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Wednesday, 26 November 2008In a surprise move,
Yesterday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi clarified that "the physical regime [of yoga] with no elements of worship can continue" adding that "it is not banned. I believe that Muslims are not easily swayed into polytheism." More on Malaysiakini. While that should be applauded, one needs to know why does the PM interfere in the works of National Fatwa Council? Does that mean the Council isn't independent and Umno uses it to confuse the people during Umno's crisis? Methinks that's the case.
Anyway, if the Council is truly independent, then it should issue a Fatwa against ISA today and not tomorrow. The Council should explain to Muslims if Islam allows detention without trial. There are some prisoners who are languishing in Kamunting for almost one decade and their loved ones tormented. There are men who are detained and their wives subjected to untold suffering. They are neither freed nor judged. The Council will have no credibility whatsoever if it keeps its deafening silence on this matter and only comes to the fore to confuse people during Umno's crisis.
Before we look for a panacea to a certain problem, or take a decision on a certain matter, we need to know what ails the society. I want to ask: is yoga what ails the Muslims in this nation? Does yoga constitute a grave danger today that we need to sap the energy of the nation and cause confusion so much so that the Royalty screams in disagreement? Fatwa on yoga faces opposition from sultans-Malaysiakini
What about ISA and injustice? What about the legalised corruption and the looting of state coffers in the name of commissions and Ketuanan Melayu? What about the Muslim men who derelict their marital duties and torment Muslim women? When will the Council issue a fatwa so that they are ISA-ed? What about the misuse of Islamic aothing? What about the total collapse of the judicial system and the appointment of ghost judges to issue ghost judgements? Doesn't Islam encourage only impeccable people to be appointed to positions of influence? What about all other pertinent issues that threaten the dignity Islam and human beings?
The Counil's sweeping condemnation of yoga and smallness reminds me of the sad story about the grandson of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)- a person from the region where the terrible atrocity occurred, was discussing the Shariah ruling of the blood of a mosquito with a scholar, and was told something like: "You, who comes from the people who brutally tortured and murdered the beloved of the beloved of God, now while the blood of the Prophets grandson is still flowing in the streets, you are more concerned about the blood of a mosquito!" Now, don't we have other crisis when we are dealing with an issue like this?
Just few days ago in my first blog post, I quoted celebrated Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul who 50 years ago said:
'While the world is reaching for the moon,
We remain too busy,
Thumping through the Quran,
Debating fatwas about Talaq'.
50 years down the line after he recited that poem,
Dear Council, our problems and "un-Islamness" revolve around corruption, dead hearts that are fed on lies and hatred, mismanagement, pettiness, laziness, jealousy and many other greater ills. If the Council can't face these issues and stand up to the powers that be, then there is no need for it to confuse the people about "mosquito blood."
This hullabaloo reminds of a young Egyptian Muslim man who wanted to stab an Azhari Imam who was supposed to deliver the Khtubah on a given Friday last year in
When the Imam stood up to deliver the Khutbah and started talking about Taqwa (God's fear), the young man who was wielding a dagger stepped forward and menacingly rushed to the podium. He was overpowered and made to sit and the dagger taken from his hands. He screamed that the Muslim Imams of today are the ones who are destroying Muslims.
The young man narrated his ordeal. He said his sick mother who is in coma needs help. However, fellow Muslims who are obliged to help him have ignored him. He said the Imams don't tell fellow Muslims that they should care for one another. That the sick should be visited, that the wayfarer should be helped, that the poor should be attended to, that the meek should be lifted up. He said they talk about God's fear while not telling people the real Taqwa which is helping one another and attending to each other's needs and understanding the higher purpose of life.
Everyone who was in attendance agreed with the young man. Now, the National Fatwa Council ignores the government's oppression, misappropriation, ISA, injustice, inequality, misuse of Islam by the government, oppression of Muslim women by some Muslim men and they concentrate on petty issues. I want to tell the National Fatwa Council that it is you who will chase people out of Islam if you continue with this approach. Talk about the real Taqwa. (Allahuma Fashhad)