During the barbaric incident of Memali, I was still a toddler. A two years and 10 months old toddler who didn't know anything except nagging to my mom. I've never learn much about Memali until several years later when I started reading Harakah newspaper that my dad always brought home. Memali and Allahyarham Ustaz Ibrahim Libya were mentioned a lot of times in Harakah over the years. It feels like people are afraid that they will forget about one of the blackest days for this country, so that they have to mention it from time to time. And yes, we should never forget Memali and the conflict of principles it stands for.
In the last post, I put touched the issue of Palestine. Memali, is a scaled-down version of Palestine. Our own Palestine. Except that their land was not taken and the was no western support (maybe there is, who knows?) for the oppressors, what happened in Memali is a miniature replay of daily Palestine. They stand up against a mounting Goliath who wants nothing else but to capture or kill them.
Let us revisit this by putting pieces of Memali mentioned in other places:
"Tanggal 19 Nov 1985, Kg. Memali, Mukim Siong, Baling, Negeri Kedah Darul Aman di bumi Malaysia menjadi saksi satu tragedi yang sangat dahsyat dalam sejarah tanah air. Lebih 3000 anggota keselamatan dihantar oleh pihak pemerintah daripada regim Barisan Nasional untuk melakukan aksi penangkapan ke atas seorang tokoh ulama’ yang bersama di dalam Gerakan Islam di Malaysia iaitu Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS)."
- Suara Anak Memali
"The Memali Massacre was a major incident that occurred in the remote village of Memali, Baling in the Malaysian state of Kedah on 19 November 1985."
"The police action left 14 civilians and 4 policemen dead. The villagers were armed with a few hunting rifles and spears and other rudimentary weapons. The police used heavy vehicles. At the height of the assault, some villagers, men and women, came out in the open in a state of frenzy and hysteria. In an announcement in the media, Acting Prime Minister Musa Hitam (Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was away on a visit toChina), who was also Home Affairs Minister announced that 14 'criminals' had been killed in Kampung Memali in clashes with security forces."
"Satu majlis keraian telah diadakan di dataran terbuka Kem PPH . Minuman keras telah sengaja dihidangkan kepada para anggota keselamatan yang terlibat dalam operasi . Namun ada sebahagian daripada anggota PPH tidak menyentuh minuman tersebu"
- Laman Tinta Dakwah
"The people of Memali did not merely fight against plainclothes policemen or baton-wielding thugs, as is presently the case in Malaysia's reformasi protests. They confronted live bullets fired from M-16 rifles, and armoured vehicles deployed by prime minister Mahathir Mohamed, who is also the minister of home affairs. And for that, they paid with their lives."
"Memali is proof that the New Economic Policy doesn’t benefit the forgotten people of Malaysia. It is testimony that the politics of hatred, much more when the hatred is based on religious differences, would soon terminate in a colossal debacle. Memali is also about a government which had lost its plot, which had no idea how to deal with oppositions in a proper and democratic manner, in an area where it lacked clear ideals and plans. Never in the history of independent Malaysia has the might of physical power been so nonchalantly and casually executed on the helpless and weak. At the very least, the usage of brute power against the villagers was reckless, if not downright wrongful and illegal."
- Mahas, from Mesra.net
"Is the Mamali massacre another means of diverting the people's attention from the greatest day-light "robbery" in Malaysian history? Billions of public funds were lost and an honest man was murdered, yet the government was all hush-hush and lenient that the BMF matter is still an open affair with no end in sight."
- web aNtu
"Kalau UMNO (Baru) ada batu, kenapa Kes Memali ini tidak dibuka semula di mahkamah, sehinggakan terpaksa membuat fitnah tentang Tabung Memali yang diusahakan oleh PAS telah diseleweng. Jika benar ianya diseleweng, masukkan sekali kes ini ke mahkamah sekali."
"Malaysia pun bunuh orang Melayu yang duduk dalam pondok di Memali. Tak pula orang Melayu marah pun sehingga kini."
"Dengan mengungkit kembali kisah Memali, membuatkan rakyat semua ingin tahu perkara sebenar yang telah berlaku."
Okay, maybe that's enough. if you want more, just ask 'Uncle Google' and you'll find tons of them.
Let this video be the singing fat lady of the post:
Talking about Palestine might not seem special anymore. Every good Muslim will show some concern when someone mentioned Palestine. So i decided not to talk about what happened, and still happening, in that Holy Land of the Prophets. We all know the stories. We've all cried and prayed for Palestine and her mujahideen. We've admired her syuhada'. I just want to put some pictures to remind myself that while i'm here in the comfort of my bed with my laptop, there are my brothers and sisters, my uncles and aunties, my nephews and nieces in Palestine whose only hope is to survive the day and live with a human dignity.
p/s- This post is specially dedicated to my dear brother, Nidhal Odeh, from Palestine. He is from West Bank and have been living in Malaysia for several years, until he recently moved to Australia to continue his PhD. All the best to him, may one day Allah will let us meet again, in Aqsa. amiin
- Ariff Abdullah
I had a chance, last night, to chat with a good fellow from somewhere in the world (I forgot to ask which country he is from). It started with a normal talk, so I will filter that part out, leaving just the the one related to the topic today.
(around half an hour into conversation...)
Him: so I guess u r a xtian?
Me: no, m a Mslim actually
Him: owh.. i c
Him: do u knw dat xtians actually believed dat a man was swallowed by a whale n survived to tell d story?
Him: isn't dat absurd?
Me: dat is d story o Jonah. we mslims believe in dat as well, xcept in Qur'an Jonah was called Yunus... peace be upon him
Him: u did? y? it's x logical at all
Me: mind if im askin', what do u believe in?
Him: kind o... i think i can say so
Him: i read his book. 'twas a good one. u should read it too
Me: tq, i already did, fews years ago. yes, i agree it was a good book
Him: back 2 questn, how come u believe in dat story?
Me: Yunus' story? y x?
Him: i mean, there's no species o whales dat can swallow a human
Him: let alone having that guy survived n came back alive
Me: how do u know such a species doesnt exist?
Him: i read marine biology books etc
Me: n u assume those books contain everything?
Him: x evrythin, but good enuff
Me: may i ask 1 questn?
Me: how long has it been since Yunus walked on dis earth?
Him: no idea, millions o years, mayb...
Me: then, it's completely logical frm ur viewpoint isnt it?
Him: wat is?
Me: if the whale during the time o Yunus evolved into modern whale...
Him: n u r implying?
Me: at dat time, there was a species o whale dat can swallow a human n let him survive
Me: dat species evolved into somethin new, or just became extinct
Me: so d story is logical, even frm ur point o view
Him: But can u prove ur point?
Me: provin how?
Him: is there any fossil o such a species?
Me: no, but the same goes to ur missing link theory, am i right?
Him: missing link will b uncovered soon, geologists and biologists around d world r workin on it
Me: since 1 1/2 century ago, if i may reinstate d history
Me: plus, d missing link should consists of millions of species. none o them r found yet
Me: n here, u r askin me bout just ONE species of whale
Me: rn't u contradictin urself?
Him: ok, so u believe dat d whale of Yunus has evolved?
Me: no, x really
Him: then what r you tryin 2 convince me of?
Me: m just tryin to tell u dat d story is x illogical
Me: mslims n xtians believed in dat story by our own reasoning
Me: u can believe by ur own, evolution dat is
Me: remember d last chaptr in Origin of Species?
Him: what is in d last chaptr?
Him: i dnt remmber
Me: go and read, n u'll knw what i meant
One day Allah's Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I placed my trust in Allah." At that, the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "Tie your camel and place your trust in Allah" - Tirmidhi
Tawakkal is one of the most abused concept in Islam. Every now and then, there will always be a Muslim saying "I placed my tawakkal in Allah, let just hope for the best outcome". Since tawakkal is that easy, maybe we all should go back home and lie on the bed the whole day, hoping that somehow we will get through the life.
Yes, Allah can do that if He wants to, but why would He? He created us, and told us that life is a test. Work your hardest for the success, pray to Him, and then place the trust in Him.
Life is a struggle, and death is the time to take a rest, wallahu'alam
One SMS that I just received from HarakahDaily:
"Untuk elakkan pilihan raya kecil diadakan lagi pada masa akan datang, pengerusi SPR, Abdul Aziz cadangkan parti politik letakkan calon yg sihat - HRKH"
"To avoid another by-election in the future, EC chairman, Abdul Aziz suggested that political parties to have healthy candidate - HRKH"
Can somebody please tell me what's wrong with this message?
Life and death, is something only God has the power on. Unless the cause of death is confined in the scope of illness and health problem, nobody, absolutely nobody can say that a healthy person will live longer than a person carrying some sickness.
Healthy people die everyday. Accidents, crimes, natural disasters, technological failures and a lot of other reasons are out there that can erase the gap between us and the next world. Health problem is only one of many ways to die. And for Muslims, we all believe that the time of death has been determined long time ago. There's no way of avoiding it. It is just how we're going to die that will be different. It's something we can change. At least we can work for it.
All these causes are just reasons so that we're not living in fear. Allah knows that if He doesn't create reasons for us to die, we would never be able to live as we are today. Try to imagine, if everytime someone is dying, he just drop dead at the very moment without any particular sign or reason. Wouldn't that makes us scared? Every seconds we'll be thinking "maybe I'm next...". That is just human trait, isn't it?
Akhirul qalam, may Allah blessed you, and me, with husnul khatimah... amiin, ya Rabbal alamiin...
Racism has always been a problem in this country of ours. No matter how hard we try to portray an opposite picture to this ugly scene, the disease is always there, stinking to the core. Championed by the worse half of Malaysian political figures, which unfortunately are also the ones still in power until today, the rotten issue of racism has rot even more under the neatly applied cosmetics.
One rare politician from PAS, TG Nik Abdul Aziz once said (reworded from my weak memory), which goes more or less like this: "It is not fair to discriminate someone based on what they are not given an option of choosing". This statement is very true. Race is not something that we signed up for, it is something that Allah has given us, just like He gave us our gender, our parents, our place of birth etc. Race is not like an occupation where we have the freedom to be whatever we want to be. I can choose to be a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer or anything else, but I can't choose whether to be a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak, Kadazan, Orang Asli, Murut, Bajau, Serani, Siam or any other so-called Malaysian races.
Then again, what about religion? Religion is definitely something we can choose on our own. Truly, there are times or conditions where this freedom is not one hundred percent true, but the limit is only on the physical facade to freedom. Back in time when Islam is still early, many Muslims openly said that they believe in the pagan Arabs' faith to avoid the hellish torture being force onto Muslims at that time. But the Prophet (peace be upon him) assured them that as long as in their heart, they believe in the Oneness of God, insya Allah, they will be forgiven. This is just a matter of masquerading your belief. Not something that I would say we should do, but it is allowed when you know your life is in real danger. And the real faith that is residing in our heart is completely our freedom to choose.
So, can we discriminate based on religion? A rhetoric question, I would say. If anyone say that we can discriminate based on religion, please show me which religion teaches this discrimination? But, to avoid confusion, Islam Hadhari is not a valid answer.
Coming back to the real topic, so why is racism still there? What do we have to breathe this sickening air of racism if we all say that we never want it around?
What should we do to really cleanse ourselves from racism? Where should we start?
Do we really understand the importance of getting rid of this clinging cancer from our lives?
I only have questions, but you, my friends, have to answer it for yourselves.
Sit and sleep on it... maybe you will find the answers, insya Allah
Alhamdulillah, after long time, I was able to started this blog again. It was a hard time updating multiple blogs, and it was harder when i decided one by one they will all go into a halt. I remember this particular blog is the very first that i left before.
here's the order of my blogs went down:
while 'laugh' and 'design' were left unattended, 'fold' was left with all posts deleted. 'salam' and 'vision' were the worst case, due to some unfortunate circumstances, i totally deleted this two blogs.
but now, it's up again :)
I'll be back with more