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.