BY MOHAMED HANIPA BIN MAIDN
"No hugging please, we are Muslims" . This was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s message in hitting out at such actions being promoted by certain TV reality shows and programmes. Najib should be commended for this frank advice to all the participants of realities shows . Coming from leader of secular party such as UMNO this advice may be highly regarded . Thank you Ustaz Najib.
Indeed " we are muslim" attitude sholud be extended to other arena as well. Just imagine if our muslim politicians in this country embrace this policy in their political struggle. Do you think the muslim politicians would ever indulge in gambling activities if they were true muslims. Do our present muslim leaders need to resort to electoral frauds and money politics in securing victory in the last General Election if they are true muslims. Do our muslim leaders still claim that they are muslims if they maliciously yet happily defamed Anwar . Does our Prime Minister who justifies the use of ISA- a law which allows a detention without trial- against his own rakyat realize that a muslim should not condone this unjust and inhumane law. Oh ye who claims that you are muslim leaders free the ISA detaines or prosecute them in court.
Realising that we are muslim may solve a lot of problems. It will safeguard us from various types of lusts encircling our life. Being a muslim means we are ready to submit ourselves wholeheartedly to Allah's will. No excuses. No Ifs . We will do anything if such action is blessed by Him. We will not do anything if it invites His wrath. What is enjoined by Him is always good and beneficial likewise what is forbidden by Him is always bad either to individual or society at large.
If Najib"s remarks i.e " No hugging please, we are Muslims" is indeeed sincere he must go steps further or else his remarks are seen another political rhetoric lacking in subtance. He must proclaim his stand loud and clear on many unIslamic activities or agenda endorsed by the present government. The muslims in this country are entitled for instance to ask him are we muslims when we allows gambling by issuing licence. Are we muslims when we let Zaid Ibrahim to challenge the hudud enactment in Kelantan. Are we muslims when we let corrupt leaders holding an office as cabinet members. Are we muslims when we allow all form of hedonistic entertaintments to be swallowed by our youths in the name of modernity . Are we muslims when we let the Trengganu Government demolished the mosque and people"s houses. Let me remind you Mr Deputy Minister a true muslim must answer the above questions truthfully .