by Lim Teck Ghee
It is exceptional for one hero to emerge during one’s life time. But two? Unbelievable but yes – this unprecedented happening is taking place right now which makes this an amazing time to be a Muslim in Malaysia.
Riding to the rescue of the rudderless masses – confused by the arrival on our shores of huge numbers of gays, lesbians, dog lovers, Cadbury munchers and other purveyors of polluting and ‘haram’ consciousness and deeds secretly slipped in through our porous land and sea boundaries by western neo-colonialist agents bent on bringing the Golden Chersonese back into the sphere of Christian-Zionist influence – are two heroes and warriors of Islam.
Their war to ensure Islamic supremacy is not only against threats emanating from outside the country. The more dangerous threats are embedded deep within our midst in the form of munafik, pengkhianat, pendatang, penceroboh, Cinabengs, kaki botol, pariah dogs, kiasus,liberals and even moderates. Taking advantage of the Christian and western financed anti-Muslim internet media, these devilish elements intent on destroying the fabric of Muslim society have emerged from the Satanic darkness to spread lies and ply their propagandist filth of moderation, democracy, equality and human rights to the unsuspecting Muslim population.
Who are these two warriors whose names should forever be emblazoned in the pages of Islamic history in our country? They are Ahmad Zaik Abdullah Rahman and Mohd. Ridhuan Tee. This extraordinary pair may have come from differing backgrounds but they complement each other perfectly in their uncompromising philosophies.
Ahmad Zaik’s stand is based on “Malays stand united; Islam reigns supreme”. Riduan Tee, a Chinese convert to Islam, cannot wave the Malay flag so easily. His slogan? “Muslims stand united; Islam reigns supreme”?
Imprisonment of the mind is the greatest scourge faced by humanity, especially by Muslims. Not only are these two warriors in a mission to cleanse the country of its unsavoury anti-Muslim minority, but they are also intellectual giants fighting ignorance and helping to rewrite the course of development in the country by less violent means. Clearly a ‘speak loudly and carry a big stick’ strategy. Ahmad Zaik’s accomplishments include a 64 page book, ’30 Soal Jawab Melayu Sepakat Islam Berdaulat’. In this incredibly slim but profound volume, he is able to provide answers rooted in classical Islamic knowledge to all the burning issues of Malays, Muslims and Malaysia.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of any other book that has had such an impact on the Malay reading world. It is noteworthy that the book’s forward was written by Deputy Prime Minister and deputy Umno president Muhyiddin Yassin and and launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, both Islamic warriors too, though of lesser stature, despite their higher political status.
Blockblaster Film Issue and Plagiarism Non-Issue
Incidentally the book also serves as a ‘bible’ to the Isma clubs being established all over the world. At last count, there were over Isma clubs in over 25 counties so that it should not be long before “30 Soal” makes it to the international best sellers list. Also rumour has it that the much castigated and misunderstood director of the Tanda Putera film, Shuhaimi Baba is of the opinion that the book has the makings of a major cinematic hit in the Muslim world; and that she is the right person to bring it to the Islamic green screen.
This is an incredible opportunity for FINAS, JAIS, Khazanah, etc.to provide funding for a noble cause which can only add lustre to Malaysia’s Muslim credentials. Besides, it will provide the catalyst to the establishment of an Islamic film industry in Malaysia to take down the decadent and Islamic soul destroying Hollywood empire build by Jewish money. I am sure our Saudi colleagues will want to joint venture with us; but even if they do not want to, we have the petro dollars to make this happen.
But our bureaucracy needs to hurry up. Rumour also has it that Ahmad Zaid has already turned down a similar offer from the Malaysian financiers of the Hollywood film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This was despite the concession apparently made that no partial nudity will be shown in the film – not even of uncovered arms and legs. If this rumour is true, it is yet another mark of the purist Islamic character of this remarkable ustaz for whom fortune and fame appear to have little or no meaning – just the pursuit of the jihad. On a lighter note, female fans of this formidable warrior have swooned over his hirsute chest revealed in recent photos but this, I am assured, is due to his sharp sartorial style rather than any latent exhibitionist tendencies.
In comparison, Ridhuan Tee has been more prolific in his literary output and can be considered to be the intellectual star in UMNO’s media empire. Because he is so prolific at churning out masterpieces of Islamic commentary in his weekly column (and this is in addition to his formidable academic output), detractors have claimed that some of his work has been plagiarised from other sources. Obviously, intellectual giants are fair game for ultra kiasu hate mongers. There is in fact no need for Prof. Madya Ridhuan to respond to the allegation of plagiarism. After all, it is not a word or concept that is found in the Malay or Muslim dictionary; neither is it taken seriously by our universities. In fact, we can consider it a”haram”western word and concept with bad intentions, aimed at devaluing and demeaning our local scholars who are increasingly being exposed to the best Islamic tradition.
Saudi Influenced or Malaysianized Islam
What next for our Islamic warriors? There is one pressing issue to be resolved before achieving the paradise on earth that they envisage for Muslims and Islam in the country. Is it fundamentalist Shaf’i Islam that they are advocating or are they intent on creating a new form of Islam? A form analogous to Wahhabi Islam in doctrine and in liturgy, but purely Malay or at least (for Riduan Tee’s sake) purely Malaysian Muslim. This notion would be revolutionary for Malaysia: that a new Malayanised Islam open to converts in Malaysia, but at the same time aggressive, racist and exclusive, is being created before our very eyes. If this is their intention, clearly the patron saint of the new Islamic movement should be none other than Dr. Mahathir, the country’s number one Muslim convert.
Meanwhile, there have been suggestions that the duo should be honoured with state or federal honours – minimally dato-ships or even tansri-ships. Other suggestions have included appointments to higher positions and monetary and other material awards from a grateful Ummah in the way that the best koranic readers were rewarded in the annual national contests which, unfortunately, has been abandoned for reasons totally unfathomable.
All in good time quite soon surely, but perhaps the most appropriate honour for now– especially since their mission here is nearly complete – is to send them on a flight out to fight the enemies of the Muslim world where they least expect it – Antarctica?