Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Seaming The Great Divide in 2013?

Another Gregorian year is passing by, and we say goodbye to 2012, the year some thought to be the end of the world. Of course, in reality, when the calendar runs out of pages on the wall means we need to go and buy or print a new one. Of course, there was nowhere in the ancient Mayan records say that the world will end on 21st December 2012, they merely meant the end of a world, and beginning of another...anyway. Make no mistake, we are in the end of times, but judging from the prophesies from the Hadith of Muhammad S.A.W., we might not be in the end of the world yet...only God knows. We have seen Gog and Magog descending from high places, bringing back a tribe that was forbidden to enter Jerusalem which was destroyed by the Romans, but we will never know when the Mahdi will appear (no, not the pkr mahdi), let alone knowing whether the one-eyed is already here or not, or when Isa A.S. will return. I remembered a hadith which I read in my secondary school years, but the problem is I could not find the reference, but in a way, it tells us that, if you know that the end of the world is tomorrow, just be normal as if nothing is going to happen.

So, what have we seen this year? 2012 seems to be a year that sent shivers through the spines of pakatan rakyat leaders, especially in the second half.

It must be noted that dap really created history this year. For the first time in the chauvenistic socialist party's history, there were 8 Malay candidates who actually ran for positions in the Central Executive Committe. As expected, the public was sceptical about their chances, and despite all the advice against it, they actually ran for the positions. What can we say? To them, doomsday came early when they were totally humiliated in the polls by the racist party. They were already warned...hmmm, their fate seems to be very similar to the antagonist in the local folklore, as shown below: Bear in mind, we stress on the word "they were advised" and the other is "Jangan, monyet, jangan!"



Okay, that's enough monkey business for the moment....

We have crossed into the Gregorian year of 2013, the year that some have predicted that the Malaysian chapter of the New World Order, led by the odious Anwar Ibrahim and his pakatan (the nefarious PKR, the crusading DAP and the deceived and deceiver Pas), even if pakatan loses the General Election by a landslide majority.

The time, I must say, is ripe. Dap is busy dismantling the Islamic nature and faith of the Malays, planting the seend of hatred amongst the Malay Muslims, making way for the “liberal” Muslims to voice out. Pas is busy ensuring that the Muslims remain split ideologically and anwar ensures that this situation will remain for “his” benefit. It’s not something new, the Muslim world has seen rifts, splits, factions and breakways throughout history. Surprising, is it? Of course not, we have been warned:
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects.” (Narrated by Abu Hurayrah)

When the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) passed away in 632CE, while Ali bin Abi Talib R.A. and his closest relatives were busy with funeral arrangements and preparations, Abu Bakar As-Siddiq, Umar Al-Khatab, and Abu Ubaidah ibn al Jarrah met with the leaders of Medina and elected Abu Bakr as the first caliph. This was done as there were already tension between factions within the Muslim community and bloodshed was close as swords were already drawn. This decision not to include Ali dismayed him, his family and his supporters who felt that Ali should have been nominated as well as he is not only one of the Sahabat, he is also family.

Little did anybody suspect that this event, among many,  planted the seed of a break-up that will result in a creation of the second largest Muslim group in the world. Ali continued to be left out from being nominated for the position of caliph until the assasination of Usman Ibn Affan, when Ali finally became the Caliph. The political manueverings of Muawiyah, the wars waged and in the end, Ali's assasination spelt the end of the people-elected Khalifat-ul-Rashidin (The Rightful Guided Leader) and the beginning of an absolute monarchy, which was the Umayyads. The Umayyads persecuted Ali's descendants as they have always been insecure about their right to the caliphate which saw Hasan Ibn Ali poisoned and Husin Ibn Ali slaughtered at Karbala. Many of their descendants met a similar fate of being poisoned and persecuted under the orders of the Umayyad caliphs. With all of these, and many more, came the Syiah, or Shi'ite, from the term Shi'atu Ali, meaning "followers", "faction", or "party" of Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin Ali, whom they believe to be Muhammad's successor.

It is through the events that happened to Ali Ibn Abi Talib, his wife (daughter of Muhammad S.A.W) and his children that Shi'ites never recognized the caliphate of Abu Bakar, Umar and Usman, let alone the Umayyads.

There is also another breakaway that occurred during the Caliphate of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A), the Kharijites, or more popularly known here as Khawarij ("Those who went out"). This group, strangely similar to the Shi'ites, but in an almost "camera obscura" image. The khawarijs originate, similarly to Syiah, politically which endoctrined itself into a religious practice. The Battle of Siffin (657CE) saw the battle between the Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib and Muawiyah bin Abu Suffian for the leadership of the Muslim world. The tribe who were responsible for the murder of the previous Caliph, Usman Ibn Affan, aligned themselves with Ali's troops. On the verge of defeat, Muawiyah strategized his army to hoist Qur'ans on their lances, which caused discord among Ali's army. An arbitration was held between both parties, and despite political maneuverings and trickery that saw Ali being removed from the caliphate, an agreement was made. The acceptance of these arbitrations angered the a significant number of Ali's army and they rebelled and repudiated Ali. Despite their plot to assasinate Ali and Muawiyah, they only succeeded in murdering the Caliph Ali in 661CE. Despite their obscurity, the khawarij still exist today in certains parts of Oman, Tunisia and parts of Africa. One of the early groups of the Khawarij were the Haruriyya, notorious for being, among which was its ruling on the permissibility of women Imams and that a Haruri, Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam, was the assassin of Caliph Ali.

Both sects have similar doctrines despite being at odds with each other. Both consider food not being prepared by their own people are non-Halal, among others; and they find it easy to declare other Muslims (most often, Sunnis) not in their sect as apostates and deviants.

Of course, some sects started out as a somewhat more of a movement, with a pure and innocent intention. Movements such as Wahabbism began innocently as a concept where Muslims return to the basic teaching of Islam and expel the excessiveness, but the turned out to be extreme and once implemented, persecuted Sunnis and Shi'ites. Among the first to be attacked were the Ahl-ul Bayt, where their religious centres were demolished and graves destroyed for what Wahabbis claim to be " acts of syirik."

In Malaysia, the rift among Malays is not new, but the worse has always been between UMNO and Pas. Pas has always been the vengeful one considering their temperemental pull-out from Barisan Nasional over Kelantan issues in the late 1970s. But this bad blood was elevated to a severe level when pas was hit by a new wave, or a tremor that made the rift, division among Malays on a seemingly permanent level.

It was in the late 1970s when brash young turks such as Hadi Awang came to the fore of pas and rose through the ranks. Despite not even being an ulama, he brandished an edict, or doctrine, known as Amanat Haji Hadi in 1981 which basically expelled other Muslims (not limited to Malaysia) from Islam for not being in a political party known as Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS...or it is PIS?). It was a move that was motivated by pure politics and hatred towards the ruling party, UMNO. It is this doctrine, enshrined by many pas supporters, that led to the undeniable rift between the Muslims in Malaysia, and became the underlying factor in creating more ugly incidents that never ceases even to this day. Imagine that, all these because of a political doctrine, that has no bearing on religion, from a politician looking for power, and nowhere near being an ulama:



”Saudara-saudara sekalian,Percayalah ! kita menentang UMNO bukan kerana nama dia UMNO, kita menentang Barisan Nasional,bukan kerana nama Barisan Nasional.Kita menentang dia kerana dia mengekalkan Perlembagaan penjajah, mengekalkan peraturan kafir, mengekalkan peraturan jahiliah".

”Oleh kerana itulah kita berjuang melawan mereka.Percayalah saudara,perjuangan kita adalah jihad, ucapan kita adalah jihad, derma kita adalah jihad dan kerana kita berjuang dengan puak-puak ini, kalau kita mati kerana berlawan ini, mati kita adalah mati syahid, mati kita adalah mati Islam.”

”Kita tidak payah masuk Yahudi, kita tidak payah masuk Kristian, kita tidak payah masuk Hindu, kita tidak payah masuk Buddha, tetapi kita menjadi kafir dengan mengatakan politik agama suku.”

By its appearance, both physical and spiritual, one can smell the extreme elements of Syiah and Khawarij in the amanat. For the first time ever, UMNO members and other Muslims who do not support pas, were branded as apostates. Illogical it may be, but pas supporters, especially in the east coast of Malaysia, went on a rampage, basing their religious beliefs on a political statement that was made out of pure hatred and anger:
1. Communal prayers such as the Friday prayers were split in two in the same mosque because Imams from different parties.
2. Spouses divorcing, families disputing and outcasting each other over political ideologies
3. Pas boycotting kenduris and funerals of UMNO members, even if it involves their parents or their closest relatives.
4. Pas members wanting the Pas flag as their death shroud (kain kapan)
5. Pas members declaring that food sold by non-Pas members are Haram, and yet they buy from non-Muslims
6. The promise of heaven for those who vote for pas...wow, easy living, vote for a political party and win a free pass to heaven...
7. Zakat paid not to the appointed Amir, but to the pas party itself, resulting in pas being able to construct more party buildings instead of helping the poor.
8. The Memali incident, by farthe worst physical event ever to be created out of this doctrine which saw a local religious teacher/leader Ibrahim Mahmud, or Ibrahim Libya and several of his followers, dead, while more than 100 villagers detained. The political party which has no authority in religion, or known as Pas, declared those who died as Martyrs, or Syahid. Pas even launched a donation drive to ”help” the wives of those who were killed. However, those millions in donations disappeared and pas has kept mum about the issue, resulting in a scathing attack by their own members.

For the first time, especially to those who looks for the one-eyed, the key to the self-destruction of the Malay Muslims has been exposed, and it has been used over and over again. The amanat exposed the simple and fragile nature of some of the Muslims’ faith and understanding in Islam, and how easy it is for their faith to be manipulated by politics. It didn’t even take an ulama to sway them: it was a simple matrix of placing the importance of politics over religion where religion is manipulated to justify their means and ends. In reality, pas created its own sect with a mish-mash of syiahism and khawarij, modifying them whenever needed, with politics first, religion later.

The practice of the amanat has been kept alive even today. It was still quite recent when the decrepit n.ajis announced that UMNO members are apostates again. Those who have faith and understanding of Islam were, and are, unperturbed as they know that a politician has no authority to brand anybody over their faith.

Interestingly, pas’ politics based on the amanat actually pulled in new supporters, and not within the usual demograph of simple village peopleon the east coast. Modern and urban youths actually bought the idea, along with several Malaysian entertainers. Now pas moves ahead spreading their faith-swaying ideologies through these entertainers. However, in reality, the entertainers were already fading and out on their luck, with questionable basic belief and understanding of Islam in the first place. People like Abby Abadi became an overnight ”Ustazah” having no idea what she is talking about. Her twitter messages became one of the biggest joke of the year. What, a pas jemaah ensure you a place in heaven, are you kidding me? But it is understandable: they were so lost in their lives of glamour, and they now look for redemption. But with lack of faith and understanding in Islam, they chose pas as they believe that it is a shortcut to redemption. Hey, pas pays well for their appearance anyway, no matter how perversed their view on Islam is.  I find that strange because Cat Stevens converted to Islam, not pas.

Allah is Great, and there are times when what goes around, comes around, whether we realize it or not, even if we like it or don't. Does Hadi ever realize that he himself has contradicted the basic teaching of his own Amanat? He brand UMNO as apostates for working with MIC and MCA in Barisan Nasional, yet he works hand in hand with a man who is trying to bring mischief and damage towards Islam in Malaysia and along with DAP, a staunch anti-Islam and anti-Malay party who was responsible for the dreadful May 13th incident and currently trying to launch the crusade against Islam? Even worse, he works with a coalition which strategy and resources are financed by Islam's worst enemy, despite all the warnings given in the Quran and Hadith. Does he look, but could never see, or he simply ignores the facts for the sake of power? So far, hadi has only proven that pas never had anything to do with Islam. It is very strange: this is the leader of a so-called Islamic party who announced in late 1990s that those who become apostates should be executed. Now he keeps quiet when dap passionately oppose Hudud and demands the right to use the name of Allah in their religious books. Whatever happened to the former brash young Turk? Lost his balls? Maybe it's next to anwar's omega.

Hadi's amanat came under the limelight again when a book "Kafirkah Aku?" (Am I An Apostate?) by C.N. Al-Afghani, or Zainon bin Ismail who was expelled by pas for exposing the misappropriation and abuse of the Memali Funds years back. Hadi has so far kept mum on the amanat issue but lashed back at C.M. Al Afghani by calling him "just a primary school teacher", most probably stating that all primary and pondok school teachers are of low intellect. Do people like hadi and n.ajis think that they have been elevated to ”demi-god” or so immortal that what they say or do cannot be wrong, or even omnipotent? I guess the strokes and heart medications do keep them reminded of how puny they are.

Hadi has called upon the government to give him air-time on national media, such as RTM and TV3 to give him a chance to explain, or even defend the issue of his Amanat. This will sound interesting, as long as the government ensures that JAKIM moderate the event. There are also those who call for the presence of several prominent Ulama and Islamic scholars such as Yusof Qardawi and even Sheikh Imran Hoesin during the show. Will Hadi defend his long-standing Amanat, or repent and ask his followers to follow suit and get back on the right path of Islam? However, one might also ask, why would Hadi set conditions just to explain about the amanat? Can't he just be responsible as a leader, admit his wrongs and set things right? How much blood and destruction among ummah does he want in his hands?

As I was saying, anwar and his ”allies” (both in pakatan and outsideof Malaysia) will need the amanat to be alive. For chauvenistic parties, like the crusading dap, the clash of the Malay Muslims among themselves will give them a good chance to get rid of the pesky Islamic dominance and the Malay pests. The Muslims and Malays have stood in their way for far too long, with those two gone, then it will be an easy street to get rid of the Malay Sultans and Islam from being anywhere in the constitution. Anwar believes that, under these mechanism, his desire to be the President will be fulfilled, although he will face a lot of back-stabbings from others in his pakatan who have the same desire.
”The People of the Two Scriptures divided into seventy-two sects. This Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects, all in the Fire except one, that is, the Jama`ah. Some of my Ummah will be guided by desire, like one who is infected by rabies; no vein or joint will be saved from these desires”

Will Hadi repent and take back his amanat and set things right? Even if he wants, there'll be no way for him to do so as the setback will be very severe to pas and pakatan. Anwar will never let that pass. Anwar said, back in September 2012, “Jam 2.30 petang, saya akan hubungi Tan Sri SPR, (dan berkata) Tan Sri, saya dah dapat keputusan. Saya bagi peluang setengah jam, umum cara teratur dan telus. Kalau tidak, kita ambil tindakan serta-merta kepada seluruh pihak SPR,"
He wants to be declared winner and PM while the election was still on-going? It’s a gory vision as that decision never meant that he won anything….Novus Orde Seclorum Uno Modo vel ├ílterum

3 comments:

  1. Excellent article.. and I'm amazed on often you update your blog.. where's the energy came from?..

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    1. Thank you for your comments. Always enjoyed your comments whenever you visit. On the contrary, i don't write that often. This posting is close to a month after the last. Well...not much energy bro. I really take my time to write...then rewrite again and again...

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