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Fatwas and reasoning


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Fatwas and reasoning
By Zan Azlee

If the issue of touching dogs is the epitome of Islamic discussion in Malaysia and how it will determine whether your or faithful or faithless towards god, then we are on a sad spiritual path.

The easy labelling and accusations of liberalism and pluralism towards others without a clear definition of what it really means is another sad turn.

And now with the case where the halal logo is being used next to an image of a Hindu deity becoming a national outcry, I think sad has taken a turn towards pathetic.

If we really want to be that petty, there are many issues we can actually raise:

Start paying our zakat in rice
Since we’re so fussy about following the Shafi’i mazhab to the letter, then we should pay our zakat in rice. According to the mazhab, we are not to pay our zakat in cash and should pay it in the main food source of a certain region. But other mazhabs like Hanafi allows for it to be paid in cash. Why then do we pay in cash?

Threaten all smokers and force them to apologise publicly for insulting Islam
If touching dogs is such a sin that it justifies making threats towards the organiser of the ‘I want to touch a dog’ campaign and accusing him of insulting the religion, then we should be fair and do the same thing to smokers.

In 1995, the Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan had declared smoking haram. So that means that the millions of Malaysian Muslims who enjoy tobacco, nicotine and tar are being unIslamic.

If the fact that dogs are so dirty that it is a major health risk for human beings to come into contact with them, then I guess something that has been scientifically proven to kill human beings through diseases should be treated the same way. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Smoke gets in your eyes


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Smoke gets in your eyes
By Zan Azlee

Way back in the late 1990s, I enjoyed watching the movie ‘Wag the Dog’ starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Anything featuring these two actors is bound to be a killer.

It tells the story of how a Hollywood producer was hired by the White House to create and orchestrate a fictitious war in the media to distract public attention away from a presidential sex scandal.

The idea was so conceivable that even President Bill Clinton had been accused of attacking Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998 to divert attention from his infamous case with Monica Lewinsky.

Sometimes I wonder if I, as a journalist, have ever been manipulated or clouded by petty and insignificant, but intentional, smoke screens and distractions.

I wonder if all the brouhaha about fatwas being issued about liberalism and pluralism being ‘haram’ is just a diversion for the social inequalities that are happening in Malaysia.

I also wonder if ISMA, PERKASA and Ridhuan Tee, who created so much anger through their racist statements and religious intolerance, are just smoke screens to cover up corruption from the public.

I wonder if getting the people of Malaysia all riled up about how unIslamic it is to touch a dog is really just to move attention away from more oppressive acts such as political prosecution. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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Bald women, fatwas and fluffy news!


Bald women, fatwas and the news
By Zan Azlee

JUNE 29 — What’s the big deal about going bald? Apparently, in Malaysia, it is such a huge deal that it becomes public interest and even the media starts discussing it. The latest case involves news presenter Ras Adiba Radzi who decided to go for a crew cut in solidarity with the National Cancer Council’s Jom Botak awareness campaign.

The television station where Ras Adiba works at on a freelance basis decided to suspend her until her hair grows to an “acceptable” length. This surprises me since the station involved is one that I have high respect for because, in my honest opinion, it is one of the more progressive ones in the country.

Not only that. It has also been reported that Ras Adiba has been receiving abuse and threats from “religious” groups claiming that she is going against Islam. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The Kedah state government is God?


The state is God?
By Zan Azlee

APRIL 20 – I am actually dumbfounded as to where in the religion of Islam that says the Kedah state government is God? This is because, as far as I know, Muslims are actually only prohibited to ever question the will of God.

We are however, perfectly allowed, and even encouraged, to question what is not clear to us in order to understand it better. So, I am baffled as to why the Kedah state legislative assembly has decided to amend the Mufti and Fatwa Enactment (Kedah Darul Aman) 2008.

It was passed unanimously by the House that:

“Any fatwa decided by the state mufti or Fatwa Committee, whether gazetted or not, cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil or syariah court”.

As I have mentioned previously, I don’t really know they can do this because if I’m not mistaken, members of the Kedah assembly are ordinary people and not God. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]

Speaking Malay is unIslamic


Speaking Malay is unIslamic
By Zan Azlee

FEB 24 — I would like to call upon all the ulamas, imams. muftis and other Muslim scholars to please come together and issue a fatwa against the use of the Malay language. After a brief Wikipedia search, I have come to the intellectual and theological conclusion that the Malay language is unIslamic.

This is of utmost importance because today there are 180 million Malay speakers and it is even the national language of several (Islamic, nonetheless!) countries. It is our responsibility as Muslims to rescue these people and do everything in our power to help steer them to salvation. [Click here to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]