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Malaysian Do Not Need To Insist On an Islamic State In Order To Be Good Muslims

By Majidah Hashim

January 3, 2019

I wonder what is preventing us from doing everything we can to live as good Muslims right now.

It is by the grace and mercy of Allah that everyone, regardless of their ancestry, found their way to this blessed country the way they did. The challenge of living together is Allah’s test in which we are told to race to put our best foot forward, and let Allah be the sole judge of all our earthly disputes (Quran, 5:48).

Those who call for Malaysia to be declared an Islamic state need to tell us the definition of Islam this state is to be built upon, and if this move will isolate our country even further from the modern Islam embraced by the rest of the world.

As it stands, the rest of the Islamic world is moving to criminalise all forms of female circumcision, but Malaysia feverishly defends the practice with a fatwa which still stands today.

The rest of the Islamic world is campaigning to end child marriage, but Malaysia defends this as even a “necessity” in certain states.

The rest of the Islamic world has moved to end racism in their countries, but Malaysia insists that certain racial superiority over the land must prevail for the sake of social stability.

An Islamic state led by politically motivated parties whose priority is to exert power by policing morality instead of prosecuting corrupt leaders will be a devastating downfall for Malaysia.

Ibn Abbas reports that the Prophet once said: “The most hated of the people to Allah are three persons: A person who deviates into the unlawful; a person who seeks for the tradition of ignorance to remain in Islam; and a person who seeks to shed another’s blood without right of justice.” (Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari, 6488)

Why can’t we just be good Muslims in a progressive country which embraces modernity and is friendly with all nations – East and West?

If we can do it here, we can do it anywhere, and seriously, isn’t that what we want?

For Malaysians to be globally savvy instead of a Malaysia that is paranoid and suspicious about everything that comes from outside our borders?

I wonder about the fragility of the faith of an ummah that is built upon the fear of humans and not love for God. I wonder how they would fare on the stage of the great wide world out there.

I wonder about thought, and how it can be frightened into obedience, or nurtured to imagine fantastic futures. A world where people no longer need to be afraid. A world where people no longer suffer; an end – as our Prophet brought – to an age of ignorance, and henceforth, a great civilisation of knowledge and creativity brought upon by the liberated imaginations of Malaysians.

Whether we are an Islamic state or not, all the virtues of being a good Muslim can already be practised right now.

So instead of the terrible reputation of being instigators of anger and violence, can we work on being known for our kindness and generosity?

The Prophet’s wife Aisha reported him saying: “Allah is gentle and loves gentleness. Allah rewards for gentleness what is not rewarded for harshness, and rewards nothing else like it.” (Sahih Muslim, 2593)

“Even when threatened with harsh words, the Prophet responds with kindness, because Allah is kind and loves kindness in all matters.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6528, Sahih Muslim 2165)

Instead of competing on who is the more superior race, can we live with more humility and altruism?

In Surah al-Isra, Allah tells us not to walk upon this earth in arrogance and disrespect for others (17:37).

Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluded and boastful (31:18).

Our Prophet tells us that the reason for humility is so that no one oppresses another (Sahih Muslim, 2865), because oppression will be the darkness on the Day of Resurrection (Sahih al-Bukhari 2315, Sahih Muslim 2579).

Instead of isolating the Malay race and reinforcing a concept of otherness, can we be the ones who proactively take steps to champion integration, inclusivity and diversity in the country?

In Surah Hud, Allah tells us that if the intention was a single race community where everyone were Muslims, that could have easily been created (11:118).

Instead, Allah tells us that humans were intentionally created into people and tribes with the intention of us getting to know each other (49:11).

I think that Malaysia, being a relatively young country at the tender age of 61, is still at the age of getting to know each other – and that is okay.

Our Prophet tells us that we will not enter Paradise until we acquire faith, and we will not attain faith until we learn to love each other (Sahih Muslim 54).

The beauty of Islam is that it traverses cultures and countries and that the virtues it promotes are ubiquitous and universal.

We do not need to insist on an Islamic state in order to be good Muslims. And if the price of creating an Islamic state is the shrinking rights of non-Muslims and other minority groups, then better not be an Islamic state.



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  1. As Allah has high preference upon whether people can do good deeds instead of evil deeds instead of Islamic State, Muslims should pursue good deeds instead of evil deeds.  They must not rebel Allah's commandments.  What is the point to pursue Islamic State and turn up one by one goes to hell due to the evil deeds of killing non-Muslims in which Allah forbids.  Only those who do good deeds will have the chance to Paradise instead of those who do evil deeds live in Islamic State.
    By zuma 05/01/2019 16:12:04
  2. If Hadith teaches Muslims must develop Islamic State, why should the book #44, hadith #676 (mentions), "...when the land is divided and the way is demarcated, then there is no right of pre-emption." For instance, if it were Allah's law that Muslims must establish Islamic State, the book #44, hadith #475 (should be rectified as)...when the land is divided and the ways are demarcated, then there is ...pre-emption (that Muslims must fight until they get back the lands)." However, this is not true since the phrase, there is no pre-emption." is mentioned in the State. What if Muslims would get back Islamic State by killing non-Muslims and wiping them out and ignore Quran 4:90 to force them to pay jizya even though they do not fight with them and turn up to be in the hell eventually due to the evil deeds they do in killing innocent people, they might turn up to regret why they rebel against Allah's commandment as mentioned in Quran 4:90 in which Allah forbids once they have been thrown into hell. Quran condemns Muslims to do evil deeds rather than good deeds. Only those who do good deed can go paradise. Even if non-Muslims do not become Muslims, they will have a place in paradise if they believe in Allah and do good deeds.
    By zuma 05/01/2019 15:26:10
  3. Can Muslims kill all non-Muslims so that the State only holds Islam to be their religions and turns up to be Islamic State? Quran 4:90 (Mohsin Khan translation, (mentions)...if they withdraw from you, and fight not against you, and offer you peace, then Allah has opened no way for you against them." Those Muslims who insist all the non-Muslims have to be Muslims and to persecute them to impose Jizyah to them have violated Allah's law in Quran 4:90 that mentions Allah has opened no way for them to be against them whether to impose Jizyah or continue to fight with them if they cease battle with them. They do not respect His law and start to do evil deeds in persecuting non-Muslims and force them to pay jizyah in which Quran 4:90 forbids them if they cease battle in order that they can achieve Islamic State. What is the point to insist Islamic State and start to persecute non-Muslims to rebel against Allah's law in Quran 4:90 and turns up to be in the hell since Quran 2:81 warns those who do evil deeds will have their destiny in hell. If Islamic State means a State has to get rid of non-Muslims, why should the book #63, hadith #210 (mentions), "...The pagans were of two kinds as regards their relationship to the Prophet and the Believers....the other were those with whom the Prophet made a treaty, and neither did the Prophet fight them, nor did they fight him." If Prophet insists all the people must be Muslims in the Islamic State, he should have killed all of them without making treaty with them. As he did not kill them, it implies the so-called Islamic State in the past permits non-Muslims to be in their State.
    By zuma 05/01/2019 15:12:58
  4. Why should they insist to have Islamic State when Quran mentions there is no compulsion of religions?  As there is no compulsion of religions, people are free to exercise their freedom for religions and there is no need to exert the State must hold Islam to be their State's logo.
    Besides, Quran 2:62 (Mohsin Khan translation, mentions), Verily!  Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."  Allah does not impose only those who come from Islamic State can be saved as mentioned in Quran 2:62.  As Quran 2:62 mentions Allah accepts all religions whether they are Jews or Christians or Sabians or Buddhists or Hindus or etc. as long as they believe in Allah, Allah shall accept them and they shall have no fear about hell or whatever.  As Allah does not impose the State must be with the religion merely to Islam that Allah shall accept them, why should Muslims insist State must be mainly Islam in order to accept it?  As Allah can accept all other religions, why should Muslims not accept all other religions as long as they believe in Allah and work righteously? 
    What is the point to impose the State to be Islamic State without caring whether those who proclaim themselves to be Muslims and yet do evil deeds, i.e. killing or stealing or etc?  As mentioned in Quran 2:81 (Mohsin Khan translation), "Yes! Whosoever earns evil and his sin surrounded him, they are dwellers of the Fire (i.e. Hell); they will dwell therein forever."  Even if State has successfully turned themselves to be Islamic State and if all Muslims in that State does evil deed, Allah shall reject them and throw them into the hell as mentioned in Quran 2:81.  Thus, whether the State is Islamic State or not, it does not matter.  It matters only if people who believe in Allah whether they can avoid doing evil deeds, i.e. killing, stealing, vandalism, disobeying rulers even though their authority is granted by Allah or etc.
    By zuma 05/01/2019 14:49:51