Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Wall Street Journal (Southeast Asia): Q&A: Being a Minority Muslim in Malaysia



A trial is scheduled to begin this week in a religious court in Malaysia against two Shia Muslims accused of possessing books that violate an edict that only the Sunni branch of Islam can be promoted in the country.
Celine Fernandez/The Wall Street Journal
Mr Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz, head of the the Malaysian branch of Syiah Imamiyyah Jafari.
Some Shia followers say they feel persecuted in Malaysia, where the vast majority of Muslims are Sunni and the home minister and religious officials acknowledge authorizing raids on Shia centers and banning their books. The trial is being closely watched by Shia followers for signals about how open they can be in acknowledging they practice a minority denomination.
On Dec. 6 Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi acknowledged banning Shia books because they “derail from the real Islamic teachings.”
He also said he prevented Shias from registering their society, Majlis Shia Malaysia, because doing so would create disunity among Muslims. “That is why we insist on Sunni as our main belief in Islamic teachings,” he said.
In Malaysia, two parallel court systems operate – one based on common law, for all, the other based on Islam, which applies only to Muslims and hears cases pertaining to religion and family matters, such as divorce and inheritance. While a national religious body creates rules – fatwas – each state will adopt the fatwa after the ruler of the state consents to it. 
At a press conference on Dec. 12, Mr. Ahmad said recognizing only Sunnis in Malaysia was necessary to ensure harmony in society.
“We can have differences of opinion when it comes to politics, but when it comes to questions of faith, we cannot have differences in opinion,” he said. “This will split the Muslim community.”
Well-known Sunni Muslim cleric Dr. Muhammad Asri Zainul Abidin told The Wall Street Journal that Sunnis and Shias cannot coexist in Malaysia.  In Pakistan, in Iraq, when you find Sunnis and Shias living together, you find riots, killings, there are so many problems,” he said.
Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz, 47, has led the Malaysian branch of Syiah Imamiyyah Ja’fari – the largest of the four Shia schools of jurisprudence – since 2011. Born a Sunni, Mr. Kamil says he gradually converted to Shiism, and then later graduated from the International Center for Islamic Studies in Qam, Iran. Mr. Kamil spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the differences between the Islamic denominations and why Shia followers feel persecuted in Malaysia.

Wall Street Journal:  What is Shiism?
Mr. Kamil:  Shia means followers of Prophet Muhammad progeny.  We have 12  infallible leaders – or imams – beginning with Ali bin Abi Talib.  The Prophet Muhammad said that after me there will be 12 leaders. The Sunnis have four leaders -  Abu Bakar, Umar bin Al Khattab , Uthman bin Afan  and Ali bin Abi Talib.  The fourth Caliph, Caliph Ali, to us Shia followers, was the first leader. In Shiism, Caliph Ali succeeded Prophet Muhammad.  For the Sunnis, Caliph Abu Bakar was chosen tosucceed Prophet Muhammad.

WSJ: What are the fundamental differences between Shias and Sunnis?
Mr. Kamil: We believe the holy Prophet selected his successor.  He selected his son-in-law Ali ibn Abu Talib, who is also his cousin. This is our faith…that the Prophet selected the leader.  Our Prophet mentioned in the Hadith [the narration of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and actions] who will be his successor. In Shiism, Caliph Ali succeeded Prophet Muhammad.  For the Sunnis, Caliph Abu Bakar was chosen to succeed Prophet Muhammad. In Shia, there is only one way…selected by God and announced by the Prophet.
We also observe Ashura as a holy day. The grandchild of Prophet Muhammad, Sayyidina Husain, who is the third infallible leader for the Shias, was killed in a battle in Kufa, a city in Iraq on the 10th day of Muharram [the first month of the year in the Islamic calendar]. Every year, we commemorate the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain.
These are the fundamental differences.

WSJ:  In August, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, said that Shias were allowed to practice their belief but are not allowed to spread their faith.  Your reaction?
Mr. Kamil :  If they say we can  practice [our faith], we will be very, very happy.  Under the country’s Federal Constitution, we can practice our rituals, our beliefs.  We have[international] agreements like the Amman Message, Islamabad Declaration [non-binding declarations that recognize Shiism as a valid branch of Islam and forbid ill treatment of Shia followers]. But the problem is people keep saying we are “haram,” unlawful. 

WSJ:  Do you feel Shia followers in Malaysia are persecuted?
Mr. Kamil : Under the federal Constitution, we are not persecuted.  But under the fatwas, we are persecuted. We are persecuted by state Islamic laws. The enforcement officers, the religious authorities, they do many things that are against the Constitution and that is a form of persecution.  Their interpretation of the religious laws are not always correct.  We are not allowed to carry out our rituals, for example.
(Notes: JAKIM, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss the various allegations.)
In Shia practice, the method of prostration is to place our forehead on the earth when we pray. We cannot prostrate on a carpet for example. So when we go to mosques, we bring along with us a clay tablet called the “turbah.” Placing the forehead on the earth was a practice of the holy Prophet too. But the Sunnis here say we are worshiping the clay.

WSJ :  In May 1996, the National Fatwa Council issued a fatwa saying that any teachings other than Sunni are prohibited.  Books are banned.  What is your response to that fatwa?
Mr. Kamil:  They [The National Fatwa Council] banned our group based on false accusations. One of the false accusations is that we do not place much importance to the Haj [the pilgrimage to Mecca].  This is definitely wrong. Every year millions of Shiites around the world perform the Haj. I myself have performed the Haj.  I do not know what sort of accusation this is.
(Notes: The National Fatwa Council, which is under the Department of Islamic Development, did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss the ban.)
They also said we do not care about zakat [alms giving]. This is also wrong.  We give alms. In fact, we give more than what is stipulated. We give zakat and we also give khums [a portion of our incomes to community leaders]. The Sunnis have only zakat. In Islam it is obligatory to give alms or zakat to the poor. The amount is one fourth of all income.
They also said we legalize temporary marriages.  We said that it is not us who believe it but it is in the Quran.  It is allowed in the Quran. And it was practiced during the time of the Holy Prophet.

WSJ :  Have Islamic religious authorities ever told you that Shias consider the Sunnis enemies?
Mr. Kamil :  They [Islamic religious authorities] want us to say this.  They try to provoke us into saying this. We told them until the day of judgment, we will not say this.  Recently there was an article in the newspaper by a so-called [Sunni Muslim] scholar who said [according to Shia teachings] whoever kills a Sunni will receive merits.  This is a false accusation.  This is a very dangerous thought. We can tolerate the fundamental differences.

WSJ :  Your centers have been raided, your books banned. What is left?
Mr. Kamil:  This is a very big question mark.  I am a citizen of this country. I have my rights in this country. I am a Muslim. My welfare as a Muslim should be secured.  Non-Muslims in this country are also given their rights. I, too, should have my rights as a Muslim. But for me, there are no rights at all. Even animals in the country have their rights.

umat Islam lain ada hak ,bukan Islam ada hak orang Islam Syiah tak ada hak tapi haiwan ada hak


Binatang pun ada hak, tapi bukan Syiah'
1:33PM Dis 17 2013
Tindakan keras kerajaan terhadap kumpulan Syiah terus mengundang rintihan penganut ajaran itu di negara ini.

Mereka beranggapan hak mereka dinafikan berbanding umat Islam lain, malah bukan Islam dan binatang sendiri.

NONE"Bukan Islam di negera ini turut diberikan hak mereka. Saya juga patut diberikan hak sebagai Muslim.

"Tetapi untuk saya, tiada hak sama sekali. Malah binatang pun ada haknya," seorang pemimpin kanan masyarakat itu dipetik sebagai berkata.

Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz, tokoh Syiah Imamiah Malaysia, berkata demikian ketika ditanya The Wall Street Journal apa yang tinggal bagi masyarakat itu selepas pusat mereka diserbu dan buku-buku mereka diharamkan.

Provokasi isytihar Sunni musuh
Dalam wawancara yang disiarkan pada Isnin, Kamilzuhairi, 47, juga berkata, mereka juga ditindas, antaranya apabila tidak dibenarkan mengamalkan upacara keagamaan berkaitan fahaman itu.

"Pegawai penguatkuasa, pihak berkuasa agama, mereka lakukan banyak perkara yang bertentangan dengan perlembagaan dan ia satu bentuk penindasan.

Tafsiran mereka terhadap undang-undang agama tidak selalu benar," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

Kamilzuhairi, yang dilapor lahir sebagai Sunni sebelum bertukar kepada Syiah, berkata mereka juga diprovokasi untuk mengatakan Sunni sebagai musuh.

""Kami berita mereka, sampai hari pengadilan, kami tidak akan katakannya," kata Kamilzuhairi seperti dilaporkan akhbar itu.

"Baru-baru ini ada artikel di akhbar oleh seorang yang dikatakan ulama (Sunni) yang berkata, (menurut Syiah) sesiapa yang membunuh Sunni mendapat pahala.

"Ini semua tuduhan palsu. Ini fahaman yang bahaya. Kami boleh bertolak ansur dengan 
perbezaan-perbezaan asas."

NGO: Bicara individu 'Syiah' condong fasis
11:51AM Dis 17 2013
Tindakan mendakwa dan membicarakan dua individu di Perak kerana memiliki buku dan dokumen Syiah mendapatkan kritikan kumpulan NGO prokebebasan, yang melabelkannya sebagai fasis dan melampau.

Bagi mereka, elemen itu jika dibiarkan akan turut menyemarakkan insiden antikebebasan seperti membakar buku serta menghukum individu berbeza pendirian sama ada agama, politik atau budaya.

"Oleh itu, kami menyeru semua pihak yang tidak mahu kebebasan mereka diceroboh, yang tidak mahu suara mereka dibungkam, yang tetap setia mahukan Malaysia bangun sebagai sebuah negara yang merdeka, liberal dan demokratik untuk bersatu tegas melawan anasir melampau, fasis serta totalitarian," kata mereka.

Kenyataan itu didokong NGO prokebebasan Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD) serta dua kumpulan prokebebasan bersuara dan berfahaman Komunite Seni Jalan Telawi (KsJT) dan Akademi Pak Sako.

The Wall Street Journal semalam melaporkandua individu tersebut, Dr Nur Azah Abdul Halim dan Mohammad Ridzuan Yusof hari ini dijadual dibicarakan di Taiping atas kesalahan melanggar fatwa negeri dengan memiliki bahan bacaan Syiah.

Dalam kenyataan mereka semalam juga, tiga kumpulan itu melihat tindakan terhadap Nur Azah dan Mohammad Ridzuan bertentangan dengan perlembagaan, semangat Rukun Negara dan prinsip kebebasan dalam Pemasyhuran Kemerdekaan Malaysia.

"Kami juga berpandangan tindakan untuk mendakwa penganut Syiah ini adalah satu gejala penafian terhadap realiti masyarakat Malaysia yang majmuk dan toleran," kata mereka.

Dalam kenyataan bersama itu juga, mereka mengkritik slogan 1Malaysia yang kini menurut mereka tinggal slogan kosong apabila perdana menteri gagal menjamin kemakmuran masyarakat berbilang kaum di Malaysia.

Doktor: Dilayan seperti penjenayah kerana Syiah
12:33PM Dis 16 2013 
Seorang doktor yang dituduh di mahkahamah syariah di Perak kerana memiliki buku berkaitan Syiah mendakwa dilayan secara sangat tidak adil hanya kerana kepercayaan yang mahu diamalkannya.

"Kami dilayan secara sangat tidak adil," Nur Azah Abdul Halim, 41, dilapor sebagai berkata kepada The Wall Street Journal

"Kami dilayan seperti penjenayah hanya kerana mahu mengikuti Islam Syiah."

Nur Azah pada 20 Ogos lalu mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Taiping terhadap tuduhan memiliki dokumen dan buku berkaitan ajaran Syiah. 

Beliau dan Mohammad Ridzuan Yusof, 31, didakwa mengikut Seksyen 16 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Perak 1992 kerana mengingkari Fatwa Jabatan Mufti Perak.

Perbicaraan kes itu dijadual berlangsung esok.

Usaha akhbar itu mendapatkan ulasan Mohammad Ridzuan tidak berhasil.

Pendakwaan terhadap mereka berdua ekoran fatwa negeri tahun lalu yang sependapat dengan keputusan Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan pada 1996 yang mengharamkan buku yang bertentangan dengan fahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

"Mereka ada buku yang diharamkan. Jadi bila haram, kamu tidak boleh menyimpannya," Mufti Perak Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria dipetik sebagai berkata.

NONESementara itu, sarjana dan penulis Mohd Faizal Musa (kanan) yang bukunya diharamkan oleh Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malayssia (Jakim) dilaporkan berkata, kebimbangan itu ekoran populariti Syiah meningkat ekoran perkembangan media sosial.

Menurutnya, bagi sebahagian generasi muda, Syiah dilihat sebagai alternatif kepada Islam Sunni.

"Generasi lebih muda pengikut Syiah menggunakan Facebook, Twitter dan blog untuk menunjukkan identiti mereka, termasuk menuntut hak-hak mereka," kata Faizal yang terkenal dengan nama pena Faisal Tehrani.

Malaysia a religious-fascist state, not a moderate one, says ex-minister

DECEMBER 16, 2013
Malaysia's image as a so-called “moderate” nation has been dismissed by a former minister, who said it was closer to being a “religious-fascist” state.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic) said the ongoing religious persecution of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and others before him portends a grave future for religious freedom in Malaysia. Zaid said it was up to Malaysians either to allow this trend to continue or to defend religious freedom.
“We are not only denied political freedom (with the media and the electoral process under government control), but also liberty in matters of personal belief.
“We are already witnessing a new wave of attacks against Shias, which are more often associated with the Middle East and Pakistan.
“The Sunni-Shia warfare has turned the Muslim world upside down with senseless killings and now it has arrived on our shores, thanks to our home minister,” he said, referring to charges against Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, who is accused of being a Shia by the Home Ministry.
Zaid also cited the example of Kamariah Ali and her husband, followers of the Ayah Pin sect, who were prosecuted for following a version of Islam which was not acceptable to the state.
“Years ago, when Kamariah Ali and her husband pleaded before the judges to allow them to be the kind of Muslims that they understood God meant them to be, they were denied.
“The judges ruled that the state had the right to define Islam and that only its version was acceptable.
“They went on to say the state had the right to punish those who deviated from its version of Islam.”
He said Kamariah Ali was jailed and when her husband died, the state denied him a proper burial.
“The state obviously did not consider him to be a Muslim who deserved a proper burial, yet it believed it had the power to punish him for being a 'deviant' Muslim.
“The state had its cake and ate it, too: one day it declared a person a bad Muslim who needed to be punished, and the next day, it declared that this person was not a Muslim. And the judges agreed!”
Zaid said few cried foul over this development.
Zaid said what happened to Mat Sabu and others like him would never have come to pass if judges in the country had been brave enough to base their decisions on the law.
“When I first said Mat Sabu should not bother to defend himself when he was accused of being a Shia, my Muslim friends felt he needed to, regardless of the quality of evidence his accusers could provide. They felt that being a Shia was bad for his image.
“If (Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) and Jakim (Department of Islamic Development) think Shias are not Muslims, then why not petition the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) and the United Nations to bar Iranians from doing the haj.
“Take to the global stage if you truly want to be a Sunni warrior. Do not bully local Muslims like Mat Sabu,” Zaid said.
“It’s up to Muslims in this country to decide for themselves what kind of Muslims they want to be.
“I believe they have that right under the Constitution. I am a Muslim and that’s all there is to it.
“The state may define Islam as the Sunnah Wal Jumaah variety, but that definition cannot supersede Article 8 in the Constitution on religious freedom.
“The state can advise on what variety is 'pure' but it cannot punish Muslims if they prefer a different variety. Punishment is God’s work, not officials’, and that’s central to a country that has a secular Constitution governing matters of faith. And Malaysia is secular.”
Zaid warned that the country could eventually explode like Lebanon and Syria if the prime minister was only interested in high-speed rail link to Singapore and trade agreements.
“We have had many disturbing incidents such as Memali, the Al-Ma’unah movement and other 'deviant groups'. So how do we manage this potentially difficult and dangerous conflict?”
Zaid said the prime minister claimed to be a moderate and if that was the case, “he should speak out a lot more about the subject in Malaysia. He should also have ministers who are moderate and capable of engaging with difficult subjects.” – December 16, 2013.

No evidence Syiah followers security threat’

K Pragalath
 | December 17, 2013
Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar revealed that thus far they have no solid evidence that Syiah followers pose a security threat
PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has urged all parties to refrain from making speculations on the number of Syiah adherents in Malaysia.
“Many parties are making speculations and allegations ever since Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called for action against the Syiah,” he said when contacted.
He said this when asked to comment on allegations made by Fakhrul Azman Abu Bakar who is the international bureau chairman of Malaysia International Islamic Cooperation Institution (Ikiam).
Yesterday Fakhrul claimed that many political leaders, professionals and heads of departments in the public and private sector are Syiah followers.
The claims were made following intimidation by Home Minister and Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who called for the detention of Syiah followers.
Ahmad Zahid also accused PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu as being a follower of the Syiah sect.
Wan Junaidi who is also Santubong MP added that the Home Ministry had no evidence against followers of that sect.
“We are looking at it from a security perspective. We have no specific evidence yet to prove that they are a security threat. However they are under our radar,” he said.
On the contrary Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar was quoted four days ago saying that the Syiah adherents are posing a  security threat.
“There is a security threat by allowing Syiah followers to develop and become bigger,” he said.
Keeping tab
Nevertheless, Wan Junaidi added that the Home Ministry is also keeping an eagle’s eye over leaders in politics, private and public sector as well as the academia to curb the spread of the Syiah sect.
Wan Junaidi added that there are evidences abroad that shows the rise of the Syiah sect would cause calamities.
“The Syiah adherents in Iraq have taken over the administration of Iraq after US invaded the country. We don’t want the followers of that sect to do the same here as well,” said Wan Junaidi.
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Sunday, 15 December 2013



Is it necessary to demonise the Shiites?

December 14, 2013
FMT LETTER: From Imran Hakim, via e-mail
What do Shiites and final exams have in common? They are the two most popular topics as I scrolled down my Twitter timeline for the past week.
Although I am supposed to be studying for my Environmental and Resources Economics final tomorrow, I can’t help but to be bothered by the constant attacks and demonisation of the Shiites by some Malaysians.
“Syiah Musuh Islam”, “Syiah Itu Yahudi”,  “Syiah Bunuh Sunni”…and many other similar rhetoric that somehow managed to appear on my timeline (I guess I need to recheck who am I following on Twitter).
I have to admit that I might not have enough knowledge to scholarly conclude whether Shiites are Muslims, pseudo-Muslims or outright kafirs. However, is it necessary to go all out, guns blazing, on Shiites?
The “rightful” Sunnis are worried that Muslims will be deceived by the Shiites, into praising Saidina Ali over Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The “rightful” Sunnis are worried that Muslims will be deceived into cursing the Sahabahs of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the zen-like Shiite prayers.
The “rightful” Sunnis are worried that Muslims will be deceived into hurting themselves during Asyura’.
The “rightful” Sunnis are worried that Muslims will be deceived into the control of the Jews, through the Shiites…and so on.
Aren’t the “rightful” Sunnis worried about the extremism that they are portraying and its effect on Muslim society? How would that translate to non-Muslims? “Don’t mind us, we’re just cleaning up Islam, the religion of peace – by a massive witch-hunting, filled with hatred, on the Shiites.”
Even if the Shiites are indeed kafir, why do some people see hatred as the only way out? Shouldn’t we, as the real Muslims, be more compassionate? We should at least try to bring the Shiites back to the real path, if they are not on one, through education.
If indeed Shiites are wrong, at least guide their followers to the right path. We shouldn’t be too quick to judge and punish. If we really want to emulate the Islam that our Prophet Muhammad led, we should follow his lead, and not be too hasty with the sword.
I mean, sure, some might disagree and say there is no tolerance in religion and all deviant teachings must be eliminated for the sake of the Muslim unity. But maybe they should sit back and take a look at the bigger picture.
If they go on an all-out, state-sponsored war (be it figuratively or literally) on the Shiites, wouldn’t it cause more conflict between Sunnis and Shiites? Do you think that some Shiites would just keep quiet and let themselves be trampled upon and demonised?
I am sure that some would fight back when pushed too much. Such a conflict would definitely weaken the whole Muslim community, making them vulnerable to the Americans, the Jews, the Israelis, the Zionists, the communists, the liberals, the homosexuals, the Chinese, the Illuminatis, the Freemasons, etc.
Maybe they should spread the real Islam, instead of pushing each other towards a societal collapse, or even worse, a civil war.I’m afraid all the witch-hunting will make the “rightful” Sunnis worse than the so-called pseudo-Muslims of Shiites.
That is just ironic, don’t you think? Educate, instead of hate.

Anwar: Dakwa Mat Sabu, kalau ada bukti

December 15, 2013
Kenapa perlu berdolak dalih dan orang tertuduh pula kena kemukakan bukti. sistem apa ini, soal Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
SUBANG JAYA: Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini mempersoalkan mengapa Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu yang dituduh mengamalkan fahaman Syiah dibebankan untuk membuktikan sebaliknya.
Menurutnya, beban memberi bukti dalam pendakwaan di tangan pihak yang mendakwa dan bukannya orang yang didakwa.
“Dalam Islam sendiri, pihak yang menuduh harus menampilkan bukti, baru yang dituduh harus membela diri.
“Jika sudah kumpul bukti kalau sudah sah buktinya terus saja dakwa. Kenapa perlu berdolak dalih dan orang tertuduh pula kena kemukakan bukti. Sistem apa ini? ” katanya kepada wartawan selepas melancarkan buku “Jiwa Merdeka” di Subang Jaya hari ini.
Anwar turut mempersoalkan bukti kelas A dan B yang dimaksudkan oleh KDN dalam mengklasifikasikan bukti yang dikumpul mereka yang mengaitkan Mohamad, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu, dengan fahaman Syiah.
“Kalau betul Mat Sabu bersalah maka dakwa saja, ini tiba -tiba timbul pula siasatan gred A, gred B. Bulan lepas tak pernah dengar pun gred A.
“Kerana itu saya katakan kalau ada gred A, gred B maka sila jelaskan. Ini bukan soal Mat Sabu, ini tindakan sembrono yang menganiayai orang,” tegas beliau.
Anwar berkata demikian mengulas berita akhbar Utusan Malaysia, yang mengesahkan KDN memiliki bukti eksklusif ‘gred A’ berupa pengakuan lebih 20 individu terdekat dan rapat dengan Mat Sabu yang didakwa mampu ‘menceritakan’ kecenderungan beliau dengan fahaman Syiah.
Tambah Anwar lagi, beliau sendiri pernah melawat tokoh Syiah Ayatollah Khomeini pada awal tahun 1980 atas kapasitinya selaku Pengerusi Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) untuk berbincang cara untuk mengatasi konflik diantara golongan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (ASWJ) dan Syiah.
“Saya merupakan rombongan kedua ke Tehran selepas revolusi di Iran untuk bertemu dengan Khomeini.
“Adakah ini juga bermaksud saya turut mengamalkan fahaman Syiah,” soal beliau, sambil menambah bahawa Mat Sabu sendiri tidak pernah berjumpa dengan Khomeini.
Dalam masa yang sama, Anwar turut mengingatkan Jabatan Kemajuan Agama Islam (Jakim) untuk tidak menjadi alat dan boneka kepada kerajaan dan memberi ruang kepada Mat Sabu untuk membela dirinya.
Jumaat lalu, Pegawai Agama KDN Dr Zamihan Mat Zain Al Ghari berkata Mat Sabu perlu tampil memberi bukti bahawa beliau tidak mengamalkan fahaman Syiah ekoran pendedahan oleh kementerian tersebut Khamis lepas.
“Kalau kata bukti-bukti ini tidak cukup kuat, (Mohamad) sila jawab secara ilmiah untuk menafikan 10 bukti berkenaan. Tidak kiralah sama ada secara bersemuka dengan KDN, jawab dalam YouTube atau dalam surat khabar,” kata Dr Zamihan yang dipetik dalam akhbar tempatan.


Imam Khomeini

DECEMBER 15, 2013
Amin Iskandar

Amin Iskandar adalah penerima anugerah zamalah Asian Public Intellectuals (API) bagi sesi 2009-2010. Kini merupakan Pengarang Berita bagi The Malaysian Insider. Beliau "berkicau" diwww.twitter.com/aminiskandar.
Selepas 24 tahun meninggal dunia, nama Ayatollah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (gambar) terus disebut-sebut di Malaysia walaupun kali ini pemimpin besar Revolusi Iran itu digunakan untuk menuduh Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu sebagai penganut fahaman Syiah.
Timbulnya nama Khomeini kali ini sudah pasti menyebabkan beribu-ribu pemuda Malaysia menggunakan khidmat “Google” untuk mempelajari tentang siapakah manusia hebat ini.
Daripada tidak tahu siapa itu Imam Khomeini kini mereka bukan sahaja mengenali tokoh itu malah mempelajari tentang Revolusi Iran yang pernah mengoncangkan dunia pada 1979.
Mereka akan mempelajari bahawa 34 tahun lalu rakyat Iran bangkit untuk menumbangkan regim Mohamad Shah Reva Pahlavi dan menukar sistem pemerintahan negara itu daripada diperintah oleh raja kepada sebuah negara republik.
Pemuda-pemuda Malaysia akan sedar, rupa-rupanya untuk menukar kerajaan tidak semestinya melalui pilihan raya. Terdapat banyak jalan lain seperti pilihan jalan raya.
Yang lebih rajin akan mempelajari dengan lebih dalam lagi dan pasti akan bertemu dengan watak Dr Ali Shariati, orang yang dikatakan sebagai arkitek Revolusi Iran.
Kehebatan Shariati dalam mengadunkan teori-teori Islam dan Marxist melahirkan buku-buku hebat seperti Hajj (The Pilgrimage), Fatima is Fatima, And Once Again Abu Dzar, Martyrdom: Arise and Bear Witness dan banyak lagi yang boleh dimuat turun dari Internet.
Walaupun Shariati tidak dapat menyaksikan Revolusi Iran kerana meninggal dunia dua tahun sebelum berlakunya peristiwa bersejarah itu, namanya tetap dikenang sebagai di antara pencetus kebangkitan bangsa Parsi itu.
Di antara peminat kepada Shariati adalah seorang menteri di dalam Kabinet Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Menteri tersebut malahan pernah terlibat dalam menerjemahkan karya-karya Shariati ke dalam bahasa Melayu.
Sejarah juga merakamkan Presiden Perkasa, Datuk Ibrahim Ali merupakan orang Malaysia terawal bertemu dengan Imam Khomeini pada 1978 di Paris, sebelum pemimpin besar itu pulang untuk “merasmikan” revolusi.
“Jika isu bertemu dengan Khomeini, saya dikatakan Syiah, ini satu jenaka paling besar kerana pertemuan kita dengan sesiapa tidak harus menjadikan kita setuju atau mengikut fahaman mereka.
“Isu Mat Sabu dikaitkan dengan Syiah, saya tak tahu. Itu beliau kena jawab dan tiada kena mengena pertemuan saya bersama Khomeini,” kata Ibrahim seperti dilaporkan The Malaysian Insider semalam.
Selepas diserang hebat di laman-laman sosial, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) kini mengatakan mereka hanya mengeluarkan bukti-bukti “Gred B” dan apabila tiba masanya barulah yang “Gred A” akan dikeluarkan.
KDN malah meminta Mat Sabu untuk memberikan bukti beliau bukan penganut fahaman Syiah.
Jenaka apakah ini? Orang yang dituduh diminta buktikan mereka tidak bersalah? Hukum apa ini?
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (gambar) seharusnya menghentikan lawak jenaka ini. Jika tidak, beliau akan terus dilihat tidak bijak.
Sebelum bercakap lebih baik fikir dahulu. Ahmad Zahid merupakan seorang menteri kanan dan bukannya orang biasa. Jangan malukan Perdana Menteri kerana melantiknya menjadi anggota Kabinet.
Kalau hendak menghentam Syiah sekali pun, gunakanlah fakta yang betul.
Untuk pengetahuan Ahmad Zahid, di Iraq sudah beribu tahun wujud Syiah.
Malah kebanyak imam mereka disemadikan di negara itu termasuk cucu kepada Nabi Muhammad, Hussein yang dibunuh kejam oleh kerajaan Yazid bin Muawiyah.
Janganlah kata sebelum ada Syiah, Iraq merupakan sebuah negara aman. Sebab itu dalam ayat pertama Al-Quran Muhammad diminta untuk membaca.
Apabila membaca bertambahlah ilmu. Jika tidak membaca, jadilah kita orang yang tidak bijak.
Arab Saudi yang merupakan negara Wahabi terbesar di dunia juga tidak pernah menghalang orang Syiah dari Iran, Iraq, Syria dan serata dunia untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji.
Jangan sampai kita “lebih sudu daripada kuah.”
Tak pasal-pasal lebih 50 peratus rakyat Malaysia yang tidak mengundi Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam Pilihan Raya Umum 2013 mengenali Khomeini dan berjumpa formula “baru” untuk menyelesaikan masalah mereka. – 15 Disember, 2013.
* Ini adalah pendapat peribadi penulis dan tidak semestinya mewakili pandangan The Malaysian Insider