│Azril Mohd Amin's personal views
There are too many avowed Muslims resisting or even attacking the sincere efforts of uniting the people. As anticipated, following the HIMPUN event, a firestorm of press briefly flared, with the usual hate mongers jumping on the bandwagon, including among Muslims, and demonizing the organizers as religious extremists. The trend among some liberal Muslims now seems to be that anything to do with initiatives to defend Islam must be linked to UMNO or extremists.
HIMPUN’s main struggle is the fight against apostasy among Muslims, which is real and happening right here on Malaysian soil. Our magnificent mosques remain virtually empty except for Friday prayers, which seem not much different than “Sunday Services”. Whether overtly “murtad” or not, the more our Muslims imitate western religious and intellectual practices, minimizing or deleting our unique Islamic “Ibadah”, the more they will be embraced by the default culture that high technology and high IQ often brings with it.
Only few writers have shown a respectful and intelligent approach to this difficult phenomenon of apostasy (murtad), while HIMPUN’s devotion to HARMONY on this and all other issues derived from the Islamic teachings is undermined and sabotaged by some otherwise intelligent and highly-trained professionals.
For example, a writer for the “Islamic Renaissance Front”, a cardiothoracic-surgeon-turned-apostasy-specialist, is calling us Muslim bigots and zealots. He states that the 22nd October 2011 gathering in Shah Alam “…was a total letdown from the expected one million.” Well of course, we did not expect one million in fact. Furthermore, the purification of our disharmony is not a quantitative matter. We will probably always be out-numbered by the detractors. 5000 is not a bad attendance at all, and if those 5000 further struggle for the integrity of Muslims in our community, think how many others they may influence later – such as their own children.
The writer also claims that HIMPUN arrogates the title of “true representative of Islam” and “the only true follower of the methodology of da’wah (propagation)”.From this observation, which is delusional, he deduces that HIMPUN followers are bigots.
The writer poses the question, “Why do Muslims have to live in this siege mentality, a defensive and paranoid attitude that others are hostile towards them?” Anyone familiar with the special demographic pressures upon Muslim Malays in Malaysia can easily answer this question.
Anyone familiar with what life for Muslims in America (who is probably not still living there) has become, can also reply to this charge. The writer’s criticism that we are in a defensive and paranoid mentality forgets Freud’s observation that sometimes, paranoia is quite realistic or called for, or perhaps has not read Samuel Huntington’s description of “Islam’s bloody borders”, and his statistical defense of this section in his classic sociological work, “Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order “.
According to HIMPUN, Muslims have only two choices in the matter of legislating their beliefs into law, a suggestion that IRF deplores. We either must amend the constitution to eliminate the phrase that all Malays are Muslim, or else defend that phrase with full vigor, including further legislation if needed. And it certainly is needed. According to government statistics reported recently in the “Star” newspaper, Malaysia sees no less than 1000 illegitimate births per WEEK (50,000 per year), and that 80% of these unwed mothers are Malay-Muslims. Adoption laws are desperately in need of re-writing, among many others, to bring our Malay race into line with its destiny of being collectively responsible for the defense of Islam in the future. IRF’s liberal dismissal of this need does not change the bottom line reality.
According to this writer, the argument that once someone is a Muslim, he or she must remain a Muslim forever is nothing but a fallacy. Of course, this is nothing other than a secular re-statement from the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone may profess whatever religion they choose, at any time they choose, and for any length of time they wish. Or they may choose their own gender identity. Or they may choose same-sex marriages.
Who has decreed the United Nations superior to Islam in declaring human ethical behavior? The human intelligence of the highly-educated West has put forth these idiotic notions, and nothing other than Revealed Religion can prevent their implementation, which attempt to make us a race of donkeys copulating freely at the side of the road. Thank you very much to the so-called Islamic Renaissance Front for kicking us further along this dead-end road.
Certainly we must remind ourselves the warning by our Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) in his hadith as narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri: The Prophet said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e. inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a lizard, you would follow them.” We said, “O Rasulullah! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said “Whom else?” [Translation of Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 92, Number 422].