بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Firman Allah SWT di dalam Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 102 yang bermaksud, "Mereka (membelakangkan Kitab Allah) dan mengikut ajaran-ajaran sihir yang dibacakan oleh puak-puak Syaitan dalam masa pemerintahan Nabi Sulaiman, padahal Nabi Sulaiman tidak mengamalkan sihir yang menyebabkan kekufuran itu, akan tetapi puak-puak Syaitan itulah yang kafir (dengan amalan sihirnya) kerana merekalah yang mengajarkan manusia ilmu sihir dan apa yang diturunkan kepada dua malaikat: Harut dan Marut, di negeri Babil (Babylon), sedang mereka berdua tidak mengajar seseorang pun melainkan setelah mereka menasihatinya dengan berkata: Sesungguhnya kami ini hanyalah cubaan (untuk menguji imanmu), oleh itu janganlah engkau menjadi kafir (dengan mempelajarinya). Dalam pada itu ada juga orang-orang yang mempelajari dari mereka berdua: Ilmu sihir yang boleh menceraikan antara seorang suami dengan isterinya, padahal mereka tidak akan dapat sama sekali memberi mudarat (atau membahayakan) dengan sihir itu seseorang pun melainkan dengan izin Allah dan sebenarnya mereka mempelajari perkara yang hanya membahayakan mereka dan tidak memberi manfaat kepada mereka dan demi sesungguhnya mereka (kaum Yahudi itu) telahpun mengetahui bahawa sesiapa yang memilih ilmu sihir itu tidaklah lagi mendapat bahagian yang baik di akhirat. Demi sesungguhnya amat buruknya apa yang mereka pilih untuk diri mereka, kalaulah mereka mengetahui." – Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 102
Sabda Rasullullah SAW yang di riwayatkan oleh Bukhari dan Muslim berbunyi demikian, "Jauhilah tujuh perkara besar yang merusak. Para sahabat bertanya: Apakah tujuh perkara itu, ya Rasulullah? Jawab Nabi, yaitu: 1) menyekutukan Allah; 2) sihir; 3) membunuh jiwa yang oleh Allah diharamkan kecuali karena hak; 4) makan harta riba; 5) makan harta anak yatim, 6) lari dari peperangan; 7) menuduh perempuan-perempuan baik, terjaga dan beriman." - Riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim
Silat (Kadayan Self-Defence)
Olden Days Kadayan (Part 1)
I have received some e-mails with regards to my promise to write an article pertaining to “SIFAT-SIFAT ORANG KADAYAN ZAMAN SILAM” asking me to write the article soonest. In response to their requests I’ve done a little bit of research and I am very much obliged to share it with all the readers. I am opening this article for an intellectual discussion and would like the readers to contribute their ideas, experiences, etc as told by their elders to enable us to reconstruct and visualise the Olden Days Kadayan way of life, environment, weaponry, clothing, daily chores and livelihood, traditional medicine, expertise and how they survive the mystical world of head hunters, black magic and lastly but not the least how Islam changed their way of life.
Firstly, I have to declare that I am not the authority to write this article, simply because I am not a historian neither a cultural activist nor an anthropologist. I am just a simple telecommunication engineer trying my level best to fill up the gap on a dull subject matter, so scarcely written by the Kadayan people themselves i.e. about our cultural heritage. I love my dialect, I love my cultural heritage and above all I am proud to be a Kadayan. I am proud to mention here that visionary Kadayan personalities such as Sdr Amde Sidik, Tn Hj Ramlee Dua, Sdr Mahmud Osman and the administrators of Kadayan Universe http://www.kadayanuniverse.com/ namely Indahau (Editor), Giin Buagas (Manager), Kaawai Tanah (Super Administrator) and Aaja Kadayan (Contributor) are the pioneers in their own rights attempting to research and revive the soul of our Kadayan cultural heritage. I am very sure there are more Kadayan people out there who are very well versed on this subject matter that can make positive contributions towards achieving our goals to document and preserve our cultural heritage for the benefit of our future generations.
It is nice to see if a documentary film about Kadayan people is shown on National Geographic or Discovery Channel or even in National Geographic Magazine for that matter. Such vision may be realised if we, all of us begin our contribution right now to document our very own cultural heritage. The least we can do is to make our own documentary film or ask TV3 or Astro Awani to make one for us. I think Tn Hj Osman Ahmad as the President of Sabah Kadayan Association has humongous roles to play here.
The contents of this article are generic and non-exhaustive due to the fact that a proper research has not been conducted particularly on the timeline and road maps that define Olden Days Kadayan. This article serves as a framework and I tried to make it as modular as possible to facilitate top-ups and future development.
Remnants of our pasts / roots
What is it that Kadayan people have now or we have known to have had that we can make up of our pasts? Sounds too complicated? Nevertheless I will make it easier for the readers to understand, just be patience and navigate through this article at your own pace. In order for us to visualise the Olden Days Kadayan, let us ask ourselves what are the remnants of our pasts that are most unique to best describe or define the Kadayan people? Based on my personal experience and as told by the Kadayan elders, I have constructed a preliminary definition that best describe the Kadayan people of the olden days.
KADAYAN PEOPLE WERE THE MOST FEARLESS, INVULNERABLE, NOTORIOUS AND RUTHLESS NATIVE OF THE ISLAND OF BORNEO, FEARED BY MOST NATIVES AND TRIBES OF THE ISLAND FOR THEIR UNSURPASSED MYSTICAL, SPIRITUAL AND SUPERNATURAL POWERS.
The above definition of Kadayan people can not be found in any dictionary or encyclopaedia because I made it up myself. Other definitions of Olden Days Kadayan are most welcome. Such definitions would facilitate us in the reconstruction of the Olden Days Kadayan. In defining the word Kadayan, I cannot afford to lose sight of the single most important aspect of Kadayan cultural heritage i.e. its mystical, spiritual and supernatural powers. No matter how negative, heinous and ugly it sounds in these modern days, but facts are facts and I am not the authority to change such facts. For the younger Kadayan generation, you have to accept the fact as it is and look forward for a better future. To some, the definition may be a bitter pill to swallow and to others it is just a passing remarks doomed to oblivion. Rewriting history to suit our taste is not a wise thing to do.
Truly Kadayan/Kedayan by birth. Residing in Subang Jaya, Selangor D.E. since 1988 until now.
I was born in the Colony of North Borneo, now called Sabah (Land Below the Wind). It was still the British rule then, and we used to sing "God Save the Queen" at the school assembly in early sixties. On 16 September, 1963, the Colony of North Borneo gained its independence through the formation of Malaysia.
I spent most of my childhood days in a remote village, where basic utilities such as roads, water, electricity and telephones were not known to the village folks.
My childhood days were very challenging, simply because our living condition was just at the lowest level of Maslow Hierarchy of Needs.