Friday, September 21, 2012
Bila difikirkan, tak mungkin Sam Bacile seorang yang terlalu "buta" dan "tuli". Tak mungkin dia tidak dapat mengagak reaksi ekstrem orang Islam di seluruh dunia, terutama sekali orang Arab, terhadap 'filem'nya, Innocence of Muslim, yang mendapat dana berjuta itu.
Tak mungkin pelakon-pelakon, penulis skrip, pereka set dan semua yang terlibat dengan penggambaran 'filem' itu juga terlalu "buta" hinggakan tidak terfikir langsung akan tercetusnya kemarahan membuak-buak luar kawalan orang Islam yang menjadi majoriti penduduk Bumi.
Mungkin, objektif 'filem' itu hanya berlindung di sebalik slogan "freedom of speech in order to re-educate". Mungkin, yang mereka mahu capai adalah sesuatu yang "lain". Mungkin mereka mahukan "perhatian" dunia terhadap sesuatu yang "lain" itu.
Mungkin, mereka semua sebenarnya sudah dapat mengagak demonstrasi dan respon ekstrem akan berlaku, mereka sudah tahu, sudah sangat sangat tahu dan arif yang orang Islam di seluruh dunia akan "melatah" dengan penuh ekstrem. Lalu, terpapar di kaca tv dan media betapa ekstremnya kelantangan orang Islam sehingga sanggup mencedera, membunuh, merosak, atas nama agama.
Siapa tahu, mungkin ini yang mereka mahu. Ini yang mahu mereka capai. Lalu dengan reaksi tidak waras, reaksi luar kawalan, dan reaksi yang sebenarnya tidak langsung berpandukan agama, maka, dalam tidak sedar, kita telah membantu mancapai "objektif" mereka.
Mungkin, inilah "objektif lain dari yang lain" mereka.
Mungkin, siapa tahu.
Picture credit to: SamiStudio1
I logged on to my FB and saw a post on Irshad Manji - specifically, a post by one group of people asking the Muslim public out there to spread the news that Irshad Manji is going to give her talk at Monash University tomorrow, Friday, during solat Juma'ah and they are urging the public, especially the Muslim NGOs to STOP the talk; "Haramkan program tersebut!!" quoted from the group.The moment I read that, I started saying to myself "Gosh...what is wrong with these people?". Then, I started to think of something that has been bugging my mind lately, about the mentality of our Muslim community - the mentality, maturity and intelligence of the Malay Muslims in Malaysia.
I admit that I am a bit ignorant these days. I shun away from the "world" cause I myself have my own things to do (Yes, it's not that good, I know:p) So, I didn't really know anything about Irshad Manji, until I read an email written by my Professor - and she is one highly respected as well as vocal academician and a writer - uploaded by my friend on FB. The email goes:
And my friend put the caption: "This is why we absolutely love our Prof"
And yes, we do love her and all our lecturers cause they have not only taught us to be bookworms-learned individuals, more than that, they have taught us to be learned, knowledgable, critical and wise individuals when it comes to dealing with or analysing any issues brought upon us.
So, after reading this, I googled her up (Yes, I just used google;p) Then I found out who Irshad Manji is. She's a successful writer who happens to be an influential liberal Muslim. I thought, so, we have another liberal figure in the scene. That's not new. So, we have another successful liberal writer in the rising. That's not new either cause there has always been Salman Rushdie. So, her book has been read by millions. Oh well, that's totally not new cause people are curious, so they read. All these are not new.
Basically, all of these are not new. They are old issues, old cases that have been circulating the world. Like old things that have been recycled over and over again. But unfortunately, the way, we, Muslims, deal with these "old influential liberal figure" issues is also still, very OLD. We deal with them JUST THE SAME WAY like how we dealt with them years and years ago - that is, we avoid them. We run away from them. We shun them away. We ban them from having any meeting with us. We ban ourselves from meeting them. We are afraid of them. We feel scared of them. We feel so scared that we don't even want to make any contact - even eye contact- with them. And this is such a pity. Such a pity.
I applaud the way Prof Faridah ended her emaill with her cynical question: "Did our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) turn away from talking with / to disbelievers / sinners?" - Did he? Based on the stories we have heard about him, based on his sunnah, his life, did he turn away from facing these kind of people? Go and find the answers.
In the era where Muslims in Malaysia are said to have achieved a higher standard of thinking, we are said to have been exposed to new challenges and come out with new solutions, we are said to have a more advanced approach in settling religious, economic, educational and social problems, hence, in a situation where liberal thinkers knock on our door, we are supposed to FACE these kind of people, bravely and intelligently! Talk to and approach them professionally. If we are so GREAT like how we think we are, we should have used a more intelligent, mature and wiser approach in dealing with this matter, in having social contact and in communicating with these group of people. This is an essential move in da'wah. THIS should be the way to go. And asking the public to ban the talk, avoid her totally, "HARAMKAN program ini!", ask her to get out of this country or even call her "kafir", are, to me, TOTALLY NOT wise, intelligent and favourable moves. Totally not.
I know, I am actually no one and has no significant to any party to write i.e response in such a way to this issue. Hmm but, there's nothing wrong in expressing my mind since I am Muslim; an educated, learned, concerned Malaysian Malay Muslim. My education and the way I have been brought up have trained me to be a critical thinker. Other people may have different sayings on the matter. It's a free country, you may have your say. To end, let me leave you with the response that my younger brother, Ahmad Hidayat Hasni, expressed on his FB wall about this Irshad Manji issue:
"Bukankah Malaysia banyak tokoh-tokoh intelektual agama, kenapa tidak diadakan saja debat/dialog terbuka dengan Irshad Manji dan berhujah secara gentleman. Saya yakin, hujah-hujah yang Irshad Manji bawa pastinya rapuh. Inilah masanya untuk tokoh-tokoh intelektual agama bersatu dan gunakan kemahiran berdebat tu dengan cara yang betul, bukan asyik berdebat sesama sendiri dalam hal-hal yang cabang" --- Ahmad Hidayat Hasni.
See, told ya, we have been trained to be crtical thinkers. And Alhamdulillah, I am grateful :)
So, ask yourself, are you a Malay Muslim who is a critical thinker and wants to know and understand the different perspectives of this world, wants to know what are on your enemies' minds and would like to correct the wrongs done if you have the chance? Or are you a Muslim who feels insecure of your own state of mind, runs away and bans your enemies when they voluntary come to you, harmless, and ignores the idea that THIS might be the opportunity for you and your enemies to reconcile?
Think people, think.
Another good read in Malay : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/198777