Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Conduct Unbecoming of a Mualim

Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Aziz said at a ceramah in Kampung Laloh, Kuala Krai, "Umno is a deviant group, similar to Ayah Pin. UMNO and communists are the same. UMNO is a socialist party because they reject Islam. UMNO is a Malay party but not an Islamic party." (see http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/Frontpage/2589532/Article/index_html)
This is exactly the kind of holier-than-thou attitude that I find despicable and unbecoming of a mualim (Islamic scholar) of Nik Aziz's stature. I reject his proclamations that UMNO is not Islamic because of his extremist view of equating UMNO to Ayah Pin.
At the end of the day, UMNO is made up of Muslims who have a different opinion on the administration of Islamic Criminal Laws, not kafirs (non-believers or non-Muslims) as alleged by Nik Aziz.
Calling itself PARTY ISLAM does not make PAS Islamic, Nik Aziz's foul mouth being a prime example of this.
The success of PAS in legislating Islamic Laws of Crime and Punishment does not make PAS Islamic all by itself, especially when Malaysia is not ready for it. Nor does the sloganeering of Hudud make PAS Islamic.
PAS will not get my vote come the next general elections or for any other election for as long as it holds on to its extremist viewpoints.
Pot calling kettle black! Extremism is a form of deviant behaviour.
What a crying shame.
Addendum: Nik Aziz is a hair's breadth away from proclaiming UMNO members and supporters kafir (non-Muslims) but has refrained from actually using the word.
PAS has gone down this path before but has learnt that the backlash would only serve to undermine its political influence. After all, PAS cannot afford to alienate the majority of Malay Muslims who support UMNO if its aim to form the next Federal Government is to be achieved.
Even more twisted is PAS' Machiavellian pact with DAP, which is avowedly against the implementation of Islamic Criminal Law. PAS' so-called Pakatan Rakyat with DAP and PKR is nothing but a 'marriage of convenience' based on nothing more than 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'.
Ironically, PAS deems it permissible to be in bed with a political party like DAP, which is avowedly against Allah's Had (legal limits) pertaining to crime and punishment, but deems it not permissible to even be in talks on uniting the Muslim ummah (community) with a Muslim dominated UMNO that doesn't reject Hudud outright.
This is how confused and twisted PAS has become. Don't let the white turbans and skull caps fool you into thinking that PAS' politicking is truly based on Islamic religiosity.
Right now, PAS is farthest from being the Islamic party that it proclaims itself to be.

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