Monday, September 1, 2014

Senjata apa saja Regime





'Apa saja' sebagai senjata


Survival atau ‘demi kelangsungan hidup’. Itu kata kuncinya. Lawannya ‘punah’ atau lebih ngeri lagi ‘punah ranah’.  Bila seekor anak kucing jalanan tersepit dan yakin nyawanya dalam bahaya ia berbuat apa saja yang mungkin untuk menyelamatkan dirinya. 


Pernah kau melihat bagaimana ia, seekor anak kucing jalanan ini, lari terbirit-birit mencari tempat perlindungan?  Sekiranya secara kebetulan ia sedang menumpang di kaki lima sebuah kedai yang memperbaiki peti-peti tv rosak, ia lari menyembunyikan dirinya di celah-celah longgokan tv yang rosak dan minta diperbaiki itu. Ia menggiau sekuat-kuat hatinya, mulut terbuka luas hinggakan lidah kecil mungil merah jambu warnanya itu terangkat, dua baris gigi kecil tajam jelas kelihatan dan mengancam.  Dan kedua-dua belah kaki depannya sibuk sekali mencakar-cakar dan menghalang apa saja yang cuba mendekatinya.  Jika tanganmu yang kau hulur jauh ke arahnya kerana mahu membelainya, tanganmu itulah menjadi sasaran bahamannya.  Percayalah, sakit pedih luka akibat dicakar digigit seekor anak kucing jalanan yang ketakutan sukar dipadamkan dari ingatan; lain kali aku pasti lebih berhati-hati kerana teringat pada luka yang menyakitkan akibat cakaran dan gigitan itu.



Senjata untuk hidup ―survival ― seekor anak kucing jalanannya ialah dengan menggunakan apa saja yang ia miliki. Ia gunakan kudrat empat kerat yang dianugerahi Tuhannya untuk selamat.  Ia melindungi dirinya dengan melarikan diri dan bersembunyi daripada sebarang ancaman musuh.  Ia bersembunyi sehingga keadaan sekelilingnya dirasai cukup selamat sebelum ia muncul semula.  Ia keluar ke kawasan umum untuk mencari makan apabila cukup yakin keadaan di sekelilingnya sudah selamat.  Ia membuat bising sekuat-kuat hatinya apabila percaya ia sedang diserang.  Ia mencakar, menggigit siapa saja yang dilihat mengancamnya. Jika seekor kucing jalanan bermati-matian mempertahankan hidup ― survivalnya ― apakah sebuah regime akan berdiam diri jika melihat ia mahu  dimusnahkan?



Senjata regime yang terancam: ‘Apa Saja’


‘Apa Saja’ pasti dijadikan menjadi senjata demi survivalnya. 

Lalu apakah cara terbaik dan paling berkesan buat melawan ‘Apa Saja’ yang sentiasa menyerang itu?

Katanya kitab lama yang sering dirujuk sebagai petunjuk dalam ilmu bertempur ialah Sun Tzu Seni Peperangan, The Art of War yang tersohor itu.

Seekor anak kucing jalanan tak punya masa untuk membaca kitab mempertahankan diri.

Sebuah perlawanan tulen ialah peperangan saraf tidak akan mati kerana ia dinyalakan oleh idealisme dan prinsip.


Apakah perlawanan bakal padam kerana prinsip dan idealisme telahpun mati???


Selangor ― Wahai Selangor ― semoga kau terselamat dan diselamatkan oleh prinsip dan idealisme itu!! Ameen.




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bicara kemerdekaan: Harapan luhur kaum Nasrani





Sumber: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/272953

'We must continue to hope for a great nation'


COMMENT This year we commemorate the 57th anniversary of Merdeka and the 51st anniversary of the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia. The Christian community in Malaysia has always counted it a blessing to be part of the great moments and milestones of our shared history as a nation.

Our experience of this past year, however, has been marred by the painful memory of two incidents; first, our sacred scriptures being seized from the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia and second, the refusal of the Federal Court to grant leave to the Roman Catholic Church to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Herald case.

We continue to be concerned for the status of the seized copies of the Bible and the outcome of other cases pending in the courts related to the use of the word “Allah” by Christians.

In addition to these, we are also witnessing an escalation in ethnic and religious extremism, where unchecked sectarian forces of hatred and bigotry, often fuelled by misinformation and misinterpretation, lies and inflammatory speeches, are ripping apart the social fabric of our nation that had been built on the principles of moderation and multi-culturalism. We believe that all Malaysians truly have cause for concern.

Given the many challenges we are facing today, and compounded by insensitive and illogical statements and pronouncements by some members of the government and governing political parties and by the pursuit of economic policies that only add to the rising cost of living, it is not surprising that many have succumbed to pessimism and cynicism.

Resist and oppose destructive forces

If we are to survive as a united nation, if we are to keep hope alive for our common future, we must all resist and oppose these destructive forces. All who succumb to fear and despair eventually become enemies of hope.

On the other hand, we must also avoid naïve and false optimism that comes from ignorance and indifference or an intentional act of sweeping important issues under the carpet.


What then is this genuine hope?

  • Genuine hope has a cost as it is not about peace of mind or absence of strife.
     
  • Genuine hope demands the courage to take risks, the moral will to carry through with our convictions and the active resisting of the forces of destruction, hate and violence.
     
  • Genuine hope is never the denial of truth, the sober realities of life, the rot and corruption that infects our society.
     
  • Genuine hope must expose the veil of lies, fraud and deception that are often used to coerce and subjugate minds through misinformation and fear.
     
  • Genuine hope sees a future in authentic dialogue, affirmation, humility and mutual respect.
     
  • Genuine hope demands for others what we demand for ourselves.
     
  • Genuine hope does not separate ‘us’ from ‘them’ but sees all as “one”.

And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.

And so we urge all Malaysians to recommit themselves to a common collaboration to save Malaysia from the forces of bigotry, religious extremism and racial polarisation.

We urge all Malaysians to press even harder for personal, interpersonal and institutional change that will transform our nation into a more tolerant and caring society where all may enjoy the fullest measure of life and liberty, equal protection of the law and safeguarding of their fundamental liberties.

Support groups that seek to unite us

We enjoin our fellow Malaysians to support movements and groups that seek to unite us as Malaysians living in peace and harmony with each other.

More recently our nation has been engulfed by enormous grief at the loss of the passengers and cabin crews of flights MH370 and MH17. Christians in Malaysia unite with their fellow citizens, and indeed with all who lost loved ones and friends in these two tragedies, in prayer and solemn reflection, seeking solace and consolation for all those who mourn.

Even so, we urge our fellow Malaysians not to succumb in these dark days to despair and desolation. Let us unite in prayer to Almighty God for the strength to persevere and the courage to hope and work for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Our prayers are lifted up for our nation’s leaders, our Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the rulers, our prime minister and members of his cabinet, menteris besar and chief ministers and their executive committee members, our elected representatives, the judiciary, the police and the armed forces that they will uphold with absolute integrity the freedom of religion guaranteed under our Federal Constitution and the responsibilities that have been entrusted to them for the common good.

May God bless our beloved country, Malaysia and all her peoples!



CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA is an ecumenical umbrella body comprising the Council of Churches of Malaysia, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pesan sang abah buat calon ulamak




[Bayangkan ― sebagai ketua ― anaknda telah nyata belot dan khianat, hadis yang mana satu dan ayat Quran mana yang mahu anaknda petik buat melindungi diri anaknda?] 




Pesan seorang abah kepada calon ulamak


Anakku,


1.0 Pertama sekali anaknda perlulah sedar kenapa abah memilih menyerahkan anaknda menimba ilmu di madrasah tarbiah sepertimana yang sedang anaknda alami sekarang ini.  Ketahuilah,  abah bukan sekadar suka-suka memaksa anaknda membaca, merenung, menelaah ilmu-ilmu agama serta menghafal dan berhujah dengan menggunakan hadis dan ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran.  Bukan itu saja tujuan abah.  Ingatlah wahai anaknda, bukan itu tujuan abah bila mempertaruhkan masa depan anaknda di tempat seperti ini.  Abah ada wasasan yang jelas kenapa anaknda mesti melampaui batas dan sempadan celik, pintar dan berupaya berhujah dengan ilmu-ilmu Islam. 


2.0 Sebagai manusia yang yakin bahawa segala manusia itu pasti dikembalikan untuk menghadap dan bertemu dengan Maha Penciptanya, abah mahu anak abah kembali ke alam sana sebagai seorang manusia yang kenal, bijak dan arif ilmu Islamnya.  Abah mahu anak kesayangan abah bukan sekadar seorang insan yang kenal agama, lancar berbicara, bersyarah dan berhujah tentang Islam di depan khalayak sepertimana yang sering kita saksikan selama ini.  Abah bayangkan sesuatu yang sangat berbeza.  Anakku, abah mahu anaknda menjadi manusia yang bertindak dan bukannya seorang manusia yang bukan kepalang gemarnya berkata-kata.  Ya, setelah ‘lulus’  jadilah diri kamu itu ulamak.  Ingatlah bahawa kamu yang ulamak itu bukanlah seekor tiong dalam sangkar emas.  Tiong yang ramah menyapa tuannya, meminta-minta agar sangkarmu jangan kekeringan.    


3.0 Sekarang ini telinga anaknda, sama seperti telinga ayahnda,  sudah jenuh dan tepu sekali dengan kata-kata hikmat ― ulamak itu pewaris Nabi.  Abah harap anak abah juga sudah cukup yakin bahawa memang benarlah ulamak yang tulen itu sememangnya pewaris Nabi.  Dan sebagai seorang bakal pewaris Nabi maka tidaklah cukup sekiranya kehidupan anaknda sekadar menjadi manusia yang biasa-biasa saja ― apatah lagi menjadikan dirinya seekor tiong.  Oleh itu anaknda mestilah melengkapkan diri anaknda sebagai pewaris nabi yang tulen.  Pewaris yang bertindak, bukan hanya sekadar sang khatib yang lancar berkhutbah di atas mimbar.


4.0 Wahai anaknda, semua orang percaya bahawa agama itu petunjuk serta jalan lurus yang paling selamat, dunia dan akhirat.  Oleh itu ramai yang sangat beria-ia mahu mengangkat, memuja, menjunjung dan ramai pula yang tanpa segan silu mendewa-dewakan para ulamak yang (katanya) sangat tinggi maqam ilmu agamanya. Anaknda mestilah berhati-hati agar tidak terperangkap dalam pemujaan yang berlebih-lebihan ini.  Ingatlah,  anaknda diangkat dan dijulang taraf dan darjatnya oleh para sahabat dan rakan taulan semadrasah.  Mereka yang saling angkat mengangkat itulah yang juga bakal menjulang anaknda sebagai seorang ulamak.  Percayalah anakku, kehidupan ini bukan sekadar mendapat sanjung dan puji, angkat dan julang oleh kelompok-kelompok anaknda semata-mata.  Yakinlah,  dalam semua bentuk sanjungan ini, bakal terselit bisikan dan tipu muslihat yang licik.  Ada yang sentiasa mengintai-intai untuk menipu anaknda.


5.0  Akhir sekali,  abah ingin berpesan tentang cabaran, ujian dan amanah sebuah jawatan.  Sekiranya anaknda ditakdirkan memikul jawatan yang diletakkan di atas bahu anaknda, ingatlah bahawa itu adalah  ujian yang besar.  Janganlah anaknda mengira bahawa di madrasah ini anaknda tidak berdepan dengan cabaran dan ujian jawatan.  Ada satu pesanan (yang ayahnda perolehi dari seorang rakan) buat renungan anaknda.  Dan anaknda perhatikan pesanan ini baik-baik:

Seekor tupai di atas sebatang pokok yang tinggi mungkin dikira makhluk yang sangat kecil untuk diberikan perhatian.  Sesungguhnya perkiraan ini sangat meleset.  Ia pemerhatian yang salah.  Percayalah,  setiap kali sang tupai yang amat kecil ini bergerak, ramai yang berada di bumi melihat dan mengamatinya.  Tidak ada ranting, daunan atau dahan yang bakal melindungi gerak geri tupai yang sekecil itu. Ia terdedah kepada sorotan makhluk lain. 


Bayangkan ― sebagai ketua ― anaknda tiba-tiba belot dan khianat, hadis sahih yang manakah dan ayat Quran yang mana satu yang mahu anaknda petik buat melindungi diri anaknda? 




WANITA di mata bijak pandai



Wanita, di mata sesetengah bijak pandai
 



Agaknya apakah perasaan para profesor bila mendapati pengerusi mesyuarat yang mereka hadiri itu seorang wanita?   

Apakah perasaan para ketua pengarah pelbagai Jabatan apabila mendapati Ketua Setiausaha Kementeriannya yang mempengerusi mesyuarat itu seorang wanita?

Seorang perempuan, seorang ibu, seorang isteri atau seorang penjawat awam jadi berbeza kerana dia seorang perempuan?  Apakah yang membuat seorang perempuan penjawat awam itu berbeza?

Kita ingin juga mendengar pandangan mereka yang selesa berhujah dengan hujah-hujah agama.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Anwar Ibrahim at the Inaugural Session – International Ulema Conference, Istanbul 20th August 2014





Ulema and their impact on the Umma 

(Address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Inaugural Session – International Ulema Conference, Istanbul 20th August 2014)


Congratulates RT Erdogan

Let me just take a moment to congratulate Prime Minister and now President Designate Tayyip Recep Erdogan on his overwhelming victory through the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the recently concluded presidential elections.

For the first time ever in the history of democratic Turkey such an election has been held and it is truly indicative of a huge positive impact in political and democratic reform. I am confident that Turkey has now taken another major step forward in proving beyond any doubt that democracy, freedom and justice are not only compatible with Islam but are essential for the progress and well-being of the umma.

Commends role of Al-Qaradhawi – examplary alim

Let me also take this opportunity to express the greatest appreciation to al Fadhil Shaykh Dr Yusuf al-Qhardawi who is not just the world’s leading authority in Islamic jurisprudence but, to my mind, more significantly, a champion for the cause of justice and freedom in the true Islamic sense.

In the face of constant oppression, mistreatment and injustice from the powers that be in his homeland and some other Arab countries as well as being subjected to a systematic campaign of character assassination by the West, Shaykh al-Qhardawi has remained steadfast in his convictions that if we are truly sincere in our struggles for peace and justice in the name of Islam, then we need only fear Allah s.w.t.

Ulama and justice

In this regard, we are indeed grateful that he has contributed so immensely to the uplift of the role of the ulema in this fast changing world and in the process has helped to move the discourse on Islam, the Shari’ah and justice to a level that resonates with the new ideals and aspirations of the new generation.

In the history of Islamic civilization, the ulema have occupied a central place in shaping the course of events that have a direct impact on the umma. In the process, they have contributed significantly to political and socio-economic changes in Muslim societies, some for better and some for worse.

One prominent feature of the role of the ulema has been and continues to be their relationship and interaction with the powers that be. In fact, it has been said that the extent of their influence on the people is very much dependent on the extent of their proximity with those powers.

Historically, their rise or fall was in the hands of the ruling government. We know that under Mustafa Kemal the influence of the ulema in Turkey virtually disappeared.

In Syria under the Ba’athist regime of Hafiz al-Asad, Islamists were slaughtered by the thousands and membership in the Muslim Brotherhood became a capital crime. Similar faiths befell the Brotherhood and ulema staunchly opposed to the secular and dictatorial regimes in Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el-Sadat.

In contrast, in Turkey today, the ulema are regaining their pride of place and are actively contributing to the national discourse on moving the umma to the next level.

The true ulema command our greatest respect because they have dedicated their lives to the cause of Islam and justice. They fear none except Allah. I say true ulema because there are those who are called ‘ulema’ or hold themselves out as‘ulema’ but when tested, it appears that they fear Man more than they fear God.

“Allah bears witness that there is no god but Him, so do the angels and those with knowledge upholding justice. There is no god but Him, the Almighty, All-Wise.” (Qur’an ‘ali Imran 3:18)
These are the true ulema for they are not just ‘ulul ‘ilmi’ but ‘qaa-imambilqisti’.

Therefore, ulema worthy of our highest respect are those who, in the name of justice, can stand up to dictators, tyrants and oppressive rulers. Imam Yahya an-Nawawi was one of them.

He refused Sultan al-Zahir Baibars’ request for a fatwa to legitimize further taxation on the people in order to finance his wars against the Mongols. While other so-called ulema obeyed, Imam an-Nawawi refused and told the ruler:

“I have heard that you have one thousand male slaves and each one of them has a girth of gold. And you have two hundred slave girls and each of them has a portion of gold jewellery. If you spend all of that and you leave your slaves with straps and dyes instead of the gold girths, and you leave the slaves girls with their clothing and no jewellery, then I will give you a fatwa that you can take wealth from the citizenry.”

We know of course what price Imam an-Nawawi had to pay for this. The Sultan became angry and banished him from Damascus.

Just for the record, this was no mediocre ruler of the Islamic world. He was the first Sultan of the Bahri Mamluk dynasty of 13th century. He had defeated the crusaders in at least three major campaigns, and had led the Muslim army to victory against the Mongols in the famous Battle of Ain Jalut.

In terms of governance, he was exemplary in building the necessary infrastructure for the progress of the umma, and paid particular attention to nurturing development in the Islamic sciences.

But Baibars was human and not infallible. So, when the test came for Imam an-Nawawi, his choice was clear.

Egypt

Coming back to Egypt, in order to fight the Islamist and after democratic opposition, we know how the dictators such as Nasser and Sadat relied on Al-Azhar ulema to go on government controlled media to condemn them.

In the present day, the January 25 Revolution gave the Egyptian people a golden opportunity to taste true freedom and democracy. Unfortunately, after being democratically elected as President, Morsi was never really given a chance to take Egypt to the next level as the traitors of the revolution and enemies of freedom and justice were busy plotting to take Egypt back to its pre-democracy days.

So, on 3 July last year, General Al-Sisi, on the pretext of fulfilling the people’s wishes, staged a military coup. Ulema throughout the Middle East and in other parts of the Muslim world roundly condemned it.

Unfortunately, the grand imam of al-Azhar whose fatwa condemning it would have the greatest impact, did exactly the opposite. Was this fatwa issued in the name of freedom and justice? Or was it in the name of supporting oppression and injustice?

As we know, the coup was followed by a reign of terror. Thousands of civilians, women and children were slaughtered while the United States, the European Union and most shamefully, many of the Arab states, stood by.

The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organisation and those fighting for freedom and democracy punished with death or life imprisonment. Three journalists from al-Jazeera were held for months without trial and later tried by kangaroo court given severe sentences.

Gaza 

As for Gaza, the truth remains stark. Since July 8, more than 1700 Palestinians have been butchered by the Israeli government.

On the pretext of responding to rockets from Hamas, the IDF has unleashed a new phase of genocide that has caused unimaginable suffering. This mass murder of Palestinian civilians was committed with utter impunity in the face of world-wide condemnation.

The state of Israel, supported by their immense propaganda machine with the connivance of the western media, has been trying to justify its war crimes by representing Hamas as a terrorist organisation and that the relentless bombardment of civilian populations is an act of self-defence.

Firstly, Hamas is an organisation democratically elected by the Palestinian people. Secondly, just last April, they joined hands with the Palestinian faction particularly Fatah to work towards peace. They had pledged to adopt the three basic principles of nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements.

This cannot be the acts of a terrorist organisation. As former U.S. President Carter has declared, these are the acts of a legitimate political actor, representing a substantial portion of the Palestinian people, who are committed to peace.

The fact of the matter is that it is Israel that has rejected this golden opportunity for peace. No amount of spin doctoring can ever justify the way the Israeli Defense Forces have unleashed their bombs and missiles on Gaza, destroying thousands of homes and displacing more than a quarter million Palestinians. They even bombed mosques, schools and UN shelters.

It is therefore clear who the real terrorists are. It is clear who are the ones committing ethnic cleansing. And it is clear who is trying to wipe who off the map of the world.

Fanaticism must be condemned

Meanwhile, the sectarian conflict in the Middle East shows no sign of abating. On the contrary, we have witnessed increasing violence and brutal killings.

Supported by external forces, the take-over by ISIS and the declaration of an Islamic caliphate in northern Iraq and south eastern Syria and the atrocities committed in the name of Islam is a classic example of religious fanaticism gone wild.

Whatever may be the causes, at the end of the day, the victims this orgy of violence, killing and bloodshed are the helpless civilians, women and children.

True Jihad

These conflicts have far reaching consequences going beyond the Middle East. In this regard, the role of the ulema cannot be overstated. The Muslim world must take decisive action. The atrocities committed by ISIS must be condemned unequivocally. And whether it is Sunni or Shia or other denominations, indiscriminate killing can never be justified. The ulema must do their utmost to bring to bear their influence on all extremist groups.

Similarly, other extreme groups like Boko Haram and al-Shabab continue to spread violence and terror across the world. The ulema must also condemn these and other similar organisations and make it clear they are the enemies of Islam.

These extremist groups trumpeting the labels of Shari’a rule and Islamic state are hijacking Islam to justify their perverse and barbaric ways. There is nothing holy about slaughtering people for not converting to Islam. There is no jihad for raping women or kidnapping girls from their schools and homes and using them as bargaining chips.

And there is no Islamic caliphate or Islamic state that is built on the altar of bloodshed, violence and hatred. These are the very characteristics shunned by Islam.

The ulema must embark on a new and true jihad to reclaim the ground that is being usurped by these criminals and mass murderers.

“Allah will raise in ranks those of you who believe and those who have been given knowledge. Allah is aware of what you do.” (Qur’an surah al-mujaadila 58:11)

Thank you.