Word of caution: This is just a writing over Teh ‘o’ (tea without milk/cream). Not much thought was put into this writing. I just typed as it flowed. Do let me know what you think!
There is general agreement that Muslims today are in a very difficult state, a state of disunity and contention, plagued by loss of identity, institutional failures, and the inability to extract ourself from the present state of bewilderment.
Muslims have suffered through periods dictatorship and islamo-western experiments in terms of its political and administrative systems, culture and business, ethics and social composition as well as science and art. None of these experiments have produced as expected by Muslims. On the other hand, Muslims find themselves trapped in an endless vicious circle. To what end?
What this means is that the leadership of the ummah has been unable to determine the proper approach for bringing about the change needed to lead it towards its true objectives. In my opinion, as limited as it might be, I am convinced that the process of change must begin in the thought of the Ummah. I contend this because thought is followed by deeds, whether it be correct or faulty. And therefore, Islamic thought becomes a priority.
If we call the Ummah’s state today as state of crisis, then this crisis of Islamic thought needs to be solved. We have seen and can safely conclude that the Middle East has no solution for this crisis. Neither does the islamic scholars of the western world offer any solution. I, however, believe that Malaysia, in this new era, can become a leading example of Islamic thought discourse.
In the Malaysia political system alone, we have muslims of very different denominations and thought. We have PAS, UMNO, BERSATU, AMANAH and PKR that have different views on Islam, Islamic thought and the Muslim crisis. This new era is the era to encourage discourse and engagement, debate and discussions, engaging every front – whether they be fundamentalists or liberals. I hope YB Mujahid Yusof Rawa can take the lead and steer Malaysians into vibrant knowledge and discourse based Muslim community.