29 Januari, 2010

Kalimah "Allah": Perbincangan Dari Sudut Linguistik & Implikasinya

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Rujuk artikel oleh blog On Da Street bertajuk Kalimah "Allah": Dari Sudut Linguistik dan Implikasinya (Bahagian 1). Baca di SINI.
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20 Januari, 2010

Kalimah "Allah": Anwar Pujuk MP Bukan Islam Lompat Parti?

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Bro Anwar Bin Ibrahim dikatakan berusaha memujuk Ahli Parlimen (MP) bukan Islam dari Sabah dan Sarawak berikutan isu kalimah "Allah" yang kini sedang hangat. Ini adalah cakap-cakap yang penulis dengar dari seorang sahabat. Entah betul entah tidak, itu penulis tidak tahu. Tapi itulah yang diberitahu oleh sahabat penulis. Penulis harap, cakap-cakap politik ini tidak benar. Buruk benar kelaku Anwar jika beliau gunakan isu ini untuk kepentingan politik peribadinya.
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16 Januari, 2010

Apa yang masih tinggal pada kita? - Dr Ridhuan Tee

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Saya terpanggil untuk menulis mengenai polemik kalimah Allah yang telah diputuskan oleh mahkamah yang berpihak kepada Kristian Katolik baru-baru ini. Penulisan yang menyokong keputusan mahkamah memenuhi setiap ruang laman-laman web ultra kiasu tanpa menghiraukan sensitiviti umat Islam. Begitulah wajah sebenarnya mereka yang selalu menuduh media lain tidak betul, siapakah sebenarnya yang betul? Kumpulan ini tidak pernah bersyukur, malah semakin berani menunjukkan belangnya.

Baca lanjut dan komen di RIDHUAN TEE
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14 Januari, 2010

Kalimah "Allah": Analisa 5-Bintang! Wajib Baca!

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Baca analisa 5-bintang oleh blogger satD berkenaan isu kalimah "Allah". Sangat berbaloi dibaca dan dijadikan rujukan. Baca di SINI.
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13 Januari, 2010

Words that only Muslims can use

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KUANTAN: There are 25 words including "Allah" that cannot be used or associated with a non-Islamic religion in Pahang.

Those who violate the law can be fined a maximum of RM5,000 or two years' jail or both.

Under Section 9(1) of the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1989, it is an offence for a person to use the words, or any of its derivatives and variations, to express or describe anything related to a non-Islamic religion (religions other than Islam).

These words cannot be used either in writing or in speeches for such a purpose.

The words that have been listed in Part 1 of the schedule under the enactment are Allah, Firman Allah, Ulama, Hadith, Ibadat, Kaabah, Kadi, Ilahi, Wahyu, Mubaligh, Syariah, Qiblat, Haj, Mufti, Rasul, Iman, Dakwah, Injil, Solat, Khalifah, Wali, Fatwa, Kutbah, Nabi and Tabligh.

Section 9(2) also states it is wrong for a non-Muslim to use any of the 10 expressions of Islamic origins, including Subhanallah and Alhamdulillah.

However, non-Muslims can use the expressions by way of quotation or reference.

State Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maip) deputy president Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan said the enactment was gazetted on March 1, 1990, a year after it was passed by the state legislative assembly.

"The enactment covers all as it is not a syariah law. Those who violate the enactment can be arrested according to the Criminal Procedure Code," he said yesterday.

He said a police officer, or any authorised person appointed by the sultan could arrest the suspects without a warrant.

"We have a specific law to deal with this matter. I hope everyone respects it."

He said it was also an offence to persuade a Muslim to embrace other religions or send publications of other beliefs to them.

(Source: New Straits Times, January 13, 2010, p. 7)
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Keep 'Allah' for use only by Muslims, says Selangor sultan

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SHAH ALAM: Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah wants the word "Allah" to be used by Muslims only and that state should be firm in this stand.

The sultan had also directed the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to inform the people that there was already a law preventing the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Mais president Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said the law existed under the Non-Muslim Enactment gazetted in 1988. He said the sultan also wanted everyone to abide by the decision of the Selangor Fatwa Council made on June 10, 2008 that decided that the word "Allah" was exclusive to Muslims.

The sultan had conveyed this to Mais when they met him at Istana Mestika here on Jan 5, Adzib told reporters after a meeting with 38 Muslim non-governmental organisations at the state mosque here yesterday.

He said Mais had ruled on 14 issues, including the word "Allah" used by Muslims and which differed with the God used by Christians, which is based on the concept of the Holy Trinity.

Mais was of the opinion that the "Allah" issue should not have been brought to the courts as it was a non-justifiable matter that rests with the Malay rulers.

"In view of this, we have told our lawyers to file an appeal in court so as to protect the interests of Muslims and we also urge the religious authorities in other states to join us filing the appeal."

Adzib said Mais also urged the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to use his power under Article 130 of the Constitution to refer the matter to the Federal Court for an interpretation of the issue. Mais also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the issue was no longer heard in civil courts by non-Muslim judges.

(Source: New Straits Times, January 12, 2010, p.7)
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The Allah Controversy: The Future Implications of the High Court Decision

By: Fatimah Zuhri*

[ Please forward/email this to as many people as you know. Feel free to translate to BM or to post/copy this in your websites/blogs. Feel free to send it to the newspaper. Please spread this message. ]

PART 1:

1. By now every single person in this country whether they are Muslim or not, would have realised that on 31st December 2009, Judge Lau Bee Lan have made a ruling to allow the usage of the word "Allah" to be published in The Herald publication.

2. Many of my Muslim friends who are bored/not interested in politics have asked me what is the big deal about this?

3. Let us take a closer look at the future implication of the High Court decision.

4. First of all, we have to understand how Legal System works.

5. When a judge makes a ruling/decision on a case they would tend to refer to previous decision made by the same Court.

6. For example (very simple example):

a) On December 2000, Ali was caught of eating an apple which he took from his neighbour's garden. He was sentenced to pay RM500 and 1 day in jail.

b) On December 2009, Abu was caught with eating an orange which he took from his friend's refrigerator when he was visiting his friend's house.

c) When Abu is brought in front of Judge Fatimah, the Judge will check if there is any previous "similar" decision have been made. The prosecutor (peguam dakwa) will then recommend to the Judge to use the same setence which was made on December 2000 against Ali.

d) This is what we called as "precedent". Since there is an existing "precedent", Judge Fatimah will then sentenced Abu RM500 and 1 day jail.

e) If compared between Ali and Abu, it would look like Abu committed a lesser or different crime but in the eyes of the Law they both committed the same crime and the sentence should be the same.

7. Now let us go back to the High Court decision on the word "Allah". Judge Bee Lan decision was that The Herald is allowed to use the word "Allah" on the basis of "human rights".

8. Unfortunately, there are some highly irresponsible Muslim who say "So what?!".

9. Well, let say a year from now, on 09.01.2011, a person of Hindu or Buddhist or ANY faith go to the court and say " I want the word Allah to be used to refer to my God ".

10. Since there is already a precedent (31.12.2009 - Judge Bee Lan decision), the court will then say OK using the same basis of "human rights" !

11. At the end of the day, everyone will then start to associate the name Allah with their God. It does not matter if the faith is Samawi based (Judaism, Christian and Islam) or non-Samawi based (Hinduism, Buddhism, Ayah Pin, etc...)

12. Again some Muslim will say "So what?".

13. Well, let say Ayah Pin followers go to the public and shouted, "Wahai orang ramai, Ayah Pin ialah Allah!"

14. Another example, a child who was born in a christian family. When this child grows up and see so many contradictions in the Bible (e.g. in 1 Corinthians 5:11 it clearly stated that a person should not drink alcohol, but in Luke Luke 7:33-34 it shows that Jesus/Isa a.s. did drink wine!), the child will grow up becoming an atheist (do not believe in any religion or any God).

15. When this child grew up to become an atheist, when his Muslim friend talk about Islam, he will ridiculed Islam and say " According to Malaysia's legal system, Allah in Islam and Christinanity is the same. So your religion (Islam) is no different from that of my parents (Christianity).

16. Worst, if he marries a Muslim women! I dare not imagine what will happen to their child...

17. If we did not have the High Court decision which equate Christian God = Allah,
perhaps we can tell him,

"Look here my friend, my God is One God, He does not have a son nor does He has any parents, there is none equal or the same to Him. That my friend, is the difference between my religion and that of your parents!"

18. If there is no High Court decision which can equate Christian God = Allah, then the atheist can not say anything else.

19. Now, if you are tired after reading this 19 points, I suggest you have a break first, because there are another 15 points remaining. You can continue at a later time to read point 20-35.


PART 2:

20. Let us take a look at another case. California Proposition 8 which was passed in November 2008 in the United States of America, a day after President Obama was elected to office.

21. Although the issue is different, the implication aspect of it is the same.

22. California Proposition 8 was a proposition to change the constitutional amendment of the United States.

23. A year before (in 2007) the California Supreme Court made a decision that equates Homosexual and Lesbian marriages = Heterosexual marriages.

24. Homosexual marriage is men marrying men and Lesbian marriage is women marrying women. While heterosexual marriage is between a men and a women.

25. The decision by the Court was made under the same basis which our own High Court made the decision on "Allah", which is "Human rights".

26. Imagine my dear readers, how can a marriage between a men and a women is equal to a marriage between homosexuals and lesbian? How can a homosexual or a lesbian couple can have a child? If half of the US population are involved in these sick marriage, in 20 years time, American population will be cut by half.

27, These were the questions raise all around California. The Christians, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish Californinans were upset by this decision.

28. What did they do? They held campaigns, pressured the state government, pressured the federal government and many more.

29. A year later, due to the pressure by the common people, the Court had to hold another round of proposition.

30. On the evening of November 4th 2008, the majority of the Californian people rejoiced and celebrated at the announcement that the proposition to reject the notion normal marriage = Homosexual/Lesbian marriage has succeded.

31. Anyone who have been to the United States, should know that California is like Bangsar. The Californian people are the most liberal people in the United States. Yet they manage to reject the sick notion that normal marriage between a men and a women = homosexual marriages.

32. Dear gentle readers, unfortunately in Malaysia, we have some Muslim who wants to make a political issue out of this. Irresponsible people such as Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR) and YB Khalid Samad (PAS) wants to use this issue to gain non-muslim votes for their political party (Pakatan Rakyat)in the up-coming General Election.

33. This is really unfortunate. If one read and understood my points above, you would now realise the future impact of the High Court decision.

34. Currently, the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib have asked the Home Minister Dato Seri Hishammudin to make an appeal so that the decision can be over-turned. We congratulate this excellent decision by the Government of Malaysia! However we have to continue our campaign. Please do not act in anger. Peaceful campaign and peaceful protest is the way forward.

35. Last, I urge that everyone of us can understand the issue. It is not just about losing a "word". It is more than that. It is for the future of our children and grand children. If we do not defend, a year from now every religion will call their God as Allah. Perhaps who knows, 5 years from now we will have Homosexual marriages as well. Do we want this to happen?

"Tepuk dada tanyalah selera..."

Thank you.

Salam,
Fatimah Zuhri.


*Fatimah Zuhri is a non partisan writer who writes for the well being and love for her children, grandchildren and for her beloved nation, Malaysia

(Source: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=248615967270)

06 Januari, 2010

Clothos, Atropos and Lachesis: The Three Fates of Malay Politics

An amalgam of viewpoints amongst Malay politicians in the Name of Allah.

[ This article was contributed by Apocryphalist. The original spelling and capitalization have been retained. ]


Amidst the big uproar amongst blogosphere netizens regarding the recent decision by Justice Lau to overturn the decision on the banning of the word Allah in bibles, many eyes turn towards Pas-centric blogs to gauge their views, since the Islamic party has been championing the cause of Islam from time immemorial. Since it is natural to expect their take on such a simple matter, these eyes will mostly be disappointed because these blogs either just mention the issue in passing, or hand-waive it as something relatively unimportant compared to their struggle to wrest power away from the ruling government – or just outrightly go silent altogether. Now perhaps this is because the other component parties in their unholy alliance are mainly supporters of the bible Allah, and making noise would not be in the spirit of the union’s solidarity---thereby pushing the importance of the name of Allah to a backseat position for the moment. Of course, while all these mullings are going on between the upper echelons of PAS and some lower grassroots who are unhappy with the decision, catholic printers are busy seizing the opportunity gap to print with vigor on how all of us Malaysians must calm down, be peaceful and merry and put our trust and faith in the Son of Allah who died on the cross for the sins of even us Malaysians.

Let us view what goes on inside the psyche of certain Malay politicians regarding the issue, how they base their arguments on very feeble and misplaced facts, and how they would use all sorts of circumstantial and irrelevant arguments to prop up their fragile beliefs, mostly to gain political mileage at the expense their religious sanctity.


Clothos: The Weaver of Yarns Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad is a conundric personality. He, together with PAS henchman Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad, appears to be in the forefront of supporting the Catholics’ use of the name Allah in the bibles, appearing in churches to show solidarity and very vigorous in promoting their agendas. I still remember this frail brother of UMNO MP Shahrir Samad, staunch PAS activist who appeared in every issue of Harakah with fresh new issues to be dealt with as part of his ammunition against the “unIslamic UMNO”. After being an almost unrecognized name in Malaysan Politics, his break came when the Anwar issue succeeded in convincing unsuspecting masses to vote him into power, which they did in 2008. Once sworn in as MP, Khalid almost indefatigably churns out issue after issue which almost always snub out every known policy of the previous government. However, his hopes that being such a contemptuous rebel would accord him acceptance and popularity amongst his Malay muslim constituents got dashed when they openly defy and sneer him at each of these issues. At a recent meeting with residents of the Shah Alam section to which he accorded the Temple permit, he was jeered and booed in such manner no politician had ever encountered before, in the usually-gentle and forgiving voter scenarios in Malaysia.

The recent issue of the Allah name change that he champions brought about more problems than he ever cared to admit. In his recent blog article touching the issue, a majority of comments he received (more than 100 and counting) jeered and snubbed his stand, in so far as one commenter calling him the Prostitute of Islam. His other fans, however, keep fanning him with praises, soothing him with encouragements like “YB khalid good job, insyaALLAH ,GOD ya'ni Allah will reward ur good deeds”. It is unclear, however, whether this fan had meant that Khalid should be rewarded by Allah for his fight to establish the widespread acceptance of Allah’s Son and trio of Godhood.

Of course as a defense, YB Khalid does what most wise albeit declining politicians would normally do in such straitened circumstances: maintain a vigilant silence throughout. To dispel any notion of antipathy and disregard over such an important issue, he had put out his cryptic post on the issue, something that he called Siar Ulang (Repeat Broadcast), consisting of the same canned arguments of disjointed Quranic Verses and Malapropic arguments which otherwise had been demolished elsewhere.

Khalid Samad is probably now basking in confusion and uncertainty: partly because the voters in his own constituency are openly demanding that he retract his stand on the Allah issue, and partly because his superiors in PAS are not pleased at the turn of events. It used to be sweet, yes. Before the issue had come to the courts, they had a field day clowning with the issue just because it was UMNO who was championing its cause, and because the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it seemed natural which side of the conflict PAS should be manning their armory. But now things had got too far and the courts have decided. PAS suddenly realizes the gravity of the situation. The shotgun honeymoon is over, and PAS supremo Nik Aziz makes a 360 degree turn on his support. Which leaves Khalid Samad, who had already been given a Jesus Christ Superstar Status by the churches, fazed as to what he should be doing next.


Lachesis: The Measurer of Risks Zulkifli Noordin

In Zulkifli Noordin we find a person more conundric than Khalid Samad himself, not so much because he represents a square peg of a dissenting personality in an otherwise round hole of the opposition alliance, but because what he writes and what he believes in sometimes do not tally with how he acts. Generally regarded as the more moral, the more islamic and the more critical of any politician in any age and era, the conundrum lies in why he chooses to be in an opposition party that has been quite unclear ever since its inception regarding to whom power should be transferred should the BN government were to unlikely fall one day. Is it to Anwar Ibrahim who is facing a serious sodomy trial at the moment? Is the good YB too na├»ve a person as to ignore the signs and rumours circulating around him, like all those zany youtube vidoes that purportedly show the confessions of many people related to Anwar’s sodomy cases, including the one involving the magnanimous Taib Azamuddin, former National Mosque imam, Nallakurappan’s testimony of “the kind of person” Anwar is, former PKR henchman Ezam Md Nor who got jailed and locked-up for his support for Anwar and yet would later leave the party for reasons “too embarassing for certain party and his family to be publicised” and many, many others? The question many people ask is why is a sanctimonious personality like Zulkifli backing the wrong horse? Heck he would perhaps be better off in an Islamic party like PAS. But upon closer scrutiny one suddenly realises this: should Zulkifli Noordin ever leave PKR, the party would be devoid of any sense of corrective morals and sanity checking.

In the recent Allah-name hiatus, YB Zul emerges as a hero. A hero in an otherwise faulty, defeated, non-victorious setting. He quickly disowns Khalid Samad and those muslims who support the catholics’ case, even going as far as to call for Khalid to remove himself from PAS for allowing such desecrations to be happening under his patronage.

It must be very painful just to BE Zulkifli Noordin. All those instances whereby your very principles on the purity of Islam are day in and day out trampled upon by your own non-muslim colleagues in PKR, and worse cases by islamophobe DAP in parliament---all in the name of solidarity based on a fragile alliance. YB Zul is an embodiment of a major puzzlement of the blues of Malaysian politics: what happens when good people join bad companies.


Atrophos: Supreme NGO Dicer Marina Mahathir

Now why is the daughter of a former Prime Minister, ardent newspaper writer, society activist who officially do not belong to any political party, be included in this analysis? Heck, is she even a politician in the first place? Well, simply because: she represents the other factor of the equation. A hidden algorithm in the malay psyche, the neither-here-nor-there-but-still-I-am-everywhere wildcard with a niche following wearing the same feathers. As such, writings from such opinionless opinions are always taken in with spoonfuls of salts, but nevertheless MM has got her own loyal followings who nod agreeingly irrespective of what issue she brings in. She might be defensive in certain issues, liberal in most but when she touches on the recent Allah name issue in her blog Rantings by Marina Mahathir (perhaps blogosphere’s most apt description of what one can expect of a blog), one is surprised at the disjointedness of her arguments, albeit bringing in certain passages of the seerah and the Quran, and how mediocre is her analysis especially regarding an issue as important as matters-of-Tauhid Allah name. It is in no way far from correct to say that MM is, in short, having shoes too big to fit in in the case of the recent Allah issue.

DPMM belong to that class of muslims who like to be labeled as pseudo-liberal, whether the connotation is used in the negative or in the positive sense dependent upon both Time and Circumstances. Her cohorts of the same feather include bloggers like Syed Akbar Ali (who makes a living spewing hatred towards ulamaks or anything that sports turbans and beards, which he hates to the core of his ulna), Anas Zubedy who is an exemplary 1Malaysia proponent and strives for a 1Malaysia, 1Religion crusade almost to the synthesis of Emperor Akbar’s Deen Ilahi and a few others of equal magnanimity. The entire Sisters-in-Islam also has leanings towards this kind liberalism.

But high brow though it may seem, the pseudo-liberal muslims’ arguments are either half-baked or, at best, pure stupid in nature. In actuality, this group’s principle could be summed by just one phrase: “We just couldn’t care less!” But because they can’t be left out in the bandwagon of opinions, they just HAD to say something. They are not the religious type, oh no sir, far from it, but let’s look at some outdated arguments by DPMM herself, and I am sure her cohorts like Anas etc parrot the same principles too:-

1. A confident Muslim is unfazed by the issue of God's name. God speaks to all of humankind in the Quran and never said that only Muslims could call him by the name Allah.
2. A confident Muslim has 99 names to choose from to describe that One God. My favourites are Ar-Rahman (The All-Compassionate) and Ar-Rahim (The All-Merciful).
3. A confident Muslim never gets confused over which is his/her religion and which is other people's. For instance, a confident Muslim knows exactly what the first chapter of the Quran is. And it's not the Lord's Prayer.
4. A confident Muslim will not walk into a church, hear a liturgy in Malay or Arabic where they use the word 'Allah' and then think that he or she is in a mosque. A confident Muslim knows the difference.
5. A confident Muslim is generous, inclusive and doesn't think that his or her brethren is made exclusive through the use of a single language. The confident Muslim is well aware that in the Middle East, all services of ANY religion are in Arabic because that's what they all speak.
6. A confident Muslim knows the basis of his/her faith are the five pillars of Islam and will not be shaken just because other people call God by the same name.
7. A Muslim believes in only One God. Therefore it makes sense that other people should call God by the same name because there is no other God.
I know, I know. We have all seen these kinds of arguments before. We would normally snicker at the immaturity of such ideas. Notice that nowhere here is a solution given of how a “confident muslim” should handle the case of a Catholic conniving an unsuspecting Mat Rempit or Kamping Bohsia into believing that the Allah that we now share since 31st December 2009 actually has a Son and that YOUR salvation, Mat and Minah, depends on your acceptance of this Son who died on the cross for all of us, Hallelujah Goddammit.

In actuality, what DPMM has done is this. She has imaginary reduced herself (and entices her readers to do the same too) to the level of the Rempits and Bohsias and try to convey to us that if such a situation comes to HER, HER faith would be strong enough to dispel all these false dakyahs. Now how conceited can one get? To not be able to rise above one’s own coccoon and think for the general ummah? To equate that the station of faith of the ummah is actually where HER station currently resides? If HER faith is as strong as she claims it is, to which I reserve my opinion, what makes her think that all others in the nation, particular our unsuspecting younger ones, are modeled according to her station too?

And there we have it. The beautiful colors of Rangoli in the Malaysian Landscape of ideas, The Three Fates that weave and yarn the fabric of the Malaysian Muslim Society, spewed forth by a simple but sensitive issue of the Allah name change. Clothos. Artropos. Lachesis.

Apocryphalist

03 Januari, 2010

Kalimah 'Allah': Kerana Pulut Santan Binasa...

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Sebelum berlangsungnya Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-12 (PRU-12) iaitu pada Januari 2008, Dewan Ulamak PAS Pusat (DUPP) sudah pun ‘menjual’ kalimah ALLAH untuk ditukar dengan undi-undi kepada calon Pakatan Rakyat (PR). DUPP telah mengeluarkan “fatwa politik” 3 Januari 2008 seperti berikut:

Tidak Salah Penganut Kristian Guna Kalimah Allah – Dewan Ulamak Pas Pusat

Ditulis oleh Harakah, Khamis, 03 Januari 2008
Oleh: Azamin Amin

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat, YB Dato’ Ustaz Haji Mohamed Daud Al-Iraqi menjelaskan, tidak menjadi kesalahan kepada penganut Kristian dan Yahudi menggunakan kalimah ‘Allah’ malah ia sering digunakan oleh umat Kristian dan Yahudi sejak dari dahulu.


“Fatwa politik” untuk raih undi PRU-12 pada Mac 2008 ini sememangnya mendapat pujian dari bukan Islam, secara spesifiknya dari pihak gereja Kristian. Malah, pihak gereja Kristian secara terang-terangan telah menyatakan sokongan politiknya kepada PR dalam PRU-12 yang lalu. Sokongan beberapa pemimpin Pas seperti YB Khalid Samad terhadap usaha pihak gereja Kristian amat dialu-alukan oleh pihak gereja Kristian. Apa pun, terima kasih dan syabas buat YB Zulkifli Noordin kerana tegas dalam hal ini walaupun terpaksa menentang arus sokongan yang diberikan oleh ramai pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat terhadap gereja Kristian.

Surat-surat sokongan politik oleh pihak gereja Kristian dikeluarkan dan boleh didapati secara meluas menjelang dan selepas hari pengundian PRU-12 menyeru diberikan sokongan kepada PR. Dan kita semua tahu hasilnya — PR berjaya menafikan penguasaan 2/3 Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam Parlimen dan berjaya menguasai 5 buah negeri +1 — Pulau Pinang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Kelantan, dan Wilayah Persekutuan. Blog Andak memberikan kronologi yang cukup baik melalui artikel bertajuk "Pakatan Rakyat: Jual Kalimah 'Allah' Untuk Beli Undi Kristian?"

Pengundi sebenarnya tidak sedar bahawa undi dan sokongan padu yang diberikan oleh pihak gereja Kristian bukanlah secara percuma. Sokongan pihak gereja Kristian demi memastikan kemenangan PR sebenarnya melibatkan kos yang sangat tinggi. “Lampu hijau” penggunaan perkataan “ALLAH” oleh Pas dijadikan hujah oleh pihak Gereja Kristian dengan memetik bahawa perjuangan Gereja Kristian turut disokong kuat oleh PAS.

Sokongan Pas itu dicanang oleh pihak Geraja Kristian dalam laman sesawang Herald Malaysia Online (30 Disember 2009). Berikut sedikit sedutan petikan (rujuk ayat digaris merah):




The Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) says it supports the Catholic Church’s fight to overturn a government ban on the use of the term ‘Allah’ to describe God in Christian texts. “I personally believe and Pas as well believe the way forward for a mutually respecting religious relationship, especially in a plural, multi-racial and multicultural society like Malaysia, is not to deny the right of others to use the name of Allah,” Zulfikar Ahmad, a PAS official said.

Presiden Persatuan Peguam-Peguam Muslim Malaysia, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar (2 Januari 2010) menekankan bahawa:
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.


Keputusan hakim yang menentang perintah KDN yang mana yakin bahawa penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh pihak gereja Kristian akan menyebabkan ketidak tenteraman awam ditolak kerana ‘lampu hijau’ yang diberikan oleh Pas dan segelintir umat Islam ini. Sokongan umat Islam di dalam Pas akhirnya dijadikan hujah menentang KDN. Sokongan Pas terhadap pihak gereja Kristian berkenaan penggunaan kalimah Allah ini menidakkan hujah 'mewujudkan keadaan tidak tenteram' oleh KDN. Dan semua umat Islam di Malaysia (mahupun di seluruh dunia) tahu kesudahannya.



Hakim nampaknya melihat 'sokongan' yang diberikan PAS dan PR sebagai bukti bahawa pihak gereja Kristian tidak menyalahi Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menggariskan bahawa agama lain selain Islam boleh diamalkan dengan syarat diamalkan secara aman di Malaysia. Hakim mungkin melihat bahawa orang Islam dilihat tidak mempunyai masalah dengan penggunaan perkataan Allah oleh orang bukan Islam semata-mata adanya sokongan berdasarkan ‘fatwa politik’ pancing undi oleh Dewan Ulamak Pas Pusat ini.

Inilah yang berlaku apabila PAS sudah hilang kewarasan berfikir secara lebih mendalam dan jauh untuk melihat agenda tersembunyi apabila sudah dikuasai nafsu terlalu obses ingin berkuasa. PAS gagal membaca (kerana dibutakan oleh sikap terlalu bencikan UMNO) agenda tersembunyi pihak yang sememangnya tidak pernah redha akan agama Islam.

Implikasi kes ini sangat besar terhadap umat Islam. Kalimah 'Allah' tidak lagi ekslusif buat umat Islam. Apakah maksudnya? Apa akan jadi di masa hadapan? Besarkah implikasinya? Besar! Sangat besar. Salah satunya ialah kalimah Allah mungkin akan dipersendakan dengan pelbagai cara. Contohnya, mencacah tattoo kalimah Allah dalam tulisan Arab di badan seseorang yang bukan Islam dengan mengambil alasan 'Allah' adalah hak semua. Apakah perkara ini akan berlaku di bumi Malaysia ini? Minta dijauhkan. Nauzubillah! Jangan sudah terlambat baharu kita mahu menyesal.

Penghakiman dibuat juga adalah berlandaskan hujah hak semua individu untuk menggunakan sebarang perkataan termasuk kalimah Allah. Kita tidak salahkan hakim yang sememangnya bukan beragama Islam dan membuat keputusan berdasarkan reaksi umat Islam sendiri. Bukan salah hakim kerana terdapatnya umat Islam sendiri yang menunjukkan sikap 'tidak mengapa' dan sanggup menggadai kalimah Allah semata-mata kerana undi. Tetapi adakah di masa akan datang kita boleh menahan orang bukan Islam menyalahgunakan kalimah Allah disebabkan sikap umat Islam kita sendiri pada hari ini?

Apakah orang Islam dalam PAS dan PKR masih lagi dibutakan setelah umat Islam seluruh negara mula bersuara menzahirkan rasa kurang senang dan membongkar motif tersembunyi? Wahai semua umat Islam! Bangkitlah kembali bersatu dalam hal ini. Biarlah perbezaan politik ditolak ke tepi buat seketika. Berfikirlah dengan rasional demi kesucian Islam di bumi Malaysia. Sama-sama kita nyatakan pendirian secara tegas.

Sama-sama kita berdoa agar perkara ini dapat diselesaikan sebaik mungkin mengikut lunas undang-undang yang ada. Masih ada lagi ruang rayuan di Mahkamah Rayuan dan seterusnya di Mahkamah Persekutuan. Bukti baharu seperti "bantahan dan suasana mengancam keselamatan negara" masih boleh dikemukakan walaupun di peringkat Rayuan. Penulis percaya bahawa sistem perundangan di Malaysia berjalan dengan baik.
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