Malaysian Night (3)


The Muslims in Nizhniy Novgorod are now in dilemma. They were informed that Malaysian Night (MN) is maksiat. So, should I boycott MN or not? To tackle this issue, expressing my liberal views (as someone labeled) will only create resentment. To get into the conservative minds of most Malay Muslims (nothing wrong with that though), I have to go conservative too…

Conservative is beautiful. Liberal is beautiful. That’s what makes this world so exciting to live in. This is me talking conservative. So read up.

Some people keep repeating that the Islamic rulings are for Muslims only, so non-Muslims will not be affected by such rulings. That is excellent and crystal clear! Meaning, the non-Muslims can do as much maksiat as they want, but the Muslims will simply sit back as they are restricted by Islamic rulings. If MN this year comes with alcohol, it is still fine as long as the Muslims do not drink any. Ngengengengenge………..

Okay okay, not too sarcastic. More conservative… more conservative…

 

With pure and good intentions, our young passionate Muslims are fighting to live up their lives according to Islamic guidelines. That is honorable and commendable. And they urge the other Muslims to follow suit. That is more honorable and more commendable. Amar makruf nahi mungkar (enjoining good and avoiding wrongdoing), as they say.

Dari Abi Sa’id al-Khudri r.a. ia mengatakan, ‘Aku mendengar Rasulullah saw. bersabda, ‘Siapa di antara kalian yang melihat kemungkaran maka ia harus mengubahnya dengan tangannya. Jika ia tidak mampu maka ia harus mengubahnya dengan lidahnya. Jika ia tidak mampu maka ia harus mengubahnya dengan hatinya. Dan itu adalah selemah-lemah iman.’” (H.R. Muslim)

But I guess what they teach in school about dakwah, amar makruf nahi mungkar is not enough. They were taught to nahi mungkar @ cegah kemungkaran @ avoiding wrongdoing right there and then. While that is right for small cases, they are not trained to see things in a bigger picture.

I happen to be the student of Dr. Abdul Hayei Abdul Shukor, an ex Professor in Akademi Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya and (ex)- committee member of Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan. He taught me the interpretation of the Quran in a very amazing way. I am not here to reteach everybody the Quran interpretation, but here is what I remembered what he said about dakwah.

 

Sometimes, for a proselytizer (pendakwah), it is best to keep quiet with the wait-and-see attitude rather than creating division among people. This is best portrayed when prophet Musa (Moses) seized prophet Harun (Aaron) by the beard and the head when prophet Musa discovered that prophet Harun did not stop the Children of Israel from going astray:

[Musa (Moses)] said: “O Harun (Aaron)! What prevented you when you saw them going astray;

“That you followed me not (according to my advice to you)? Have you disobeyed my order?”

He [Harun (Aaron)] said: “O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard, nor by my head! Verily, I feared lest you should say: ‘You have caused division among the Children of Israel, and you have not respected my word!”

Check that out in Surah Ta-Ha, 92-94.

 

Even the prophet was afraid of creating division among the people! Yes, when something is wrong we should speak up. But not when there’s a good chance that might create division.

 

Back to MN. Calling for Muslims to boycott MN is totally going to create division among Malaysians; between Malays and non-Malays, between Muslims and non-Muslims, between conservatives and non-conservatives.

To say that MN is all-maksiat is also untrue. There are many other nights in the weekends maksiat can take place. For all we know, MN could’ve prevented the maksiat from happening with a lot of people gathering around socializing, make new friends and strengthen the old ties, understanding one’s culture, eating the good (or crappy) food together, making the cold Russian winter warmer with the presence of true friends.

So, I look MN beyond the maksiat. But if people say that some of the stuffs in MN are un-Islamic and need adjustments, I respect that. But to call for boycott of MN will cause a big division in our society. And making a big division in our Malaysian society is a lot more sinful than any maksiat MN could’ve caused.

 

With due respect to my fellow Muslims in Nizhniy Novgorod, I am calling for understanding the basics of dakwah. I am calling the boycott of MN to cease. I am calling for mutual respect of one another. Let the non-Muslims ask whatever they want to know about Islam, even in a provocative manner, and we answer with a sweet smile… “Jangan masuk campur hal orang Islam” is certainly not the best way to react.

For the non-Muslims, thank you for reading up to this point understanding the Muslims’ minds. For the liberals, please be open-minded that conservative people are people too, and that they exist in our society.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

Wassalam.

19 thoughts on “Malaysian Night (3)

  1. Thank you Faiz, for the explanation and reminder.

    Pendekatan wait-and-see telahpun diambil sejak dari dahulu, dari tahun lepas dan tahun-tahun sebelumnya oleh mereka-mereka yang terlebih dahulu daripada kami.

    Atas dasar itulah, Faizal merasakan perlunya kepada dia menyuarakan sesuatu yang tidak kena. Ya, caranya tidak dapat diterima oleh kebanyakan orang, oleh sebab itu saya tampil dengan cara yang lebih baik, inshaAllah.

    Disini, saya mengisytiharkan pendirian saya, bahawa bukanlah BOIKOT Malaysian Night secara membuta tuli yang menjadi tujuan/objektif utama saya. Sebaliknya, kami menggesa supaya sesuatu diambil tindakan, supaya menjadikan Malaysian Night ini suatu majlis yang terhindar dari perkara-perkara yang menjadikannya tidak dibolehkan disisi Islam.

    BOIKOT hanyalah apabila sesuatu tidak diambil tindakan. BOIKOT hanyalah apabila tiada cara lain lagi.

    Dan saya lihat masih ada banyak ruang peningkatan dalam majlis-majlis yang dianjurkan, sama ada oleh MSA, PPIM, mahupun oleh organisasi-organisasi tertentu di sini.

    Kepada Muslim, mahu pergi atau tidak adalah pilihan individu masing-masing. Tugas saya hanyalah menyampaikan kefahaman. Roomate saya adalah seorang first year, dan saya sama sekali tidak pernah memberitahu kepadanya “Jangan pergi Malaysian Night.”.

  2. As excerpted from the post in my blog:

    So, boleh tak pergi ni???

    Boleh! Asalkan semua syarat di atas dipatuhi oleh semua pihak! Itu hitam-putihnya. Islam sama sekali tidak melarang dalam berhibur, tetapi dengan syarat, dan syaratnya adalah seperti yang aku nyatakan secara ringkas di atas. Kalau syarat itu tidak dipenuhi, maka usahlah hadir – simple kan? Aku sendiri memberi jaminan, kalau syarat tu dipenuhi, aku sendiri pun akan hadir!

  3. u’re so good of explaining things. i mean, this is exactly what most of non-conservative muslims think regarding this suddenly-so-popular-malaysian-night issues but when they try to express their thoughts, they ended up labelled as being not religious enough or whatsoever.

    a friend of mine was accused for ‘berjuang utk non-muslim’ for expressing hers.

    thumbs up!😉

  4. u’re so good of explaining things. i mean, this is exactly what most of non-conservative muslims think regarding this suddenly-so-popular-malaysian-night issues but when they try to express their thoughts, they ended up labelled as being not religious enough or whatsoever.

    a friend of mine was accused for ‘berjuang utk non-muslim’ for expressing hers.

    thumbs up!😉

  5. “And making a big division in our Malaysian society is a lot more sinful than any maksiat MN could’ve caused.”

    “Let the non-Muslims ask whatever they want to know about Islam, even in a provocative manner, and we answer with a sweet smile… “Jangan masuk campur hal orang Islam” is certainly not the best way to react. ”

    Saya setuju.

    Sekian terima kasih.

    I think pasal boycott itu bukan dibangkitkan oleh Leokid. Kan?

    Hopefully people lebih faham sekarang lepas diterangkan oleh Faiz disini. Good explanation I think.

    All the best to you Faiz!!!! *kasi support siket*
    😉

  6. Assalamualaikum faiz najmi…

    aku mintak maaf sebab menyibuk dari Moscow, tapi aku rasakan menjadi tanggungjawab aku sebagai Muslim untuk memberikan pendapat yang mungkin silap tapi mungkin betul juga.

    Faiz, ko kena faham kenapa dan apa yang membuatkan Nabi Musa a.s bertindak begitu. Kalau ada sebab kenapa beliau taknak sebabkan perpecahan, jelaskan dengan baik. Aku yakin ada sebabnya tindakan itu dan ada kena mengena dengan strategi dakwah beliau. Tafsir Al Quran tidak boleh dibuat dengan literal dan ikut suka paham kita. Jelaskanlah dengan betul2 apa yang ko faham dari Prof Hayei Abdul Shukor tu, adakah kita tak nak buat dakwah sebab takutkan perpecahan? Kalau begitu, dakwah mcm mana yang tak sebabkan perpecahan tu? Boleh tunjukkan contoh dakwah yang tak sebabkan perpecahan itu? Ada ko buat dakwah yang macam tu? Ataupun semata2 sebab nak memelihara unity, tak payah buat dakwah langsung?

    Mungkin pihak2 yang menegur ada kelemahannya dari segi teknik menegur, itu kita terpaksa maafkan, tapi jangan lupa untuk melihat mesej yang disampaikan.

    Apa2 pun jangan lupa dengan ayat Ali Imran 3:103 yang berbunyi:

    Dan berpegang teguhlah kamu semua dengan tali (agama) Allah, dan janganlah kamu bercerai berai…

    Bersatu padu biar mengikut ajaran Islam, bukannya bersatu padu dulu, agama letak tepi kejap.

    Aku pun insan lemah, aku pun insan hina yang entah2 silap. Kau pun sama. Jangan lupa mintak petunjuk dari Allah. Cuma Allah yang serba tahu semuanya🙂

  7. Oh ya, tertinggal sesuatu. For Muslims:

    Saya harap tiada yang menggunakan artikel Faiz ini untuk justify tindakan/pilihan yang bakal anda ambil.

    As a Muslim, panduan yang telah diberikan kepada kita adalah alQuran dan Sunnah. Apa jua keputusan yang anda buat, mestilah berpandukan kepada 2 benda ini. Pendek kata, fikir betul-betul.

    Persoalan yang ditanya Faiz, “So, should I boycott MN or not?” (saya rephrase sebagai “Should I go to MN or not?”) masih belum terjawab, dan hanya anda sendiri yang boleh menjawabnya. Itu pun jika anda sendiri yang ingin mencari jawapannya.

    Sekian sahaja dari saya. Jika ada sebarang kemusykilan (muslim or non-muslim), boleh tinggalkan komen di blog saya. Kepada Faiz, terima kasih dan minta maaf kerana menjadikan blogmu sebagai gelanggang. =D

    Wassalam.

  8. I feel that we have to respect the religion more then just 1 day of party. I know MN means alot to us and all but if you compare it to a life long study of teachings, it merely means nothing, wouldnt it?

    And also, i do not feel that our friendship bond is weak enough to let MN come between us. So come or not come ,you still are our friends. We still have Chinese New year and you are ALL invited!!!

  9. i guess we as a malay just cant help it.. no matter what we do or how high is our education level we just cant help it to asunder our race as whole. history has taken us long back bt we are still who we were.. shit to all of you.. sorry for my atrocious statements.. ceewahhh atrocious gitu !!!

  10. Muslin or non-muslim, what we need here is more understanding, intergration and respect – MN is one of the ways we express this cultural diversity we have been so proud of as Malaysians.

    We are called to live together, to learn how to practice our own religions and at the same time, live in harmony and mutual respect for each other.

    Thanks for putting up this post. It gives me a more perspective view on the Islamic teachings and assurance that the next time I try to understand Islam – I wont be shunned off to the corner with ” Jangan masuk campur hal orang Islam”. As a Malaysian, I definitely would like to understand and respect my fellow muslim friends.

  11. last week i went see international nite , got dance, nyanyi, break dance, joget2, lompat sana lompat sini, terhibur lah. cant wait our next MN this year. hmm anyway, Malaysian Nite or Nite of Malaysians ??! kaka

  12. Dear friends,

    Many thought this post with a few words of Quran in it is used to justify MN and its maksiat elements. It is not.

    This article is just to prove that the boycott played by some students can cause division and causing division is not part of dakwah.

    Regards.

  13. I happen to read this article from this blog. To whoever wrote it – I commend you for a mature and responsible approach to a difficult situation (calling for a boycott of MN) I agree wholeheartedly with what you said about dakwah and about dividing the ummah as well as Malaysians. It would be such a pity when there are only a few hundred Malaysian students in that community and you all end up unhappy with each other. I think Malaysia Night should go on and you all should support it. If you dont want to have any “maksiat” just draw up a few guidelines like no alcohol, no scanty dresses (can they really wear scanty clothes when temperatures are below 0 degrees celsus?) and so on. If they can’t follow the rulings then they should not be allowed to attend. Anyway you students should not be drinking alcohol -Muslim or non Muslim! By the way I’m not from there and I’m an adult – a much older adult. And I wish you all a good MN. THink of the big picture and dont miss the forest for the trees.

  14. well, i just have to agree with ms.kareena.
    ”no alcohol, no scanty dresses”

    and one more..
    ”such a pity when there are only a few hundred Malaysian students in that community and you all end up unhappy with each other.”

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