Archive for July, 2008

PAS Wants to Implement Hudud and Qisas

July 31, 2008

Well, I are not surprised that PAS raises again the issue of Hudud and Qisas. Indeed,  PAS has never gone ‘moderate’ despite veiling its demand for an Islamic state in the last general election. Be rest assured, PAS will impose Islamic law at the first expedient opportunity. After all, isn’t there an Islamic term ‘Hudna’ – truce or [temporary] cessation of hostility. The truce is only an opportunity to regroup, rebuild one’s strength until the conditions are ripe for the next decisive blow to the enemy.

[I quote from the authoritative classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, section o9.16, Amanah Publication (1994), pp. 604-605] – In Sacred Law truce means a peace treaty with those hostile to Islam, involving cessation of hostility for a specific period, whether for payment or something else…Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel [sic], or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim… If the Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary…It is not permissible to stipulate longer than that, save by means of new truces, each of which does not exceed ten years…The rulings of such a true are inferable from those of the non-Muslim poll tax (jizyah).

Still, we should not over-react. (more…)

Muslim Councils’ Applications to Intervene in Herald Case

July 9, 2008

Comment: Amazing! So many Muslim Councils rushing to join the fray. Perhaps they are nervous about losing their case and seek assurance in numbers. It would have been so much simpler if people concerned just allow the two immediate parties involved in the suit to calmly and rationally argue their case. Surely it can’t be the case that 10+ Muslim councils are each presenting its own unique argument? Indeed, judging from eyewitness report describing the atmosphere at the court, It seems to me that some Muslim are more propelled by emotions than by rational and respectful argumentation.

More likely, and more disturbingly, the flood of applications, or rather the inflated crowd at the court is a show of force to intimidate the Catholic Church or the honorable judge. (more…)

MCCBCHST Press Statement on Burial of Alleged Muslim Convert

July 9, 2008

Family fails in bid to stop burial, convert buried as a Muslim
By K. KASTURI DEWI
THE STAR Tuesday July 8, 2008

GEORGE TOWN: The family of a 34-year-old man, who had supposedly converted to Islam, has failed to stop the Perak Islamic Religious Affairs Department from burying him as a Muslim. The High Court yesterday dismissed an Erinford injunction application by B. Elangesvaran’s stepbrother to stop his body from being removed from the Parit Buntar hospital mortuary. It was learnt that Elangesvaran was buried at the Parit Buntar Muslim cemetery last night. (more…)