chapter  10
Injecting God into politics
Modelling Asma’ ul Husna as a Sufi-based panacea to political conflict in contemporary Malaysia
WithAhmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Noorulhafidzah Zawawi
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Since Malaysia’s independence and emergence as a nation state, fierce political battles have characterized domestic competition between opposing forces vying to capture the hearts and minds of its citizens, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Different visions of Islam, entrenched in the Federal Constitution as the religion of the federation, put forward by distinct camps of Malay-Muslims, have contributed over the years to not only elite-based competition for votes and influence but also community splits severely affecting intra-Muslim ukhwah (brotherhood). Beyond political rhetoric, Muslim politicians raised in a competitive political environment nurtured by democratic rules are found wanting in virtues that define the very essence of humankind as a social being. This chapter proposes a God-centric model of managing human to human horizontal problems, applying sufi-based ideals, such as love and compassion, as reflected in His Ninety-Nine Asma’ ul-Husna (Beautiful Names), to real-world happenings in Malaysian politics.