Hafiz Noor Shams
DEC 29 — It is common for advocates of a greater role for Islam in
the public sphere in Malaysia to hold the position that any such
expansion concerns only Muslims and no one else. Since it concerns only
Muslims and hence internal matters, others identified as outsiders need
not be concerned or participate in any discussion about the expansion.
While it is an attractive take on the issue — especially in a
country like Malaysia where racial and religious issues are a powder
keg — because it minimises the potential for inter-communal exchange,
it insidiously threatens individual liberty. more…
I found myself in active mode in discussions of Hudud law recently, below was my response to the author..
Different set of view
written by chromosome,
December 29, 2008
Let me start with, I agree with disagreement. And I hope you do too.
I would not spend time commenting on ‘majority versus minority’
scenario and its implications as I agree with you, but I would disagree
in damning ‘divide and rule’ concept in religious matters. In fact it
would be another interesting topic to address what ‘conservative’ in
religion would exactly means. Word ‘conserve’ would give you an idea.
Nowadays, people tend to associate negativity with religious
Before we start damning this divide and rule
concept, let us go a few days back on why this notion of ‘this is a
matter of Muslim’ come into the picture. This notion and view come
amids strong resentment and anxious among non-Muslims towards Hudud
raised by PAS. To make the matter worse, the mass medias playing this
issue to the max, in hope putting the nail on PAS chances of winning KT
If you did question where openness and liberty
go? You should also question why no single explanation and exposure
given on Hudud by the media? Or at least giving fair coverage on PAS
explanation on the media.
To stop this issue from being
further manipulated, they explained this is Islamic matter, Hudud is
for Muslim, thus the non-Muslim should not worry. This is true, it wont
be exercised against non-Muslim, so where is logic behind all this
fear? All this while, they are worry on something that is not there. In
Islam, this is clear, “For you, your religion. and for me my religion –
Surah Al Kafirun”.
Back to the concept divide and rules, it
is clear there are a few groups defined by Islam in Quran, such as
Muslim, Munafiqun, and Kafir. Why? Because they live with different set
of believes and rules. Ever wonder why this group is well defined in
Quran? Do your research.
I have only one to add to this comment, the beauty of this divide and rules concept is you decide yourself which group you are in. Whether you want to be a Muslim, Munafiq or Kafir. No one shall force you to be in any particular group, you are at your liberty to choose one.