Thursday, June 2, 2011

Only Now You Know That to Slander is Evil?

Translated from peraktoday.com

The arguments put forth by the Perak UMNO Youth Chief and the PAS Youth Chief in the discourse on Slander in the End of Days (Wacana Fitnah Umat Akhir Zaman) pointed to one thing – the Anwar Ibrahim sex video scandal and slander. Although opined with some pertinent basis, the long and convoluted explanation given was only to say that the sex video was nothing more than slander.

Although on the surface the discourse looked attractive and had some elements of truth, however, when it pointed to Anwar Ibrahim, it has become something laughable, devoid of intelligence for a discourse of such a genre. It is nothing more than politics to save Anwar’s ass from the scathing perception of the Malaysian public who see is it as an act that is despicable, especially in the eyes of the Malays and Islam.

Its is, indeed, true that slander is an evil act. However, slander is also among the foundations that had been sowed in the country’s party politics. Each of the politicians among us is so prone to committing slander. Why, even PAS Youth Chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi had used systematic integrated slander when assisting the PAS candidate in Permatang Pauh to defeat Rohaizat Othman.

In this case, notwithstanding the truth that Rohaizat had two wives and as such practised polygamy without adhering to Islamic family laws in Malaysia, what right has Nasruddin to expose it and ridicule Rohaizat by dragging his second wife into the fray?

These are examples, but what about the case of the PAS ninja who was slashed with parang causing his shirt to be torn and his head to bleed? Bizarrely still, when it was discovered the parang attack did not leave any wounds on the torso. Not just the absence of serious wounds, there weren’t any traces of cuts inflicted by a sharp edged object despite the slash tear on the shirt.

But since the video had adversely and directly impacted Anwar, Pakatan Rakyat and in particular, PAS, the discourse had to be called and the subject of the despicability of political slander, which they claimed as immoral to be discussed and debated at length.

Why not they debate the need for the ummah to expose those leaders who might cause worse harm as had been warned by Imam Al-Ghazali and Al-Nawawi? Why was it that when asked about Nasruddin’s rationale in exposing Rohaizat, who at that time was the UMNO-BN candidate standing against Salleh Man of PAS, six factors outlined by Imam Al-Ghazali as contained in that tome of sea of knowledge, Ihya Ulumuddin was discussed and then easily accepted by those in PAS?

When it comes to things related to Anwar Ibrahim, the perception changes. Why?
Why not project him as a leader who could wreak much damage to the ummah than to showcase him as a personality who is beyond reproach? Is PAS not really adhering to Islam or is it only abiding by certain things, saying only parts and pieces, while hiding the rest?

It cannot be denied that the dissemination of the obscene sex video purported to have involved Anwar Ibrahim is something that is disgraceful and immoral. However, it says another thing like what is being done by most Pakatan Rakyat leaders, including those of PAS and its members, who came up with baseless counter allegations; accusations that would, invariably, necessitate the producing of four pure and sin-free witnesses. Is that not slander, too?

If they really wanted to reject politics of slander and return to the true path of Islam, please do it in earnest and sincerely. Doing half of it and using the other half to positively project PAS and Pakatan rakyat is not the way to go.

If Anwar is an UMNO leader, perhaps the strains we hear from PAS leaders would have been different. This is because all these while PAS is happiest when they produce shameful images involving UMNO leaders. In such cases they will not hesitate to use such images for publicity and uplift its ‘holier-than-thou’ stance.

The conclusion that we can make is that the discourse on Slander in the End of Days (Wacana Fitnah Umat Akhir Zaman) was not to discuss slander, which has imbedded itself in the mindset of humans of the present era, but instead on the part of Khairy Jamaluddin and Nasruddin Tantawi was to create the perception that the video, which was said to have involved Anwar Ibrahim was nothing less than slander.

That was all to it and nothing more.

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