What’s wrong with JAKIM to have passed an ‘edict’ that the book titled, ‘Lee Kuan Yew: Truth to keep Singapore going’ is haram; hence the book shall be banned. I have not read the book, but what is so ‘revealing’ in the book that had JAKIM declared the book haram. Please say it out explicitly.
I am sorry to say this, but I think this is a thoughtless decision that has made the non Muslims in this country highly suspicious and weary of the Malays and Muslims. If JAKIM is so concern about the Muslim mind being influence or adulterated by what they think is bad and contrary to the teachings of Islam, then most books written about Islam that are sold openly in bookshop throughout the country ought to be declared haram as well. And why not ban books of the other faith because isn’t such book likely to influence Muslims as well?
I think JAKIM must be having the view that all Muslims in this country are weak in their faith towards their religion Islam. I say that such a view, if ever there is one is utter rubbish. Throughout my lifetime, and that’s past half a century, I am yet to hear a Muslim (regardless of their race) say something that is adverse and contrary to their faith i.e. Islam. We do often hear a Muslim criticizing another Muslim in their conduct of the faith, but never dare go against the contents of the Koran and the sayings and teaching of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Blasphemy is a dreaded word among Muslims and to be accused of being one, is like walking this earth without a soul.
The book by Lee Kuan Yew, I think is not meant to be read by any Dick, Tom and Harry. It is only bought and read by people of sound knowledge and understanding. If the book is read by Muslims, I do not think they can be easily influence by what is written, because such readers have sufficient knowledge and understanding of their religion to defend and differentiate truth from false. In fact, I am of the view that the more one understand how others perceive Islam; negatively or otherwise, the stronger and more determine will they be defending their faith. I have no doubt about this.
In the present day environment enveloping this country, because of political expediency, politicians in particular have used religion indiscriminately as a tool to frighten others (particular non Muslims) simply to buttress their own position and political survival. PERKASA is one outfit that consistently does that, and now they talk about the revival of the Keris Taming Sari to defend their Malay rights. What rights are they talking about now, when those rights have been taken away from them by their own brethrens over the last 54 years?
Now, there appears to be a conflicting statement over the ‘haram’ issue coming from the Minister in the PM Department in charge of Islamic Religious Affairs. How will be book end is much awaited.
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