We all know that the world’s more than a billion Muslims are not all so perfect or free from committing sins or mistakes just like every other human being here on Earth. Apart from the fact that we testify that ‘There is no God save for Almighty Allah and attesting that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam is our Lord’s Final and Greatest Messenger to His Entire Creation, each of us lives and will eventually breathe our last when our time is up.
Each of us differs from one another by our social, cultural and economic status and live as we see fit or according to our own individual personal circumstances. The way we practice our faith depends on our own personal acquired knowledge and our level of commitment to what we profess or claim to be.
There are ups and downs in one’s level of Belief and our practices of Islam varies from time to time as we go about our daily lives. We are currently living in what has been described as the End of Time. The Last Ages. Akhirul Zaman. The Age of Fitnah. Age of Tribulations.
We have before us Science and Technology that would only be regarded as pure wizardry by those who lived and died before us if it was presented to them back then. Unimaginable inventions, devices, telecommunication capabilities available that emperors and kings would willingly pay handsomely to acquire if it was available back in the Dark Ages.
As Muslims we believe in the Creation of Our Father Sayyidina Adam Alaihis Salam by Almighty Allah Himself in the most perfect of form and imbued knowledge plus the Faculty of Reason by God Himself and do not subscribe to the Theory of Evolution conjured up by the likes of Charles Darwin and those like him.
We are all descendants of Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and Our Mother Sayyidatina Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha and turned into different tribes returning to our Origin back to the essence from which the various parts of the earth was collected from this planet which was collected by Sayyidina Izra’il Alaihis Salam, one of the mightiest Angels @ Malaikats of Allah when Allah commanded him to do so in order to create Adam up there in the highest heavens.
The very significant attribute that differentiates us from the other Creation of Allah is that we have been given the Freedom of Choice and Willpower to choose what we wish to believe in and what we feel like doing at times without realizing the consequences of our actions but most of these times fully aware of the results but just don’t bother or care of its ramifications!
There are times when we just don’t even fear God even though we know that He is Most Aware and not a jot escapes His Knowledge as well as the monitoring of us by Allah’s Malaikats @ Angels. Some say ‘So What?’ and continue with their desires and urges disregarding any pleas or cries for mercy!
It is true that we can be the ‘Best of Allah’s Creations and also the Worst! Even animals won’t do what quite a large number of human beings are doing to each other! Even to this very second, there are billions of innocent victims out there suffering as a result of human wickedness and barbarity! Regardless of their social standings or position in life! I coined a phrase before that ‘Even Alims @ The Knowledgeable Ones can turn into Zalims @ the Evil Doers’!
After Adam Alaihis Salam came a myriad of 124,000 Prophets and Messengers from Allah to continue guiding Mankind back to the Fitrah @ Nature of submitting to Allah’s Will and Commandments. There was scripture after scripture revealed to Mankind to believe in Allah and live as per His Commands but verily Mankind is a stubborn lot.
There are those amongst us who are recalcitrants and continue to wreak havoc amongst our fellow Mankind what more against the helpless other Creations of Allah who are powerless or ill equipped to face up to the onslaught of some human’s penchant for indulging in utter vice, debauchery and willful savagery!
In the shocking video above, some brave documentary makers have exposed the shocking reality of pedophilia that is ravaging the lives and future of hundreds of thousands of innocent young boys who despite being born and raised in a supposedly Muslim country!
These !@#$%^& Laknatullah’s @ Cursed by Allah are destroying over half a million and more innocent young Muslim children by committing these dastardly and forbidden acts of sodomy of street living homeless boys as young as 7 years old and the so called Islamic Government of Pakistan choose to ignore their plight and have not taken action against the pedophiles rampaging all over their major cities of Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Karachi not forgetting the entire country that shamelessly puts up an Islamic front as its national symbol.
What’s the point of trumpeting to the entire world that they are a nuclear powered formidable country if they can’t even defend and protect the honor and dignity or innocence of their very own young citizens such as the boys featured in the documentary above?
Too busy fighting against the fictitious or self created enemies of Islam and ‘Pakistan Zindabad‘ when your own pedophiles are sodomizing your future heirs to an early death! What the bloody hell is wrong with you??? Where are your damn priorities?
What kind of Muslims are you when despite knowing that Sodomy and Homosexuality is HARAM in Islam, you conveniently choose to CLOSE BOTH EYES and CHOOSE NOT TO SEE or bother to nip all these savagery in the bud?
Where there’s a will definitely there will be a way to stop and eradicate all these nonsense!
It’s all up to you.
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam himself warned against allowing this abominable act to prevail amongst his ummah yet to this very second or moment hundreds if not thousands of young boys are being raped at will by the bus drivers and truckers over there in Pakistan!
Not to say that this does not happen elsewhere or even here in Malaysia where I live but not to this extent over there in Pakistan where in the documentary it proved that social welfare officers have found that 9 out of 10 interviewed homeless street children said that they have been raped almost daily with no one coming to their aid!
People can scream and shout in protest all they want worldwide but if no real action is taken to stop these child abuses right there in Pakistan and worldwide, it will continue to fester and destroy the lives of these victims.
I implore those authorities in Pakistan if they come to read this to repent and stop this evil from continuing to smear and destroy the country’s reputation. Please stop the rot!
“…Truly my Lord is with me, He will Guide me through.”(Q26:62)
At the uni’s library..taking continuous steps (2006-2016)..1st degree 2nd degree & now its the final degree Alhamdulillah
The police have also reminded numerously, should Maria Chin and Bersih 5.0 are adamant to go ahead on their targeted date 19 November to hold their gathering in Dataran Merdeka without the PAA’s requirement, then they should realised that they did not meet legal provisions and hence violated the stipulated Act. Tell us which part that these so called law experts and law abiding people in Bersih 2.0 steering committee are unable to understand?
Therefore, Bersih 5.0 rally is illegal. So when Maria Chin is detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 or SOSMA, why the need to dispute it?
As stated clearly that Bersih 5 is an illegal rally, the green light from Maria Chin and her steering committee to proceed is thus encouraging to go against in maintaining public order and the people safety. The police is correct to carry out instructions to stop illegal Bersih 5 rally when it is obvious detrimental to the security of our nation.
Should any opposition leaders questioned PM Najib’s assurance that SOSMA will not be affecting on politicians, they ought to proof that Maria Chin have held any position in any political party, then SOSMA should not be imposed on he her. If Maria Chin is merely a political instrument, as chairman of an NGO that has violated the laws that have threatened the public order, then SOSMA is very appropriate and she is a threat to our nations’ security.
If the oppositions needed to be reminded that Maria is chairing an illegal rally “which is prejudical to public order in, or the security of, the Federation or any part thereof ;”. Her detention is thus necessary to stop action as stipulated in SOSMA when she has initiated “to procure the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of anything by law established”.
As a seasoned political watchdog, Ambiga should have extensive legal knowledge affecting illegal assembly that the police in no way are liable to facilitate them and what more to ensure participants safety. But her statement to demand for the police presence is as though very obligated, not only that she is misleading public opinion but in fact she is inviting the police too to be unlawful.
What Ambiga should have done as a former chairman for Bersih 2.0 steering committee is to advise Maria Chin and her people to fully comply with the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) procedures and abide by rules and regulations as stipulated under the PAA. Instead she has chosen to incite to condemn the police that they are denying the illegal Bersih 5 rally rights to a peaceful assembly. Is Ambiga a truthful and an apt watchdog?
The keywords to Maria’s SOSMA detention are ‘agreeing and allowing’ to be manipulated by certain opposition leaders as a coup instrument. Unless Maria and her Bersih activities detached themselves from these group of usupers, their demands may stay applicable.
She needs no one to blame except the unscrupulous politicians and in particular Dr Mahathir and Kit Siang for ill-advising her. The vigil in solidarity with her is not enough to correct the situation as Maria has to be on her own to face charges for all the wrong reasons to satisfy those villainous opposition leaders. But… you asked for it Maria!
To many betrayed Muslim voters, MCA is more ignorant that DAP. While the latter enjoyed undivided support of Chinese community in Malaysia, MCA latest political miscalculation on Syariah issue that touches the nerve of every Muslim and makes Muslim give undivided support irrespective of their political ideologies means one thing- MCA can no longer enjoyed the immunity of being categorised as Muslim friendly ” kafir zimmi.”
Thus today MCA is at par with DAP, kaffir harbi
For DAP, no matter what may be the outcome of RUU 355 today, they have the undivided support of the Chinese community. Hence DAP can steadily brace for next election and still win handsomely from the Chinese community.
Contrarily for MCA,who have been borrowing political lifeline from Muslim population/voters , this means the demise of MCA in the next General Election
I do hope PM strategists read the outcome of today’s event and be prepared for one thing- Please be smart and do not field MCA candidates or BN will lose miserably in next GE.
Attack on increased jurisdiction of Syariah courts unconstitutional and an affront to religious liberty by Azril Md.Amin
Published in The Malay Mail Online. June 1 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) reads with deep concern the joint statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) with regards to the Private Member’s Bill tabled by YB Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang, Member of Parliament for Marang seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Amended 1984) to enable the increase of punishments meted out by the Syariah courts (Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to rights violations, MalaysiaKini, 31 May 2016).
We note that the joint statement contains several factually inaccurate assertions as well as downright false and misleading claims, not to mention baseless accusations regarding the proposed Bill in particular, as well as the administration of criminal justice by the Syariah judiciary in general, which we feel compelled to address as well as redress, if only to put in proper perspective the issues surrounding this debate, considering, to borrow the statement’s own words, the level of debate this has generated in the public sphere.
First of all, the implied claim by JAG that the tabling of the Private Members’ Bill was undemocratic, not transparent and should have been subjected to public consultation is unwarranted and illogical given that in a Westminster-based constitutional system such as ours, such a move is not practical given the time constrains involved. We remind JAG that the Bill is not based on any proposal or legislative programme but a Private Members’ Bill, and duly elected Members of Parliament are free to bring forth Bills before the chamber of the House they were elected to without subjecting the same to any consultation process, especially given that the prerogative of whether such Bills are approved for tabling lies with the Speaker of the House. In the United Kingdom House of Commons, for example, hundreds of Private Members’ Bills are presented for tabling for every session and if all such Bills were to require public consultation prior to their tabling then parliamentary business would never be finished. We believe that the confusion took place because such Private Members’ Bill was the first kind of its nature in the history of our Parliament.
Secondly, with respect to the so-called “Malaysian interpretation” and the absence of guarantees in the way Syariah-sanctioned whippings are administered in other countries, we point out that the Bill is tabled before the Parliament of Malaysia, and if passed would become law in Malaysia. As such, sheer logic alone necessarily entails that the “Malaysian interpretation” would most definitely apply, regardless of the practice in other countries, which has absolutely no bearing on this matter whatsoever. JAG has also failed to adduce any example or evidence where present Syariah laws have been applied in a discriminatory fashion leading to victimization.
Regarding the role of the state in enforcing the precepts of Islam, we again remind JAG that this is sanctioned by no less the Constitution itself, which by virtue of Article 4(1) thereof, is the nation’s highest law. Article 3(1) of the Constitution states that Islam is the religion of the Federation. This is to be read with Schedule 4 of the Constitution containing the oath of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) pursuant to Articles 32 and 37 thereof, which mandates that the YDPA must at all times protect the religion of Islam and uphold the rule of law. This reading is further fortified by the Herald’s Case  8 CLJ 890 which states that Article 3 is no mere declaration, but imposes a “positive obligation” on the Malaysian State to protect, defend and promote Islam and its injunctions by appropriate state action, which necessarily includes conferring already existing Syariah courts with the necessary jurisdiction to carry out the injunctions of Islam.
Lastly, JAG should be chastised for making more baseless claims that increasing punishment places a temporary bandage on open wounds, causes more societal harm in the long run and is not in accordance with the compassionate and merciful nature of Islam. It is trite that any criminal justice system, and not just one based on Islam, is meant to subject perpetrators of crimes to justice, and not just the restorative sort but also of the retributive as well as preventive kind as well. While we concede there are existing weaknesses in administration that may lead to abuse, it is submitted that this may be dealt with effectively by taking into account their presence with a view to rectifying the same, and not by simply doing away altogether with a criminal justice system based on Islam, which is the religion of the majority of the population, and more so one that has existed in this land since ancient times prior to the introduction of the British inspired civil criminal justice.
Indeed doing so would lead to degradation of human rights, and erode in particular the religious liberty of citizens professing the religion of Islam, which is specifically protected by Article 11(1) of the Constitution, and is wholly incompatible with the goal of upholding human rights in Malaysia.
Azril Mohd Amin is a lawyer and Chief Executive of Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA).
Katakan ada seseorang yang normal (bukan orang gila) menghina ibu kita. Cukup dengan kata-kata: “Wey, mak kau bodoh sangat kenapa?”
Sebagai seseorang yang normal, apakah kita akan:
A) memukul orang itu
B) memarahi atau menghina kembali orang itu
C) bersabar dan berlapang dada
D) tersenyum sahaja dan memaafkan orang itu
Saya rasa, semua orang yang normal akan bertindak mengikut pilihan A atau B. Betul?
Kenapa? Kerana maruah. Apabila seseorang yang mulia di sisi kita, dalam contoh di atas ibu kita, dihina dan dicerca maka sudah tentu sifat marah dalam diri kita akan bangkit – dan ini bukan sikap yang keji tetapi terpuji kerana dengan marah itulah kita akan mampu mempertahankan kemuliaan.
Dalam Islam, setiap satu yang wujud ada kedudukannya yang tersendiri. Orang bukan Islam tidak akan mampu memahami hal ini kerana susunan seperti ini tidak ada dalam agama mereka. Dalam Islam, kedudukan Allah, Rasulullah dan para ulama itu tertinggi, lebih tinggi daripada ibubapa kita sendiri, lebih tinggi daripada professor universiti atau bekas professor universiti.
Maka, jika ibubapa (atau anak) kita dihina kita marah, TERLEBIH WAJARLAH apabila Allah, Rasulullah atau para ulama dihina kita marah.
Kalau kau mempertahankan kata-kata kau atas dasar “freedom of speech”, maka kau tidak boleh salahkan aku kalau aku kata: “Mak dan bapak kau bangang eh?”. It’s “freedom” of speech, isn’t it…
09 February 2014
|Tuntutan pendakyah kristian untuk hak menterjemahkan perkataan ‘God’ kepada ‘Allah’ adalah satu pencabulan kepada hak kebebasan beragama umat Islam menurut Artikel 3 dan 11 Perlembagaan|
Malaysia adalah antara satu-satunya negara didunia yang meletakkan Islam sebagai agama bagi negara. Ini tercatat dengan jelas didalam Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukkan ‘Islam adalah agama bagi Persekutuan’.
*Artikel ini disiarkan di Majalah Al-Islam terbitan bulan Februari 2014 di mukasurat 29-31.
Malaysia has been rocked by the demands of the Catholic Christian Church to be allowed to use the term ‘ALLAH’ to replace the word ‘Tuhan’ which is the correct translation for the word ‘God’ in their Malay translations of their Christian Bible!
Such a preposterous demand naturally has raised the ire of the country’s Muslims and as a result several major protests have been held by them to demand the Catholic Christian Church of Malaysia to drop and cease from such a pursuit!
The Catholic Christians refuse to budge and have resorted to take the matter to court insisting that they be allowed to use the term ‘ALLAH’ in place of the proper Malay word ‘ Tuhan’ to describe their Trinitarian concept of God.
Now, such a matter surely ought to have come under the purview of the Keepers of Islam here in the 9 Malay Sultanates in the Malay Peninsular but surprisingly to this date, we have yet to hear of the Malay Rulers Council coming up with a collective decree prohibiting the usage of the term ‘ALLAH’ by the Christians and other Non Muslims to describe their deity or deities!
When the Malay Rulers fail to act as one, the resulting mayhem has turned into a religious and legal quagmire with the case unnecessarily being heard in the courts and sort of caught in a judicial tug of war between the offended Muslims and the recalcitrant Catholic Church leaders!
Now, let us get down to the basic Principles of Faith that Muslims believe in and what do the Christians in turn believe in as well.
Muslims believe that ‘There is only One God!’
In the Holy Quran. Chapter 112 in the Surah Al Ikhlas ( Chapter of Sincerity) , Allah the Almighty commands us to say that He is One!
“Qul huwa Allahu Ahad!”
Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One,
Lam yalid walam yoolad
Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
Allah clarifies that He is only One! He is the Eternal, the Absolute. He was not born nor did He procreate. And that there is None like Him!
Whereas the Christians have always been referring to their Trinitarian Concept of God as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost!
A 3 in 1 concept of God. Even at this stage we can see the difference between what we Muslims believe as our Supreme Lord Almighty, Allahu Rabbul Alamin @ Allah, Lord of the Worlds to be just One Supreme God whereas the Christians come up with a Godhead of 3 different characteristics of what they believe to be God!
I am not here to deny the Christians their liberty to worship whatever they want as even Allah the Almighty has commanded us Muslims @ Believers in Allah to say to the Christians and other Disbelievers who are addressed as the Kaffirun in the Arabic language of the Holy Quran in the particular Surah Al Kafirun. Chapter 109.
Wala antum AAabidoona maaAAbud
Wala ana AAabidun maAAabadtum
Wala antum AAabidoona maaAAbud
Lakum deenukum waliya deen
There is an established understanding of the freedom to worship whatever that they want and that we are all to come to such a truce to allow each other the right to practice our own individual faiths.
Over the years, Muslims and Christians have in a way minded our own business and let the other practice their faith in relative peace and harmony here in Malaysia.
Save for the few odd cases where we had witnessed the apostatizing of Azalina Jailani @ Lina Joy and some other individual Malays to the Christian faith, we have been trying our best to keep the peace here but lately there has been a concerted effort on the part of the Christians especially that of the Catholic denomination to intrude into the realm of the Islamic faith by their wanting to use ‘ALLAH’ to now describe what they worship?
If we are to do a search online as to whether Christians and Muslims worship the same ‘ALLAH’ as what these Catholic Christian Church of Malaysia is so adamant in using, we will find sites such as this which protest loudly of any such insinuations!
At least those Kaffirs have the decency to be steadfast in their Disbelief unlike the Catholic Christians that we have here in Malaysia!
For no rhyme or reason, the Catholic Christian Church leaders have harmed the peaceful co-existence that we have been enjoying here in Malaysia and caused the lawyers shown below to rise up and defend the sacredness of the term ‘ALLAH’ by which True God Almighty addresses Himself from being associated with the Disbelief of the Christians!
It all started with this Catholic Christian Priest who started the whole issue!
Some people just never learn! They take pleasure in rocking the boat and are not bothered as to who gets drowned in the process!
I for one hope and pray that the Catholic Christian Church leaders concerned will come to their senses and return to using ‘Tuhan’ as the appropriate choice of word to describe their ‘God’ in their Malay language Bibles as they should.
I also pray that our ‘Keepers of Islam’ will really do what they are supposed to do which is to look out for the sanctity and preservation of our Islamic Faith’s sacredness from being polluted by others such as what the Catholic Christian Church here has done.
It’s just not right for our Malay Sultans to play safe and choose to remain silent on this most important and sensitive matter. At least the Sultan of Selangor, His Royal Highness, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had the courage and forevision to prohibit the usage of the term ‘ALLAH’ by any Non Muslims in his State of Selangor.
Daulat Tuanku! Long Live the Sultan!
I hope the other Sultans and Raja Melayu will soon follow suit! Insya Allah.
Malaysians generally are a peace loving people and we seldom get so riled up unlike other countries where the people are quick to run riot and kill each other over the smallest of matters.
Religion is a very, very sensitive matter for us and only those who do not practice what they tend to preach will want to stir up any such troubles amongst us who are from multi-ethnic and multi-faiths living together here in this blessed land. I hope that they will think of the consequences of creating unnecessary strife here amongst us, mostly peace loving Malaysians.
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Almighty Allah be upon those of you who believe in Him, The Most Compassionate, Most Benevolent God of us all.
Today, marks the 1441th anniversary of the birth of Allah’s Greatest Messenger to the entire universes, the Blessed Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
His enduring Message of Peace and Salvation remains as a permanent guide and shining beacon to those whose hearts and minds are alighted with the burning desire to seek the Truth and claim their birthrights to be true worshipers of The Only Absolute Supreme Creator of us all.
Islam is the only God given faith that was taught to our Father, the blessed Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and from him to our Mother Sayyidatuna Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha.
From the union of our blessed parents came forth the multitudes of tribes and people who through the passage of Time, spread throughout the world and established the nations and countries which are so diverse and evolved various cultures and civilizations that mark the Greatness of Ar Rahman Who allows us the freedom of choice yet never left us without a warner, a guide to lead us back to His Salvation.
Islam stands forth as a shining beacon to all who seek God’s Mercy through the ages and by all the signs and prophecies of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, it is obvious that we are today living in the Last Ages.
The period of Time which has been promised to us where mankind will come to a stage where being religious will be considered strange and at times even offensive!
People nowadays would not bat an eye at those who adopt the most perverse traits of behavior and mannerisms which are void of all earlier norms and decencies and accept such uncouthness as part and parcel of so called modern ways of life but would frown and scowl at those who choose to be religious and return to the ways that are enjoined in all forms of faith and beliefs.
This is the sad reality of our present life.
This Hadith is Sahih and was reported from the Messenger of Allah Rahmatulil Alamin (Mercy to the Universes).
A group of Hadith scholars added in another narration: It was asked: O Messenger of Allah! Who are the strangers?
What is meant here is that the “Ghuraba” (strangers)” are the people of integrity and that Jannah (Paradise) and happiness are for those strangers who will rectify what others have corrupted.
Inna allatheena qaloo rabbunaAllahu thumma istaqamoo tatanazzalu AAalayhimualmala-ikatu alla takhafoo wala tahzanoowaabshiroo biljannati allatee kuntum tooAAadoon
Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.
Nahnu awliyaokum fee alhayatiaddunya wafee al-akhirati walakum feehama tashtahee anfusukum walakum feeha mataddaAAoon
We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]
Nuzulan min ghafoorin raheem
As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.”
Waman ahsanu qawlan mimman daAAaila Allahi waAAamila salihan waqalainnanee mina almuslimeen
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
PENGHAKIMAN KES KALIMAH ALLAH MEMBERI KESAN TERHADAP AGAMA PERSEKUTUAN OLEH : ZAINUL RIJAL ABU BAKAR
Keputusan Hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lan 31 Disember 2009 lepas yang membenarkan Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam penerbitan mingguannya, Herald –The Catholic Weekly merupakan suatu tamparan yang hebat kepada usaha memartabatkan agama Islam sebagai “ Agama Negara”.
Masyarakat Islam arus perdana melihat penghakiman ini sebagai suatu perkara yang akan menimbulkan kekeliruan dan kegusaran di kalangan umat Islam.
Penghakiman ini juga dilihat menghakis keistimewaan agama Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan.
Saya sendiri mendapat banyak panggilan telefon , emel dan surat bertanyakan kesan penghakiman tersebut terhadap kedudukan agama Islam di Malaysia khususnya.
Dalam beberapa hari sahaja penghakiman tersebut dikeluarkan keluhan dan ketidakpuasan hati umat Islam ini telah dizahirkan di dalam media-media arus perdana dan media alternatif.
Sebenarnya pendirian umat Islam bukanlah hendak memadam kalimah Allah di dalam kitab-kitab suci agama lain tetapi hanyalah berkisar di sebalik undang-undang yang berkuatkuasa di dalam negara dan keluhuran Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Perkara ini jelas kerana agama Sikh umpamanya yang menggunakan kalimah Allah di dalam bahasa asal kitab suci mereka tidak pernah dihalang daripada membaca ataupun mengamalkan ajaran di dalam kitab asal mereka.
Malah pendirian yang diambil oleh umat Islam bukanlah “peperangan antara kitab suci” tetapi lebih kepada memberi makna dan tafsiran yang jelas kepada peruntukan yang ada di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang disanjung oleh segenap warganegara Malaysia.
Permasalahan yang timbul ialah penerbitan Herald- The Catholic Weekly ini boleh digapai oleh orang ramai termasuklah orang Islam. Ia sudah tentu diedarkan dan tiada jaminan ia tidak akan sampai kepada orang Islam.
Walaupun usaha beberapa Majlis Islam negeri-negeri seperti Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Trengganu, Johor, Melaka, Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Kedah serta Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA) gagal mencelah di dalam kes ini, namun usaha ini haruslah diberi penghargaan yang tinggi kerana khususnya Majlis Agama telah menjalankan tanggungjawab statutori mereka di dalam mempertahankan agama Islam dan MACMA yang merupakan NGO tunggal berbuat demikian. Namun persoalan lain pula, di manakah Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam negeri lain?
Adakah mereka juga bersekongkol dan bersetuju kalimah Allah ini boleh digunakan oleh pihak Gereja di dalam penerbitan mereka?
Majlis-Majlis Agama mempunyai tanggungjawab statutori menasihati Sultan di dalam hal ehwal agama malah menjaga agama juga diletakkan di bawah tanggungjawab Majlis Agama.
Hanya Islam sahaja satu-satunya agama yang disebut di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Tiada agama lain disebut secara spesifik di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan melainkan hanya disebut sebagai boleh diamalkan dalam keadaan aman dan harmoni dalam negara sahaja.
Ini adalah jaminan Perlembagaan bahawa pengamalan agama lain oleh orang bukan Islam dibenarkan tertakluk kepada Perkara 11(4) iaitu berkaitan sekatan penyebaran agama bukan Islam kepada orang Islam.
Umat Islam adalah umat majoriti di negara kita. Perkara 3(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan menyatakan Agama Islam ialah agama bagi Persekutuan; tetapi agama-agama lain boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan damai di mana-mana bahagian Persekutuan.
Makna ‘boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan damai’ ialah agama lain selain agama Islam boleh diamalkan di mana-mana bahagian Persekutuan selagi ia tidak menghakis kedamaian dan keamanan agama bagi Persekutuan iaitu Islam. Inilah kedudukan istimewa Islam.
Kedudukan istimewa Islam ini bolehlah di fahami kerana terdapat peruntukan-peruntukan yang lain yang memberi kelebihan kepada Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan sebagaimana yang termaktub di dalam Perkara 3(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, antaranya:
a) Perkara 11(4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukkan bahawa negeri-negeri boleh mewartakan undang-undang menghalang orang-orang bukan Islam menyebarkan dakyah agama mereka kepada orang Islam Undang-undang Negeri dan mengenai Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Labuan, undang-undang persekutuan boleh mengawal atau menyekat pengembangan apa-apa iktikad atau kepercayaan ugama antara orang-orang yang menganuti ugama Islam.;
b) Perkara 12(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukkan Kerajaan Persekutuan diberikuasa untuk mengurus dan menghulur bantuan kepada institusi Islam seperti masjid, sekolah agama dan juga bagi tujuan pembagunan syiar Islam;
c) Perkara 74(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan pula memperuntukkan Kerajaan Negeri berkuasa membuat undang-undang bagi mentadbir urusan agama Islam.
d) Perkara 121(1A) Perlembagaan Persekutuan juga telah memberi pengiktirafan kepada Mahkamah Syariah untuk mendengar kes-kes dan persoalan mengenai agama Islam dan Mahkamah Sivil tidak boleh campurtangan, membatalkan ataupun tidak menghiraukan keputusan Mahkamah Syariah.
Penghakiman Hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lan itu memberi kesan yang amat ketara terhadap orang Islam.
Ini bermakna orang bukan Islam bebas menggunakan kalimah Allah di dalam penerbitan mereka tersebut selagi ianya adalah di edarkan di kalangan orang bukan Islam.
Persoalan yang timbul pula apakah jaminan ianya tidak akan diedarkan kepada orang Islam?
Penerbitan tersebut tidak hanya diedarkan di gereja sahaja. Kenapakah pihak gereja begitu beria-ia mahu menggunakan kalimah Allah ini?
Tidakkah dengan menggunakan kalimah Allah ini ia akan menggugat kedamaian dan keamanan agama bagi Persekutuan?
Malah keujudan Enakmen Kawalan Pengembangan Agama Bukan Islam Di Kalangan Orang Islam yang digubal berdasarkan Perkara 11(4) juga tidak mempunyai signifikan secara realitinya.
Enakmen yang telah ujud di beberapa negeri sejak berpuluh tahun masih tidak dilaksanakan. Malah ada negeri yang telah meluluskan enakmen ni masih tidak mewartakan dan memberi tarikh pelaksanaannya.
Empat buah negeri pula iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Pulau Pinang, Sabah dan Sarawak masih belum menggubal undang-undang yang sama walaupun mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sendiri semasa menjadi Perdana Menteri telah berjanji dan mengarahkan negeri-negeri ini menggubal undang-undang tersebut.
Sememangnya kepentingan agama Islam seringkali dipinggirkan semasa membuat sebarang tindakan oleh pelbagai pihak. Kenapa kita terlalu abai dalam perkara ini?
Dalam keadaan yang agak tegang ini saya menyeru kepada pihak kerajaan supaya dengan kadar yang segera memfailkan rayuan terhadap keputusan Hakim Lau Bee Lan ini serta memohon menggantung perintah yang dikeluarkan itu.
Saya juga menyeru supaya pihak Kerajaan melaksanakan segera Enakmen Kawalan Pengembangan Agama Bukan Islam di Kalangan Orang Islam dan bagi negeri-negeri yang belum menggubal undang-undang tersebut hendaklah berbuat demikian dengan kadar segera.
Majlis Raja –Raja Melayu sebagai ketua agama negeri-negeri juga perlu membuat ketetapan yang tegas berkaitan dengan perkara ini selaras dengan sumpah jawatan baginda mempertahankan Islam pada setiap masa.
Malah Yang Di Pertuan Agong menurut Perkara 130 Perlembagaan Persekutuan juga boleh merujuk ke Mahkamah Persekutuan bagi pentafsiran Perkara 3 tersebut.
Perkara 130 tersebut menyebut Yang di-Pertuan Agong boleh merujukkan kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan untuk pendapatnya apa-apa soal tentang kesan mana-mana peruntukan Perlembagaan ini yang telah berbangkit atau yang tampak padanya mungkin berbangkit, dan Mahkamah Persekutuan hendaklah mengumumkan pendapatnya tentang apa-apa soal yang dirujukkan sedemikian kepadanya itu di dalam mahkamah terbuka.
Oleh yang demikian jika Yang di Pertuan Agong merujuk kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan berkaitan isu ini mungkin akan meredakan ketegangan yang dihadapi oleh umat Islam sekarang.
Tindakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri melarang pihak Gereja menggunakan kalimah Allah adalah kerana KDN sebagai salah sebuah organ kerajaan perlu mempertahankan ikrar Yang Di Pertuan Agong semasa menaiki tahkta iaitu mempertahankan Islam pada setiap masa. Oleh itu segala tindakan yang dibuat oleh pihak kerajaan perlulah sejajar dengan ikrar mempertahankan Islam ini. Secara mudahnya, setiap urusan kerajaan adalah disifatkan sebagai Urusan Seri Paduka Baginda (sebagaimana tertera di dalam sampul surat jabatan kerajaan). Oleh yang demikian adalah tidak masuk akal, urusan tersebut mencabul ikrar yang dibuat oleh Seri Paduka Baginda itu.
Kementerian Dalam Negeri perlu segera merayu keputusan kes ini kerana ia melibatkan kedudukan agama Islam di Malaysia apatah lagi keputusan mahkamah tertinggi di dalam negara perlu bagi menyelesaikan kedudukan ini secara muktamad.
Penulis adalah Presiden Persatuan Peguam-Peguam Muslim Malaysia dan boleh dihubungi di firstname.lastname@example.org.