Races and Regions

Major religions of the world concur that the human beings started from God-created Adam and Hawa(Eve). According to Islamic traditions, every time Hawa gave birth, it would be a pair of male and female ‘twins’. The rule then was, the pair born as twins were not allowed to marry each other. Meaning a male from one pair can only marry a female born from other pairs. That was how HUMAN RACE started and proliferated.

Over unknown periods of time and multiplicity of circumstances, the descendents of Adam and Hawa dispersed wider and wider accross the length and breath of this PLANET Earth, and over longer periods of time, developed into  into distinctive tribes and races.

Regions of the world opened up, settled and ruled by the distinctive tribes, and their territorial identification recognised by others, soon began to be  identified with the dominant respective tribes and races. The lands of the English were named England, the land of the French were called France and the lands of the Spanish were known as Spain.

In what we presently call Asia, great civilisations were developed by different tribes and races. The lands of the Indian civilisation were known as India, the lands of Chinese civilisation were named China, the lands of Japanese were called Japan.

Our corner of the world we presently call Southeast Asia were opened up, settled down and administered by several tribal and racial entities. The Thais were rulers over the mainland kingdom of Thailand, the Lands of the Thais. Thailand seperates the mainland of Southeast-Asia from a peninsular to the south of it. The Peninsular was opened up, ruled and developed by the Malays, well before any history book was written, and ages before Arab and Chinese explorers sailed through the Straits of Malacca.  The peninsular was known as the Malay Peninsular(Semenanjung Tanah Melayu), before the name was changed to Federation of Malay States(Persekutuan Tanah Melayu), and later Malaysia. 

The Malay Peninsular is  part of the larger mass of lands and islands  comprising Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, southern Thailand and southern Philipines, collectively known as the MALAY ARCHIPELAGO.

VERSI BAHASA MELAYU

Tajuk: Bangsa-Bangsa dan Wilayah

Semua agama-agama utama dunia bersetuju bahawa keturunan manusia bermula dari Adam dan Hawa yang telah dijadikan oleh Allah swt, Tuhan Pencipta Alam. Mengikut ajaran Islam, pada awalnya, setiap kali Hawa melahirkan anak, ianya ialah secara berkembar, seorang lelaki dan seorang perempuan. Mengikut peraturan semasa itu, seorang anak lelaki tidak boleh berkahwin dengan perempuan kembarnya, tetapi hanya boleh berkahwin dengan anak perempuan dari kembar yang lain. Demikianlah bagaimana keturunan manusia mula berkembang dan membiak.

Setelah melalui tempoh yang tidak diketahui sesiapa lamanya, dan berbagai kejadian alam yang berlaku, keturunan manusia telah bertebaran ke seluruh pelusuk alam. Kesukaran perhubungan, perbezaan iklim dan persekitaran, serta faktor-faktor biology akhirnya membawa kepada pembentukan kelompok-kelompok manusia yang mempunyai budaya, bahasa dan adat resam berbeza.

Kelompok-kelompok manusia yang bertebaran ke serata dunia, dan mula membentuk identiti bangsa dan budaya tertentu mula menguasai wilayah-wilayah tertentu, yang kemudiannya diberikan nama tertentu, biasanya berkait-rapat dengan bangsa-bangsa yang mendominasi dan ‘memerintah’ wilayah-wilayah berkenaan. Wilayah yang didominasi bangsa English(Inggeris) diberi nama England, yang dikuasai bangsa French(Perancis) dinamakan French(Perancis) dan yang diperintah oleh bangsa Spanish(Sepanyol) diberi nama Spain(Sepanyol).

Di ceruk dunia yang sekarang ini kita panggil Asia, telah terdapat tamaddun-tamaddun besar. Tamaddun bangsa India bertapak di benua kecil yang dinamakan India. Tamadun bangsa Cina subur di tanah besar Cina. Tamaddun bangsa Jepun berkembang di tanah matahari terbit Jepun.

Terdapat juga tamaddun-tamaddun besar di wilayah yang sekarang kita panggil Asia Tenggara. Bangsa Siam atau Thai telah wilayah yang  dipanggil Thailand, atau tanah bangsa Thai. Thailand menghubungkan tanah besar Asia Tenggara dengan suatu semenanjung di selatannya. Semenanjung ini telah diterokai, diperintah dan dimajukan oleh bangsa Melayu, sejak sebelum buku-buku sejarah ditulis dan sebelum pelayar-pelayar Arab dan Cina mula melayari Selat Melaka. Semenanjung ini telah dikenali dengan nama Semenanjung Tanah Melayu, sebelum bertukar kepada nama-nama lain seperti Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dan Malaysia.

Semenanjung Tanah Melayu pula adalah sebahagian dari tanah-tanah dan kepulauan yang membentuk wilayah lebih besar mencakupi Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapura, Brunei, selatan Thailand dan selatan Filipina yang terkenal dengan panggilan KEPULAUAN MELAYU.

 

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3 Comments on “Races and Regions”

  1. Abul Harith Says:

    Salam,

    Good & interesting introduction for a newly opened blog.

    May ALLAH bless & rewards you for your effort to enlighten fellow Malaysians about their origin, problems & future.


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