Thursday, October 23, 2014
Touching a dog doused Anwar's campaign
Until an intimate video of popular pro-opposition Ustaz Azhar Idrus with his third wife surfaced last night, the most viral subject on the social media was the weekend Dog Touching event.
It dominated the social media to the point that it even overshadowed another intimate revelation on the FB of DAP candidate for Telok Intan by-election, Dyana Sofea and married Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera Penang, Zairil Khir Johari.
It was a unique happening and the ensuing debate attracted the public attention that Anwar's campaign to gain sympathy and pressure the court to save him from an impending prison sentence by the Federal Court was lost.
Syed Azmi may have innocently helped to douse Anwar's usual rabble rousing.
Let's give this pharmacist from Muar, Johor and living in Taman Tun Dr Ismail a break.
It is beyond us to question his faith or get taken in by wild speculation of him as organiser or the ustaz that attended the "I want to touch a dog" event as part of an evangelical Christian insidious attempt to adulterate the Muslim faith.
However, there is justification on the part of MAIS, Selangor Mufti and other clerics to feel the event - which was meant to rid of a common fear among Muslims towards dogs but got out of hand to encourage touching and cuddling - had insulted Islam.
According to Mazhab Shafie, dogs are considered haram and dirty. It is catagorised as najis mughallazah.
It is haram to intentional touch certain category of najis without reason. And, intentional touching and cuddling of dogs, without any purpose like as watch dog or hunting dog is also haram.
Having them as pets is a no no in the Shafie tradition practised by the majority of Muslims in Malaysia.
However, the Wahabi leaning Dr Maza showed his ego, arrogance and bad manners to lambast the opinion of other ulamaks of authority. Didn't all the other ulamaks said the same as him that Islam does not discourage but encourage Muslims to be kind to animals?
Nevertheless, although the organisers could be sincere and pure in their intention, the event turned out to be rather disrespectful towards Islam.
It is not for non-Muslim to interpret but only to respect the Muslims practises and rituals.
The event encouraged Muslims to breach them. Non-Muslims encroached into the Muslim space with their negative criticism of certain Muslims reaction..
The innocent intention of the organiser could be misconstrued as another attempt to push the limit by the wayward Islam liberal group. Today dogs, will it be pigs tomorrow?
There was support of liberal and opposition medias together with known liberal Muslims. Nurul Izzah encouragement and Zaid Ibrahim defense of the event is an affirmation for mainstream Muslims.
Read this article by MyKMU here to understand the mainstream Muslim viewpoint.
Actually the polemic on touching dogs had been around since 1937 and it should not be made a bigger issue than what it is. [Read The Flying Kick here and Jahabar Saddiq here.]
Anwar Ibrahim is right to say that there are bigger issues than just touching dogs. [Read MI here]
However, the question remain as to why the need and how important is it that an event has to be dedicated to make Muslims comfortable with dog?
Simple religious campaign to be kind to animals, including dogs would have been more politically correct. There is a National Geography channel program on dogs. It gives some understanding on pet dogs behaviour.
While Jahabar mentioned of income disparity, stormy weathers, and TPPA, Anwar only mentioned of haram economic activities involving beer, gambling and liquor labeling in his ceramah in Seberang Jaya, Permatang Pauh.
He was refering to Dato Hishamuddin Hussein Onn brother's security labeling business which was politicised by politicians. Unless there was an abuse of power by Hishamuddin, give his brother a brak. He needs to make a living too.
Anwar's ceramah at Seberang Jaya may have been affected by the dog touching event. His roadshow had not been attracting the crowd and it was an embarassment that only 500 turned up to hear him in his hometown.
In Johor Baru, only 50 attended.
Before the touch the dog event, Anwar realised that without PAS support, he could not attract the crowd as much as he got in 1998. One PKR sponsored NGO, LENSA asked him to accept the inevitable and retire.
Anwar tried to make his campaign to be in line with other campaign against Sedition Act, rising prices, GST, fuel rationalisation, PTPTN, etc. to give legitimacy.
But touch the dog spoiled his plan.
It only explains his disappointment last night with Muslim reaction to the touch the dog.
Today, many are of the view that the expose on Dyana-Zairil and Ustaz Azhar Idrus is a desperate attempt by Anwar to ignite anger against UMNO and attract DAP and PAS members to come to Putrajaya on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heard was Zairil's wife found the picture in his laptop and uploaded it on his FB. Thus it explains why the pictures could be removed in a jiffy. So Zairil's lost handphone excuse does not make sense.
It is believed that Lim Guan Eng was given the images.
The interesting part is many yellow coloured T-shirts was noticeably present during the touch the dog event.
Could that mean Bersih together with the big and powerful animal activist may have made the event bigger than expected and got Syed Azmi surprised?
It is remote but possible. Bersih had became wary with Anwar due to his lies, inconsistency and hypocrasy. They may have sabotaged Anwar.
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