The separation of the two (along with the division of knowledge into ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ categories) is the mother of all evil. There is no other disease. Whatever we see is merely the adverse effects of this separation. This is what has messed up with the priorities and with everything. It is heartening, however, to see that there is increasing realization of this unfortunate separation. A lot still needs to be done in this regard. As we are writing or reading these lines there are countless people who are dividing Dunyā from Dîn. This is being done by the ‘traditionally’ and the ‘modern’ educated alike. Ours is a case of “is ghar ko āg lag ga’î ghar kay charāgh say”.
In many a cases we do not pause and find out what could be the solution that the ‘way of life’ might be offering for this ‘matter of life’. We think that these are ‘non-religious’ matters so where is the need, then, to look for any guidance from the Book or the Path?! We take it for granted. And we are quite sure about it. Any arguments against it seem to be illogical and nonsense, or ‘philosophical’.
The poor-due we have to give on the produce. But tilling the earth and cultivating and harvesting are the ‘matters of this world’. We are supposed to pay Zakāh but running a business to earn one’s livelihood and to be able to pay Zakāh is a ‘matter of this world’ – as different from the ‘religious’ matters. Eating Halāl is the overriding principle of the ‘way of life’ but learning the thousand and one techniques of Halāl earning may not be related to the ‘way of life’. This is our atomistic thinking at its best or worst.
Speaking truth is an express command of the ‘way of life’ but speaking the same in an assembly or parliament is not necessarily related to the ‘way of life’. Seeking knowledge is the prerequisite for discharging the responsibilities of Khalîfah on earth. But acquiring expertise in the available disciplines (leave alone founding new sciences and discovering new laws of nature) is a ‘worldly matter’, not related to the ‘way of life’.
Dispensing justice – irrespective of friends and foes – is among the cardinal principles of the ‘way of life’. But earning the tough qualifications to discharge this ‘obligation’ in order to be in harmony with the Universe does not fall under the purview of the ‘way of life’. It is instead a ‘worldly’ matter which is probably value-neutral. This is axiomatic as the ‘way of life’ is merely to guide us either beneath the earth or above the heavens!
Let us contrast our division of Dunyā from Dîn with the objectives (Maqāsid) of Sharî‘ah, which have been inductively arrived at. These objectives are ‘preservation’ / ‘protection’ of faith, life, lineage, intellect and property. It is worth pondering if we can separate Dunyā from Dîn after knowing the objectives of Sharî‘ah? Is it possible to divide the two even after noticing that the Sharî‘ah seeks to proactively ‘protect’ or ‘preserve’ the said objectives.
The job, however, does not end at enumerating these Maqāsid. It actually begins from there. Now the question that requires more research is how to implement these objectives. This research should also find out the hindrances in this path.
Thasleem Mohd Ibrahim is not prepared to take up political office unless there is an affirmative action policy to help the Indian Malaysian community.
HE WAS ASKED TO COMMENT ON SPECULATION TIPPING HIM AS A CANDIDATE FOR MENTERI BESAR IN HIS HOME STATE OF PERAK. BEFORE YOU ARE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A MENTERI BESAR MR. THASLEEM, CAN YOU PLEASE CONFIRM WHETHER YOU ARE AN INDIAN OR A MALAY? BEING THE LEADER OF NIAT , SEEMS TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE AN INDIAN FIRST.WE RESPECT YOU DEEPLY SIR, THEN THE GOOD FOR NOTHING MIC GOONS. PLEASE ACCEPT YOUR OFFER AS A CANDIDATE AND I’M SURE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO LEAD THE INDIAN COMMUNITY TO GREATER HEIGHTS. A GREAT MAN , ALL INDIANS MUST LOOK UP TO HIM & SAY THANKS FOR ALL HIS & HIS TEAMS EFFORTS. VAALGE THAMILAN.DATUK THASLEEM, CONTINUE THE GOOD SIR.MALAYSIA IS PROUD TO HAVE YOU AS A SON: ONE WHO IS NOT BLINDED BY BIGOTRY OR GREED; ONE WHO HAS THE MEANS TO SPEAK UP AND DOES SO ON BEHALF OF HIS FELLOW MAN WHO IS SUFFERING. YOU’RE A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE TO ALL MALAYSIANS AND TO ALL HUMAN BEINGS. YOU MAY NOT KNOW ME BUT I HAVE KNOWN YOU SINCE YOUR DAYS AS THE GENERAL MANAGER OF ELGI MARKA IN IPOH. I HAD ALWAYS ADMIRED YOU FOR YOUR OUTSPOKEN ATTITUDE EVEN AS A 22 YEAR OLD. YOU HAD IDEAS EVEN THEN AND I HAD ALWAYS TOLD MY FRIENDS THAT THIS GENTLEMAN HAD QUALITIES NOT MANY HAD. I HAVE ALWAYS TOLD FRIENDS THAT YOU WERE AN EXCELLENT SALESMAN FOR YOUR IDEAS HAD ALWAYS EXCITED ME. MANY YEARS HAVE GONE BY INFACT A GOOD 32 YEARS AND TODAY I READ ABOUT YOUR DEEDS AND COMMITMENT TO THE INDIAN COMMUNITY. YOUR SHORT SPEECH DURING A STAGE SHOW IN WISMA TUN SAMBANTHAN A FEW MONTHS AGO MUST BE HEARD BY ALL INDIANS IN MALAYSIA. THEN, AND ONLY THEN WILL THE INDIANS UNDERSTAND YOUR STAND AND VISIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY. GOOD JOB SIR. AS AN OLD FRIEND, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.WHERE HV YOU BEEN SIR? THERE IS LOST HOPE FOR MALAYSIAN INDIANS. DAP IS A DISMAL FAILURE FOR THEY LOVE PIGS MORE THAN INDIANS (RE:KEDAH). PAS WANT TO IMPLEMENT THE HUDUD LAW FOR ALL. PKR INFIGHTING IS A SHAM ON THE HUMAN DIGNITY. MIC OR BN, YOU KNOW THE STORY AND YET WE HAVE FEW SPARKS LEFT THAT LIT UP THE HEARTS OF WE FELLOW MALAYSIA INDIANS AND YOU ARE ONE OF THEM SIR. THASLEEM MOHD IBRAHIM’S DECISION NOT TO JOIN PAKATAN RAKYAT. HE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE NON-PARTISAN AND CARRY ON WITH HIS EXCELLENT SOCIAL WORK. BUT I DO NOT QUITE AGREE WITH HIS VIEWS ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY TO HELP THE INDIAN MALAYSIAN COMMUNITY. THE INDIAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LEFT TO THE MERCY OF LEADERS FROM BN FOR MORE THAN FOUR DECADES NOW. AND PR HAS BEEN ONLY FIGHTING “BUSH FIRES” IN THE COMMUNITY AND SO FAR HAS FAILED TO CONVINCE INDIAN MALAYSIANS THAT PR IS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING LONG-TERM PERMANENT SOLUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY’S WOES. AFFIRMATIVE POLICIES THAT ONLY PROPAGATES HANDOUTS AND PATCHWORK REMEDIES WILL ONLY KEEP THE INDIAN MALAYSIAN COMMUNITY IN ITS VICIOUS CIRCLE OF SOCIAL ILLS. UMNO LEADERS IN BN AND THE MALAY LEADERS FROM PR SHOULD HAVE THE CONVICTION AND GUTS TO BREAK THE BARRIER OF RACE AND RELIGION AND ACCEPT INDIAN MALAYSIANS WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY. UNTIL THEN, ANY AFFIRMATIVE POLICY TO HELP INDIAN MALAYSIANS CAN BE DESTINED TO THE DUSTBINS.THE ONLY WAY THE INDIAN WANT GET FAIR TREATMENT FROM GOVERNMENT IS CHANGE THE FEDERAL SYSTEM THAT IS CHANGE UMGNOK TO PAKATAN RAKYAT! THEY CONTROL OTHER PARTY AS WELL , THIS IS ACTUAL FACT AND DO NOT DENY IT! PROUD OF YOU THASLEEM .. YOU ARE A TRUE HUMAN BEING TRUE TO YOUR RELIGION. MANY IF NOT MOST INDIAN MUSLIMS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SOLD THEIR SOULS AND THEIR MOTHERS AND WIFES AND DAUGHTERS AND PORTRAY THEMSELVES AS MALAYS BY ADDING BIN AND BINTI TO THEIR NAMES FOR GETTING MONETRAY AND OTHER AIDS RESERVED FOR THE MALAYS. THEY CAN SELL HEIR RACE WHAT ELSE THEY WILL NOT SELL TO GET MORE MONIES AND PRIVILEGES.. THES ESO CALLED POOKIMANS AND POOKIMATHIS MUST BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES AND SHOULD PULL THEIR TONGUES OUT AND GO TO HELL IF THEY DONT REPENT BY REVERTING TO THEIR ORIGINAL RACE. AS A RAKYAT I THINK WE TOOK TOO LONG TO WAKE UP TO THE TYRANNY OF THE GOVERNMENT. THANKS TO WWW.WHEN THE ESTATES GOT SOLD THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ADDRESS THE DISPLACEMENT OF THIS GENTLE PASSIVE PEOPLE. MIC IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PLIGHT BY BEING MUTE. BEING NOT EDUCATED STILL GUARANTEED WORK IN THE ESTATE. IN FACT TOO MUCH EDUCATION WORKED AGAINST THE SYSTEM. IF WE ARE TRULY MATURED MALAYSIANS WE SHOULD HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF ‘ NO ONE LEFT BEHIND’. THASLEEM’S STAND REGARDLESS OF HIS PAST MUST BE AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW. TO SAY THAT IT’S HIS MUSLIM NATURE THAT MAKES HIM SO IS GROSSLY MISPLACED. IF ONE LOOKS HARD AT MOST RELIGION YOU WILL FIND ITS SHARP EDGES POINTING TO A FELLOW HUMAN BEING. ISLAM IS NO EXCEPTION. THE CASTE SYSTEM IS A GOOD IDEA GONE BAD LIKE THE NEP, IT WAS HIJACKED BY RELIGION. WE KNOW HOW THE NEP WAS HIJACKED AND NOW THREATENS TO BE LIKE UMNO MADE CASTE SYSTEM. EVERY RACE HAS BIGOTS, THE ONLY WAY IS TO EVOLVE OUT OF IT AND THASLEEM’S EXAMPLE IS A GOOD START. A MALAY LIKE MAHATHIR WHO CAN EVEN BECOME A PRIME MINISTER AND BECOME WEALTHY INSTEAD OF SUFFERING AS AN INDIAN. AFTER ALL, YOU SHARE THE SAME ANCESTRY AS MAHATHIR SOCIETY IS ECONOMICALLY STRONG, OTHERS WILL FOLLOW THEM. WE HATED JAPAN FOR THE ATTROCITIES BUT TODAY THEY HAVE THE TECH AND ECONOMICALLY STRONG THAT WE LEARN THEIR LANGUAGE TO STUDY THERE. IN MALAYSIA, CHINESE HAVE THAT UPPER HAND IN ECONOMICS AND THEY DONT BOTHER OF OTHER RACES. EVERYONE INCLUDING THE BANKS BOW TO THEM LIKE BANKS HAVING CHINESE LANGUAGE IN THEIR ATMS. INDIANS ARE DOWN ECONOMICALLY, HOW CAN THEY FIGHT AND PROJECT THEMSELVES. INDIAN LEADERS ARE ONLY SELF SERVING IDIOTS. WE HAD PPN HOSTEL IN PJ FOR POOR INDIANS STUDYING IN UM OR KL TO LIVE THERE…WHAT HAPPENED? THEY SOLD IT OFF FOR PROFITS. HOW CAN THE SOCIETY IMPROVE WHEN INDIANS ARE NOT UNITED, SELF CENTRED, IGNORANT, ARROGANT ETC. HOW MANY INDIANS SPEAK TAMIL, KNOW THEIR CULTURE AND RELIGION FOR THAT MATTER? WHEN AN INDIAN IS WELL OFF, HE WILL NOT THINK OF HELPING HIS SOCIETY BACK…ANANDAKRISHNAN HELPS CHINESE BUT NOT INDIANS. ITS FUTILE TO TALK OF HELPING INDIANS WHEN THEY DONT WANT TO HELP THEMSELVES HI THASLEEM’S VIEWS ARE FAIR AND RIGHTEOUS. HIS PASSION FOR THE INDIAN COMMUNITY IS AS A RESULT OF HE HAVING UNDERGONE DIFFICULTY AND SUFFERING IN THE MALAYSIAN SCENE. ONE SHOULD NOT QUESTION OR DOUBT WHY AN INDIAN MUSLIM ( UNLIKE MAMAK MAHATHIR) IS CHAMPIONING THIS CAUSE NOT OTHER INDIAN HINDUS WHO ARE THE MAJORITY IN THE COUNTRY. IT IS TIME THAT ALL RACES FIRST THINK AS MALAYSIANS AND ADDRESS FAIRLY THE WOES OF THE DIFFERENT RACES IN POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION OF FACILITIES AND BENEFITS. THE POLICY MUST BE EGALITARIAN. IT MUST BE HUMANE AND IT MUST BE RIGHTEOUSNESS. THIS IS WHAT HJ THASLEEM IS ADVOCATING. HOPE PR WILL ULTIMATELY DO THIS JUSTICE FOR ALL RACES WHEN THE CHANGE TAKES PLACE. OR WE WILL CHANGE PR IN GE14. INDIANS DO NOT NEED AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONS. ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS FAIR EXECUTION AND ENFORCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY. TO DATE BN-MIC HAS FAILED. LET’S GIVE PR A CHANCE AND BE UNITED IN THIS EFFORTONE ASPECT OF YOUR MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT HINDUISM AND THE CURSED CASTE SYSTEM. YES, CASTE IS PRACTICED AMONG THE HINDUS BUT IT IS A SOCIAL APPROACH AND DIVISION, STARTED WITH THE IDENTIFICATION OF PEOPLE BY THEIR PROFESSIONS, A DISGUSTING ONE BEYOND DIGNITY TO LOOK DOWN ON PEOPLE. HINDUISM BELIEVES LIKE OTHER RELIGIONS IN EQUALITY AND DIGNITY FOR ALL. IF I AM WRONG PLEASE CORRECT MEREADMOREHTTP://MUSLIMMALAYSIAREVIEW.BLOGSPOT.COM/2012/07/FROM-ALAGANKULAM-THASLEEM-MOHD-IBRAHIM.HTML