RESPECTFULLY, I begin this involved letter by placing the top priority to the following selected Verses of the Quran from the quoted Surahs thus:
i. “…..This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour to you and chosen for you ISLAM as a religion….”
Verse 3: Surah Al- Maidah (The Food) (5)
ii. “Verily the Religion (al-din) in the Sight of Allah is ISLAM”
Verse 19: Surah Ali Imran (The Family of Amran)(3)
iii. “Then we put you on the (right) Way of Religion: so follow it (that way), and follow not low desires of those who know not.”
Verse 18: Surah Al-Jathiyah (The Kneeling)(45)
iv. “And many gains which they will acquire (the global spread of ISLAM). And ALLAH is every Mighty, Wise.”
Verse 19: Surah Al-Fath (Victory)(48)
v. “ALLAH has not laid upon you in religion any hardship.”
Verse 78: Surah Al-Haj(22)
vi. ALLAH intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.”
Verse185: Surah Al Baqarah (The Cow)(2)
I hope these quoted verses would generally deal with the respective essence of the issues pertaining to the recent mesmerising topics, prompted by the recent implementation of the Syariah Law, as reflected in the various reports in your paper, such as:
i. “End Confusion over Syariah Law: HM Orders Authorities To Take Swift Action” (The Brunei Times, May 6, 2014)
ii. “Questioning Rights and ISLAM” – Your Editorial, The Brunei Times, May 6, 2014)
iii. “Sacred Words, Phrases Usage-Deputy Minister Clarifies Issue” (The Brunei Times, May 10, 2014)
iv. “Addressing Criticism on Syariah Extremely Important.” (The Brunei Times, May 16, 2014)
v. “Saudi Ban Dutch Companies Over Insult to Islam: Decree.” (The Brunei Times, May 18, 2014)
This is the most complex letter which I had to force myself, as a Muslim, to write. Obviously I am not qualified to tackle this very delicate subject of the Syariah Law, but I strongly feel I must stand up, walk tall in staunch defense against the repeated attacks on our RELIGION ISLAM, on our ULIL AMRI, our MONARCH (Verse 59: Surah Al-Nisa(The Women) (4)) and our MIB; the country’s Philosophy and Way of Life.
Any weakness in my knowledge of the Syariah Law is solidly counter balanced with the various authorities established references on ISLAM and its Syariah Law.
This letter is a fortuitous sequel to my letter on the same subject but with a new unhealthy twist. The earlier letter was published in your paper from 19 March to 21 March 2014. Ever ready to die for our MIB, I was/am so blessed by the honour you gave for its publication. The enemies are the same, but the weapons they used this time round are different; to the extent of their attacking Brunei Darussalam’s Sovereign assets, which are being managed by the Brunei Investment Agency, in Los Angeles and London. Their hatred and desperation have turned them into puerile, drunken stupor. Talking about “barbarism” and “human rights” according to their terms and whims, “they followed their low desires”!
Well, the Brunei Investment Agency must take these boycotts in its business strides. In these cities, the hospitality business is flexible and their locals are dependent on their jobs at those hotels; hence its ripple effect-good or bad. So, believe in Verse 17 of Surah Luqman(31): ”O my son, keep upprayer and enjoin good and forbid evil and bear patiently that which befalls thee…”
As we Muslims fully believe, as our article of absolute faith, that Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala as revealed in His Quran and as per the Sunnah of His Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Aalayhi Wasalam, hence the basis of the Syariah Law, that Allah does not intend to burden mankind, His vicegerents in this mortal world, by revealing various Divine Injunctions, Guidelines. Basically, “Commanding right and Forbidding wrong” (al-amrbil-ma rufwalnahy an al-munkar), that is the duty of a Muslim to intervene when another is acting wrongly. (Ref: “Forbidding Wrong in ISLAM” by Michael Cook.) In short, ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW HARMING OTHERS NOR ALLOW OTHERS TO HARM.
Basically, mankind under ISLAM just simply AVOID / PREVENT themselves from committing EVIL and HARAM (unlawful) activities and intentions and that they do not consume HARAM food, but commit their SOULS to TAWHID and IMAN. That Muslims absolutely believe in ALLAH subhanahuwata’ala, the ONLY GOD, and the Prophet Muhammad sallaAllahualayiwasallamas ALLAH’s LAST PROPHET.
InsyaAllah, by Allah subhanahuwata’ala’s Desire and Plan, “ISLAM is now the fastest growing religion worldwide, attracting followers all over the globe.
The Brunei Times/Letters
Tue, 3 June 2014