Articles, Opinions & Views: Dear Hadi, there is no such thing as Islamophobia - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy


 
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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Dear Hadi, there is no such thing as Islamophobia - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, February 14, 2022

Dear Hadi: Where's The Hudud You've Been Screaming?

Malaysiakini : “States that are built on a religious foundation limit their own people in a circle of faith and fear.” - Raif Badawi in "1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think"

COMMENT | In August last year when Abdul Hadi Awang was propagandising the Taliban “victory” in Afghanistan he wrote this of their earlier victory.

“Apabila mereka memenangi pertempuran pada peringkat awal, mereka bertindak memaksa Mazhab Hanafi yang asal diamalkan. Sehinggalah mereka mewajibkan kaum lelaki supaya berjanggut dan tidak membenarkan golongan wanita bersekolah dan pelbagai tindakan yang lain lagi.

"Justeru, pihak media Barat menggunakan isu ini bagi memburukkan Islam, tanpa mengkaji ajaran Islam secara menyeluruh. Tambahan lagi, dengan penyebaran berita palsu yang mengatakan kononnya kumpulan Taliban berniaga dadah, suatu berita yang tidak masuk akal terhadap kumpulan yang keras berpegang dengan agama. Sebenarnya apa yang berlaku adalah kumpulan bukan Islam yang datang untuk berniaga dadah, lalu mereka memarahi Taliban kerana mengharamkannya dengan keras.” 

Two points are important in this segment.

The first is that criticism of the Taliban’s fascist religious dogma is nothing more than critics not understanding Islam in its totality. The second point is that immorality (in this instance the drug trade) is something that “kumpulan yang bukan Islam” inflicts on a Muslim polity.

Islamophobia
Forget about Afghanistan and the Taliban. What does this mean in the local context?

First, it means that anybody criticising Islamic policy does not know anything about Islam, and the only people who understand Islam are religious gatekeepers like Hadi and not even your average believer.

This is why you have many Muslims who always attempt to qualify their dissent against fascist religious policies by appealing to other Islamic sources or alluding to a bygone era when people (Muslims) were more “tolerant”.

Whenever someone makes the claim that people do not understand their religion, it most often means that their religion has a lot to answer for.

All religions have commonalities. Those positive commonalities make it possible for people of diverse religious faiths to play well with others.

Call it evolutionary or spiritual but the result is the same, the receding of religious dogma and the acceptance of the plurality of thought. All diverse cohesive societies exhibit this.

Blaming non-Muslims is all part of the strategy of deflection while reinforcing the point that Muslims are “moral” polities influenced by other religions. Remember when the police chief of Terengganu claimed that the reason why there was no gangsterism in his state was that the majority were Malays.

Read Mariam Mohktar’s take here where she ended with the spectacular – “Racially profiling the major crimes in Malaysia may be the cold shower we need.” – but her whole piece was about the moral failings of a state predicated on using race and religion as foundational ideas. 

Islamophobia is something religious extremists use when attempting to defect. There is no such thing as “Islamophobia”.

There are of course racists, bigots and other cretins who disparage Muslims and Islam around the world but unfortunately, the world is filled with racists and bigoted people who disparage all sorts of people, their religion and culture. This is not solely a Muslim issue.

Politically-correct discourse

Demagogues the world over will of course target minorities to further fascist ideals.

What is solely a Muslim issue is this idea that any criticisms of Islam are an attack on Muslims or that acknowledging empirical evidence of the way how “Islamic” states operate are anathema to freedoms and rights enjoyed in the progressive world is verboten in "civilised" company.

That any contrary narratives to the acceptable politically-correct discourse are an attack on peaceful, peace-loving people who have always been at the mercy of colonialism or other forms of “Western” imperial ambitions.

This is Islamophobia and it is used to silence dissent and which has crippled the political and religious discourse the world over. Hadi: Anti-Taliban sentiments rooted in Islamophobia


If people do have a phobia about Islam as a state religion in this country, it is because of policies that disenfranchise them are done in the name of Islam. It is not hidden.

Political and religious operatives use it as a selling point. And we non-Muslims cannot fight back because to do so would mean you guessed it that we were Islamophobic or worse invite sanctions from the state.

Even Muslims who speak up against fascist dogma are targeted by the state, to make an example of them.

Now, if you think that Hadi is an outlier in this, why is it that this Malay uber alles government and the governments before it placed non-Muslims only as tokens or should that be fig leaves, to cover up their racial and religious prerequisites?

This is why we have an Umno vice-president claiming that we should go back to a genuine power-sharing formula instead of the tokenism we have now.

Of course, back in the day, Umno was making all the decisions instead of the cabinet – as articulated by former BN minister and MIC big cheese S Samy Vellu – so even this yearning for genuine power-sharing does not pass the smell test.

The MB of Kedah decides that his religious obligation trumps the rights of non-Muslims and bans gambling outlets. Every time there is political instability, Muslim political operatives use religion as a means to shore up support or demonise the non-Muslim community.

Ambiga Srenevesan was right when she said that non-Muslims must speak up when their rights are infringed. We should speak up as long as we have the ability.

Instead what we have are non-Muslim political operatives who don the hijab and gaslight non-Muslims into believing that acceptance is a two way street in Malaysia when it is not.

People who disagree with this propaganda are viciously attacked as having old ideas or not needed in this new political landscape.

When Hadi claims that non-Muslims should be pak turuts, isn't that the realpolitik here in Malaysia? Now Hadi’s ahistorical observations and political chicanery on world issues are not problems for Malaysians especially non-Muslims and liberal Muslims.

The real threat is that beneath the veneer of moderation the current political landscape permits lurks a theocratic state waiting to be birthed which would allow rich religious oligarchs and political operatives to live a life of luxury while the rest of the population is mired in poverty and theocratic abuse.

That is the end game.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:23 AM  
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