Religion Weirdness

7 Ridiculous Things The Malaysian Fatwa Council Has Banned

True story: in sekolah menengah I was very, very good in Pendidikan Islam. But not because I was smart. I just found out that for any subjective question that I didn’t know the answer, I could put a variation of “untuk kebaikan/kemajuan ummah”, “untuk mempertahankan Islam” or “bertentangan dengan nilai-nilai Islam” and I would get some easy points.

And I have a feeling that some people in the National Fatwa Council operate using the same answers I’ve been taught.

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Look ma! I knew I can be a religious and Photoshop expert! Screenshot from e-Fatwa.

The heuristics to ban things seems to go like this:

Step 1: Does it kinda sorta looks Christian/Buddhist/Hindu/non-Islam ish? If Yes, go to Step 4. If No, go to Step 2.
Step 2: Will this destroy the paper thin iman of Muslims? If Yes, go to step 4. If No, go to step 3.
Step 3: Yes it will. Go to step 4.
Step 4: Choose a reason: “untuk mempertahankan iman ummah”, “kerana bertentangan nilai-nilai syariah” etc
Step 5: Rubber stamp the fatwa.
Step 6: ???
Step 7: Fatwa.

Maybe that’s why despite the good intentions of the National Fatwa Council, who I always imagined as a Jedi council wielding official rubber stamps, sometimes you’d read the latest fatwa and just go, ‘Eh? That also want to ban ar?’

But sometimes common sense does prevail. Early this week, the Court of Appeal laid down the law and declared that Negri Sembilan’s Shariah law criminalising cross-dressing as inconsistent with the Federal Constitution. This was celebrated by Malaysians, as this was considered a win for human rights issue in Malaysia. The Negri Sembilan government, however, are not very happy with the ruling and are looking to file an appeal against it.

But despite this ruling, there are still other fatwas in Malaysia that make you wonder how it even happened in the first place.

1. Halloween

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Iman shaking pumpkins. Image from Hype.my

Last October, the National Fatwa Council has released a fatwa prohibiting Muslim’s from celebrating Halloween. The council categorised Halloween as a Christian celebration of the dead and against Islamic teachings.

Okay, so maybe like Christmas la. But still can visit friends during Christmas, right?

But they also added that Halloween is also said to be influenced by ancient pagan traditions and linked to the devil, sorcery, ghosts and scary mythological creatures.

Wait, which one is this?

And then, Isma (Ikatan Muslim Malaysia) has also chipped in, claiming it was likely that atheists were behind the events, and that Halloween celebrations were also intended to spread atheism.

Whoa there buddy. Whoa.

So Halloween is not only a Christian celebration, it also has pagan roots, and is most likely organised by atheists??? So if I’m reading this right, not only will it sesatkan the Muslims, it will also sesatkan the Christians due to its pagan roots.

And if you follow the Western tradition of giving out candies, you’re also promoting diabetes.

That’s like 5 levels of sesat already, with health issues thrown in the mix. So if I’m reading this right, we need to stop this atheist-Christian-pagan-diabetes-distributor-party-planner from ruining our faith and insulin levels.

2. Yoga

Yoga, an ancient exercise from India that’s famous with the health conscious and white women, was banned in 2008. It was banned on the grounds that yoga was inappropriate for Muslims as it involved “chants” and “acts of worship of the god of another religion” that could corrupt a person causing their faith to be eroded.

This is another one probably filed under “akan merosakkan iman dan akidah umat Islam”, fearing that Muslims will start converting to Hinduism after doing some sun salutations. Interestingly, the BBC has asked the question whether doing yoga makes you a Hindu.

But for the fatwa council maybe, just maybe, as a test, they could do a fact-finding mission to test their theory? Or at least watch a Youtube video, like this one.

Skip to 3:22 for the part where she starts chanting in Sanskrit and will only teach you the next steps after you email her a video of you repeating it.

No, I’m just kidding, she just stretches. The Sanskrit chant comes in the advanced part.

No, I’m just kidding again. She just stands on her head. Show off.

But when you do yoga, since I assume we are independent human beings in full control of ourselves, if, and only if, your yoga instructor asks you to chant, maybe you can say no? And if your instructor is unreasonable and does an evil laugh and says she’ll withhold the secret technique for immortality if you don’t chant, maybe you can say, “Namaste, b***hes” and leave the class for someone who’s sane?

Btw, “Namaste, b***hes” should totally be a t-shirt.

(Note: I totally stole the line “Namaste, b***hes” from Sharul Channa. Watch her. She’s awesome.)

3. Sisters In Islam

At first, I thought they mistook SIS as ISIS, the Syrian extremist organisation. Probably an honest mistake because the fatwa council did ban ISIS. You know how confusing filling in government forms can be. So I came up with a simple way to tell which is which.

This is ISIS.

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Image from Free Malaysia Today

This is SIS.

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Image from The Rakyat Post

In case you have difficulty telling them apart, please note that the SIS ladies are the ones without beards and automatic weapons.

But as it turns out, the fatwa against SIS is not a clerical error.

Sisters In Islam has been labelled as a deviant organisation for promoting liberalism and religious pluralism because, surprise surprise, the fatwa council released a low-key fatwa in July banning exactly that.

I would like to talk more about them but Cilisos’ resident writer UiHua has already written an excellent article on it, where SIS rebutted the accusations hurled against them and more.

4. Tomboyish behaviour

Hooray Malaysia! We’re in Reuters! We’re famous! For issuing a fatwa against tomboys.

Why? Because dressing like a tomboy = lesbian = hot hot lesbian sex.

To show just how surprising the ruling is not just for us, but for everyone outside of Malaysia, I will quote verbatim the report on the National Fatwa Council’s statement.

“There are teenage girls who prefer the male lifestyle including dressing up in men’s clothes,” it quoted council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin as saying. “More worryingly, they have started to engage in sexual activities.”

He gave no other details.

I love that part, “He gave no other details.” It’s like the reporter himself is dumbfounded. I imagine the rep for the fatwa council going to a press conference and says, “Teenage girls are starting to dress like men and they’re having sex with each other and that’s illegal! Kthxbai”, then drops the mic and walks away with two fingers in the air like he just don’t care.

NAH, BACA:
Malaysia just got its first case of vape-related illness. So how unsafe is vaping?

And what do they mean by ‘male lifestyle’? Does it mean there are women out there wearing plaid shirts, chopping wood and growing beards?

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This is a lesbian according to the National Fatwa Council. Image from The Internet.

I don’t think a women dressing tomboyish has the magical effect of turning them to the other side. And really, even if they are lesbians, do you really think it’s a choice on their part? That they could just be lesbian whenever they want? That one day they cut their hair short and wore a shirt and thought, “When did that Brenda chick get totally hot? You know what, let me just go for women and get ostracised and labelled and called names by the current society I’m in from now on. Wow, that would totally be fun”.

Just saying.

5. Shisha and smoking

The fatwa council has declared that both cigarettes and shisha are banned due to its detrimental health effects. Okay. But shouldn’t something like this be decided by the National Health Council?

And, if they’re really into protecting our health, shouldn’t they go for the very big health issues instead? I decided to see what is the leading cause of death in Malaysia. Here’s a top 10 list from 2011:

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Image from World Life Expectancy

Road traffic accidents is ahead of lung cancer, and we’re ranked 20th in the world! How about a fatwa on not texting while driving?

And number one on that list is heart disease. Where is the fatwa on not exercising, not eating right and not applying stress-relieving methods on a daily basis to reduce heart disease?

Maybe there should be syariah compliant exercises to stop the number one killer in Malaysia. You know, “untuk kesihatan ummah”.

6. Black Metal

In 2006, the Fatwa council ruled that ‘black metal’ is unacceptable for Muslims, as it can cause listeners to rebel against religion.

Is that true? How bad is black metal? I admit, I am ignorant of black metal. My iTunes playlist is littered with hipster music that nobody listens to except me and maybe 10 million other people.

To find out how bad black metal is, I decided to do a high level scientific research on black metal. This involves typing ‘best black metal bands’ into Google and clicking on the band with the most ganas picture.

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All black clothing, check. Skulls, check. Face like you just bumped into them and made them drop their ice-cream, check. Image from Weirdest Band In The World.

Ok, Mayhem, you’re it.

I listened to one of their songs, Carnage.

After listening to it, I was possessed by a sudden urge to kill…

…some time on the internet. Sorry for submitting this article late editor. I blame black metal for this.

But does black metal really cause us to rebel against religion? Or is music, like literature and movies, just a form of escapism? If black metal bands really believed what they wrote, no band would release more than one album.

Look, if we are going to ban music, I asked an expert ie. me to come up with people who are more worthy to be banned for their crimes to music.

3 people who need to be banned by the Fatwa council

(a listicle in a listicle!!! Maybe can claim more now for this article…)

1. Justin Bieber

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The Biebs. Image from The Internet

2. Los Del Rio, just in case they bring back the Macarena. What were we thinking in the ’90s??

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The sins of our fathers. Image from The Internet.

3. My neighbour who sings karaoke at 11pm every night.

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Models only for illustration purposes. Image from The Internet.

7. The Use Of The Word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims

Whoa.

I know what you’re thinking: ini sedisyes. Cilisos must have really good lawyers to mention this. Of course they do. Right, editor? Right?

Editor?

Hello? Chak?

Don’t leave me hereeeee..

In case you don’t know, Malaysia has banned the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims. Why? Because they’re afraid that using the world ‘Allah’ in non-Muslim literature could convince Muslims and entice them to convert. This is despite the fact that the word has been used for centuries in Malay bibles. Of course, being a smart-ass, I would argue that having Allah in a Malay bible would entice Christians to convert to Islam, too.

But why this fear of Muslims converting? Are the faith of Muslims in Malaysia so paper-thin that just seeing the word Allah in a bible would make them run to the nearest church to be baptised? (Note: If you or anyone you know has done that, please leave a comment below)

Surely as a moderate Muslim country we have intelligent, discerning Muslims who can tell these things apart, and the meaning of the word Allah within the context? Surely our school system would teach us how to critically think about religion, and you can’t just answer your exam questions with “untuk kebaikan ummah”?

Surely the Muslims in Malaysia can’t be that easily swayed. Or can they?

To find out about this question, I’ve created a super difficult question to test your iman. I know that you can’t cheat in this test, because this question tak pernah bocor.

Trick question! The answer is, “untuk kebaikan ummah”.

Have faith

We seem to live in an age of fear and paranoia, where fatwas are thrown left and right in an attempt to protect us. There is a fear that any exposure to other religions will immediately make us crumble and question our faith. This fear seems to be part of the Muslim community too.

Just recently, a consumer group wanted water bottles with pictures of Hindu deities to be removed as it could cause ‘chaos in the Muslim community‘. This reminded me of the times I’ve been told not to accept drinks from Christians as they put holy water in it, and once I drink it I will immediately want to become a Christian.

Guess what? Still not a Christian. Good try, Father Francis. Thanks for the Coke, though.

But if it was that easy, I doubt there would be Christian missionaries walking around trying to tell people about the good news. They’ll just hire someone to contaminate the water supply at Syabas to convert Muslims en masse. Kan?

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This is where you should target, you sneaky Christian missionaries! Image from AllTravels.

It’s time to trust the community and to let the Muslims test their faith, for them to examine and think about what they are exposed to and what they have been told. Stop being so insecure. Have faith in their faith.

There are people like Reza Aslan, a Muslim who studied Christianity and wrote a book on Jesus, and left with his faith intact. In fact, he even has to defend himself as to why a Muslim would write about Jesus, as well as defending Islam from accusations that it is a violent religion.

Maybe when you study something, you can stop fearing it and start understanding it instead?

Because in the long run, teaching Muslims to be intelligent and discerning is important “untuk kebaikan dan kemajuan ummah”.

My ustaz would give me an A for that.

148 Comments

  1. Amy Mansor

    28/08/2016 at 4:37 pm

    The fatwas made by the council shouldn’t be questioned because the people are the only people with recognized authority that can make fatwa based on Quran and Hadith.

    “O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble” [5:101].

    Correction, majority of the fatwas you shared can weaken ones heart and also lead to committing sins whether it is small sins or big sins but mostly big sins. The council is doing what they can do best to protect the muslim people and truly this post is making Islam looks weird and wrong in the eyes of the world. I can’t believe this author is being ignorant with all the comments that showed this post is absolutely WRONG!

  2. Simon Chen

    28/10/2015 at 12:27 am

    If I’m not mistaken isn’t Fatwa some sort of advice rather than a command( I’ll check this out)?
    I understand some of the concerns that are to my opinion are greatly exaggerated for political points and in the process obscure the religious value in it. Yes, I’m not a Muslim.

    I’ll start with Halloween. I agree, Muslims are not allowed/encourage to celebrate as it is nothing to do with Islamic teaching(and may disturb the lest faithful) but I don’t recall encouraging Muslims to demonise or ostracise their non-Muslim neighbours who do. Cool.

    Yoga. Yes, it is no go but I don’t recall any prison sentence for those who intent to do it. Like you said, if it involves chanting or mention Lord Krishna’s name, leave! Wah! So easy!

    Sisters In Islam. Ah! Didn’t they went into the news having women Imam in solat prayers last year(or was it two years ago)? I agree, I don’t recall Muslims have women Imams. Then again, Sister In Islam is not Al Arqam. So, proceed with caution. Just saying.

    Tomboyish Behaviour. Lesbianism/Homosexuality? No go! Got it! Encourage an alternative and healthy spiritual Islamic lifestyle? YES! Wait, why am I saying this? Oh no! I am converrr….anyway, I think there are plenty of good Islamic teachings that sets boundaries when ladies want to compete with men. Yes, not all those labelled “tomboys” are lesbian and not all effeminate men are gays as long as ustaz/ustazahs continues to teach and encourage healthly spiritual Islamic lifestyles to them. Most importantly, Muslims as an Ummah must help their fellow Muslim who are suffering from same-sex attraction(homosexuality) to repent and help them to live a healthly spiritual life again.

    Black Metal. I agree. Most of these kinds of songs, praises the Devil(Iblis) and a whole host of other blasphemous stuff. Yes, hipster, I know because I listen to it. Fortunately, most of the well know ones gets its blasphemous ideas by ridiculing Christianity and praising ancient Western pagan practices(like witchcraft). So, Muslims, rejoice! No Black Metal song that I know off singing about sacrificing Muslim virgins to the Devil but if you really love God/Allah/The Creator, just stay away.
    Also, while all of that, there are those who listen to Black Metal just for the love of the music. So, fellow Muslims, be nice and don’t get too harsh if you know of anyone who listens to Black Metal. Chances are most who do, are your typical Mat Metal(you know-lah who I’m talking about).

    Speaking about those three people that needs to be banned. I support it because I don’t like the Biebs…Muahahahah!

    Allah. Now this one got carried away thanks to our country’s amazing politics.
    At the end of the day, it is the Malay-speaking Christians who are affected by this more than some curious “liberal” Muslims whose faith is only printed on their MyKad. Shame on you, ISMA!

    Lastly, lotsa good points in the article. Let us not get carried away after reading it, better said than none at all as I’m sure a non-Muslim like me got interested in how to understand better for the good of the Ummah. But if you reaaalllyy want to, just Google away on…naaahh! I don’t want to be blamed for being…sediyes ; p

    Keep it up ugaizz!

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  5. Vijayapragas Muniandy

    13/05/2015 at 3:25 pm

    The problem is not with the religion.. Is the some Malay People’s attitude that got CULTURE SHOCK easily when get introduced to new things; and forgot their own roots. This leads them to drift away fro their original teaching, brings harm to themselves and surrounding people. So guys, please don’t be culture shock, none forcing you to celebrate Halloween or practice Yoga. It has nothing to do with Malays.

  6. ☮ JaneKa ☮

    09/04/2015 at 12:49 pm

    Look bro the things that MALAYSIAN fatwa council has banned are also banned in other countries. For American Fatwa Council for Muslims, yoga, smoking, ISIS, Black Metal, transexuality and crossdressing are prohibited too. These are in line with Islamic faith. Please tell me you don’t study Islamic subjects before. Or tell me you do study, but you don’t believe.

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  8. Rin

    22/01/2015 at 11:01 am

    Maaf Bro..
    Although I admit I am still cetek in Islamic knowledge,, but I gotta admit, when I first read this, I thought it was from a non-muslim which was understandable having misunderstood some of the reasons and fatwas from the council.
    Seriously, u gotta go and check back some of the facts.
    Islam is not a religion just based on logic alone. Some do’s and don’t s are beyond our comprehending but we gotta trust in Allah swt’s rules and judgement.
    Peace. Assalamualaikum.

    • SETH

      23/01/2015 at 10:13 am

      Fatwa is based on logic. Go read your facts book again dear. The way you say it, youre just spewing the same stuffs internet ustazahs/ustazs always did where in the end you concluded its Allah swt will. It doesnt work that way, NONE OF THIS WORKS THAT WAY.
      Kalau cetek, jangan bersuara. Ada akal, fikir dulu. Takkan nak telan je bila orang spoonfeed? Ingat orang yang spoonfeed tu sentiasa feed you with the right stuff?

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  12. Hasan

    30/12/2014 at 11:48 am

    haha..tunjuk bodo ni.hok last skali tu texting tentu doh doso sebab x ikut undang2. Selagi undang2 tu tidak zalim kita wajib ikut. tak perlu fatwa. napok sangat cetek agama. nakal molek. “Barang siapa mentaatiku sungguh dia telah mentaati Allah, dan barangsiapa bermaksiat kepadaku maka dia telah bermaksiat kepada Allah. Barangsiapa metaati seorang pemimpin sungguh dia telah mentaatiku, dan siapa saja bermaksiat kepada seorang pemimpin maka dia telah bermaksiat kepadaku.” (HR. Al-Bukhari no. 2737 dan Muslim no. 3417)

  13. mehmet

    30/12/2014 at 11:01 am

    1- Semua orang ada hak untuk bertanya, mempersoalkan sesuatu tindakan, atau fatwa yang dikeluarkan. Tapi sekurang-kurangnya biarlah ada knowledge untuk apa yang dipersoalkan, kalau tidak nampak sangat kebodohannya. bukan main suka-suka mempersoalkan, apa yang tak kena dengan nafsu, tak masuk dengan jiwa.

    2- untuk author yang bijak pandai macam ariffkamil, yang berfikir dengan kritikal, awak akan lebih bijak kalau dapat argue penghujahan fatwa tersebut. apa yang ada diweb, hanya keputusan fatwa setelah perbincangan.

    3- this not mean that I’m always agreed with keputusan Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan.

  14. Brader

    24/12/2014 at 9:29 pm

    Macha,

    Gua tak tahu lu punya Pendidikan Agama Islam dari Form 1 sampai form 5 tu lu tuang kelas ka apa.
    Gua ingat yang tulis artikel ni Non Muslim (series dow. mcm org bukan islam dok tulis ni. Aku baca komen baru tahu).
    Yang pasti gua nampak artikel lu ni ada betul, tapi banyak salah dan misconception. semua main tengok, main taram je.
    Gua pun bukan la setuju bulat2 dgn majlis fatwa tapi ada point2 yg difatwakan tu ada reasonable.

    1. Halloween
    Pagan practice. What makes you so excited to celebrate the halloween? Candies? Party? Or fun? But for me la. go la. but dont party wild. Ingat tuhan la brader. Unless you are living with an environment which Islam-is-only-on-my-IC. I do understand. You are not exposed to the Islamic discussion much.

    2. YOGA
    I dont see the point it should be fatwa-ed, but yes I agreed with you. Do yoga, girls girls can lah. girls, boys cannot. Dont call me kuno, but the only guy can stand girls in yoga pants are only gays.

    3. Sisters in Islam
    I don’t know why we need sister in Islam. Woman’s status has been uphold very high in Islam if you READ the Quran and the Hadiths carefully. But we’re living in a man-dominated world and I understand why they struggle to prove their points. LOL.

    4. Tomboy/Pondan/Gay
    Brader, very clear la every religion against those people. But then our Constitution is created by non-muslim that time, that’s why syariah laws cant surpass. Do make a thorough research the reality of Islamic law and Conventional Law under constitution. And talking about constitutions, if we really live with it, we’re not islamic country. Secular ada lah.
    And do more research why islam forbids those behavior from spreading.
    But dont like doesnt mean you have to hate.

    5. Cigarette/ Shisha
    One sentence brother.
    “Islam forbids anything that could bring harm to you.”
    You smoke what? rat poison, asbestos, arsenic, coal. Wah. So nice meh.
    Then what you got? lung cancer, cancer here, there. so good ah?
    Go la. no worry. many people disregard this one lorh.
    Do more research on why islam forbids cigarette and shisha.
    Logically, islam forbid you do harm on your body.

    6. Blak Metal
    You see devil’s praise, stop listening.
    That’s all.

    7. Allah word
    Not many people got this idea. YOu have no problem lah.
    But those who want to know Islam better, they might get confused.

    But then i really like the article if this is a form of sarcasm.
    But seriously I thought this was written by a non-muslim.

    I hope you can listen more on islamic discussions before come out with this kind of article.
    Sorry to say, to be frank my first idea came after finishing this article is:

    “Cakap macam hidup xde agama.”

    Kahkahkah.

    • ex-muslim

      29/12/2014 at 12:18 pm

      Islam + Melayu = Violence, Stupidity, Ignorance and Non-tolerance.

      Sincerely,
      Ex-Muslim.

      Peace y’all!

    • Su_Ann_Yip

      16/01/2015 at 12:43 pm

      Bro, you pandai la. Tomboy tak perlu maksud lesbian.

      Tomboy means to behave and dress in a manner that may relate to guys. Not to have crazy lesbian sex. The argument was meant to make it look RIDICULOUS that just because someone behaves a certain way it must have something to do with the way they want to have sex.

      Takkanla a girl who is wearing a rocker tshirt with torn baggy jeans means she wants to bang every chick she sees. We only know that that’s the way she likes to dress, not fuck.

  15. qutu

    23/12/2014 at 11:19 pm

    out of 10 disease listed, smoking is one of the aetiologies of those diseases.. you should read more

  16. XPAHAM

    19/12/2014 at 4:51 pm

    Salam Bro,

    U do sound like SIS edy..Majlis Fatwa should ban you at anytime…to come out with a fatwa is not as simple as you thought..jgn smpai your paper thin iman koyak sudah la…

  17. K-mailman

    09/12/2014 at 4:03 pm

    Actually, why can’t the council and ulamas announce fatwas? Religious scholars are the considered the keepers of the religion, and to ensure that Muslims follow the religious path correctly, its not only their job, but their responsibilities. Islam is different from most religions, basically in the way that it is a practising religion. Some of my non-Muslim friends when I discussed with them do admit that their religions are not really practising religions. Some of them go once a week go to their place of worship, but other than that most of them don’t “practice religion” daily, and pretty much are free to do as they like as long as they don’t steal, rob, kill. Some say they don’t really “practice” their religion at all and live quite the secular life. (I don’t consider generally being a good person as practising the religion). Of course, fatwas are always seen as killjoys, prohibitive, boring, because human beings by nature like to do whatever they want to do. Fine if they want to do it, but why is it wrong for the Majlis ulama to say its wrong, when it is indeed wrong according to the religion? If the ulama says you should not celebrate halloween, it is an advice by the ulamas, not actually a “law”. Same thing with smoking, many ulamas said people should not smoke, get tatoos because gods forbid us doing bad to ourselves (some people say there are a lot of other bad things people can do to themselves which I totally agree), and god forbids Muslims to do things which “memudaratkan” ourselves. Contrary to what most people think, most fatwas are not new, but are announced (as reminders) when it is necessary. For example, the teachings against celebrating halloween is not new. Its just these ulamas have to announce (remind) it in light of many Muslims celebrating it today. Even if the ulamas don’t announce the fatwas, it is still considered wrong. If Muslims want to still do it, they can do so, but not because it suddenly becomes right, it is because they want to do it anyway. But for the ulamas, they have to say its wrong la if its wrong according to the religion. And as for those who say “how can shariah law still be applicable in this day and age?” First of all, it all depends on what you belief, its as simple as that. If you believe that the Quran is the word (and hence) law of god, then are you gonna question god? Do you tell god, hey god, since today’s society is different and we’d like to have more freedom to …dress as we like, have unmarital sex, party and get drunk, have sex with the same gender, do whatever is it we like, so I am not going to follow your laws as laid out by you”. Really? you’d tell god that ? But of course, non-Muslims don’t believe the Quran is the word of god, and hence its understandable for them to question why use shariah law. I am not here to preach that the Quran is the word of god, but to explain why the Muslims follow all of its teachings. Again, its really a matter of belief. For arguments sake, if tommorrow god does decide to show up in the sky for all to see, and says, this is my book, and this book contains my rule – you are to follow it! Is there anyone on earth who will say, “oh this book cannot be followed, I think you (god) is wrong here on this point, and that point, and then this point”. The holy books, the Zabur, Injil, Torah, Koran, were all given to humanity through god’s prophets thousands of years ago. Do you really believe god put in an expiry date? Do you think god actually put in a T&C in fine print, “to be used before the 20th century”. Ponder this question (if you will). Is living according to the holy scriptures a hindrance to modernity and progress? Really? Can’t we still live well and do well by living according to the does and don’ts as described in the holy books? Seriously? We can’t? Really? I guess it depends on what you see as progress. Someone asks why Islam forbids LBGT activities. Is LBGT considered “progress”? Well, even the Bible forbids LBGT activities, right? What about that – Christians who follow the bible’s teachings? God says in the bible it is a great sin. So what say you? Is it wrong, not wrong? Because LBGT is considered acceptable, is god’s words in the bible now considered UNacceptable? And If the community that one lives in decides to accept it, then so be it, but you can’t suddenly say that because we want it to be acceptable, then it becomes right from a religious context, and asked god to “rewrite” his words, like a first, second ammendment to the bible, Koran, Torah, etc?

    • eastern bumiputra

      12/12/2014 at 11:44 am

      thank god i’m not a malay or muslim, or else my personal daily lives are being controlled by the religious authorities/politicians, and worst of all, sanctions in the form of imprisonment come with these prohibitions. i do sympathize, with all my heart the liberal and open minded malays. i think they are only 10 % of them in this country. as a non-muslim, of course you malays would definitely criticize and warn me not to comment on Islam, such is the typical response from muslims all over the world. always suspicious of other people, always paranoid, and never want to even acknowledge that this country is not just for muslims, this country has people with different faiths, beliefs, views and opinions. why can’t majority muslims just stop judging and stop controlling other people’s lives? i believe islam said there is no compulsion in islam and that let your god (Allah) be the real judge, am i not wrong? why must muslims get angry and sensitive when other muslims are doing or enjoying life to the fullest by not really following the religion? is it not their choice? what gives you muslims right to judge and interfere with their life affairs? i thought islam preaches compassionate and tolerance? malaysia will soon be talibanland.

    • Chak Onn Lau

      15/12/2014 at 9:45 pm

      Hi,

      Just thought i’d contribute that i believe that most muslims i know haven’t imposed any values upon me, nor are in any way fearful of the dilution of their religion. Unfortunately, it is the ones who are who’s voices are the loudest. Thankfully, in another story, the moderates have spoken 🙂 http://cilisos.my/who-are-the-25-malay-vips-that-asked-najib-to-be-more-moderate/

  18. Ziqzaq

    02/12/2014 at 10:59 am

    surprised w so many comments. im sorry but somehow i agree w some of arif’s points. As muslims, it is ok to question and scrutinize and do not take things in wholly. do the research and find the answers. some fatwas were not clear enough of the reasons on having it. Islam is beautiful. those implementing the fatwas if they have logic and beautiful and clarify all reasons frankly, not only us as muslims will not go questioning it, the non muslims also will be in awe of the beauty of islam. Now they’re potraying it as too strict and illogical, but in the real ways it is not. bashing arif will just put us all in scaring all the non-muslims away.

  19. MOHD RIDZUAN GUNASEGARAN ABDULLAH

    28/11/2014 at 2:20 pm

    Chuuuup!!! ……..”I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life. I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one. If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings, I am quit of him and outraged by these words.” (Quatrain No. 1173).

    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    ― Rumi

    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I’ll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”
    ― Rumi

  20. Dave

    18/11/2014 at 12:37 pm

    Terribly sorry #5 is pure bullshit.
    Misunderstanding of statistics to start with.

    We MAY be #20 in the world for driving deaths as opposed to in the seventies and 100’s for various smoking related diseases but that means exactly nothing.

    1> position does not equate to numbers
    We are probably #1 for number of people dying by jumping off a bridge in Kuala Lumpur.
    2> position does not equate with causality
    Many Many people drive or are passengers but do not die of road related deaths. A lot of them survive until their eighties and nineties.
    All but a very few smokers suffer detrimental health effects from smoking. A comparatively large percentage will go on to suffer from stroke, heart or lung diseases.

    Of course some road users die of lung cancer but they are usually smokers.

  21. Baka Riden

    18/11/2014 at 10:53 am

    Excellent article bro, keep writing and our children may still have a better tomorrow.

    Regards,
    baka riden

  22. Zorro

    17/11/2014 at 11:36 pm

    Argue all u can now. Just hope you will be able to answer all the “questions” later with ur so called faith ya bro.

    • Su_Ann_Yip

      16/01/2015 at 12:46 pm

      Sorry that you have to answer those questions with faith. Kasihan that you are so afraid of the oblivion of afterlife that you HAVE to believe in something or else your existence will cease to have its purpose.

  23. curious clark

    17/11/2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hi All,
    I’m curious about Islam. My Malay friends all claim that Islam is simple and that there is no coercion in this religion, but why are these fatwas looking more like Laws that must be obeyed, in other words, a form of coercion. And I was told that any Muslim who dare to think using their head (using logic?) are considered Murtad (or is it mualaf?), and this is strictly forbidden. Why is this so? Also, why is the writer Ariff being criticized for voicing his opinions? Some of the fatwas do seem funny and ridiculous. And which Quranic verse said/probihits Muslim to use logic? And why is that 90% of the tudung-clad Malay colleagues at my office keep hurling sarcastic remarks on my non-tudung clad colleagues? Is passing Judgments on other Muslims an Islamic virtue? And why Muslims so hold sacredly these Islamic scholars like they are some kind of God’s Messengers? Are they really God’s Messengers? I mean were they chosen and how were they chosen? Are they like the Pope (their status)? And also, why Islam strictly forbids LGBT activities? And do all Muslims believe the shariah law is still applicable in this day and age? Why do Muslims claim Islam is simple and peaceful when everything seems to be complicated, like for example, the touching dog issue and how come 90% terrorists are Muslims? And one last thing, why is it that my Malay friends always say they don’t want top die with non-Muslims like death due to bus accidents / plane crashes? Are Muslims really forbidden to die alongside non Muslims? Thanks for the answers guys!

    • A Friend

      03/12/2014 at 9:30 pm

      it seems you got so confused. the best way is to ask some knowledgeable person, internet is not the a good place. anyhow, i’ll try to clarify 1 or 2 questions related to the post and your curiosity. islam is simple, whenever have some argument on an issue, go back to quran & sunnah. sunnah is words or actions did by prophet Muhammad.

      those islamic scholars are not messanger of god. but they understand more than average muslim since they dedicate themselves to study quran & sunnah. in facts, prophet Muhammad also mention not to study islam from 1 singular teacher, but seek knowledge from various teachers, and we will find out our own answer to each questions. for example what is considered neat hair? 1 might say only short hair, another might say long hair as long as you comb it, another might say as long as you shampoo it. at the end, what do you think is neat hair? by saying this, im also saying it is not wrong in using logics. as long as those logics is not against quran & sunnah.

      now lets go to fatwas and councils. councils is a group of islamic scholars with great background. and fatwas is a guidelines or advices set by them after some discussion and comparison is made, following quran, sunnah and logics. for an example; black metal. islam allowed entertainment as long as it is not stray from islamic rules. if black metal is just a music, it is not wrong. but the lyrics and act are mostly related to satanic worshipping. for me, i’d say something like..”i’m just listening to the music, i don’t believe those satanic worshiper and i still believe in islam”..well, that is just me. how about kids who know nothing about islam? how about the future generation? how about those confused people? can i give warranty that they will not stray? the answer is -no. so after some discussion and disagreement, the majority think it is safer to announce it as haram.

      for further answers on all your questions, you should seek few teachers…

  24. rainy day

    17/11/2014 at 11:33 am

    The sad truth about this country. This is why Malaysia will always be a 3rd world country judging from the comments below from Muslims/Malays who are overtly sensitive and paranoid. From the comments, it is clear that most Malays/Muslims have no idea about other Religions besides Islam and yet demand non-Muslims to respect their religion. Respect has to be earned, ‘bro’! More than a billion Muslims in the world and more than 3/4 of these Muslims live in 3rd world nations. Not a single Muslim nation that is a 1st world nation that has its own technology (UAE and Saudi are oil rich states, they don’t have/invent their own technology like Japan or Korea). The answer is simple. Majority Muslims are not allowed to think rationally and logically because as you Muslims claim, Islam is strict (well you guys claim Islam is simple, peaceful and perfect too, which is laughable) and Islam does not allow one to use logic and rationality, what has been told to do, one must obey without questioning the authority because in other words, those are God’s directives. Because of this narrow-mindedness, Muslim countries will never progress. For the author , he has the right to USE HIS BRAIN THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD to question the logic and rationale of the fatwas. The clerics are mere mortals, not GODS or PROPHETS. Malaysia will never progress because majority of the people are Malays/Muslims who are not allowed to think logically because Islam seems to restrict their brain capacity. Do prove me wrong on this one, but I doubt it.

  25. Ellese

    17/11/2014 at 7:35 am

    Dear Ariff,

    Why are you quoting Malay Mail who have agenda against religious authorities. Go to the national fatwa website. Mm and tmi have been known to fabricate stories to create hatred. Tmi did one after Karpal Singh on rip issue. They had to rewrite the whole article again. Shame on them.

    For you, have the decency to do a simple Google. You will realise you are spreading falsehood and lies. Please withdraw this article if you have any decency and intergrity. Otherwise qualify this as sarcasm or fake news or something like that.

    Shame on you for this sloppy write.

  26. pointyjoint

    16/11/2014 at 11:06 pm

    hahaha…Nice article Arif. Well written, funny and hope readers got your point to which I think most of them did not.

  27. Ellese

    16/11/2014 at 8:37 pm

    It is sad this writer in his hatred of the authorities lied and fabricate stories. The first item on Halloween was never a fatwa. It was not even listed in the list of senarai fatwa. The blog informed us how fatwa was created but this item does not. What he did was to take from the question and answer column of bloghost. His screenshot was from there.

    Why must this Faisal guy fabricate and spread falsehood. Shame on him.

  28. Musliman

    16/11/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Dude what’s up with this “I am Muslim therefore I ridicule my own religion to impress my non-muslim friends” attitude. I myself is not that religious per se but I can easily argue each of your point with my shallow Islamic knowledge. you’re just nitpicking. grow up

  29. bizzaro

    16/11/2014 at 9:34 am

    All these wouldn’t have happened of there’s no organized religion… imagine

  30. Fadhli

    15/11/2014 at 11:37 pm

    HAi ariff.. chat?

  31. Cai

    15/11/2014 at 9:02 pm

    Most of your arguments are premature. I can say so because you didn’t discuss anything in details and rather mentioning everything vaguely

  32. grace

    15/11/2014 at 11:00 am

    Agree. All the way. In my early days, my Muslim friends did try to preach about Islam to me. As what they said, Islam is simple, easy to understand. But then again, I’m still a Christian cause that’s my choice. Growing up, I notice that as you said, a lot of fatwas and rules made up, and it actually really confusing. Actually the fatwas arise confuse Muslims more than other religion. If the fatwas are for ease of Islam teachings, then why are they a lot of arguing about this? Well, I dont want to question the fatwa, i just hope that one day all religion can live in harmony.

    • Ariff

      17/11/2014 at 4:32 am

      I believe we are meant to question and argue about laws. Don’t take anything just because an authority said you should.

  33. Lolo

    15/11/2014 at 9:37 am

    As-salam bro

    Yes you can voice out all the things that you want, but there’s a saying, think before you talk.

    If you are no expert in both islamic teachings, and medical field, you can’t just simply say it is not right because you enjoy doing it, and you back it up by simple common sense, by your own. Have a discussion with your parents. They’ll tell you that most of the things you’ve written are wrong, eventhough i believe they are not expert in those fields.

    Looking back at number of death cases. Coronary heart disease caused by smoking. Breast cancer, tobacco smoking contain carcinogen properties can cause you cancer. Tuberculosis, smoking is a risk factor. Lung cancer of course mostly from smokers. I know because I am a doctor, and i believe I have the right to say these things because I am an expert in this field. So if no one smoke, can we reduce the percentage? Freaking yeah it will. So are you still saying that the fatwa is wrong?

    Balik buat research bro, internet ni laju, semua dah 4G, salah buat blog, if salah betul and involving religion, you are screwed bro, not because of the people sharing it, because you yourself.

    Peace

    • K

      15/11/2014 at 1:41 pm

      I would like to point out that the writer never mentioned that the fatwa on smoking is wrong. He merely stated that it was odd that it was a religious body that put out the ban and not a professional, governing medical body. In addition to that, he pointed out that it was also strange that Fatwa Council banned cigarettes alone, when there are so many other things that are harmful to the health and wellbeing of the Muslim folk in Malaysia (not only the Muslims, these things kill pretty much anyone). In short, it was ridiculous because they took action against one thing but not another that has even greater adverse effect. It’s kind of like making it illegal to rape but not doing anything about murder.

      Also, you implied that you think most of what the author has written is wrong, but chose not to point out flaws or errors in his arguments, which does not really seem like constructive criticism.

    • Ariff

      17/11/2014 at 4:38 am

      Hi Lolo,

      I don’t think you have to be an expert to ask questions or to judge for yourself what is right for you. As you yourself have said, “They’ll tell you that most of the things you’ve written are wrong, eventhough i believe they are not expert in those fields.”

      We both can have our beliefs on what is right, but I think it’s necessary for us to question on laws that apply to us, because after all we are the ones who are affected by it.

    • lolo

      17/11/2014 at 8:32 pm

      Well K I assumed you must be non-muslim as you only thought that the fatwa only banned cigarettes. As a whole, anything that can deteriorate your health, is labeled as haram, for example, intravenous drug abuser, shisha, weed, alcohol, eating excessively, murdering and so on. Yes i didn’t comment the other subjects, as I am no expert in those field. Not every christians know the whole bible, right? As for me , I am just a regular muslim. If you don’t know much about that field, don’t comment, well that is what I’ve been tought.

      As for Ariff, yes you can question the law, all of those things, but for me, like I mentioned earlier, your arguments are pretty superficial, sorry to say. If you are a scholar from those fields questioning that those were wrong, and you backed it up with strong facts from both Quran and Sunnah, then it will be a totally different story. You see the respond from your muslim reader, mostly negative reaction, what is your opinion regarding that?

      This is just a discussion, I hope you are not offended by them

    • yoda

      18/11/2014 at 1:46 pm

      @lolo – you talk about speedy internet connection, if you support all the aforementioned fatwas and look up to these ulama’s like they are rasul, then you should have never used the internet in the first place because these ulamas said the Jews/Yahudi that all muslims must hate in order to go to Heaven invented the internet. So why be a hypocritical man? you are telling the writer that he is not a good muslim and that you are a true muslim, but why the heck you’re using Jewish invention? you’re prescribing the wahabism-salafism brand of Islam, so you should at all cost stop using any Jewish invention! Shame on you!

    • lolo

      19/11/2014 at 12:53 pm

      yoda, why there is sudden burst of hate? Tell me and show me the fatwa that stated those things, and I’ll believe you.

      In which sentence that I clearly said that I look up to ulama’ like they are rasul? Don’t misinterpret bro, if you are not clear, please do ask, don’t assume.

      And I never said I am a better muslim than Ariff or anyone else. I’m saying that the articles was backed up by superficial fact, yes facts, but on the surface only.

      Why is your comment so far away from the topic? Please do show me the fatwa clearly stated that internet is haram as it is invented by the jews. If not, I will continue surfing, as most of the dakwah and ceramah can be viewed online. Is it haram too? Don’t be too hasty, think bro

      Peace

  34. N

    15/11/2014 at 9:11 am

    Aku mungkin bukan lah seorg Islamic scholar mahupun mempunyai pengetahuan yg mendalam dalam hal2 Fatwa yg dinyatakan di ats. Tapi aku boleh berfikiran waras dalam masa yg sama, menghayati ajaran Islam.

    Dan mengikut logik akal (plus pengetahuan agama yg insyaAllah mencukupi), aku yakin argument kau salah.
    Sbb utk Halloween and Yoga, simple jer hadis dia.
    “Sesiapa yg menyerupai sesuatu kaum, maka dia dalam kalangan mereka”
    Penerangan Dr MAZA ttg hadis tersebut:
    Perkataan man tasyabbaha (sesiapa yang menyerupai) iaitu tasyabbuh (menyerupai) dalam hadis ini merujuk kepada sesuatu perkara yang menjadi ciri khusus sesuatu pihak yang mana jika seseorang menyerupai keadaan atau hal tersebut maka dia akan dianggap termasuk dalam kalangan mereka seperti pakaian yang khas untuk kumpulan tertentu atau agama tertentu, atau perayaan khas untuk agama tertentu atau majlis khas untuk puak atau agama tertentu, maka dia dinilai dalam kalangan mereka. Adapun jika perkara tersebut bukan khusus untuk mereka, maka itu tidak termasuk.
    Kalau xnk ikut hadis, x cukup iman bro.

    Berkaitan Sisters in Islam, mmg betul pun hujah majlis fatwa melindungi akidah umat Islam. Sebab nama pertubuhan tersebut is “Sisters In ISLAM”. Dan gambar yg kau gunakan pulak terang2-an tak melambangkan sisters in Islam. Sebab hal se’simple menutup aurat pun x follow. Apa pula kata pengikut SIS? Ketua2 SIS pun x tutup aurat, apa salah nya aku x tutup aurat. Mungkin lah majlis fatwa x maksum utk nk tegur pihak lain. Tapi sekurang-kurangnya majlis fatwa tuh masih menunjukkan imej Islam secara general nyer.

    Tomboy, wanita menyerupai lelaki. Ade hadis sahih menyatakan Rasullullah S.A.W. melaknat lelaki yg menyerupai wanita dan begitu juga sebaliknya. Tomboy tuh sndiri maksud nya wanita menyerupai lelaki. Once again, klau x nk ikut hadis, x cukup iman.

    Shisha n Smoking. Hujah kau is kenapa majlis fatwa x ban texting while driving sbb road accident top then lung cancer. Dude, no 1 n 2 is CHD n Stroke. Kedua-duanya sbnr nyer boleh disebabkan oleh merokok jugak. Point tambahan, what’s the point of smoking n shisha? Habis kan duit jer kan? Baik lah sumbang duit tuh ke Palestin kan lebih elok? Lagipun, rokok tuh dh lah product keluaran Israel. Berhenti merokok is like killing 3 birds with 1 stone. Texting while driving is not the leading cause of road accidents. Banyak jer lagi punca kemalangan lain mcm kelalaian, jalan licin. Besides, aku x rasa org yg texting while driving is as many as org yg merokok n shisha.

    Black metal, kalau x silap aku, sembah syaitan. Siap ada nama band black metal nk perform kat malaysia nama “Lamb of God”. Lamb tuh sbnr nyer merujuk kepada syaitan. Mmg dorg melambangkan syaitan berkepala kambing. So, xkan lah nk halalkan penyembahan syaitan kot? Duhhh..

    Penggunaan nama Allah by non-muslims. Mungkin kau tak pernah nampak jualan buku2 kat Indonesia ni. Pada buku tuh guna nama Allah, and content dia religious, nmpk pun mcm buku Islamik, tapi secara subtle nyer sbnr nyer buku ajaran agama Christian. Can be very confusing to muslims. Seperti yg boleh diperhatikan, kalau kita izinkan guna nama Allah by non-muslim, dh jadi satu hal nk kne “Haram/Halal” kan buku plak. Lagipun, agama lain ade jer panggilan spesifik dlm agama dorg selain ‘Tuhan’. Kalau dorg nk buat buku bahasa Arab, mungkin lah kot guna Allah, sbb Allah tuh bahasa Arab. Logik lagi.

    Seperti yg boleh dibaca, semua fatwa tersebut, berasas dan patut boleh diterima logik akal oleh mana2 umat Islam. Bukan sekadar buta2 jer “Untuk mempertahankan Islam” or “bertentangan dengan nilai2 Islam”.

    Last point, ada antara semua ni yg byk jugak bergantung dgn “Faith” umat Islam. Tetapi kalau ulama yg jaga solat, jaga pandangan, jaga pemakaian, jaga iman, yg sndiri keluar fatwa utk membendung perkara2 ni, dh tentu nya perkara2 ni bukan lah sekadar satu tiupan angin perlahan saja pada iman umat Islam yg biasa. Kalau kau nk tekan kan yg kita patut memperbanyakkan lagi kelas2 mengaji ilmu agama, aku setuju (walaupun sbnr nyer dh byk jer ceramah2 kat surau n masjid lps solat maghrib, tggl lagi nk pergi jer). Lagi satu point yg ptut ditekan kan, pendidikan Islam di sekolah x sepatutnya berasaskan peperiksaan jer sebaliknya lebih pemahaman n pengamalan. Apa guna dpt A drpd ustaz, tpi di akhirat sana x dpt syurga drpd Allah. Amat lah merugikan.

    Wallahu’allam, Allah knows best.
    yg baik tuh dtg drpd Allah, yg buruk tuh drpd kelemahan diri aku sndiri.
    Semoga kita semua dirahmati n diberkati oleh Allah hingga akhir hayat.

    • Menteri Pasola

      15/11/2014 at 3:05 pm

      Bro I agree with your points.

    • H

      22/11/2014 at 8:25 pm

      Bagus.

    • A

      17/12/2014 at 6:23 am

      I’m just being objective and saying from third person perspective. About the word Allah:

      I x faham and it really doesn’t make sense that only Malaysia is banning the use of it by non-muslims WHEN othet parts of world is fine with it PLUS it has been done this way (other religions using Allah word) for such a longggggg time.

      Also, please think if you are a non-muslim, don’t you feel like you are being “bullied” to discontinue your normal/routine practice? Just because it inconveniences you, others have to change their ways for you…. Think about it, this is not the way to live in harmony when other non-muslims are not left in peace. It seems like the majority is bullying the minority to suit the majority (in this case, Muslims r majority). What if you are in the non-muslims position, think carefully if you feel happy or “free” to go about with your normal routines? For example u and ur family has been calling out to your God using the word “Allah” for generations now, and suddenly a ‘religious gangster’ has passed law that you CANNOT use the same word as them anymore because it is their word. And your bible has also become haram. It’s a wtf moment right? Pity those helpless souls.

      Just my 2cents. Maybe you can empathze with others if you try to put yourselves in other’s shoes for a moment. Then you will understand how ridiculous some of the laws are.

  35. Muhammad

    15/11/2014 at 8:22 am

    Hi Ariff, I respect your views on this matter but you’ve done a poor research on the issues. Although, you & other 10 million people may see it differently but whatever it is, we were told to refer back to Al-Quran and Hadis SAW; out of these two major source you’ll definitely go astray. I believe the word of Nabi SAW.
    You cannot evaluate this thing alone using your intellectual, it does not work like that.
    You see many things in a surface but you got to understand the motives behind; I am not saying all of the motives are bad but there are something up with it. Learn psychology behind of behaviour and why Islam is prohibited most of the things you mentioned. Islam protects what is ‘haq’ to the followers, for the good of its followers.

  36. Azrul

    15/11/2014 at 6:01 am

    Salam bro,
    Nice article. I hope u boleh menulis lagi for the next article. But please jgn menilai dari segi apa yg u belajar penilaian islam di sekolah jer. Apa yg u blaja di sekolah tuh adalah luaran islam. Dalaman islam tuh masih meluas dan mendalam. Banyak lagi cabang ilmu seperti fikah, hadis, tafsir, hikayat, makrifat and lain2 lagi. Kalo boleh bro u belajar dulu bab asas n then kaji betul2 sapai dalaman nyer. InsyaAllah jika ada rezeki dapat hidayah dari Allah.
    Barakallah

  37. Bal

    15/11/2014 at 2:55 am

    Peace be upon you.
    I have to agree with you on the point where the chistians or the non-muslims are banned from using the word Allah. It is ridiculous. They were using it for praying purposes, not mocking Him or something. Yes, Allah is our god, but He is their god too. Who are we to decide that only muslims can use it? He is the king of all kings. Who knows? He might even guide them one day. I hate it when they are discriminated just because they are the minority. They are human beings too, they have feelings. Yes we should hold on to our faith but that doesn’t mean we can’t live with them. We should tolerate with them and live peacefully, not discriminating them. The jews and the christians lived peacefully under the reign of our prophet Muhammad, khulafa ar rasyidin and Sultan Salahuddin. We should follow them. And yes, I am a malay muslims and I have to say this, Malaysia is a racist country.

    • Simon Chen

      27/10/2015 at 11:58 pm

      Ehem..I’m not a Muslim. I want to help correct that last sentence for you; Malaysia is not a racist country but it has a few racists in it.
      There! Just to be clear, I don’t want you to fall into the kind of error kids in the US have with their country. Yes, USA too have racists but that doesn’t mean the entire population is racist.

  38. Apek

    15/11/2014 at 1:41 am

    Camni la dunia bila semua orang nak sangat kebebasan bersuara, kebebasan melawan memikir kritis hak masing2 yg dirasakan betul dan kebebasan menfitnah mengadu domba menghasut sesuka hati.

    Suatu penyelidikan dan kajian yang tidak didasari bukti2 kukuh selain menidakkan expertise mereka2 yg lebih arif dalam perkara yang kita tidak tahu.

    Just because you google some of the engineering stuff in the internet does not make you an engineer.

    Islam adalah agama yang tegas. Sebab kalo kita biarkan je orang ikut suka dalam menilai apa yang Islam apa yang tak, orang pasti akan ambil mane2 yang mereka suka sampaikn ia menjadi umpama memainkan hukum Allah, agama Allah.

    Isn’t that STUPID?!?
    *sorry for the harsh word
    *truth does hurt

  39. Annie the pretzel

    15/11/2014 at 1:12 am

    I’m very afraid for this country. It’s going to be inherited by people with such concrete thinking and no abstract thinking at all. #farewellmybelovedlandwhereishedmyblood

  40. faith

    14/11/2014 at 11:12 pm

    Halloween is not a Christian celebration.

    • Tahir

      15/11/2014 at 6:00 am

      Dear Faith. Halloween is Christian event. Ask the ones who know. Ever heard of “All Hallow Eve” day.

    • And

      15/11/2014 at 6:58 pm

      Gosh Tahir! Wonder which church that you attend to know all that? Since we, christian never been taught or experienced any halloween celebration before! God bless you 🙂

    • anti- racist

      15/11/2014 at 11:33 pm

      seriously bro Tahir….. you’re not christian and you can’t simply said that halloween is Christian event. the question should be asked back to you…. “ask the one who know”.

  41. Backtobasics

    14/11/2014 at 10:40 pm

    Was pleasantly surprised by your article until I came upon the comments. Am amazed to see how many fail to see that logic and faith are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and are eager to judge and pray for the sesat rather than reflect on oneself.

    • CheckYourBasics

      15/11/2014 at 10:07 am

      What do you mean logic and faith are not mutually exclusive? In Islam, we were taught that any actions done must be in line with what the Quran and Hadith said. I assume that u must be a non muslim,if not u should really really check your basics

  42. Artanis

    14/11/2014 at 10:23 pm

    Perhaps we should start a campaign. #prayforAriff. It would delight those hardcore hardliners.

    Good article overall. Poke fun here and there, makes you think as well. I take offense only at your jab at Macarena. Not cool, bro. I once danced to the song.

  43. ariskmuhamad

    14/11/2014 at 8:21 pm

    assalamualaikum bro..

    aku faham apa yg ko tulis..cuma aku harap semoga ko teruskan mencari sebab mengapa dan kenapa..semoga Allah mudahkan untuk ko cari jawapan dan semoga Allah beri hidayah kat semua yg baca dan komen kat sini…

    aku nak komen lebih..aku tak kenal ko…so aku assume ko just berfikir why..bukannya sengaja against hukum islam…

    peace

    from sarawak with love

  44. Saiful Reez-Zha

    14/11/2014 at 7:56 pm

    Bukan main sedap kau menulis ye bro, semua ikut akal logik kau dan keadaan sekeliling. Ape kau ingat Islam ni agama berteraskan logik akal? Ape fatwa tu dikeluarkan tanpa merujuk hadis, sunnah dan Al-Quran? U r a joke la bro. Yg support kenyataan kau kebanyakan nyer non-muslim. Adekah diaorg tau asal usulnyer? Tapi xper bro, kalau kau org Islam, Yahudi mmg suke org jenis kau nie, satu pale ngan diaorg. Ngam baekk punya, kompom support. It’s okay bro, kubur lain2, teruskan berjuang ngan mesej yg kau bawak nie sampai habis nyawa. Aku rasa kau ni jenis tulang besi urat dawai, seksa kubur badan x hancur kot… pedehal…. Ayat ko kan power, kompom bley jwb soalan kubur ngan lancar, ustaz kau kan bagi kau gred A… lek arr..sap kok tang lu…

    • pitchblack

      15/11/2014 at 2:02 am

      “Dan di bumi ini terdapat bagian-bagian yang berdampingan, dan kebun-kebun anggur, tanaman-tanaman dan pohon korma yang bercabang dan yang tidak bercabang, disirami dengan air yang sama. Kami melebihkan sebagian tanaman-tanaman itu atas sebagian yang lain tentang rasanya. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu terdapat tanda-tanda (kebesaran Allah) bagi kaum yang berfikir.” (Ar-Ra’d: 4)

      “Dan mereka berkata: ‘Sekiranya kami mendengarkan atau memikirkan (peringatan itu), niscaya tidaklah kami termasuk penghuni-penghuni neraka yang menyala-nyala’.” (Al-Mulk: 10)

      Islam ini agama untuk insan yang berakal; orang yang tanpa akal dan hanya percaya secara membuta tuli adalah antara orang yang dicela oleh Allah SWT.
      Ya memang benar Ulama sudah banyak menimba ilmu agama dan boleh memberi pandangan mereka, tetapi mereka bukanlah maksum, yang maksum cumalah golongan nabi dan Rasul. Pandangan yang tertutup seperti yang saudara pegang ini akan membawa ke arah kesesatan dan mengagungkan kaum manusia. Saya berharap saudara bermusahabah diri dan janganlah dengan senang-senang menuding jari dan mengatakan mereka sesat.

      oh and go fuck yourself while you’re at it, dickwad.

  45. grim

    14/11/2014 at 7:19 pm

    The most his hysterical 5 minutes today; the article made my day. Until I reached the comments section that is. Despite the claims of how moderate we are, one would just need to go throuh the comments for this article to get a glimpse of how backward and intolerant this society is. Ours is an ummah that is devoid of reason and intellectual freedom. It is no wonder the muslim world lags tremendously in knowledge. We are pedalling in reverse. The mentality is so deeply entrenched in us, its hard not to see a grim future. The quran constantly asks us, “why won’t you think?.
    God, forgive us.

  46. Mark V.

    14/11/2014 at 6:29 pm

    Nice Coca-Cola plug, you sneaky Jewish communists!

  47. faith

    14/11/2014 at 6:23 pm

    The writer is just being honest in asking everyone to have faith in their religion. What’s the point of attending all those religious classes and constantly praying at the place of worship if you could be so easily swayed by other people’s opinions? Ponder upon this point awhile and question if the fatwas are absolutely necessary. It’s just like when you were young and your parents forbid you to try new things. You stiil did it and in the end did you lose your faith? Or did you gain a new experience which only strengthened your beliefs in the first place. I know people may argue that prevention is better than cure, but what’s the point living if you’re only going to believe what others tell you without experiencing it for yourself.

  48. robertdownysoftlan

    14/11/2014 at 5:48 pm

    Malu la wei. as much as I’d like to seratus peratus sokong ustaz-ustaz ulamak kita yang buat keputusan fefatwa ni, but the honest ugly truth is, these guys really can’t hold a candle to the personalities that in people’s minds are the paragons Islamic scholarship like, say, Imam Ghazali (I’m looking at you Abu Hamzah). Satu, the level of scholarship berbeza macam langit dengan bumi – if these folks who love the ulama so much even bothered to read what they wrote, they’d know that the quality and level of scholarship of these legends were well legendary. There’s a reason their original texts were written, translated and sometimes burnt (by other muslim scholars!) for centuries and it’s not because they said you islam I ustaz follow and shut up. They read other points of view, and were widely read and knowledgeable of the intellectual trends and discoveries of their times, and did not shy away from public debates or discourses (which often times was the context their books were written in, bukannya tips dapat anak lawa dan soleh). Bukannya hentam pukul curi (‘liberalism’). Mesejnya mudah: respect has to be earned. If the ustazs of today want their ideas and opinions to be put on a pedestal unquestionably, then they better exhibit the same level of rigor and study that their antecedents (fancy word for ulama dulu-dulu) had. Contoh: AlGhazali again, he spent years studying up greek philosophy and wrote the book ‘Maqasid al Falasifah’, before later producing a refutation of those ideas in his famous ‘Tahafut al Falasifah’. But seriously read their books. Even if you don’t believe in the Muslim notion of god (gasp!), you’d still get some value from the complex discussions and arguments in those books which have enriched the world, muslim or not.

  49. not perfect

    14/11/2014 at 5:04 pm

    Actually, this is a good article. I feel sad that some of the narrow-minded and pro-Islamic Malays/Muslims commenting here seem to forget that there are other races/religions in Malaysia to consider before putting out fatwas. This is the very reason I have a change of heart; I wanted to convert to Islam a few years ago. I attended classes, read books and learnt to read the holy Qur’an, but after 3 years of doing all that, what I learn from observation and experience, is that Islam is FLAWED. I do not understand how a religion that claims to be the best democratic religion in the world with the tagline of ‘no compulsion in Islam’ can be so brutal, draconian and barbaric. Everything must be shoved down the throats of the followers, and the people who criticize the writer, I feel sad for them and at the same time I thank them for convincing me again that Islam is indeed flawed and has no relevance in today’s society. I used to hate how my church-members pass judgment on me, but you Malays/Muslims have reached another level. How you people would blindly accept something from 1,400 years ago as applicable today and how paranoid and sensitive you Muslims are, I will never get.

    • Aja105

      16/11/2014 at 11:47 pm

      Muslims have FLAWS. bunch of ’em, Islam has NONE.

  50. nasir

    14/11/2014 at 4:40 pm

    Dear Bro.,

    i didnt see any single ayat from the Quran or hadith in “detailing” your arguments. Frankly, before seeing your name, i thought the writer is NOT a muslim, or ARIFF is a muslim?

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:43 pm

      ARIFF is a man who likes long walks on the beach and romantic candelit dinners.

  51. Ruben

    14/11/2014 at 4:37 pm

    Well written. Fantastic humour. Sad that many don’t get the fundamental point you are raising.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Ruben 🙂

  52. Abu Hamzah

    14/11/2014 at 4:31 pm

    Reading your article tells me that you enjoy belittling the Islamic Scholars on the issues you highlighted with your “superior logical” reasonings…certainly you must have very low opinion about the Islamic scholars whereas you, yourself not even in term of knowledge, is no where near them…In the era of Imam Ghazali, people like you were his main adversary that he had to persevere….putting logic above divine guidance…just to suit your likings…my advise to others…don’t waste our time with this kind of paranoid individuals to rationalise any issue.

    • alvix

      14/11/2014 at 6:54 pm

      eh? lol!

  53. button

    14/11/2014 at 4:22 pm

    Careful! If you are a muslim and in Malaysia you may be breaking the law:
    See “Opinion contrary to fatwa” in: http://www.agc.gov.my/Akta/Vol.%2012/Act%20559.pdf
    The other states have similar laws too.
    As you can see lots of people don’t seem to know their own religion.
    The Quran itself claims the God of Abraham and thus the christians is the same as the God of the muslims: http://quran.com/2/130-142
    So isn’t it weird for muslims to force christians to use a different name for God from the one in the Quran?
    Many muslims seem to prefer or even demand everyone to leave the thinking on religion to “experts” – but in Islam if your expert turns out to be wrong will that be good enough excuse to stop you from going to Jahannam?
    How many muslim leaders and teachers spoke out against those touching dogs. How many spoke out against those making death threats? Which is worse in Islam- touching dogs unnecessarily or making death threats? If you say touching dogs, don’t complain that people associate violence with muslims and Islam.

  54. Shaneil Devaser

    14/11/2014 at 4:22 pm

    That was a real good read, I was both giggling and feeling sad for this place we call our own. Malaysia, come on lah.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:34 pm

      IKR bro.

  55. BlueZ

    14/11/2014 at 4:14 pm

    Fatwas are nothing but a bunch of words and “instructions” made up by some narrow minded people thinking they know everything and they are above everyone. Telling anyone outside Malaysia (apart from your very hardcore Islamic countries who is still trying to revert back to the middle ages) about these fatwas will result in stomach bursting tear spouting laughs. Between these fatwas, China’s officials giving excuses, Russian media’s explanation of MH17 downing or Rush Limbaugh sessional rants, not sure which is more funny.

  56. Ching Chong Ning Nong

    14/11/2014 at 3:49 pm

    I have a friend who one day I introduced him to a malay bible. Instantly he read the word Allah he was touched by the love of God to embrace Christianity. Truestory.jpg

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:35 pm

      !!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Ina

    14/11/2014 at 3:41 pm

    Hey! I like Macarena!

    You articulate so eloquently that I didn’t realize I was at the end of the article. At my age, I don’t suffer fools gladly so yes, the Islamic situation in Malaysia now is becoming absolutely farcical.

    Keep up the good job. Someone has to say something. Just be sure to get to the edge but don’t fall into the ravine. You are no good if you cannot be heard… 🙂

    Be safe.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:24 pm

      Everyone liked the Macarena once. Those were dark times…

      And thank you.

  58. Nazri

    14/11/2014 at 3:36 pm

    “Daripda Abu Mas`ud Uqbah bin Amru al-Ansari al-Badri r.a. berliau berkata: “Rasul Allah s.a.w. bersabda: “Sesungguhnya di antara ajaran yang didapati oleh manusia daripada kalam (perkataan) para Nabi yang terawal ialah: “Apabila kamu tidak malu maka buatlah apa yang kamu suka”. Riwayat al-Bukhari.

    Sebab pulut santan binasa, sebab mulut badan binasa. Semoga Allah memberi saya & semua taufiq & inayahNya. Aamiin.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:24 pm

      Amin.

  59. shafiqsa

    14/11/2014 at 3:28 pm

    Selamat sejahtera bro ariff,
    Saya nk mintak tolong bro ariff supaya jgn tinggal solat fardhu 5x sehari semlm dan perbayakan solat sunat hajat mintak Allah bukakn pintu hati tuk kembali ke islam. Nmpak macam dh terpesong jauh…
    TOLONG sngat rujuk dulu al quran, hadith soheh dan para ulama’ sblum melontarkn buah fikiran kerana islam itu bukan sekadar logic akal… its far beyond that…
    Ingat la bahawa amanah adalah ringan di dunya tetapi sgt berat di akhirat..
    rasulullah pernah bersabda bahwa “jika seseorg yg sedang meraung meronta2 kesakitan di dlm api neraka… jika di letakkn dia di dlm api dunya maka tidur lah dia kesejukan”
    Fikir2kn lah bro..
    Last but not least… semoga tak sesat bro…
    Amin

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:24 pm

      Amin.

  60. Bendir

    14/11/2014 at 3:19 pm

    Great article.

    You know when I read the yoga ban, I was amused but realized, perhaps there was an undertone… they really meant to ban yoga pants?

    It is as you can imagine a little too tight, revealing 🙂 🙁

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:30 pm

      Itu haram.

  61. idzhar

    14/11/2014 at 3:15 pm

    harap penulis tambahkan ilmu dahulu sebelum penulis………terima kasih

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:25 pm

      Sama sama.

    • Belajarlah sikit

      14/11/2014 at 5:23 pm

      Harap Idzhar belajar untuk tambahkan ilmu sendiri dahulu sebelum cuba menegur orang lain ataupun “sebelum *menulis”, terima kasih.

    • Anonymous

      15/11/2014 at 12:37 pm

      ^ Lol burnnnnnnn

  62. Lauryn

    14/11/2014 at 3:00 pm

    Finally, a person with some sense. Hopefully you’ll write more articles representing us logical Muslims who are objective, kind and level-headed.
    Islam isn’t just about religion but it’s also about humanity, sadly most so-called Muslims overlook this part in their zeal to get into “heaven”. Entah dijanjikan syurga ke tidak pun dengan kezaliman mereka tuh.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:31 pm

      Terima kasih 🙂

  63. tan lee hoe

    14/11/2014 at 2:58 pm

    great article. if ur sick you go to the dr. if ur keta rosak u go to mechanic. if u need to build something u go to architect. so if u not sure about religion y u question the fatwa council? y suddenly everyone is dr, mechanic, architect?

  64. enlightened liberal

    14/11/2014 at 2:46 pm

    wow! what amused me are the comments left by the narrow-minded muslims like syahid, bakcatchu, danial and ‘people’! these malays really look up to the scholars like they are some kind of supremely divine humans! well, scholars make mistakes too! i can’t even articulate in writing what i feel when i read these very jihadist-leaning comments. dont’ these muslims have brains? can’t they think/use their brains? oh so all muslims must let the scholars decide what’s good and what’s bad for them because they know better about the religion? says who? God himself? people like syahid, backatchu, danial and the likes really show how far behind malays are in their thinking, how the world is so small and islam is the only legitimate world. it is sad. i feel sad for these people. btw, this is a good article. keep it up!

    • Patient

      14/11/2014 at 4:10 pm

      Terase kan alhamdulillah syukur…thts wat i want…yg fakta lain tu check sendiri la dlm hadis ada akal kan ada jari kn ada tenaga kan….or try to google the 73 kaum islam yea…but i like the way u get emo…

    • Backatchu

      14/11/2014 at 6:01 pm

      I supposed you had a hard time digesting my word 🙂

      To anyone who read this too, think. Think widely. Wider than your ‘modern benchmarks do.
      P/s; I didn’t particularly back any of the muslim scholars IF you read my initial comment. It was A Comment to the article, a comment to this ariff guy’s judgment.
      I had some difficulties perceiving fatwas sometimes, yes i did 🙂 but yet shall i feel it was done inappropriately? i must query it accordingly, equip my stance relatively. But this does not mean i have to play blame game over the practice (fatwa makings) system and does not mean i have to encourage others to put the blame together, before i am very well equipped with solid references.

      U see my dear, no one cares how want to have ur thinking be like, no one cares how u live ur life. If u wanna jump into a hole, go on, but dont invite others. I dont bother to acknowledge the existence of this page but it seems to be appeared on my friends’ sharing posts. That had make me intrigued at some point. I sayang my friends although i am no saint.
      your arguement is invalid syg 🙂 so as few others too.
      If you feel this fatwa eco system is wrong, why dont you go march infront of USIM, IIUM, UM, that al Azhar in Egypt, that many universities in midd east. They ve been developping thousands of this apprentice you know. Go picket. Burn them down. Deorang tu sesat. They didnt voice up when the valentine was banned by the fatwa council. Haha. #sick
      Still, i am not going to correct any points of the article although i could, none of it falls under my obligations. Enough of being spoon fed, go figure.
      Malaysians, are sooooo spoiled that everything need to be spoon feed. Blerghh! Haha

  65. Patient again

    14/11/2014 at 2:41 pm

    Ooh want more thing a person brave enuf to write tis would show thier face bro…be brave on wat u say standby ur words with ur face on it…islam tk selindung blakang gambar zorro bro….atleast we noe mmg seorang melayu yg tulis nie…

    • enlightened liberal

      14/11/2014 at 3:15 pm

      @patient – oh so there are 73 kaum Islam that won’t go to heaven la. pandainyer u! u confirm masuk syurga ni! confirm 1st class ticket masuk syurga! lepas ni, what are u waiting for? bunuh je lah this writer if you find out how he looks like. ye la, kan u subscribe to all these fatwas, sure u subscribe jihad too. these clerics and scholars yang u agung agungkan, they’re humans too. they are not some divine creatures like what u are treating them. ulamak ni dapat lesen dari tuhan ke? siapa yang mark their papers? who were their masters(teachers)? manusia kan? and no point teaching u to open ur mind and open ur heart, cuz u pun sudah yakin people like this writer made up the 73 kaum yg tak masuk syurga tu… whatever la, janji u masuk syurga kan? Islam is the best religion la sgt, tiada paksaan lah sgt, what i see is Islam teaches malays like u to judge other ppl and play god.

    • enlightened liberal

      14/11/2014 at 4:23 pm

      @patient. LOL! are you God? not all hadiths boleh pakai, takkan u bodoh sgt kot? if one day keluar fatwa saying semua wanita islam yg tak bertudung mesti dibunuh, i won’t be surprised u would be the 1st to kill that woman even ur own family. in fact, if u teringin sgt nak jadi muslimah/muslim sejati, don’t use the internet, don’t use the smart phone, heck don’t even watch TV cuz semua tu kan, like what the likes of u claim, ciptaan Yahudi… whatever lah, i redha i masuk neraka than being with people like you in heaven. peace.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:26 pm

      i’m not malay. 🙂

    • X boleh pakai

      14/11/2014 at 5:30 pm

      Tunjukkan muka you sendiri dulu sebelum komen orang lain pasal tunjuk muka zorro, ko igt internet ni pasal tunjuk muka ke? Its obvious you want him to show his face just so you can save pic and report to authorities atas dasar “orang ini bertentangan dgn nilai-nilai Islam”.

      P.S Xyah sgt nak cakap orang berani ini berani itu, people are not that stupid to show their faces online okay, nak pakai helah tu cuba kat orang yg kurang pendidikan dan pengalaman la.

    • norfolkinwhey

      20/03/2015 at 3:06 pm

      Hypocrite much? Where’s your profile picture and real name?

  66. Patient

    14/11/2014 at 2:34 pm

    No point teaching this writter…he set things in such away tht he’s blinded by the righteous ways al-qurans teaching..saddest part is hes trying to lead other melayus to see the way he sees things….dunia sebagai penjara for the mosleems if one wants to reap jannah…and dunya is a paradise for ppl who wants no part of jannah..with tht said…as a convict one is deprive of luxury..wat do a convict get in a prison..only a peace of mind, a place to do ur prayers, food juz enuf to live and a roof above the head..thts it! other thn tht is a contraband…..u get the picture..u understand now the “eh tht also wanna ban arr?”…
    But sumhw i noe he doesnt get it..he doesn’t want to get it…coz he feels smart…thres 73 kaum islam thts not gonna make it to jannah which kaum islam are u in….we’ll see each other in akhirat kelak…..
    Oh did i tell u i felt pointless reading after the first few lines…and THANKed YOU for reading MINE

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you for reading my first few lines! I spent a few hours writing that!

  67. Jay

    14/11/2014 at 1:20 pm

    You have a good heart sir! Thumbs up for your effort to promote understanding. Its not easy to open a “closed heart”.Have faith. Always! God bless 🙂

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you 😀

  68. Tyra

    14/11/2014 at 12:16 pm

    You ni Islam ke?
    If yes, kesiannya. Serius kesian.
    First paragraph tu dh kesian.

    Hm…. kesiannya.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:32 pm

      #PrayForAriff

    • enlightened liberal

      14/11/2014 at 2:54 pm

      @tyra. u ni siapa? confirm ke u masuk syurga by playing God? u judged him based on this article and you sudah decide he is murtad and going to hell. kesian u! u hidup kat dunia ni semata-mata nak judge other muslims have gone murtad, masuk syurga or neraka, itu je lah. ish3x! otak u sgt sempit. i pity u.

  69. bobo

    14/11/2014 at 9:39 am

    Salam saudara penulis.harap lebihkan membaca dan mendalami ilmu islam..jelas yg saudara dr sekolah lg seperti cetek ilmu…pemalas dan ambil jalan mudah..kembalilah kepada alQuran..rujuk pada yg lebih berilmu…saudara jawab soklan periksa pon guna shortcut..jangan lah tafsir undang2 islam ikut shortcut juga…saya doakan penulis lapang dada utk menerima kritikan..

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:43 pm

      Terima kasih kerana membaca, bro. Kritikan diterima.

  70. Syahid

    14/11/2014 at 8:07 am

    Ilmu tentang Islam tak banyak mana, tapi berlagak pandai. Orang Islam tidak boleh menyambut perayaan orang kafir. Nabi Muhammad s.a.w sudah pesan. Akhir zaman nanti, umat Islam akan tiru orang yahudi dan nasrani sampai kalau mereka masuk ke lubang biawak pun umat Islam akan ikut. Ambil contoh sekarang, Valentine day, Halloween, pegang anjing tanpa sebab. Sampai nama Allah pun nak jual ke orang kristian. Itu pun ada puak islam yang ‘moderate’ masih sokong. Sebenarnya, tiada istilah moderate muslim. Yang ada muslim atau tidak. Either you are one of us, or one of them. Ikut orang kafir, cari keredhaan selain Allah, bersedia la nak dapat kehinaan di dunia dan di akhirat. Itu janji Allah.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:31 pm

      Terima kasih kerana membaca artikel saya bro.

  71. PEOPLE

    14/11/2014 at 6:25 am

    Whoa there, that is a nice article to be shared. I guess with the few knowledge that you guys gain, you already surpassed the whole Islamic scholars and their discipline of knowledge of few hundred years, huh?

    So we can make fun of Islamic scholar now. After this Islamic values. After this the Prophets and the companion. After this the Islamic core itself. What a good goyyim you are.

    So, we have few tornadoes and storm in Malaysia now, plus some missing planes. Do we need a freakin’ meteor to drop on Malaysia for you guys to understand?

    • Plain Common Sense

      14/11/2014 at 11:50 am

      Dude, there are 1.7 BILLION Muslims on the planet. Do you expect all of them to not have anything to say that is different from your way of thinking?Even the scholars you hold so sacred debate and argue. Or would you prefer them to be all muzzled up ?

      Perhaps the term Muzzlelim should exist: Muslims who muzzle other Muslims who are just speaking their mind.

      As for tornadoes and storms and missing planes, how do YOU know some Almighty power isnt pissed off at the ulamak and conservative folk for being such pains in the asses for the rest of the country?

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:17 pm

      We are both goyims, bro. 🙂

      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/goyim

  72. A deeper perspective

    14/11/2014 at 3:39 am

    This is an incredibly funny article and points out a few important issues that i think a lot of the people commenting may have missed. I think there was too much emphasis on whether the fatwa was justified or not ( amongst the disgruntled commenters ) instead of asking WHY those fatwas are made in the first place, the underlying and predominant message and point of the whole article is to ask WHY these guys have to release the fatwas (the ones mentioned in this article) in the first place and the conclusion was that the people releasing the fatwas seem to think that Muslims do not have strong faith in their religion (iman). So the logical action is to limit the actions that can test the faith of the ummah. This is problematic, why do i say so? Think about it this way, if your faith is never tested….how can it get stronger? By limiting all of the said activities above what you are doing is taking away opportunities for ummahs to test their faith. The importance of testing your faith is well taught in Islam, look at the tale of Prophet Ibrahim and his son. His faith in the mercy of god was tested and proved strong and became stronger as a result of his conflicts. Why cant the ummahs apply this logic when it comes to daily life and challenges….if they cannot apply it because they are not taught in the way of the religion…should we not then focus on religious education in Malaysia instead? Furthermore, fatwas which are concerned with limiting actions that can cause ummah to convert (like celebrating halloween…allegedly), seems to me to be forcing muslims to stay in the religion….why do i say this? The fatwa prevents people…(in this case malaysian citizens) from exploring other religions/faiths should they decide to convert….i find this problematic because as far as i remember…there is no compulsion in Islam…Rasulullah never forced anyone to convert into islam and even if you disregard the no compulsion in islam thing…don’t we have other measures that already make it difficult for people to opt out of a religion…murtad laws and social pressure etc. So why these “faith preserving” fatwas? Political manipulation? No, irregardless of a person’s belief, you cant change shit on your IC and will remain in the same voting category…plus our politics is race based not religion based with the exception of PAS. If you are a muslim who converted to christianity it does not mean you will go from voting for BN to voting for opposition….shit. Sabahan and Sarawakians are Christians and they still vote for BN. So that argument is out. This is the real issue of this article. WHY IS THERE an implied need to mollycoddle Malaysian Muslims with the fatwas mentioned above? I wonder if there is a reason…or if the whole thing is a knee-jerk reaction towards social shifts towards westernization….if that is the case…i think we all need to think deeply about how we react to these changes and the effects rather then just coming up with policies to limit them.

    • Syahid

      14/11/2014 at 8:16 am

      Buat fatwa sebab nak buat undang2. Kalau tiada fatwa, nanti tiada kuasa nak halang. Memang pun umat islam sekarang senang terpengaruh dengan ajaran agama lain. Tgk budak yang tulis artikel ni sebagai contoh. Banyak dah konsep dia bercanggah dengan islam. Siap persenda lagi orang yang nak jalankan hukum Islam. Aku tak mahu kalau aku ada anak, anak aku senang2 kena pengaruh ke agama lain. Sebab tu gunanya fatwa.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:30 pm

      Judging from the comments, there IS a fear that their children/makcik Senah will be easily swayed.

    • Syahid

      14/11/2014 at 2:07 pm

      Kalau makcik senah tu merujuk kepada orang kampung, jgn fikir orang kampung bodoh dan senang terpengaruh la. Orang bandar sekarang lagi huru hara ibadah dan akhlak dia sebagai muslim daripada orang kampung. Yang tak pandai agama buat2 pandai pun berlambak. Benda yang kau cakap tu memang fakta. Orang tua pun blh terpengaruh, tambah pulak kanak2, lagi senang terpengaruh. tak tengok ke bro brapa banyak yang dah terpengaruh? Ambil contoh valentine day. Berapa banyak yang terpengaruh. Sebab tu perlu ada fatwa untuk halang benda ni. Mana lagi senang? Mencegah atau mengubati? Ambil contoh kencing manis. Mencegah makan manis secara berlebihan lagi senang ataupun mengubati penyakit tu bila dah terkena lagi senang? Obvious answer.

  73. danial

    14/11/2014 at 1:24 am

    what is this? kind of bullshit. you should do some research first before you wrote about it. deep research first. please dear writer. give a better point if you really want to write. im truly not agreed with all of your points. your two points which are , black metal and smoking.. ohh damn, you talked like you dont think man. the two points are very logic, everyones knows about their disadvantage. of course the fatwa banned. seriously this is the most stupid idea blaming the fatwa. shamed of yourself man. stop writing bro. go back and learn. anyway, may god be with you.

    • ah tan

      14/11/2014 at 10:05 am

      “Very logic”

      Yeah. Fuck off dipshit.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  74. amirafiq

    14/11/2014 at 12:10 am

    The fatwas on smoking and shishas are made because hey, it really affect the health.

    For the driving, how many people that driving are affected with accident? Compared to smoke, does it useful as driving? If you smoke, for sure your health will be affected.

    But seriously, lots of these fatwas are mentioned in Quran (not to act as the opposite gender of yours, not to destroy yourself etc etc) and ISIS is also banned here.

    I may not know who actually wrote this article, how much his understanding in Islam but it is not okay to wrote this kind of article. We may bomb you what. (oknotjustkidding)

    Please refer to the more-knowing people before writing articles related to religion. It really hurt me. Ouch.

    But I’m still confused with the fatwa about the usage of Allah by other religion.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  75. Mkid

    13/11/2014 at 11:40 pm

    Absolutely funny! Haha! Especially point #7. Even until today, I still don’t understand the reason for the ban. *face palm*

  76. backatchu

    13/11/2014 at 11:39 pm

    Well the fatwas are actually intended for people like you 🙂
    Sadly to say, your judgments are totally incorrect. I dont need to guess that those are based from your short-visioned level of thinking. Or do i? Haha. Anyway im not going to correct any of it since this is only a comment box. But dear, to come up with any hukum or fatwas isnt the same like any conventional law making SOPs. One must master few fields of sharia such as Maqasid, ulum Hadith, literature & list goes on. What interesting is, they are required to have the Discipline. Not the discipline that are set in school haha but Disiplin dalam berilmu. So yes, once the hukums out, we may read it in one or two paragraphs and sure does sound silly. Not to mention the retranslation of the reporters haha. Before you ask why dont they bother to facilitate you with why and why and why the fatwas, go, be wise, dig. Those islamic scholars arent born to be your benevolent disciples. They were the same like you but somehow takdir (or fate? Haha) brought them there. #radical #rollingeyes

    • Ah Tan

      14/11/2014 at 10:07 am

      Yeah, that’s why people like you believe in the fatwa.

      The only people I see with “short-visioned level of thinking” are the ones who issued the fatwas. The “Scholars” as you call them.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  77. B

    13/11/2014 at 10:48 pm

    strongly disagree with #5. cig clearly hazardous for health, is like poisoning yourself…slowly.
    and compared it with death statistics?? i dont get it.

  78. A

    13/11/2014 at 10:15 pm

    Agreed on everything except for #7

    I thought it’s meant to avoid confusion between Christian’s definition of “Allah” and Muslim’s. Of course, we, educated people, are smart enough to be able to differentiate, but there are people out there (makcik Senah dekat kampung, children etc) who are just not that intelligent to begin with..

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:21 pm

      I believe we tend to underestimate people like makcik Senah. Just because they’re in a kampung doesn’t mean they’re not intelligent.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:21 pm

      And makcik Senah’s goreng pisang is really good.

  79. Newbie

    13/11/2014 at 6:19 pm

    An enlightening article by Ariff. Never knew most of these fatwas existed.

    I’m curious on your stand on freedom of religion.

    Non-Muslims are greatly encouraged to embrace the Islamic faith – why can’t Muslims be given the same equal opportunity to freedom of religion.

    • SomethingElse

      14/11/2014 at 12:10 am

      Dude, that’s sedisyes. LOL

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:23 pm

      Ini sedisyes. Aku report kau.

  80. diz

    13/11/2014 at 12:39 pm

    You understand that’s its really to foster an “under-siege” mentality and religious conservatism among the Muslims, that will lead to conservative votes for BN during the next GE, right?

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:24 pm

      The plot thickens.

  81. Max

    13/11/2014 at 12:24 pm

    Nice article! I don’t understand any of the Malay, but your English is great and you make excellent points while being very funny.

    • Ariff

      14/11/2014 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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