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WHY TAHALUF SIASI ( POLITICAL PACT )WITH DAP AND PKR! NOT WITH UMNO!
|Raja Petra Kamarudin,||24 April 2013|
I soon began to attend Tok Guru’s lectures/sermons at the Masjid Rhusila. That was around the time, as I had written earlier, when I became a ‘Born Again’ Muslim. I hungered for knowledge and I would visit quite a number of mosques or suraus all over Terengganu to hear popular ustaz or tok guru lecture on Islam.
Ustaz Haji Awang ‘Tukul Besi’ of Batu Enam was another favourites of mine, as was Ustaz Kassim of Marang. And, of course, my ‘resident’ tok guru was Pak Abas of Masjid Kolam as well as Tok Guru Abdul Rahman Pattani of Taman Purnama.
Invariably, each tok guru had different approaches and different interpretations on what ‘true’ Islam is. Hence it was necessary to get a ‘balanced’ opinion by learning from as many tok guru as possible. Then you had to sieve through the many different opinions and come to your own conclusion.
There was this one chap who would tape-record Tok Guru Hadi’s lectures and sell the cassette tapes at the Friday ‘bazaar’ in Rhusila. I bought a whole box of these cassette tapes and sent them down to my brother, Raja Idris, who was at that time a committee member of Masjid Mujahidin in Damansara Utama.
Raja Idris would play these tapes after the Maghrib prayers and while waiting for the Isyak prayers to start. The members of his congregation were fascinated by Tok Guru Hadi’s lectures cum sermons. “Who is this guy?” they asked Raja Idris, “he is good.”
Raja Idris replied that he does not know. He only knows that the chap is a PAS member. The congregation then asked Raja Idris whether he could invite this Tok Guru to come down to Kuala Lumpur to give a talk at Masjid Mujahidin.
Raja Idris contacted me and I promised to try to arrange it. I then spoke to Tok Guru Hadi and he told me that he has a full calendar. Anyhow, he will try to cancel one of his programmes and go down to Kuala Lumpur to speak at Damansara Utama.
The date was finally fixed and I bought Tok Guru his plane ticket. I also arranged for someone to fetch him from the airport and to ‘look after’ Tok Guru Hadi. Raja Idris then arranged to install a new PA system so that they could do justice to Tok Guru’s lecture. ABIM placed banners all over Selangor to inform people about the impending talk by Tok Guru Hadi.
On the day of the event, which was a Saturday night, Masjid Mujahidin was packed. Busloads of people from all over Selangor came. The mosque, which normally would not even be half full, was overflowing and the car park had to be turned into a prayer area. People were praying on the grass and in the dirt.
The mosque committee was surprised. Never before had they seen such a crowd. And on that day the people of Selangor got to know, and fell in love with, Tok Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang (then not yet a Dato’ Seri).
There are no short cuts. Change takes one generation or more to happen. The previous generation in 1980 brought PAS into the towns and cities from its ‘home’ in the kampongs. The present generation gave PAS its support in the towns and the cities. And it all started because a few boxes of cassette tapes from Rhusila, Terengganu, found its way to Damansara Utama, Selangor. That started the ball rolling. But was that not also how the Islamic Revolution of Iran started, when a few boxes of cassette tapes from Paris found its way to the bazaars of Teheran in Iran?
■ Pic: Masjid Mujahidin, Damansara Utama
The 45-minute lecture became a two-hour lecture and the mosque committee requested Tok Guru to come again, if possible on a regular and scheduled basis. Tok Guru replied that he only agreed to a one-off thing and he was not sure whether he could devote any time to do this on a regular basis.
I explained to Tok Guru that for 20 years since Merdeka, PAS has been having an image of a kampong party. In fact, not many people outside Terengganu know Tok Guru and even in Terengganu not everyone knows who he is. Hence PAS needed to be ‘marketed’ to the urban areas, the big towns and the cities, and places like Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara, Bangsar, etc., are where the crème de le crème live. So Tok Guru needs to have his presence felt in these areas.
Finally, Tok Guru agreed to come down to Kuala Lumpur once a month, on the first Saturday of every month. And Masjid Mujahidin would be his base to reach out to the urbanites.
That was 30 years ago.
Soon, the congregation of Masjid Mujahidin, which was practically a wooden shack squatting on a piece of land owned by the Fire Department, grew in leaps and bounds. People from all over went to that mosque. And in time that wooden shack became a multi-million Ringgit structure with air-conditioning – built entirely with non-government money.
Umno, of course, was not too happy with the success of PAS in penetrating the urban areas. And they were even unhappier about the fact that Masjid Mujahidin was being used as the base for this. And Masjid Mujahidin was squatting on a piece of land owned by the Fire Department. It was supposed to be a temporary structure, meaning wooden building. Now it was a lavish and multi-million Ringgit concrete building -- which means it has now become a permanent structure.
The Political Secretary to Anwar Ibrahim, Ibrahim Saad, got in touch with the Religious Department to ask them to demolish the mosque. It was, after all, ‘illegal’. This put the authorities in a dilemma. They knew that to do such a thing was going to invite bloodshed.
Instead of demolishing the mosque, as what Ibrahim Saad wanted, the authorities gave the Fire Department an alternative piece of land at Taman Tun Dr Ismail (where the Fire Brigade now sits) and the land that Masjid Mujahidin was squatting on was ‘legalised’.
That was about 30 years ago and it took almost 30 years until 2008 before PAS managed to gain acceptance in the urban areas when it won seats such as Shah Alam, etc., which in the past would never have been possible.
There are no short cuts. Change takes one generation or more to happen. The previous generation in 1980 brought PAS into the towns and cities from its ‘home’ in the kampongs. The present generation gave PAS its support in the towns and the cities.
And it all started because a few boxes of cassette tapes from Rhusila, Terengganu, found its way to Damansara Utama, Selangor. That started the ball rolling. But was that not also how the Islamic Revolution of Iran started, when a few boxes of cassette tapes from Paris found its way to the bazaars of Teheran in Iran?
And now do you know why I am a student of history? Because history has taught us that many times history can and will repeat itself. And those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.
So, no, 2008 was not an overnight wake-up call, as many believe. 2008 took almost 30 years to happen. And 2008 started in 1980 when we decided that PAS should no longer be a kampong party and a regional player. And when we ‘exported’ Tok Guru Hadi Awang to the big towns and cities, that began PAS’s progression to national politics and launched its Long March to Putrajaya.
* This article originally appeared on the writer's blog Malaysia Today as the 13th part in his series called "The journey in life is never a straight line".