identity (woman/man) they recognize with.

It is an uphill task but not impossible, our Indian neighbors have seen great improvements in the transgender/eunuch issue with participation at political levels.Calling someone Eunuch or hijra must be illegalized, to eliminate the discrimination. Actually use of such words must be a punishable offence.

Such people the transgender must be brought into mainstream. They should receive all the facilities and privileges which all normal people get.


“Any intelligent fool like Mahaguru58can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – to move in the opposite

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 11:14 PM PST



read more click this Mahaguru58 my foot,you and MUSLIM BLOGGERS ALLIANCE if you are anak jantan rebut this taxi786driver's points


UMNO in Cahoot with "Mahaguru58″ (Mamak) Zainol Abideen to Aggravate the Allah Issue since Early 2009

his side kick

you said this the star news paper "I used to support Pakatan," declared Zainol Abidin, 50 (aka Mahaguru58). "I felt we needed a change. I expected change. Now they have taken over five states and there is no change. So I am aligning myself to no one, not the Barisan, and I will whack Anwar (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) left, right and blue!,HIS MINDLESS COMMENT OF THE NON MUSLIMS HAD CREATED PROBLEM, IT THEIR MAKING MAKES IT HARD FOR –The BN convention scheduled for the middle of February will be outgoing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's last chance to show Malaysians that BN, which he chairs, is serious about easing ethnic and religious tensions..read moreSATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2008 Zainol Abidin, 50 (aka Mahaguru58)HIS MINDLESS COMMENT OF THE NON MUSLIMS HAD CREATED PROBLEM,


By Shibli Zaman

Introduction

I am tired of the pictures forwarded to me in email and of the videos posted on Facebook, Youtube, and numerous other mediums of internet media displaying a gross cornucopia of atrocities against Muslims across the globe. There's the visibly overwhelmed Muslim woman getting her hijab (headscarf) yanked off, the Muslim being malevolently run over by a car repeatedly, and the countless dead Muslim babies buried in rubble. I loathe it all. It has become a sickness amongst Muslims to find some perverted sense of satisfaction in displaying to the world, "Look! I am the victim!" It is as if our era of glory was an opiate, and now we use self-victimization to ease the withdrawal. Some have identified that self-empowerment, rather than self-victimization, is more constructive. Yet, they still just don't get it.

Peruse any variety of Muslim media sources and one will find no shortage of laudatory narratives on how the Muslims pioneered modern technology while Europe languished in the "Dark Ages." Hearing that, a 16 year old European Muslim drop-out can beam with pride and feel that he, himself, bested the magnificence of the monolithic "West." The Frenchman is no better than he, for his ancestors gave the world Algebra… albeit 1,250 years ago.

137817077_d682ca71d7_oThis leads to the oft-posited, and often frustrating, question: How do we get those glory days back? While patting themselves on the back for those long dead laurels, many Muslim proselytes and those inebriated by their opiates often miss is that this era of Muslim ingenuity was not founded at the hands of those who thirsted for the blood of their enemies. It was founded by a people who would be more concerned with the scientific study of apes and pigs, than calling their non-Muslim enemies the "descendents of apes and pigs." It was founded by men of loftier priorities and ideals.

How do we get those days back? Perhaps, we should first identify how we lost them in the first place. We should rather ask:Where did we go wrong? My hypothesis is that we have gone backwards in how we view and treat our non-Muslim neighbors. We have regressed far behind the noble principles of coexistence dictated to us by the Qur'an, which were conveyed and displayed to us by our exemplary Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). All cases of greatness in Islamic history will also yield remarkable examples of compassion and benevolence towards the Muslims' non-Muslim neighbors.

Articles about the Muslim world's contributions to science will be rife with names like al-Khwarizmi and al-Biruni. Muhammad bin Musa al-Khwarizmi and Abu Rayhan al-Biruni were both Persians of ancient Khwarezm who are iconic of the Muslim world's contributions to science. The Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had foretold that great knowledge was to come from the Persians [1] to whom the baton of Islamic learning quickly passed. Yet, aside from the facts that both were devout and learned Sunni Muslims and polymaths, excelling in a jaw-dropping variety of scientific disciplines, they also strove to achieve a better understanding of the non-Muslims they encountered.

Abu `Abdillah Muhammad bin Musa Al-Khwarizmi (780-850 CE) penned his Treatise on the Extraction of the Jewish History,[2] which became the reference point for the later Jewish scholar Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, popularly known as Maimonides, in formulating the Hebrew Calendar which Jews all over the world use to this day. His work in this regard, and influence from al-Khwarizmi, is contained in his book Sefr Mishneh Torah. [3] It is also worthy to note that Maimonides' name is remembered today because of the freedom and liberty he enjoyed living under his Spanish and African Muslim rulers. Another famous Jewish scholar who used the works of al-Khwarizmi to codify the Hebrew calendar as it is known today was Abraham ibn Ezra[4], who in the process went as far as to fully translate Ibn al-Muthanna's commentary of al-Khwarizmi's Tables of Astronomy into Hebrew.

Abu al-Rayhan Muhammad bin Ahmad Al-Biruni (973-1048 CE) was another great Muslim genius, who lived one hundred years after al-Khwarizmi and was also a tremendous influence on Jewish scholars such as Maimonides and countless others from various non-Muslim demographics. Al-Biruni became a patron of the medieval Turkic Sultan of Khorasan, Mahmud bin Sebuktekin of Ghazni, and accompanied him during his exploits into India. Rather than immersing himself in all the glory, valor and riches, al-Biruni immersed himself into the non-Muslim population's culture, language and tradition. He learned Sanskrit to such a high level that the Hindu clergy bequeathed him with the title Vidyasagar meaning "Ocean of Learning." [5] Al-Biruni did not limit his studies to their culture, but also became versed to a scholarly degree in Hinduism. He is, to this day, known as the de facto founder of religious anthropology. He contributed not only to the Jewish calendars but also to a greater understanding of the calendar systems of all religions and civilizations in his work The Surviving Monuments of Past Centuries. [6]

Some historians have sought to remove credit from Islam for the magnanimity and tolerance of these two scholars and many others like them and attribute it instead to the inherent tolerance of the Persians. However, a glance into the tolerance mandated by God in the Qur'an, embodied in the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and carried on in the manners of his closest Companions (رضي الله عنهم) may hold some answers.

The Qur'an

Though Muslims are commanded in the Qur'an to call towards the worship of One God without partner, they are also instructed to come to common terms with their non-Muslim neighbors and to refrain from slighting their religious sensibilities in the process. God instructs the Muslims to address the People of the Book: "Say, 'O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you – that we will not worship except Allāh and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allāh.' But if they turn away, then say, 'Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him].'" [7] The objective is to come to a mutual understanding. At the end of the day, we have to live with each other much to the chagrin of the extremists on all sides.

Furthermore, God instructs the Muslim believers in the Qur'an, "And do not insult those they invoke other than Allāh, lest they insult Allāh in enmity without knowledge." [8] Regarding this verse, the reputable Qur'anic exegete of Basra, Qatadah bin Di`amah, said, "The Muslims used to mock the idols of the non-Muslims, and the non-Muslims would, in turn, mock God. So God revealed the verse, 'Do not mock those whom they call upon besides Allah…'" [9] An atmosphere of mockery and derision is not something which God wants to foster between His devotees and those not privileged with a proper understanding of Him. Because the cycle is difficult to break, the Muslims are commanded to never initiate it. The late 13th century Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiya, says about this verse, "It is known that the polytheists (of pre-Islamic Arabia) loved their pantheon of deities just as they loved Allah (as a part of it). Perhaps, they even loved their deities even more than they loved Allah and this is why they had no problem mocking Allah whenever their pantheon of deities was mocked. Hence, did Allah command, 'Do not mock the ones they call upon besides Allah, for they will be driven in contempt to mock Allah in return out of ignorance.'" [10]

There is much in common between the three great Abrahamic religions . The Jews and the Christians know full well that "Allah" is the very same name of God, with slight variations, that they find in their sacred texts. The first verse of the first chapter of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, calls God by a direct etymon of this sacred name. [11] When Christ was on the cross, he called out to God in the Aramaic etymon, "Allaha!" This was even evidenced in the film The Passion of the Christ(2004). These are not facts unknown to our Jewish and Christian friends, yet none of it will matter when the cycle of derision has been initiated. We must obey God's command in the Qur'an and not start such divisive conflicts. If we are subjected to it we must respond with what is better as God also instructs in the Qur'an: "And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend." [12] God really does know His creation as he also says in the Qur'an, "Does He who created not know?" [13]

The Prophetic Traditions

Zaid bin Sa`nah was a leading Jewish Rabbi who was a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). His story has been authentically documented in the collections of Prophetic traditions, and it is a fine example of how Muslims should live with their non-Muslim neighbors. Rabbi Zaid related his own story to `Abdullah bin Salam, another Rabbi who had embraced Islam, who relates:

Two or three days before the appointed time, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) went out for a funeral prayer of a man from the Ansar. With him were Abu Bakr, `Umar and `Uthman and some of his other Companions (رضي الله عنهم). When he completed the prayer, he sought to recline against a wall upon which I grabbed a hold of him and gave him a mean-faced stare and held him by shirt and cloak. I said to him, 'Repay me what is due, O Muhammad! By God, I have not known you folk from the clan of `Abdul Mutalib to be such procrastinators! Perhaps, my impression of you all has been wrong!' So I looked at `Umar and his two eyes were beset wide on his face like planets! He then struck me with his stare and said, 'O you enemy of God! Dare you speak to the Messenger of God (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as I have heard and behave as I have seen?! By the One Who has raised him up with the Truth, if I were less God-fearing I would have struck off your head with my sword!' The Messenger of God was looking at `Umar (رضي الله عنه) with serenity and an amiable smile and said, 'O `Umar, he and I required something other than this from you. You should have instructed me to repay him in a better manner and you should have instructed him to follow up in a better manner. Go to him, O `Umar, and repay him what is due to him and exceed that by 20 extra measure of dates.'

The narration in al-Bayhaqi's Sunan ends here, but the narration in al-Tabarani's Mu`jam goes on to detail the interaction that transpired when `Umar caught up with Rabbi Zaid. As it turned out the Rabbi had been following the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and was testing his behavior in the face of insolence. When the angry `Umar returned to him sober and friendly, he marveled at how the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) could change this angry man into the docile character he was now dealing with. Rabbi Zaid embraced Islam and dedicated the rest of his life to its cause until he ultimately met his end at the Battle of Tabuk. He went from a widely reputed Jewish Rabbi to a hero of Islam, not because of any theological debates or polemics, but because of the goodness displayed by the Messenger of God (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

The Prophet's Companions and Successors

This tradition of good conduct towards the non-Muslims carried on into the era of the Caliphs who succeeded the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) after his passing. The Fourth Caliph of Islam, `Ali bin Abi Talib, lived in a time when the Persian Empire fell before the feet of the Muslims. He was reported to have actually met with the father of the earliest of the four great Sunni Imams, al-Nu`man bin Thabit, popularly known as Abu Hanifa. Imam Abu Hanifa was from Kabul, Afghanistan, [14] which was largely Zoroastrian prior to the Muslim conquests. Though they had become Muslims, the traditions and cultural practices remained. Imam al-Dhahabi, a highly regarded student of Ibn Taymiyyah, states about Imam Abu Hanifa in his voluminous work on the notables of Islamic history, Siyar A`lam al-Nubala':

والنعمان بن المرزبان والد ثابت هو الذي أهدى لعلي الفالوذج في يوم النيروز فقال علي نورزونا كل يوم وقيل كان ذلك في المهرجان فقال مهرجونا كل يوم

"Nu`man bin Marzban, [15] the father of Thabit, [16] was the one who gifted `Ali [17] with Faluda [18] on the day of Nawruz.[19] `Ali said, 'May every day be like Nawruz!' It was also said, 'This is done as part ofMehregan. [20] So he replied, 'May every day be as Mehregan!" [21]

`Ali did not belittle their cultural practices, so he took the gift, but subtly hinted that, according to Islam, this day was like any other day. He did not endorse the significance of the day, but he did not revile their cultural practice either. He exercised wisdom. Similarly, the other Companions behaved the same towards the Zoroastrians they encountered. The Prophet's (صلى الله عليه وسلم) wife `A'isha (رضي الله عنها) instructed the Muslims to avoid meats offered to them as gifts on Nawruz but to feel free to eat from the fruits and vegetables. [22] Yet, was this mostly due to the general ruling regarding the meat of the Zoroastrians and not so much having to do with Nawruz? Mujahid said that in general only fruits and vegetables of the Zoroastrians should be consumed, but nothing else from them. [23] Their slaughtered meat was largely viewed as unsuitable for consumption by the Muslims.

A Dirham for Thought

It is said that a picture can equal a thousand words and, in this case, hard archaeological evidence can speak volumes. In the time of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), the two great mighty empires whom the Muslims encountered were the Persian Sassanids and the Greco-Roman Byzantines. The Sassanids, at their height, ruled everything between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. They reigned from 205 CE until they finally met their end when defeated by the Muslims under the 2nd Caliph, `Umar ibn al-Khattab. After the era of the Four Pious Caliphs had passed, parts of the newly conquered Persian domains fell under the rule of the Umayyads, the loyalists of `Abdullah ibn al-Zubayr, and others. Yet, in spite of the turf wars that occurred between the various Muslim factions, one thing remained strikingly in common between them: the respect they showed to their newly conquered subjects. It was a time when all the splendor of the Persian Empire literally fell at the feet of the Muslims. This, like many of the events that transpired immediately after the passing of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), was foretold by him. He warned the Muslims that, though they will have the power to do what they want over the Persians, they should not plunder them nor get tangled up in the priceless spoils they would acquire. Fortunately, the Companions listened, and those Persian lands are still Muslim today. It might have been different had the Muslims reveled in the riches and pounded the population into serfdom. The harrowing empty mosques of Romania, a land ruled by the Ottomans for hundreds of years yet yielding only a 0.3% of Muslim population today, bear a painful testimony to this.

So how did the Muslims treat their newly conquered Zoroastrian subjects? The story of `Ali ibn Abi Talib's interaction with the Persian family of Abu Hanifa has already been told. Yet, there is more to be discovered when analyzing the archaeological evidence from the time period in question. One may be shocked to find that there are numerous extant Arab-Sassanid coins throughout the reigns of Uthman ibn `Affan, `Ali bin Abi Talib and Mu`awiyyah ibn Abi Sufyan with busts of Khosrow and the Zoroastrian fire altar.

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Similarly, coins were minted during the reign of `Abdullah ibn al-Zubayr, a close Companion of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), in the regions of Persia loyal to him (Sistan) with a bust of Khosrow and Zoroastrian symbols.

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There are also instances of Arab-Byzantine coins from the newly conquered Roman territories where the crosses were very slowly and subtly removed from the coinage possibly over the period of a decade.

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The horizontal bar would gradually be removed from the crosses on all mintage leaving just a vertical pole, and the Muslim declaration of faith was added to the obverse margins. So the coins would go from the original Byzantine coin:

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To the coin following the Muslim conquests:

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These coins [24] are not great rarities. They are so abundantly available that if you look hard enough you can buy them yourself over the internet. So let there be no doubt about this. The early Muslims went through such great pains not to offend the local non-Muslim populations whom they had quite thoroughly conquered. They could have done whatever they wanted to them. Yet, out of the fear of their Lord, they refrained from offending their non-Muslim subjects." Compare that to how Muslims today, many of whom can barely even rule their own households, and treat those around them with respect – Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

Conclusion

Albert Einstein supposedly said: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction."

With all the apocalyptic clamor about ruling by Shari`ah and re-establishing a Caliphate in our times, what is sorely missing in these Muslim revolutionaries is an insight into the hearts of those who set the standards for establishing a successful society that was truly Islamic. As the answer to where we went wrong becomes increasingly clear, we can then go back to the question, "How do we get those glory days back?" Much work is to be done to achieve that, but it won't be by strength of arms. It must be in the classrooms, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, mentoring programs and other social and civic means by which Muslims can forge a better society wherein all mankind, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, can flourish. Only then will we have exemplified God's description of the role we play in this world:

كُنتُمۡ خَيۡرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخۡرِجَتۡ لِلنَّاسِ تَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَتَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنڪَرِ وَتُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ‌ۗ

"You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allāh." [25]

References and Notes

  1. "If religious knowledge were to be found at Pleiades, even so would a person from Persia seize it, as would one of Persian descent have, likewise, seized it." [Bukhari and Muslim]
  2. Title, Ar. رسالة في استخراج تاريخ اليهود ويليه اليهود في تاريخ الحضارات الأولى واليهود في التاريخ إلى عهد السيد المسيح
  3. Title, Heb. ספר משנה תורה הוא היד החזקה
  4. Abraham ibn Ezra, Heb. אברהם אבן עזרא
  5. Outlines of Islamic Culture – Volume I: Historical and Cultural Aspects, A. M. A Shushtery
  6. Religion, Learning and Science in the `Abbasid Period, M. J. L. Young, J. D. Latham, R. B. Serjeant, pp. 408-411.
  7. قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ تَعَالَوْاْ إِلَى كَلَمَةٍ سَوَاء بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ أَلاَّ نَعْبُدَ إِلاَّ اللّهَ وَلاَ نُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئاً وَلاَ يَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضاً أَرْبَاباً مِّن دُونِ اللّهِ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَقُولُواْ اشْهَدُواْ بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ
    [The Holy Qur'an, Aal `Imran, 3:64]
  8. وَلاَ تَسُبُّواْ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ فَيَسُبُّواْ اللّهَ عَدْواً بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ
    [The Holy Qur'an, al-An`am, 6:108]
  9. كان المسلمون يسبون أصنام الكفار، فيسب الكفار الله، فأنزل الله {ولا تسبوا الذين يدعون من دون الله}‏
    Narrated by Qatadah bin Di`amah as recorded by `Abd al-Razzaq, `Abd bin Humayd, Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Ibn al-Mundhir, Ibn Abi Hatim, and others.
  10. فمعلوم أن المشركين قد يحبون آلهتهم كما يحبون الله، أو تزيد محبتهم لهم على محبتهم لله؛ ولهذا يشتمون الله إذا شتمت آلهتهم، كما قال تعالى‏:‏‏{‏وَلاَ تَسُبُّواْ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ فَيَسُبُّواْ اللّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ‏}‏ ‏[‏الأنعام‏:‏108‏]‏‏.‏ Majmu` Fatawa, Ibn Taymiyyah
  11. בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ. "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." [Genesis 1:1] This verse uses the name "Eloh" in pluralis majestatis.
  12. وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ [The Holy Qur'an, al-Fussilat, 41:34]
  13. أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ [The Holy Qur'an, al-Mulk, 64:14]
  14. Siyar A`lam al-Nubala', al-Dhahabi
  15. The Persian name Marzban was used for a military commander in charge of a Sassanid border land. Afghanistan was such a land in the 7th Century CE. Scholars have suggested that Abu Hanifa came from a royal lineage.
  16. Thabit was Abu Hanifa's father.
  17. `Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه)
  18. Called al-Faludhaj (الفالوذج) in Arabic, but Faluda in Persian.
  19. Nawruz. The Persian New Year. Arabiczed into Nayruz in Islamic literature.
  20. Mehregan. A Persian harvest festival with origins possibly pre-dating Iranian culture.
  21. Siyar A`lam al-Nubala', al-Dhahabi
  22. Musannaf, Ibn Abi Shaybah
  23. Ibid.
  24. More on these widely circulated and documented coins can be found at The Islamic Coins From 1-100 AH / 622-719 CE.
  25. The Holy Qur'an. Aal `Imran, 3:110


Allah, Elohim or Yahweh?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 01:58 AM PST

I do not intend to discuss the legal, etymological or historical use of the 'Allah' word in the Catholic news letter, the Herald, which has led to the current 'fiery' brouhaha.

High Court Judge Lau Bee Lan has already ruled on the unconstitutional banning by the Malaysian government on the Herald's use of the god-name. There is now an appeal to be heard. Let us wait for it.

On the etymological aspect, a number of academicians including Muslims have traced its usage to pre Islamic era, and explained that both Arab Muslims and Christians refer to their respective gods as 'Allah'. Who are we to challenge their erudite clarifications?

Historically, it has been agreed that Dutch Christian missionaries sometime in the 16th Century translated the bible into the Malay-Indonesian language by using the word 'Allah' for God. Why those Dutch missionaries did so has not been questioned but that they had used 'Allah' has been deemed by the Catholic Herald as a precedent which must continue to be accepted even today.

Not unexpectedly, the High Court's decision has brought about lamentable outcomes, from protests against the judicial judgement to reckless accusations that Judge Lau was biased because she is a Christian, to criminal arson attacks against churches, and to the inevitable political conspiracies. I do not also propose to discuss the behaviour or utterances on both sides of the political fence on this issue.

Given the experts' etymological and historical clarifications on the 'Allah' word, I am in no doubt the editor of the Catholic Herald, Father Lawrence Andrew, is on strong legal grounds to use it ...


... but I have always believed that religion is about faith and morality and not legality or for that matter, political approval. Thus I find it unfortunate that the Catholic Herald had taken the issue to the courts. Surely on a matter of religious faith and knowledge, there are numerous other names of God it could have use beside 'Allah'.

So why has Father Lawrence Andrew insisted on doing so?

Let me start off by quoting what he told AFP in April 2009 about the release of a new Malay language bible that does not use the word 'Allah'. The news item was picked up by the
Free Republic, a conservative American online news portal.

The new Malay-language Bible had referred to God as 'Elohim' rather than 'Allah'. This displeased Father Lawrence Andrew who stated:

"The Catholic bible that the church uses has the word 'Allah' for God whereas in comparison, this one does not."


"The new Malay bible weakens the argument for using the word Allah because some groups are trying to substitute God with a foreign name, whereas Allah is the Malay word for God and has been the accepted translation for centuries."

I find it rather incomprehensible that Father Andrew would assert 'Elohim' to be a foreign name for God while in the same breath dare to claim 'Allah' is not. I wonder whether he would consider 'Yeshua', 'Isa' or even 'Jesus' as 'foreign' names? And as he is from the Catholic Church, may I ask him what he considers 'Mary' or 'Mariam', the name of the Holy Virgin Mother, to be?

Then one just has to ask: (a) why consider the new Malay-language bible as 'weakening' the use of 'Allah' when it has actually reinforced the original reference to God's name as 'Elohim', and (b) who does the 'accepting' of the translation and what are the criteria for that process?

Now consider, hasn't the Catholic Mass which was originally conducted only in Latin, since been changed to the language of the locals? So why can't the use of 'Allah' in the Bible, as translated by Dutch missionaries hundreds of years ago, be changed to 'Elohim'?

It seems that Father Andrew is dead set on using 'Allah' to refer to the Christian God, regardless of the superior pedigree (in the Christian context) of God's other names as revealed in the Bible.

And on the pedigree of God's names, the first revelation of God's personal identity is in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) Book of Genesis 1:1 which says: "In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth."

So, why did Father Andrew consider it a 'foreign' name? Aren't we talking about the God of the Christian faith?

The second name of the Divine One as revealed to Moses was 'YHWH' or 'Yahweh' (later modified to 'Jehovah') which means 'I AM WHO I AM' or 'I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE'.


'Yahweh' is mentioned 6823 times in the Old Testament, while 'Elohim' scores 2570 times. How many times is 'Allah'?

In fact 'Elohim' is used 66 times in a row at the beginning of the Bible before any other Hebrew word for the English word 'God'.

There are various other names besides 'Elohim' and 'Yahweh' to describe God and Jesus, with the latter being found in the New Testament.

Really, what is the morality or motivation behind Father Andrew's rejection of 'Elohim', the original name of the Judaist-Christian God, and his insistence on the use of 'Allah' to refer to the Christian God when locally it has always been recognized that 'Allah' refers to the God of the Islamic faith.

Ultimately let us also not forget that both Islam and Christianity are evangelistic missionary religions with an obligation on the faithful to convert the so-called 'pagans', for altruistic reasons of course. But the late A Powell Davies, a minister of the All Souls Church in Washington, advised us that "True religion, like our founding principles, requires that the rights of the disbeliever be equally acknowledged with those of the believer."

Has Father Lawrence acknowledged the rights and sensitivities of the Malaysian Muslims?

Friedrich Nietzsche reminded us: "Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."

But I ask of Father Lawrence Andrew: "What is really your gaol in obdurately pursuing the use of the word 'Allah' to refer to the Christian God in a Malay-language newsletter and Bible when so many other names of your Christian God, with even better biblical pedigree, remain available?"


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MAHAGURU58 IS A LIAR, USING ISLAM TO DISGUISE HIS DEVIATED BELIEFS

Posted: 12 Jan 2010 12:02 AM PST

MAHAGURU58 wrote in his latest article about me. Sad to say MAHAGURU58 chose to lie and slander me with unsubstantiated accusations.
The other thing that concerns me is that Mahaguru58 paints himself as an "Islamist"(hic) and uses a lot of Quranic verses. yet Yet, he himself admits that he is a follower of a deviated sufi sect.

It is my responsibility as a Muslim to expose his lies and deception. He is working for Syaitan and not for Allah and everyone should be aware of this man so as not to fall into his many traps. His deviated understanding of Islam must never be spread or accepted by Muslims as a whole.

Allow me to list the lies that he has created against me:

Lie #1:














I dare Mahaguru58 to provide evidence to this accusation?
If this were true, why didn't Mahaguru58 CORRECT ME? All of my arguments were based on facts and Mahaguru58 kicked me out MBA Mailing List without giving me an opportunity to defend myself?

Is this what Islam teaches, that sentence can be passed without due process? Is this Mahaguru58's brand of Islam? The true version of his deviated Islam? I am not surprised if it is because Mahaguru58 is not following the right Islam, to begin with.

By his own admission, he gets irritated when people criticize UMNO. Because at the time when he kicked me out, he was already working hand in hand with UMNO to promote the stupid "Kerajaan Perpaduan" idea.

The same liar (Mahaguru58) prayed for Tok Guru Nik Aziz to die fast because Tok Guru was in the way of PAS-UMNO axis formation. This hypocrite then go on quoting Quranic verses to support UMNO's anti-Islam ideology. In other words, Mahaguru58 uses the Quran for his own political benefits.

Also, funny he mentions about spamming his mailbox, when some of the articles I send to his mailbox is used by him in his blog.

Also, Mahaguru58, how can u call it SPAMMING when I was a member of the mailing list. I am writing my piece in the Mailing List as a member, that is before you unislamically kicked me out. See the lies by this man who claims to fight for Islam.

It would be a service for Islam is Mahaguru58 stops talking about Islam. Trust me. When the guy talks about Islam, he only makes Islam look really bad.

LIE#2:














Correction you are the PRO TEM moderator of this alliance. MAhaguru58 has never been ELECTED into the office and no one actually recognizes him as the leader as MBA. We were told right from the start that MBA is still at pro-tem level, but until today there hasn't been any election to the office in MBA. It is run like a dictatorship where Mahaguru58 is God and everything he does and say is true and cannot be questioned.

I mean, if Mahaguru58 can use the Quran to spew his deviated beliefs of Islam, what is so big about removing me without due process. This is Mahaguru58 brand of Islam. In Islam what Mahagurui58 did is called "Zalim" or "Cruelty" where I was completely denied of due process before sentence is passed.

But what does Mahaguru 58 care? His Islam is a deviated Islam, anyways.
I dare MAhaguru59 to SUBSTANTIATE the CLAIM HE MAKES ABOVE. It's nothing but lies and more lies. But then again, what can we expect from a liar like Mahaguru58. He lies in the name of Islam. That's the ultimate sin.

As for breaching of amanah, I was no more a member of MBA when I published internal communications. Tell me, how is that a breach of amanah? Please explain, Mahaguru58 The Liar?

CONCLUSION

Mahaguru58 is a liar. He uses the Quran and Islam for personal gains. He claims to be fighting for Islam yet he is a follower of a deviated sufi sect. He sacked me because I tried to show to members of MBA that befriending with UMNO will not help Islam. That was my only sin and I was sacked from MBA for that.
There's nothing Islamic about the man.

In fact he is a purveyor of bidaah and he lies in the name of Islam. Dont be fooled by his wearing a skullcap. Believe me, there's nothing Islamic about his actions that necessitate him to wear clothings of the Islamic type.

Tell me Mahaguru58, why have you remained quiet when Najib decided to award 10 new Special Draws? Is gambling halal to you now?

Tulang Besi


Opposition alliance initiates inter-faith dialogue

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 11:56 PM PST



By Joe Fernandez

Pakatan Rakyat will step-up the tempo and initiate inter-faith dialogues throughout the country in the run-up to the next General Election and beyond.

The concept of inter-faith dialogues is also provided for under PR's Common Policy Framework (CPR) which was unveiled recently.

The dialogues are expected to eventually result in the formation of an Inter-Faith Council (IFC). This will be an evolution based on a bottom-up "from the people approach" unlike the federal government 's top-down aborted Inter-Faith Commission.
Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan (above left), the PR head for Sabah and Sarawak, disclosed this to Malaysiakini last night.

He was following-up on a PR dialogue with Christian leaders at the Luther Centre in Petaling Jaya yesterday afternoon.

"Zaid Ibrahim, the PR pro-tem head, will work out the mechanisms for the inter-faith dialogues and invite input from party members," said Jeffrey.

"We need this (the mechanism) like yesterday to counteract Umno's crude attempts to politicise religious issues to suit their self-serving agenda."

Jeffrey, also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) national vice president with overall responsibility for Sabah and Sarawak, sees the Inter-Faith Council reaching out to people of all faiths.

The council's aim is to foster understanding and faith in God; promoting peace and condemning violence; promoting selfless love and selfless service; and showing good examples of religious tolerance, acceptance and respect.

The council will also talk about persecution and how the various religions can help promote unity, peace and harmony in the search for God; and stress on the common humanity of mankind.

"Generally, we don't need inter-faith dialogues and the Inter Faith Council in Sabah and Sarawak," said Jeffrey. "But we need to bring in the two states as well to complete the picture, since there might be areas of ignorance that we need to correct."

Misguided calls

He said the separate calls yesterday by the Sabah Justices of the Peace and their president Clarence Bongkos Malakun as both misguided.

"The Sabah JPs should not have used the word compromise in their suggestions. What they were suggesting was a face-saving formula for the Home Ministry and Umno.

"Also, we don't agree with their duality in approach on religious issues. The only duality that is recognised in law is the autonomy of Sabah and Sarawak," said Jeffrey.

On Malakun, who went out on a limb in Kota Kinabalu yesterday with his own public statement, Jeffrey said that his use of the word compromise was in fact tantamount to "surrendering one's constitutional rights".

"I don't think even one sane person in Sabah and Sarawak will agree with Malakun except for the organisations which have been infiltrated by illegal immigrants.

"They try to use religious muscle-power to mask their illegality and ingratiate themselves with local Muslims," said Jeffrey.

"As a god-fearing man, he (Malakun) should have not made such an ignorant and cowardly statement. He should be ashamed of himself. He brings discredit to the JPs as well."

Jeffrey said he received many calls from members of the public on Malakun's "offending statement". Many felt that it was just uncalled for "appeasement of Umno and an illegal one at that".

The Sabah strongman sees both the states in Borneo playing a balancing role in the racial polarisation-prone Peninsular Malaysia and giving true perspective on religious issues.

The history of the formation of Malaysia will be a sobering thought on religious issues for everyone, added Jeffrey. "We cannot get away from history, the law and constitutional issues."

Jeffrey is confident that the opposition's initiative won't go the way of previous attempts at bridging the religious divide.

He was referring in particular to the IRC and the equally moribund Malaysian Consultative Committee for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS) besides the Inter-Faith Commission.

Asked how the opposition alliance could be confident of success in fostering inter-faith dialogues where others have failed before, Jeffrey thinks the answer lies in being inclusive and empowering the common man.

Also there is a need to get input from individuals rather than groups, organisations and institutions to push forward the idea of peaceful co-existence, which was promoted successfully during the Cold War years amidst east-west rivalry.

'Rights must be respected'

As an example of herd mentality, he cited the "My Allah is not the same as Your Allah" approach taken by a vociferous minority which eventually resulted in a spate of arson attacks in various parts of the country "as an ignorant police mainly looked on".

"We cannot have the police going around thinking that they are here to defend members of just one faith," said Jeffrey. "That's against the law and the federal constitution, and borders on hijacking the nation-state. The rights of everyone under the constitution must be respected and defended."

The answer also lies, according to Jeffrey, in inter-faith dialogues not degenerating into theological discussions which marked past efforts in attempts to bridged the religious divide.

"Even the slightest hint of theology," Jeffrey noted, "is enough to send the Muslims in particular scattering in all directions and away from the path of dialogue."
He urged Umno to take up the challenge as well and participate in the inter-faith dialogues planned by the opposition coalition.

He said there's a need for the ruling federal party to get away from it sordid past if it's to re-invent itself in line with 1Malaysia espoused by Najib Abdul Razak".

"We know that there are severe differences within the Umno hierarchy on whether it's proper to politicise Islam and religious issues to play to the gallery," said Jeffrey.

"Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh, for example, is deeply ashamed of how his party has been handling the Allah issue."

Jeffrey sees a significant faction of Umno eventually breaking away and making common cause with Pas, a key component of PR along with PKR, DAP, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and the Sarawak National Party (Snap).

Jeffrey urged the media to scrutinise public statements of Umno leaders and note the deafening silence of a large number of them on the 'Allah' and other religious issues.

"The media can play a role in helping bring our people together," said Jeffrey. "We need to focus on what brings us together as a people rather than what separates us."

ADMIN
NOTE:

There will be an Inter-faith dialogue between PAS and the Christian Community at Holy Spirit Cathedral, Island Park in Penang on January 13, 2010 at 6.00pm. It appears that while Umno is busy burning bridges of reconciliation and unity, PAS is rebuilding them.


Jadi Melayu Susah. Banyak Cerita

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 11:44 PM PST





Oleh Anak Mami.

Selama 52 tahun, UMNO telah cuci otak Melayu dan membentukkan suatu indentiti yang unik, dimana cara hidup dan pemikiran Melayu semakin pudar, entah dimana bumi dipijak, terlupa langit yang tiada penghujungan.

Cara melayu semakin dicemari oleh budaya UMNO. Suatu budaya haprak yang akan bawa masyarakat menerajui kantoi. Kontroversi Kalimah Allah adalah suatu akar yang bercabang dari proses pencucian otak Melayu, di mana activist activist Melayu pemikiran kolot mempersonakan diri bagai askar ALLAH, Allah dihakmilikkan oleh Melayu. Hidup Melayu semakin susah, bergelutan dengan ikatan social rule yang informal. Di mana Melayu terpaksa hidup dalam kepuraan, terkongkong dengan paksaan daya masyarakat yang tidak diizinkan. Ini lah budaya UMNO memperbodohkan Melayu ke arah keagamaan supaya takut dosa, padahal melalui kaedah inilah melayu tidak sedar bahawa pemikiran mereka telah ditolak ke pangkuan extremist. Umnolah sebagai pusat mengawal pemikiran Melayu.

Selama 52 tahun dari merdeka. Masyarakat Melayu menghadapi perubahaan yang drastic. Tetapi tidak disedar, mereka dibuai mimpi ngeri dan hidup dalam nostalgia yang merunsingkan, maka lahirlah suatu pembentukan budaya ala UMNO. Selagi Melayu tidak menyedarkan diri, begini lah budaya kalut dipusakai hingga anak cucu. Selagi Melayu menyokong UMNO. Budaya ini lah akan memaksa Melayu jadi anak bangsat di bumi ini.

Dibawah ini adalah pandangan kaum lain terhadap Melayu yang disebar luas di internet. Ini lah dilemma Melayu Moden ala UMNO yang berusaha membentuk budaya baru untuk kaum Melayu. Sejauh manakah kebenaran ini menceritakan sikap Melayu , buat lah pertimbangan dengan wajar.

01. You MALAY call each other 'BODOH' for fun, and too 'BODOH' to realize it's an offensive word.
02. You're the LAZIEST person on God's earth.
03. Always update with "lagu-lagu A-minor", "lagu-lagu rindu" and "wayang hindustani".
Ramai.......sehingga lupa diri......tengok je bile macam2 program diadakan..... program mula pukul 9pm...tapi dah mula berkumpul sejak tengahari lagi....

04. Always give a very long honourable speech start from Duli Yang Maha Mulia,Tan Sri, Puan Sri, YB-YB, Yang Berbahagia Datuk, Datuk-Datuk, Datin-Datin, Tuan Haji, Tuan Pengerusi Majlis.. and last sometime least...."rakyat jelata" sekalian......."terlebih dahulu saya ingin membuka majlis dengan asalamualaikuwaramatulahiwabarakatu......"

05. Many Malay ended at "pusat pemulihan dadah" for common drug abuse.
06. "Air sirap" is the cheapest drink you can afford.
07. You like to tease and act perverted when someone with sexual appeal passing by.
Memang pun........
08. You self proclaimed from a superior race (Arabs).
09. You love to eat, especially FREE FOOD.
10. Malay favourite quote = REZEKI JANGAN DI TOLAK.
11. Malay least favourite word = JANJI MELAYU.
Betul........
12. Your girls got a mouthfull of chicken's ass (loudmouths).
13. You can't stand it and always keep on staring at someone who are better dressing / looking rather than your back- dated looks.
Biasalaaaa...........
14. You wear your shirt more than 4 times before wash it.
15. You feel it's not right to eat first before everybody gets their meal (while your meal is getting cold).
16. You got that annoying habit of wanting people to acknowledge you.
17. You know for the fact that you are supersticious (bomohs and dukuns).
18. You know for the fact that Malay jokes are decently lame and you always force yourself to laugh when other malay joker telling their lame jokes.
19. You always try to take advantage on other people work.
20. You are trained to be a sweet talker.
21. You love to offer drinks to your boss while polishing his shoe.
22. You always pick on juniors.
23. You don't care if everyone in your class/office know for the fact that you are lazy.
24. You are very protective on your seniority.
25. You are quite a slow thinker.
26. You prefer to borrow people's stuff rather than buy it, but hardly return it back.
27. You also always use other's property without asking permission.
28. Many of you are not sincere when making friend with non-malays.
29. You always waste your time in the public phone talking about "janji-janji manis", " "aku hidup dalam blues", "Hindi superstar" and "cinta-sayang". (these are direct quotes...)
30. Malay most popular ambition... * to the public = "ingin menjadi seorang insan yang berguna" * in reality = factory worker
31. Gossip are number 1 favourite past time.
32. Malay favourite magazine are URTV, Mangga, Jelita, Remaja and Variasari.(some x baca la wey magazine ubat nyamuk nih)
33. Mark as "bangsa pendengki" by other race in Malaysia.
34. When someone giving a speech, a Malay usually will nod their head (kepala terangguk-angguk) not to show that they understand, but just simply to act that they understand in a serious manner.
35. Deep in the eyes of Malay, the meaning of "TERSIPU-SIPU BAHASA" and "MALU-MALU KUCING" are..... * GREAT APPETITE WITH A VENGEANCE.
36. Malay got less friend from other races because... * Malay are too proud of their own language which makes them stuck-up * Malay also ignore that other etnic groups and foreign people are willing to learn to speak in Malay while got other knowledge in other language.
37. In Malaysia, people said "wear condom and don't forget to take a bath with Dettol if you make love to a Malay".
38. An example of a Malay with good grades = STRAIGHT C-MINUS
39. A Malay boss are known as intimidating his staff, Sexual harrasing & Blackmailing, Welcome more family member and friends to
join the company, Corruption * Always bring company's item home for personel use.
40. Malay, as the biggest population in Malaysia, are always feels threaten with the minority Christian in the country.
41. Malay chicks always dream to have sex with White Man but always ended get f*ck by their own species.
42. Most babies found in the bushes and dustbin are Malay.
43. Most adultery/incest cases are by Malay.
44. Most divorce cases are by Malay couple.
45. Most yuppie wannabes are Malay.
46. Malay man got the habit using sink/wash hand area to rinse and wash their penis mostly in their bathroom, hostel and also in the public toilet.
47. Malay love to make fun at people who use toilet paper to wipe ass because they love to touch their sh*t with their hand.(kitaorg x gune tgn jer, air turut digunakan.. daripada korang[cina] lap gune toilet paper, kuman kuman still ade[yux])
48. Malay knows that other races could not dare to eat malay food not because of the spices but because the food was process by their ass-wiping-hand.
49. Malay use toilet paper in Malay restaurant / food court / warung to wipe customer's mouth and hand.
50. A typical malay Ready-to-wear..... * a long, torn jeans, * a T-shirt * a pair of loafers
51. Malays can't live without rice and chilli. (at least rice n chilli BERSIH daripada PORKS)
52. A malay who check in a foreign hotel will cook their food inside the hotel room with water boiler and a portable mini cooker to save cost.(so what?)
52. Malay knows their favourite fast food...... KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN hot and spicy.
53. Malay will eat fried chicken and burger just like in the manner of eating rice with hand "one hand lean on the table, slouching head to the plate and other hand with finger close to each other to enter mouth".
54. Malay toilet always smells like "petai".(at least bau bau-an je, daripada cinenyer toilet, TOILET PAPER tinggal dlm TOILET BOWL[bagi sumbat jer])
55. Malay love to remind people to have their morning shower but they themself always ended up having a BO in the afternoon. (BO=body-odour)
56. Backstabbing are malay greatest asset.
57. Cheating in examination or test are heredity.
58. Malay favourite brand are G.A Blue Jeans, Lady-like Jeans, a fake Ray-ban.(so wat?,x de masalah pon.)
59. Upper class Malay favourite brand are the cheapest Versace t-shirt, Malboro Classic sometimes fake sometimes not jeans, an old fashion (erik estrada CHIPS) Ray-Ban glasses and a discount sales Mark and Spencer.
60. Weekend are racing paradise for "Mat Motor".
61. Malay never learn to accept people's opinion as a guide or challenge.
62. You feel that you had to support Moslem terrorist just because their are Islam and not because their are a serial killers.
63. Malay favourite living c.. BIAR PERUT KOSONG ASALKAN RUMAH CANTIK MACAM ISTANA.
64. The only musical instrument you can play is a GITAR KAPOK.
65. You Malay will pretend to ignore and deny that you are typical.
66. You MALAYS dreaming to become rich, but not by hard working or studying BUT with ALL KINDS OF SKIM CEPAT KAYA and STUPID MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING BUSINESS.
67. Dont have money but always want to action - buying cars like Waja, Wira and other expensive cars while you know you can only afford a KAPCAI.
68. Parents very rich but still go overseas using govenment scholarship. Go overseas to enjoy and not to study.(biar la die dah pandai)
69. You will start to wondering about yourself after reading this.grammar salah dowh org ni type.its "You will start to WONDER .."not wondering la..


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