The British weather. What do we know about the British weather? Unpredictable! You plan for a BBQ a week in advance and it rains on the day. When you think that summer has arrived, it turned cold the next week. Just over a week ago flooding makes headlines and this weekend the extremely hot weather is sure to make headlines. We don’t like unpredictability but yet have to live with it. However not everything is unpredictable. Certain unpredictability can be turned to high level of predictability. Community relationship is an example. If nothing is done to strengthen community relationship, the best we can get is unknown and we have to brace for the unpredictable events. If proper planning to strengthen community relationship is in force, then the unpredictability will diminish.
Apply that to our community, the Malays in the UK. The Malays have settled here for decades but a proper programme for community bonding was absent. Yes, there were houses in London and Liverpool that were used as meeting places for the Malays. However, they were not truly meeting places for the community but served as meeting places for a single generation. When the generation goes, the building becomes dysfunctional and turns into a nostalgic item. A building without a proper community programme will not be able to do anything. It is the programme, not the building, which is vital. We have lost contact with almost all, if not all, of the descendants of the Malays who came in the 1950s or prior to that. We can say that is predictable because nothing was done. However in life we always want predictability that brings good news and happiness, not predictability that brings sadness and grieve. Do we have an answer if we want to predict how the Malay community will be three decades from now? “Hope for the best” is probably the comforting answer. Comforting because that is better than unpredictability. Comforting because we bet on hope in the absence of effort. At the moment we still do not have a proper, systematic and sustainable programme for our community. Parents can try to look after their own children but there is a time limit and we all know it.
We have to admit that Melayu UK is still very disorganised and lack the commitment of members. To recognise our weaknesses is a good thing. This will encourage us do something about it. Without any commitment, nothing can be done effective and sustainability will be extremely difficult, if not impossible. We can never expect everybody to be committed as that is definitely impossible. Most people will be followers and will follow whatever trend is popular. This is the picture that our Prophet (peace be upon him) had visualised of what will happen to his ummah, who will be many but weak. He described them as scum that moves according to the direction of the waves. Sukarno, realised that he needed a team to create the waves and said “Give me ten youths and I will shake the world”. That is a good reason for Melayu UK to need ten people that can shake this part of the world. Anyone there?