Speechs in the year
Tarikh/Date	:	21/01/2003
Versi 		:	ENGLISH
Penyampai	:  	PM 

  "Muslim Unity in the Face of Challenges and Threats"
        There  has never been a time when the Muslims  are
   so  looked down upon, so treated with disrespect and so
   oppressed  as they are today.  Everywhere  Muslims  are
   bullied, detained bombed and massacred with impunity.
   2.    The Muslim countries are unable to do anything to
   defend  themselves and their people and fellow  Muslims
   anywhere.  Some Muslim countries actually appear to  be
   collaborating with the oppressors of Muslims.
   3.    Many Muslims try to explain the sad plight of the
   Muslims  by saying that this world is not for us.   For
   us  a  place in heaven has been reserved.  In the  next
   world the enemies of Islam would be punished and thrown
   into hell because of what they do to us in this world.
   4.    Is  this  truly what Islam teaches us?   Did  the
   Prophet S.A.W. accept his persecution because his place
   in  heaven  has been assured?  Did he relish  the  fact
   that  his  Quraish persecutors would end  up  in  hell?
   What would have happened to the spread of Islam if  the
   Prophet   had   not  struggled  against  his   enemies,
   dispatched his early followers to safe havens, migrated
   to  Madinah  to build up the strength of  the  Muslims,
   increasing their numbers in order to fight back?  If he
   had retreated to await his reward after death, we would
   not be Muslims today.
   5.   And we know in the end he defeated his enemies and
   was able to spread Islam throughout the world, to build
   the   greatest  Empire  and  civilisation  in  history.
   Clearly  the  Prophet  did not  believe  that  for  the
   Muslims this world is not important, this life  is  not
   important, this life on earth is only for the infidels.
   He  not  only  believed that Muslims have  a  share  of
   Allah's  bounties  on earth but that  Muslims  must  be
   prepared to fight for their earthly share.  Allah could
   have  said  "Kun, Fayakun" "Be, and it  shall  be"  but
   Allah  left  His  messenger to struggle  and  fight  to
   spread Islam and to gain for the Muslims their share in
   this world.
   6.    So  the  idea that we must suffer in silence  and
   await our heaven in the next world is not Islamic.   In
   fact  it  goes against the Sunnah of the Prophet.   The
   Quran  enjoins upon us to prepare to deter  and  defeat
   the  enemy  with force of arms - with war-horses,  bows
   and  arrows in those days.  Many think that if we  have
   war-horses then we have fulfilled our obligations.  But
   what is important is not war-horses or bows and arrows.
   What  is  important is to deter and defeat our enemies.
   And to do this today we need guns and rockets, warships
   and warplanes, armoured cars etc.  We cannot depend  on
   others to supply us with these things forever, least of
   all by those who are opposed to us.  We need to invent,
   design,  produce and test our own weapons  of  defence.
   To do this we need to have scientific and technological
   knowledge   and  skills.   Those  who  learn   science,
   mathematics  and  acquire  technological   skills   are
   therefore  obeying  and fulfilling the  injunctions  of
   Islam.   Those  who  prevent them from  studying  these
   subjects  by  saying that only learning  religion  will
   earn  us  merit are in fact going against the teachings
   of  Islam for they weaken the Muslim ummah and  prevent
   them from putting fear in the hearts of the enemies  of
   Islam  and becoming able to defeat them.  These  people
   who  prevent Muslims from having their own capacity  to
   protect  themselves are actually helping the oppression
   of the Muslims.
   7.    Our enemies will always attack us because we  are
   weak.   They will only cease to do so if we maintain  a
   strong  enough defence capability.  This is the  Sunnah
   of  the  Prophet.  Just as the followers of the Prophet
   had  to  develop and acquire skills to  make  bows  and
   arrows  and  other  weapons, we  have  to  develop  and
   acquire skills to make modern weapons.
   8.    Why are we not doing this?  The reason is because
   those  who interprete Islam to us did not stress  these
   very  fundamental teachings of Islam.   In  telling  us
   that  science and technology are secular subjects which
   will  not  earn  us  merit in the afterlife,  they  are
   discouraging   Muslims   and   their   societies   from
   fulfilling the injunctions of Islam to be equipped with
   the  means  of  defending ourselves and  to  deter  the
   enemy.    During  the  glorious  years  of  the  Muslim
   civilisation  we  were  not  oppressed.   Muslims  were
   respected   and   feared.   That  was  because   Muslim
   countries were strong militarily and economically,  and
   advanced in the sciences.  Europeans had to learn  from
   Muslims  new knowledge as well as those of  the  Greeks
   and  others, which the Muslims had studied,  translated
   into Arabic and enhanced.
   9.    We all know that the Prophet S.A.W. brought  only
   one  Islam.   The  Islam that he  received  from  Allah
   S.W.T.  is only one.  But today there are many  Islamic
   religions.   There are the Sunni and  the  Shiah,  each
   divided into numerous groups by the different imams and
   tarikats.  Had Allah S.W.T. wanted us to have all these
   religions then the Prophet would have conveyed this  to
   the first Muslims, would have taught Sunni Islam, Shiah
   Islam  etc.   But we know that during his 23  years  of
   teaching Islam he did not speak about Sunni or Shiah or
   the  various tarikats.  All these divisiveness in Islam
   came  only  after  he had passed away.   They  are  the
   results  of  differing interpretations about  Islam  by
   different scholars through the centuries.
   10.  Some of these interpretations and teachings are so
   different from each other that their followers actually
   accuse  each  other of not being Muslims.  Indeed  they
   regard  many  who  profess to be Muslims  as  infidels.
   Thus  Sunni  Muslims regard the Shiah as  infidels  and
   vice versa.
   11.   In Malaysia one political party has convinced its
   followers that anyone not joining or supporting  it  is
   not  a  Muslim.   Tens of thousands  of  Malay  Muslims
   believe  this, believe even that voting for this  party
   in elections will guarantee a place for them in heaven.
   It  sounds  ridiculous except that  the  followers  are
   deadly  serious in their acceptance and belief, and  in
   their  enmity towards those who do not join this  party
   or vote in elections for it.  There is now a deep split
   among   the  Muslims  of  Malaysia,  caused  by  Muslim
   politicians abusing the teachings of Islam.
   12.     Because   of   the   thousands   of   different
   interpretations of Islam and very many different sects,
   each  claiming to be the true followers of  Islam,  the
   Muslims  are thoroughly confused.  They are  even  more
   confused because they are told that the door of ijtihad
   or  interpretations of Islam is closed  and  they  must
   accept  anything  that had been interpreted  long  ago.
   Yet  the  very  people who tell  us  that  we  may  not
   reexamine and reinterprete Islam are themselves  making
   new    interpretations   every    day.     And    their
   interpretations  are  meant  only  to   enhance   their
   position in the community, to ensure support for  their
   13.   The  result of this confusion is a deeply divided
   ummah,  prone to disputes and to fighting  each  other.
   They   are  less  interested  in  defending  themselves
   against the professed enemies of Islam than they are in
   opposing  other  Muslims.  That these  conflicts  among
   Muslims will only weaken the Muslims is totally ignored
   by them.
   14.   Disunited,  confused about Islam,  fighting  each
   other  for  power, lacking in essential  knowledge  and
   skills, misapplying their God-given wealth, the Muslims
   of  today  have  reached  the  lowest  point  in  their
   development.  Still they go on doing what is prohibited
   by  Islam  and damaging to themselves.  Still they  are
   not willing to see the reality of their situation or to
   admit  that  they have deviated from the  teachings  of
   Islam.   They  continue to reject  the  brotherhood  of
   15.  Frustrated and angry some Muslims have resorted to
   terrorism.   Many believe they have been successful  in
   this.  But what have the Muslims really gained by these
   acts  of  terror?  All that has happened  is  that  the
   enemies  of Islam have found justification for  putting
   more  pressure  on the Muslims, attacking  and  killing
   them, treating them and their religion with contempt.
   16.   Muslims fight and die not in order to achieve any
   real objective, to free themselves from oppression  for
   example.    They  fight  and  they  die  in  order   to
   retaliate, in order to take revenge, in order  to  vent
   their anger.
   17.   Muslims  seem  not to plan or  strategise.   Even
   their   terror  attacks  seem  to  be  random  attacks,
   isolated and uncoordinated.  Everyone of them seems  to
   be  acting on their own.  If they plan it does not seem
   to  be  coordinated, nor to advance their cause.  Apart
   from  making their enemies angry and providing  excuses
   for  them  to  retaliate, nothing which can  contribute
   towards  ultimate  Muslim success or victory  has  been
   18.  The Muslims have clearly lost their way.  There is
   a saying in Malay that when you lose your way, you must
   return to the beginning and start again.  With so  many
   contradictory  interpretations of Islam over  the  last
   1400 years, most of us have become so confused that  we
   really  do  not  know whether we are  right  or  wrong,
   whether  we  are taking the right path or not,  whether
   indeed   we  are  following  the  teachings  of  Islam.
   Certainly  we are nowhere near achieving the  greatness
   that was once Islam.  If at all, we seem to be slipping
   further and further away from it.
   19.   Since  we are so confused and divided because  of
   the  varied interpretations and teachings of Islam,  we
   should  really return to the fundamentals of Islam,  to
   the original teachings of the Prophet, to the Quran and
   the  verified Hadiths, especially those which are clear
   and   indisputable   and  not  subject   to   different
   interpretations.  What is the most fundamental teaching
   of Islam.  It is that Islam means peace.  We greet each
   other  with  the wish for peace.  Is it just  an  empty
   greeting which we do not mean or is it that we wish for
   peace  because we really want peace?  If we want  peace
   then  shouldn't  we strive for peace,  at  least  among
   ourselves  as  Muslims first, and then with  people  of
   other faiths.
   20.   The  Quran states that all Muslims are  brothers.
   Apart from Islam advocating peace, surely brothers must
   not fight each other.  Brothers should love each other,
   being  as they are of the same family.  Brothers should
   be  united.   That  is  the basic teachings  of  Islam.
   There can be no dispute about this injunction of Islam,
   no difference in the interpretation of this teaching.
   21.   But  Muslims  do try to negate  even  this  clear
   teaching  of  Islam.  They are fond of  declaring  that
   other  Muslims are not true Muslims; in fact  they  are
   infidels  because  they  believe  in  different  imams,
   belong  to different mazhabs or sects, being  Sunni  or
   Shiah,  followers of different tarikats etc.  Far  from
   accepting  alll  Muslims as their brothers  they  adopt
   dress codes which differentiate them from other Muslims
   whom  they condemn as being less Muslim for not wearing
   their  dress.  But the Quran is explicit as to  who  is
   and  who  is  not a Muslim.  According to the  Quran  a
   Muslim  is one who "bears witness that there is no  God
   but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet."  Even if he  or
   she  commits  sins, big or small, he or she  remains  a
   Muslim for as long as he or she "bears witness to Allah
   as the only God that is worshipped and that Muhammad is
   His Prophet."
   22.  So all the Muslims, all those who bear witness  to
   Allah  as  the  only  God that they  worship  and  that
   Muhammad  is His Prophet must be brothers, must  be  at
   peace with each other and must be united.  We can  have
   our  worldly  difference, we can have our  quarrels  as
   brothers  often do, but we would still be brothers  and
   behave  like  brothers.  Why should Islam advocate  the
   brotherhood of Muslims if they are meant to behave  not
   as  brothers?   If Muslims are expected  to  behave  as
   enemies of each other then Allah would not declare that
   all Muslims are brothers.
   23.    Peace   and  the  brotherhood  of  Muslims   are
   fundamental  teachings of Islam.   If  we  uphold  this
   fundamental  injunction of Islam alone, there  will  be
   Muslim unity and they will be strong.  The Muslims were
   not meant to have countries and to be divided according
   to race or nation.  They were, everyone of them members
   of  the great Muslim community, the ummah.  But now the
   Muslims  have divided themselves into different  states
   and their loyalty to their state is more than to Islam.
   In  the  pursuit  of the interests of their  respective
   countries,  they  are  quite prepared  to  fight  their
   Muslim  brothers from other countries; they  are  quite
   prepared  to  be divided, to join opposing camps,  even
   those of their non-Muslim enemies.
   24.   They are already weak.  Divided they are  weaker.
   Unable  to  protect themselves from other  Muslims  and
   from   other  enemies  they  allow  themselves  to   be
   manipulated against their co-religionists.  They become
   pawns in the games other people play.  Truly they  have
   lost  self-respect.  Truly they are not  following  the
   teachings of Islam.
   25.   Blaming  others  for our sad  fate  may  only  be
   partially correct.  But there is very little we can  do
   to get others, our enemies, to cease oppressing us.  On
   the other hand if we blame ourselves there is something
   that  we  can  do  to  overcome  our  own  faults   and
   weaknesses.  It is therefore much better if we look for
   and recognise our own faults.
   26.   Muslims must surely know what is it that they are
   doing  which is wrong.  Certainly their disunity, their
   rejection of Islamic brotherhood is wrong.  They do not
   have  the  right  priorities  either,  emphasising  the
   avoidance  of minor sins while openly committing  major
   27.   But  beyond  that they have, often  deliberately,
   ignored  or misinterpreted much of the basic teachings,
   the  clear  verses in the Quran.  They often  read  the
   verses partially, ignoring the context, the parts which
   qualify  the  injunctions in  the  main  parts  of  the
   28.    Very  often  we  miss  completely  the  message,
   focusing  on the form instead.  Thus when we are  asked
   to  prepare  war-horses so as to deter and  defeat  the
   enemy, it is not deterring and defeating the enemy that
   we  take  note  of.   It  is  the  keeping  of  horses.
   Similarly when making judgement, it is not justice that
   we  seek  to  achieve, it is the process of making  the
   judgement.   If the process is followed  then  even  if
   injustice  is  the result, we believe we have  followed
   what  our  religion enjoins upon us to do.   We  ignore
   completely  the injunctions of the Quran that  stresses
   making  judgement with justice.  And because we  ignore
   this stress on justice enjoined by Islam, we create  an
   image of Islam that is uncaring and unjust.
   29.     I   will   not   cite   more   cases   of   the
   misinterpretation  and  deliberate  ignoring   of   the
   teachings of Islam.  It is because of this that Muslims
   of  today are backward, lacking in knowledge, unable to
   defend  themselves and their religion,  and  forced  to
   resort to terror in order to seek revenge.
   30.   How  long can we go on doing this?  Will what  we
   are  doing today restore the greatness of our  religion
   and  the fitrah that it should be to mankind?  Will  it
   deliver us from oppression by our detractors?
   31.   Frankly I don't think so.  It is not  because  we
   are  incapable  of developing ourselves  to  the  level
   where  others  would be forced to respect  us  and  our
   religion.  It is simply because we refuse to adhere  to
   the true teachings of Islam and to strive to better our
   lot on this earth as much as we prepare for the life in
   the  hereafter.  We pray for hassanah in this world and
   for  hassanah  in the akhirat but we do nothing  beyond
   merely  asking Allah to help us in this world,  and  in
   the  next.  We ignore the Quranic injunction that Allah
   will not change our fate unless we strive to change  it
   32.   And  so we will continue to be oppressed,  to  be
   attacked, bombed and killed, while our religion,  Islam
   is condemned as false.
   33.   Many  of you will say - who is he to  talk  about
   Islam.   Don't listen to him even if what  he  says  is
   true and is in accord with Islam.
   34.   That is your choice.  Whether you sin or you gain
   merit, Allah S.W.T. will determine.

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