Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail Wants Jakim Abolished

Today TMI publishes an article regarding their interview with former Deputy Prime Minister’s son, Tawfik Ismail who is another member of G25, about the religious authorities in Malaysia.

Tawfik who is Tun Dr. Ismail’s eldest son said that he wants the days when JAKIM did not exist and ‘no one batted an eye when Muslims owned dogs’.

It is so sad to see a son of a great and good man turning into a liberal who are against the religious authorities in Malaysia.

G25 ‘attacked’ the religious authorities in its open letter dated December 7, 2014.

I’ll try to answer Tawfik’s uncalled and rude statement; TMI’s article is in red and my answer is in blue.

There was a time in the country’s history when the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) did not exist, Putrajaya did not tell Malaysians how to practise their faith, and no one batted an eye when Muslims owned dogs.

And the former deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman’s eldest son, Tawfik Ismail, wants those days back.

I am very sad if that is what Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman’s eldest son, Tawfik Ismail really wants. He is a Muslim but he does not want the Islamic authorities to uphold Islam; very odd. He seems to be confused about Islam and he needs help from JAKIM to go back to the right path of Islam.

The main step is to dissolve Jakim, Tawfik said during an interview in conjunction with the release of “Drifting into Politics”, a collection of his late father’s writings during the nation’s formative years, edited by Tawfik and academic Ooi Kee Beng.

Jakim was created during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time and seems to serve no other purpose than to intervene in the personal lives of Malaysians, Tawfik told The Malaysian Insider when met at his house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

“I think Jakim should be abolished. I don’t think Jakim should exist. What is the government afraid of? You have 13 muftis with 13 different fatwas and 13 different ways of approaching it (religion).

Abolish JAKIM? Tawfik Ismail does not understand the function of JAKIM. Article 37 says that the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong must take his oath to protect the religion of Islam before exercising his functions. JAKIM is one of the authorities appointed to carry the duty to protect Islam and uphold Islam on behalf of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. (Please click here for the oath.)

As an Islamic country, we have different Islamic authorities and each has its own duty. It will be impossible for the mufti do everything.

“What is the purpose of Jakim? Halal certificates? That can go to the health ministries, trade ministry. What else does Jakim do? Print the Quran? We have a communications minister,” said the softspoken, yet candid, 64-year-old former MP.

Do not belittle JAKIM for protecting and upholding Islam. Regarding the halal certificates, it is a very serious matter to the Muslims, not only in Malaysia but all over the world. In fact JAKIM’s halal certificates are recognised by Muslim bodies all over the world. The health or trade ministries cannot certify that something is halal because they are not Islamic experts.

Naysayers may argue that Jakim is needed to “protect” the sanctity of Islam, but Tawfik was quick to point out that the Agong, sultans, imams (Muslim scholars) and muftis already filled that void.

The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Sultans, imams and the muftis have their duties to protect the sanctity of Islam and so is JAKIM. JAKIM as the Federal Islamic authority, works under the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong while the muftis are under the State authorities, working under their respective Sultans.

“Jakim is an advisory body to the government, but constitutionally it really has no role. Islam is the province of the sultan of the state, it has nothing to do with the government.”

I do not agree with the above statement. Malaysia is an Islamic country, because Islam is the religion of the Federation as written in Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution. And constitutionally, JAKIM has a role to uphold Article 3(1) and carry the duty of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as in Article 37(1) to protect Islam.

So which areas of Muslim life should the government intervene in? Tawfik flat-out said nothing at all.

“National integration in this country is the biggest challenge. How do you integrate the nation if you are going around this route of looking for faults among Muslims?” he asked.

But, Tawfik clarified that his views on dismantling Jakim were his own, and that G25, the group of retired Malay top civil servants of which he is a member, did not share them.

Please understand our Federal Constitution. In the judgment of ZI Publications v Government of Selangor, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Md Raus bin Sharif concluded that:

Taking the Federal Constitution as a whole, it is clear that it was the intention of the framers of our Constitution to allow Muslims in this country to be also governed by Islamic personal law. Thus, a Muslim in this country is therefore subjected to both the general laws enacted by Parliament and also the State laws enacted by the Legislature of a State.

G25 does, however, want Jakim to justify its existence as well as the hundreds of millions of ringgit it receives from the federal budget each year, which he said could have been funnelled to the Health or Education Ministry instead.

The Government allocated funds to all federal departments, including the Islamic authorities. The problem is, why is Tawfik against the Islamic department getting allocation from the federal budget? Is Islam not important to him? As a Muslim he must put Islam above everything else in his life.

“I think there’s a subversion of the constitution by religious authorities at the state level where they are actually testing the limits that they can go in intruding on a person’s personal life,” he added.

It’s to fix a person’s belief or akidah, not ‘intruding on a person’s personal life’.

Putrajaya had not always acted as the defender of the people’s faith, revealed Tawfik, who served as MP from 1986 to 1990.

He said that during the time of Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, only a small religious department existed in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Our Islamic authorities are doing their best to protect Islam and the akidah of the Muslims in Malaysia. As a Malaysian, he must be proud to see the small religious department grows into what it is now and hope it will be better in the future and not the other way around. 

There was no minister of religious affairs, and no national outcry over the fact that his father, Tun Dr Ismail, owned a dog.

“My dad had a Boxer, and, before that, an Alstatian,” recalled Tawfik.

He said all this changed after Dr Mahathir took over and his then deputy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, tried to infuse their definition of “Islamic values” into every aspect of Malaysian life.

People must not be proud of doing things against their religions. He is a liberalist but he cannot expect other Muslims to be liberal because it is against Islam. Spreading liberal teaching to the Muslims is against the Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution.

It is good to promote Islamic values into every aspect of Malaysian life. Islam is not only ritual but Islam is the way of life. And every Muslim must be subjected to the Islamic laws.

This was done to counter the growing influence of PAS, which had never been an issue during the early years of Independence, said Tawfik.

As a result, Malaysia today is now facing “Arabisation”, with society eschewing its Nusantara roots in favour of appropriating the culture of the Middle East, he said.

What does he mean by Arabisation? Is it the Muslim clothing and way of life? Then why didn’t he complain about Westernisation; where people wear miniskirts, coats, ties and others? If he wants to preserve our Nusantara roots, we should also put away the Western way of life. Is it alright for him when the “society eschewing its Nusantara roots in favour of appropriating the culture of the” West?

“We seem to be delighting in coming up with creative ways of ‘speaking’ Arabic in this country.”

Arabic is the language of the Qur’an. It’s very important to learn Arabic and it’s also good to learn other languages. I’m learning German. Why didn’t he complain about Malays learning Chinese, or Indian, or even European languages like German?

Tawfik said it was for this reason that Drifting Into Politics may not sit very well with Putrajaya.

“Certain things my father says here are quite interesting.

“For example, he said whenever Tunku had a meeting at his house with a group of people… occasionally one or two of them would go into the kitchen and have a drink of brandy and whisky, then come back and join in. He admits this.

Is he proud of that? First, brandy and whisky are against Islam. Secondly. even non-Muslims must not drink alcohol during meetings, because how can one focus with the effect of alcohol? I can’t imagine having a country led by people who drink brandy and whisky during important meetings.

“Yes, it’s an open secret, but it’s never been in writing by a leader,” chuckled Tawfik.

His father died in 1973 at the age of 57, after just three years of serving as deputy prime minister. November 4 was his 100th birth anniversary.

With such records in existence, no matter how it tried to Islamise Malaysia, Tawfik said, the government would never be able to rewrite history nor erase its roots. – November 9, 2015.

As a Muslim, even if that is true, he must not be proud of something haram. I pity his father who was a good man.

Tawfik should learn history. Malaysia came from Malaya, and before that, the Federated Malay States which was formed from nine different sovereign Islamic countries; the sovereign Malay States. He should attend one of Datin Paduka Datuk Professor Dr. Ramlah Adam’s talk, then he can understand more about our roots.

‘Telekung Salib’?

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(MSTAR) – TAWAU: Menteri Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna Sabah Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid mengingatkan umat Islam supaya berhati-hati dengan “telekung yang mempunyai corak berbentuk salib”.

Beliau berkata Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah (JHEAINS) perlu mengambil tindakan sewajarnya dalam perkara ini demi menjaga kesucian agama Islam.

Sambil menyatakan rasa kecewa kerana telekung itu mula dipasarkan di negara ini ketika umat Islam bakal mengerjakan ibadah puasa tidak lama lagi, beliau berkata sejak kebelakangan ini pelbagai taktik digunakan oleh pihak tertentu untuk memesongkan akidah umat Islam.

“Janganlah kita ghairah membeli kerana tertarik dengan warna dan gaya yang cantik tanpa menyedari corak pada telekung itu tidak mengikut syariah,” katanya kepada Bernama pada Isnin ketika diminta mengulas isu itu.

Beliau juga menasihati peniaga supaya meneliti rekaan telekung yang dijual supaya tidak mengundang kegusaran dalam kalangan umat Islam di negara ini.

Telekung mempunyai corak sulaman berbentuk salib di bahagian depan dari paras dagu hingga kelim bawah telekung yang dipercayai dihasilkan di negara jiran kini menjadi viral di laman media sosial.

Is The Government Or Anwar Ibrahim In The State Of Paranoia?

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Anwar Ibrahim made the above press statement in reference to Eric Paulsen’s arrest for his spiteful  tweet that maliciously accused JAKIM for promoting extremism every Friday.

Reading Anwar Ibrahim’s statement makes me feel so irate because he had gone too far to politise and sensationalise this issue and maliciously condemning JAKIM, the authority and the government.

It is a defamatory attempt to disrepute the Islamic authorities and the Malaysian government.

Calling the government as “a government in a state of paranoia” is just like calling the Malaysian Muslims who are angry and hurt by Eric Paulsen’s series of humiliating and spiteful tweets as also being in the state of paranoia.

So now Anwar is trying to say that the people who are doing their best to protect peace and harmony and prevent hatred between the multiracial Malaysians are paranoid?

Or could it be that it is Anwar himself who is paranoid because he is too troubled by all the problems that he’s facing?

Anwar wrote that Eric Paulsen did no offense by tweeting his spiteful tweet, when Eric Paulsen not only made false and wild accusation towards JAKIM but indirectly humiliates Islam and spews hatred towards the Muslims who support JAKIM.

Anwar wtote:

“… the over-reaction to Paulsen’s tweet also signifies the rising tide of religious intolerance that appears to be engulfing our multi-racial multi-religious nation. And fanning the flames of communal suspicion, hatred and hostility are the usual suspects who owe their existence to political patronage.”

Anwar accused the authority for “over-reaction to Paulsen’s tweet”, so my questions are:

  1. What kind of tolerance does Anwar Ibrahim ask from the Muslims? Is Anwar asking the Muslims to become ‘Liberal Muslims’ who do not follow the rules of Islam, do not fight for Islam and do not bother if others humiliate Islam?

  2. Who is actually “fanning the flames of communal suspicion, hatred and hostility”? Isn’t it Eric Paulsen who did that by maliciously accusing JAKIM as promoting extremism in its Friday sermons and continuously humiliate Islam and the Muslims in his other tweets?

Anwar is actually looking for trouble and is spewing hatred by making such statement; and if the government is really “in a state of paranoia” as accused by him, he would already be charged in court.

I seriously wonder, how can Anwar Ibrahim, a person who used to be regarded as a great Muslim political leader, has the heart not only to support those who defame Islam but also to defame Islam and the Muslims in order to support them.

He wrote that, “Jakim sermons have on various occasions made unwarranted attacks”, which is untrue and humiliates Islam because what ever was said in JAKIM’s Friday sermons are in accordance with the teaching of Islam Ahli As-Sunnah Wa Al-Jama`ah.

Anwar Ibrahim must sit down and think back of the things that he had said during the time when he was the president of ABIM and realise that the Malaysian Muslims are not Liberal Muslims because Liberal Muslims do not follow the teaching of Islam.

Even Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech and that, “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.” 

Remember what Karpal Singh once said? “Anwar Ibrahim has created enough problems for the country. Anwar Ibrahim harus bertaubat”.

Saifuddin Abdullah Tuduh Khutbah JAKIM Sebar Kebencian?

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Let me start with a tweet written by Saifuddin Abdullah which I presume is a comment on Eric Paulsen’s tweet saying that JAKIM promotes extremism every Friday.

In Saifuddin’s tweet, he seems to be supporting Eric Paulsen by posting a part of  JAKIM’s Friday sermon and pretending to ask something like, “how about something that spews hatred like this?”.

After studying JAKIM’s Friday sermon from JAKIM’s official portal, I found that the Friday sermon that Saifuddin Abdullah refers to is “Rasulullah SAW Kekasih Allah”, on January 25, 2013.

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Ternyata sekali lagi, hari ini musuh-musuh Islam cuba memesongkan dan meruntuhkan akidah ummah. Mereka bersatu sesama mereka dan berusaha dengan pelbagai helah dan cara termasuklah dengan membuat tuntutan penggunaan kalimah Allah di dalam kitab mereka. Wal hal telah jelas kalimah Allah Lafz al-Jalalah adalah khusus dan mutlak untuk agama Islam serta satu ketetapan yang begitu nyata bagi mengelakkan umat Islam menjadi keliru, ragu-ragu, dan tersilap mengenal identiti Allah SWT.

To me, Saifuddin Abdullah is wrong because:

  1. There is nothing wrong with the above Friday sermon. As an adult Muslim, it is weird if he is not able to understands the sermon.

  2. Since when does reminding the Muslims to protect their akidah is considered as spewing hatred?

  3. He is supporting a person who humiliates Islam.

  4. He, himself also humiliates Islam by questioning what Islam teaches us to do; which is to remind each other towards good deeds and away from bad deeds. His question is uncalled-for especially because he is a Muslim.

  5. I read the whole text and JAKIM did not tell the Muslims to hate anybody, only to protect our akidah and be wary of our enemies.

  6. A Muslims must try to stop any incoming threat from it’s source or ‘sadduz zara’i’ but he is doing the opposite.

I do not know what is the point of Saifuddin Abdullah doing what he did.

Does he feels cool to accuse JAKIM spewing hatred to justify and support a non-Muslim who slander JAKIM and Islam?

And he also re tweeted  Eric Paulsen’s tweet:

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Now, Saifuddin Abdullah always promotes what he said as being moderate; which makes me wonder what does he mean by the word?

Does being moderate means that we do not only let others humiliate Islam but we too should find ways to humiliate Islam, follow and interpret Islam the way we wish and be free from our responsibilities as a Muslim?

Or does a moderate Muslim means to be only partly Muslim and being a true Muslim is called an extremist?

Maybe this can help us understand the terms better:

moderat vs ekstrem

Below is the full text of the Friday sermon:

Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia

RASULULLAH SAW KEKASIH ALLAH

(25 JANUARI 2013 / 13 RABIUL AWWAL 1434H)

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Saya berpesan kepada tuan-tuan dan diri saya sendiri, marilah kita berusaha untuk meningkatkan ketakwaan kita kepada Allah SWT dengan sebenar-benarnya. Kita laksanakan segala perintah-Nya dan kita jauhi segala larangan-Nya. Mudah-mudahan kita semua beroleh kebahagiaan bukan saja di dunia bahkan juga di akhirat. Mimbar hari ini akan membincangkan khutbah yang bertajuk: “RASULULLAH SAW KEKASIH ALLAH”.

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Semalam pada 12 Rabiul Awal setiap tahun adalah hari sambutan Maulidur Rasul yang menjadi salah satu hari kebesaran Islam yang disambut meriah di negara ini. Walaupun Nabi Muhammad SAW telah meninggalkan kita, namun kekasih Allah ini tetap berada di dalam sanubari dan hati umatnya sekiranya kita seorang  hamba yang beriman. Baginda SAW  telah membawa kepada kita risalah Allah dengan dua cara. Pertama, menyampaikan perintah dan panduan Allah SWT melalui wahyu Qur’ani; dan Kedua, menghidupkan wahyu-wahyu Allah dengan sempurna melalui perbuatan, perkataan dan pengakuannya atau apa yang dinamakan sebagai sunnah nabawiyah. Kemuliaan akhlak Rasulullah SAW sebagaimana yang dicerminkan di dalam al-Quran, wajib diambil tauladan secara mutlak dan di taati oleh manusia sepanjang kehidupan ini. Firman Allah SWT di dalam Surah at-Taghaabun, ayat 12:

Maksudnya:“Dan taatlah kamu kepada Allah serta taatlah kepada Rasulullah; maka kalau kamu berpaling, maka sesungguhnya kewajipan Rasul Kami hanyalah menyampaikan (perintah Allah) dengan jelas nyata.”

 

Bukti penegasan ‘taat kepada Rasulullah’ ini terdapat di dalam kalimah Lailahaillaah dan Muhammadur Rasulullah yang menunjukkan bahawa Allah SWT dan Nabi Muhammad SAW  adalah Tuhan dan Nabi kita. Penggunaan kalimah La adalah suatu bentuk perakuan kewujudan tuhan yang dinamakan Allah dan menafikan tuhan-tuhan selain-Nya. Dengan itu, seluruh umat Islam wajib bersatu dan menolak segala bentuk atau konsep tuhan yang lain daripada Allah SWT. Ini merupakan syarat mutlak sahnya kepercayaan kita terhadap adanya Tuhan dalam Islam selain mengarah kepada meng-Esakan Allah SWT. Firman Allah SWT dalam surah al-Ikhlas ayat 1-4:

Maksudnya: “Katakanlah (wahai Muhammad): (Tuhanku) ialah Allah Yang Maha Esa. Allah Yang menjadi tumpuan sekalian makhluk untuk memohon sebarang hajat. Ia tiada beranak, dan Ia pula tidak diperanakkan. Dan tidak ada sesiapapun yang setara dengan-Nya.

 

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Yakin dan percayalah, antara agenda yang diberi keutamaan dalam misi Rasulullah SAW menyebarkan Islam ialah dengan memperkasakan akidah ummah. Umat Islam diikat dengan erat melalui konsep tauhid, kiblat yang satu, kitab yang satu, pemimpin yang satu. Namun dalam pada itu, Baginda juga sentiasa diterjah dengan berbagai ancaman musuh Islam yang didalangi oleh orang-orang Yahudi untuk mengkucar-kacirkan pegangan dan fahaman umat Islam. Mereka menggunakan pelbagai pendekatan, diantaranya menggunakan isu agama sebagai alat untuk menghancurkan umat Islam. Mereka menghasut sesetengah umat Islam yang lemah imannya dan hilang intergriti untuk melanggari ajaran al-Quran dan sunnah Rasulullah SAW. Mereka juga memperalatkan sebahagian daripada pemimpin yang beragama Islam yang dikaburi oleh keghairahan untuk mendapatkan kuasa.

Oleh itu, tidak menghairankan ada di kalangan umat Islam pada hari ini yang mengaku beriman dengan Allah dan Rasul-Nya, tetapi pada masa sama telah mentafsir Islam mengikut hawa nafsu. Mereka sanggup melakukan tindak-tanduk mengikut kemahuan sendiri dan akhirnya perbuatan tersebut kelihatan janggal, pelik di khalayak ramai. Besarnya pengaruh nafsu dan peranan syaitan dalam kehidupan ini terbukti apabila mereka tanpa segan silu mengutamakan kepentingan diri, mengutamakan kebendaan walaupun nyata bercanggah dengan al-Quran dan sunnah.

Sedarlah, inilah masanya untuk umat Islam bersatu bagi memelihara kesucian agama Islam dan mempertahankan akidah umat Islam.

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Ternyata sekali lagi, hari ini musuh-musuh Islam cuba memesongkan dan meruntuhkan akidah ummah. Mereka bersatu sesama mereka dan berusaha dengan pelbagai helah dan cara termasuklah dengan membuat tuntutan penggunaan kalimah Allah di dalam kitab mereka. Wal hal telah jelas kalimah Allah Lafz al-Jalalah adalah khusus dan mutlak untuk agama Islam serta satu ketetapan yang begitu nyata bagi mengelakkan umat Islam menjadi keliru, ragu-ragu, dan tersilap mengenal identiti Allah SWT.

Mimbar yang mulia ini ingin menyatakan berdasarkan kajian ilmiah bahawa kalimah Allah tidak pernah terdapat di dalam Taurat ataupun Bible dan mereka percaya bahawa tuhan wujud dalam konsep Trinity iaitu God Father (Bapa Tuhan ), God the Son (Anak Tuhan ) dan Holy Spirit (Roh kudus), dan ketiga eleman ini dirujuk sebagai satu tuhan dengan panggilan umum (The Lord).

Oleh itu, Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-82 yang bersidang pada 5-7 Mei 2008 telah memutuskan bahawa lafaz Allah merupakan kalimah suci yang khusus bagi agama dan umat Islam dan ia tidak boleh digunakan atau disamakan dengan agama-agama bukan Islam lain. Begitu juga dengan pegangan seluruh umat Islam di Indonesia yang bersepakat kalimah Allah hanya diguna pakai oleh orang Islam sahaja.

Mimbar ingin menyatakan sebagai umat Islam yang beriman kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya, maka menjadi kewajipan kita menjaga kesucian kalimah Allah serta mempertahankannya dengan cara yang terbaik dan sekiranya terdapat unsur-unsur penghinaan atau penyalahgunaan, maka ia perlu disekat mengikut peruntukan undang-undang yang telah termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Umat Islam mesti tegas dalam menjaga kesucian dan identiti agama. Sikap terlalu terbuka sehingga membenarkan perkara perkara yang menjadi hak Islam disalahgunakan oleh agama lain adalah amat merbahaya, kerana matlamat mereka yang utama adalah untuk mengelirukan umat Islam dan menyatakan bahawa agama adalah sama. Ingatlah bahawa semua gejala keruntuhan akidah ini sebenarnya telah menjatuhkan kemuliaan dan darjat umat Islam sendiri. Akibat yang lebih buruk ialah azab siksa yang pedih di akhirat yang menanti golongan yang ingkar. Firman Allah SWT dalam surah al-Maidah ayat 72:

Bermaksud:“Sesungguhnya telah kafirlah orang yang berkata: Bahawasanya Allah ialah Al-Masih Ibni Maryam. Padahal al-Masih sendiri berkata: Wahai Bani Israil!. Sembahlah Allah, Tuhanku dan Tuhan kamu, bahawasanya sesiapa yang mempersekutukan Allah, maka sesungguhnya Allah haramkan kepadanya Syurga, dan tempat kembalinya ialah neraka; dan tiadalah seorang penolong pun bagi orang yang berlaku zalim.

 

Janganlah ada segelintir umat Islam yang hanya pandai berbicara soal Islam namun dalam masa yang sama sanggup menggadaikan maruah dan agama sendiri. Lebih menyedihkan lagi ada di kalangan  umat Islam hari ini yang langsung tidak sensitif dan sanggup menggadaikan akidah dan masa depan ummah demi kepentingan diri sendiri. Bayangkan akibatnya.

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Yakinlah, di tangan kitalah letaknya tanggungjawab dan kuasa untuk mempertahankan kesucian agama Islam. Dalam hal ini, umat Islam memerlukan penghayatan Islam secara menyeluruh. Berdasarkan maqasid syariah maka menjadi tanggungjawab setiap umat Islam untuk menjaga lima perkara iaitu agama, nyawa, akal, keturunan dan harta. Mimbar ingin mengingatkan salah satu prinsip penting yang mesti dilaksanakan oleh umat Islam bagi memastikan kedaualatan agama kekal terpelihara ialah dengan menyeru kepada kebaikan dan menghalang kemungkaran. Allah SWT berfirman di dalam surah al-Hajj ayat 41:

Yang bermaksud:Iaitu mereka yang jika Kami berikan mereka kekuasaan memerintah bumi nescaya mereka mendirikan sembahyang serta memberi zakat, dan mereka menyuruh berbuat kebaikan serta melarang dari melakukan perkara yang mungkar. Dan ingatlah bagi Allah jualah kesudahan segala urusan.

 

Sidang Jumaat Yang Dirahmati Allah,

Mengakhiri khutbah pada minggu ini, bersempena dengan sambutan Maulidul Rasul, marilah sama sama kita menjana peningkatan dalam penghayatan dan ketaatan dalam melaksanakan ajaran yang di bawa oleh Rasulullah SAW. Marilah sama sama kita mempertahankan dengan segala upaya kemuliaan Rasulullah SAW dari sebarang penghinaan, memberikan penghormatan sewajarnya kepada Rasulullah SAW dalam tindak tanduk kita seharian dan mencontohi akhlak, keperibadian dan teladan yang ditunjukkan oleh Nabi SAW  dalam setiap tindakan.

Program Maulidur Rasul ini pada dasarnya adalah sebahagian daripada aktiviti dakwah. Ia bertujuan untuk mentarbiyah, membimbing dan memperingatkan umat Islam agar menghargai apa yang dikurniakan oleh Allah SWT. Salah satu pengajaran itu ialah memperingati perjuangan Nabi Muhammad SAW sebagai seorang pesuruh Allah yang paling berjaya menegakkan ajaran Allah, Rasul terakhir, tokoh teragong sepanjang abad di dunia dan akhirat kerana membawa perubahan besar kepada lanskap akidah seluruh juzuk hidup manusia di dunia. Malah hingga ke hari ini peribadi suci Rasulullah SAW masih dikagumi musuh-musuh Islam. Justeru, mimbar menyeru kepada semua pihak, marilah sama-sama kita menjadikan sunnah Rasulullah SAW sebagai amalan hidup dan mengelakkan diri dari perbuatan yang menyimpang dari sifat Rasulullah SAW yang sebenarnya.

Dengan demikian sambutan Maulidur Rasul yang diberi liputan meluas dalam media cetak dan media elektronik memberi peluang kepada rakyat pelbagai agama di negara ini memperingati seorang insan terpilih, memahami gaya kepimpinan, memahami akhlaknya dan memahami dasar politik, ekonomi dan sosial untuk kita teruskan dan hayati. Firman Allah SWT dalam Surah Ali Imran, ayat 31:

Maksudnya: Katakanlah: Jika benar kamu mengasihi Allah maka ikutilah daku, nescaya Allah mengasihi kamu serta mengampunkan dosa-dosa kamu. Dan Allah Maha Pengampun, lagi Maha Mengasihani.

Eric Paulsen Slanders JAKIM

Screenshot_1Human Rights lawyer, Eric Paulsen wrote on his twitter page on the 9th January that:

“JAKIM is promoting extremism every Friday. Govt needs to address that if serious about extremism in Msia.”

As a lawyer who claims to be fighting for Human Rights, Eric Paulsen must not make such false accusations towards others.

And if JAKIM does promote extremism “every Friday”, then I suppose JAKIM will not publish their Friday sermon for the whole world to see.

As a lawyer, Eric Paulsen must learn about the Federal Constitution and understand the Article 3(1), which says:

“Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions maybe practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

First of all every citizen of Malaysia must accept and respect the fact that Islam is the religion of the Federation because that is an important part of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

According to Dato’ Naser Disa, a very senior lawyer who is also our constitution expert, the words, “but other religions maybe practised in peace and harmony” means that the followers of other religions must practise their religions in peace and harmony with others from other religions especially Islam, which is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia; and not to cause uneasiness towards the Muslims.

It does not mean that Islam and the Muslims must obey them and they can do anything to Islam.

Eric Paulsen’s harsh words had cause anger among the Muslims and that is already wrong because there will be no more “peace and harmony” as written in Article 3(1).

And non-Muslims has no rights to set the rules for the Muslim of how to practise Islam.

Has Eric Paulsen forgotten the Article 11(3)(a)?

Article 11(3)(a):

“Every religious group has the right—
(a) to manage its own religious affairs;”

Eric Paulsen and his friends always use Article 11(3)(a) when it suits them but now he is the one who rudely interfere with not just another religion’s affairs but the affairs of the religion of the Federation.

Eric Paulsen also bashed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Khalid bin Abu Bakar and told him to be “neutral and impartial” after the IGP tweeted that Eric Paulsen should be arrested under the Sedition Act.

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After all he had said, Eric Paulsen again tweeted that, “criticising Jakim should not be construed as insulting Islam” which I think is a lame excuse that could only be agreed by his friends who really hates the government.

Worst is Eric Paulsen does not criticise JAKIM but he slandes JAKIM and unfairly tarnish the Islamic authority.

JAKIM is the official Islamic authority in Malaysia and so, if he insults JAKIM, then it means that he also insults Islam, which is the religion of the Federation.

Eric also re tweeted some of Lawyer For Liberty tweets about some of JAKIM’s Friday sermons, including sermons about Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 120 and also about Syi’ah.

Like Lim Kit Siang who also thinks that he has the rights to interfere and complain about the verse from Quran, Eric Paulsen must understand that they are not Muslims, so they do not understand the concept of Islam and have no rights to teach  JAKIM and the Muslim about the verses from the Quran and other parts of our religion.

What is wrong when JAKIM warned the Muslims of Syi’ah which is a deviant teaching?

From his accusations, it shows that he knows nothing about Islam so it is silly for him to argue and fight about something he does not know or understand.

As a lawyer, Eric Paulsen must understands that the head of Islam is the Sultans and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and he has no rights to control Jakim or the Muslims.

I am very sad to see a lawyer who fights against the law instead of fighting for the law.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin: Investigate Eric Paulsen

(The Star) – PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants action to be taken against Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen over his statement accusing the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) of promoting extremism through the Friday sermons.

Muhyiddin, when asked to comment on Paulsen’s remarks against Jakim on Twitter, said Paulsen’s action must be dealt with appropriately.

“The relevant authorities should investigate Paulsen’s statement and appropriate action be taken as many non-Muslims do not understand what Islam really is.

“Islam is not an extremist religion, (and) since when have our people (Malaysians) acted extraordinarily? Islam is the most moderate religion,” he said.

Muhyiddin was speaking at a news conference after viewing the situation on the first day of the 2015 school session at SK Cyberjaya and SM Cyberjaya, here.

He said the allegation of Friday sermons being deviated should not come about at all as the sermons do not ony revolve around the Islamic way of life but also societal and humanity issues.

“Perhaps Paulsen does not know this at all or has not learned about Islam,” he said.

Paulsen had made the statement accusing Jakim of spreading extremism every Friday (through the sermons) on his Twitter page on Jan 9.

‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ – Apa Kata JAKIM?

KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 20 (Bernama) — Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) will conduct a thorough investigation on the organising of the “I Want To Touch A Dog” event that took place at Central Park, One Utama near Petaling Jaya Sunday.

JAKIM director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the programme should not have taken place and JAKIM regretted the irresponsible attitude of the organisers who were not concerned with the sensitivities of Muslims in the country.

“This event has never been held previously and is the first time being exposed to the community. We are Muslims and our religion has stated clearly the penalty regarding dogs.

“JAKIM will investigate the matter immediately and any action will be referred to the existing provisions,” Othman told reporters after officiating the national level religious school principals conference in Kuala Terengganu, Sunday night.

He was commenting on the organising of the programme that received overwhelming response from Muslims in and around the federal capital on Sunday.

–BERNAMA

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Tony Pua Hina Khutbah Jumaat?

DAP’s MP of Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua Kiam Wee made a very silly statement in his Facebook page.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, JAKIM’s Friday sermon talked about why Muslims must not celebrate Valentine’s day.

Look at what Tony Pua wrote:

Image from Tonu Pua's Facebook.
Image from Tonu Pua’s Facebook.

From what he wrote, he clearly try to mock JAKIM especially by writing:

“Oh no. I feel so unclean and immoral now I might just burn in hell.”

May be Tony Pua does not know that Friday sermons are read in the mosques and to be addressed to the Muslims and not to the non-Muslims like him.

Is it fair for a Malaysian politician like Tony Pua to mock other people’s religion especially Islam which is the religion of the Federation?

DAP always talks about Article 11(3) of the Federal Constitution and now what is Tony Pua’s right to interfere with another religion which is not his?

Freedom of Speech? 

What would he say if a Muslim politician from UMNO make such an open rude statements to make fun of his religion?

On top of that, Tony Pua had clearly humiliate Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia that says:

“Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

Apart from mocking Islam, Tony Pua also failed to understand the phrase, “other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation”.

A very senior lawyer, Uncle Naser Disa says “other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation” means that people from other religions must practise their religions in peace and harmony with others from different religions especially Islam, which is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

Is Tony Pua proud of mocking other people’s religion?

But what about his integrity?

Well, may be integrity means nothing to him.

I wonder if Hannah Yeoh will call Tony Pua a racist?

Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara

Yesterday, I attended the ‘Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara’ organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) and co-organised by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM).

There were more than one thousand participants who attended the seminar which was held at the Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur.

It is a very important event because the speakers taught us a lot of important facts about Islam as the religion of Malaysia as written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

The President of Dewan Negara, H. E. Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang officiated the seminar.

The keynote speech was delivered by YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, who is the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia.

I think that the most important fact that was explained during the seminar was about the Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, which says that, “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

A lot of people do not understand the Article 3 (1) and say that, “Islam is the official religion of Malaysia.”

(Please read, ‘Is Malaysia A Secular State?’)

Islam is not only the official religion but Islam is the religion of Malaysia and there is a big different between the religion of Malaysia and the official religion Malaysia.

If Islam is only the official religion, Malaysia could have has other unofficial religions; which means that this country believes in Pluralism of Religion.

This is wrong because Malaysia has only one religion which is Islam, while other religions can be practiced peacefully in this country. 

So leaders, politicians and all of the Malaysian citizens must understand and respect this fact; for as Malaysians we must protect the Federal Constitution.

I hope that the opposition will stop twisting the Article 3 (1) and stop making demands against the Federal Constitution such as IFC.

(Please read, Ngeh Tweeted, “Malays Has Freedom To Choose Religion”)

I am very proud to be one of the secretariat members of the event and having the chance to talk to YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz and his wife, Uncle YB Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin, Uncle Dr. Sidek Baba, Uncle Azril Mohd. Amin, Dato’ Rahmah Abdul Hamid (who is Khairy Jamaluddin’s mother), Uncle Dato’ Mustapha Ma from MACMA and a lot of other wonderful people who love our country and fight to protect Islam and the Malaysian Contitution.

I also met a lot of wonderful people from the press, for example Uncle Ansari from Astro Awani and lots of uncles and aunties from AntaraPos, Utusan and other medias.

Uncle Ansari (L) and I (C) together with an Astro Awani reporter (R).
This photo was sent to me by Uncle Ansari. Uncle Ansari (L) and I (C) together with an Astro Awani reporter (R).

Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)

S'maian 27th

Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam – Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)

Date: 5th January 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 8:00 morning – 5:30 evening

Location: Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur

Titles of papers to be presented during SEMAIAN:

  1. Keynote Speech: Memartabatkan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara by Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim ( Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia)

  2. Islam, Raja dan Melayu Sebagai Paksi Keutuhan Negara Berdasarkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah (Former Judge of Appeal Court of Malaysia)

  3. Ancaman Terhadap Kedudukan Islam Agama Negara by Haji Mahamad Naser Disa (Bureau of Law, Federal  Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council/ Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP))

  4. Kedaulatan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara – Peranan Raja-Raja Melayu Berpaksi Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Associate Proffessor Dr. Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz (Lecture, Kulliyyah of  Laws International Islamic University Malaysia/ Pensyarah, Kulliyyah Undang-undang Profesor Ahmad IbrahimUniversiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia)

  5. Islam Agama Negara: Antara Tuntutan HAM Sejagat dan Kedaulatan Islam Dalam Perlembagaan by Azril Mohd Amin (Vice President, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM))