Re: Valentine's Day - HARAM dalam Islam
Frank, it's the same question that I ask about some of the students in my university, too. About three years ago, there were students from the Rakan Masjid organisation who went around the university campus at night in a convoy of two motorcycles and a car, searching for couples who were just strolling on the eve of Valentine's Day. The streets were well lit and the couples made no attempt to conceal any suspicious activity.
The convoy would then approach the couples and ask them to return to their rooms, advising them to study instead. Yet, it has always irked me on why do they have so much time becoming "moral policemen" and not studying in their rooms instead?
As a result of their actions, many students have condemned the students of Rakan Masjid for minding other people's business, including that of non-Muslims.
The important point here that I would like to make is that there must be a line drawn to how much you can try to get people to be "moral" individuals. The limit is grossly crossed when you start to interfere into other people's business, especially whose beliefs are vastly different.
I'm not painting Muslims a bad picture here; over the years Rakan Masjid has adopted a new approach in promoting a moral lifestyle, and friction between students and this organisation has decreased. I have many Muslim friends and Muslim lecturers who can't agree with some of the approaches adopted by Rakan Masjid. Also, I cannot say that I agree to some of the trivial issues that they constantly bring out. For example, the topic of "maksiat" is often raised in some of its campaigns that I can't stop wondering if "maksiat" is so rampant in my university.
I would very much welcome the idea of Rakan Masjid to promote about the beauty of Islam and what Islam is about rather than putting on banners in cafes with statements like, "Elak Zina, Anda Bijak" and things like that. However, I would frown heavily upon their statements in condemning things in what they perceive to be haram when in fact it does not necessarily be so.
Last edited by henry_yew; 12-02-2011 at 06:30 PM.