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What if I was a Muslim convert?


An old Jewish scripture in Kabul's only synagogue.

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What if I was a Muslim convert?
By Zan Azlee

A lot of people say that to be born a Muslim is something wonderful and lucky. I was born a Muslim but sometimes, I don’t feel so lucky about it.

It’s not that I felt unlucky to be a Muslim. I just wondered how it felt for someone who was a not a Muslim deciding to embrace Islam as a religion.

My experience as a born Muslim in Malaysia is a little bit different than what I imagined a Muslim convert would experience and that’s why I wonder.

In my mind, for someone who is not a Muslim wanting to be a Muslim, he or she must have had a huge epiphany to be convinced into converting. And that must be a wonderful feeling.

I, on the other hand, grew up learning about Islam. I went to religious classes when I was a young kid when I didn’t understand the significance of it.

What I learned were the habits and rituals of the religion. I mean, what else can you teach a kid who had not reached mental and physical maturity yet.

As I grew older, the rituals and habits became more intense as the teachers who taught me began to scare me into practicing them, convincing me that if I strayed, I would be punished.

It was only when I got older, and began looking for another meaning to Islam and being a Muslim that I have come to appreciate the religion and to understand it’s beauty.

So, back to these converts. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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Should we be worried about Malaysian militants?


Zan with his new buddy (ANP) at the bombed-riddled Darul Aman Palace next to the National Museum of Afghanistan.

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Should we be worried about Malaysian militants?
By Zan Azlee

What motivates a healthy, young man who has everything going for him in life, to leave everything behind and offer himself for a violent cause in a land far away?

It’s a big mystery to me as to why Malaysian men have been flocking to the Middle East to fight in a war that, to me, doesn’t really concern them.

Sure, Muslims are involved in the fighting there and these Malaysianswho are going are also Muslims. But just because Muslims are involved doesn’t mean that it is a holy war.

When I was in Afghanistan, I had a fixer and translator who was a young man in his mid twenties, an intelligent Afghan who was studying law and working as a journalist part time.

Although he was very interested in the current affairs of his country, he was not one to condone violence and war. He thought the pen (and camera) is more powerful.

Shortly after coming back to Malaysia, my fixer friend contacted me via Facebook and told me that his father, a government official, was assassinated. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop – Homosexuality in Islam? Damn you, western liberal threat!


How is the media treating the LGBT issue in Malaysia? Should we be accepting of it? Should we even be discussing it? Zan and Aizyl are on the mean streets of KL to find out in this first episode of The Fat Bidin Vox Pop.

So The Fat Bidin Vox Pop videos are suppose to complement The Fat Bidin Podcasts, and vice versa. Get it? Get it? Smart eh? Hahaha!!

Do listen to the podcast where they discuss this between the two of them in the comfort of their own company HERE!

Subscribe to the Vox Pop videos HERE!

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Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This vox pop is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 8) – Homosexuality in Islam? Damn you, western liberal threat!


Is the LGBT community supposed to be accepted in Islam? Zan and Aizyl discuss what doctrine conservative Malaysia is actually trying to preserve. But what does being liberal mean anyway? Oh no… Are they actually talking about something serious this time? Probably not.

*Make sure to watch The Fat Bidin Vox Pop video where Zan and Aizyl take to the mean streets of KL to find out the people’s view on the topic!

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Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This podcast is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

Top 7 things to anticipate this Ramadan


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Top 7 things to anticipate this Ramadan
By Zan Azlee

The Islamic holy month of Ramadhan is approaching and in two days, Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Malaysia will be ushering in the first day of fasting.

We all know that for Muslims, this is a special month. All prayers and good deeds count for more and people take advantage of the heightened spirituality to get closer to God.

That’s all fine and good. I enjoy the month too and it’s usually a very serene time for me. But I thought I would take a bit of a dig in ushering in the month.

So here is a list of top seven things that I think we should be able to look forward to come this Ramadhan 2014:

7. Bulging pants buckles and expanding waistlines.
This one isn’t much of a surprise. Every time people fast during the month, gluttony sets in when evening time comes as the hunger in their stomach dictates the amount of food they buy and consume at dusk during breaking fast. And to think that so many people look forward to a month of dieting and losing weight!

6.The loss of Malay identity.
Malaysians used to be very comfortable in their own skin a decade or two ago. But now, it seems that to be more Arabic is the way to be more Islamic. Breaking of fast was usually always referred to as ‘berbuka puasa’. But these days, the Arab word ‘iftar’ is brandied around as cool lingo. Same as how ‘sembahyang’ is now more commonly referred to as ‘solat’ and ‘tudung’ being replaced with ‘hijab’.

5. Stinky breath.
About 60% of the country’s population is going to suffer from very bad breath since they won’t be using their mouths much aside from talking. Of course, this is with the assumption that all 60% of the Malays are practicing Muslims and are fasting during the month. And this would be a really cool transition into the next point… [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

he holy month of Ramadan is approaching and in two days, Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Malaysia will be ushering in the first day of fasting.

We all know that for Muslims, this is a special month. All prayers and good deeds count for more and people take advantage of the heightened spirituality to get closer to God.

That’s all fine and good. I enjoy the month, too, and it’s usually a serene time for me. But I thought I would take a bit of a dig in ushering in the month.

 

So here is a list of top seven things that I think we should be able to look forward to come this Ramadan 2014:

7. Bulging buckles and expanding waistlinesThis one isn’t much of a surprise. Every time people fast during the month, gluttony sets in when evening comes as the hunger in their stomach dictates the amount of food they buy and consume at dusk during breaking fast.

And to think that so many people look forward to a month of dieting and losing weight!

6. The loss of Malay identity

Malaysians used to be comfortable in their own skin a decade or two ago. But now, it seems that to be more Arabic is the way to be more Islamic. Breaking of fast was usually always referred to as “berbuka puasa”.

But these days, the Arab word “iftar” is brandied around as cool lingo. Same as how “sembahyang” is now more commonly referred to as “solat” and “tudung” replaced with “hijab”.

5. Stinky breath

About 60% of the country’s population is going to suffer from bad breath since they won’t be using their mouths much aside from talking.

Of course, this is with the assumption that all 60% of the Malays are practising Muslims and are fasting during the month. And this would be a really cool transition into the next point…

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/top-7-things-to-anticipate-this-ramadan#sthash.DIB9VcmR.dpuf

he holy month of Ramadan is approaching and in two days, Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Malaysia will be ushering in the first day of fasting.

We all know that for Muslims, this is a special month. All prayers and good deeds count for more and people take advantage of the heightened spirituality to get closer to God.

That’s all fine and good. I enjoy the month, too, and it’s usually a serene time for me. But I thought I would take a bit of a dig in ushering in the month.

 

So here is a list of top seven things that I think we should be able to look forward to come this Ramadan 2014:

7. Bulging buckles and expanding waistlinesThis one isn’t much of a surprise. Every time people fast during the month, gluttony sets in when evening comes as the hunger in their stomach dictates the amount of food they buy and consume at dusk during breaking fast.

And to think that so many people look forward to a month of dieting and losing weight!

6. The loss of Malay identity

Malaysians used to be comfortable in their own skin a decade or two ago. But now, it seems that to be more Arabic is the way to be more Islamic. Breaking of fast was usually always referred to as “berbuka puasa”.

But these days, the Arab word “iftar” is brandied around as cool lingo. Same as how “sembahyang” is now more commonly referred to as “solat” and “tudung” replaced with “hijab”.

5. Stinky breath

About 60% of the country’s population is going to suffer from bad breath since they won’t be using their mouths much aside from talking.

Of course, this is with the assumption that all 60% of the Malays are practising Muslims and are fasting during the month. And this would be a really cool transition into the next point…

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/top-7-things-to-anticipate-this-ramadan#sthash.DIB9VcmR.dpuf

he holy month of Ramadan is approaching and in two days, Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Malaysia will be ushering in the first day of fasting.

We all know that for Muslims, this is a special month. All prayers and good deeds count for more and people take advantage of the heightened spirituality to get closer to God.

That’s all fine and good. I enjoy the month, too, and it’s usually a serene time for me. But I thought I would take a bit of a dig in ushering in the month.

 

So here is a list of top seven things that I think we should be able to look forward to come this Ramadan 2014:

7. Bulging buckles and expanding waistlinesThis one isn’t much of a surprise. Every time people fast during the month, gluttony sets in when evening comes as the hunger in their stomach dictates the amount of food they buy and consume at dusk during breaking fast.

And to think that so many people look forward to a month of dieting and losing weight!

6. The loss of Malay identity

Malaysians used to be comfortable in their own skin a decade or two ago. But now, it seems that to be more Arabic is the way to be more Islamic. Breaking of fast was usually always referred to as “berbuka puasa”.

But these days, the Arab word “iftar” is brandied around as cool lingo. Same as how “sembahyang” is now more commonly referred to as “solat” and “tudung” replaced with “hijab”.

5. Stinky breath

About 60% of the country’s population is going to suffer from bad breath since they won’t be using their mouths much aside from talking.

Of course, this is with the assumption that all 60% of the Malays are practising Muslims and are fasting during the month. And this would be a really cool transition into the next point…

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/top-7-things-to-anticipate-this-ramadan#sthash.DIB9VcmR.dpuf