I was quite surprised when someone spread the rumors that I am not helping Sathia at all. Well, maybe I didn’t because I have no license as a doctor to operate or something. I made some calls to the deanery, though. When he is with Suvin, he is in good hands. Suvin constantly updates me about putting pressure on hospital administration and insurance company.
Suvin is excused from our meetings about Malaysian Night since he should be taking good care of Sathia.
Sathia will be operated on this coming monday, 10 days after the fall accident. The insurance company is said to be covering the cost of platinum plate which will be inserted into his arm. The titanium plate costs 1000 euros. I do not know how much will the insurance company cover.
Say, if the insurance company does not cover the whole cost, I want to use the MSA money to cover some part of the cost of his surgery to ease some financial burden on his part. Of course we want the insurance company to cover it all.
The problem is – not everyone is paying a humble 200 rubles for MSA membership. They thought the 200 rubles is used only for Malaysian Night. There are many projects which can hopefully upgrade the Malaysian society in Nizhniy needing financial support from MSA. And MSA cannot get financial support if the students won’t pay.
And someone like Sathia should benefit from MSA too. Let’s pray for his speedy recovery.
Fatwa on yoga
I am very surprised that National Fatwa Council (NFC) finally came to ban yoga. The reason being that although yoga, without the chanting and worshipping, is fine in the eyes of Islam, “doing one would lead to another”. Thus it is discouraged (I am still confused whether the NFC bans or discourages yoga).
I am surprised still. Here’s why:
- [Unnecessary sarcasm for NFC deleted]
- Fatwa is only for Muslims. I can agree on that. But when an edict (fatwa) is established that Muslims can’t do this but the non-Muslims can, won’t that further segregate/alienate the Muslims from the non-Muslims? I am not saying that Muslims should eat pork and drink alcohol to be good with the non-Muslim friends, but banning (or discouraging) a relaxing activity like yoga would have a spillover effect to the non-Muslims. Very few practice yoga in this world, but when a Muslim does yoga with his non-Muslim friends and suddenly NFC decided yoga is haram, won’t that be a strain to their social lives?
- Performing prayers five times daily is also a good form of exercise, as NFC said. But we still see people praying five times daily not cured from asthma, hypertension, diabetes etc. Prayers are prayers and they are obligatory (fardhu/wajib) in Islam whether the prayers make us healthy or not. NFC should be wiser when making such statements.
Seriously NFC needs some reform! I am not against Islam, I am just against NFC making big mistakes. If yoga is haram because it can lead to erosion of one’s faith, then everything also can be haram because one thing might lead to another. NFC should be better than this!
Boycotting Malaysian Night
Malaysian Night (MN), as I perceive, is the night of celebration of our uniqueness, where we work together as Malaysians to make this night a success. The plan of MN this year is some performances in the hall and some exhibitions in the 3rd hostel.
I know the hall is small. Some people won’t go because the hall is small. That’s why we make exhibitions too. And these exhibitions should be just as good as the performances (hopefully).
But some people won’t go because Malaysian Night is haraam. The performances are secular and deviate from the true teaching of Islam. MN is maksiat because people dress inappropriately to the party with excessive make-ups and dyeing hair like dogs. MN is maksiat because there is mixing between male and female. MN is maksiat blabla…
Well, maybe one should remember that not going to lectures/practical classes is haraam…
Cheating during tests/exams is haraam…
Excessive entertainments (anime/drama series/movies/DOTA) is haraam…
But I don’t see anyone giving any thoughts on that…
A couple hours of performances would not make MN excessive in entertaining (hiburan melampau). If mixing male and female is haraam, wouldn’t that make open houses and jamuan raya haraam as well? We don’t hear people boycotting open houses tho…
Tak tutup aurat? So tak tutup aurat going to class, is class haram? Tak tutup aurat going to open houses, are open houses haram? Tak tutup aurat when cooking dinner, is cooking dinner haram? Tak tutup aurat during shopping, is shopping haram?
There are many performances that are secular. The movies or series or animes you watch are secular. You don’t seem to want to boycott them. You selectively boycott MN because MN is performing right before your eyes! You selectively boycott MN because you can gain blog popularity! Instead of making people understand Islam, you want to make people understand you!
I respect people’s opinion. I do. But it becomes a problem when they disrespect other people’s opinion, boycotting MN and influencing the others to boycott MN too. It is hard to understand them loudmouths chanting haram haram when they have very little knowledge of Islam and even getting the basics wrong!
It is hard to understand why MN is haram when they cannot establish properly why it is haram. It gets a lot harder when they are emotional. When asked, the answer is – fikir sendirila~
This is a ploy to destroy unity of Malaysians, a ploy to further segregate Muslims from non-Muslims (as if NFC hadn’t done enough). Using Islam as the cover will surely give Muslim like me a bad name. Let us stand united to abolish such elements that can disunite our society!
P/S: To those with ideas and suggestions to make MN better, we welcome them and we shall see what we can do. If you can’t come to the performances, please come to the exhibitions. The cost for MN hall deco is estimated just 1/3 from the past year’s. A nasheed group applied for audition and we’d like to see more Malay songs/dances.