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I really don’t want to be ashamed to be a Muslim in Malaysia

Zan flirting in Tehran, Iran.

Being a Muslim in Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

MARCH 9 –  I’m sick and tired of people saying that the greeting ‘assalamualaikum’ and ‘waalaikumsalam’ are exclusively for Muslims and haram for anyone else. Apparently, if a non-Muslim greets you that way, you will be damned to hell if you were to reply. And god forbid, if you were to initiate the greeting! To those who aren’t familiar, ‘assalamualaikum’ means ‘peace be upon you’, and ‘waalaikumsalam’ means ‘and upon you be peace’.

I really wonder where is it said in Islam that the ‘salam’ is exclusively for Muslims? I would be really grateful if someone could point this out for me. Please save me from my ignorance because as far as my religious knowledge goes, I have only found evidence that proves that it isn’t a sin.

Over the years, I have traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world (especially the Middle-East) and people in all of these places greet each other, whether Muslim or not, with these greetings. And in all of these countries, this has never been an issue at all. And hence I find it very problematic that it is a big issue in my own country Malaysia. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]

There’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim

The translated Quran my parents bought for me from Mekah has been quite handy!

No such thing as a moderate Muslim
By Zan Azlee

I’ve always wondered why people like to label Muslims as either being moderate and progressive, or extremist and fundamentalist. These terms should actually be redundant because if you are a true practicing Muslim, you are moderate and progressive by default, and never extremist and fundamentalist.

Islam has always been a fluid and organic religion that preaches moderation and the pursuit of knowledge to constantly improve one’s life, society and the religion itself. Moderation in Islam leads to balance, and this is relevant towards every aspect of a Muslim’s life, be it career, finances, diet, entertainment and even worship.

In fact, the term for this in Islam is Wasatiyyah. As stated in Surah An Nisa:

“Oh people of the Book. Commit no excesses in your religion, nor say of Allah except for the truth.”

Funnily enough, the same government in Malaysia that bans concerts due to ‘religious considerations’ without taking into consideration any other explanation, also founded the Institute of Wasatiyyah. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]