Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Brave Young Male "Junjungs" the Quran

Back from a short break (5 days) in Terengganu, where internet coverage is virtually absent in the boondocks of a paradise sloshing in black gold, I could not resist putting up this belated though it may be :

I had a good laugh after reading
this. It highlights how ignorant the vast majority of Malaysian Muslims are regarding the religion and its precepts, from the treetops to the grassroots literally. That, he is goading someone else to mimic a Malay innovation out of personal spite is fairly obvious. Trouble is, all these fulminations and showboating are indicative of primitive minds caught within a cultural time warp and trudging somnambulistic ally in a circle of self-deception, marooned as they are in the ennui of Malayness. Such is their immersion that they conveniently (or is it wilfully) negate the fact that the procedures for swearing in Islam is not like in other traditions and belief systems. So their actions are hardly surprising as plumb beneath the meat of form cloaking their faith, you will discover the rotting bones of substance so brittle that the collapse of the outer core is hardly surprising as the foundations within have long decayed beyond hope.

Hence, you have publicity stunts like
this being played out in different forms and on different stages throughout the length and breadth of the country so much so that Islam has become a laughing stock for all and sundry. So you have Muslim attire turned into fashion statements that reveal everything but the………so much so the term “Aurat” is nothing more than a linguistic exotica, religious precepts that waft into thin air emanating from throats that hardly supplicate his Name, beer swilling, gambling and whoring Muslims who at the toss of a dime will don traditional garb and throng the mosques on Fridays, Aidil Fitr and Aidil Adha so as not to miss the congregational prayers while disregarding the mandatory daily prayers and lately, the new vogue Moslems who can’t even read a word of Arabic but are expert commentators and interpreters of the Holy Scripture and its contents. Notwithstanding contemporary New Age Sistas spouting home spun drivel as their hair gets tossed about in the wind. Add to that merry band, newspapers that purport to champion Islam yet are not averse to printing four digit outcomes. So you don’t need that much of a leap in intelligence to come up with this latest stunt and receive the standing ovation from even the clergy, don’t you? especially when you haven’t that much of a grey matter to start with!

So in a blaze of publicity with cameras clicking and solemnity in repose all around with a nary a whisper from the apparently learned clerics watching the unfolding shadow play, a young gelding …oops… mare…. takes it upon itself to plumb the depths of its soul and summon every morsel of strength to enunciate the Gauche from a scrap of paper (was it there to refresh the memory or just to avoid the faux pas, I thought something of this sort comes from within… no paper, no rote learning memorisation…nothing) with a delicate right palm placed over the Holy Scripture. And ooh and aahs rising in unison in all the kampongs, towns, not forgetting the permatangs, ceruks, parits and longkangs of Malaysia as a tremulous voice betrays the angst and withered self within as memory and reality congeal in hapless confusion:

"Bismillahirrahman nirrahim. Pada hari ini, 15 Ogos 2008, saya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Bin Azlan, No Kad Pengenalan 850706-01-5687 dengan ini sesungguhnya dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang berikrar dan bersumpah seperti berikut....A'uzubilahiminasyaitanirrajim. Bismillahirrahman nirrahim. Wallahi...Wabillahi....Wata'alahi. Saya bersumpah bahawa saya telah diliwat oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 26 hb Jun 2008 iaitu pada tarikh tersebut Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah memasukkan zakarnya ke dalam lubang dubur saya. Jika saya berdusta, atas pengakuan ini, maka saya berdusta terhadap Allah dan saya sanggup menerima azab, laknat dan kutukan daripada Allah hingga ke kiamat. Wallahualam."

I thought it was the 28th…ah…nevermind.. we are after all stuck in a suspended space time continuum, aren’t we… a sort of
Philadephia Experiment

Welcome to the New Age Confessional ala Malaysia….where faith and piety are nothing but peaty stuff in the larger scheme of things. And instead of advising the young stallion/mare of the right way of doing things (within the perimeters of the Syariah), this old foggy dispenses his own prescription with alacrity. For the life of me.. I have never read of the Prophet (Pbuh & His family) ever swearing with his blessed hand on the Scripture, but then I guess I must be a plain old ignoramus who is wont to be labelled an old fashioned, ultra conservative, ultra extremist jihadi…… trapped as he is in a time warp by a quirk of fate in a morass called Malaysia. Lest the young starlet consider the Scripture as the end all and be all of his swearing antics (and fall into subtle trap of syirik..) allow me to furnish him and my dear readers with a spittle of my puny intellect:

Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle sent an army detachment and made Usama bin Zaid its commander. Some people criticized (spoke badly of) Usama's leadership. So Allah's Apostle got up saying, "If you people are criticizing Usama's leadership, you have already criticized the leadership of his father before. But Wa-aimullah (i.e., By Allah), he (i.e. Zaid) deserved the leadership, and he was one of the most beloved persons to me; and now this (his son Usama) is one of the dearest persons to me after him." (See Hadith No. 745, Vol. 5) – No 623
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The oath of the Prophet used to be: "No, by Him who turns the hearts."(No:624)
Narrated Jabir bin Samura: The Prophet said, "If Caesar is ruined, there will be no Caesar after him; and if Khosrau is ruined, there will be no Khosrau, after him; and, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, surely you will spend their treasures in Allah's Cause." (no:625)

And as a caution against swearing in the name of Allah SWT at one’s whim and fancy, observe this translation:

Narrated 'Abdullah: The Prophet was asked, "Who are the best people?" He replied: The people of my generation, and then those who will follow (come after) them, and then those who will come after the later; after that there will come some people whose witness will precede their oaths and their oaths will go ahead of their witness." Ibrahim (a sub-narrator) said, "When we were young, our elder friends used to prohibit us from taking oaths by saying, 'I bear witness swearing by Allah, or by Allah's Covenant."'

And for the punishment for those trifling with Allah SWT’s name , study the following two hadiths:

Narrated Imran ibn Husayn: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone swears a false oath in confinement, he should make his seat in Hell on account of his (act). (Sunan Abu Dawud : 3240)

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: One should not take a false oath at this pulpit of mine even on a green tooth-stick; otherwise he will make his abode in Hell, or Hell will be certain for him. (Sunan Abu Dawud)

And for a resolution of issues, observe what the term mubahalah means in the Islamic history (see below- no sir, i am not a Shia)). No siree…it is not reading aloud from some scribbling from a scrap of paper while placing your tender right hand on a holy book (lest you want to equate the Book with the Almighty and run the risk of syirik wa nauzzibillah!). As for “ wise” old men - get a life real fast as the grave is calling and the house is shooing.

Revert : Wonder why they still call us reverts …masuk melayu … easy to figure out
now…. I guess.

AL Mubahalah or Mubahila
Sixty chiefs and `Ulama of Najran, headed by Sayyid, Aqib, and Usquf (religious personalities) of the region in the 10th year A.H. came to Medina to clarify their religious and political stance vis-avis Islam which had spread over the Arab peninsula and to engage in discussions with the Messenger (s) of Allah to realize the essence and truth of Islam. After lengthy discussions which have been presented in details in Ibn Husham's "Sirah" 573/1, no agreement was reached on the position and standing of Jesus. The Christians of Najran believed in the
divinity of Jesus and considered him as the son of God. This is while, based on the explicit wording of the Holy Qur'an (3:59), the Messenger (s) of Allah considered him as a prophet and the servant of God. At the end of the discussions, the Prophet (s) suggested that the two sides engage in "mubahalah", in other words, to invoke divine malediction for the lying side. The following verse was descended in this regard: "But whoever disputes with you in this matter after what has come to you of knowledge, then say: come let us call our sons and your sons and our women and your women and our near people and your near people, then let us be earnest in prayer, and pray for the curse of Allah on the liars." (3:61)
The 10th (and some say the 24th) of Dhul-Hijjah was chosen for "mubahalah". The Messenger (s) of Allah ordered that in a field outside Medina a thin black "aba" (men's loose sleeveless cloak open in front) be used as a shade between two trees. The Christian chiefs and dignitaries of Najran in orderly ranks on one side of the field, on the other side, the Prophet, together with `Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Husayn came from the direction of Medina to the shade. Along this path, the Prophet (s), holding the hand of `Ali, Hasan and Husayn walked in front with Fatimah behind them (c.f. "Majm`a al-Bayan". Interpretation of the Mubahalah Verse). With such simplicity and grandeur, they reached the shade and stood below the "aba". The Holy Prophet (s) recited the "tathir verse" and addressed the "ahl al-bayt" by saying: "I will invoke malediction for them and you say `amin'." Seeing such glory and grandeur, the Najran chiefs lost their self-confidence and felt that they were very puny and could not stand against
Prophet Muhammad (s) and his Household. They, therefore, accepted to pay "jaziyyah" and offered to give in to peace. On behalf of the Holy Prophet (s), the commander of the Faithful, `Ali, signed a peace treaty with the Christians. The Christians were to annually offer twelve thousand exquisite clothes, a thousand mithqal of gold, and some other items to remain Christians under the umbrella of Islam. On the basis of the "mubahalah verse", Sunni interpreters such as Zamakhshari, Baydawi, Imam Fakhr Razi and others regard `Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Husayn (peace be upon them all) superior to all other people and argue that Hassan and Husayn are the sons of the Messenger (s) of Allah. The term "anfusina" in the "mubahalah verse" proves the unity of the heart and soul of Prophet Muhammad and `Ali. The Holy Prophet (s) stated: "`Ali is of me and I am of `Ali." ("Fadail al- Khamsah" 343/1). The "mubahalah tradition" has been recounted in different books of "sirah" and history with various wordings. These include those of Tirmidhi ("Sahih" 166/2) which quotes S`ad ibn Abi Waqqas as follows: "When the mubahalah verse was recited, the Holy Prophet (s) summoned `Ali, Fatimah, Hasan, and Husayn and said: `O Allah, these are the Members of my Household." This tradition has been narrated by Hakim Nishaburi in "Al-Mustadrak" 150/3 and Bayhaqi in "Sunan" 63/7. Hakim regards this tradition as authentic.
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