The problem with the Muslim Ummah seems to be lack of leadership, or rather lack of representative leadership. So is there a problem with our leaders not being true representatives of us, the Muslim people?
The leader of a place says a lot about its people. Just like its culture and customs. If I picked Adolf Hitler to lead me and be my representative to the rest of the world, then I think I’d be painting a rather colourful and thus vivid picture of the contents of my psychology.
Many Muslims have cried loudly over the seemingly sudden election of muslim men and women as representatives of their communities. Sheikh Hilali is often referred to in the media as the “mufti” of Australia. Personally if I’m going to be governed by the rantings of any man, I’d like to be made aware, I mean I should at least know what I could be held accountable for. What if I walked out wearing a short sleeved top. May all hell break loose upon my flabby anatomy.
I’d also like to be made aware of the religious injunction that requires that I surrender control over my life’s decision to a self appointed Imam, Sheikh, or Mufti.
There are many things wrong with the currently debated contents of Mr Hilali’s sermon and these are:
1) His references are crass (you’re a “mufti” get someone to polish your speeches before you give them).
2) We don’t live in the dark ages where rape and sexual assault were undiscovered phenomenon and women were the root of all evil, after that they discovered money. Then it was women and money, but women with money, diabolical.
3) Rape and sexual assault are not about hormones or desire. They are about Control and Power. All men in leadership positions who comfortably wear the grand title of Mufti should research and understand this very serious and delicate issue.
4) Cats attack covered meat, have attacked it in the past and will continue attacking it.
5) Women in Islam are not required to cover up for the raging lust inherent in men. Men are meant to look away and protect their modesty. The thing that makes us animals is our nafs, the need to fulfill our three basic needs of food, water and procreation. This is why fasting was prescribed to the Muslims, and the people befor them.
6) There are keen students in every mosque and religious congregation setting in Australia that note down what’s being said so they may revise it later. So unless you want to come off sounding like a totally naive ignoramus rework your speeches and figure out why you’re saying what you’re saying. The relevance of the comments Hilali made in the khutbah has not yet been highlighted.
6) When something asinine travels from your brain and makes its exit via your mouth, take responsiblity. You were not misquoted. Nor were your words taken out of context. Perhaps a simple “I don’t know anything about sociology, anthropology or the human condition and my comments reflect this. Please ignore my senseless and inflammatory remarks.” would suffice.
If these are my issues and they seem to be congruent with that of the general Muslim sentiment in Australia, then who on God’s Brown Earth appointed him Mufti?
The answer may surprise you. The title of “mufti” was given to him by the same government/media that makes comments about Muslim men learning Australian Values and not beating their wives and learning to speak english. Forget the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of Italians in this country who don’t actually speak the language. Nothing against my fellow Italians but the point I believe is an important one to make. Also don’t consider the staggering statistics of domestic violence in Australia and the muslim component of reported victims.
The fact that Islam defines no spiritual hierarchy creates a problem in an Anglo Saxon society. We don’t have authority figures like the Pope, or Bishops, or Cardinals who can speak for societies and countries and people, or absolve them of their sinful acts. At most we have men and women seeking the truth and acquiring knowledge. Once you have achieved a certain amount, you are able then to talk about your deen with conviction and back your argument with facts. That’s what draws people in to the religion that you and I know as Islam.
Imams have a responsiblity to speard the truth. They have a responsibility to know more than their religion. They are required to distinguish fact from superstition and abolish unfounded practices. They are meant to encourage the continual and conscious awareness that Allah (subhanahu wat’ala) hears and knows what we do, at all times, and that we will be held accountable for all our deeds. And above all, in my tiny mind, they are meant to encourage kinship among all men and women. Not hatred and misinformation.
So what do the Muslims do when they need to provide the prying eyes of the world with a representative to speak on all topics, broad as that spectrum may be? When one person needs to be appointed to give an opinion that will become representative not only of Islam but the people that follow it?
How is it that Muslim men and women preaching a misnomer becomes representative of the Entire Muslim Population and Islam?
Why don’t we judge all Christian/Catholic men, women and children for the crimes committed by their leaders (spiritual and political)?
Oh but of course, we aren’t interested in all that now, are we?