Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fatwa on ISA

Well, we saw this coming.

A government bankrupt of ideas have finally grabbed the 5 leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) under the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for detention without trial for a 2 year term in the interest of so called 'public order'. Sheeesh.

Nothing really justifies this draconian law as a 'necessary evil'. Government apologists will forever argue that the 'silent majority' of the rakyat gave tacit approval by returning the same government again and again. But people, this a baaad 'preventive' law. It may have served its purpose during its time but its now no longer necessary. There are other punitive laws in place so lets charge the 5 in a court of law, eh? Whats the matter, no credible evidences to make them stick? Come on, even the seemingly harsh Syariah Laws require credible evidences and witnesses before punishment can be meted out.

The Mufti of Sabah recently willy nilly issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared all Buddhist statues haram (forbidden) in the state. This, I believe, is more dangerous to public order and threatens the very fabric of our multi racial and multi religious society. On 18th August 2004, a group of 22 ISA detainees challenged the Malaysian Council of Muftis to make a fatwa on the ISA, which ex detainee Saari Sungib argued, violates “principles of human rights and the rule of law enshrined in the Scriptures”. But somehow this was kept out of the mainstream media and nothing came out of it. No prizes for guessing why.

Perhaps its about time all the state Muftis, or even one of them to have the balls to sort this matter out once and for all.


  1. Captain Sir,

    Allah berfirman:

    "Janganlah kamu mencaci maki orang-orang yang menyeru kepada selain daripada Allah sehingga mereka memaki Allah secara aniaya tanpa pengetahuan" (al-An'am:108)

    Caci dan maki pun Allah tak izinkan, buat fatwa macam fatwa Mufti Sabah tu boleh ka?

    Fatwa ISA? Bukan ka dah dijerit pekikkan hanya mufti yang boleh buat fatwa?

    Mufti nak buat fatwa ISA itu haram? Kirim salam! Kerja mereka bersubhat tak habis-habis dengan penyalahgunaan kuasa.

    Saya sikit pun tak respect mana-mana mufti. None of them.

    Dont you think muftiship is one of the greatest crime in Islam? Muftiship legitimizes the institunalization of Islam (read: imprisonment)

    Kepada saya, ISA hakikatnya adalah perbuatan menunjuk samseng kepada Allah s.w.t.

    Allah Yang Maha Berkuasa sendiri menyediakan mahkamah yang tidak boleh dipertikaikan keadilannya di Hari Penghitungan sebelum memberikan balasan baik atau buruk.

    Sorry for taking too much space, Sir!

  2. Aye, aye captain. Good call. But the mufti of Perak will not...Kamunting is just a stone's throw away. But it was the imam of Islam Hadhari that put ink to paper in the recent ISA swoop.

  3. I do not apologise for once again repeating the words of Martin Niemöller, the son of a pastor, who was born in Lippstadt, Germany, on 14th January, 1892.

    Martin Niemöller said:-

    "When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.

    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.

    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.

    When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I wasn’t a Jew.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out."

    Fear of reprisal, and draconian laws, such as the ISA, are great tools to oppress and control people, but these tools are only effective if the people who are oppressed are fearful, timid and weak willed.
    Malaysians are not such people, so dear friends, speak out, stand up for your constitutional rights.
    No one will do it for you.

  4. Haraming the ISA? Now that will be the mother of all fatwas.

    But if it's not Hadhari compliant, I doubt it's gonna happen.

    So the Hinraf 5 is in for 2 years.

    Now the AAB administration can sit back and have the luxury of dragging their feet in formulating charges, if any.

    And the H5 can turn to their supporters and say "Hey, We are in here. What else can we do?"

    Nice exit plan for both parties, huh Capt.

  5. "if i dont perform the roles as asked by the powers-that-be, who is going to compensate me for the loss of earnings and benefits? are you going to?"

    sounds familiar, isnt it? human nature, my friend? how many true and honest leaders are left in this country?

  6. Capt,Maybe the muftis have adopted the approach discussed by Yusof Qardawi in his books Fiqh Keutamaan and Bagaimana Berinteraksi Dengan Sunnah.

  7. Captain,

    Maaf saya nak tumpang lalu untuk mesej kepada Capt Karim.

    Capt Karim, I seek your permission to use the quote mentioned and translate it into Malay. Thank you.

  8. I would appreciate it very much Captain Yusof, if you could post this reply to anon of 15:35:00, thank you.

    Greetings. Please go ahead, it is a well known quote from Martin Niemöller, and if you wish to use my comments as well please do so.
    It would be beneficial if you translated the quote by Martin Niemöller into Bahasa Malaysia.


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