Maszlee Malik, PhD (Durham), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Musa Mohd Nordin, FRCP (Edinburgh), Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
In todays enlightened age of democracy, it is rather unfortunate that when the term ‘Islamic political thought’ is raised, one is often confronted with two polarized and contradicting points of view. The Muslim apologists will unreservedly disconnect any form of relationship between Islam and politics, which they consider as part of the secular public sphere. Islam is perceived as a mere set of theological arguments and rituals akin to other beliefs and must be distanced from worldly politics. On the other extreme, there exist a Muslim body politic, obsessed with the traditional and conservative interpretation of the holy texts, and relentlessly confining the notion of Islamic politics within the limited boundary of hudud, wilayatul faqih (rules of the clerics) or the re-establishment of the global Islamic caliphate (Khalifah).
Many have failed to understand, Muslims included, the ethical and moral dimensions of the term ‘Islamic politics’ from the holistic and all encompassing concept of Maqasid al-Shariah or the highest objectives of Shariah. As the true … [Read more]
August 13, 2012
By Dzulkefly Ahmad (TMI)
Hudud is a deeply complex legal subject, and of late has become a divisive issue. Both PAS and DAP at different ends of the political spectrum have often and will continue to lock horns over this. Indeed, it remains one of the major stumbling blocks for the Pakatan coalition not to mention, the nation as a whole.
The Barisan Nasional also suffers from the same tensions. Only recently, an Umno State assemblyman from Johor, mooted the idea of implementing hudud enforceable on all, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Needless to say, this provoked a dramatic response from the MCA.
The proposal elicited a shock wave across the entire nation. This emotive subject promptly attracted disparate groups from all political persuasions and religious divides to unsheathe swords in an endless bickering to outwit one another.
I now submit that the hudud issue should no longer be used nor abused as a ‘political capital’ in political contestation.
Hudud should be heralded as a bi-partisan agenda to be responsibly and judiciously debated at all levels of society and finally be addressed by a democratic legislative process, … [Read more]
Over 70 civil society organisations today called upon Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to take action against political hooliganism mushrooming in the country, or stand accused of condoning such violence and being in bed with its thuggish perpetrators.
“If the political violence continues due to the alleged impunity granted by the police, the PM will be perceived as being complicit in these acts of violence and intimidation,” said the groups in a joint statement read out at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
The groups came forward to express their alarm that the worrisome trend of “contrived violence”, which they believe is being engineered to suppress free democratic discourse and political choice in the run-up to the 13th general election.
Such political intimidation and violence, the groups claim, will undermine the very fabric of society and its freedoms if left unchecked.
They pointed to the attacks on ceramah held by NGO Asalkan Bukan Umno and during the political speeches by PKR leaders Nurul Izzah Anwar and her father Anwar Ibrahim, as signs of the worrying trend.
They … [Read more]
Dr Maszlee Malik PhD (Durham)
Dr Musa Mohd Nordin FRCP (Edinburgh)
It is rather surprising that the Western media started to call Ennahda party in Tunisia as a ‘moderate Islamist party’. The same label has been used to describe the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, to differentiate them from the ‘radical’ Salafi parties. It was not the case a couple of years ago and unimaginable by many considering we are just ten years post-911; the tragic bombing of the WTC in New York. ‘Moderate’ Islamists appears to be a new jargon to describe the ‘not so bad’ Muslim guys who were previously designated with a plethora of Islamphobic labels by the same media which included among others ‘the radical Islamists’, ‘extremist banned group’, “radical Islamic fundamentalist”, “jihadist militants” etc.
Finally, there is now hope that the many self proclaimed political Islam experts in the western media would awaken to the fact that the term ‘Islamist’ is not a monolithic one. It is most unfortunate that J.L. Esposito’s piece, ‘Islamic threat: Myth or Reality’ was never given much attention to many to better understand this phenomenon. Esposito’s thoughts might be seen as an outlier when contrasted against the tsunami of islamphobic writings published post-911. However, … [Read more]
27 December 2011 / 2 Safar 1433
Today marks three years since the three week Operation Cast Lead bombardment of Gaza from 27 Dec 2008 to 19 Jan 2009. The perennial, illegitimate and inhumane blockade has led to progressive isolation and deprivation of the Gaza Strip and restricted access to essential items vital for “normal existence”, making the daily process of living extremely difficult. Its people die slowly, its children are malnourished, an alarming 66% of its 9-12 months old and 35% of pregnant women are anemic, its water contaminated, 80% of its people is dependent on UN Food Aid and the youth unemployment rate a soaring 65%.
The Gaza invasion is yet one more tragic story in a long, sad tragedy that has befallen a people whose story has been denied and distorted. The people of Gaza have become destitutes in their homeland, more so the women and children. The current situation has been described as a crisis of human dignity. The dehumanization of the Palestinians of Gaza continues unabated. But we will not forget.
Viva Palestina Malaysia’s 14 man team as part of the Viva Palestina 5 convoy of 380 volunteers from 30 countries driving 147 vehicles carrying humanitarian aid … [Read more]
3. Substances and actions that nullify the fasting
According to the Quran and the authentic Sunnah of the prophet (pbuh) three
actions nullify fasting: eating, drinking and sexual intercourse. Therefore,
the passing of any solid or liquid sybstance that can be described as food
or drink, in any quantity through the gullet would nullify fasting. Accord
ingly, the p.articipants agreed unanimously that the following do not
1. Eye and ear drops, and ear wash.
2. Nitroglycerine tablets placed under the tongue for the treatment of
3. Insertion into the vagina of pessaries, medical ovules, vaginal washes,
vaginal speculum, and doctor’s or midwife’s fingers during pelvic
4. Insertion of the urethroscope into man or woman radio-opaque media for
X-ray diagnosis or bladder irrigation.
5. Tooth drilling, extraction, cleaning or the use of mis-wak and
toothbursh, provided nothing is swallowed into the stomach, do not nullify
6. Injections through the skin or muscle or joints or veins, with the
exception ofintravenous feeding.
7 .Blood donation or receiving blood transfusion.
8. Oxygen and anaesthetic gases.
9. All substances absorbed into the body through the skin, such as creams,
ointments, and medicated plaster.
10 .Drawing blood samples for laboratory testing.
11 .Catheter and media for arteriography of … [Read more]
Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa
Courtesy of harakahdaily.net/en
What is perhaps clear to the perceptive minds of many rational thinking Muslims is that the challenge facing Muslims currently is not merely one of reformulating democratic principles in an Islamic idiom, but also of reforming and adapting Islam’s ethical and legal percept to the practice of democracy.
About a century ago, prospects appeared fairly hopeful that Islam would find a way to devise a system between faith and modernity.
Great theologians such as Muhammad Abduh (left) argued that while certain aspects of … [Read more]
Coca-Cola has been a supporter of Israel since 1966. There have even been a number of recent events to show their … [Read more]
Dato’ Dr. Musa Mohd. Nordin FRCP, FAMM
Adjunct Prof. of Paediatrics
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
During the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, often described as the most devastating epidemic in recorded history, 1 in 5 person was infected and an estimated 50 million lives were lost (1). The disease was so widespread and pervasive that even the children had a tune which they skipped rope to: I had a little bird, its name was Enza, I opened the window and In-Flu-Enza.
Past pandemics and the seasonal influenza have always placed children, especially those less than two years old at increased risk of influenza related morbidity and mortality. Analysis of 7,706 confirmed cases of the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) from 28 countries in the European Union up to 6 June 2009, showed that 54% of the cases occurred in children and young adults under 20 years of age (22 % in children under 10 years) (2). A report of 642 confirmed cases of Influenza A ( H1N1) in the USA showed that 60% of cases were in the paediatric population less than 18 years (20% in under 10 year olds) (3).
This may suggest that the younger population are more biologically susceptible to the virus … [Read more]