Extracts from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak
Takeaway #7 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:
31:6 And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead men from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (Al-Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment in the Hell-fire.
If we love entertainment so much, we will be among those who are astray. The first thing that the colonizers did was to make the Malays addicted to entertainment. We were made stupid by the west and we forgot about Islam. When the westerners came, Malay minds became corrupted. We began to love the world and left our religion. We became addicted to entertainment. We glorified culture and belittled religion. There is a Malay saying: Biar mati anak, jangan mati adat – Let your children die but never let tradition die.
To follow tradition, Malay weddings need to be grand. It doesn’t matter if they need to borrow a lot of money as long as their weddings are grand. Such traditions corrupt the Malays. During the prophet’s time, a companion had nothing but slippers and the prophet allowed him to use it as mahar (dowry). We make it difficult for something that the religion has made easy.
Anyone who tried to reform the Malays were attacked and stopped. A lot of Tassauf scholars tried to change the Malays but they were sidelined. They rejected the writings by Syaikh Tahir Jalaluddin and Raja Ali Haji and glorified the secularists instead. In the 20s, the Malay magazine Al-Imam, described people who wore sarbans as talisman sellers who were conning the Malays. Because the Malays did not hold dear to Islam anymore, they made use of the religion to gain profit. The religious scholars then were known as ulama’ su’ (evil scholars) because they preach Islam for their own popularity.
This was the problem with the Malays for more than a hundred years.