Islamic Banking Part 1: Being an ease to the ummah.

10 09 2012

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum to all,

If Islamic banks cannot be an ease to the ummah, there’s no reason for its existence. If charging compounding interest is considered zalim (discriminatory), the act of filing a default for bankruptcy without helping the borrowers can be considered as zalim too. In Surah Al Baqarah verse 280, Allah swt reminded the lenders to give more time to borrowers who are having difficult times to make payments and even remit the loans as sadaqah (charity).

Surah Al Baqarah, verse 280:

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“If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him time Till it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew.” (Translation by Yusuf Ali)
While I see Islamic banks/scholars are very critical about riba’ (usury) financing, they are not critically the same in this matter. A borrower being filed for bankruptcy will have difficulty in his/her life. Hence the Islamic banking system can be a real changer and different from the conventionals (so far the perception of Islamic banking as the “shadow” of the conventional banks has not abated) if it has its own unit of managing and helping borrowers who are having problems. This unit can help the troubled borrowers to restructure their loans and in some cases the loans can be remitted.  This is what I mean “being an ease to the ummah.” Of course not every non-performing loan can be qualified to be remitted. There must be a risk evaluation on this. But I am positive that it can give a good impact to the Islamic banking system, economy and ummah as a whole. Bear in mind that Islamic banking should not move away from one of the main Islamic values i.e. being just. If the system is discriminatory, then it’s not Islamic. This way, the Muslims and even non-Muslims know that they can depend on the Islamic banks when they are having difficult times. Islamic banks should not follow the predatory practices of the conventional banks when it comes to loan defaults.

Another aspect of Islamic banking that I would like to comment is the Syariah council (Islamic scholars hired by banks to oversee the compliance of financial products according to the Islamic law). In my humble opinion syariah council should not be paid by the bankers. I see this as a conflict of interest. I’m not implying that syariah councils hired by banks cannot be trusted. They are very knowledgable people in Syariah. But humans are humans. They should be hired by the regulators aka Bank Negara (the Central Bank) or become a free governing body. Any application for Islamic banking license or product must go through them. This will keep the system clean from fitnah and any wrong doings in the future, at the same time maintaining consistent practices.

In the future, I am praying that there will be Syariah councils which consists of people who are experts in both field of mathematical finance/banking and Syariah. Some colleges which are offering the Islamic banking/finance courses hopefully are having this in mind. Such council with two fields in mind can orchestrate the creation of new banking products and risk management system which would not be the “immitation” or mirror of the conventional banking system.

I am not against the Islamic banking system. I love that Islamic banking is free from speculating activities. Conventional banking system has become a paper money casino, which contribute to the instability of the current financial system. There are rooms for the Islamic banking system to improve.

In the end we must all know that this system is standing on a system that I considered non-Islamic – the fractional reserve banking system and paper money system. I do not know if Islamic banks can survive in a 100% reserve banking system (how much deposit you have is how much you lend). In the Quran, money is dinar & dirham. Gold & silver must be mined and cannot be manipulated like paper money (can be manipulated by debasing them, but in the past anyone who tried to debase them get a very serious penalty). Paper money is the mother of inflation. More and more money circulating in the economy means inflation. It erodes purchasing power. So in order to retain its purchasing power, savings must be given interest rates/profit returns. If not, money sitting in the banking system will lose its value as prices of goods & services rise due to inflation. Normally, no one would want to save. But in this era of low rates, people are not looking at rates anymore but putting money in a bank has become about convenience rather than seeking investment income. But until the faltering modern financial system goes, we have to operate within the system.

I am still learning and my opinions are solely mine. Allah swt knows best and may He show us the straight path. Please feel free to drop your comments below.

Jazakallah khair (May Allah grant you goodness).

Fadzli Fuzi

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Video:This is why you’ll never win over Islam

28 09 2010

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

This video was shot in Alexandria, Egypt, during the month of Ramadan 2010.. This is our answer to all those who fight Islam and try to stop it from spreading all over the world.. , we tell them you can draw cartoons or threat to burn Quran, or protest against Mosques, or ban the Athan, or fight hijab,.. etc, but in the end you will never win over Islam, because the power of the word of truth can never be defeated …

Come to learn how strong Muslims are on their faith.. How much they love Islam.. How much they’re sincere in following Islam.. How much they’re dedicate in serving Islam… Try to think of any religion in the world and you will never find followers of any religion who are as strong in their faith and sincere in their worship as Muslims..

In the video, people are praying in the streets because there is no empty place inside the mosque “Masjid” so they made the prayer on every empty place they could find.. And it’s the same situation in every Islamic country around the world..

Think of any way to destroy Muslims or break a faith that strong, but the truth Is, you will never win over Islam…

by Islam Voice

http://www.facebook.com/islamvoice





Part 2:Why in the Bible, Muhammad is like Moses, not Jesus.

27 09 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

In Part 1, I presented several reasons why in Deuteronomy 18:18, the verse is referring to Muhammad, not Jesus like any of my Christian brethrens believe. In this posting, I will discuss the rest of the verse.

A prophet among their brethren

The verse started with “I will raise them a Prophet among their brethren…” Now we might want to ask, who are “their brethren”? Since this verse was spoken to Moses so that he will convey it to his people (the Israelites), then “brethren” here means the brethren of the Israelites.

This verse addressed the Israelites as one entity, so who are the brethren of the Jews/Israelites? The Arabs are the brethren of the Jews. You see, both Jews and Arabs came from the same father; Abraham. Abraham had two wives; Sarah and Hajar. Hajar bore Abraham’s first son; Ishmael and Sarah bore Isaac, Abraham’s second son. Isaac was very much a junior to Ishmael.

The Jews came from the lineage of Isaac and the Arabs came from Ishmael’s lineage. Hence they are brethren to each other. The verse said that the Prophet will come from among their brethren, not from among themselves. Muhammad was indeed among their brethren!

Words in the mouth

The verse proceeds: “…and I will put my words into his mouth…”

This part of the verse implies that the prophet who will be raised among the Jewish brethren will not speak out of his own word but will speak from the words of God.

Allah swt is truly the Most Magnificent when He made Muhammad (pbuh) as the successor to Jesus and also preserving Deuteronomy 18:18 in the Bible though the book has a lot of discrepancies and badly corrupted (otherwise why would the Christian authority keep changing what they believe in the Bible?).

Ironically He made Muhammad, an unlettered and not learned man to be His messenger so that people will know whatever that Muhammad said did not come from him but came from God as the verse states “…and I will put my words into his mouth..”. If this is not the case, how can you explain Al Quran which had revolutionized the Arab civilization and become a holy book of more than 1.5 billion Muslims? Truly, no unlearned man can do this unless he conveyed divine revelation. Muhammad was taught by his Creator, Allah The Almighty. Muhammad ‘put the shame to the wisdom of the learned.’

History tells us that when Muhammad (pbuh) received his first divine revelation, he was forty years of age. He was in a cave some three miles north of the city of Mecca when the Archangel Gabriel came to him and commanded him in his mother tongue: “Iqra’!” which means “Read!” or “Proclaim!” or “Recite!” Muhammad was terrified and replied “I am not learned!” The angel then commanded him the second time and Muhammad replied the same. For the third time the angel continued:

“Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, who created-“ (Al Alaq: 1)

Now, Muhammad grasped that the angel was asking to repeat after him and so he repeated the words as they were put into his mouth (and the consequent ayats until the fifth).

This first account with the archangel Gabriel is also an exact fulfillment of another prophecy in the Bible:

“And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.” (Isaiah 29:12)

Wasn’t that the act of “…and I will put my words into his mouth…”? Isn’t that Isaiah 29:12 is telling about Muhammad’s encounter with Gabriel? My Christian brethrens owe the answers to themselves.

I would like to bring fellow readers to the next verse after Deuteronomy 18:18 i.e. Deuteronomy 18:19:

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

In this verse, the prophecy of Muhammad is given again. Can you spot which part of the verse?

“…which he shall speak in my name…” This means that this prophet, who will come, will speak in God’s name, not Jesus. If you look in Al Quran from the first surah until the last surah, every surah begins with “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.” In fact, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught the Muslims to begin every single thing in life; any work, eating, drinking etc with “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim” which means “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.” Jesus never taught his followers to say “In the name of the Father, son and holy ghost.”

In Part 1 and Part 2, I have given more than 10 reasons that in Deuteronomy 18:18 the word ‘Prophet’ refers to Muhammad (pbuh) rather than Jesus/Isa (pbuh) as believed by the Christians. These reasons work like ‘hand in glove’ portraying that Muhammad was in fact the awaited ‘Messiah’ and the ‘Prophet’ that the Jews and the Christians have been waiting for.

Further, Deuteronomy 18:19 states that “whosoever do not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” This means that whosoever does not listen to the words of God brought by the Prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18 will be punished. Since the Bible is the book of authority of the Christians and the place where the beliefs in Christianity stand, they owe the answers to themselves and to God Almighty.

I invite the ‘People of the Book’ (the Jews and Christians) to come on common terms that is to believe that there is no God worthy of worship except Allah swt (‘swt’ means ‘subhanahu wa ta-ala’ in Arabic or in English means ‘Glorious and exalted is He’) and do not associate Him with anything. I am just doing my job as asked by Allah swt in Al Quran:

“Say:”O People of the book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah: that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say: ye! “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s will)” (‘Al-I-‘Imran: 64)

Truth is find by investigating it, not by blind faith.

Peace be upon you.

Source: What The Bible says about Muhammad (pbuh) by Ahmed Deedat





Part 1:Why in the Bible, Muhammad is like Moses, not Jesus

27 09 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

This article by no means intended to insult Christians but to reason with logic so that the truth can be understand by investigating it, rather than by blind faith.

I shall try to make this post as short as possible, but at the same time making the points that I want to make comprehensible.

Definition of the word ‘Prophecy’: A statement that says what is going to happen in the future, especially one which is based on what you believe about a particular matter rather than existing facts. (Cambridge Online Dictionary)

The definition tells all. It says that prophecies should be based on existing facts, rather than what we want to believe in. Another way to present this idea is by saying that if we are proposed with prophecies, we should analyze whatever we have in hand, rather than making assumptions on what we believed (because it might be biased I guess). In this posting I shall present to you a well known verse in the Bible:

Deuteronomy 18:18

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” (King James Version).

This verse in the Bible narrates about what God said to Moses, on top of Mt Sinai. Most Christians were preached that the word ‘Prophet’ and the term ‘like unto thee’ here are referring to Jesus.

The first question I would like to pose to my Christian brethrens: In what way Jesus is like Moses?

Most will say that Jesus is a Jew, so does Moses. And Jesus was a prophet, so did Moses (though I might want to ask that why some are calling Jesus as the son of God and God himself incarnated in human flesh. But let’s save that for later postings).

If those are the only reasons to justify the verse, then it cannot be enough. Jonah, Jacob, Solomon, Ezekiel etc were all ‘Jews’ and ‘Prophets’. We can say that those are make belief reasons: reasons made to justify one’s belief rather than using facts. I would like to suggest here that, we compare Moses to Jesus and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them).

Why Jesus is not like Moses

1. Moses is not God

Most Christian’s sects except the Jehovah’s Witnesses regard Jesus as God but regard Moses as a prophet. So in what sense Jesus is like Moses? Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses.

2. Moses did not die for the sins of the world

Christianity stated that Jesus died for the sins of the world, that he is the savior, God incarnated in human flesh to redeem the sins of mankind. What about Moses? He was a great prophet, but he did not have to die for the sins of the world. Hence, Jesus is not like Moses.

But these are only beliefs that one can choose to believe or not to believe. Let’s examine hard facts and then I shall leave the readers to conclude who is like Moses, Jesus or Muhammad.

1. Father and mother

Moses had a father and a mother and so do Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them). But Jesus only had a mother and no human father. Hence, Muhammad is like Moses and Jesus is not like Moses.

2. Miraculous birth

Muslims and Christians both believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus. But Christians go a little further by saying that Jesus was begotten, not made like Adam. We Muslims on the other hand believe that Jesus’ birth was on the will of Allah. Planting a seed in a man is a human act (and also animal’s), not godly. In Al Quran, Surah Al Baqarah, ayat 47, Mary questioned how can she gave birth when no man had touched her:

She said:”O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He (angel Gabriel or Jibrail) said:”Even so: Allah createth what He willeth; when He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it ‘Be’, and it is!

The point that I want to make here is that Jesus is not like Moses, since Moses was born in a natural way, and so does Muhammad. So it is apparent that, Muhammad is like Moses but Jesus is not like Moses.

3. Marriage

Jesus was never married, but Muhammad and Moses were married and they both had children. Again, Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammad is like Moses.

4. Jesus was rejected by his people

Moses and Muhammad were accepted by their people and they both faced rejection in the early days of their prophethood. But Jesus’ teachings were rejected by his people and were only accepted by his few disciples. Hence, Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhammad is like Moses.

5. New laws

Moses and Muhammad brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments but also a very comprehensive set of laws. Muhammad was responsible for bringing out the barbaric life of the Arab Jahiliyyah to the most respected in human civilization. Muhammad gave his people the law and order of every single aspect in life which is used until this day.

Jesus on the other hand didn’t come to establish new laws. As believed by the Christians in the Bible, Jesus himself said that he came to fulfill the old laws (Matthew 5:17-18).

6. How they departed

According to Christianity, Jesus was killed on the cross (hence we ask whether he was killed as a human or God, because God cannot die). But Muhammad and Moses died naturally like any other human. So who is more like Moses here? Jesus or Muhammad?

7. Heavenly abode

Both Moses and Muhammad were buried in earth after their death, but according to Christianity, Jesus rests in heaven. In what way this is ‘like Moses’?

Since this post is getting longer than I thought it will, I shall continue this in Part 2 of the discussion where we will analyze other parts of Deutronomy 18:18

Source: What the Bible says about Muhammad(pbuh) by Ahmed Deedat





When they cannot attack the message, they attack the Messenger

18 05 2010




Internet as a medium of da’wah

24 04 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful…

Da’wah in the US

Almost 2 years I have been exposed to the way da’wah is done here. Although I’m not directly involved in the da’wah movement (I hope I can do so when I start my PhD), they are being quite open and direct in propagating Islam despite this country labeled as mistreating Islam. The aggressiveness and positiveness mostly comes from former Christian priests who converted to Islam. Maybe because they are used to do the work of propagating Christianity before they became Muslim, these leaders of da’wah have no problem in doing their job. They are also at a better end than others because they know the bible.

The interesting thing about this work in the US is that, they maximize the use of the internet. I would like to take Sheikh Yusuf Estes for an example. He was a former Christian preacher. He grew up in a ‘good Christian’ family, practicing Christianity and had some family business involving the religion. Not just that, his father was a Christian minister, very much involved in the work of the church. The story of how he converted to Islam can be read here.

He has done a lot of da’wah work both in America and the rest of the world. The issue that I want to emphasize here is how he and others use the internet extensively to propagate Islam. The website that he very much helped to organize, www.islamtomorrow.com, is an example of this. Almost everyday there will be an event or classes for anyone who wants to learn more about Islam (click here). Some of the events are online events. They organize this via chatrooms, where the speaker will speak to the chatroom and the audience listening, but they can’t speak to the speaker. The only way to interact with the speaker, if they have questions, is to type and send to the chatroom just like any other chatroom. How fascinating! The first time I joined one of the event in the chatroom, I witnessed how two people were converted. When it was the time to take the shahadah, the new sisters were able to talk to the speaker via the chatroom and they were given resources on how to practice Islam.

Sheikh Yusuf Estes also helped to organized an internet talk show on Islam which is called ‘The Deen Show’ (click here). It is full of free videos on various topics on Islam. The show is a great resource for anyone, from those who would like to know what is Islam to those who are already Muslims. There are a lot more of the da’wah websites especially from the US (click here, here). The ‘911 Bible’ (click here) is one of my favourites. Readers should also read ‘Islam Cracks the Code’ (click here), which talks about the history and confusion of Christianity. You might want to visit ‘Bridge to Faith'(click here) and you’ll love the episode that Yusuf Estes had in KLCC (here).

Da’wah in Malaysia

I have never been involved in the da’wah movement in Malaysia. I hope I can do so in the near future. But I am sure that all those who are involved in the da’wah work are doing the best they can. Sincerely, I think we need to do some adjustment as to how we do the da’wah work, especially to attract the young generations to join the movement or to make sure that they are not afraid when people come to them to talk about Islam.

The adjustment that I am suggesting is to use the internet as a medium to get the message over to them. This includes the extensive use of YouTube and websites explaining Islam. There should also be websites informing the work of da’wah around Malaysia, schedules of classes/events/talks, resources to learn more about Islam and videos of talks from various speakers. I see this as a future of da’wah and the way to reach out to the ummah and other non-muslims.

There should also be print bulletins on the work of da’wah around Malaysia or at least every state should do this. The point that I’m trying to make here is that, we should use the media, both online and print to the max. Imagine that if these media have a reach to the millions of Muslims in Malaysia, we can easily get the message over to the ummah. Perhaps this will become a reality soon.

As more and more issues challenging the ummah arise, it is extremely important that we get the Islamic scholars’ opinions about the issues as soon as possible to the ummah so that Muslims, at least in Malaysia, will not be misled by irresponsible parties who wanted to take advantage of the issues. We have seen this in the issue of the use of the kalimah ‘Allah’. Because we didn’t have a sound medium to get the message across to the ummah, a lot of our brothers/sisters made their own judgement. Imagine if we have a strong medium of communication, we will have one voice that can vibrate the whole nation.

We have a lot of Islamic da’wah movements/NGOs in the country, but I don’t think that we have a common communication platform. Don’t just rely on the government through various organizations to do the work of propagation and spreading the truth of Islam, as the work of spreading the truth of  Islam is the work of all Muslims.





Hati-hati dengan semangat demokrasi dan kebebasan

11 04 2010

Dengan nama Allah yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Mengasihani…

Berikut adalah artikel yang diambil daripada web ABIM yang bertajuk “Kupasan Adyan Husaini menyorot: Seminar Islam & Cabaran Semasa ABIM”,  di Seminar Islam & Cabaran Semasa : Analisis 50 Tahun Kemerdekaan Negara sempena Muktamar Sanawi ABIM ke-36.

Pada tanggal 18 Agustus 2007 lalu, saya berkesempatan menghadiri Muktamar Tahunan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) di Kuala Lumpur. Panitia seminar Muktamar ABIM meminta saya membentangkan sebuah makalah tentang perbandingan posisi Islam di Indonesia dan Malaysia.

Tema tentang posisi Islam dalam negara senantiasa merupakan masalah yang sangat menarik dan menjadi perdebatan hangat di antara ilmuwan maupun para negarawan, baik di Indonesia maupun di Malaysia. Hingga kini, meskipun konstitusi di Malaysia menetapkan Islam sebagai agama rasmi.

Pertanyaan yang masih hangat di Malaysia adalah “apakah Malaysia merupakan negara Islam atau negara sekular?” Sebagian pemimpin Malaysia menyatakan, bahwa Malaysia adalah negara Islam dan bukan negara sekular. Tetapi, sebagian lain menyatakan, bahwa Malaysia bukanlah negara Islam, tetapi juga bukan negara sekular.

Dalam makalahnya yang berjudul “Is Malaysia a Secular State? Certainly It is Not”, Pawancheek Marican menegaskan, bahwa dari segi peraturan perundang-undangan memang Malaysia bukan negara sekular. Jauh sebelum merdeka tahun 1957, Malaysia telah menerapkan hukum Islam. Mahkamah Agung Malaysia, tahun 1993, menegaskan, bahwa memang Muslim di Malaysia diatur dengan hukum keluarga Islam. Hukum ini telah eksis di Malaysia sejak abad ke-15.

Bahkan, faktanya, Islam telah bertapak secara formal di Malaysia tepatnya pada tahun 1136, ketika Raja Hindu Kedah, Merong Maha Wangsa masuk Islam dan mengganti namanya menjadi Sultan Muzaffar Syah. Karena itu, pasal 3 (1) Konstitusi Malaysia yang menyatakan, bahwa Islam adalah agama resmi negara, merupakan aspirasi kaum Melayu/Muslim sejak wilayah itu menjadi Muslim, beberapa abad sebelum masuknya penjajah Inggris, Portugis, dan Belanda.

Guru besar di Universitas Islam Internasional, Prof. Dr. Abdul Aziz Bari menjelaskan, menilik hukum perlembagaan di Malaysia, maka bisa dikatakan bahwa negara Malaysia sebenarnya “telah disyahadatkan” .

Lebih jauh, Prof. Abdul Aziz Bari menulis: “Jika kita fahami perlembagaan secara harfiah kita boleh mengatakan bahawa negara ini telah disyahadatkan. Dengan itu terpulanglah kepada kita untuk mengisi kerangka itu dengan apa yang dituntut oleh Islam. Dan kita sebagai rakyat negara ini berhak untuk mentafsirkan `agama persekutuan’ itu mengikut Islam kerana agama yang dimaksudkan ialah agama Islam.

Adalah ganjil jika ia ditafsirkan mengikut agama lain. Lagipun negara ini asalnya memang negara Islam: negara ini adalah lanjutan dan penerusan kepada sejarah Kesultanan Melayu Melaka yang perlembagaannya, yakni Kanun Undang-undang Melaka, berdasarkan hukum Islam.”

Prof. Aziz Bari juga menjelaskan, bahwa dalam sejarahnya, kedudukanIslam dalam sistem undang-undang di Malaysia, memang disingkirkan dengan cara yang tidak beradab. Ini bermula ketika Inggris melaksanakan undang-undang mereka di Pulau Pinang yang mereka klaim sebagai “tidak berpenghuni” . Padahal, Pulau tersebut adalah merupakan wilayah Kesultanan Kedah yang menerapkan hukum Islam. Pemakaian undang-undang Inggris itu kemudian diperluas ke negeri-negeri Melayu.

Semula, Inggris hanya berhak memberi nasehat kepada Sultan dalam soal pemerintahan. Tetapi, dalam beberapa kasus, penjajah juga campur tangan dalam soal Islam.

Betapa pun asal mulanya merupakan tipu daya penjajah, tetapi menurut Prof. Aziz Bari, umat Islam sendiri yang kemudian merasa sudah terbiasa dengan sistem dan undang-undang penjajah. Orang-orang Muslim sendiri kemudian lebih paham dan lebih mahir dalam soal hukum penjajah. Kata Prof. Aziz Bari:

“Tetapi oleh kerana kita sendiri yang kemudian bergantung kepada sistem tersebut maka setelah British tidak ada lagi pun kita masih tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa. Dan buat masa ini kita terpaksa pula berdebat dengan kaum-kaum yang dibawa masuk oleh British ke tanah air ini.”

Yang jelas, menurut para pembicara dalam seminar ABIM tersebut, Malaysia memang bukan negara sekular. Sifat sekular yang didakwakan oleh sejumlah kalangan di Malaysia saat ini, menurut Prof. Aziz Bari, sebenarnya bukan jatidiri dan ciri asal dari negara Malaysia.

Sebab, negeri Malaysia sejak semula memang merupakan kelanjutan kesultanan Melayu Islam. Dan di dalam sistem perundang-undangan Malaysia, saat ini pun, Islam dijadikan sebagai agama resmi negara dan pemerintah berkewajiban melindungi akidah Islam. Dalam situs pemerintah Malaysia dikatakan:

“Kerajaan tidak pernah bersikap sambil lewa dalam hal-hal yang berkaitan dengan akidah umat Islam. Segala pendekatan dan saluran digunakan secara bersepadu dan terancang bermula dari pendidikan hinggalah ke penguatkuasaan undang-undang semata-mata untuk melihat akidah umat Islam terpelihara di bumi Malaysia”.
[http://www.islam. gov.my/e- rujukan/islammas .html]

Di tengah berbagai problema tersebut, bisa dikatakan, Malaysia adalah sebuah negara Muslim yang telah selesai menegaskan jatidirinya sebagai kelanjutan peradaban Melayu Islam. Identitas nasionalnya jelas, meskipun jumlah umat Islam hanya sekitar 55 persen.

Betapa pun perekonomian negeri itu sebagian besar juga dikuasai oleh warga keturunan China, tetapi keberpihakan pemerintah dalam melindungi bangsa Melayu/Islam telah turut menjadi penyeimbang kekuatan antara-etnis di Malaysia.

Pada kesempatan seminar tersebut, saya mengimbau saudara-saudara kita di Malaysia, agar berhati-hati dalam menggelorakan semangat demokrasi dan kebebasan yang berusaha merontokkan seluruh hak-hak istimewa dan kelembagaan kaum Muslim. Kebebasan yang kebablasan akan memberikan kesempatan kepada para pemilik modal untuk menguasai seluruh aset ekonomi dan politik, yang ujung-ujungnya akan menimbulkan kesulitan besar bagi kaum miskin – yang mayoritasnya adalah kaum Muslim.

Sebagian kalangan di Malaysia kini memimpikan kebebasan ‘ala Indonesia’. Semua pilihan tentu ada plus-minusnya. Dan itu harus dihitung dengan matang, untung ruginya buat Malaysia sendiri. Akhir-akhir ini, kedudukan Islam di Malaysia memang sedang banyak digugat. Malaysia sering dituduh sebagai negara yang tidak menghormati HAM karena memberikan hak-hak istimewa kepada kaum Melayu.

Tidak ada hak murtad bagi orang yang Muslim. Padahal, dalam pandangan HAM Barat, setiap orang harus dijamin hak-haknya untuk memeluk agama apa pun, termasuk hak untuk murtad. Semua aturan Islam yang dianggap bertentangan dengan HAM dan kepentingan kaum non-Muslim di Malaysia terus-menerus digugat.

Pada kondisi seperti ini, harusnya kaum Melayu menyadari tantangan besar yang mereka hadapi di Malaysia. Jumlah mereka yang hanya sekitar 55 persen dari seluruh penduduk Malaysia seharusnya membuka mata dan hati mereka untuk tidak bertikai satu sama lain. Mereka adalah Muslim.

Dan mereka akan senantiasa dilihat dan diperlakukan sebagai Muslim. Apapun partai politik mereka. Kaum Melayu di Malaysia harusnya bisa belajar dari sejarah, bagaimana hancurnya kekuatan Muslim di Andalusia yang salah satu faktor utamanya adalah perpecahan di antara mereka.

Sejumlah penguasa lebih senang bersekutu dengan kaum Kristen untuk memerangi sesama Muslim. Akibatnya, ketika secara total Andalusia jatuh ke tangan kaum Kristen pada tahun 1492, maka semua Muslim, tanpa pandang bulu diberi ultimatum untuk masuk Kristen, pergi meninggalkan Andalusia, atau dijatuhi hukuman mati.

Yang juga memilukan adalah soal hubungan kaum Melayu dan Muslim di Indonesia. Secara umum, rasa persaudaraan itu terasa menyedihkan.

Banyak kaum Melayu di Malaysia yang belum mengenal Indonesia dengan baik dan sama sekali tidak merasa sebagai bagian dari saudaranya sesama Muslim. Dari segi bahasa, terjadi kesenjangan yang semakin menjauh antara bahasa Indonesia dengan bahasa Malaysia.

Padahal, potensi Muslim Indonesia yang sekitar 170 juta jiwa sangatlah besar. Seharusnya, pemerintah Indonesia dan Malaysia mengedepankan semangat ke-Islaman dan ke-Melayuan dalam segala urusan antara kedua negara, seperti penanganan masalah TKI dan sebagainya.

Potensi kaum Muslim di wilayah Melayu Nusantara yang jumlahnya sekitar 200 juta jiwa ini perlu ditata dan digalang untuk menghasilkan sebuah bangunan peradaban Melayu yang tinggi dan agung.

Bagi kita, kaum Muslim di Indonesia, perdebatan tentang negara sekular atau negara Islam di Malaysia itu bisa menjadi pelajaran berharga. Dalam sejarah Indonesia, hingga kini, perdebatan tentang identitas nasional Indonesia, masih belum tuntas. Ada tiga peradaban yang berpengaruh dalam perumusan identitas nasional, yaitu peradaban Islam, peradaban Hindu, dan peradaban Barat. Meskipun bahasa Indonesia yang berasal dari bahasa Melayu telah dijadikan sebagai bahasa nasional, tetapi banyak istilah-istilah Sansekerta yang ditetapkan dalam kehidupan berbangsa dan bernegara, seperti Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Tut Wuri Handayani, dan sebagainya.

Jauh sebelum kemerdekaan, para tokoh Islam telah mengusulkan suatu bentuk negara agama (bukan teokrasi); di mana Islam ditempatkan sebagai dasar negara; setidaknya Islam menjadi agama resmi negara.

Pihak lain, yang dikenal sebagai golongan nasionalis-sekular menolak usulan itu. Pihak Komunis dan minoritas lainnya, tidak secara resmi mengemukakan pandangan dan pendiriannya. Akhirnya, setelah melalui perdebatan yang sangat keras, pada 22 Juni 1945, disepakatilah rumusan Dasar Negara Indonesia yang kemudian dikenal dengan nama “Piagam Jakarta”.

Salah satu isinya yang penting adalah poin pertama dari Pancasila yang berbunyi: “Ketuhanan, dengan kewajiban menjalankan syariat Islam bagi pemeluk-pemeluknya. ”

Kita tahu, Piagam Jakarta itu kemudian juga digagalkan pada 18 Agustus 1945. Toh, para tokoh Islam tidak pernah menyerah untuk memperjuangkan Islam dan meyakinkan seluruh kaum Muslim Indonesia, khususnya para elitenya, untuk memahami dan menerima Islam sebagai pandangan hidup mereka. Berbagai jalan dakwah senantiasa ditempuh, apakah melalui jalan politik, pendidikan, dan sebagainya.

Dakwah senantiasa berjalan di negeri ini. Secara politik dan budaya telah banyak perubahan yang dicapai. Jika jilbab dulu dianggap sebagai barang haram di negeri ini, sekarang sudah begitu meluas penggunaannya di kalangan pejabat dan masyarakat umumnya. Banyak perundang-undangan yang secara tegas atau tersamar mengadopsi syariat Islam.

Dakwah adalah proses perjuangan yang terus menerus menuju pada kejayaan Islam. Para pejuang Islam dari dulu yakin, bahwa untuk menjadi umat dan bangsa yang mulia, mereka harus menjadikan Islam sebagai pedoman hidup mereka. Umat Islam memang harusnya menjadi umat yang mulia, khairu ummah, yang ciri-cirinya adalah aktif melakukan amar ma’ruf nahi munkar kepada umat manusia, dan beriman teguh kepada Allah (QS Ali Imran:110). Sebagai Muslim, kita yakin, bahwa kita akan menjadi hina, dunia dan akhirat, jika kita meninggalkan ajaran Islam.

“Wahai orang-orang yang beriman, barangsiapa yang murtad dari agama Allah, maka kelak Allah akan mendatangkan suatu kaum, yang Allah mencintai mereka, dan merkapun mencintai Allah, mereka berkasih sayang kepada orang-orang mukmin, dan tidak menghinakan diri kepada orang-orang kafir, mereka berjihad di jalan Allah, dan mereka tidak takut pada celaan orang-orang yang suka mencela.” (QS al-Maidah:54)

Karena itu, sebagai Muslim kita yakin, bahwa jika umat Islam Indonesia ingin menjadi bangsa besar yang disegani dunia, maka para elite negeri ini perlu membuat sebuah keputusan berani untuk mengambil Islam sebagai asas bengunan peradaban Indonesia di masa depan. Peradaban Islam yang telah ratusan tahun bertapak di wilayah Nusantara ini perlu diaktualkan kembali sesuai dengan watak dasar peradaban Islam yang sangat menghargai tradisi ilmu.

Sumber: Berita ABIM