Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hallelujah, Kaffr and Playing God

I said Hallelujah today in front of the many typical spectators, where here the word typical reflects the type of people who are not only clueless but are also clueless that they are, in fact, clueless. I was singing Rufus Wainwright's Hallelujah.

And as a result, I successfully sparked a very heated argument.

Being someone who respects and enjoys arguments, I was actually looking forward for them clueless people to start bashing me up verbally, especially by coming out with numerous verses in the Koran and in the end sentenced me to eternal summer in hell which, as expected, they did. They called me an unbeliever, an infidel, a kaffir. 

Let's see where this word Hallelujah comes from.

According to Wikipedia;

Hallelujah, Halleluyah and the Latin form Alleluia are transliterations of the Hebrew word הַלְּלוּיָהּ (Standard Halleluya, Tiberian Halləlûyāh) meaning "Praise (הַלְּלוּ) Yahweh (from the first two letters of the Tetragrammaton יהוה) (יָהּ)" and is similar to the Arabic phrase Alhamdulillah, used by Muslims and by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians. Hallelujah is found primarily in the book of Psalms. The word is used in Judaism as part of the Hallel prayers, and in Christian prayer, particularly in the Catholic Mass. It has been accepted into the English language and has a similar pronunciation in many other languages.

This of course confirm two things: one is that the word Hallelujah is indeed a Jewish word, and that it is widely used in Christian and Jewish prayers. Literally means praise, it carries similar meaning with the Muslim version of the same phrase - Alhamdulillah.

But does saying it makes a Muslim an unbeliever?

People of different races have their own way in expressing their thankfulness towards God, or whatever they take as their Creator, except the atheist, for atheist only believes in nothing and nothing at all when it comes to religion. Nevertheless, the practice of expressing gratitudes towards God has been carried out in entirely too many ways; by praying, praising, offering, killing animals, killing human, getting killed and et cetera. The more extravagant the way the practices are carried out, the more gratitudes is shown, or so it has been thought and taught.

For instance, if you are feeling thankful to God in the smallest degree, you might just slaughter a chicken perhaps in Muslim belief. But if you are feeling too thankful, you might as well just slaughter all the fat polka-dot dairy cows in the whole New Zealand just to show how thankful you are.

But what really matters is whether or not you are really that thankful. As I see it, one can slaughter as many cows as one desires, but to what ending? The purest of thanks is when you thank unconditionally. It is in your heart, of course. You can turn the whole farm into an instant mass slaughter house but if in your heart the gratitudes you have are not that pure, it will carry no meanings at all.

In a more familiar word, it is termed ikhlas.

Same goes for the word Hallelujah, or in some other cases the word 'bye' (so it is said that it literally means 'under the blessings of the Pope') and other Christian/Jewish/Buddhist etc related words. What makes me an unbeliever by uttering the word Hallelujah? What was it in my heart when I spoke the word, did anyone know? What if, maybe, that I uttered the word to express my gratitudes using that word, and nothing else but? Does that make me a kaffir as well? Is it that simple, really?

Talking about kaffir, how easy it is to tell that someone is really one? Talking about heaven and hell, what makes one is entitled to going to any? How do you tell that he or she will go to hell instead of heaven, and the opposite as well?

What gives you the godly power to entitle one to be sent to heaven and hell? Don't we have a God who actually carries out that duty? So why bother being so supreme and play God in a way?

Who are YOU to make such decision?

Think about it.

p/s: I have a Hindu friend who cries out "Jesus H. Christ!" whenever he is amused, and a Christian friend who yells out loud happily "Alhamdulillah" whenever good things happen to him. So, what these make of them?


Mireya said...

Maybe those yang cakap or call you as unbeliever to fikir like this,

ada hadith from Rasulullah s.a.w :
“Barangsiapa menyerupai sesuatu kaum maka dia termasuk daripada golongan mereka.” (Riwayat Abu Daud dan Imam Ahmad daripada Ibnu Umar)

“Tidak termasuk golonganku orang-orang yang menyerupai selain golongan umatku (umat Islam).” (Riwayat Tirmidzi daripada Amru bin Syu’aib).

Hallelujah tu digunakan dengan meluas oleh orang Yahudi dan Christians in their prayers, am i right ? Macam established phrase of praising to God by them. So, when you wrote the word they get furious because they might be referring to the above hadiths. Tak boleh menyerupai sesuatu kaum and by saying that, you kinda menyerupai sesuatu kaum dengan melafazkan apa yang kaum / agama lain lafazkan. Tambah-tambah lagi Hallelujah tu part of prayers.

Religion is seriously a very sensitive issue.

Plus it was said that "halleujah comes from Jewish or Hebrew Hallel - to praise

And Jah which is a shortened form of Jehovah - sort of like Matt is for Matthew or Tim for Timothy.

In essence it means praise Jehovah."
(taken from Yahoo answers)
That's why. Apa-apa hal pun, tak boleh buat justification sendiri. Kena tanya yang lebih arif. Research dalam internet pun takut tak dapat clearification yang betul betul jelas.

Berguru dengan orang yang arif tentang hal agama, berguru dengan buku boleh akibatkan sesat.


(Okay, this is a very long comment)

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

Ahaha :D

tak boleh menyerupai sesuatu kaum?

So if im a girl and I wear tight t-shirts and tight jeans to class, where t-shirt and jeans are the product of the industrialization period from the rise of Christianity revolution, the result of the black era turnover in the far west, do I become a Christian?

Or maybe eat those candies and gingerbreads sold widely during Christmas season?

Or celebrate chinese new year together with the buddhist?

Will I become a part of that ethnic group?

The Muslim and the Christendom shares a lot of common things through the ancient semitic traditions. Some of these common things have become a culture even.

There are too many things that are non-islamic and as well trace back to Christian/Jewish and other traditions. Does doing them makes you an unbeliever?

Religion is only a sensitive issue because people made it so. Because people restrict discussion to it. Because people are unknowing, hence the fear of discussing this openly.

What if i use the word 'God'? Does that make me an unbeliever? The Christian use it. The Hindu use it. The Sanskrit use it. Literally it represents the Creator, and the word is widely used in every prayers carried out in the English language. How about Thank You Lord? Oh tak boleh tak boleh sebab itu orang Kristus pakai dan boleh bawa syirik. Wow! Kalau 'I will follow you' pun tak boleh? Wow! Gilalah!

At the end of it, if I listen to your comment, would it be justified? Would it be right? Are you an ariffin? Dont just come out with some quotes some other people made and expect me to accept everything. I can trace some hadith and verses too and just paste them to make myself look 'aww wow so religious' but what's the point anyway?

So are you an ariffin? Or did you just do internet research, anyway too? what makes you think all i did was just internet research, hm?

. said...

i never said i'm an ariffin. I'm just saying nak berguru dengan mesti dengan orang berilmu.

I'm not stating you're wrong there. I said 'maybe those yang cakap or call you as an unbeliever fikir like that'

I'm not stating my opinion about using the term hallelujah. I'm stating assumptions on why they want to call you this and that.

This thing need clarification in which I am in no position to give you any clarification because me myself pun not a person who have a deep knowledge in agama. That's why I said tak boleh buat justification sendiri.

I said do not just search in internet, that was a reminder to myself too. It's general and I'm not saying you're not asking any ariffin.

I put the hadith there just to make it easier for you to refer, tak payah susah susah google.

Don't snap too easily. I'm just stating my opinion in the third point of view. I'm sorry if what i stated earlier didn't just show that.

As I said, I'm not an ariffin.

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

oh :D

ala rilek la. takkan kena provok sikit pun tak boleh :D

Mireya said...

memang rilek pun. tu nada monotonous tuu.
oh my god tak perasan terkomen guna secret account !

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

secret account. tempting tempting. oh. kirim salam kepada kekasih hati ya! aku kenal siapa! :P

El Moe de la Rocha said...

i've been listening to bands like sanctus real, hillsong concerts and videos, i read excerpts from old and new testament as well as book of mormon. 'twas kinda fun to do so.

and i never thought that i should hate christ, because particularly, he's a prophet to me (NOT a god), and to us as well. well, we can't hate our own prophet, innit?

strange enough, it never shaken my faith towards my own religion, islam. in fact, it helps me to understand better why am i born as a muslim, and why i should stay as one, till the day i leave this world.

and why do we need HIM. by HIM, i mean Allah.

(p/s: i had a conversation with two christian friends just now, and i've been listening to them talking about how better qur'an compared to bible, i am not joking)

it's just that u should know what you're doing/thinking, or simply said, you should know your faith better.

because to some, they're just born muslim. but only few understand why they're born as one.

:) well, that's a two cents piece from me.

Anonymous said...

I guess it's best that Christians and Jews say Hallelujah while Muslims stick to Alhamdolilah. Such words have deep meaning which related to consecration to God. If I were not mistaken, if a Spanish or an Inuit convert to Islam, he also should say Alhamdolilah, right? For me, the word Hallelujah is not as same as eureka. The same goes with Alhamdolilah. In fact upon studying the meaning of Alhamdolilah, it means thanks to Allah which suitable for muslim to express gratitude directly to Allah, the only god in Islam. Why use other words when Allah already laid out the suitable and simple one and make life a bit easy.