Extracts from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak
Takeaway #5 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013
Allah says in the Qur’an:
31:21 And when it is said to them: “Follow that which Allah has sent down”, they say: “Nay, we shall follow that which we found our fathers (following).” (Would they do so) even if Shaitan invites them to the torment of the Fire.
During the period from 100 BC – 1400 AD, Malays form the community with the most number of Hindus in the world.
Hinduism has taught the Malays to follow tradition blindly and it has corrupted the minds of the Malays by shackling them to tradition. Are the Malays today still shackled by tradition?
If you want to get married, you must pay dowry (hantaran) to the girl’s family and the amount depends on the girls’ qualifications. Wedding feasts (kenduri) must be grand but when it comes to paying for our children’s exams fees, we have no money.
Hinduism glorifies culture in the minds of the Malays. It made the Malays slaves to tradition and today, some Malays place more value on culture than religion.
However, there are positive aspects to Hinduism. The Hindus taught the Malays character (budi) and creativity through the design of their beautiful temples.
They also taught the Malays a language that is beautiful. Before this, the Malays did not have a language of their own. The Malay language that we speak today were taught to us by the Indians who Malaynise the Malay language. For example, words like “puasa”, “tuhan” and “sembahyang” did not come from Arabic or Islam but from the Hindus.
Our history is still with us. We still believe in superstition (tahyul). We are more afraid of ghosts and black magic (sihir) than we are afraid of Allah. We engage the services of “bomoh” instead of relying on Allah for help.
Actually, the Malays have been Muslims for only a short period of time of not more than 500 years.