Saturday, September 19, 2009

'Bermegah-megah' and 'menunjuk-nunjuk'

Its 29th Ramadan. I have been staying away from posting anything on this blog for 10 days to concentrate on a few things, including my puasa and attending to my new position and responsibility as an international editor.

So many things took place ever since. Soi Lek and Tee Keat, Tun Mahathir and Samy Vellu, Anwar's sodomy case, etc.

Now that (I believe) Lailatul Qadr has passed by, how many of us really strive for it? I am not an ulama but I remember my 16-day squatting at Sudanese ulama house, Hassan al-Turabi in 1996 when he told me that many Muslims just fast for the sake of fasting.

During the fasting month, we read in newspapers and watch it on television how leaders, politicians and businessmen alike came into the limelight for their 'kindness' in giving out donations and Hari Raya goodies to the poors, orphanage and the less fortunate.

They were the proud ones. The publicity they got was actually their main intention, i would say. For politicians, it will be a good mileage for them. For businessmen, it helps boost their image.

In Islam, you got the 'pahala' if you are sincere in anything good you do. For instance, giving a beggar RM1.

However, your 'pahala' is gone if you tell others about what you did, how proud you are for that RM1 you gave away and boasting about it.

Our newspapers and TV stations are quite pack with such items. Ramadan is the month to promote the good deeds of the Prime Minister, his Cabinet members, politicians, businessmen and members of the royal family who wish to get some publicity and attention for their 'kindness'.

In Saudi Arabia, the King bars such a publicity. So are in Yemen, Qatar, Iran, Sudan and some Islamic countries.

If your are sincere, do it in the spirit of Muslim brotherhood and Ramadan. Its also not a good to show pictures and footages of the people we help in newspapers and on TV. Revealing them is also undressing their dignity.

JANGANLAH BERMEGAH-MEGAH DAN MENUNJUK-NUNJUK...TAK ELOK!

6 comments:

Non-partisan said...

Sdr Jai,

Any deed, small or big, done here in Malysia is to specifically bolster one's image for a short and long-term objective especially those who harbour ambition to walk the corridors of power. Hence it must be made visible and what other better means than the exploitation of the print and electronic media.

Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Zainal A. Kasim said...

Indah Langit Kerana Awan
Indah Laut Kerana Kebiruan
Indah Ramadhan Kerana Kerahmatan
Indah Aidil Fitri Kerana Kemaafan

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

C-bOk

bujang said...

Dear Just Read:
Congratulations on your short, meaningful and right to the point article. yes indeed if only we all do things with self conscience the world will be a better and happier place to live in. Only a few days ago, a local paper in Kuching published a front page picture and headline of a firing squad pix of politicians and community leaders dressed smartly and each holding a hoe to demonstrate helping to clean the town. Wow, I feel it is shameful lah.

bujang said...

Dear Just Read:
Congratulations on your short, meaningful and right to the point article. yes indeed if only we all do things with self conscience the world will be a better and happier place to live in. Only a few days ago, a local paper in Kuching published a front page picture and headline of a firing squad pix of politicians and community leaders oe to demonstrate helping to clean the town. Wow, I feel it is shameful lah.
dressed smartly and each holding a h

bujang said...

Dear Just Read:
Congratulations on your short, meaningful and right to the point article. yes indeed if only we all do things with self conscience the world will be a better and happier place to live in. Only a few days ago, a local paper in Kuching published a front page picture and headline of a firing squad pix of politicians and community leaders oe to demonstrate helping to clean the town. Wow, I feel it is shameful lah.

Anonymous said...

How true! In fact in some cases even the money 'handed out' by the PM or his cabinet ministers to the poor are provided by some 'friendly' companies from their zakat funds. The ministers are just the postmen! They get the necessary publicity and the ceos or mds of these companies profitted by getting into the good book of these ministers. These ministers would not want to be in the media if the money were to come from their own pockets!!!! So fake.....

Rakyat Marhaen