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|Malaysia's Cancer: Mahathir|
|08/17/01 at 21:52:32|
|I wasnt' surprised to read in the "Makers of contemporary Islam," by John L. Esposito and John O. Voll, that they liked Islamic "scholars" Mahthir from Malaysia and now the ousted ex-president Wahid from Indonesia as the best of the Islamic scholars and the most moderate. I guess moderate means to make fun of Islam and to allow others to make fun of Islam and to block efforts to implement shariah.|
In the book these two orientalists seemed to hate Maryam Jameelah, "a voice of conservative Islam," the most. I wonder if it had to do anything with the fact that she was a jew who converted? Jews rarely convert to Islam and also Jammelah has written many books criticizing the western society which was probably very hard for them to digest.
Read below and weep. These are the kind of leaders that we elect for ourselves. There isn't one single Muslim country in the world whose leader (president, prime minister,) can be called an advocate of Islam. Well, aside from Mullah Omar I guess. But look at their people They are having all sorts of problems. May Allah help the Muslims all over the world.
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Published Thursday August 16, 2001
By Abdar-Rahman Koya
The beleaguered Mahathir regime in Malaysia appears to have a knack for finding strategies that have unintended effects. In its latest campaign to silence the opposition, ten more people, including Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz, the son of PAS chief Nik Abdul Aziz, were abducted in the first week of August under the notorious Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows indefinite detention without the need to produce detainees in court or furnish evidence. This man’s only crime is to have served in the Afghan jihad against the Soviets. The police have also admitted that a witch-hunt is underway for more ‘militants’ who went for jihad. Mahathir defended the witch-hunt as ‘preventive measures’, saying that the Israelis too were taking preventive measures against Palestinians.
The victims of the latest crackdown are Islamic activists and PAS leaders. The government says that the arrests were aimed at ‘militants’ trained in Afghanistan, who are accused of everything from bank-robberies and murders to attacks on non-Muslim places of worship to create a ‘purist’ Islamic state. None of these allegations has so far been supported by evidence, hence the use of the ISA.
But far from silencing critics, the provocations appear to have encouraged PAS, whose support among Malay Muslims has been increasing at the cost of UMNO since the dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim. Many had previously voiced concern that PAS, comfortable with control of two important states, were becoming more complacent with their current strength and therefore not prepared to take risks. Worries have also been expressed about PAS’s declining role as an Islamic movement. But the latest crackdown on PAS has woken it up and alerted some of its leaders to the dangers of working within the system.
Since putting Anwar Ibrahim behind bars in September 1998, Mahathir has been displaying some of his most adventurous strategies, with contradictory aims: to woo back Malays, and to reinforce the support of the Chinese, whose votes in 1999 ensured his ruling coalition formed the government. For the former, he whipped up nationalistic sentiments along racist lines; for the latter, he tells the non-Muslims of the danger of Islam and the threat to their culture should PAS come to power. That has, however, left the Malays all the more reason to rally behind PAS, while Chinese leaders are given a free hand to scorn Islam.
Although the move is welcome, his argument is based not on fairness but on political vengeance against Malay students, whom he continuously calls "lazy" and "ungrateful".
Not long ago, non-Muslim politicians would not dare declare such animosity openly. But with Mahathir himself churning out his anti-Islamic diatribe almost daily, they have been tacitly given a free hand.
On a lighter note, however, Mahathir may find himself in the company of some eccentrics. He was recently declared a true Islamic leader by a Scottish ‘Sufi master’ by the name of Abdulqadir Jilani, who flew in to the prime minister’s office to declare Malaysia the "capital of Islam". He also criticised local Islamists, branding all of them Shi’ahs who lack "financial vision". Jilani was apparently overjoyed that Mahathir had reacted positively to his proposal to use the so-called gold dinar minted by his company in place of the US dollar.
Much to his disappointment, he was turned down; Uncle Sam’s envoy to Malaysia told him bluntly to restore ‘democratic’ rights in his country before ties could be ‘normalised’. Such suicidal acts he cannot afford. The most he can do is impress Uncle Sam that he too is playing a small role in the fight against Islamic ‘terrorism’.
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