LGBT Muslims: It’s Time For Acceptance?

19 07 2018

A Free Malaysia Today reader, who goes by the name of Dr. Moaz Nair, wrote an article published by the news portal regarding LGBT, which is currently one of the most talked about issue in the country.

With the title of “LGBT, homosexuality and Islam”, Dr. Moaz Nair discussed how he thinks the Muslims should treat the LGBT people including LGBT Muslims.

Even though Dr. Moaz Nair stated that “Islam forbids such behaviour” in reference to LGBT, Dr. Moaz Nair thinks that the Muslims should respect LGBT Muslims and “just leave it to them to live a life of their own”; or in other words, give the LGBT Muslims the freedom to express themselves in any way they wish to.

Dr. Moaz Nair wrote:

“Be that as it may, the LGBT issue should not be judged from a slanted religious or cultural perspective. It has to be looked at from medical and psychological perspectives.”

Interesting, Dr. Moaz wants the LGBT issue including LGBT Muslims “to be looked at from the medical and psychological perspectives” instead of being “judged from a slanted religious or cultural perspective”.

Hence, in order to do so, our main and most important reference should be the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases which is generally known as ICD.

ICD defines the universe of diseases, disorders, injuries and other related health conditions, listed in a comprehensive, hierarchical fashion and is used and recognised by the medical professionals worldwide.

Going through the list of internationally recognised diseases in the latest edition (2018) of ICD, categorised under, “Conditions related to sexual health”, is “Gender incongruence” which ICD-11 describes as:

Gender incongruence is characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex. Gender variant behaviour and preferences alone are not a basis for assigning the diagnoses in this group – (ICD-11)

Coded as HA60, “Gender incongruence of adolescence or adulthood describes the characters of LGBT people:

This means that LGBT people are internationally categorised as people with “Conditions related to sexual health”.

This proves that not only LGBT is prohibited in Islam but medically, it is recorded under “diseases and health conditions” classified under the code of HA60 in ICD-11, which is the latest edition of ICD.

ICD which is the foundation for the identification of health trends and the international standard for reporting diseases and health conditions, is the diagnostic classification standard for all clinical and research purposes.

Moaz also said that homosexuality and bisexuality can also be found in the non-human kingdoms including animals:

Again, homosexuality and bisexuality can also be found in the non-human kingdom, in animals and plants.

The same symptoms in animals and plants were created as such and this is not an issue at all to human beings. It’s only when human beings are seen as having these distinct traits that it becomes an issue in some societies.

I cannot understand what makes some people think that what is right for plants and animal must also be right for humans.

Or, as I once asked in my column in a news portal last year, do some people think that animals are smarter, more ethical and more civilised than humans that we humans need to follow their behaviours?

As animals practice jungle law, so must we too do the same and live a life without rules and orders where we can become our own kings and free to proclaim war anytime we feel like it?

If so, they might want to live in the zoo or forest or deep in the jungle where they can do what ever they wish and without any rules to follow.

Dr. Moaz Nair also wrote that:

There have been many cases of even religious figures who have children belonging to this category of people. Some have approached counsellors and doctors for ways out, but even trained psychiatrists cannot do much to change these congenital symptoms.

LGBT is classified as a disease, disorder, or a health condition and Muslims know that Islam forbids such behaviour, so not only if their children but if a so-called ‘religious figure’ belongs “to this category of people” or has a tendency to become an LGBT, then the so-called ‘religious figure’ must repent to Allah and seek forgiveness from Allah and then the person must seek help and wants to be treated.

But if the LGBT person refuses to be treated, then “even trained psychiatrists cannot do much to change these congenital symptoms”; not because it is impossible to do so, but because the patient does not want to be cured!

Next Dr. Moaz Nair said:

In Islam, it says Allah is compassionate (al-Rahman) and merciful (al-Rahim). Allah is also the forgiver and hider of faults (al-Ghafur).

So, just have faith in God for he knows best. Let the final judgment be God’s. 

Allah is compassionate, merciful, the forgiver and hider of faults; that is why we must obey Allah.

As Islam forbids LGBT, all Muslims must obey the words of Allah because we are Muslims and we love Allah.

If we truly have faith in Allah for Allah knows best, then we’ll obey and submit ourselves to Allah without any doubt, and not the other way around!

Dr. Moaz Nair also said that:

As human beings with many shortcomings in our judgments, we should not play God and pass spiteful judgments on the LGBT community.

I would like to say that it is not about to “play God and pass spiteful judgments on the LGBT community in Islam”, but it is about the concept of “amar ma’ruf nahi munkar” which means enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.

In a hadith narrated by Imam -Tirmizhi, the Prophet s.a.w said:

”By He whom my life is in His hands, you shall call others to do good, and stop them from doing wrong. Or (if you do not do so) Allah s.w.t will bring to you a punishment and then you ask for His help and your prayers will not be answered.”

So, if the Muslims care tor the LGBT Muslims and think that they are an integral part of our society, then we should not let them live their lives in sin; instead we must bring them to the right path.

Are we going to do nothing and just let other Muslims taking the wrong path in life only because we think that they “are an integral part of our society and they should be given the leeway and latitude to prove themselves useful to all and sundry”?

As a Muslim, we judge what is right and wrong from the perspective of the Quran and the hadith; and not from human perspectives.

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“Mana Pergi Menteri, Timbalan Menteri?” – Ahmad Maslan

19 07 2018

[Utusan Online}- KUALA LUMPUR 18 Julai – Ahli Parlimen Pontian, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan mempersoalkan tindakan menteri dan timbalan menteri yang meninggalkan Dewan Rakyat ketika persidangan masih berlangsung.

Dalam entri di twitternya, beliau mempersoalkan kenapa pada pukul 4 petang kerusi-kerusi menteri dan timbalan menteri sudah kosong, sedangkan persidangan Parlimen tamat pada pukul 5.30 petang.

“Jam 4 petang, Rabu. Sidang hari ini tamat (pukul) 5.30 petang. Mana perginya Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri Kerajaan #PH (Pakatan Harapan?

“Dahulu mereka pernah tanya, mengapa kami tidak penuhi masa dalam #DewanRakyat? Nampaknya mereka tidak sehebat mana pun. Harap ada perubahan lepas ini. Perlu ada giliran yang bertugas,” kata Ahmad Maslan dalam entri tersebut.





SST: Tiada Pembayaran Cukai Jika Tiada Pembelian – Tun

18 07 2018

 

[Sinar Harian}- KUALA LUMPUR – Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mempertahankan tindakan kerajaan untuk memperkenalkan semula cukai jualan dan perkhidmatan (SST).

Menurut beliau, kadar cukai jualan sebanyak 10 peratus hanya akan dikenakan sekiranya pengguna membuat pembelian.

Katanya, ia berbeza dengan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST).

“Kita dah umumkan kadar sifar terhadap GST. Sekarang kita nak pastikan Parlimen mansuhkan GST.

“Setahu saya 10 peratus, kalau tiada pembelian, tidak perlu menjelaskan cukai. Berbanding GST, ia cukai nilai tambah. Sama ada beli atau tidak, harga akan meningkat,” katanya kepada media di bangunan Parlimen hari ini.

Menurutnya, kerajaan juga perlu menguji dahulu pelaksanaan SST.

Semalam, Menteri Kewangan, Lim Guan Eng berkata, di bawah Akta SST yang bakal dilaksanakan pada 1 September depan, cukai jualan dicadangkan adalah 10 peratus.

Manakala untuk cukai perkhidmatan pula, dicadangkan sebanyak 6 peratus.

Guan Eng berkata, Akta SST itu dijangka dibentangkan di Dewan Rakyat bulan depan sebelum diluluskan dan seterusnya dilaksanakan.





Mahathir Gets Caustic About People’s Rejection of New National Car Suggestion

17 07 2018

Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir is disappointed and sad about the people’s rejection to his infamous new national car project.

Will he succeed in pushing his dream to see a second national car project come true?

After all Tun Dr. Mahathir is a fighter and will never give up easily.

Let us wait and see the reactions from other PH’s leaders regarding this matter.


[The Star}- PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir (pic) voiced his disappointment over the mostly negative response towards the Government’s initiative for a new national car.

“I am told no one wants to see a second national car. It is enough that Proton is said to be a failure,” he wrote in a blog post on Monday (July 16).

“Malaysians prefer to buy imported cars, including those from China,” he wrote rather acerbically.

“Their choice is Japanese cars and those with a lot of money (choose) German cars.”

He said countries such as Japan and Korea discourage the import of foreign cars, and that is the reason behind their high-quality cars.

“I remember Japanese cars right after the war. The consumers said if we scratch it with our nail, we can see (it is made out of) Milo tin.

“However from that ‘Milo tin’ car comes a variety of the Toyota, Nissan and Suzuki models that we use now,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said he is not suggesting that the new national car project be spearheaded by the government as the private sector is already capable of designing and mass producing automobiles.

“However, because we have rejected the suggestion of a (new) national car, we have already closed off all suggestions for the private sector to produce motor cars,” he said.

He said foreign cars monopolised the car market in Malaysia to the point that Proton is “buried” and sold off to foreign entities.

“There is no more national car. No more automotive industry. The workers, engineers, managers don’t have jobs anymore.

He did not refer to Perodua, the second national car company.

“Malaysia would become a country of consumers, paddy field planters and fishermen.

“Forget about Vision 2020,” he said sardonically.

On June 11, Dr Mahathir had revealed at the 24th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia the Government’s plans to work on a new national car.

However, many Malaysians did not respond positively to the suggestion. When the story was posted on the official Facebook page of The Star Online, there were over 1,000 comments.

Many asked that the public transport system be improved instead, while some pointed out that we had to learn the lessons of Proton.





A Kadir Jasin and the Raja-Raja Melayu

16 07 2018

A well known writer, A Kadir Jasin, recently wrote an article in his blog, The Scribe, entitled “Tea With The Emperor Anyone?”, writing about the Emperor of Japan as well as Her Majesty the Queen of England.

He discussed about the two monarchs and the importance of the royal institutions to their respective countries and wrapping up with the allocated expenses for each monarchs as compared to the population and the GDP of the countries.

At the end of the article, he wrote:

In the 21st century world, the UK and Japan models are probably the most acceptable for countries still keeping the system of monarchy.

Is A Kadir Jasin implying that the constitutional monarchy system practised in Malaysia is unacceptable because we have nine Royal Malay Rulers?

It seems that this is in line with what he wrote two months ago, suggesting that our system of monarchy should be reviewed and reformed.

Now, let us look back at the history of our country, for by looking at history, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of our monarchy system. 

It is very important to understand that the country we now know as Malaysia was not formed out of thin air.

Long before Malaysia was formed, there were various sovereign and independent Malay kingdoms flourished in the Malay Peninsula, each with its own Royal Malay Ruler or Raja-Raja Melayu who had absolute power over his kingdom.

In order to avoid the independent Malay kingdoms from being colonised by the British under what was called the Malayan Union, all the nine Raja-Raja Melayu had sacrificed their absolute power over their respective kingdoms, to form a new and stronger country together with Pulau Pinang and Melaka under the name of the Federation of Malaya or Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

Hence, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu and later, Malaysia was formed out of the sacrifices made by the nine Raja-Raja Melayu.

Without their sacrifices, there would be no federation called Persekutuan Tanah Melayu and later a new country named Malaysia but instead, there would now be various small different sovereign and independent countries in the Malay Peninsula, each with its own Royal Malay Rulers.

So, is it fair for us to erase the history and the sacrifices made by the nine Raja-Raja Melayu, as if the Malay kingdoms and their Raja-Raja Melayu which is actually the integral part in the formation of the new country named Malaysia, had never been part of the country’s history?

The duties of the nine Raja-Raja Melayu as the head of States and the DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Supreme Head of the Federation are very important in maintaining the stability of our country as we are now a country of many races, ethnics, cultures, and languages after the Malays and the Raja-Raja Melayu agreed to accept the stateless immigrant races to become citizens based on the Social Contract during our independent.

In fact, our great forefathers, Tun V. T. Sambanthan and Tun Tan Siew Sin had said that the Malays are very charitable, polite and “generous enough to relax the citizenship laws of this country”.

In order to protect certain provisions of the Federal Constitution, namely those pertaining to the status of the Rulers, the special privileges of the Malays and Bumiputra, the status of the Bahasa Melayu as the national language and on matters regarding Islam as the religion of the Federation, the consents of the Raja-Raja Melayu must be sought in order for a law, bill or convention on the matters to be sign, rectified or before any amendments to be made.

More importantly, it is the constitutional duty of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to “at all time protect the Religion of Islam”, as stated in the oath of office of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, or the Article 37(1); the text is written in Part I and III of the Fourth Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

Therefore, there is no doubt that our Raja-Raja Melayu have an extremely valuable roles in maintaining the stability of our country as the Raja-Raja Melayu hold the people of Malaysia together and rise above politics and political parties.

Daulat Tuanku!

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Tetap Iktiraf UEC

13 07 2018

[UTUSAN}- PUTRAJAYA 12 Julai – Meskipun ditentang oleh banyak pihak, kerajaan akan tetap meneruskan rancangan untuk mengiktiraf Sijil Peperiksaan Bersama (UEC) selaras dengan manifesto Pakatan Harapan dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Menteri Pendidikan, Dr. Masz­lee Malik menegaskan, pihaknya tidak akan membuat pusingan U atau dilihat ‘flip-flop’ dalam perkara itu.

“Sehubungan itu, saya tidak rasa ada sebarang percanggahan antara kita dalam perkara ini. Yang bercanggah hanya antara pihak Barisan Nasional (BN). UMNO kata lain, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong kata lain, MCA kata lain dan Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki kata lain.

“Dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH), kita tidak bercanggah kerana kita telah bersetuju dengan manifesto yang ada,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Perhimpunan Bulanan dan Majlis Ramah Mesra Kementerian Pendidikan, di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya (PICC) di sini, hari ini.

Pengumuman kerajaan negeri Melaka pada 2 Julai lalu yang mengiktiraf UEC sebagai syarat kelayakan membo­leh­kan memasuki perkhid­matan awam negeri itu telah mencetuskan bantahan pelbagai pihak di negara ini.

Selain itu, Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Teo Nie Ching seolah-olah tidak mengambil kira tentang bantahan tersebut apabila baru-baru ini menyatakan, isu berkaitan pengiktirafan UEC perlu diselesaikan secepat mungkin supaya pemegang sijil berkenaan dibenarkan memasuki perkhidmatan awam.

Ketika ditanya tentang tempoh yang akan diambil untuk UEC diiktiraf, Maszlee secara berseloroh mengatakan bahawa ia tidak akan mengambil masa selama 60 tahun seperti BN.

Sementara itu, Nie Ching dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini menjelaskan, kerajaan tidak berniat membubarkan institusi Lembaga Pengelola Sekolah (LPS) yang telah banyak berjasa kepada pembangunan sekolah jenis kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan sekolah jenis kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT).

Berhubung isu kononnya LPS diarah untuk dibubarkan, beliau berkata, perjumpaan antara pegawai Pejabat Pendidikan Petaling Perdana dengan pengetua dari 11 SJKC serta dua SJKT adalah mengenai penyelarasan pengurusan LPS dan bukannya pembubaran LPS.

Nie Ching memberitahu, perkara sama juga dinyatakan Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) Melaka yang menegaskan tidak pernah mengarahkan pihak sekolah untuk membubarkan atau menghentikan pendaftaran LPS.

“Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa mengikut Akta Pendidikan 1966 (Akta 550), pembubaran LPS institusi pendidikan kerajaan atau bantuan kerajaan hanya boleh diarahkan oleh Menteri dengan sebab dan alasan yang dinyatakan pada Seksyen 62,” katanya.





Pilu Bila Orang Islam Menidakkan Kehebatan Cendekiawan Dan Sejarah Tamadun Islam

11 07 2018

Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin, atau lebih dikenali dengan nama panggilan Zam, baru-baru ini menulis dua buah artikel di laman blognya, mengenai cadangannya yang menggesa kerajaan menutup sekolah-sekolah tahfiz di Malaysia.

Memandangkan ramai telah menjawab kenyataan Zam ini termasuk Mufti Negeri Sembilan, Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Dato’ Dr. Asyraf Wajdi dan juga Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, saya hanya akan menyentuh berberapa perkara yang tidak disentuh oleh mereka.

Pertama sekali, di dalam artikel, “Anak-Anak Sekolah Tahfiz Diexploitasi Jadi Peminta Sedekah Cemarkan Maruah Islam” Zam telah menulis bahawa:

“Tidakah ini mencemarkan imej Islam sebagai agama rasmi negara?”

Sangat mengecewakan dan memalukan kerana sebagai wartawan yang terkenal, Zam masih tidak memahami ideologi negara dan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Islam adalah agama bagi Persekutuan seperti yang jelas tercatat di dalam Perkara 3(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan maka mengatakan Islam hanya sebagai agama rasmi negara adalah salah dari sudut Perlembagaan dan merendahkan kedudukan Islam di negara ini.

Yang kedua apabila Zam menuduh bahawa murid-murid tahfiz dieksploitasi menjadi peminta sedekah, Zam telah memberi gambaran yang buruk dan tidak adil bukan sahaja terhadap institusi tahfiz, malah juga terhadap agama Islam; seolah-olah itulah yang berlaku kepada semua sekolah tahfiz, sedangkan banyak sekolah tahfiz yang melahirkan pelajar yang hebat-hebat dan berjaya di dalam pelbagai disiplin ilmu.

Dan yang ketiga, di dalam artikel beliau, “Mengapa Saya Mahu Sekolah Tahfiz Ditutup”, Zam menulis:

Bahasa Arab tidak lagi mempunyai nilai sebagai bahasa Ilmu kecuali dibidang agama.

Pendapat Zam itu adalah salah dan sangat dangkal!

Melabelkan dan merendahkan bahasa Arab sebagai bahasa yang tidak mempunyai nilai ilmu adalah bercanggah daripada kebenaran kerana sebagai orang Islam kita tahu bahawa Al-Quran diturunkan di dalam bahasa Arab, dan kitab suci Al-Quran itulah sumber ilmu yang utama untuk rujukan seluruh umat Islam.

Al-Quran mampu merungkai segala disiplin ilmu, cuma akal manusia biasa adalah terbatas dan tidak terdaya untuk mengkaji dan memahami segala perkara yang tertulis di dalam Al-Quran.

Tokoh cendekiawan Islam seperti Al-Khwarizmi iaitu Bapa Algebra, Al-Zahrawi yang mempelopori bidang pembedahan, Jabir ibn Haiyan iaitu Bapa KimiaAl-Haytham iaitu Bapa Optik Moden, Ibnu Battuta, Ibnu Khaldun, Al-Biruni, Ibnu Sina, Al-Khindi dan ramai lagi menulis kajian mereka di dalam Bahasa Arab.

Malah tulisan mereka telah diterjemahkan kepada berbagai bahasa lain seperti Bahasa Inggeris dan sebagainya.

Keempat, wajarkah Zam menghina Bahasa Arab dan menafikan kehebatan tokoh cendekiawan Arab yang mempelopori pelbagai bidang profesional dengan menulis:

Mana ada orang Arab yang terkenal di dunia dalam bidang profesional kerana bahasa Arab sendiri terbantut kemajuannya dalam bidang ilmu.”

Tidakkah Zam tahu bahawa bukan sahaja banyak karya penting dan terkenal dunia ditulis di dalam Bahasa Arab, malah ramai tokoh cendekiawan dunia adalah berbangsa Arab seperti  Al-Haytham, Al-Khindi, Jabir ibn Haiyan, Ibn Khaldun dan ramai lagi.      

Maka tidak hairanlah apabila mufti mempersoalkan kewarasan Zam kerana kenyataan-kenyataannya yang tidak masuk akal.








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