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Have a wonderful 2012 Ramadhan!

Tomorrow is the 1st day of the holy month of Ramadhan.

May this month truly be the month of blessings, a month full of forgiveness and guidance for all of us. May God bless us with happiness and grace our homes with warmth and peace.

Usually, as common sense dictates, we shall try to resist and desist any forms of extremism in the commentary sections, not only in this blog but in other platforms as well. As we all know, moderation should not be confined in the real world. It should germinate in cyberspace as well. A virtue which is quite scarce to find these days among the more fervent and fanatical commentators we can see out there.

But this might be a normal occurrence as the prospect of general election looms. It is hoped that the psyche of the people in cyberspace can withstand the onslaught of malicious, seditious and plain repulsive behaviour amongst the barrage of articles and commentaries that will populate the social media.

The 2008 general election was at the apex of social media play where groundworks for the political campaign within cyberspace started extensively since 2006 and was primarily led by the opposition. But now, with the pro-government elements having a rather equal footing, and the near maturity level of twitter and facebook accounts as well as the mushrooming of news websites, the Malaysian socio-political universe coming to this next general election could reach a new apex altogether. It could be exciting. But it could very well be troubling.

But I digress.

Have a great Ramadhan to everyone!


10 thoughts on “Have a wonderful 2012 Ramadhan!

  1. Ramadhan Karim.

    I hope Utusan and UMNO tooper will sop he slander and ask foriness from Allah.

    JMD: You were in a hurry weren’t you? 🙂 Happy Ramadhan Al Kareem.


    • Dear Hamid,

      Let me do you a favour by rewriting your typically negative comment.

      “I hope Utusan and UMNO troopers will stop the slander and ask for forgiveness from Allah.” We also hope that Hamid meditate and experience a self-reflecting renewal.

      Semoga Ramadhan membawa ketenangan dan keinsafan.


  2. Time to reflect, to exercise moderation, to do good and avoid the bad and, most of all, to control temptations. Especially when knowing others are not restraining themselves in words and deeds elsewhere. Let’s try. God bless. Wassalam.


  3. I think when we speak of anything for the benefit of society, it is not digressing. Especially as a fasting month message.

    Indeed, as the general election looms, the onslaught of malicious, seditious and repulsive words will appear, notwithstanding the fasting month. Particularly when the Sedition Act 1948 has been repealed and has not been replaced with an alternative set of laws.

    The question is: what do Muslims and Malays do when they become the target of those unacceptable words? Keep quiet or react? Googling for guidelines and advice, the first thing one comes across is Wikipedia information. One write-up provides a list of about a dozen wars said to have taken place starting from the Battle of Badr early in Islamic history. But none of those cases are linked to authoritative sources, and one cannot accept the reliability of the message associated with that write up.

    One waits for inspiration and proper religious guidance. And advice other readers may give, based on quotes, facts and opinions provided by reliable and authoritative personalities. Meanwhile, the following view is offered:

    Abdullah Yusuf Ali, translator and commentator of “The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an”, written in the 1930s – 1940s, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought, 1991, when translating and commentating on Surah Al Baqarah 2:185 Ramadan, said, “War is permissible in self-defence and under well-defined limits.” (His commentary No. 204). And I’m only talking about verbal war here.

    The man was a Lecturer in Greek History, spent many years in London where he was exposed to many translations of the Qur’an, studied what was written about the Qur’an in European and Eastern languages. His interpretation of the Qur’an has been well respected, and copies of the Qur’an given out by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia (the country is custodian of the Islamic heritage) to those interested in learning about Islam, use the translation and commentary of Abdullah Yusuf Ali, too. So, perhaps reacting to verbal abuse against Malays, Muslims and the institutions that represent them made during the fasting month is allowable.

    JMD : Yup you do have a valid point Aku, thank you!


  4. “the barrage of articles and commentaries that will populate the social media.”

    Some of them will not publish replies to their often wild and unsubstantiated accusations. Yes, the hallmark of Opposition comments are in being wild allegations, without any proof, justification or even explanation.

    They need to be countered and challenged as and when possible. Those diligent enough may even pick out such derogatory remarks and comments published in those non-friendly, one-sided blogs, bring them for countering in broad-minded ones that publish even non-mainstream views and opinions, perhaps like this one – where relevant to the posts at hand or to the comments to the posts.


  5. Total moderation in cyberspace is not conceivable. So long as there are extremists like Al Qaeda and the non-Muslim ones writing in various languages, including the vernacular. All over the world.

    But the Muslim fanatics may be so fervent in their religious belief that they’ll follow the Islamic teachings of peace and restraint during Ramadhan. Let’s see the developments in the Middle East in the coming weeks. The civil war within Syria may not be abated during the fasting month as the wheel in motion has gained momentum. But the suicide bombings or Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq would hopefully cease during the holy month.

    However, the Opposition parties’ non-Muslim members and supporters may continue their tirade against the Establishment and anything with Malay/ Muslim dominance. Especially the DAP kind. Especially in the vernacular languages. I support the opinion that we can counter anything they say against us when we come across them anywhere. Self defence, they say, is not an offence.


  6. “the pro-government elements having a rather equal footing” in the political campaign within cyberspace – they should be more, considering they form the majority. But as usual, the “silent majority” is, by definition, largely silent.

    Those who went for cyberspace in droves during the 2008 GE were those who could not get their views aired in the media prima. For obvious reasons. Those with views not consistent with the Constitution, or even bordering on subversion and sedition, could not expect to be given space in the pro-Establishment newspapers. They went into cyberspace in a big way. They went berserk and got a following – 0f the same kind of people whose views are also non consistent with the Constitution, like on Bahasa Kebangsaan, the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak, Islam as the religion of the country, etc. Mainly the DAP kind.

    But the socio-political conditions in the country have deteriorated since 2008 and more pro-government elements have joined in cyberspace political activity. The repeal of ISA and the Sedition Act 1948 may embolden the subversives and the seditionists to say almost anything they like. But one would expect the increase in the number of those pro-government elements to hit back at them as well. Subversion and sedition must not be allowed.


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