Blind Faith, a Malaysian Story

Definition: “Hudud” is a law in Islam stating the limits ordained by Allah and including the deterrent punishments for serious crimes

Although it seems ‘hudud’ law is solely a religious matter advocated by Muslims, but the underlined issue goes beyond that. It’s not a race, nor a religious issue, but a subject matter which takes a shot at human nature. If history had taken another turn with a twist, we could witnessed Christians today making the provocative legislation of rigid laws instead. Some of the rigid measures introduced in ‘hudud’ pre-dates Islam. It’s not racial, neither it’s religion motivated though it seemed to appear like it.

When ‘hudud’ law is put under the microscope, you will be accused of mockery and disrespect. But, it must be made clear that Islam, or other religions have no substance without followers to embrace their teachings. Words of wisdom have no meaning if not taken to tasks to motivate us spiritually. When we are spiritually motivated, only then faith will evolve. Faith has no tangible form, therefore it cannot be quantified or measured by words in any law, and it certainly cannot be justified by purposely disgracing a human subject in the process of criminal punishment because stealing for example is committed by intention, not by the hands. Dismemberment is a physical act which cannot correct the intention which is spiritually connected. It could result in more remorse, or even anger. Hopes of subduing the offender into disgrace by that approach is never a guarantee of deliverance. Righteousness begins with nurturing the spirit within. Is redemption possible to the offender, and loved ones who would be shamed for his offence by losing his physical dexterity, and be reminded of it permanently? Ever heard of Johnny Depp? Take a look at the public record for all the offences he had committed when he was a teenager. He moved on.

At a micro level, it’s to do men with little faith who do not wish to see beyond the veil. But, they championed the words of wisdom in desperate need for conformity to comfort the obsessive mind fixated on nothing but fear, and insecurity. Yet, the authority puts a claim on faith as reason to enact the rigid law, but the hard-line that they’ve taken clearly revealed the absence in humility, God’s grace, and spirit in mind.

Blind faith can be disconcerting because it reflects the incapacity to understand God’s spirit, and inadvertently diminishes the importance of ones role in life. Have you heard some people would say, “God said his law is indeed fair”, or “Leave the past, present and future to God’s care”. If only they knew that it takes only half a mind to make a difference in life, they wouldn’t have made remarks that would invalidate themselves as subjects of God. Taking words of God out of context from holy books can prove to be misleading when you don’t apply yourself to the thought of it. There is no God in any holy book, but you. Given the chance, I or anyone else could have added a trail of words to the phrase, “God said his law is indeed fair only to the limited in mind”. That would greatly shift the perception on faith, and God all over the world today! But, change can be a difficult experience to accept for some. Humanity needed the experience to learn, and evaluate from, in order to lift themselves out of self-pity, and make better of themselves.

At a larger scale of things, it’s about maturity, and sophistication of governance on policy making. It’s about taking the people by the hand going forward as a united nation under a common law.

Thousands of years ago, rigid rules were accustomed to smaller communities, or societies. Public punishment was effective in maintaining peace, harmony and neighbourliness in small clusters of society. Such practices were customary rather than a religious adaptation, and confined to the culture of that community. Then, dishonesty was not to be tolerated. Today, implementation of such rigid practices would reflect an unsophisticated and banal leadership liking to being dictatorial. From Europe to China, imperialism has no positive impact on progress let alone ‘hudud’, simply because over aggression in ruling has no substance in influencing the sophisticated, and creative minds. ‘Hudud’ has no spiritual influence, only religious regime makes it so. It’s a creation by man drawn from insecurity, not God. In the middle ages, the Roman Catholic church employed measures so extreme, and barbaric that could even be termed as acts of atrocity to humanity. The church was unable to accept radical ideas for fear of deviating from mainstream belief. Fear retracted awareness from discovering God’s creation, and mysteries. The church did not know any better, but they made some amendments, and moved on.

‘Hudud’ was never a part of East Asian cultural fabric. In this part of the world rich in cultural diversity, extensive natural rain forest and resources where the indigenous people lived free. Why forced their hand, and contain them by threat? We should nurture their energy through appropriate, and adequate education to help elevate their living status to the next level. ‘Hudud’ goes against the natural grain of our society, so why import something which doesn’t sit well with the people? Peoples of this nation and their ancestors have endured five centuries of colonisation and oppression. We must build our own unique identity to tell that story. This ideology imposes only to the frame of mind which is caught up in the illusion fear. And, fear stems from the incapacity of stretching the conscience closer to the divine. Hence, the lack in understanding brews insecurity. Taking God’s name in vain for ‘this’, and ‘that’ with no facts in hand makes anyone a ‘no brainer’, irresponsible, and misleading.

Why do we need to descent to a despicable display of inhumane aggression, and anger by hurling stones? What’s with the tone of anger? Where is the love and respect? All sinners deserve them even in the face of death. Life’s experiences are compulsory requirement to perceive God’s work. So, life is about continuity, and action without compassion eliminates that opportunity. Don’t disgraced your fellow-man by stoning, and dismemberment for they are who you are not.

It’s undeniable that our environment is continuously evolving, and that we must be in synchrony with it to move creativity forward. Two system ruling sets a stage for double standards, and in effect classifies the people who happened to walk on the same soil, breathe the same air, and share the same livelihood. Double standards would only bring incessant conflict of opinions. You don’t have to go far to find the truth. Make an evaluation in the up-bringing process of your family. Don’t you wish fair treatment, and attention for your children? Don’t you want for them your equal love? Don’t you want them to mature in confidence in an environment conducive for creativity, or rather confined them to an environment subjected to threats and treatments only for the purpose to disgrace? For any form of resolutions to find their way to a compromise and conclusion, there must be a common principle to adhere by, an existing mainstream principle structured unequivocally and comprehensively with the test of time in the modern era.

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