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Aku Tidak Pernah Menjangka Dr. Mohd Asri Begitu BANGANG Dalam Mengupas Isu Kalimah Allah

January 13, 2013

Aku baru terbaca suatu bahan berita dari satu blog yang memaparkan suatu kenyataan Dr Mohd Asri, bekas mufti Perlis, berkenaan isu Kalimah Allah sebagai berikut:

“Terkini Prof Madya Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin mengatakan lagu kebanyakkan negeri-negeri yang menggunakan kalimah “Allah” termasuk lagu negeri Selangor terpaksa ditukar dengan keputusan mengharamkan penggunaan kalimah Arab tersebut bagi orang-orang bukan Islam sebagai memberi respon kepada perintah Di Raja yang dikeluarkan oleh Sultan Selangor”.

Dari kenyataan tersebut, amat jelas Dr. Mohd Asri TIDAK MEMAHAMI apakah persoalan sebenarnya yang sedang diperdebatkan oleh umat Islam di Malaysia.

Terlebih dahulu, Dr. Mohd Asri perlu faham bahawa kalimah ALLAH sebagaimana terdapat di dalam lagu negeri Selangor jelas merujuk kepada ALLAH, Tuhan sebagaimana difahami oleh agama Islam, iaitu Allah Yang Maha Esa. Kalimah Allah di dalam senikata lagu negeri Selangor tidak merujuk kepada ‘God the Father’ sebagaimana difahami oleh penganut Kristian.

Masyarakat Islam di Malaysia bukannya menentang  kaum bukan Islam menyebut kalimah ALLAH sekiranya ianya merujuk kepada ALLAH, Tuhan sekalian alam, sebagaimana difahami oleh umat Islam. Tetapi , umat Islam menentang keras jika kaum bukan Islam, termasuk Roman Catholics, mengaitkan kalimah Allah dengan KESYIRIKAN mereka, seperti memasukkan nama ALLAH di dalam Bible versi bahasa Melayu bagi menggantikan kalimah ‘God the Father’.

Aku tidak pernah menjangka seorang yang dianggap sebagai ULAMA, seperti Dr. Mohd. Asri, begitu BANGANG. Beliau gagal sama sekali memahami APAKAH ISU SEBENARNYA, tetapi sentiasa ‘gatal’ untuk membuka mulut dan bertambah MENGELIRUKAN umat Islam dan rakyat Malaysia.

Nasihat aku kepada Dr. Mohd. Asri dan ‘ulama-ulama’ sewaktu dengannya, lain kali, sebelum buka mulut, cuba fahamkan betul-betul apa persoalan sebenarnya yang sedang dibicarakan dan dibimbangi umat Islam. Jangan timbul keadaan, masyarakat berdebat tentang apakah hukum makan daging ANJING, sedangkan Dr. Mohd Asri pula mengeluarkan fatwa tentang makan daging ARNAB.

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PAS, Dahulu Al-Quran Perlembagaan Kami, Sekarang Al-Quran Permainan Kami

January 9, 2013

Kebanyakan kita telah tahu bahawa kelahiran PAS adalah dari ‘tulang rusuk’ UMNO. Secara lebih tepat, pengasas-pengasas PAS adalah para ustaz-ustaz dan lulusan agama yang telah digembeling oleh UMNO di zaman Dato’ Onn Jaafar untuk menganggotai Biro Agama UMNO, yang diketuai oleh ‘orang kuat’ Dato’ Onn,  Hj. Mohd Fuad. Apabila Dato’ Onn Jaafar keluar dari UMNO untuk menubuhkan parti ‘multi-racial’ Independence Malaya Party(IMP), Hj. Mohd. Fuad telah mengeluarkan Biro Agama UMNO dari UMNO lalu menubuhkan Persatuan Islam Se-Malaya, atau PAS, untuk memperkuatkan politik Dato’ Onn Jaafar.

PAS bukan ditubuhkan untuk menegakkan negara Islam atau untuk melaksanakan hudud atau seumpamanya. Tidak hairanlah, apabila Hj. Mohd. Fuad sendiri meninggalkan PAS, PAS telah menjemput Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy untuk menjadi Yang Dipertua PAS kedua pada tahun 1955. Sedangkan sebelum itu, Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy pernah menjadi Timbalan Presiden PKMM, suatu pertubuhan kiri yang telah diasaskan oleh seorang komunis dari Indonesia, Mokhtaruddin Laso. Sementara sebahagian besar AJK PKMM pula adalah anggota Regimen ke 10 Parti Komunis Malaya(PKM) pimpinan seorang warga China, Chin Peng. Malah, Dr Burhanuddin juga pernah dipilih sebagai Presiden pertama Parti Rakyat Malaya pada tahun 1954. Semasa Dr Burhanuddin masih lagi menjadi Yang Dipertua PAS, walaupun dia berada di dalam tahanan ISA, Nik Aziz Nik Mat telah dinobatkan sebagai Ahli Parlimen PAS pada tahun 1966.

Mohon maaf rakan-rakan bloggers jika intro aku agak panjang. Yang berikutnya ringkas sahaja.

Di era 1960-1970, PAS menentang UMNO dengan menyalahkan UMNO menjalin kerjasama dengan bukan Melayu, khususnya MCA dan MIC. Penceramah-penceramah PAS membaca macam-macam ayat Al-Quran bagi menegakkan pendirian bahawa bekerjasama dengan bukan Islam adalah haram. Tetapi apabila PAS sendiri mula bekerjasama dengan DAP, secara tidak lansung mulai PRU 1990, dan secara lansung mulai PRU 2008 melalui Barisan Alternatif bersama-sama PKR dan DAP, Nik Aziz dan Haji Hadi menggunakan istilah ‘tahalluf siasiyy’, bermakna ‘kerjasama politik’, bagi menghalalkan kerjasama tersebut.

Di era 1980-2000, PAS menentang UMNO dengan menyalahkan UMNO kerana mempertahankan ‘perlembagaan penjajah’ dan gagal melaksanakan ‘negara Islam’, dan menentang perlaksanaan hudud. Sekali lagi, penceramah-penceramah PAS dibekalkan dengan berjela-jela ayat Al-Quran untuk menimbulkan kebencian rakyat terhadap UMNO, malah mengkafirkan UMNO, sebagaimana ‘Amanat Haji Hadi’. Sekarang, setelah ‘tahalluf siasiyy’ dengan DAP, Hj Hadi sendiri mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa di dalam Al-Quran tidak ada sebut pun ‘Negara Islam’. Lantas PAS mengenepikan matlamat-matlamat ‘negara Islam’ dan perlaksanaan hudud, dan diganti dengan ‘negara kebajikan’.

Dan beberapa hari lepas, Hj Hadi menggunakan lagi ayat-ayat Al-Quran untuk MENYOKONG penggunaan KALIMAH ALLAH di dalan Injil versi Bahasa Melayu, dan untuk penggunaan oleh bukan Islam. Yang anihnya, orang-orang kanan Hj Hadi sendiri seperti Setiausaha Agung, Ketua Penerangan dan Ketua Dewan Ulama, semuanya TIDAK MENYOKONG…..sehingga kita tertanya-tanya, naskah Quran mana yang dipakai oleh ulama-ulama PAS….ataupun, apakah mereka ada naskah al-Quran tersembunyi seperti golongan Syiah???

Wahai Hj Hadi…. Tak payahlah nak MEMPERGUNAKAN ayat-ayat Al-Quran untuk mempertahankan tindakan yang bermula dari keputusan  politik……yang timingnya pula dibuat selepas mesyuarat dengan Anwar Ibrahim dan Lim Kit Siang. Janganlah nak beri gambaran bahawa semua agama lain menggunakan kalimah Allah….Tanya penganut Yahudi, nama Tuhan mereka ialah ‘Elohim’ dan ‘Yehovah’. Tanya orang Buddha, ‘tuhan’ mereka ialah Gautama Buddha. Tanya orang Hindu, tuhan mereka bernama Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman dan lain-lain. Tanya orang Sikh, tuhan mereka nama  Waheguru. Dan tanya Roman Catholics sendiri di Vatican, Rome dan negara-negara asal penganut Kristian yang lain, tuhan mereka ialah ‘God the father’, ‘Son of God Jesus’ dan ‘Holy Spirit’….mereka tah pernah dengar pun kalimah Allah, kecuali dari mulut orang-orang Islam.

Kalau begitulah realiti di sekeliling kita, kenapa begitu ‘dermawan’ untuk mensedekahkan KALIMAH ALLAH kepada mereka yang siang malam hanya sibuk merancang untuk menjatuhkan kuasa Islam, dan memecah-belahkan perpaduan umat Islam. Berhujjahlah menggunakan kenyataan dan fakta-fakta  di keliling kita. Janganlah cuba mempermainkan ayat-ayat al-Quran lagi, sebagaimana PAS telah bermain berdekad-dekad lamanya…….

Lim Guan Eng Instigated Christians On Christmas Eve

December 25, 2012

DAP has once again raised the thorny issue of the use of word ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in his Christmas message today, urged the government to allow Christians to use the word in the BM version of the bibles, in the spirit of the holiday”,so went the news reports today.

What a timing….for Lim Guan Eng to  stir up the emotions of Christians in the country….on Christmas eve….the day before Christmas day of 2012.  Like Nik Aziz, his counterpart in PAS, DAP’s partner in Pakatan Rakyat coalision, who claimed that every verse of the Quran is ‘political’, Lim Guan Eng seems to eat and drink politics….every single day and hour of his life is ‘politics’, namely anti-UMNO politics. And today, on the eve of Christmas day, he thought it was a ‘timely’  to raise the issue of the use of the word Allah again…the issue which had nearly sparked off a religious/racial riot in the country in quite recent past.

In his Christmas message, LGE was reported to have added that the use of the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible has been allowed in Sabah and Sarawak for the last 50 years and practiced in the Middle East for more than a thousand years.

My point of contention here is, why compare with Sabah and Sarawak, and the Middle East countries. Are Sabah, Sarawak and the Middle east countries the birthplace of Christianity, and the heartlands of Christianity?

Why he dare not compare our situation with the Vatican and Rome, the actual BIRTHPLACE of Roman Catholicism? Why he dare not compare our situation with European countries, the countries where Roman Catholicism used to spread like wild fire, and eventually became the HEARTLANDS of this main branch of Christianity? Why he dare not compare our situation with North and  South American countries where the churches dominate their skylines.

The answer is DEAD SIMPLE. In the Vatican and Rome, the BIRTHPLACE of Roman Catholicism, and European countries, the HEARTLANDS of Christianity, and in North and South Americas, the Christians in all those countries NEVER HEARD of Allah as the name of their Christian God.

To Malaysian Roman Catholics, please travel to the Vatican and Rome, please visit churches and cathedrals in Europe, please meet Christians in North and South American countries, they all will tell you that the name ALLAH never appeared in their Holy Bibles….and they will advice you to forget ALLAH….and not to listen to politicians like Lim Guan Eng…

To all Christians all over the world, I wish you all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Kebebasan Beragama BUKAN BERMAKNA Kebebasan Melakukan Maksiat.

December 11, 2012

Isu kebebasan beragama hangat diperkatakan akhir-akhir ini. Nurul Izzah meletakkan PKR dan PAS di dalam keadaan amat tertekan apabila membuat kenyataan mempersoalkan kenapa orang Melayu tidak bebas memilih agama. DAP pula mempersoalkan tindakan Kerajaan Kelantan menyaman pengusaha saloon yang membenarkan pekerja perempuan memotong rambut pelanggan lelaki dan sebaliknya. DAP bertambah bising bila dua pasangan bukan Islam ditangkap di Kelantan atas tuduhan berkhalwat.

Sebelum ini, aku banyak mempersoalkan tindakan-tindakan Kerajaan PAS Kelantan, malah perubahan mendadak matlamat-matlamat perjuangan PAS setelah bersekongkol dengan DAP. Tetapi di dalam kedua-dua kes tersebut di atas, aku lebih cenderung menyokong pendirian Kerajaan PAS Kelantan mengadakan peraturan-peraturan  bagi menyekat BUDAYA KUNING dari menular ke dalam masyarakat kita.

Di dalam mentafsirkan peruntukan-peruntukan Perlembagaan berhubung kebebasan beragama, kita kena bezakan antara KEBEBASAN BERAGAMA dengan KEBEBASAN SOSIAL. Mari kita tanya orang Cina, apakah agama mereka? Jawapannya ialah orang Cina menganut berbagai agama termasuk Budhha, Taoism, Confucianism, Kristian dan Islam. Persoalannya, apakah ada di antara agama-agama ini menggalakkan amalan-amalan ‘biasa’ di kalangan orang Cina seperti berjudi, melanggani pelacur, menyimpan mistress di luar perkahwinan, hubungan sex di luar nikah dan sebagainya? Dan apakah ada agama yang membenarkan kebebasan tanpa batasan seperti  bertelanjang buat di pantai-pantai tertentu di sesetengan negara barat, kebebasan hubungan sex sejenis atau di luar nikah, kebebasan berkahwin sejenis, kebebasan tinggal sebumbung antara pasangan lelaki dan perempuan tanpa nikah, kebebasan melanggani pelacur, kebebasan ‘bekerja’ sebagai pelacur dan sebagainya?

Jawapannya amat mudah. Tidak ada agama yang mengajar penganutnya melakukkan perkara-perkara maksiat dan merosakkan akal-budi manusia. Walaupun agama-agama selain dari Islam tidak diterima oleh Allah swt, Tuhan Pencipta Alam, agama-agama tersebut pada umumnya mengajarkan amalan-amalan kehidupan yang baik. Kesalahan utama mereka adalah kerana gagal mentauhidkan Allah swt, Tuhan Yang Satu. Sebagai contoh,  Agama Kristian mengajar banyak nilai-nilai yang baik, seperti ‘love your neighbour’ dan sebagainya, tetapi agama ini ditolak kerana mempercayai bahawa Allah swt, Tuhan Yang Maha Esa, mempunyai anak bernama Isa(Jesus) yang merupakan sebahagian dari ‘Trinity’ Ketuhanan. Agama Buddha pula mempercayai Gautama Budhha sebagai Tuhan, walaupun penganutnya tahu bahawa alam maya ini telah wujud sebelum kelahiran Budhha sebagai seorang putra raja di India.

Walaupun orang Cina menganuti berbagai agama, dipercayai lebih dari 50% dari kaum Cina diseluruh dunia tidak mempercayai apa-apa agama. Mereka boleh dianggap sebagai golongan ‘Atheists’ iaitu tidak mempercayai Tuhan, sebagaimana difahami oleh agama-agama ‘ahlul-kitab’ seperti Kristian dan Yahudi. Mereka inilah yang menganuti amalan ‘liberalisma’ sosial, sebagaimana diamalkan oleh orang-orang barat, termasuk budaya-budaya sex bebas.  Persoalannya, apakah budaya ‘liberalisma’ ini terdapat di dalam mana-mana ajaran agama?

Di dalam semua parti politik sedang ‘kemaruk’ mencari undi menjelang PRU 13 akan datang, kita sebagai umat Islam perlu berwaspada terhadap penyebaran BUDAYA KUNING yang cuba disebarkan melalui konsep ‘kebebasan beragama’. Perlembagaan kita menjamin kebebasan beragama,  tetapi BUKAN kebebasan mengamalkan budaya kebebasan tanpa had seperti yang sedang diamalkan di barat dan telah menular ke dalam negara kita.

 

 

Mr Karpal, Malaysia IS NOT a Secular State

August 25, 2012

Besides advocating ‘Malaysian Malaysia’, another form of MALAYAN UNION which was bitterly opposed by the Malays in 1946, DAP  takes pride in portraying themselves as the VANGUARD OF SECULARISM. Among DAP leaders, the most outspoken spokesman for SECULARISM is none other than their National Chairman, Karpal Singh.

Karpal Singh is arguably one of the top lawyers in the country. However, his professional standing as a top lawyer is often compromised by his other role as a politician, as one of DAP top leaders. The whole country, if not the whole world, were witnesses to the ‘world record’ delaying tactics adopted by him in the SODOMY 2 trial of  Anwar Ibrahim, his political ally and leader of  the Pakatan coalition. All these happened about 15 years after Karpal himself disclosed in the Malaysian Parliment, when Anwar was still in the the ruling BN coalition and held the post of  Deputy Prime Minister, that he got in his possession the evidence of Anwar’s involvement in SODOMY 1.

Being what he is, its not surprising when Karpal came out with THE FLIMSIEST of certain isolated courtroom judgements to fabricate arguments that Malaysia is a SECULAR STATE. Only Karpal alone knows that he has been trying to ‘menegak benang basah’, or trying to ‘pull the wool over the eyes’ of rakyat Malaysia on the issue. Had he truly believed in those flimsy arguments, he would have legally challenged the then Prime Minister Tun Mahathir, for introducing the ISLAMISATION POLICY in his administration, his setting up of International Islamic University of Malaysia, Islamic Bank etc, besides  RE-AFFIRMING that Malaysia had always been an Islamic State.

Despite his reputation as a seasoned politician and lawyer, I have strong reasons to suspect that Karpal’s understanding of the term SECULARISM is seriously flawed. I wonder whether Karpal is fully aware that SECULARISM originated from deep-rooted Christian teachings of ‘GIVE TO CEASER WHAT IS CEASER’S, AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S’, which means TOTAL SEPARATION between the earthly political powers from that of heavenly religious beliefs. In other words, religion should be confined to the synagogues, churches and the mosques, and SHOULD NOT INTERFERE in political system, processes and decisions of  a country.

Karpal Singh knows very well that the the spirit and letters of our Federal Constitution were not in line with his WISHFUL THINKINGS. He knows better than millions others that  Article 3 of our Federal Constitution which clearly spells out that “Islam is the religion of the Federation” alone is enough to dispell any notion that Malaysia is a secular state.

Only ‘HISTORY MADE IN CHINA’ is Credible To Prof. Khoo Kay Kim

January 30, 2012

I read with interest the interview given by Prof. Khoo Kay Kim, as published by The New Sunday Times yesterday.

A major point raised by him was that the Sejarah Melayu was not a historical account, as it was written years after the fall of the Malay Sultanate of Malacca, during which period, the ‘mythical hero’ Hang Tuah was ‘alleged to have served’ at least three Malay sultans as Laksamana, or Admiral of the Sea.

In comparison, according to Prof KKK, the history of Ming Dynasty in China was TRULY historical account, as it was written by Ming historians during the rule of the Ming Emperors itself.

If we were to use Prof. KKK arguments, what about the ‘history’ of GREAT RELIGIONS of the world, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Apart from the Ten Commandments, other parts of Old Testament were compiled hundreds of years after Moses. The Gospel of Jesus Christ were also written and compiled hundreds of years after what the Christians believed to be the the cruxifiction of Jesus Christ. And according to Muslim scholars, apart from the Quran itself, the life history of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, and his caliphs, or successors, were written and compiled over 100 years after the death of the Messenger of Allah.

By Prof. KKK ‘high standards’, is he also claiming that GREAT HUMANS like Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were mythical figures too, in the same way he regarded Hang Tuah?

Even the Malays would agree that certain capabilities of Hang Tuah may have been subject of OVER-GLORIFICATIONS, in the same way Paul and the Roman over-glorified Jesus Christ to be SON OF GOD. Certain superlatives being attached to certain historical figures do not take a way the fact that those figures were historical figures, a few even changed the course of history.

Prof. KKK should re-assess his NARROW-MINDED views of history and historical accounts. Otherwise he would find himself REJECTING the whole history of the MALAY CIVILISATION, despite historical accounts of the Malay Kingdom of Langkasuka (2nd-5th AD), the Malay Kingdom of Sriwijaya(5th-12th AD), the Malay Kingdom of Majapahit(12th-14th AD) and the Malay Kingdom of Malacca(14th-16th AD). Is Prof.KKK also claiming the the whole HISTORY OF MALAY CIVILISATION is a myth?

I believe, Prof. KKK should not pretend that he knew so much about history, to question the HISTORY OF MALAY CIVILISATION, especially when he is still obsessed with MADE IN CHINA products, including history. He should leave it to MALAY HISTORIANS to interpret the history of the Malays, and the MALAY ARCHIPELAGO.

 

 

 

ALLAH, Regional Name of God To Christians, Specific Name of ONE TRUE GOD To Muslims.

January 18, 2010

To the Muslims, ALLAH is the SPECIFIC NAME of the ONE TRUE GOD, the God who created the Universe, and the ONE TRUE GOD worthy of being worshipped. For this reason, ALLAH is uttered by ALL MUSLIMS throughout the world in ANY LANGUAGE. In the Arabic ALQURAN, ALLAH is the name of the ONE TRUE GOD. In English or Malay translations of the Quran, the word ALLAH is also being used. Among the Muslims worldwide, the word ALLAH has never been substituted by any other word, not even Tuhan.

In contrast, the name ALLAH is not used by all Christians. Its only used in the Arab world and in Indonesia, where the population are predominantly Muslim. While in the Christian heartlands of Europe, ALLAH has been a foreign word. Furthermore, the earliest of Hebrew and Greek bibles DID NOT use the word ALLAH either. So are the most read English-version bibles.

Meaning, to the Christians, there is NO SPECIFIC NAME to theiir god. The name of their god seems to change according to the LOCAL LANGUAGE. In Arab world, they use ALLAH. In Hebrew, ELOHIM. In Greek, YAHWEH or JEHOVAH, and in English, GOD. If they were to consistent with this pattern, the local translation for ‘god’ in Bahasa Melayu is ‘Tuhan’. Why, are they going for ‘arabic’ term ALLAH in this Malay-speaking region then?

Obviously, in the Arab world and in the Malay speaking Malay Archipelago, the Christians who are MINORITY, would have adopted the word most used by the Muslims, as part of their STRATEGY to convert the Muslimms to their religion. In Europe and America, where the Christians are the MAJORITY, their Christian leaders are not fighting for the use of the world ALLAH, despite political powers are in their hands.

Despite the lengthy High Court judgement, there was not even a mention that the MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS do not ever utter the word ALLAH in their prayers. The judgement only gave examples in the Arab world, Indonesia and East Malaysia context.

No doubt, prior to Christianity, ALLAH was the God of all Messengers of ALLAH, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac and Moses. But they used ALLAH for the ONE TRUE GOD, not for the FABRICATED TRINITY GOD. As I’d mentioned in my earlier postings, Christianity in its present form was DEVIATED by the Romans, who introduced the additional Gods, God the Son, and the Holy Ghost, in their new TRINITY GOD.

I can only agree the Christians using the word ALLAH if they are willing to REMOVE addditional FABRICATIONS on top of the ONE TRUE GTOD, including the GOD THE SON and GOD THE HOLY GHOST, from their teachings.


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