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I’m a Muslim and I have been to several non-Muslim funerals and most of them have been of dear family members. I mourn and pay my respect during these times, and yes, I do pray for the soul of the dead.
So it really angers me when Muslims use religious difference to disrespect the death of others and I definitely take personal offence to it. It does not matter what religion the deceased is, respect should always be given.
We are all aware, especially since yesterday, how Malaysia’s main Islamic religious authority, Jakim, warned Muslims not to pray for the souls of non-Muslims as they are infidels and are confirmed condemned to hell.
We are also well aware of how many people have countered this with the story of the Prophet Muhammad standing up in respect of a Jew who had died. A friend had asked him why he stood up and he said that a Jew is still a human being.
This reminds me of a discussion that I have regularly with my friends regarding non-Muslims, or infidels, who died but had lived a life that was righteous and noble without ever committing any major sin aside from being an infidel.
Maybe he or she had fought against injustice, helped the oppressed and underprivileged, sacrificed for others, committed his life to the betterment of humanity, but was a Sikh, Christian, Jew, Taoist or atheist?
How would God, the all merciful and compassionate, treat these individuals? Would he decide to overlook all the good this person had done and dump him or her in hell just because he or she prays differently than Muslims? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
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MAY 25 — Many years ago, I was a big fan of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, because I was a lover of wildlife and animals… just like him. I watched his shows on TV, wore khaki shorts (thankfully, I grew out of this phase!), copied his accent and even thought about dating his daughter once she grows up.
Then came the day he died, killed by a stingray while he was shooting an episode of his show. I was sad and I mourned. I watched his funeral service “live” on TV. He was a good man who fought for the preservation of wildlife and the environment. He was also a man who loved his family dearly and they loved him back.
Around the time of his death, I was having lunch with an “infidel” friend of mine… a Chinese guy from Jinjang (you can’t get more “infidel” than that, eh?).
“The Crocodile Hunter was a good man, wasn’t he?” asked “Infidel.”
“I believe so. Good man!” I answered.
“Was he a Muslim?”
“I don’t think so.”
“So he’s going to hell even though he’s a good man?”
Hmm… “Infidel” had a point there. As far as I can remember, I have always been told that only Muslims will go to heaven and non-Muslims go to hell. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
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FEB 24 — I would like to call upon all the ulamas, imams. muftis and other Muslim scholars to please come together and issue a fatwa against the use of the Malay language. After a brief Wikipedia search, I have come to the intellectual and theological conclusion that the Malay language is unIslamic.
This is of utmost importance because today there are 180 million Malay speakers and it is even the national language of several (Islamic, nonetheless!) countries. It is our responsibility as Muslims to rescue these people and do everything in our power to help steer them to salvation. [Click here to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
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Here’s what I wrote today. Read and let the criticising begin!
Learning through practise
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 30 — To practise a religion, one must understand that religion. And to understand the religion, one needs to know the religion. But is it even possible to know and understand a religion completely so one can actually practise that religion properly?
Or would you really not be considered a true believer and practitioner if you don’t totally understand the religion? I, for one, have to admit that I do not totally understand the religion I practise (Islam, in case you were wondering).
What does that make me? An infidel? A kafir? A non-believer? Or maybe just a plain old bad and sinful Muslim? What I have been told by other Muslims (to my face even!) is that if you don’t understand the religion, just keep quiet and do as you’re told.
Now isn’t that wonderful? Just shut up and do what other people tell you, and everything will be all right. I guess ignorance is bliss. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]