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18-May-1987
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Muhammad Ariff Ahmad. (1987, May 18). Pemodenan/pembaratan [Modernisation/westernisation; Radio broadcast transcript]. In Berita dan Peristiwa. Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). https://hdl.handle.net/10497/19978
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Transkrip mengenai "Pemodenan dan pembaratan", disampaikan menerusi Berita dan Peristiwa, siaran Radio 2, SBC (Singapore Broadcasting Corporation). Kemodenan yang kita hayati sekarang ini banyak dibawa dari Barat. Encik Muhammad Ariff Ahmad berpandangan bahawa 'moden' bermakna hal yang digagasi oleh pemikiran dan penilaian Barat. Sesuatu yang moden adalah sesuatu yang baharu dan menggunakan dapatan sains dan teknologi, seperti bersawah dengan menggunakan mesin pembajak, mengira wang dengan menggunakan mesin pengira dain lain-lain perkara seperti pengangkutan, pendidikan, perusahaan dan sebagainya. Namun, ada amalan-amalan Barat yang tidak sopan menurut penilaian tatasusila kita. Oleh kerana kita beragama Islam maka kehidupan kita dinilaikan menurut nilai-nilai kebudayaan dan Islam. Amalan yang bertentangan dengan Islam dan budaya haruslah dihindari, seperti pergaulan bebas antara lelaki dan wanita yang bukan mahram termasuk bersalaman, dan lain-lain lagi. Banyak lagi amalan Barat yang telah ditiru dan dijadikan amalan hidup sehari-hari. Namun, sebagai manusia berperibadi, kita haruslah bijaksana dalam memilih mana-mana yang munasabah dan menolak yang merosakkan atau bertentangan dengan nilai-nilai Islam. Islam tidak menolak kemodenan tetapi ia menolak kebaratan yang ditimbulkan oleh manusia yang telah mulai atau telah menjadi kufur. Terpulanglah kepada kita sendiri untuk memilih mana yang sesuai, munasabah dan berfaedah.

Transcript on "Modernisation and westernisation", delivered via Radio 2, SBC (Singapore Broadcasting Corporation). Mr Muhammad Ariff Ahmad opines that modernity is mostly brought over from the West and the word 'modern' is a culmination of Westernised thinking and values. Something modern is something new, which uses science and technology such as engine driven machines to replace manual plows, use of calculators to count and other devices such as in transportation, education, industry and so on. However, not all that comes from the West are reasonable for us to ape. For instance, westernised behaviours that are not in accordance with our moral values. As Muslims, we live according to the values of our culture and Islam. Behaviours which contradict with the culture and values of Islam should be avoided, such as the intermingling of non-'mahram' men and women, handshakes between them, among others. There are many other western behaviors that have been copied and assimilated into our daily life. However, we must be wise in choosing those which are reasonable and reject those which are damaging or contrary to the values of Islam. Islam does not reject modernity, but it rejects westernisation that is propagated by those who have started or have become irreligious. It is up to the individuals to select that which is suitable, reasonable, and beneficial.
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