drrafick| January 15, 2011 at 11:58 PM | Categories: Malaysia My Home| URL: http://wp.me/p8MXu-1fP
- I love Siti Norhaliza. She has a beautiful voice with a matching face. I would say I truly enjoy her singing. One of my favorite numbers is Cindai, a song written by Hairul Anuar Harun. This melodious song will survive a 1000 years. The rhythm is an adaptation of old rhythm that is synonym with Zapin music from Johor which I suspect is probably hundreds of years old. Since she moved to my neighborhood, it is my hope that I will bumped into her while shopping for fish and vegetables at our local supermarket. So far no luck yet.
- By now everyone must be wondering why I am writing about Siti and the titled is Azaan. There are similarities when it comes to melody. When my daughter ask me why this people are burning effigies in Pantai over the issue of Azan, it was difficult for me to answer. I took her into my car and put on the Cindai CD. I told her to listen when the volume is set at 3. Both of us enjoyed the song. Then I raised the volume to 12 and my 8 year old girl said, "Papa tak best la …. Bring down the volume pa". Then I told her does she understand why people in the neighborhood complained about the Azaan? She said yes.
- The word Azaan is derived from the Arabic word "adhān", from the root word of "adhina" which means "to announce" or "to invite". The history of Azaan started in Medina when the prophet Mohamed pbuh consider various methods of informing the Muslim then the time pray. It was decided back then the way to announce the time for prayers is via the Azaan as to be different from the way of the Jews (which uses a horn) and Christians(which uses a bell). The objective is to announce time of prayer to people in the surrounding neighborhood. In this context the neighborhood within a particular mosque is known as the kariah member of the mosque.
- Like listening to Siti Norhaliza singing, I feel that it is important that the member of a kariah hear the Azan in a soothing manner. The technology is there which should be maximized. You don't need a 1000 MW speaker to blast an Azan because the people that are very close to the mosque will hear it as noise rather than Azan. We should look at using sound mapping tools, geographical terrain and putting repeater station in ensuring that all members of the kariah should hear a lovely soothing Azan. The technology is there and the solution is available. Allah gave us brain to think and use this technology in a way of goodness without offending others.
- Whatever the case maybe, I find this man in robes and burning effigies are bringing a foreign culture to our land. They are not defending Islam but rather defaming it. That picture is now circulated all over the globe showing how bad Muslims are. As a Muslim, I would like to urge the authorities to take action against this group of people for defaming Islam in such a manner. They have also incited unnecessary tension in their community. A complaint should have been addressed professionally and now by shouting and burning effigies. What they have done is totally unjust. As a Muslim, all I can say is "saya malu".