Thursday, February 04, 2016

WHAT IS MAN?


MAN – WHAT IS MAN?
By: Kassim Ahmad
5th February, 2016

            What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how exspress and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me – no, nor woman neither.
                                                                                                    HAMLET,  Shakespeare.  
            Recently I promised my readers to write on Man. In the Bible, God said that He created man in His own image. In the Quran, man is His vicegerent on Earth (Arabic: khalifah). The meaning is essentially the same: ruler. Man is the ruler and the re-maker of the Universe. That has, of course been done. Man has created cities and civilizations, from ancient Babylon and Egypt, through ancient Greece, and Rome, through modern Arabian monotheism, and lastly through modern Europe and its extension in the United States of America.
            In a beautiful allegory in the second chapter of the Quran, the angels protested against the creation of Man, saying that Man is a shedder of blood and spreader of corruption in the world. God simply said that He knew better. (See Quran, 2: 30)
            The angels were partially right. Man did shed blood in the two World Wars. (God forbid that there will be a third!). After the Second World War, there was a period called “Cold War” when a strategic balance was struck between the American-led so-called Democratic block and the Soviet Communist-led Eastern block prevailed. In the meanwhile, Man’s knowledge advance, slowly at first, then by leaps and bounce,   and we are now at the threshold of colonizing outer space. In two generations we shall indeed be living in outer space!
            So it does seem that God’s optimism about Man has been amply demonstrated. If I am not mistaken, more miracles are coming. Anti-aging, for one. We shall soon be forever young!
            There is no doubt that man cannot escape reaping the harvest of what he had sowed. He will be punished to the extent of his criminality, i.e. disobedience to his own Maker.  Unless my reading of the Quran is at fault, this means man will punish his own wrong-doing. What incredible beauty!
            In the end, man will have punished himself enough, and he will be freed from his own Hell, and enter Paradise. Such is God’s incredible power and wisdom. No wonder we are asked always to remember God’s graciousnes and mercy.

KASSIM AHMAD  is a Malaysian author. His website is www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com  




     

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

MALAYSIA: ISS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

MY COUNTRY MALAYSIA: ITS PROBLEMS
AND RECOMENDED SOLUTIONS
By: Kassim Ahmad
3th February, 2016

            I am a patriot, a plain Kassim Ahmad, who a long time ago politely refused an UMNO offer for a datukship. Being from a poor oppressed class, I began early as a rebel (with cause, of course!) and soon became the leader of the Malayan People’s Socialist Party (1968-1984). In 1984, seeing the collapse of international socialism in the world, I left the party and made a strong patriotic statement by joining UMNO in 1986. My aim of reforming UMNO from within could not take off. I am still an UMNO member, albeit very critical one. I have also written to the UMNO president suggesting to him how to reform UMNO. I did not expect him to be able to do it; still I tried.
On the same day when my application was approved, my widely discussed book Hadis – Satu Penilaian Semula came out. After two months of extensive discussions, including an ABIM-organized public dialogue, and through cunning and deceit, it was pronounced deviationary and was banned by the religious establishment in the country.
Several state muftis penned books to rebut my book, repeating their tired old arguments, which I have already refuted in the first place. However, I wrote another book entitled, Hadis – Jawapan kepada Pengkritik (1992), briefly dismissing the muftis’ several books, but giving more details about the Quran.
This started the movement for the review of Hadith as well as for going back to the Quran, not only in Malaysia, but internationally. Hadis – Satu Penilaian Semula has since been translated into English and Arabic. I am glad to say that today the Turkish Governmet is undertaking a major project of Hadith re-evaluation.
The title of my essay is touching on Malaysia’s problems and my recommended solutions. I admitted that I was a rebel, and still am.
At the core of Malaysia’s problems is UMNO, the backbone of its ruling BN Government. In 1946 when UMNO was first formed it was a poor idealistic Malay party embraced en mass by the Malays in their enthusiasm and quest for Merdeka.
To cut the story short, via the bloody Mei 13, via great Razak’s Mageran (the Council for the  Regeneration of the Country) and his extraordinary vision, Malaysia is what it is today, one of the most progressive countries among the developing world.
At the same time, as it is wont in human affairs, deterioration sets in, as complacentcy grows among the ruling elite. UMNO became corrupt, and has perhaps reached the point of no return today. In this atmosphere of gloom when financial scandles abound, pessimism is in the air. Oh Lord! Do we need a second Mageran, ask the thinking part of Malaysia.
The people ask, “What are we to do? Can anything be done? Such voices rise from the depths of the soul of the people, voiced by their intellectuals, the likes of Tun Mahathir, HRH Dr. Nazrin Shah, HRH the Crown Prices of Johor, and others.
Yes, indeed. What is to be done? Can corrupt UMNO be reformed? Can weak Pakatan Rakyat take over? Where is our Saviour? Where is our Imam Mahdi? When is the Second-Coming (of Jesus Christ)?
Unfortunately, all these wailings are of no avail. Man has been created as God’s vicegerent on earth, to rule the earth and change it to his liking. Oh Man! Rise up to your calling! “I created you free,” God said. So wait no more! Act!
Enumerate the things you must do in order of importance. Firstly, you must reform UMNO. This has to done through education and constant vigilance by the yearly UMNO general assembly to criticize and correct from within. This is a better way than the Western concept of two-party system of check and balance. A would-be UMNO member must go through an appropriate course,  and so would a cadre for various levels of UMNO leadership.
Once the difficult task of reforming of UMNO is over, all other problems will be resolved: wastage in manpower in Government, increasing productivity by optimum use of assets, trimming the Government, the need for good governance, increasing salaries of lower-rung Government servants, overcoming corruption, overcoming periodic floods in some states, eliminating traffic jams by decreasing private cars and increasing and improving public transport, and doing away with tolls, and such like actions, to make life more comfortable for all Malaysians.
Of course, we should not miss learning from  our good traditions. We have the Prophet’s great Madina Charter to model our constitution on.   

KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com 


Friday, January 29, 2016

THE TIME BOM THAT IS RELIGION

THE TIME BOM THAT IS RELIGION
By: Kassim Ahmad
29 January, 2016

            The title of this essay is not mine. I borrow it from Perak Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah’s warning in a speech to a three-day religious dialogue held in Ipoh recently. His exact word were, “When religion is used for reasons other than to spread spirituality, what more when it is sensationalized politically, it becomes an explosive time-bom that could cause chaos and disaster.” He added that Muslims should not be judging each other’s level of faith, as the authority to do so lies solely with Allah.
            He could not have said it better. The warning is timely, as religious (read “Islamic”)  institutions in this country, like Jawi and Jakim, are usurping the fuction of God in their overzealous performance of their duties. Tawfik Ismail’s view that they should be closed down  has merit, as Islam is, constitutionally, under the jurisdiction of the Malay rulers and the Agong.
            It is pertinent to ask, “Which Islam?”  On the one hand, there is the Islam of the prophet-messengers, ending with Prophet Muhammad, when God completed and perfected the religion of monotheism (Submission, Islam) for mankind. On the other, the inherited deviated religions of Judaism, Christianity and Sunnism.
Some Muslims are unaware that their “ulama”’s brand of Ahli-Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah (Sunnism) is as deviationary, as Jadaism and Christianity are. A deep study of history would reveal the matter.
The effect of Sunnism is two-fold. Doctrinally, to deify Muhammad against his will, which these deviationists would vehemently deny. Ask them why they would not be satisfied with mentioning God alone without mentioning Muhammad, as witness their syahadah.  Also ask them what does God mean when He says, “Do not worship two gods. There is only one god. Therefore, you shall reverence Me.” (Quran, 16: 51)
Muhammad also prohibits his followers from breaking into sects. Sectarian “Islam” is not part of his teachings.
Another bigger effect is that their societies are universally blighted will material, moral and spiritual problems. The Muslims are currently at the bottom of the ladder of nations, when they were once at the top. Do their leaders ask these critical questions? Tariq Ramadan, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and the rest of the reformers – what have they achieved?  The answer is sadly, “Nothing.” Why?
They have not tackled the basic question. The basic question is to go back to the Quran and to understand it anew. Remember the Prophet’s one complaint to God is, “My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran.” (25: 30)
We have to explain why the Judeo-Christian West has overtaken the Muslims since the 16th Century on. There is no other answer except that in the main they have recovered their once-lost monotheistic world-view.
The Muslims must wake up. Realize where you have deviated from God’s teachings, as delivered by the last Prophet Muhammad. Stop deifying Muhammad against his will. Stop blindly following your “ulama” priesthood class. Go back to holding fast on to God and follow Muhammad ( read, follow the teachings of the Quran), and you will rise again.

KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com  



Sunday, January 17, 2016

THE RISE AND FALL OF ISLAM


THE RISE AND FALL OF ISLAM
By: Kassim Ahmad
17th  January, 2016

            The Quran in Surah Ali-‘Imran (3) states that “The only religion approved by God is Islam.” The Arabic word ‘deen’ essentially mean ‘way of life’ rather that the restricted ritualistic meaning of ‘religion’.
This religion of strict monotheism is taught by all prophets from Adam to its completion and perfection by Muhammad, the last of all prophets. But, as it is wont with human beings, corruption and deterioration set in and complete their work in after about 300 years (10 generations) to change the original teachings. Thus, the monotheism of Prophet Moses became polytheism in Judaism, of Prophet Jesus polytheism in Christianity, and of Muhammad polytheism in Sunnism.
Fortunately for mankind, the last of God’s scripture, the Quran, is divinely  protected so that all mankind can always refer to it as its guide. This divine protection lies internally in the scripture in a mathematically awesome and impossible to imitate structure called Code 19. This Code is stated in the Quran in Surah Al-Muddaththir  (74), verses 30-31. The verses go, “Over it is nineteen. We appointed angels to be guardians of Hell, and we assign their number (19) (1) to disturb the disbelievers, (2) to convince the Christians and the Jews (that this is a divine scripture), (3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful, (4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as believers, and (5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts. The disbelievers will say, ‘What does God mean by this allegory?’ God thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people.”
The rise of Islam, beginning with the reign of Prophet Muhammad in the Arabian Peninsular in early Seventh Century, within a short time of only sixty years shot up to be the No. One power in the world, beating the two superpowers of the then world, the Byzantian Empire and the Persian Empire.
Historian Philip K. Hitti, in his book, History of the Arabs (1970), states, “If someone in the first third of the seventh Christian century had had the audacity to prophesy that within a decade some unheralded, unforeseen power from hitherto barbarous and little-known land of Arabia was to make its appearance, hurl itself against the only two world powers of the age, fall heir to the one -- the Sasanid – and strip the other – the Byzantine -- of its fairest provinces, he would have undoubtedly have been declared a lunatic. Yet that was exactly what happened. After the death of the Prophet sterile Arabia seems to have been converted as if by magic into a nursery of heroes the like of whom both in number and quality is hard to find anywhere. The military campaigns of Khalid ibn-al-Walid and ‘Amar ibn-al-‘As which ensued in al-Iraq, Persia, Syria and Egypt remain among the most brilliantly executed in the history of warfare and bear favourable comparison with those of Napoleon, Hannibal or Alexander.” (p. 142).         
A Western philosophical historian, Robert Briffault, in his epoch-making book, The Making of Humanity (1919), after denouncing a conspiracy of silence by most Western historians on the contributions of Muslim science to modern Europe,  surmarised the contribution of Muslim science to civilization, thus: “The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist in startling discoveries or revolutionary theories. Science owes a great deal more to  Arab culture , it owes its existence. The ancient world was, as we saw, pre-scientific. The astronomy and mathematics of the Greeks were a foreign importation never thoroughly acclamatised in Greek culture. The Greeks systematized, generalized and  theorized, but he patient ways of investigation, the accumulation of positive knowledge, the minute methods of science, detailed and prolonged observation, experimental inquiry, were altogether alien to the Greek temperament. … What we called science arose in Europe as result of a new spirit of inquiry, of new methods of investigation, of the method of experiment, observation, measurement, of the development of mathematics in a form unknown to the Greeks. That spirit and those methods were introduced into the European world by the Arabs.” (p. 191)    
Muslim civilization lasted eight centuries. In that time, Baghdad became the capital of the world and Europe became students at the feet of Baghdad. When the rot set in, Europe took over the banner of civilization and what is known as the European Renaissance began. Will Western leadership last for ever? Only time can  tell. Already cracks are beginning to be seen.
The more important question for Muslim leaders to answer is why the Muslim way of life, guaranteed by God, has collapsed, and how they can rebuild it. To answer this all-important question, they must re-study the Quran with a scientific methodology. I can suggest a few signposts.
Firstly, at a certain point in time, Muslim science froze and deteriorated, due to wrong teaching of certain so-called masters. These were made into masters by a new priesthood class adopted in imitation of medieval Hinduism and Christianity. In Islam there is no priesthood class.
Secondly, at a certain point in time, a certain attitude of fatalism developed in Islam due a new theology preached in accordance to hadith teachings. Hadiths are essentially fabrications falsely ascribed to the great name of Prophet  Muhammad.
Thirdly, that new theology also preached salvation in the Afterlife, in a nondescript Theologians’ Nirvana in imitation of Bhuddism. This led to Muslim apathy in a life waiting for death. At this point, roughly from the Fourteenth Century onwards, this false Islam died, with the false Muslims.
Fourthly and lastly, to rebuild, the Muslims must re-study the Quran (which is their and mankind’s book of guidance) to find correct answers to their current plight. I have surmarised the teachings of the Quran as “revolutionary, life-affirming and death-defying”.  We must seek salvation in this life by raising our soul to a higher level. It is this raising of our soul to a higher level that is necessary for the coming Second Muslim Civilization.

KASSIM AHMAD is a freelance Malaysian author. His website is www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com

Monday, January 11, 2016

ANUGERAH ZA'ABA




7 Januari, 2016                                                                                               Dengan Poslaju

YAB Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi,
Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia,
Blok Utama Bangunan Perdana Putera,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Tuan,
                                                           Anugerah Za'ba

            Saya ingin mengucapkan “Syabas dan terima kasih” kerana menimbulkan soal karya-karya besar dalam dunia penciptaan kita.
            Sebenarnya, kita tidak kurang karya-karya seperti itu dalam sejarah kesusasteraan kita. Sejarah Melayu, Hikayat Hang Tuah dan Hikayat Abdullah tiga contoh.
            Saya cadangkan supaya Kerajaan Persekutuan tubuhkan sebuah panel bebas terdiri dari  sarjana-sarjana yang bebas dalam pelbagai bidang penulisan untuk menilai karya-karya yang patut diberi anugerah negara tiap-tiap tahun. Saya cadangkan supaya aungerak ini dinamakan Anugerak Za’aba, sempena nama tokoh sarjana Melayu yang masyhur itu.
            Saya juga cadangkan supaya nliai anugerah ini setanding dengan nilai Anugerah Nobel.
            Saya harap cadangan saya dipertimbangkan oleh Kerajaan dengan serious.
            Terima kasih.
            Yang benar,

            (KASSIM AHMAD)

KASSIM AHMAD
1504, Persiaran Kulim Golf, Kulim Golf & Country Resort, 09000 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

TEL 604-4031871. 

SURAT KEPADA PERDANA MENTERI TURKI


KASSIM AHMAD
By Airmail
7th January, 2016.

The Honourable
The Prime Minister of Turkey,
Ankara,
Turkey.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
            I would like to take this opportunity to offer your Government my highest appreciation and my most heartfelt congratulations for your Government’s courageous and extremely important Hadith Project. I wish it the greatest success.
            I want to suggest to you that you convene an international meeting of progressive Muslim Governments and scholars to discuss this important matter and agree on a common approach.
            I would like to inform you that in 1968 In wrote a book in Malay to call for a re-evaluation of the Hadith. The book has since been translated into English and Arabic. May I modestly claim that the book has had its effects? The Lord be praised!
            However, I note that the participants in the Hadith Project have shied away from dealing with the current obsession of Muslim women with their headscarf.  Please be informen that the woman’s hair is not part of her nakedness (Arabic: ‘aurat). (See Quran, 24: 30-31). In fact, the wearing of headscarf for women is to be found in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians, 11, 5. This false teaching has crept into the Hadith.
The Hadith is essentially fabrications by various groups and falsely ascribed to the great name of Prophet Muhammad. The Quran tells us that the only mission of Prophet Muhammad is to deliver the Quran to mankind.
            Yours sincerely,


            (KASSIM AHMAD)

















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Thursday, December 31, 2015

KONSEP NEGARA ISLAM



KONSEP NEGARA ISLAM TIADA DALAM QURAN
Oleh: Kassim Ahmad
30 Disember, 2015

          Konsep negara Islam tidak wujud dalam Quran. Apa yang disebut dalam Quran, baldatun taiyyibatun wa rabbun ghafur,  frasa yang bermaksud, ‘sebuah negara baik di bawah ri’ayat Tuhan Maha Pengampun’.  (Quran, 34: 15) Dalam Piagam Madinah yang digubal oleh Nabi Muhammad sendiri juga tidak disebut tentang konsep negara Islam. Konsep ini baru, ditimbulkan oleh sarjana-sarjana Islam dalam abad ke-20, mungkin sebagai satu penentangan terhadap kolonialisme Barat.
          Bahawa kosep negara Islam tiada dal Quran dan dalam Piagam Madinah amat wajar, kerana masyarakat Arab dalam zaman Nabi sudak bersifat majmuk. Ada warga Islam, warga Yahudia dan warga musyrik. Jadi, tidak adil jika sesuatu agama dijadikan agama negara.
          Sesuatu sistem kenegaraan mestilah melakukan keadailan kepada rakyatnya. Inilah yang dianjurkan dalam Quran. Ayat itu berbunyai, “Apabila kamu menghukum di antara manusia, hendaklah kamu hukum dengan adil.” (4: 58). Demikian juga dalam Piagam Madinah.
          Nampaknya, penggubal Perlembagaan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu  (Malaya) tidak mengetahui tentang perkara ini, kerana mereka telah mengisytiharkan agama Persekutan Islam dengan agama-agama lain diberi kebebasan untuk diamalakan. (Perkara 3(1)). Suruhanjaya Perlembagaan Persekutaun terdiri dari 5 orang ahli hukum yang terkenal dari Britain, Australia,India dan Pakistan dan dipengerusikan oleh ahli hukum Lord William Reid dari Britain.
          Menarik diperhatikan bahawa dalam Piagam Madinah negara tidak masuk campur dalam urusan mana-mana agama. Agama ditadbirkan secara autonomi oleh penganut-penganutnya. Kaedah ini akan menghindarkan konflik agama, yang kerap berlaku dalam negara kita.
          Mengapakah pemimpin-pemimpin dan sarjna-sarjana Islam, termasuk ahli-ahli hukum Islam dalam Suruhanjaya Reid tidak memberi perhatian kepada dokumen perlembagaan yang penting ini? Ini sangat menghairankan kita.
Malah ulama kita dalam “Forum Perdama Ehwal Islam” yang kerap memetik hadis tidak pernah memetik hadis yang paling sahih ini, Piagam Madinah! Sungguh aneh!

KASSIM AHMAD, seorang penulis bebas Malaysia. Laman web belaiu www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com

  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BETULKAH HADIS KATA-KATA NABI?


Disiarkan semula kerana relevennya. -- K.A.


BETULKAH HADIS KATA-KATA NABI MUHAMMAD?
Oleh: Kassim Ahmad
10 Mei, 2015

            Telah saya nyatakan di tempat-tempat lain bahawa dalam sejarahnya manusia melakukan banyak kesilapan, sesetengahnya besar. Hudud sebagai hukum kesiksaan, seperti yang ditafsirkan oleh sesetengan ahli hukum, satu daripanya. Itulah sebabnya wajar benar warisan yang kita terima dari generasi dulu kita nilai semula sama ada betul atau tidak. Yang betul kita teruskan; yang salah kita tinggalkan. Dengan demikian, kemajuan kita akan senantiasa meningkat. Jadi, pemikiran kritis amat penting. Kita mesti baca untuk mengetahui dan membuat, tetapi baca kita itu mesti selalu dengan kritis. Sikap taksub kepada pemimpin atau sarjana itu satu kesalahan besar.
            Sejak saya tulis buku Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula dalam 1986, Raja Fahd di Arabia,  Jabatan Agama Kerajaan Turki dan seorang penysarah Universiti Islam Antarabangsa telah mengiakan seruan itu. Malah Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) sendiri baru-baru ini menyatakan kemahuan mereka untuk menyemak semula Hadis, kerana kemunculan kumpulan IS.  Ini menunjukkan anjuran saya itu tepat pada masanya dan relevan.
            Harus diingat bahawa Nabi Muhammad tidak bertanggungjawab terhadap kemunculan Hadis. Misi beliau semata-mata menyampaikan Quran, dan tidak lebih dari Quran.[1]  Hadis muncul kemudia kerana beberapa sebab; ada sebab yang ‘baik’ untuk memasukkan ajaran yang baik dari tamadaun-tamadun lain, seperti Yunani.(Tidakkah mereka sedar bahawa perbuatan ini menafikan sempurna dan lengkapnya ajaran Quran?) Walaupun demikian, pada dasarnya, Hadis telah menjadi saluran ajaran yang bertujuan untuk melemahkan orang Islam. Banyak hadis mengandung ajaran-ajaran dari kitab Taurat, yang kita tahu sudah dipinda. Umpamanya, hukuman bunuh bagi orang murtad, dan rejam hingga mati untuk penzina, dan banyak lagi.[2]
            Guru Agung yang memperkenalkan doktrin baru dua sumber utama (Quran dan Hadis) tidak lain daripada pengasas ilmu perundangan Islam, Iman Shafi’e (767-820), yang lahir 136 tahun setelah nabi wafat. Sebelum ini sedikit hadis sudah wujud, direka oleh pereka-pereka Hadis dengan sebab-sebab tertentu.[3]  Apabila Guru Agung ini memperkenalkan doktrin baru dua sumber utama, barulah timbul pengumpul-pengumpul Hadis bagi puak Sunni dan juga bagi puak Syi’ah kira-kira 200 hingga 250 tahun selepas nabi wafat, yakni di antara 6.6 dan 8.3 generasi kemudian. Jarak yang amat jauh ini menampakkan kelemahan Hadis dari kedua-dua  segi sanad dan matannya. Ada orang sudah membuat suatu ujian saintifik meletakan beberapa orang di sekeliling sebuah meja bundar, dibisikan satu ayat kepada orang pertama dan disuruh dia bisikan kepada orang kedua seterusnya hingga orang yang terakhir: didapati ayat itu tidak sama lagi dan sudah berubah!
            Jika kelemahan ini begitu ketara, mengapakah Hadis dipegang oleh kebanyakan umat Islam selama 1,400 tahun lebih? Ini menunjukkan kebanyakan umat Islam tidak membaca dengan kritis, seperti yang diperintah oleh Tuhan dalam Quran. Mereka taksub kepada pemimpin, padahal pendewaan kepada pemimpin ini satu punca syirik. Saya ingat waktu saya berdialog dengan ABIM pada tahun 1986, salah seorang daripada jurucakap mereka Uthman Muhammady berkata kepada saya (dalam bahasa Inggeris), “Kassim, you have gargantuan courage!” (“Kassim, awak terlalu berani!”). Saya berfikir lama selepas dialog itu mengapa beliau berkata demikian kepada saya. Akhirnya, saya membuat kesimpulan kerana saya berani mengkritik idolanya, Imam Shafi’e!
            Biar saya membuat satu pengkuan di sini. Saya lahir di pedalaman di kalangan orang miskin. Maka itu saya memberontak terhadap keadaan status quo. Perhatikan sajak saya “Dialong” yang bait akhirnya berbunyi:-
/ada besok maka pasti ada suria/aku akan pergi/dengan seribu Jebat si anak tani/kian lama kita mati dalam setia/ kali ini kita hidup dalam durhaka/. (Tekanan ditambah)
            Jadi, saya kritis terhadap apa yang saya warisi dari nenek moyang – apa yang saya panggil “Islam baka”. Saya mencari Islam yang sebenar. Maka itu kaum Haman, puak birokrasi agama di zaman kita sekarang, munuduh saya kufur (Majlis Fatwa Terengganu) dan JAKIM menuduh saya “menghina Islam”.  Birokrat agama juga mengharamkan buku saya Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula. Sekarang sampailah masanya mereka memohon ma’af kepada saya. Saya akan meminta Kerajaan mengarahkan institusi-institusi mereka yang terbabit supaya menarik balik semua tuduhan palsu mereka terhadap saya.  
            Maha Suci Allah! Segala puji bagi Dia!
KASSIM AHMAD seorang penulis bebas Malaysia, Laman web beliau www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com
           
           




[1] Aduan Muhammad kepada Tuhan yang masyhur itu berbunyi, “Tuanku, kaumku telah membelakangkan Quran ini.”  (Quran, 25: 30) Ini menunjukkan bahawa kitab yang beliau bawa itu Quran, bukan Quran dan Hadis. Banyak ayat Quran menyebut misi Nabi Muhammad hanya menyampaikan Quran, umapanya 3: 20; 5: 92, 99, dll. Quran disebut sebagai ‘hadis’ (7: 185; 12: 111, dll.).  Mereka yang mengadakan sebuah buku lain, selain Quran (68: 35- 38).
[2] Lihat Kassim Ahmad, Dilema Umat Islam – Antara Hadis dan Quran (Forum Iqra’ Pulau Pinang: 2002).
[3] Lihat Kassim Ahmad, Lihat Kassim Ahmad, Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula (Media Intelek, Petaling Jaya: 1986).