The renowned Malaysian anti-hadith, Syed Akhbar Ali is at work again. This time he is spitting out his utmost venomous hatred toward the sunni Muslim majority. If you read his article Universal Relevance Versus Jaguh Kampong Irrelevance not knowing who wrote it, you would probably thought that it was written by some Islam-phobic non-Muslim. This is no other than an act out of desperation from a desperate anti-hadith who sees his ideology is not going anywhere in main stream acceptance of ideologies.
Many of his points are not worth commenting because they are the result of his distorted ideology. I will focus on few venomous, yet idiotic accusation to the Muslim in general.
He says “If tomorrow an alien space ship were to appear and suck up all the Muslims and disappear into the sky, there would not be much of a negative impact on the lives of other human beings on earth.“
Well, he should ask the question, if they alien suck him up, would the world feel a lost? While he points his finger to others, he forgot that the other 3 are pointing back at him. In other word, he is no better than the people he tries to accuse.
The point is that if his ideology is so superior, he should be solving worlds problem right now, or inventing Toyota, Peugeot or Volkswagen. But what we have seen is that he is the one who constantly despise Proton, the only effort by Muslim to make car while he himself can’t even make a bolt in a car.
He said Muslim don’t sing anything popular on the chart. Well, may be not to your taste because not all Muslim listen to western songs. But there are many beautiful pieces of music being produce in many other parts of the Muslim world (including Malaysia). In Bollywood alone, many of their famous musicians and choreographers are Muslim. So it is an utmost ignorance in generalization.
Muslim may not produce branded cloth, but they are know to produce the best cloth, leather wear and clothing items. Countries like Pakistan, Egypt and Bangladesh are famous for their cotton industry. To accuse Muslim not able to make underwear is an utmost lie. Either he is ignorant or his hatred blind him from seeing the reality. In some Muslim countries, clothing products are their main export. So you are saying that they can’t produce underwear while their leather jacket, cashmere wool product are highly sought after even in the western world? Egypt, despite all its problems is one self sustaining country. They produce almost everything for their own consumption from food, cloth to daily thing. But as a shopkeeper for a gold shop, his world is the internet (reading the internet while waiting for customer). He does not have real hands on to travel, live and see how others are living their life and yet he spit out venomous accusation from his arm chair.
His whole point is to call people upon his anti hadith ideology. Calling people to return to the Quran is fine. But the reality is that he is asking people to follow his band of interpretation of Quran and the whole load of his distorted ideology. We do not want to argue about his ideology here, but we shall ask the readers to judge him based on what he likes to accuse others.
Our premise is simple. If the majority of Muslims who follow the Ahlul Sunnah teaching is so backward, he has to show to the world, how forward are the people who follow his ideology. Give us some names of the Quraniun who has utmost contribution to the world in science, technology and business. At least he should show to the world that he is the living example of progress and success. But what we see is that he is nothing but a banker turned gold shopkeeper. Has he ever (or able) to make an underwear on his own? I bet he can’t even produce the jewellery on his own. He merely take it from the “kafir” goldsmith and sell it in his shop.
Let us look at his mahaguru, Kassim Ahmad who is known for similarity with his ideology. What has Kassim Ahmad contributed to the society? Has he ever produced an underwear? He is old and dying (almost like an alien going to suck him up), does the world missing him? All we see is that his entire life working as teacher, lecturer in insignificant fields like hikayat hang tuah and African studies.
I am sorry to bring Kassim Ahmad into picture. It is not my intention to diminish his life or work. Put aside his ideology, in actual fact, there is nothing wrong with what he is doing. Everybody has their own capacity and scope of work. But for an anti hadith like Syed Akhbar Ali to go around spitting venomous accusation to the Muslim majority while he and his ideology is no better than others (or worse), it is utmost disgusting. He has been appointed to “help” the government combating corruption, but really what is his contribution? Has corruption went down after the government received his “con-sultant” services? In this simple task, he has failed miserably.
In actual fact, all his accusations are inaccurate. There are many Muslims around the world who are much more successful and contributing more to the betterment of the world. They just never boast about it. But as a shopkeeping in a gold shop, he may be too naive to see it and yet he wants to boast how great his ideology is.
Let us all ask him one simple question, has he ever produce his own underwear? Well for me, I may not as well, but if Google and WordPress decided to close the blog, at least I can still write my own blog software from scratch.