Link between MALAY POWER and ISLAM

Malay is a RACE identification, not a religion. Prior to their conversion to Islam, Malays used to embrace ANIMISM(worship of spirits), Hinduism and Buddhism. But, when the Malay kings embraced  Islam, their Malay subjects followed suit EN-BLOC.

The same thing happened to the Arabs. Overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims, yet certain section of Arabs remain Christians. Since Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, was an Arab and born in Mecca(in present day Saudi Arabia), the spread of Islam started in Mecca, before being spread to other Arab lands and the rest of the world. Inevitably, the Arabs were the early FOREBEARERS and PROPOGATERS of Islam to the whole world.

In the Malay Archipelago, or Nusantara, the message of Islam started to reach the then Malay kingdom of Samudera Pasai in northern Sumatra(present day Acheh) around 10th century AD. Islam was known to reach Trengganu about the same time. And when Parameswara founded the Malay Kingdom of Malacca in late 14th century, and converted to Islam upon marrying the Princess of Pasai, the whole Malay subjects followed suit EN-BLOC.

The ascendence of Malacca co-incided with the establishment of Muslim sultanates all accross the sub-continent India. Beside emerging as one of the leading  CENTRES OF COMMERCE of the known world then, Malacca developed into CENTRE OF KNOWLEDGE and CENTRE FOR PROPORGATION OF ISLAM in the Malay Archipelago. Inevitably, the Malays became the FOREBEARERS OF ISLAM in the Malay Archipelago.

Unlike in other Muslim lands, 100% of Malays in Tanah Melayu were Muslims. There were then no incidence of a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim. Any non-Muslim getting married to a Muslim had to convert to Islam first. Against this background, at the time of writing our Federal Constitution, UMNO had incorporated a clause in the Constitution which defines Malays as NECESSARILY Muslims. 

No one would deny the role of Malays in UPHOLDING Islam in Malaysia. Malay leaders in UMNO, the dominant partner in the BN ruling coalition, have elevated Islam to a very respectable place in our  Contitution and in our day-to-day life. We may conclude that, any weakening of Malay political power, may have repurcassion on the POSITION OF ISLAM in Malaysia.

VERSI BAHASA MELAYU

Title: Hubungan Antara KUASA MELAYU dan ISLAM.

Melayu itu satu identiti BANGSA, bukan AGAMA. Orang Melayu pernah menganut agama ANIMISMA, HINDU dan BUDDHA, sebelum raja-raja Melayu memeluk Islam dan diikuti oleh rakyat jelata Melayu yang lain.

Demikian juga bangsa Arab. Walaupun majoriti orang Arab beragama Islam, ramai juga Arab yang masih menganut agama Kristian. Namun begitu, memandangkan Rasulullah saw adalah seorang Arab, dan Islam tersebar lebih dahulu di bumi Arab, bangsa Arab telah menjadi kaum utama yang membawa PANJI-PANJI kebenaran Islam ke seluruh dunia. Pendeknya, bangsa Arab adalah PENDUKUNG AWAL dakwah dan perjuangan Islam.

Di Kepulauan Melayu atau Nusantara, Islam mula sampai di utara Sumatra, di mana terdapat Kerajaan Melayu Samudera Pasai, sekarang dipanggil Aceh, kira-kita pada kurun ke-10 masehi. Islam juga telah sampai ke Trengganu sekitar masa yang sama. Dan, apabila Parameswara memulakan Kerajaan Melayu Melaka pada penghujung abad ke-14, dan kemudian memeluk Islam setelah berkahwin dengan Putri Raja Pasai, seluruh rakyat Melayu Melaka ikut memeluk Islam.

Kecemerlangan Melaka berjalan serentak dengan kememerlangan Kesultanan Muslim yang telah menguasai seluruh Benua India. Sultan Iskandar Shah(nama baru Parameswara) telah menjadi PUSAT PERDAGANGAN bertaraf dunia. Selain dari itu, Melaka telah menjadi PUAST ILMU dan PUSAT PENYEBARAN ISLAM utama di Kepulauan Melayu. dengan itu, bangsa Melayu telah menjadi PENDUKUNG UTAMA menegakkan dan menyebarkan AGAMA ISLAM di Kepulauan Melayu.

Berbeza dengan wilayah-wilayah negara islam yang lain, 100% umat Melayu di Tanah melayu beragama islam. Tidak ada perkahwinan penganut berbeza agama melibatkan orang melayu yang beragama islam. Penganut agama selain dsari Islam perlu memeluk Islam terlebih dahulu sebelum berkahwin denga seorang Melayu. Berdasar kepada realiti ini, semasa menggubal Perlembagaan Persekutuan, UMNO telah memasukkan clause undang-undang yang mentakrifkan bahawa ORANG MELAYU itu semestinya BERAGAMA ISLAM.

Tidak dapat dinafikan peranan umat Melayu di dalam MENEGAKKAN ISLAM di Tanah Melayu. Para pemimpin UMNO, rakan gabungan utama BN, parti pemerintah negara sejak merdeka,  telah meletakkan Islam pada kedudukan yang tinggi dan mulia di dalam Perlembagaan dan kehidupan kita. Amat mudah disimpulkan bahawa, jika kuasa Melayu terhakis atau hilang, ianya akan menghakis KEDUDUKAN ISLAM di Malaysia.

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