Sunday, November 28, 2010

When Haqiqah Meets Shari'ah : La hawla Wa la Quwwata Illa Billah and The Return of The Islamic Gold Dinar

(This is an excerpt from Umar Vadillo's The Return of The Islamic Gold Dinar)

People say to me that all of this business of establishing the Dinar and Islamic trading is all very well, it is a good idea, but surely is it just a dream. The enemies we face are too strong, the United States is too powerful, they will not let us. In the end it is just a fantasy.

This point touches on a nerve with me. I was a kaffir, and I became a muslim, and in a way that is a dream and an impossible thing. From the beginning I understood one thing, and I truly believe it - La hawla wa la quwwata ila billah. I so firmly believe it that I do not consider any other power to be capable of putting itself in the way of this matter. If we rely upon Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, we have everything we need and we do not rely upon them, and it does not matter what they do.

There are two types of theft. There is the kind where someone puts you up against the wall and takes your wallet. And then there is another kind of theft in which you willingly give the thief your money. We are in a scenario in which we are willingly handing over our wealth. There is very little hope that we can construct any political reality any sense of unity or power, while we accept that the present system is correct - worse than that, if we insist that it is Islamic. We have come to a point where this theft is considered Islamic. If we start going to the brothels, and we say these brothels are Islamic, what chances do we have? If the Deen of Islam is turned into something else, what chances do we have? If we, look at our Deen and we say, This is true. Everything else is negotiable, but this is not negotiable then we have a chance. I will be firm . in this matter because I am firm in this matter. How sure am I of La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah? 95% sure? 97%? No, I am 100% sure. If we stand firm in this matter, the whole world will change around us. If we wobble, then the whole world will wobble in front of us, and then we will panic, and go back to where we were. Certainty we need a certainty that we will obtain only by a firm belief that what we have is enough. That will make all the difference.

We are not in trouble, we are the hard workers, the poon the people who do the work. The people who are in trouble are the ones who are living in luxury and giving us pieces of paper; because if we give them back to them, they are in trouble. We cannot have it any worse, for people who are living on 6 dollars a month in Indonesia, it cannot really get any worse. They won't kill them off altogether; they want them picking tea leaves for their tea back in Europe. We really have nothing to lose.

They have everything to lose. In this matter we have to resort to the Deen of Islam, it is our only hope. Perhaps it is a strange thing that it is a European saying all these things to you. It should be an Arab sitting here saying this, that would be much more natural. The only advantage that we had coming from the West was that we did not have any pressure to westernise ourselves. We were the most recent group of people to come into the Ummah so we could ask the most innocent of all questions. Where is the Dinar? Where is the Dirham? Where are the markets? Why do we not implement these matters? This is where we are. It will not be difficult.

Look, it is so simple that it is almost difficult to understand intellectually but it is no more difficult than this; use the Dinar yourself. You have a choice. Take the coins, next time you go to the shop, use them. Every time you use these coins you have wiped out the entire financial system of the United States in one simple gesture. Forget about all the complexity and the rules of that complexity. Think about the enormous power that resides in your hand, the one decision that rests on you and only on you. You are capable of giving great value to that gesture, and as you do, then the other matter will disappear.

We are still living under the shadow of this enormous phantom, and with the impression that this is a very powerful system and we are very weak. I am telling you precisely the opposite. We are very strong, they are very weak. It is a matter of perception only. You do not have to be intimidated by some idea of what some jewish conspiracy organisation is going to do to us. We are not asked to do that in our Deen. We are only y asked to have taqwa of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala. I have to be able to see that I have something in my hands that can make the change. It does not matter what they do. Supposing they start banning the Islamic Dinar? This is the greatest thing that could I possibly happen, and it is the one condition that will make us instantly triumph, and it is quite probable that this is what they will do. If they were really intelligent, they would try and absorb it, control it and bring it down. But this is unlikely they are more likely to react to it. Their reaction to it will be the evidence that we are in charge, then they will be playing our game, then it is no longer battlefields in which tanks bought from them fight against tanks made by them, the sort of Saddam Hussein scenario against the whole world of kufr. No, it will be a scenario in which we design the rules of the battlefield, we will decide where we will fight, and with which tools. lf we can decide that, then we have won.

If the argument is about the gold currency the US dollar is in big trouble. If the argument is about an atomic bomb in the hands of the Taliban, or something of that kind, then they still have everything. Capitalism will not be defeated by · tanks on the battlefield, it will be defeated by an alternative financial system. The means are with us. What they do is irrelevant, which sounds like a very bold statement, but it is the truth behind the saying of Hasbunallahu Wani’mal Wakeel. This is not just what the Sufis say in their zawiyyas, this is the truth of reality. Reflecting on that means that the solution remains in our hands, not in theirs. Thinking in this way means seeing what you have to do which is within your reach that will make the difference. We have within our reach, with this message that we respond to and which appeals to us, something much more important to do than anything that they can do.

Of course, it is the economists who have the most difficulty understanding these matters, including the so-called Islamic economists. Why is this?

This brings us to another subject altogether which is from asking the question, Is economics the right way of thinking? Is there any other way of thinking other than economics? The suggestion that the economists are making is that there is not. Economics is the orthodoxy for now, but it was not always this way. Proudhon, the famous father of anarchism, also seen by many as the father of socialism, one of the greatest intellectuals of his time, was regarded by many people, including Marx, as their master. In his criticism of the system Proudhon used to speak about economists as 'the sect'. It is obvious that from this perspective that the economists were not held in the same high regard that they are today. They were regarded as an ideological group with a particular methodology and with particular objectives. But we have gone past economics now.

For example, these people today say that there is a company in the United States called Microsoft and it is valued at $640 billion. Then you have the national gross product of 220 million people in Indonesia and they say it is worth $140 billion US dollars. This is irrational, I am sorry you can put any figures down and all the rationale behind saying it, but it does not make sense. Yet, this is quoted every day and given to you and you accept it even though it is not rational. One company does not have the same value as the whole entire nation of Indonesia, I am sorry they have got it wrong. But for as long as you accept this, they are in charge of how you think, because they are going to tell you the value of things according to their methodology which we do not consequentially question.

Then on top of that, they then determine the value of your currency so that at the moment that you have gained a little bit by your incredible effort, they are capable of wiping it out. You had Soros in 1997 when he wiped everything out. This is still within the rationale of the system. They determine the price of things, what currency you have to use to buy anything, and every so often they can also take money from you by manipulating the value of your own national currency. This does not seem very rational to me, but yet it is within the frame of this institution called 'economics' and this particular way of thinking which has become the orthodox way. Not only that, we now have Islamic economics, just to make things worse.

My point is that within this frame, g everything that you might describe as being the events of history hold true, but there is another way of describing this history where other new possibilities emerge. For example, this will be in the history of what happened to trading itself. We have to think again from the beginning. What is value, what is wealth? Even what is ownership? At the core of this new thinking we are building economical systems and political realities. We are saying that the orthodox view of the value of things is determined according to certain assumptions that we are not questioning, or we do not have the instruments to reach or question. We are saying that ownership is a particular formulation of law in this regard without really examining what ownership actually means in a existential terms. On the basis of which, for example, the entire stock exchange is established, and systems of value and evaluating are established. Systems of deciding what is ownership are established. On the basis of which l we arrive at the present situation which frankly does not make sense. Would it not be more appropriate, instead of saying that maybe the Dinar is wrong, to say that maybe this thinking that says that the Dinar is wrong, is itself wrong?

Allah ta'ala has said, ‘HallalAllahul Bay’a Wa Harramar Riba’. Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury. This is true, no matter what.

When the economists say the opposite, they are wrong, and all of economics is based precisely on this second version. Any foundational analysis that you do using this way of thinking will lead T you to a wrong conclusion. I take no valid A information from economic theory But I can arrive at the useful positive statement out of it that these economic tools by which the economists are analysing the present reality are not useful. In other words, the Shari'ah is not in question. Their methodology is what has to be questioned.

Perhaps this brings about a subject that I did not really think that we would come to, which is how we are capable of reconstructing a new type of thinking which is not economics. For that, even in the West, we have enough instruments to start thinking in a different way Martin Heidegger, for those who are familiar with Western philosophy has already pointed out different ways of looking at human realities which go beyond the traditional philosophy of subjectivism on which political science and economical science were founded. There are other ways of looking at the matter. The Muslims must be capable of institutionalising what is halal. It does not matter how we think about it, the Dinar and the Dirham have to be in the street because they are halal, full stop. If there is something that we do not understand then it is our understanding that must be in question, not the Dinar and the Dirham.

We cannot try and think about this in terms of economics, it will only lead to confusion. And I am not prepared to confirm the validity of a science which I have already rejected. I point to another methodology which is much is more straightforward and which I can affirm 100% which is that what Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, says in the Qur'an is absolute truth,not theory truth. On the basis of this everything else makes either sense or it does not. I am afraid with this methodology as a balancing tool, economics does not make sense. The reconstruction of the history of the last three hundred years of what has actually happened with gold and what has happened with paper will have to be conducted under different premises, under different conditions, with a different way of thinking.

People ask whether we will we have to wait until the Khalif comes, until there is political unification before we can bring the Dinar. They say that in the past, Umar ibn al-Khattab and the other Khulafa Rashidun had all the conditions to implement it, we have nothing. How can we do it? What will be the conditions in which the Dinar can be established today? What about the gold standard and what about exchange rates and things of this nature?

There is no reason to suggest that there is an impediment today for the establishment of the Dinar. I want you to do the following exercise. You take a gold Dinar and you go to Turkey or Indonesia and you ask what do you prefer, this or the US dollar? You will see how many people choose the gold coin. So it may be that the difficulty is for somebody else, not with the people. The people are more ready than the organisation of OIC representatives are to accept and to understand it.

Thinking that the past somehow offered more favourable conditions, or that the people then were greater or better than us, is failing to understand this matter. There is nothing to prevent us from doing it except ourselves. Rasul, salla'llahu alayhi wa sallam, said when he was found sighing by one of the Sahaba, `I am sighing for my brothers.' He was asked, 'Are we not your brothers?' and he replied, 'No, you are only my companions.' He was asked, 'Who are your brothers?' He said, 'My brothers are those who will love me without having ever seen me.' He spoke of these people who will love him without having seen him and he gave a high place to us.

The task is enormous but it is equally very straightforward. If Allah has put this incredible task in front of us, it is because there are among us people with an extraordinary spiritual capacity to overcome it. So perhaps we have to look at the matter with the view that we are this extraordinary generation, not less, just as good as , those who came before us. On the basis of this, when facing what is in front of us we should not see it as a difficult task, because we have as everything we need to establish this affair.

When doubt comes to mind, I remember what my Shaykh first told me when I became a Muslim. He said, `Umar, everything that you need is within the reach of your hand.' I remember looking at my hand and thinking, 'Everything is within my reach?' I did not understand it, but I knew that it was true. So, I obeyed, and I realised that it was true. If we obey Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, then wait and be surprised. Expect wonders to happen far beyond your expectations of what you can reach and what you are capable of because it will not be by your capability that this will done, it will be done by the One who is capable of putting everything right.

What are favourable conditions for the Dinar? There is no such thing as favourable conditions. Difficulty can be favourable and ease is also favourable. The bad condition is that we are poor and they are rich, but this is positive. They have a lot to lose and we have nothing to lose. They cannot take anymore from us, they are panicking. Who do you think is in danger? The US dollar or the Dinar, and we have not started yet? I am smiling and they are shaking, why? There are far too many dollars and they cannot stop printing more. So from today I am strong, and tomorrow I am a little bit stronger, in two days time I am a little stronger still and they are a bit weaker. All I have to do is keep with this. If at any time I give up then we go back to square one. Where does our strength lie? In obedience.

We are not subjectivist and I will not look at this matter in terms of economics we are Kantians in our way of thinking. We have a very good methodology when we approach the Shari'at, we say 'Sami’naa Wa ‘Ata’anaa’· We hear and we obey.' There is nothing in the ayat which says you have to understand it and then do it. No, the point is to submit. So when you submit, Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, in His Generosity may give you the chance of understanding it, in that order.

The suggestion that we have to fulfil the Islamic Dinar because we understand it is for Christians, because Christians have this philosophy. My father, for example, is a Catholic who I hope one day will overcome this kufr, but when we have these discussions he says, 'I do what I can.' He has charities to which he donates, so he does what he can. I said, 'What a funny religion you have got. I do not do what I can, I have to obey.' I found it impossible to do this ` without changing my way of life so that this way now for me makes sense because what Allah has ordered is not open to debate, my life is open to debate.

Reasoning is measuring and that is dangerous because ihsan is about you not being a measure of the world, you worship Allah as if you see Him but you do not see Him, but you know He is seeing you. We are not the observers of the world but we are the ones being observed. Scientific methodology based on the suggestion that we are measurers is therefore a mistake from the first step. We are not the judges, we are the ones being judged. When it comes to the conditions of the law, I am afraid you do not have the luxury of saying, let me wait until I understand. You have to pay Zakat, you have to pray tomorrow whether you understand it or not. You may try to understand why you pray three raka'ats at Maghrib and try to rationalise it but it is worthless. The point is that you have to pray three raka'ats, not five, not six, even if that makes more sense to you.

As far as the gold standard is concerned, we are not defenders of the gold standard. The reason why there is no gold standard is because you cannot slim down the present economy. You cannot put a corset on this economy without suffocating it. Unless we understand the method by which we became dependent on money we have no way of finding out how we can return to a gold coin. I am saying we have to go back to the original affair.

We had gold coins, then the banks came and they said, paper equals gold and now we have paper which is worth nothing. People think that the quick answer in this framework would be to say that from the present system we have to go back to the gold standard. I am saying no, you will have no benefit from it, you will only find all the constrictions attached to the establishing of non-flexible medium of exchange without the benefits. To get the benefits you have to resort to the regeneration of another type of wealth and that is essentially thinking in terms of another way of measuring wealth, and another way of funding policies which is trading. Defining and analysing history with inadequate tools in a framework and using a vocabulary that is alien to us, will inevitably lead us to the wrong conclusions.

To examine this matter from the point of view of an Islamic perspective is in the nature of saying something like this:

Imagine Sinan, the great architect of the Ottomans. If they brought him to the city of Kuala Lumpur and asked what they should do here, how would he respond? First of all he would say this is not a city. They would ask what do you mean this is not a city it has millions of people? No, this is not a city. Where is the marketplace? Without the marketplace this is not a city. The city is built around two elements, the mosque and the marketplace. So the very first thing that he would say is, where is the marketplace? The second thing he would say is where are the Dinar and the Dirham? They would say well, we have these e pieces of paper. He would say what do you mean these pieces of paper? What are they? It is a . promise of payment. By whom? When are they going to pay? What do you mean you do not know? You are saying that these people are promising to you an amount of something and you do not even know what it is, or if they will pay you and you are trading with and working r for them? What has happened to you?!

So resorting back to our way of identifying the needs of development will result in a completely new set of realities that need to emerge. There is a new analysis of history in which the reasons of our decadence will be seen, not in terms of our lack of development in their terms, but our lack of being within the parameters of the Shari'ah, how we lost the Shari’ah and through what process we lost it, and how we can reconstruct it again. You have to admit that this l would be the only effective way of recreating the Shari'ah, not reconstructing their model. Because if the solution at the end of the day is that I have to put my crisis right in their terms, then I am back at square one, stuck in a model that is alien to me anyway. Valid information from the point of view l of a muslim would be to know what is lacking from my original model. How did I lose it and how can I put it back again? This way of looking will show me a new path that declares by itself how we can go from the present situation to an Islamic model.

On the question of exchanges, and what will happen with the economy when we introduce the Dinar. There is a wrong perception here when it comes to the idea of a shortage of gold. The difficulties people foresee, such as that all the gold will flow to them, are only true if we try and go e back to the gold standard; then the Gresham law will apply as well (bad money drives out good), the gold will be stored and the paper money will circulate. We are not talking about this, we have to go one step further than this. Back to gold itself. Gold against paper.

Today all they have to do to buy from us is print more of their paper. We, on the other hand, have to borrow from them in order to create our own paper. This gives an extraordinary advantage to them. To go back to gold simply means that gold is then evaluated against all the commodities and services provided by or used in your country including the dollar. So if you are going to ask, what will happen with the gold, you have equally to ask, what will happen with the dollar itself. From the point of view of the gold standard, it has been established by certain economists who have looked at the figures that if America went back to the gold standard, the price of gold would go up by anything from ten to thirty times the current price. This would make an incredible jump in gold prices, so whatever assets you have in gold would of course multiply, but also more importantly putting pressure on the paper itself. My argument is that the use of the gold coin will affect the value of the paper currencies. The utilisation of the gold coin in our exchanges, the return of the gold coin to the economy of the United States will put pressure on the value of their own currency even more than we observe today.

If the gold coin was equal in value to the dollar if our coins were on the gold standard, then just by raising interest rates they would be able to absorb all the gold from us. In as much as you establish parity between the gold and the paper, then all the mechanisms of the outflow of gold will happen, and all the other inequalities will be put in place, as the French invented. They were the first people to start absorbing the gold from everyone by increasing the interest rates all of this is valid thinking under the gold standard mechanisms. If you go back to pure gold, these mechanisms do not apply because at that point you can say 'I do not want your paper.' That is the difference. We are not contractually obliged to them. And the gold will increase in value and the paper will decrease.

There is some very simple mathematics to this. The demand for a currency and the offer of the currency determines the price. lf you start demanding the currency the price will go up, if no one wants it, it goes down. Behind the idea of establishing the gold coin is the fact of not accepting their currency. If you have a gold standard currency if the Ringgit is parallel to gold, and still exchangeable with other currencies under a mechanism of gold standard, then of course there are problems. They will be able to absorb all the gold. But if you have gold coins, this does not apply. You are not under any contractual obligation, you can say no to them. And will the people in the United States accept gold? I can go to the United States and buy things with gold today. There are 300,000 users of the e-Dinar system in the USA. They will certainly accept gold.

Behind all of this there is a new way of looking at things, and this is at the heart of the methodology of a new discourse, and one will have to say as the result of this talk, that we have to adopt this new way of looking. Not just that A this was an interesting talk, this new idea of the Dinar has come, it is completely different, how can I make sense of it? This is not the point, if this happens to you then we will have to change our way of thinking. This is at the heart of the matter.

We must create a new Chair of Islamic Trading in our Universities, teaching the true Islamic Model, so that all the matters I have spoken about today can be properly elaborated and built upon. If you wish, I will come here and help you build this up. If you have someone better then me, then please get him, you need him. But S find someone who is capable of doing it. On this basis we will be able to articulate, not only new thinking, which is of course necessary but much more importantly political realities and valid projects that can be presented to the Prime ` Minister of your country who is crying out for them, he is demanding them.

This Chair could be both a new academic forum to gather resources for a new way of thinking, the way for a genuine Islamisation, but building on our own model, at the same time a body that can produce the policies for the new economy and the new Ummah that will result in the establishment of the true Islamic economy. This is the proposal I leave for you. I am ready to come. And if you do not do it here, I am going to go to Indonesia and do it there! Because this has to be done somewhere.

We are hands on, we are not waiting for new legislation to come for the Dinar. We are doing it. The physical Dinar exists, and it will soon be minted here, e-Dinar is already working. We are moving on, creating new horizons. My message to you and my final word to you is to rally together around this idea, and I hope that among you there will be a new trend of thinking that will illuminate Malaysia and the rest of the world.

I want just like to finish with a general acknowledgement of one thing, which is the courage of your Prime Minister in having taken this matter forward because I am perfectly aware he is doing it against the current of the orthodox discourse and you have to appreciate for a politician to take this stance is abnormal. He is not seeking your favours and your votes when he is saying Islamic Dinar, he is truly concerned for you and he is particularly concerned for the poor, for the destitute. It is for them that the Islamic Dinar is coming into place.

So with my admiration and a word of respect for Dr Mahathir and with my hope that through his leadership Malaysia will take leadership of the Muslim world, and through your contribution, the intellectuals of this country will respond with equal enthusiasm and we are capable of creating the new model in which the Islamic world will be able to come together.

As salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Islam, Kemodenan dan Kapitalisme

(Penulisan ini adalah berupa susunan kembali beberapa petikan daripada email-email saya kepada teman-teman seperjuangan)

Oleh : Muhd Noor Bin Muhd Deros

Bermula semenjak revolusi Perancis, seruan kepada penolakan agama secara total, modenisasi agama dan peminggirannya ke ruangan peribadi sentiasa terkait rapat dengan usaha mengekalkan dan menjaga kepentingan agama Kapitalisme. Kepala-kepala yang memekik slogan toleransi dan penyamarataan masonik antara agama pada fasa Pencerahan (Enlightenment) Barat adalah ahli-ahli ekonomi dan perbankan seperti John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, Adam Smith, Jacques Turgot dan John Stuart Mill.

"Whereas the Enlightenment invokes a specific movement in Western philosophy, modernity tends only to refer to the social relations associated with the rise of capitalism." (Tukilan mudah daripada Wikipedia)

Islam adalah satu-satunya agama yang masih teguh mengumumkan perang keatas riba. Rabbi-rabbi Yahudi telah reda dan sebati dengan ayat didalam Kitab Perjanjian Lama (Old Testament) yang menghalalkan pengambilan riba daripada orang bukan Yahudi. Agama kristian, akibat proses reformasi yang dimulakan oleh Martin Luther yang kemudiannya diteruskan oleh John Calvin telah menghalalkannya lebih kurang 400 tahun lalu. Hari ini Perbankan Islam pula adalah hasil daripada rasa tertekan umat Islam dengan slogan kemodenan, reformasi dan modenisasi yang datang dari Barat, Perbankan Islam telah dengan selambanya menerima pengamalan Fractional Reserve Banking dan penggunaan duit kertas. Demi Allah, kita sedang mengikut jejak langkah golongan Yahudi dan Nasrani ke lubang biawak.

Didalam setiap negara moden hari ini, rakyat di sorong mengejar dan mencari keperluan hidup dengan menyohorkan kaca mata “Survival of the Fittest” Darwin sehingga ekonomi dicanangkan sebagai wasilah terpenting bagi mencapai kebahagiaan dan dunia pula menjadi Mablagha I'lminaa (Satu-satunya perkara yang kita tahu). Ia dilihat sebagai cara hidup yang alami (natural). Dunia tidak cukup hasil untuk mengenyangkan semua orang, maka ia harus dicari bontang-banting oleh rakyat dunia. Rakyat dimomokkan dengan krisis ekonomi dan persaingan sengit antara negara-negara dunia, siapa yang lemah (tidak ingin atau tidak mampu mengikut cara mereka) akan tersingkir.

Antara kesannya di Singapura ini; kurang daripada 40% remaja melayu Islam yang mendapat pendidikan asas Islam. Kita tidak dapat menafikan bahawa sistem kehidupan hari ini adalah salah satu faktor terbesar yang menyumbang kepada krisis ini. Ibu bapa tidak mampu untuk mengambil berat soal pendidikan agama anak-anak kerana bimbang mereka akan tersingkir daripada lingkaran kehidupan atau kebih tepat lagi; tewas dalam perlumbaan dengan tikus-tikus mondok yang lain.

Agama seringkali dilihat sebagai kambing hitam dan penganggu perjalanan arus “alami” ini. Oleh itu, ia harus dididik dan di”maju”kan supaya tidak menentang arus kemodenan yang telah dicetuskan oleh Revolusi Perancis dan period “Pencerahan” Barat. Agama mesti sentiasa disesuaikan dengan kemodenan. Bukan sebaliknya. Kini kemodenan pula yang sudah menjadi satu agama baru untuk pak turut-pak turut yang sedia menurut tanpa menyoal.

Namun, masyarakat dunia masih disilaukan daripada penjenayah sebenar; sistem pendidikan "Islam" yang beracuankan sistem pendidikan moden dan sekular serta institusi perbankan.

Adalah menjadi tanggungjawab asatizah untuk paling tidak memahami isu-isu ini; hakikat institusi perbankan, kaitannya dengan sistem pendidikan "Islam" yang sekular dan masih terus disekularkan, falsafah sebenar disebalik konsep modeniti, konsep nation-state, hakikat duit kertas, fractional reserve banking dan kaitannya dengan keadaan dunia yang kini berada dalam fasa paling mundur sepanjang sejarah manusia sama ada dari segi hierarki keperluan Abraham Maslow mahupun dari segi Kerohanian.

Pada tahun 1999 The World Bank's Annual Review of Development Effectiveness mengeluarkan satu kenyataan; bahawa sepanjang sepuluh tahun (1990-1999) sistem ekonomi moden yang dikatakan maju ini telah menambah kadar kebuluran dunia sebanyak 25%, menggurangkan kadar GDP dan membuat harta hanya perpusing dilingkaran orang-orang kaya sahaja.

Setiap satu minit pada hari ini 20 kanak-kanak meninggal dunia akibat kebuluran, 1% sahaja rakyat dunia memiliki 40% keseluruhan harta dunia, 3 orang terkaya di dunia memiliki aset lebih besar daripada aset keseluruhan campuran 48 buah negara miskin yang dijerut oleh hutang. Krisis pemanasan alam juga berpunca daripada projek-projek besar negara-negara yang berhutang dengan bank-bank nasional, IMF dan bank dunia sebagai usaha membayar balik hutang tersebut berserta bunga dengan kadar yang melampau. Krisis ekonomi dunia yang masih belum berakhir hingga hari ini dan yang akan menjadi semakin buruk sehinggalah jatuhnya dollar Amerika sudah jelas penyebabnya. Projek-projek peperangan (Atau lebih tepat lagi; pengganasan) yang dilakukan oleh beberapa negara-negara “polis” dunia, sudah jelas tujuannya.

Jikalau kita berbicara soal prioriti, maka kita harus sedar bahawa Allah tidak mengumumkan perang pada perkara-perkara yang kecil.

يَـٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَذَرُواْ مَا بَقِىَ مِنَ ٱلرِّبَوٰاْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤمِنِينَ (٢٧٨) فَإِن لَّم تَفعَلُواْ فَأذَنُواْ بِحَربٍ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِۦ‌ وَإِن تُبتُم فَلَكم رُءُوسُ أَموَالكم لَا تَظلِمُونَ وَلَا تُظلَمُونَ (٢٧٩)

“Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Bertakwalah kamu kepada Allah dan tinggalkanlah (jangan menuntut lagi) saki baki riba (yang masih ada pada orang yang berhutang) itu, jika benar kamu orang-orang yang beriman. (278) Oleh itu, kalau kamu tidak juga melakukan (perintah mengenai larangan riba itu), maka ketahuilah kamu: Akan adanya peperangan dari Allah dan RasulNya, (akibatnya kamu tidak menemui selamat) dan jika kamu bertaubat, maka hak kamu (yang sebenarnya) ialah pokok asal harta kamu. (Dengan yang demikian) kamu tidak berlaku zalim kepada sesiapa dan kamu juga tidak dizalimi oleh sesiapa. (279)”

Al-Baqarah : 278-279

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Penulisan ini jelas bukan setakat tentang isu ekonomi, tetapi bagaimana agama Kapitalisme ini daripada kehinaan sudah berubah menjadi satu agama yang universal dan memberi kesan yang besar pada pandangan alam umat Islam dan pandangan mereka kepada Islam itu sendiri. Kini,tiada negara yang tiada Bank Rakyat (Central Bank), undang-undang Legal Tender dan Hutang Rakyat (National Debt). Agama baru kefiraunan ini sama juga seperti Firaun, akan berusaha menghancurkan apa-apa atau sesiapa saja yang menentangnya.

Maka itu kita lihat, taring agama Yahudi dan Kristian sudah tercabut lama.Kini adalah giliran Islam.

Islam dipaksa supaya dimodenkan, diliberalkan, di progresifkan, Shariah di cerai-ceraikan, doktrin-dokrtin usulnya di minta supaya dikritik dan diperiksa kembali hanya atas alasan ia tidak selari dengan kemodenan itu sendiri. Seolah-olah moden itu semestinya baik, jangan dipersoalkan lagi.

Maka yang jelas haram mula kelihatan kabur. Ini disokong pula dengan slogan-slogan seperti; toleransi, kebenaran yang relatif, masing-masing ada cara pandang sendiri, dan memisahkan serta memperbesarkan dikotomi antara bentuk dan isi agama(Form and substance) memperlekehkan yang pertama dan hanya memberi kepentingan kepada yang kedua. Dengan cara ini apa-apa pun boleh dijadikan halal. Ini bukan Fiqh Maqasid (Tujuan-tujuan) Syariah tetapi Fiqh Mufsid (Perosak) Syariah.

Kita tidak patut lupa bahawa kejatuhan Khilafah Uthmaniyyah bermula dengan kemasukan The Royal Ottoman Bank, ia datang bersamanya undang-undang Tanzimat yang telah mereformasikan undang-undang dan pendidikan Islam secara syariah kepada undang-undang dan sistem pendidikan sekular yang diimpor dari Barat. Dalam masa yang sama duit kertas diperkenalkan seiring dengan sistem pendidikan yang memisahkan antara ilmu Fardhu A’in dan Fardhu Kifayah. Proses ini telah menyiapkan jalan bagi Kamal Atartuk untuk menobatkan dirinya sebagai antara penjenayah-penjenayah terbesar didalam sejarah Islam.

Pada hakikatnya, Khilafah Uthmaniyyah telah ditumbangkan oleh tiga slogan (racun) ini; reformasi, (Bukan Islah mahupun Tajdid) modeniti dan rasionaliti.

Penjajah berkata bahawa tanpa ketiga-tiga program ini, dunia Islam tidak akan dapat menikmati “kemajuan” yang dinikmati oleh barat, “Jikalau kamu ingin berjaya sepeti kami, maka ikutlah jejak langkah kami.” Umat Islam pon menjawab; “Kami dengar dan kami taat.”

Sudah sampai masanya umat Islam sedar bahawa pada hari ini, tidak sampai 300 tahun, Barat sendiri sudah mula menunjukkan bibit-bibit kekecewaan terhadap kemodenan yang mereka perjuangkan semenjak revolusi Perancis 1789, dan hari ini sebahagian pemikir-pemikir mereka dengan keras sedang menyerang institusi-institusi perbankan dan pendidikan di negara mereka. Bahkan kita sebenarnya tidak memerlukan pengakuan daripada mereka, amati sahaja gejala sosial, keadaan ekonomi, dan ekologi dunia hari ini, ini sudah cukup untuk membuka pekung penipuan ketiga-tiga slogan diatas.

Tetapi, perkara yang sangat memalukan adalah kita dapati lebih ramai rakyat Amerika yang mempersoalkan penggunaan duit kertas dolar Amerika daripada Umat Islam sendiri. Kita telah tanpa segan silu mengatakan; "Kan ini kemodenan...perubahan...Islam itu sesuai dengan setiap zaman dan tempat...duit kertas ini adalah kemajuan..." Ini kejahilan yang memalukan bukan kemajuan.

Sehingga ke hari ini, sebahagian golongan intelektual (bukan golongan bijaksana) Islam masih dengan rela hati memodenkan agama mereka.

Kemajuan Didalam Islam

Takrif kemajuan adalah jelas didalam Islam. Titik pemulaan, A dan destinasi yang jelas, B. Bila kita bergerak dari titik A ke titik B (Allah) semakin dekat dengan Allah, maka itulah yang dipanggil kemajuan.

Makna kemajuan dalam pemikiran Barat pula adalah sesuatu yang tidak jelas dan tiada titik akhir, mereka terperangkap didalam konsep evolusi dan evolusi tanpa henti dan tiada berhalatuju. Pada mereka kemajuan adalah apabila kita meninggalkan idea-idea dan pandangan alam yang silam dan menuju kepada sesuatu yang baru.

Didalam Islam kita tidak dapat nafikan bahawa kita harus kembali mengambil inspirasi umum dan perincian daripada silam (zaman Rasulullah s.a.w). Kerana itu Barat benar-benar garuk kepala secara ikhlas bila Umat Islam berkata; "Kami inginkan kemodenan tetapi kami tetap juga ingin amalkan Sunnah." Kerana mereka tahu bahawa pada hakikatnya kemodenan (istilah asal) dengan Islam tidak boleh berjalan bersama.

Islam tidak menentang sains dan teknologi, ulama-ulama kibar kita tidak menentang sains dan teknologi, tidak pernah berlaku didalam sejarah Islam penentangan yang signifikan terhadap sains, bahkan merekalah pencetus revolusi pemikiran saintifik tanpa perlu menggunakan kacamata sekularisme mahupun modenisme. Namun Islam sejak dahulu dan akan terus menentang riba yang hari ini dipanggil dengan nama baru; Kapitalisme. Maka harus difahami dengan jelas perbezaan antara kemajuan sains dan teknologi dengan kemodenan.

Islam datang untuk memperbetulkan keadaaan manusia, bukan untuk manusia merosakkanya dengan hawa nafsu mereka. Perkataan kontekstualisasi nas-nas Quran dan Sunnah harus digunakan dengan hati-hati. Jikalau diambil ringan dan digunakan sewenang-wenangnya maka, yang sebenarnya kita lakukan adalah merosakkan Islam demi menjaga "kemaslahatan" umum masyarakat dunia moden yang jelas sudah sesat dan menyeleweng.

Nas Quran dan Sunnah yang suci tidak akan dapat disesuaikan/dikontekstualisasikan dengan konteks yang sudah rosak. Bila ini berlaku, jangan pula Islam yang disalahkan dan dikatakan kuno dan membutakan mata daripada penjenayah sebenar.

Islam itu terlalu maju untuk masyarakat moden yang mundur yang sudah lupa diri dan lupa akan tujuan hidup mereka.

Banyak cadangan yang telah diutarakan oleh pemikir-pemikir Islam kita hari ini sebagai usaha menyelamatkan dunia daripada lingkaran kehancuran ini. Sebahagiannya kelihatan Utopian dan idealistik namun hakikatnya adalah semua perubahan bermula dengan sesuatu yang idealistik dan sukar digambarkan. Janganlah kita menggunakan alasan "ini Utopian" untuk menepis dan manyapu ke tepi buah fikiran pemikir-pemikir ini dan terus kembali meneruskan kehidupan seakan-akan tiada apa yang berlaku dan kembali membontot barat.

Yang pastinya sistem pendidikan dan sistem ekonomi Islam sudah terbukti berjaya sepanjang 1400 tahun yang lalu, sedangkan sistem pendidikan dan kewangan moden yang baru mula bertatih ini sudah mula goyah dan hanya menanti masa untuk tumbang.

Pilihan ada di tangan anda.


Penulisan ini adalah inspirasi daripada karya-karya :

- Shaykh Dr Abdal Qadir As-Sufi.

- Rais Umar Ibrahim Vadillo

- Prof Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas

- Maulana Imran Nizar Hossien

Sila rujuk kepada karya-karya mereka untuk mengetahui dengan lebih lanjut.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

MeNaskan Waaqi' atau MeWaaqi'kan Nas?


Oleh : Muhd Noor Bin Muhd Deros

Nas : Wahyu. Al-Quran & As-Sunnah
Waaqi' : Konteks kehidupan masyarakat manusia

Waaqi' itu pecahannya dua
Alami (natural) suci dan rosak binasa
Nas pula kan sentiasa bercahaya
Selagi Waaqi' dapat dicerna

Bila Waaqi' sudah rosak dan binasa
Jangan pula Nas yang ditarik dipaksa
Rosak dan baik itu berlawanan zatnya
Air jumpa api, satu pasti binasa

Jika Waaqi' diperisai, katakan darurat saja
Jangan mensakralkan yang rosak binasa
Lalu Nas pula dikata tidak lagi kena
Yang mana makmum yang mana imamnya?

Nas itu mengislah Waaqi' yang binasa
Sudah jelas tuntas makmum dan imamnya
Waaqi' pula anaknya nafsu ataupun minda
Harus ditanya diperiksa; siapa bapanya?

Jika bapanya minda, nas tiada masalah
Syariatullah dan Sunnatullah telingkah tiada
Jika nafsu ayahnya, nas harus mengislah
Ammarah dan AmruLlah berkasih tidakkan pernah!


Contextualising the text?


Textualising the context?

Bila context tidak dapat ditextualkan, maka disamping usaha menganalisa text dengan lebih mendalam, kritikan serta pengislahan context juga harus dilakukan bersama.

Kerana mungkin (kemungkinan besar) masalahnya terletak pada context dan bukan pada text.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Dinar & Dirham Effort in Malaysia : A Defense

This article is a response to :

The Dinar & Dirham Effort in Malaysia : A Defense

By Muhd Noor Bin Muhd Deros

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

May the praise and blessings of Almighty Allah be upon our beloved hero Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

I will try my best to be as objective as possible in my response to the article. And by starting with myself, I would like to call upon all journalists and writers to stay strong and do not crumble in the face of the backfiring assaults of prejudice and biasness.

But after all I understand, human beings are called Insan (the forgetful) for a reason.

Let's go straight to the article:

1) The writer wrote: "(the dinar & dirham was) Inspired by selective religious sources"

We need the writer to explain this further. How does he draw the line between different interpretations and being selective? After all being selective can be a positive attitude.

2) Let us set the record straight. The idea was first introduced by Umar Ibrahim Vadillo of The Murabitun World Movement in 1992, in Granada, Spain, where the first Dinar was minted after the fall of the Caliphate.

To start with Dr Mahathir is a clear flaw in the writer's research. Dr Mahathir is significant in declaring it to the world. It is important to note that he himself blundered in the effort. He gave the project to The Central Bank of Malaysia, which is like giving your sheep to be taken care by the wolves.

Umar Ibrahim vadillo stresses on the bottom up process, it has to start with the people. Governments and banks do not, cannot & will not want to take it up due to them being conscious or unconscious puppets of the UN, IMF and The World Bank.

3) He continues : "It lacks the egalitarian spirit embodied in socialism's virtue of the common good."

Another flaw in the writer's research. It is clear by now, that this is not a seriously and objectively written article. It confirms my earlier sensing of a straw man fallacy.

The Dinar & Dirham Project is not a simplistic stand alone project. It is just one of the steps in the fight against the backward, primitive, sinister and crumbling idea of capitalism.

Below is an excerpt from Umar Vadillo’s Esoteric Deviations in Islam :

"The Dinar & Dirham comes with:

1) THE RESTORATION OF ZAKAT, not as charity, but with the prior appointment of an Amir(leader) in the community and the appointment of zakat collectors who demand the payment of zakat. The zakat is paid in Dinars and Dirhams, made available to the Muslims and made acceptable by our traders.

2) THE RESTORATION OF THE CALIPHATE, as the ultimate goal that unifies all the Muslims, not under the romance of the past, but with a clear-cut program for unity based on a common currency: the Islamic Dinar (4.250 grams of gold). Not by mass election, but by emergence or by a college of leaders.

3) THE RESTORATION OF ISLAMIC TRADING, as the way to create wealth and prosperity for our people and the alternative to the present usurious system. It consists of:

- COINS: Dinar, Dirham and Daniq.

- SOUQS/OPEN MARKET: Markets open to all with no rental of selling space, no taxes and no shops, to replace the supermarket monopolies.

- CARAVANS: Open distribution networks between the Islamic markets.

- CONTRACTS: the real Sharikah & Qirad (Commenda), not the pseudo contracts invented by the Islamic banks.

- GUILDS: open production organisation for competing successfully in the time to come. Associated to the guilds is the re-establishment of Awqaf (Islamic endowments)"

(End of excerpt)

So, it is far from lacking an egalitarian spirit. These empowering programs from Allah; Zakat, Souq (open markets) and Awqaf should be understood properly and viewed as an interconnected system, if not; the writer's misrepresentation of the project is understandable.

The writer continues:
"On a wider scale, who is to prevent gold-rich nations from banding together as a cartel to fix prices at exorbitant amounts in the same way that the oil-producing nations of OPEC did?"

Yes, this is a possibility. But I am sorry Mr Nazry, are you asking passively for a program devoid of any challenges? Are we living in Utopia?

Every single thing in this world can be manipulated and exploited, except the heart of a Mu'min who is madly in love with his Lord.

Seriously, are you saying that the gold and silver alternative is open to human manipulation EXACTLY as today's means of exchange?

Between a modest Muslimah who refuses to consider herself as a commodity and a drunken woman with scanty clothes in a club, do you seriously believed that both of them are exposed to the same level of harm and exploitation?

Another important point; in Islam, money is about tangibility and intrinsic value. If you do not have gold, please know that Allah has provided abundant tangible resources with intrinsic value for us to use. We just need creativity.

And we also need to read history.

We do have good and creative minds.

Just Google, an electronic virtual dinar system that is 100 percent backed up by gold, 1 virtual Dinar: 1 real Dinar ratio. The proof? You can demand your physical gold whenever you want, don't worry there will be no vault (not bank) closure.

Hence the idea of bringing a bag of gold around for shopping is the imagination of an uncreative mind.

Lastly, I understand the writer's fear and scepticism. If you are living or have lived in a place governed by untrustworthy human beings, you will surely have to be vigilant and sceptical.

But this project and movement places great emphasis on something that is still very alien to the west ; Tasawwuf (Which is deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions, not the New Age Sufism ) which stands on the idea of Taqwa.

The heads of this movement, all of them have went through a harsh course of the annihilation of the ego. Under the hand of Shaykh Abdal Qadir As-Sufi.

Their passion and love for God is not identical at all to the evangelists Christians.

Hence, you will not understand this effort and movement if you do not understand the concept of active Tasawwuf.

Allah knows best.

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin.

To understand more about this movement and the Dinar & Dirham project please visit :

Monday, July 5, 2010

Alasan Darurat Yang Sudah Melarat

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Rahiim.

Alhamdu Lillah, Wassolatu Wassalamu Ala Rasulillah wa ala alihi wasahbihi waman waalah.

Sesungguhnya kaki-kaki pembawa mudarat yang memijak bumi Melayu ini 500 tahun dahulu masih lagi meninggalkan bekasnya, dan ia masih terus membawa mudarat.

Jikalau dahulu, mudarat itu diakui tanpa malu oleh penjarah yang mempertahankan kelakuan mereka dengan akal yang dihina dan dengan sains yang diperbudak,hari ini pula mudarat tersebut disangkal sendiri oleh anak cucu mangsa tanpa akal dan dalam keadaan gembira diperbudakkan.

Mereka berzikir dengan slogan;

"Dunia sudah berubah...mengapa masih ingin membawa kisah silam yang sudah tiada kena mengena dengan hari ini...mari bina sejarah baru...mari berTabula Rasa...".


Baru seratus tahun lepas,pada tahun 1918, sejurus selepas menewaskan askar Ottoman,dan menjatuhkan Khilafah Uthmaniyyah, Jeneral Britain yang bernama Allenby dengan angkuh memasuki Jerusalem dan terus menuju ke kawasan Hattin/Hittin - tempat dimana Salahuddin menewaskan tentera salib pada tahun 1187 - Dia kemudian berdiri di tempat yang sama dimana Salahuddin berdiri didalam peperangan tersebut, seraya menyalak.

"Wahai Salahuddin! Kami sudah Kembali!"

Turut menyahut salakan beliau adalah perdana menteri Britain, David Lloyd George yang mengatakan statement terkenal ini.

"Pada hari ini, peperangan Salib berakhir dengan rasminya!".

Diikuti dengan seekor (Maaf kepada bangsa binatang kerana menggunakan perkataan 'ekor' bagi makhluk yang lebih rendah dari kamu) lagi Jeneral Perancis bernama Boro yang bukan setakat menyalak bahkan menendang kuburnya Salahuddin sambil berkata.

"Bangkitlah Salahuddin! kami sudah sampai!".

Nah...katakan kepada Allenby,Perdana Menteri Britain tersebut dan Boro;

" Sudahlah...kisah lama biarkan saja ia didalam lipatan sejarah...mari membina satu sejarah baru..."

Sesungguhnya Al-Baqarah : 120 masih bernyawa. Dan akan terus berfungsi hingga ke akhir zaman.

وَلَن تَرۡضَىٰ عَنكَ ٱلۡيَہُودُ وَلَا ٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَہُمۡ‌ۗ قُلۡ إِنَّ هُدَى ٱللَّهِ هُوَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ‌ۗ وَلَٮِٕنِ ٱتَّبَعۡتَ أَهۡوَآءَهُم بَعۡدَ ٱلَّذِى جَآءَكَ مِنَ ٱلۡعِلۡمِ‌ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ مِن وَلِىٍّ۬ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ (١٢٠)

"Orang-orang Yahudi dan Nasrani tidak sekali-kali akan bersetuju atau suka kepadamu (wahai Muhammad) sehingga engkau menurut agama mereka (yang telah terpesong itu). Katakanlah (kepada mereka): "Sesungguhnya petunjuk Allah (agama Islam) itulah petunjuk yang benar". Dan demi sesungguhnya jika engkau menurut kehendak hawa nafsu mereka sesudah datangnya (wahyu yang memberi) pengetahuan kepadamu (tentang kebenaran), maka tiadalah engkau akan peroleh dari Allah (sesuatupun) yang dapat mengawal dan memberi pertolongan kepadamu. (120)

Kisah sejarah manusia ada pangkal ada penghujungnya,ada wira dan ada penyangaknya,hanya mereka yang keliru dan tidak mampu melepaskan kehidupan yang enak sahaja yang tidak dapat memasang serpihan cerita tersebut dan membentuknya menjadi sebuah cerita lebih besar yang coherent. Kerana cerita besarnya tidaklah dan tidak akan dipenuhi dengan bunga-bunga "Persaudaraan bangsa manusia". Kerana didalam Islam, tali penghubung awal dan akhir antara manusia adalah ikatan yang lebih mulia dan abstrak; bukan darah,tetapi ikatan iman,pandangan alam dan prinsip.

Namun jangan cepat melompat dan menerkam,sesungguhnya saya masih berpegang kepada ayat-ayat ini :

Al-Imran : 113

۞ لَيۡسُواْ سَوَآءً۬‌ۗ مِّنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ أُمَّةٌ۬ قَآٮِٕمَةٌ۬ يَتۡلُونَ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ ءَانَآءَ ٱلَّيۡلِ وَهُمۡ يَسۡجُدُونَ (١١٣) يُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِ وَيَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنكَرِ وَيُسَـٰرِعُونَ فِى ٱلۡخَيۡرَٲتِ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ مِنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ (١١٤) وَمَا يَفۡعَلُواْ مِنۡ خَيۡرٍ۬ فَلَن يُڪۡفَرُوهُ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَلِيمُۢ بِٱلۡمُتَّقِينَ (١١٥)

"Ahli-ahli Kitab itu tidaklah sama semuanya. Di antara mereka ada golongan yang tetap mereka membaca ayat-ayat Allah pada waktu malam, semasa mereka sujud(113) Mereka beriman kepada Allah dan hari akhirat dan menyuruh berbuat segala perkara yang baik dan melarang daripada segala perkara yang salah (buruk dan keji), dan mereka pula segera pada mengerjakan berbagai-bagai kebajikan. Mereka (yang demikian sifatnya), adalah dari orang-orang yang soleh. (114) Dan apa sahaja kebajikan yang mereka kerjakan, maka mereka tidak sekali-kali akan diingkari (atau disekat dari mendapat pahalanya) dan (ingatlah), Allah sentiasa mengetahui akan keadaan orang-orang yang bertakwa. (115)"

dan Al-Mumtahanah : 8-9

لَّا يَنۡهَٮٰكُمُ ٱللَّهُ عَنِ ٱلَّذِينَ لَمۡ يُقَـٰتِلُوكُمۡ فِى ٱلدِّينِ وَلَمۡ يُخۡرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَـٰرِكُمۡ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمۡ وَتُقۡسِطُوٓاْ إِلَيۡہِمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُقۡسِطِينَ (٨) إِنَّمَا يَنۡہَٮٰكُمُ ٱللَّهُ عَنِ ٱلَّذِينَ قَـٰتَلُوكُمۡ فِى ٱلدِّينِ وَأَخۡرَجُوڪُم مِّن دِيَـٰرِكُمۡ وَظَـٰهَرُواْ عَلَىٰٓ إِخۡرَاجِكُمۡ أَن تَوَلَّوۡهُمۡ‌ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُمۡ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمُونَ

" Allah tidak melarang kamu daripada berbuat baik dan berlaku adil kepada orang-orang yang tidak memerangi kamu kerana agama (kamu) dan tidak mengeluarkan kamu dari kampung halaman kamu; sesungguhnya Allah mengasihi orang-orang yang berlaku adil. (8) Sesungguhnya Allah hanyalah melarang kamu daripada menjadikan teman rapat orang-orang yang memerangi kamu kerana agama (kamu) dan mengeluarkan kamu dari kampung halaman kamu, serta membantu (orang lain) untuk mengusir kamu dan (ingatlah), sesiapa yang menjadikan mereka teman rapat, maka mereka itulah orang-orang yang zalim. (9)"

Untuk lebih jelas, Bernard Lewis telah menjelaskan dengan sangat baik, sikap dan pandangan Muslim terhadap ahli Kitab :

“In considering the long record of Muslim rule over non-Muslims, a key question is that of perception and attitudes. How did Muslims view their dhimmi subjects? … One important point should be made right away. There is little sign of any deep-rooted emotional hostility directed against Jews-or for that matter any other group-such as the anti-Semitism of the Christian world. … On the whole, in contrast to Christian anti-Semitism, the Muslim attitude toward non-Muslims is one not of hate or fear or envy but simply contempt [for those who had been given the opportunity to accept the truth and who willfully chose to persist in their disbelief]”

Sejarah perjalanan manusia itu ada yang jelas hitam, ada yang jelas putih dan ada pula yang samar kelabu.

Silakan, nafilah yang terang jelas dengan awan kelabu mindamu sehingga terpaksa menipu diri sendiri dan menghina akal pemberian Ilahi.

Sia-sia sahaja Baginda s.a.w memberi peringatan tentang bagaimana sejarah akan berakhir; ia tidak akan berakhir dengan senyuman, pelukan dan saling maaf memaafkan,terima sahaja hakikat ini atau nafikan sahaja hadith-hadith sarih dan sahih ini.

Beriman dengan hadith-hadith ini bukan bermakna kita menjadi seperti Uruk Hai si Saruman.

Penyelesaiannya adalah bukan dengan mencari Ayat Pedang sebagai justifikasi dan sesuka hati meletupkan diri.Ini cara orang merapu yang nihilist dan warisnya communist.

Ada penyelesaian lain.

Bukan Iblis Liberal,bukan juga Pseudo-Salafism,bukan juga Tasawwuf yang telah diagamakan, bukan juga dengan memasang perkataan "Islamic" pada perkataan banking dan state.

Kita harus berani mengaku bahawa kita tidak boleh memakan babi sambil santai secara berterusan dengan alasan darurat....darurat...

Adalah wajib bagi Umat Islam untuk berusaha keluar daripada keadaan darurat. Sesempit mana ruang yang ada, sesusah mana,harus diakui kewajipannya.

Jikalau diri lemah,maka jangan dihina mereka yang berjihad.

Ana tidak akan berkongsi cadangan penyelesaiannya disini, adalah lebih baik kita bertemu secara peribadi. Takut ada yang marah tidak dapat terima atau salah terima, lalu terpaksa membeli komputer baru.

Jikalau sedikit masa dahulu, kita masih mengakui bahawa Umat tidaklah berada dalam keadaan yang baik dan pada waktu itu kita masih sedar bahawa umat masih sakit.

Kenapa pada waktu itu kita masih mampu sedar?

Kerana, kita masih tahu dan jelas apa itu sihat.

Jikalau sudah lupa apa itu sihat, maka bila sakit pun kita tidak akan sedar bahawa kita sakit!

Penyakit tidak sedar ini akan membawa kepada tahap melarat yang kedua;

Menerima keadaan darurat seadanya.Seolah-lah ia adalah hukum alam yang tidak boleh digugat dan dipersoalkan.

Apa yang mampu dilakukan hanyalah "menyesuaikan", "contextualise" dan "adapt".

Keadaan ini mungkin masih boleh diterima, walaupun tersangatlah pahit.

Namun, masalahnya adalah ia berpotensi besar membuahkan barah kemunafikan bawah sedar. Maksudnya, kita akan terpaksa menjadi hipokrit dan hanya akan sedar bila disentak.

Tuhan dipersoalkan, agama dihinjak, syariah di paksa sesuai dengan perlembagaan-perlembagaan pragmatik.

Tetapi, orang-orang yang sama juga akan terkedu bila berhadapan dengan perkataan seperti; Bank, Nation State, United Nations, Human Rights Charter dll.Cara paling mudah untuk melepaskan diri adalah dengan menampal perkataan "Islamic" pada frasa-frasa diatas, atau yang lebih halus lagi,dengan mengatakan statement ini; "Jikalau kita kaji sejarah Islam...sebenarnya Islam pon menyokong dan membenarkan perkara-perkara ini.."

Tiba-tiba semangat freedom of thought mereka itu menjadi terbantut...semangat liberalisme tiba-tiba terikat...semangat demokrasi tiba-tiba mengembek...apa sudah jadi?

Mungkin inilah manifestasi hipokrasi yang lahir daripada hilangnya keyakinan kepada Islam itu sendiri.

Keadaan kedua ini, jikalau dilayankan,ia akan terus melarat hingga membuahkan tahap melarat yang paling hina.

Yaitu; menerima keadaan darurat ini sebagai keadaan yang sangat baik bahkan yang terbaik!sehinga sanggup mempertahankannya!

"Nak apa lagi? negara kita ini semuanya ada...bersistem...bersih...maju...dipuji orang...?"

Sejak bila

- Semuanya ada
- Bersistem
- Bersih
- Maju
- Dipuji orang

Menjadi kayu ukur keredhaan Allah kepada sesuatu bangsa atau masyarakat?

-Sayang...Madinah Rasulullah tidak ada 'semua'...
-Tentera Allenby juga bersistem...Tentera Salahuddin juga bersistem.Sistem yang baik itu tidak berpihak.
-Apa nilai kebersihan yang bersifat kosmetik? model-model yang bunuh diri itu juga bersih didalam majalah. Athens dulu juga 'bersih', Mesir Purba juga 'bersih' Sodom & Gomorrah juga 'bersih'.
-Maju kerana? berjaya menghilangkan perhubungan serta rasa kebergantungan manusia kepada Tuhan atas alasan political secularism? 1st world country atas dasar apa penobatan ini?
-Pujian manusia?
Nabi Muhammad s.a.w dihina musyrikin Quraisy dan majoriti kuffar hari ini.Dan Hitler pula dipuji oleh Mufti Jerusalem.Jadi apa nilai pujian manusia?

Ternyata, kehidupan yang terlalu selesa sudah melemahkan semangat juang kita.

Asatizah juga seronok dan ma'syuk dalam perbualan tentang kereta, tentang bola (siap boleh bergaduh lagi) tentang rumah besar,tentang pakaian,tentang tempat makan yang sedap-sedap...

Mungkin ada yang bertanya "apa maslahnya? bukankah itu semua mubah?"

Benarkah ia Mubah bagi golongan asatizah? atau ia sebenarnya makruh?

Terlalu banyak keseronokan dan keselesaan adalah tidak baik untuk jiwa.Lebih-lebih lagi untuk pejuang barisan hadapan.

Rehat dan keseronokan itu umpama garam didalam makanan, dan perjuangan itulah nasinya.

Sodaqta ya HabibAllah (Benar sekali engkau wahai kekasih)...s.a.w :

(( والله ما الفقر أخشى عليكم، ولكن أخشى أن تبسط عليكم الدنيا كما بسطت على من كان قبلكم؛ فتنافسوها كما تنافسوها فتهلككم كما أهلكتهم))

البخا ري 6/ 258، ومسلم 4/ 3274.

"Demi Allah! tidaklah aku lebih bimbang akan kefakiran yang menimpa kamu, tetapi aku lebih bimbang pabila dunia dihamparkan kepada kamu seperti ia dihamparkan kepada umat sebelum kamu, kamu akan merebut nya, maka ia akan menghancurkan kamu seperti mana ia menghancurkan umat sebelum kamu!" - Hadith Riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim.

Wallahu a'lam.

Wassolatu Wassalaamu A'lal Habiib s.a.w. Walhamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alamin.