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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.

Extracts from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak

Takeaway #4 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013

The history of Malay Thinking can be divided into 5 phases.

1) The Era of Superstitious Thinking (Pemikiran Jumud : 35 000 BC – 100 BC)
2) The Era of Traditional Thinking (Pemikiran Adat : 100 BC – 1400 AD)
3) The Era of Tauhidic Thinking (Pemikiran Tauhid : 1400 – 1800 AD)
4) The Era of Westernised Thinking (Pemikiran Kebaratan : 1800 – 1957 AD)
5) The Era of Crisis of the Mind (1957 AD – today)

Malays have believed in superstition longer than they have been Muslims. For more than 35000 years, the Malays were worshiping statues.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

31:13 And (remember) when Luqman said to his son when he was advising him: “O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah. Verily! Joining others in worship with Allah is a great Zoolm (wrong) indeed.

Because of our superstitious thinking, Malays were not known to the world until they embraced Hinduism. The Qur’an says that believing in syirik is a form of oppression to our selves. During this period, Malays worshipped the ghosts of their forefathers (ruh datuk nenek) and believed in semangat (spirits) and kekebalan (invincibility).

What is the relevance of the fact that the Malays used to believe in all these to the present context? Do the Malays still believe in ghosts? In fact, Malays have the most number of ghosts compared to any other community in this world. There are 55 different types of ghosts in the Malay world – Pontianak, Bolong, Penanggal, Pelesit, etc.

The superstitious thinking that has been ingrained in the Malays for more than 35000 years has not disappeared. Even some asatizahs are afraid of ghosts. Are there such things as ghosts? There is no such thing as ghosts. Can we see ghosts? According to Imam Syafie, whoever says that he can see a jinn, he is no longer a Muslim.

Why are Malays afraid of ghosts? Because they watch a lot of ghost movies which are box office hits in the Malay film industry.

The Malay Muslim community will not be able to progress as long as they are still trapped in this superstitious thinking. If we are afraid of ghosts, it means that our aqidah (faith) is weak.

Rumusan Ceramah Semalam

Rumusan Ceramah Semalam oleh Dewi Suratman

“nak kongsi sedikit isi ceramah Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied secara ringkas ~ Pemikiran Melayu Muslim : Iktibar dari Sejarah

Sejarah Pemikiran Melayu :

1) Zaman Pemikiran Jumud ~ 35000BC – 100BC
=> Percaya kepada Taghut
– hantu dan jembalang/ruh datuk nenek/semangat dan kekebalan

2) Zaman Pemikiran Adat ~ 100BC – 1400AD
=> Kebaikan dan Keburukan Pemikiran Adat
– ( kebanyakannya dari adat agama Hindu )
– Budi dan kreativiti
– Bahasa yang indah
– Terlalu tertumpu kepada aspek Ruhiyyah ( puasa/sembahyang/Tuhan dll )

3) Zaman Pemikiran Tauhid ~ 1400AD – 1800AD
=> Islam Memperlengkapkan Umat Melayu
– (tauhid yang memertabatkan orang Melayu)
– peradaban/perdagangan/kekuatan minda (syumul)/kesarjanaan ‘Aceh Serambi Makkah’

4) Zaman Pemikiran Kebaratan ~ 1800AD – 1957AD
=> Penjajahan Barat MerosakkanPemikiran Melayu Muslim
– cinta kepada dunia/enak dengan hiburan/adat dijunjung,agama diketepikan/gerakan reformasi diserang

5) Zaman Krisis & Peperangan Minda ~ 1957AD – hari ini
=> Bahaya Ideologi Songsang
– Islam liberal dan sekularisme (eg. orang Islam boleh berkahwin dengan yang bukan Islam)
– kemurtadan
– ajaran sesat berleluasa

Bottom line, kita haruslah
– menerapkan minda Qur’ani ( DO NOT START YOUR DAY WITHOUT THE QUR’AN)
– menghidupkan sunnah Nabi
– mensyarakkan adat melayu : yang baik tak semestinya benar tetapi yang benar itu sememangnya baik
– da’wah sebagai satu Fardhu ain
– melahirkan generasi pemikir melayu Islam

Extracts from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak

Takeaway #1 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013

It has been a tradition among Malay lecturers/asatizahs to begin religious talks with funny stories to make the audience laugh but this culture of too much laughing has been detrimental to the Malays. If we look at the situation of Malays today, not only in Singapore, but also in Malaysia, Indonesia, South Thailand and South Philippines, we will find that the Malays are no longer a race that is respected for their great achievements in the past. To break away from this tradition, the talk shall begin with a recital from the Al-Qur’an.

58:20 Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), they will be among the lowest (most humiliated).

58:21 Allah has decreed: “Verily! It is I and My Messengers who shall be the victorious.” Verily, Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.

58:22 You (O Muhammad SAW) will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Rooh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful.

These verses should serve as a reminder that we are today living in a time where Muslims are being disgraced. Although one out of six people in the world today are Muslims, we are the weakest of them all. And among the Muslims, the Malays are the most belittled community. There is only one source to this problem and that is the way we think.

Extracts from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak

Takeaway #2 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013

Malays in Singapore are blind to their history. They don’t know who their grandparents, great-grandparents and forefathers are. They don’t know where the Malays have been and what they have done in the past so they are not able to be motivated and feel proud of the great achievements that the Malays have made.

Most students do not like history as a subject because it requires a lot of memorization but Allah says in the Qur’an.

11:100 These are some of the news of the (population of) towns which We relate unto you (O Muhammad SAW); of them, some are standing, and some have been (already) reaped.


3:137 Many similar ways (and mishaps of life) were faced by nations that have passed away before you, so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who disbelieved.

We must study history to prevent our community from being destroyed by Allah. The further away we are from Al-Qur’an and our history, the nearer we are to our destruction. History is very important because it teaches us the things we need to know.