Sunday, June 07, 2009

PAS still needs Sisters In Islam

I have been trying to refrain from commenting on PAS's recent 55th muktamar that ended today. Please note that I am not a PAS member (yet) but been voting PAS since I was eligible to vote in elections. Proud to admit that as well.

Notably, PAS members are more influenced by ideology and philosophy than personality, unlike in UMNO whereby the leaders (however corrupt or weak or hopeless) are always right and once the leaders are no longer in power, they can immediately become the enemies or ignored for not being able to dish out projects and funds.

It is a fact that in PAS, what you see and hear is what you get. There is little pretence about this party. Something that we can never see and feel in UMNO with those superficial struggles.

This time, my favourite candidate has lost for the no.2 seat. That's democracy and PAS members know much better than me to choose the right leaders for the right positions. They have casted their votes wisely and Ustaz Nasha has won even though received less than 50% of total votes.

It is not unexpected about the call to ban Sisters-In-Islam (SIS). It is actually within the democracy space as well. PAS is correct to get the National Fatwa Council to investigate in full the NGO's activities before declaring it as haram (forbidden), only if its activities are found to be contrary to the Islamic teachings and principles.

The Shah Alam division in its motion said the SIS' activities were dangerous as they could cause confusion among the Muslims as SIS's approach was allegedly easily be accepted by the Muslims. The division claimed that this was dangerous as it could twist their aqidah, especially the young and those who went through the secular education.

The motion also urged the Fatwa Council to introduce special programmes to rehabilitate members of the organisation so that they could come back to the right religous track.

SIS says in return that the PAS resolution shows its intolerance for diverse opinions and views and portrays a totalitarian mindset that brooks no dissent, different views, debate, or dialogue. It contravenes the guarantee of rights to freedom of expression under the Malaysian Federal Constitution

For this matter, I'd say, like its nemesis, UMNO, PAS needs SIS to reflect the realities in the modern world and shall have the right approaches and strategies to tackle such challenges in multi-racial and plural society. PAS members shall be more prepared to deal with this SIS-kind of groups' onslaughts and not only dwell on trivial matters like journalists not wearing scarves during the muktamar.

PAS members need to work harder to convince the masses that SIS is not real Islam, deviationist etc through civilised dialogues and lots of hard facts. SIS may have its strengths in terms of funds and access to the media, however, its members are humans as well. They need to be faced with equal intellectual capacities, otherwise, they will be more defensive.

As Nik Aziz said in 2007, Islamic missionaries and those propagating its teachings must not impose their religious beliefs on others.

“Islam must be embraced voluntarily and sincerely, especially among converts who come to the religion because of sheer belief or those who adopt the faith because of marriage."

“We cannot force people to enter Heaven. They must do it on their own will.

“We can guide them but we cannot force.”

He said that, similarly, all political parties could not impose their ideologies on the people.

Nik Aziz said politicians must be ashamed if they impose their will and ideologies on the weak.

“It is not intellectual or rational to impose a value system of politics. Islam does not do it, so why must they?

“There is no capital to gain when Judgment Day befalls them in their spiritual life.”

5 comments:

rascal r us said...

Dear Fudz,

I beg to differ to your comments saying that PAS has had smooth transitions in the past. There were numerous purges in the party with rivalry goin way back to its formation in the late 40's.
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ PAS_(political_ party)

Not a lot of us know that this party had a lot of UMNO people in it had a dual membership policy for many years. It also started from its core base in nothern heartland of Perak .... Often feared and respected as people from the mountain (Bukit Semanggol)

The on running battles between cleric group and the "professionals" will go on.
Dr Abbas Alias the former UH director was hardly mentioned in any "history" of PAS and if you could ask any of the regular party member who he is, today?, unfortunately not a lot of 30 or even 40 something will know. Why because he is one of the "professionals" .
Please read http://mindarakyat2 .tripod.com/ 2000julai/ i2000_1186. htm
He passed away recently without much fuss from the party.
However if you talk about Yusof Rawa... he is glorified in PAS history because he is part of the "clerical" faction.
http://ms.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Yusuf_Rawa

It is interesting that the descendents of these two people are my patients and I get lots of insights from them.

However Ironically Fudz,

The malays should be overjoyed that the "cleric"al faction have won this election as they can see through the B@# S^&* (Excuse my french! I mean the smoke screen) that Anwar is spewing at us. because they are not close to him and it is a personal set back to him ,and he will take it Personally.. .believe you me!

Now there is a real chance of Malay unity in the not so distant future as I believe the Malays have the same objectives but perhaps different approaches to them.

Regards and 2 pence worth

FH

irfan said...

Anwar is spewing at us???

Like it or not, DS Anwar is the one and only person who can unite all the rakyat!

So PAS better be taking this opportunity to ride with him. It is only through Anwar Ibrahim that PAS can really replace UMNO in the future, not playing second fidle to them.

All we need is to make sure PR goes to Putrajaya, and we can be assured that UMNO will be dismembered and all of these UMNO malays will join PAS (and follow tha Islamic way of life).

a kl citizen said...

i agree with u mr fudzail...

irfan said...

Anwar is spewing at us???

Like it or not, DS Anwar is the one and only person who can unite all the rakyat!

So PAS better be taking this opportunity to ride with him. It is only through Anwar Ibrahim that PAS can really replace UMNO in the future, not playing second fidle to them.

All we need is to make sure PR goes to Putrajaya, and we can be assured that UMNO will be dismembered and all of these UMNO malays will join PAS (and follow tha Islamic way of life).

Qville Study said...

Matlamat jatuhkan UMNO-BN is hidden agenda sedangkan keadilan dan perpaduan adalah titik pertemuan yang mengukuhkan PR. Seandainya anda seoarng BN-UMNO mampu mengoyak kain penyatuan PR ini through this turning poin, then anda wajar diistiharkan berjaya. Perlu diingat , hidden agenda dalam setiap parti ini utk mendamnkan UMNO-BN jauh lebih mengukuhkan ikatan dalam PR. Persoalan anwar dilihat dapat menyatukan semua kaum. rasanya sekarang India dan Cina sendiri sudah tak takut kepada PAS. Jadi faktor Anwar sudah malap sedikit demi sedikit. Secara peribadi saya yakin sokongan kepada Anwar hanya timbul dari puncak kepemimpinan dalam PAS tetapi secara asasnya akar umbi dan kepimpinan bawahan tidak secara total menerima kewujudan Anwar sebagai faktor penyatuan kaum dan penyelamat negara. Knapa? Apa bezanya Anwar dengan UMNO. Sama saja. PKR dan UMNO apa bezanya? Sama. Satu diwujudkan atas dasar nasionalis dan satu lagi atas dasar tidak puas hati(keadilan kononnnya). Saya sendiri seandainya tiada sokongan dr kepimpinan spt Tuan Guru Nik Aziz dan Tuan Guru Abd Hadi nescaya mati hidup balik pun saya tak sokong Anwar. Tapi sebagai suatu kaedah dalam berjemaah iaitulah bila mana jemaah mengeluarkan keputusan berdasarkan musyawarah maka perlua ada keyakinan atas keputusan yang dikeluarkan. Kenapa ? Sy yakin mereka mempunyai justifikasi n vision yang lebih jauh dan baik dari prasangka yang saya ada.