Kassim Ahmad: Question Everything

Azira Aziz asks fellow Muslims to open their eyes.

In the Perdana Leadership Foundation forum on 17 February 2014, entitled ‘The Thoughts of Kassim Ahmad: A Review’, Mr. Kassim Ahmad said some very interesting things, the first of which I think is the main reason why he was arrested:

(1) He said that Islam in Malaysia has been abused through a “priesthood caste” system.

“This priesthood caste did not exist at the time of the Prophet or the four caliphs. They only emerged about 300 years later by appointing themselves as interpreter of religion for Muslims,” he said.

“They (Muslims) view their religious leaders like gods and goddesses, that these leaders are seen to be protected from maksum (protected from sin) and must decide on everything about their lives.”

(2) He said that “the old method to use the hadith (Prophet’s saying and actions) to explain the Quran is not very good, as this means we are saying that the Prophet Muhammad knew everything. This is ridiculous, as he is just a messenger of Allah.”

(3) He also argued that hair is not part of the aurat (parts of the body which need to be covered) with tudung.

I agree with him on all counts.

His courage in speaking his mind got him Section 9 of the Federal Territory Syariah Offences Act 1997 for disrespecting or not complying with the religious authorities.

Open your eyes, fellow Muslims.

The religious authorities want to be the gatekeepers of heaven in your eyes, when in truth they are mere mortals like we. Having a degree or license does not make you spokesperson of God.

Question everything.

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7 Responses to Kassim Ahmad: Question Everything

  1. wan

    1.Peranan ulamak sudah wujud semenjak nabi wafat, iaitu khalifah yg empat dan sahabat yg lain…apabila semua sahabat2 nabi wafat maka diteriskan oleh generasi golongan tabiin dan apabila semua tabiin wafat maka diteruskan oleh generasi tabiit tabiin..dan seterusnya ke hari ini yang dikenali sebagai ulamak..orgnya lain lain tetapi mempunyai peranan yg sama..3 generasi ini special, sbb tu tak dipanggil ulamak…
    2. Sebenarnya ulamak amat berhati-hati dlm menentukan sesuatu itu hadis atau tidak..perkara ini bukanlah mudah, oleh itu ada ilmu khusus utk perkara ini iaitu ilmu hadis dan ilmu ini bukan utk semua org..nak menafikan sesuatu itu bukan hadis pun susah..kalau nabi tau semua pun, ada kemungkinan kalau tuhan bagitau…kalau tuhan boleh bagitau al-quran kat nabi, kenapa perkara yg lain tuhan tidak boleh bagitau??disebabkan berhati2nya ulamak maka tidak semua yg nabi ada sampai kpd kita..tambahn kalau tuhan bagitau semua kat nabi, ada kemungkinan tuhan tak suruh nabi bagitau kita semua..drpd ikut kasim ahmad cakap, bagus ikut nabi cakap sbb nabi tu maksum..nabi bukan setakat mesengger je tapi mercy seluruh alam jugak..apa yg boleh menghalang tuhan bagikan stiap manusia dlm dunia ni al-quran tanpa nabi?? mestilah nabi ni mmg perfect sbb bawak wahyu tuhan yg perfect, kalau nabi tak perfect, al-quran pasti akan dipersoalkan..
    3. Adakah disebabkan anda tak tutup aurat maka anda menyokong pendapat beliau?

  2. mohd faizul

    taliban leaders also claimed they know what best for muslims,now look at them,terrorizing just like the communist in the 50’s

  3. zaba

    kasiim cost nothing to us.there are thousands even million of western Christians turn to islam,includings bible shcolars,scientist,Dr.lawyer and ect.This new convert make more sense than the weird kassim Ahmad.

  4. Adam_1950

    Yes, when our afterlife is concerned, we have to question everything. On judgement day, we could not plead that we are just following our religious authorities. If they are wrong, we would be a dead duck too.

  5. Pepper Lim

    Nice!

  6. Fauziah Latiff

    Dengarlah ape ulama kata. Kalau ko tak suka jadiklah murtad. Ape yang ko takut?

  7. leekh

    Brave girl. We need more to stand up! Now what say you "priesthood caste"?