August 8, 2019

khat

So, everyone is talking about ‘khat’, a form of Arabic calligraphy to be made a compulsory part of the BM subject to the vernacular schools for Year 4 pupils starting next year. Because not everyone is docile like a mule, people started to question if this is an effort to ‘Islamize’ the nation… That’s when you see all these dimwits coming out to defend the move with pathetic and bad explanations… like this article here…

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Penang mufti: Khat is not Islamic, strictly a form of calligraphic art
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 7 — Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Mohd Nor explained today that khat is a calligraphic style using the jawi script and is used purely for decorative and artistic purposes.

He added that while it was derived from the Arabic script, only writings in the latter were associated with Islam due to its use in the Quran, the Hadiths and religious texts.

Wan Salim said jawi also derived some of its characters from the Persian alphabet, such as the characters for “cha”, “nga” and “nya”.

“Khat is usually used as decoration on the walls of the mosques or on the covers of Islamic holy books,” he said to suggest why a connection was perceived.

“Khat is a form of calligraphy using jawi and there are actually several types of khat such as Nasakh, Raka’ah, Farsi, Dewan, Thulus and many more,” he said.

Not all forms of khat were comprehensible to those who knew jawi, he added when saying only the Nasakh style was easily understood by those familiar with the alphabet used for Bahasa Melayu before its romanisation.

The religious official pointed out that jawi was not unique to Malaysia and had been commonly used in South-east Asia and shared by then-Malaya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Southern Thailand and Cambodia.

“In the past, students in Malay schools were taught jawi until the early 1970s when the then education minister, the late Tan Sri Md Khir Johari, stopped the teaching of jawi in schools,” he said.

He said it was the British who introduced the Roman script to Malaya and replaced jawi.

Jawi was also used for everyday purposes not related to Islam, he added when recalling that Malay vernacular newspapers previously employed the script prior to the romanisation of Bahasa Melayu.

“Even Utusan Melayu, which used jawi at that time, was very popular among readers who went to Malay schools,” he said.

The Education Ministry recently announced the government’s decision to introduce khat as part of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Standard Four students starting next year.

This triggered objections, mostly by non-Malays, against the compulsory learning of khat as part of the national language subject, with many calling it an added burden to both teachers and students.

Political parties’ responses to the move has been mixed, with some supporting it and others telling the government to instead focus on teaching students more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The government has said it will proceed with the proposal to introduce khat to primary four students but explained that they will not be tested on this.

So it is a form of art eh? If it is as trivial as what the mufti shit claims, then why the fuck is it made compulsory then? What compels them to think that it is so damn important for the kids to must know how to write calligraphy in Arabic? What’s the use for them to know this art form for their future?

Are you Pakatan Harapan guys seriously that dense? Do you seriously think this is the kind of excuse people would buy? I don’t buy it at all and I object to this. ‘Khat’ is a fucking waste of time, money and attention. If my kid is affected by this, I’m sending her to an international or private school. The Malaysian education system has gone to shit.

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