BismilLah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
This is proof that I’ve been completely in the dark about what’s happening in Malaysia; I just found out today that the Regent of Kelantan, Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra, was proclaimed Sultan of Kelantan in September 2010! Kak Chik, you never mentioned it to me…
Kelantan holds a very dear place in my heart. I had been doing Teacher Training and programs there since 2008. I love Kelantan and so do Adam and Daniel. The air is cleaner and sweeter there and the first time I saw it’s paddy fields, I was so amazed to see how green the plants were compared to paddy fields in other areas of Malaysia.
I fell in love with the people of Kelantan; they embraced my sons and I as if we were Kelantanese ourselves. Masjid (mosques) were built every couple of miles so there was no problem stopping to do jema’ah (congregational) prayers at the prescribed times.
In fact, I remember one incident where I took the boys to a public pool but the time for Dzhur came. Boys just said they will go and do their prayers at the masjid around the corner! I didn’t even realise it was there. What was even better was that the public pool closed for an hour for prayer time, as did other public places!
To me, Kelantan represents the closest ideal Islamic state that can exists in today’s secular materialistic world. A state and government whose leaders actually lead their people in jema’ah prayers.
I remember a drought had hit Malaysia and Nik Aziz, the Chief Minister of Kelantan, lead the people in a special congregational prayer, asking for rain. Right smack in the middle of the prayers, rain fell. Allahu Akhbar!
And now, Alhamdulilah, the people of Kelantan have another imam to lead them, their new Sultan, Sultan Muhammad V. The simplicity and humbleness of His Highness is amazing in this day and age of widespread arrogant and corrupt leaders. There are images of him slaughtering a cow during E’id, arriving at the masjid in plain clothes and slippers and sitting on the floor of his subject’s house during his visit to them.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “Protect yourself from the supplication of the one who is wronged, even if he be a disbeliever, for there is no barrier for it [between he/she and Allah].” [Ahmad]
In today’s world of fitna and oppression, knowing that there are true muslim leaders governing an Islamic state is encouraging and motivating. May Allah subhana wa ta’ala grant the people of Kelantan and their leaders with success in this Dunya and the Hereafter. Ameen.