Monday, January 25, 2010

Switzerland uses a referendum to ban construction of minarets

Kita selalu didendangkan bahwa diBarat segalanya adalah bebas.Semua manusia adalah bebas untuk mengamalkan ugama masing masing tanpa sebarang sekatan dan tidak melanggar undang undang negara.Sebenarnya ianya hanyalah dongengan semata mata.Artikel dibawah yang dipetik dari Crescent Online diharapkan dapat membuka mata pembaca pembaca sekelian tentang sikap hipokrit Negara Negara Barat

By M.A. Shaikh

Switzerland, which considers itself the most tolerant and democratic country in the world, held a referendum on November 29 and by its result banned the construction of minarets — clearly demonstrating that it is far from being tolerant and democratic when it comes to dealing with Islam and Muslims. By choosing a referendum, rather than a less conspicuous and dramatic method, to issue the ban, it has shown that it is not even willing to be discreet once it resolves to indict Islam and its 400,000 Muslim population, who are widely known to shun Islamic activism. It is true that the Swiss government initially opposed the scheme, but later adopted it as a measure claiming it was not directed against Islam or Muslims.

The move by far-right politicians and activists to hold the referendum exploited the unique Swiss procedure, which makes necessary a single-issue referendum if 100,000 signatures are collected by a petition in an 18-month period. The governments of European countries, such as France and Germany, that do not have such a narrow system for referendums and did not want to be linked to the Swiss far-right groups leading the anti-Islam exercise, immediately criticized it. In any case, they believed that the Swiss people would reject it rather than vote for it and would not be offended by the criticism. The Swiss government, which should have known better, also at first criticized the scheme for similar reasons, even branding it as discriminatory and probably illegal if implemented.

However, when the issue was put to the vote on November 29, the Swiss people voted for the ban on construction of new minarets on mosques by a comfortable margin (57 percent, with majorities in 22 of the 26 cantons). Yet there was no need for such a large-scale nationalistic war on Switzerland’s Muslim community, which was (and continues to be) widely accepted both locally and throughout Europe. There are only four minarets in the entire country, and they are hardly taller than the mosques to which they are attached. Even more discreetly, mosques do not call to prayer openly and happen to be among the quietest buildings in the country. Certainly they are quieter and more discreet about their activities than churches in Switzerland, and Swiss Muslims do not publicize their faith. All this was admitted and acknowledged in comments about the referendum in the European media.

The Economist of London, for instance, on December 5 des-cribed the referendum as the “most dramatic move any nation has made to limit the visibility of Islam”, adding that it had happened in “a land where Islam has never been very visible”. To indicate how invisible Islam is in Switzerland, the Economist described Geneva’s 30-year-old mosque as “modest” and its minarets as “matching the height of the building even though permission existed for a much taller one”. Interestingly, it also dealt with the Muslim call to prayers, saying that it “has not been heard in Switzerland except (during the referendum campaign) from anti-Islamic activists trying to alarm the public.”

Certainly those campaigning for the ban on minarets made every effort to depict Islam and Muslims in Switzerland as a threat to peace, Christianity and democracy in Europe by the use of violence and terrorism. This led many people, governments and organizations worldwide to conclude that the Swiss people voted for the ban because of the anti-Islamic campaign, and that Muslims in Europe would be exposed to greater violence and discrimination as a result. In fact, newspaper opinion polls in Germany, Spain and France since the referendum have shown large majorities backing similar bans in their own countries. Not surprisingly, Muslim countries and international organizations openly condemned the ban, though not in a persistent and systematic fashion.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said soon after the voting that the ban was the result of scaremongering. “I hesitate to criticize a democratic vote, but I have no hesitation in condemning the anti-foreign scare-mongering that has characterized political campaigns in a number of countries, including Switzerland, which helps produce results like this,” she said. Rather disappointingly, however, she failed to condemn those governments — notably Switzerland, Italy and France — which initially pretended to oppose the call for a referendum but adopted and defended its result once it had been held. Italy did not even pretend to oppose the decision to hold the referendum because its officials, like those of France, had been conducting racist and anti-Islamic campaigns of their own long before.

Italy is widely known to be anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim, and there has been frequent opposition to the construction of mosques in its cities, such as Genoa, whose residents held a protest against a mosque project there only one day after the mosque referendum. In fact, Italian government officials and politicians openly and strongly oppose the construction of mosques. Not surprisingly, many of them — such as Roben Maroni, the interior minister — who belong to the anti-immigrant Northern League, warmly welcomed the result of the Swiss referendum and called for a similar procedure in their country.

But France, which has the largest population of Muslims (6 million) in Europe, is far more anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant than most other European countries. It is true that far-right politicians in the Netherlands, Austria and Italy hailed the Swiss procedure as “exemplary” when Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, promptly denounced it — saying that he was shocked by the Swiss vote and hoped that the decision would be reversed. But he was soon strongly contradicted by Nicolas Sarkozy, his own head of government, who expressed strong support for the Swiss vote and criticized those who denounced it, including Muslims in France and elsewhere. “How can you not be amazed at the reaction that this decision has produced in certain media and political circles in our own country,” he said. “Instead of condemning the Swiss out of hand, we should try to understand what they meant to express and what so many people in Europe feel, including people in France.”

Writing in Le Monde, a prominent French daily, on December 8, Sarkozy told “Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers, regardless of their faith” how to behave, saying that they should avoid “ostentation and provocation”. But he reserved a special warning for Muslims, especially French Muslims. Muslims will need to find a way to integrate in Europe “without conflicting with our social and civic pact”, while “moderate Islam would fail if Muslims tried to challenge the country’s republican value-system or Christian heritage,” he said.

Sarkozy’s strong warning to and attack on Muslims and Islam arose mainly from a national identity debate that he is involved in organizing and running. In fact, one of the reasons why he strongly supported the referendum in Switzerland, although France does not have a similar system, was that he knew that his anti-Islam and anti-immigrant national-identity campaign is at least as discriminatory as the result of the referendum. Moreover, he has used all the political, administrative and information-disseminating systems of the state to conduct and manipulate the debate.

During November the debate raged in town-hall meetings, and on December 8 it moved to parliament. During its debate, parliament has been considering how far the burqa, or full Islamic veil, is contradictory to French national identity, and will issue a report in January on whether it should be banned. Since president Sarkozy has already publicly denounced the burqa as “having no place in France”, there is hardly any doubt that the parliamentary report will recommend a ban. That he himself has no doubt is shown by the fact that he has ordered a major conference on national identity to be held in Paris in February, by which time the parliamentary will would have been published.

Clearly, Sarkozy’s claim that the people of Europe are not racist or anti-Islamic is totally unfounded. As he put it, “The peoples of Europe are welcoming and tolerant. But they don’t want their way of life, their mode of thinking and their social relations to be disturbed.” In Switzerland, for example, the majority of Muslims are from the Balkans and Turkey and the anti-minaret vote was seen as both racist and anti-Islamic. As Resa Aslan, a California-based writer on Islam quoted in the Economist on December 5 put it, the vote exposed “an institutional racism” at a level even higher than that in America. Atila Toptus, a Turkish-born Swiss legislator quoted in the same magazine, also said that the anti-minaret campaign stirred up feelings that were as much anti-Turkish as they were anti-Muslim.

Clearly the Swiss and French anti-Muslim campaigns and decisions are against both international and European human-rights conventions, and could have been challenged at least in the European Court of Human Rights or Switzerland’s supreme court. That Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, and the Muslim countries that criticized the result of the referendum have failed to arrange a legal challenge to either outrage lets down Muslims (both in Europe and elsewhere) who have shown great courage and refuse to be intimidated. They certainly deserve greater support from the UN, whose duty it is to end the outrage, and from Muslim governments.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lafaz Sembah Takziah kepada Kerabat AlMarhum DYMM Sultan Johor

Patik merafak sembah takziah di atas kemangkatan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan Johor, Sultan Iskandar Shah. Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh AlMarhum. Al Fatihah.

Patik juga mengucapkan tahniah di atas Pertabalan Tengku Mahkota Johor, Tengku Ibrahim Ismail, sebagai Sultan Johor yang ke 5.Daulat Tuanku,Dirgahayu Tuanku.Tamatlah sudah satu era pemerintahan Almarhum Sultan Iskandar yang penuh keunikan dan kadangkalanya kontroversial.Semoga penggantinya dapat menjalankan tugas beliau dengan baik,jika tidak lebih baik.

Tuanku,patik teringat suatu perisitiwa ratusan tahun dulu selpas kemangkatan Khalifah Salahuddin Al Ayubbi.Bila beliau mangkat,seorang hamba diarahkan untuk berlari membawa kain kafan sekeliling kota dan meneriakkan" Khalifah pun hanya membawa kain ini kealam barzah".Sahahuddin walaupun telah pergi menghadap Tuhannya,beliau memberi peringatan terakhir kepada rakyatnya bahawa tiada sebarang kemewahan,pangkat,gelaran yang dibawa bersama kecuali amal soleh sedekah jariah,ilmu yang dimenafaat dan anak soleh yang mendoakannya. Contoh yan gdekat pula adalah Raja Haji Ali,Raja Johor Riau.Seorang ulamak dan juga pejuan gIslam yang sentiasa berperang dengan Belanda dan Portugis.Mlahan kedu dua penjajah berkenaan tidak senang duduk dibawah pemerintahannya.Sifat beliau amat menghormati ilmuan/ulamak.Beliau enggan berjalan dihadapan para ilmuan kerana sifat tawadhuknya dan malu terhadap ketinggian ilmu para ulamak.

Begitulah sifat seorang pemimpin Islam sewaktu keagungan Islam dulu.Mereka menjadi agung dan amat dihormati oleh rakyat kerana iman,keadilan dan sifat tanggungjawab mereka kepada rakyat.Sejarah pemerintahan mereka dicatit dengan tinta emas dan menjadi rujukan kepada generasi selepas mereka.

Begitu tawadhuknya pemimpin Islam saperti Khalifah Salahuddin Al Ayubbi,Walaupun empayarnya merentangi seluruh Timur Tengah,Afrika Utara serta Iran dan India.Persoalannya adakah DYMM Raja Raja Melayu mampu mencontohi kehebatan Khalifah dan Raja Raja Islam terdahulu? Jawapannya adalah "YA" jika tuanku tuanku mahu.Amal yang baik walaupun sedikit,ianya dipandang besar dimata rakyat jelata.Dah tentu jika tuanku tuanku telah mencapai standard spt Salahuddun Al Ayubbi,banyak kebaikkannya kepada negara ini sert arakyat jelata.

Bagaimana pulak kalau UMNO tidak benarkan Tuanku Tuanku bersikap spt Salahuddin Al Ayubbi ataupun Raja Haji Ali? Persetankanlah mereka.Jika Tuanku Tuanku menjadi hamba Allah yang soleh,rakyat akan berdiri teguh dibelakang Tuanku.Jika Tuanku tidak bersikap adil maka UMNO lah yang akan berdiri teguh dibelakang Tuanku Tuanku.Terpulanglah pada Tuanku semua untuk memilih pihak mana yang Tuanku Tuanku mahu..

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gereja Dah Dibakar ,Sekarang Surau Pula

Sembilan gereja telah dibakar dan sekarang dua buah surau di Muar pula dibakar. Siapa agaknya? Saya boleh meneka siapa mereka tetapi bukti masih belum cukup untuk mewar warkan dair pihak mana.
As a point to ponder,saya rasa pihak yang terlibat adalah diupah atau dihasut oleh pihak yang sama.Mereka mendapati bakar gereja gagal memprovokasi rusuhan perkauman.Malahan ianya menyebabkan UMNO semakin tersepit apabila Amerika Syarikat sendiri telah mengugut akan mengenakan sekatan ekonomi kepada Malaysia jika perkara sebegini berlarutan.Jadi mereka ubak taktik bakar surau pula.Mereka berharap akan adalah panglima panglima selendang merah keluar melancarkan jihad dan menetak orang orang bukan Islam diseluruh negara.
Mengapa perisitiwa ini berlaku diMuar yang majoriti penduduk Melayu dan tidak berlaku pada surau surau dikawasan majoriti bukan melayu? Cuba fikirkan...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gereja Di bakar Di Malaysia

3 buah gereja telah dilontar dengan bom api dan terbakar.Ianya dipercayai dilakukan oleh sekumpulan oran gorang yang kononnya tidak berpuas hati dengan penggunaan nama Allah SWT oleh pihak Kristian Malaysia.
Pada pandangan saya sendiri saya tidak percaya pembakaran gereja ini dilakukan oleh orang orang atau pertubuhan yang teramat mencintai Islam.Mereka melakukannya kerana mendapt restu dari UMNO sendiri.Dah tentu UMNO takkan mengaku.Baling batu sembunyi tangan.Pertubuah pertubuhan yangmemprotes pun bukanya datang dari pertubuhan yan gbenar benar memperjuangkan Islam.PEKIDA,PERKASA dan beberapa NGO lain.Saya amat kenal sebahagian dari ahli pertubuhan ini terutama PEKIDA. Boleh lah saya katakan mereka melakukannya bukan demi Islam atau melayu tetapi lebih didorong untuk mendapatkan perhatian dari orangramai bahawa mereka memperjuangkan Islam danmungkin juga sedikit "soru".Tetapi jika dilihat akhlak dan peribadi mereka,amat sedikit bukti yang menunjukkan mereka mencintai Islam dan ajarannya.Kesimpulannya pembakaran gereja itu bukanlah kerana kemarahan tetapi adalah lakonan dari pelakon pelakon upahan berkenaan
UMNO semakin tertekan sekarang.Mereka mengharapkan dapat menarik perhatian bangsa melayu kembali menyokong mereka dengan tindakan tindakan semberono saperti itu.Mereka lupa bahwa sebahagian besar dari masyarat melayu sebenarnya tidak ambil pusing sangat samada Kristian nak panggil tuhan mereka Allah atau God.Tambahan pula ramai diantara tokoh tokoh Islam sendiri telah menjelaskan tiada didalam Islam yang melarang ugama lain memanggil tuhan mereka sebagai Allah SWT .
Tindakan sedemikian sebenarnya counter productive bagi UMNO.UMNO semakin dilihat sebagai kumpulan ekstremis dari hari ke hari.Imej yang tak elok untuk di sesuaikan dengan slogan 1Malaysia mereka.Allah SWT Maha Besar.UMNO telah menzahirkan dirinya yang sebenar.Sila teruskan dengan usaha usaha ini wahai UMNO.Sekurang kurangnya mudah sedikit kami nak maklumkan kepada masyarakat siapa kamu sebenarnya

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Isu Penggunaan Nama Allah Oleh Penganut Penganut Kristian

Isu ini sebenarnya bukan isu.Cuma UMNO sahaja yang ingin menjadikannya sebagai isu.Tiada nas dari Al Qur'an dan Sunnah yang melarang agama lain memanggil Allah sebagai tuhan.UMNO sebenarnya cuba untuk menjadikan Islam yang universal kepada agama yang berbentuk nasionalisma sama saperti Yahudi.Kata kata saperti " Melayu itu Islam,Islam itu Melayu" cuba diterap secara diam diam kepada umat Islam Malaysia.
Selaion daripada itu isu ini adalah sebagia diversion terhadap isu isu lain yang lebih penting dan perlukan pemerhatian segera.Ketagihan arak,dadah,hubungan sex bebas,homosexual yang sedang hebat melanda remaja Islam sekarang ini sepatutnya perlu ditangani segera.Tetapi persoalannya mengapa isu sebegini penting dipandang sepi oleh UMNO?Jika ada pun usaha ianya hanya melepaskan batuk ditangga sahaja.
Sebenarnya sikpa UMNO ini menunjukkan ianya tak boleh diharap lagi untuk membela dnamemajukan umat Islam Malaysia,Malahan ianya sekarang ini adalah liabiti kepada umat Islam Malaysia.Semain lama bebannya semakin berat untuk dipikul oleh umat Islam.Umat Islam perlulah memikirkan dengna serious untuk mencampakkan UMNO terus dari persada kepimpinan Malaysia.Jangan sayang untuk melakukannya