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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

To the Malaysian critics of socialism

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Contrary to what some within UMNO say, in particular one Tun Faisal who tweets (repeatedly, like a broken record) that socialism is anti-Islam, socialism is, in fact, quite Islamic.

The real problem is that people like Tun Faisal do not understand what socialism is, but talks as if he does. Challenge him to provide his definition and understanding of socialism (or any other idea he's against), and you'll likely get a big runaround the mulberry bush. Like the true-blue politician that he is.

Well, Walski hopes that Tun Faisal, and the many others who talk out of their depth, will read this piece by Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

Then again, Walski is being very optimistic that there is a cure for terminal headline-only reading...

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There are four schools of thought or mazhab within the Sunni branch of Islam -- Shafiee, Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali. Most Malaysian Muslims are Sunnis of the Shafiee school of thought.
The Maliki school of thought is the second largest of the four schools (approximately 25% of all Muslims -- mostly in North Africa, West Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and in some parts of Saudi Arabia).
Malik ibni Anas, the ‘founder’ of the Maliki school of thought, was an extremely outspoken man -- too outspoken for his own good. He issued decrees or fatwas that forbid the pledging of allegiance to the Caliph Al-Mansur. For this very stubborn stance the Caliph had Malik flogged half to death and threw him into prison.

After a serious attack of conscience, Caliph Al-Mansur released Malik from prison and apologised to him. The Caliph also offered Malik compensation in the form of money and residency in Baghdad. Malik, however, declined the Caliph’s offer and remained in Mekah where he continued with what, today, would be considered as his radical and anti-Monarchy teachings.

Some years later, Harun al-Rashid, the new Caliph, summoned Malik to visit him while the former was performing the haj in Mekah (in Malay this is called titah mengadap or summoned for an audience). Malik, however, refused to do so. Instead, he invited the newly installed Caliph to attend his class to listen to his lectures, which the Caliph did.

That is the very short story about one of the four Imams of Sunni Islam.

And why am I telling this story to what can be considered a large non-Muslim readership of Malaysia Today? Simple. Islam is the religion of the Federation, according to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. So you should know a bit about Islam and Islamic history so that the scumbags and slime-balls in the government will not be able to con you.

Secondly, of course, is because many Malay-Muslims themselves do not know their Islamic history. So they make stupid statements that are so embarrassing it makes me ashamed to admit that I am also Malay-Muslim. So they too need educating to stop them from opening their mouths and putting their feet into it.

Now, relate that to present day Malaysia. If Imam Malik, one of the four Imams of Sunni Islam, was still alive today and was living in Malaysia, would he be arrested by the government and charged with ‘waging war against the king’?