ISA makes Muslims less Muslim?

What I know of the ISA, is that it is draconian, and strips individuals of their basic rights. You don’t get a fair and public trial. You don’t get to be ‘innocent until proven guilty’. You don’t get to defend yourself. You’re basically detained indefinitely, without trial.

But never did I realise that the ISA also strips you of your right to practice your religion as you believe it should be practiced.

I read Merah Hitam, just minutes ago. Merah Hitam is a blog initiated by the wife of ISA detainee (of 7 years) Mat Sah.

She says:

Bagi tahanan ISA tersebut,tujuh tahun mereka dinafikan hak untuk mendapat perbicaraan di mahkamah diikuti penafian pelbagai hak asasi yang lain.Media tidak pernah menyatakan bahawa tahanan ISA ini hampir tujuh tahun tidak dibenarkan pergi ke Masjid untuk menunaikan Solat Jumaat.

(For the ISA detainees, seven years they have been denied the right to get a public trial in court, followed by denying them other basic rights. The media, however, has never mentioned that these ISA detainees have not been allowed to carry out their Friday prayers in mosques for 7 years.)

I don’t practice Islam. But I’ve been in Malaysia long enough (my whole life in fact) to know that sembahyang Jumaat is something important for the Malays and Muslims.

I’m no Christian either, but I believe that the mosque to Muslims, is like the Church is to Christians. That’s where they go to be with God, to be with the Almighty. That’s where they pray.

One/two weeks without going to the mosque might be okay (or at least I think so. If I’m wrong, please correct me). But surely depriving a Muslim from going to the mosque for SEVEN YEARS is not right!

And so many of these ISA detainees are in there because they are allegedly Jemaah Islamiyah members. Imagine the pain of a devout Muslim, not being able to fulfill his duty.

How can anyone (Hint: SHA) say that the Kamunting Detention Camp is a correctional facility? How can anyone (Hint: SHA again) say that the Internal Security Act is to enable the detainees to rejoin society?

BLASPHEMY.

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9 Comments on “ISA makes Muslims less Muslim?”

  1. Zahar says:

    They have communal prayer facilities in Kamunting, for sure. One does not have to go to a public mosque to perform the Friday communal prayers. One can just do it anywhere and wherever there’s a congregation of Muslims.

    BTW, is this the wife of one of those people detained for being a JI member? JI were that group of people who wanted to blow up parts of Malaysia IINM.
    __________
    You said: They have communal prayer facilities in Kamunting, for sure.

    I hope that’s true.

  2. meow says:

    Selamat Hari Raya Su, Maaf Zahir Batin.
    ____________
    Selamat Hari Raya to you too.

  3. “He said he is also given the previous day’s NST newspaper to read. Then he asked us about what he was told by an officer on a report in the NST that there was a signature campaign asking for 150,000 signatures to free RPK and it was not getting any respond and it was a failure.”

    – Excerpt from Anil’s Blog on Marina’s visit

    Are We Going to Take This Lying Down?

    It Definitely Won’t Be Me.. I have come too far to Stop Now.

    Fellow Bloggers and ‘Friends of Change’,

    Lets take this message as a challenge to start a Drive to collect more signatures to Free RPK and All the ISA Detainees, and call for the draconian ISA to be Abolished.

    Pass the words around and promote this signature drive on your blog.

    Petition link: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?isa1234

    Total Signatures currently stands at 34.845.

    Time for Us to Show Them that We Mean Business and We are Here to Stay!!

  4. ReeWoo says:

    Wah! If that’s true, then its too much.
    Depriving people from doing their religious responsibility is too much. How can sembahyang/praying considered to be dangerous?

  5. Patricia says:

    Isn’t it a shame to read comments that say: ‘… isn’t he one of the JI guys…?’- implying that it is all right to have him under ISA because he is one of the dreaded JI flers?

    AND it is also saying: the ISA is OK for some offences and not for others! How is that right? It smacks of Orwell’s ‘some animals are more equal than others’.

    I wish people would realise that the ISA is NOT all right for anyone. Even a terrorist needs his day in court. If we have evidence against these JI people, why are we not bringing them to court and charging them?

    If we just lock them away someplace and forget about them, what does it say about us as a society? Is this the way a civilised society deals with its foes? This is more like the dungeons of medieval times!

    What I always ask of anyone who says the ISA is a necessary evil is this: How would YOU feel if you yourself, or your wife, or husband, or child, were locked up under the ISA? Bereft of a charge, a lawyer, a means to ask for justice; just locked away and forgotten?

    Usually, the debate kinda cools off at that point. Sigh. Even a fool can understand that it is wrong.

    Lepas geram sikit lah, Su! But thank you for your posts, they help keep me in the loop. I don’t always leave a comment, but I’m often here 🙂

    Pat
    _______
    Thanks for your comments Pat. Makes me feel less alone, if you know what I mean. 😉

  6. Bow says:

    ISA has evolved from a national security tool into a political tool since Mahathir era, it really has nothing to do with religion except ruling elite like to link the use of it to Islam, then justified their atrocity on Malaysian to sway the mentality of this muslims majority country, hence acquired the support of majority.

    It is a very cunning political move by umno-BN.

  7. massa says:

    Yes, you are so right. You really don’t know much about Friday prayers. So in order to prevent confusion among others (non-muslims like ReeWoo who has the nerve to comment on Islam when they know nothing about it and muslims whose knowledge in their own religion is so sorely lacking), I suggest you stop writing articles like this. Stick to what you know.

  8. sean b abdull says:

    Good day everyone, and happy eid mubarak.

    i don’t generally write comments but i read blogs a lot. i guess i have to correct some of the miss information here as i am a muslim and it’s somehow my obligation to do so.

    you said, One/two weeks without going to the mosque might be okay (or at least I think so. If I’m wrong, please correct me). yes you are not totally right there. friday prayer is a must without any valid/legitimate reason.

    zahar said, They have communal prayer facilities in Kamunting, for sure. One does not have to go to a public mosque to perform the Friday communal prayers. One can just do it anywhere and wherever there’s a congregation of Muslims.

    i beg to differ zahar. a friday prayer must satisfy few requirements. the first being there must be a minimum number of people to perform the mass prayer. and what if there is no qualified imam to lead you in the prayer? you can’t simply go to any muslim congregation and perform friday prayers.

    and then zahar said, BTW, is this the wife of one of those people detained for being a JI member? JI were that group of people who wanted to blow up parts of Malaysia IINM.

    zahar and like most malays totally trust and believe the MSM reports. how sad and how unbecoming. where’s your proof that these people tried to blow up parts of anything. whatever they want to blow during their free time and or in their bedroom cannot be constituted or perceived as threats mind you.

    if they believe that there are proofs of their actions, or the existence of such organisations, by all means produce them in court and charge them. that’s what islam says about it. otherwise, in islam, it is better to let go a suspect free than punishing an innocent. that’s why islam is very careful about allegations and charges. you don’t simply accuse some people and get the less intelligent people to believe you and that make it right for you to punish them.

    i closed my facebook account when i discovered that most of my contacts are agreeable to ISA and they call themselves malay muslim. their arguements were these people endanger others. says who? yea as long as it doesn’t affect us directly. wait till one of their friends or family members being accused as a terrorist that they suddenly change their belief that ISA is cruel. this is the mentality of most people, that is for as long as ‘it’ doesn’t affect ‘me’, i couldn’t care less.

    ‘i pray to god so i am a good muslim and i will go to heaven’

    i always remember this caption everytime i go for friday prayer, “sebaik-naik manusia adalah yang paling banyak manfaatnya kepada manusia lain” translated as “the best of the human being is the one that benefits others the most”.

    yea and we say that ‘i pray so i’m a good muslim’.

    so how do we benefit others?


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