Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It Takes A Real Man To Tell The Truth.

Grandma explained it to me because I was too young to understand why there were so many people at the mosque behind our house when it was too early for Dzhuhur prayer. There were policemen, men in white shirt and black pants, some of them had a necktie on. I went down to see them talking in hush hush. I remember Imam Wan Long was there, so was arwah bilal Rahim. I remember them both since I had never seen the rest of the men before. Of course Grandma told me later that the men were from the court house. They were there to conduct a ceremony where the accused had a confession to make, that he didn't commit the crime and that he is telling the truth or else Allah will laknat him for the rest of his life.

I saw the man. He was a tall guy looking pale and worried. I didn't see him take the stand on the mimbar to confess but as the story goes; he didn't confess that way. Half way through it all he said he'd rather tell the truth that he had committed the crime than to receive laknat from Allah.

Case closed, everyone went home.

All those Muslim men involved in Lingam case should take a stand on a mimbar in a masjid and confess that they had nothing to do with the things people say they are involved in, or else let laknat Allah takes its due course.

Being lawyers, I reckon they know better that the law can't touch them as long as they can give the picture that this whole thing is not beyond reasonable doubt.

As for those Muslim men involved in the case, I believe none of them is man enough to go take a stand on a mimbar to tell the truth.

(An entry after 1st year Malaysian Legal System class.)


Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

This is an interesting subject.but unfortunately, none of them will dare to take that oath in the masjid.

And we will never ever know the whole truth about the on going inquiry.
But, deep inside each one of them, be it a former PM or a minister or former CJs they know their faults and they know what they are getting into later.Its just that human egs are too big to admit their faults and mistakes,me included.

During Mahsyar, none of us will be able to tell lies anymore. All detailed evidence will be shown. There is no more it looks like me or it sounds like me.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous elviza said...

Dearest Bergen,

Ah, not all lawyers think or say stupid things like that. Some are just the lowly, god-fearing, tax-evading (still!), normal human being...

What a good story to relate to the current hullabaloo of the RC. But I doubt putting the fear of God into some lawyers would make any difference at all.

Take care Bergen, go easy of M Legal System. Heh!

11:06 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tokasid: I don't remember the details of the event but I do remember the people who appeared suddenly at the masjid a little after 10 am or thereabout. I remember they came in a landrover and a few of them in a car. And quite a few on bicycles. I can still see the images of the men taking the wudhu' at the kolah.

Grandma explained it to me later that they were there to conduct a Li'an. It's in Surah Annur - ayat 24.

I believe this should be done because I truly believe Allah will put a laknat on those who lie after having performed the Li'an. It's like you ask Allah to put a laknat on you voluntarily.

You're right. Here in the dunnia one can still cast a doubt with 'it looks like me, sounds like me' argument, just to cast a doubt and be protected by the provision of proven beyond reasonable doubt. I never thought that an image like that is still considered doubtful but, it's the law. And those guys know it too well how to play this game.

In the hereafter, our mouth are shut while the talking will be done by our limbs. I believe one can still say this is all an imagination, if one's heart isn't attached to the Qur'an or the teaching in the Hadith, that is. The Qur'an is afterall, meant for those who believe in the ghaib with all their heart.

How are you, doc? Are you going back to Taiping during the long CNY holiday?

Elviza: You're right, ma'am. One only fears Allah when one's heart is filled with the light of iman. Without this one has no fear of the hereafter, or things he or she can't see for himself.

You have a nice holiday, y'hear? If you're travelling, drive safe and rest often. Stay sharp.

11:48 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam Bergen,

Interesting story. More interesting is that you are already beginning to practice what you are learning.

Honestly, I've given up following the case now, half expecting the results favouring Lingam and or who ever else but the truth.

By the way, since you were in Dungun, did you ever come to know a guy by the name of Bustamam, whose father was a police Lance Corporal by the name of Harun?

1:20 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Cakapaje: I believe we all know how this trial is gonna end. We read today that the ACA personnel messed up the phone number or something like that. We all know that no matter how hard you, facts are gonna missing and nobody remembers anything.

No, I don't know a Bustamam. Actually we kampong kids weren't close with anak polis. They were a class above, literally. I mean they stayed in high-rise flat. At that time it was the highest residential units in Dungun, 4 storey high. I remember many fights I had with those kids. Is he a friend of yours?

4:13 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...


Ok...I was just hoping to make a connection. That Bustamam by the way, is not a friend, but my elder brother in law.

9:26 PM  
Blogger dee3 said...

yes, it would be cool.
and yes, it was cool that the confession on the mimbar is the truth, case solved.
and yes, i still think it is cool!

4:40 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Cakapaje: And he was in Dungun the same time I was growing up? Maybe we played soccer in a match between boys from Tanah Lot and those kids from barrack polis.

Dee3: It will always be cool, it's in the Qur'an so it is timeless. But you know how it is, those Muslims in power think this is out dated. I guess they figured they're so clever they can question and doubt things they disagree in the Qur'an.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
They’ll tell you not to turn a mosque into a courtroom but have they forgotten that in the early Muslim community, a masjid doubled as both a religious and political centre?
Negotiations were conducted, military actions planned, prisoners of war held, disputes settled, religious information disseminated, gifts received and distributed at mosques.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Zawi said...

Dear Bergen,
When caught eating during fasting months, some moslems are willing to claim themselves as non moslems to avoid being prosecuted. No way for such people to use the same methodology to speak the truth for fear of being 'laknat' by Allah.

7:55 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: I agree, as long as the masjid is not being turned into a shopping arcade, like some have.

Zawi: I reckon a Muslim with little iman has no qualm about saying something that but I believe a Muslim is psychologically scared of laknat Allah. I believe those Muslim men do have iman in their heart, they are from the generation with the idea of Allah watching over you. I believe they are good men and I do hope that they'll come around to their senses. I pray for them.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
Semoga orang2 besar ini diberi petunjuk agar berkata yang benar, tiada yang salah, melainkan benar belaka, di masa akan datang. InsyaAllah.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous tombak said...

what i don't understand is, the whole world know that they're lying through their teeth, and can't do anything about it, except than stopped them in the street and give them a good bash...then maybe the truth will come out.

just a sign of how sick I am about the whole deal.

4:51 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: One way or another, some of us will pay for the mistakes we made. It's a way to cleanse of the dirts so we don't carry too much in the hereafter. Allah is adil. Maybe they'll be made to pay, or maybe they won't have to. Either way, they've gotta pay, either here, or in the hereafter. There's no running away. The universe belongs to Him.

Tombak: It's the law. It's not about justice. Unlike Hudud. But the world is full of 'clever' people who think they can create better laws than what's outlined in the Qur'an. This is the price we have to pay for ignoring the Qur'an.

Islamic Law Now! - That should be good enough a reason to go out on the street to demand it be done now. It's a universal call for every Muslim in the land, I mean those with enough iman in their heart, that is.

10:49 AM  

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