Guess who wrote this on 27 January 2009 in his blog?

29 01 2009

I don’t have enough time right now to translate this posting below in Malay by one of Southeast Asia’s controversial political figures of all time. But I simply couldn’t agree more with what he has summarised:

“Di antara lain saya tegaskan kepentingan memperkasa iltizam bersama menegakkan Islam serta peningkatan kefahaman, termasuk isu urutan keutamaan (fiqh awlawiyyat) saperti yang digariskan diantara lain oleh Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qardawi.

Saya memperkuat hujah dengan menukil contoh dari buku beliau. Umpamanya keghairahan gulungan kaya menderma untuk memperbaiki masjid sedia ada tetapi enggan membantu umat yang tertindas di Bosnia atau Palestin. Begitu pula menurut Sheikh Yusuf, keasyikan mengulangi ibadah haji dan umrah tetapi bakhil untuk mendukung kegiatan daawah, pendidikan atau penterjemahan karya besar.

Turut saya tegaskan berkenaan keperluan memahami maksud atau tujuan utama Shariah (maqasid Shariah), dengan menukil hujah Imam al Ghazali dalam al-Mustasfa, As-Shatibi dalam al-Mawafaqat, serta kupasan Sheikh Yusuf dan Sheikh Taha Jabir Al-Elwani.

Rumusan maqasid mencakupi ikhtiar memelihara ad-Din, kebebasan keyakinan dan bersuara, pemeliharaan harta, nyawa dan maruah. Ulama malah menegaskan isu hurriyah (kebebasan), hak asasi dan hak wanita.”

One clue or hint I can give as to who could have been quoted above: His quest to become the next Prime Minister of a neighbouring ASEAN nation is now crystal clear… And he’s almost thereΒ  since the Opposition Front which he led in Parliament are slowly but surely garnering incremental support from the country’s multi-racial voters. πŸ˜‰



Water, water, H2O everywhere…

28 01 2009

BOY oh boy! I’ve been up the whole night. My eyes are droopy but I just can’t sleep! 😦 The continuous heavy downpour outside isn’t helping me to catch a wink, either.

Given the really high tides predicted these days, I’m not surprised that even as I’m typing my blues away now, some poor residents living in low-lying areas (not only in Brunei Darussalam but in neighbouring countries, as well) are struggling to keep floodwaters out of their miseries… 😦

Well, what can I say and what can we all do to not make matters worse? Only our prayers and hopes that no severe flooding and tragic loss of lives would happen again this time around. It was unfortunate enough that two Bruneian women (both aged 46 and 19 respectively) lost their lives during heavy rains last week which flooded most parts of the country and caused power blackouts in some parts of the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, for a couple of days… Foreign news wire reports had a field day also with their exagerrated stories about the whole thing! 😦

The caring monarch, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, couldn’t bear to see his troubled people suffer then. So much so that he had to cut his overseas trip short and returned to the country to personally spearhead a ‘post-mortem’ and instantly ordered the National Disaster Management team to shape up and brace themselves for worse things to happen. NAUZUBILLAHI MINZALIK!

I tell you, His Majesty has every reason to be upset and disappointed with the way things had been handled last week and during past experiences whenever floods occured in the country. In one of His Majesty’s “Titah” (national addresses) not too long ago, the Sultan had specifically hinted that the authorities concerned should try to find effective ways and means to minimise unnecessary problems related to landslides and floodings throughout the country. (“Sediakan payung sebelum hujan”, as a Malay idiom goes or literally ‘Get an umbrella ready before it rains’)) And His Majesty could always say to those answerable now: “I TOLD YOU SO!”

Okay, fair enough, irresponsible people amongst the “Rakyat” who for aeons had been causing ‘self-inflicted’ blockages to the drainage system, etc. Still the onus is on PAID PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF to oversee that matters don’t get out of hand and to see to it that the whole public works and utilities infrastructure are working and in tip-top condition. After all, huge national budgetary allocations had been given and provided for over donkeys of years for the public not to suffer in distress and be inconvenienced, come what may — rain or shine… πŸ˜‰

On the other hand, it is FAIR COMMENT to say that such occurences are NATURE’s failures and not all HUMAN ERRORS are to blame. Or I can even go to the furthest extreme spiritual notion that all these natural disasters are due to the ignorance and negligence of us all (Muslims, in particular) for disobeying the orders of the Lord Almighty by the mere acts of committing all sorts of evil ways and sins i.e. transgressing from the holistic approach of practising Islam as not merely a ‘lip-service’ religion but should rightfully be adopted as a complete way of life in its ENTIRETY and TOTALITY! 😦

Yeah, yeah, I do admit that I did not practise, have not practised and am not practising what I am preaching now. But my point is that we are all to blame for what’s been happening to ourselves and our beloved nation, in more ways than one. 😦

Take the controversial ZAKAT (TITHE) issue as one of the major negligence on the part of the Majlis Ugama Islam Brunei (Brunei Islamic Religious Council) who have failed to equally and fairly distribute the monies to the rightful poor and needy, as was pointed out by His Majesty recently.

There are one poverty-stricken Bruneian too many who have not been treated justly to the Zakat collection money amounting in the millions! By right, the religious and/or relevant officials tasked with helping to alleviate the sufferings of the unfortunate should scour and comb the whole nation to look for downtrodden Muslims to distribute the Zakat to. Who will be answerable to God (ALLAH SUBHANNAHU WATAALA) in the Hereafter for such grossful and wrongful act?!

Is it any wonder then that natural calamities keep happening by the Will of the All-Powerful Lord of the Universe (if only to remind human beings, particularly Muslims, that we have all failed Him!) ASTAGHFIRULLAH AL-AZHIIM… SUBHANNALLAH! πŸ™‚ At the end of the day, cynics may say why dig one’s own grave in the first place? And I say to such cynicism, who are we to judge other people for seeking ZAKAT help?! 😦 Only God is the WISEST JUDGE and the WEALTHIEST — YA HAKIIM! YA GHANI! πŸ™‚


Tests of life to taste Heavenly Life after death

16 01 2009

EACH of us human species go through life in never-ending tests of misfortunes and unhappiness.

But most have to endure atrocities like what hit the Palestinians on New Year’s Day. The unlucky Arabs from the Palestine have been suffering long enough to accept their misfortunes as severe tests in their lives. They live day by day to fight for their causes and they just kept at it for decades on end, even knowing they are always at the losing end. Jewish arrogance reigns supreme in the Middle East conflict. Fully-backed by their American Big Brother,Β  their arms caches are limitless!

Personally, I haven’t been following closely the news about this latest Zionist cruelty on innocent and helpless Palestinian women and children who had been caught in the middle of the Israeli senseless bombings on the Gaza Strip. Only last week I managed to browse on the Net a very telling picture of a Palestinian woman and her young kid with blood gushing on their forlorn-looking faces… I was so deeply moved by that photograph.

The image had been stuck on my mind until a few days later, for no reason, I cried tears when the Mother and Child picture flashed back to me. I was having my breakfast of chicken rice porridge when suddenly I thought to myself that here I was wallowing in self-pitiness but hundreds more of my Muslim Brotherhood in the Palestine are suffering much more worse fate in greater pains! 😦 And I told myself, my mental torture I am going through right now is too menial and miniscule to compare with the terrible psychological and physical anguish being faced by the Palestinian and Iraqi civilians per se. The whole Palestinian conflict needs to be looked at from all angles rationally.

It did cross my mind to protest to both the US Embassy in Brunei and the Israeli Embassy in Singapore — but who am I to doΒ  so when I am merely a small fish trying desperately to hold on to my last breath of oxygen, so to speak. Perhaps given my current hapless situation, I have nothing to lose if I were to subscribe to become a ‘suicide bomber’ or a guerrilla fighter for the HAMAS… Grrr!

Islamic Jihad against the Israeli Regime would only be labelled as ‘Acts of Terrorism’. So there goes any hope of lasting peace in the Gaza Strip. The volatile situation between the Palestinians and the Israelis are as worse as (orΒ  much more worse even) than the unrest in Iraq between Foreign Occupying forces and Iraqi Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the war-ravaged nation. I can only pray and hope for the best things to come in the Middle East.

Some years back, I recall having met a Palestinian family whose sole bread-winner was offered a teaching position by the Ministry of Education. They were so overjoyed that they had come to Brunei Darussalam in which they had found the true meaning of peace, tranquility and prosperity.

On the other side of the fence, during my last trip to Japan in 1995, I happened to bump into a 20-plus young Israeli Jew who had always been aΒ  strong proponent of a peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue. In a nutshell, ordinary folks from both sides of the divided holy land do share similar desires for the penultimate LASTING PEACE! After all, they are only human…

So that does make you wonder what type of political manouverings, political motives and political manipulations the Israeli Regime’s policy and key decision makers are playing now? Are the Jewish power brokers hinting at newly-elected US President Barack Obama about a lesson in toeing the Israeli line? Is it to provoke for another war in the hope that big time weapons trading by US and Israeli firms could stimulate the already weakening world economy due to recent financial crises?

Whatever the case may be — PLEASE GIVE PEACE, LOVE and KINDNESS a CHANCE! πŸ™‚