The most common outrage they expressed has been the National Fatwa Council quoting Singapore as another country with fatwa against yoga when Singapore isn’t even an Islamic nation. Or has Lee Kuan Yew and son converted?
They commented that the Fatwa Council must be terribly desperate to dig up Singapore as a precedence for the fatwa. As one sweetie would put it, de-si-pe-late-one!
Malaysiakini Bouquets, brickbats for yoga fatwa sadly brought out the general consensus that “the fatwa is likely to be observed more often in the breach since it isn’t legally binding on Muslims despite carrying the great weight of religious authority”, and in that process, would discredit the Fatwa Council.
But all those organizations starting with a 'JA--' would have a gala time, peeping at yoga centres and eventually raiding them.Why have the religious departments (both federal and states) and the Fatwa Council been targeting such peripheral issues instead of crucial matters such a corruption, compassion and competency?
No one would dare say corruption in Malaysia hasn’t reached epidemic proportions. So why hasn’t there been a fatwa on corruption?
Please, can the Fatwa declare that officials found to be corrupt will be whipped. And the punishment shall be pro rata in accordance with rank/positions, with ministers each getting 250 severe lashings with a cat o' nine tails, while the office peon gets one symbolic teeny weeny stroke with a cute little cane used on small naughty kids.
Likewise, there have been an appalling lack of professional and official competency, and general lack of compassion.
Maybe a fatwa on professionalism may be a bit too far to reach but what about compassion?
How many Malaysians, other than some Christians, have donated to the victims of Darfur?
Fatwa’s aren’t always bad. For example, many Muslims don’t even know that, just three years ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (yap, a Shiite) issued a fatwa forbidding the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons. He certainly took the high moral grounds compared to Taliban-ish Israel or ar$eh*le Bush who wanted to renege on the Treaty against tactical N-weapons.
Then (also 3 years ago) the Spanish Muslims issued a fatwa against Osama Bin Laden on the basis he had abandoned his religion. That makes him an apostate but no worries, Lina Joy is still better looking.
Incidentally, for those Malaysians who hero-worship Osama but hate Lina Joy for her apostacy, would do well to know the Kahuna of all terrorists is an apostate too.
But in Malaysia, fatwa’s have been usually the nays and negatives rather than something uplifting and caring like Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's on N-weapons.
It appears as if the subtext underlying the recent fatwa, given its lack of support by many Muslims because of its silly suggestion that the Muslims would convert to Hindu through yoga exercise, is about tighter control of the ummah and basic territorial fangs baring.
Surely the time has come for the mullahs to have confidence in Islam as a great religion, without fear that Muslims would swiftly abandon the religious boat.
Look, Christianity used to be like this – with a "can’t do this – can’t do that” mentality. They even burned Joan of Arc at the stake just for having visions.
Then they forced Galileo Galilei to recant his heliocentrism which taught that the planets circled the sun, rather than the Church's position that the sun and planets circled earth, based on Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30 stating that "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved."
The Church literally upheld Psalm 104:5 saying "the LORD set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved."
It didn’t help Galileo that the Book of Joshua (10:13) claimed the sun and moon remained unmoved for three days to allow a victory to the Israelites.
Poor Galileo was then forced to spend the last years of his life under house arrest on orders of the Roman Inquisition.
But Christianity has since moved to a very open and confident stand, and there has been no loss of faith. If anything, the Church has become even more popular and powerful with the recent Popes enjoying virtually rock star status.
But not everything is gloom as it’s heartening to hear HRH the Sultan of Selangor laying a royal cautioning hand on the recent fatwa.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah declared that the Selangor Fatwa Committee would meet to deliberate the matter "in greater detail so that a decision is not made hastily.”
The Star reported that HRH said the state committee would then have to forward their recommendation to him for approval. HRH also chided the National Fatwa Cxouncil for not referring the issue to the Rulers Conference especially when such an issue has affected the general public. He wants this done in future – for more, see S'gor yet to bar Muslims from practising yoga.
I would love to ajak HRH to "off with the National Fatwa Council's heads" via a royal initiated fatwa of course - wakakaka.
UPDATE @ 9 p.m.
Early today when I posted Fatwa and zealots! I mentioned:
Malaysiakini also reported that, despite the National Fatwa Council being an enormously influential body, rulings (or fatwa’s) by the Fatwa Council are not legally binding on the country's Muslims, and there are no laws to punish those who ignore Council decisions.
Maybe Datuk Jamry hasn't read this? So, hopefully someone (perhaps HRH) should remind Jamry not to exceed his authority.
Looks like HRH (Perak) has just slapped Jamry on his wrist for usurping the royal prerogative on religious issues - wakakaka.
Jamry has now backtracked so fast he fell over backwards into a new yoga position (body bent backwards until head in arse?), and officially withdrawn his earlier over-eager declaration to slam a ban on yoga exercise. He was right royally (excuse the deliberate pun) slammed instead. ;-)