Sunday, July 30, 2006

Preventing the ummah divided or covering up the haqq?

As some of you have already known, Saudi Arabia has betrayed Muslims and there were no mass-media publish this treachery except MetroTV in a small parts in Headline News.

Yesterday, in Antara, in Pelatihan Menulis di Media Massa (Workshop of Writing in Mass Media) I met someone from and asked whether he knew the Saudi Arabia's fatwa. He answered he did know the fatwa but he (and his friends) didn't publish it because they afraid it will divide the ummah ( memecah belah umat ).

Indeed the ummah has been divided in the past and since the announcing of the fatwa, the ummah in middle east were become more divided, those who join Saudi Arabia with Wahhabi and those who agree with Ikhwanul-Muslimin in Egypt (who against Wahhabi's fatwa).

Will we become divided if our mass-media publish the foolish fatwa of Wahhabi?

I don't think so.

Indeed most of muslims in Indonesia are Sunnies. We have lot of disagreement with our brothers, the Shiites. However, has the facts ever inhibited us from be kind to them? Never!

We welcome The President of Iran, Ahmadinejad. We welcome Iran's movie. We support Iran for building Nuclear Reactor for their powerplant. And of course, we protest the aggression of Israel to Lebanon.

Now, look at what happened since the treachery was not published in Indonesia?
We protest the Israel (which they won't listened, especially since they have no embassy in here) and United State of America and United Nations but no one protest The Traitor, Arab Saudi.

Everytime an Indonesian doing umrah or hajj, he has paying money to The Traitor who try to prevent Muslims from helping his brother in Lebanon.

Everytime an Indonesian worker ( Tenaga Kerja Wanita / TKW )buying food or stuff in Arab Saudi, she has helped the Arabs to pay his taxes to The Traitor whose works are spreading Wahhabism to all of muslim world, dividing the Ummah to sects, Sunni and Shiite.

We criticize a cruel edict announced by Israel but we do not criticize Arab Saudi for their stupid-foolish-and treasonous fatwa.

Covering this fact is helping dividing ummah. Covering this fact is imprisoning the Ummah into their own environment, unsympathetic to other's problem.

"...Be upholders of justice for the sake of Allah as witnesses to the truth. Let not the hatred of any people move you away from justice. Deal justly. That is closer to being upright..." (Quran 5:8, Shabbir Ahmed's rendition)

I remember a story about the previous Pope, John Paul II. One day, he heard his cardinals criticized the cruelty of Serbia (which was representing Protestants in their opinion) to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The wise Pope, hearing their critics, told them not to forget that Croatia (which was Catholics) also attacked Bosnia-Herzegovina. He told them to be fair.

You, Muslims should be ashamed of yourself!!

Some people may said the ettiquette of criticizing a leader or such thing like that. They will say to critics quietly without hurting those people in public. They're correct if the mistakes did not injure the others. They're correct if there is no injustice being done by the mistakes. But this fatwa was an injustice and hurt people both in Palestine and Lebanon. And by covering this fatwa, we have doing injustice.

"Allah loveth not that evil should be noised abroad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done... " (Quran 4:148, Yusuf Ali's Translation)

... and God is sufficient as witness