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Blessed to celebrate two great prophets



Blessed to celebrate two great prophets
By Zan Azlee

What a great time to be Malaysians! It’s December 25 and that means it’s Christmas.

So Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to all Malaysians and let’s celebrate it with joy.

And what makes it even greater is the fact that Christmas Eve fell on the same day as Maulidur Rasul, or the celebration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Now how about that? Two great prophets being celebrated on two back-to-back days.

This is a good time for us all to rejoice and remember the spirit of brotherhood among us.

And we have been reminded of this spirit by none other than one of Malaysia’s favourite pop stars, Stacy Anam, of Akademi Fantasia fame.

The Sabahan singer became a Muslim last August and she was even reported to have tried out fasting just to get a feel of it before her conversion.

Last week, she had posted on her Instagram account a video of Christmas carollers singing “O Holy Night” to celebrate the Christmas season.

No wrong in that, of course. Seeing that she was a Christian and would most probably be celebrating it with her family who are still Christians, it was definitely a nice gesture.

I am a Muslim, yet have relatives who are Taoist, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians. And I celebrate Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and, yes, Christmas, together with the entire family, with vigour.

But surprise! Stacy was attacked on social media by people who questioned her intentions as if it was a big sin for her to share the joy of a celebration.

Stacy, stand tall and do not be apologetic.

Year in and year out, we hear the same thing. The overzealous and unreasonable Muslims who think themselves as holier and try to impose their narrow mind on everyone.

A Muslim will burn in hell if they wished others Merry Christmas, for whatever reason unexplainable. And this is the same for any other festivals or celebrations that aren’t what they deem “Islamic”, they say.

Living in a multicultural and multireligious country, or specifically, the world, we cannot afford to create divisiveness and exclusivity if we want to live in peace and harmony.

It would be apt to celebrate the life of the prophets by emulating them.

Muhammad, for example, always preached understanding and non-violence against neighbours and citizens of different faiths under his government.

And was it not Jesus who preached to “love thy neighbour as thyself”, no matter race, religion or creed? Weren’t these two wise men chosen by God to teach humans?

So if you have even an ounce of faith in you, do the world a favour and just look at your neighbour and, it doesn’t matter who they are, just wish them a blessed Maulidur Rasul and a Merry Christmas.

[This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

I agree with Ridhuan Tee


I agree with Ridhuan Tee
By Zan Azlee

I never thought in my entire life that I would one day state publicly that I am in support of my self-declared arch nemesis Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. But here it is, on this good Friday, that I am writing my column (which is usually utilised to condemn Mr. Tee) to show my support of his recent columns on Prophet Muhammad.

He wrote in his past two columns in Sinar Harian that although it is condoned for Muslims to praise the Prophet, we should not go to the extent of being too obsessed with him. The action and reciting of the selawat to the Prophet is encouraged in Islam because it shows love for the messenger and also the unity of Muslims. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

How innocent are Muslims?

The opposite reaction
By Zan Azlee

SEPT 28 — I will always stand up for what I believe in. I’ve even walked away from lucrative projects because I didn’t think they were right. Most of the times, I believe so much in certain things that I make a lot of noise and ruckus that it gets annoying. Oh yes, I guess you could say I have a holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to certain things!

But there are times when you believe in something so much that you have to remain quiet because that would be the most logical strategy. That’s why I think that the many Muslims who showed outrage towards the film “Innocence of Muslims” are making a big mistake, and I did not show my outrage.

Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, and even Malaysia, where thousands of Muslims protested against the anti-Islam film, were basically playing right into the hands of the film-makers.

They walked the streets, vandalised as they went along. Damn it, they even killed innocent people because of the bloody film.

And was it all worth it?

Was it to protest a film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and ridiculed believers of the second largest religion in the world, thus offending over a billion people? Or was it really to bring international attention to a lousily-made, 15-minute, tasteless, online film that would have just gotten lost in Internet oblivion? A film made by a conman?

Maybe I should put this into better perspective. A perspective that I think most of my readers would actually understand and be able to relate to. Let’s say a hypothetical country is being run by a hypothetical government that many of the people feel needs to be changed. So they take to the streets to demonstrate and protest. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Ridhuan Tee forgives me! Oh thank god!

Looks like Ridhuan Tee got a bit touched by my column last Friday at The Malaysian Insider and responded to it in his own column in Sinar Harian on Monday. Click here to read what he wrote!

Funny thing is, although we both disagree with each other, neither of us resorted to childish name calling… which is not what can be said for some of the readers who posted their comments (both in his blog and under my column!). Hahaha!!

Ridhuan Tee does it again!

Ridhuan Tee does it again!
By Zan Azlee

JULY 27 — My beef with Ridhuan Tee began a few years ago when I first started reading his writing and listening to him speak in public about Islam. I have to say that I although I don’t agree with almost everything that this man utters, I still subscribe to the belief that I will defend to the death his right to say it. And when I say that, I also hope that my right to express my disagreement with him will be defended by the man himself. How else can we enter a discourse, right?

Anyway, my beef with him has grown thanks to his recent rant at the launch of his books “Masih Adakah Ketuanan Melayu?” and “Cabaran Saudara Baharu di Malaysia”. I have yet to read them, but trust me, I definitely will. But what he said during the launch, which was reported by the media, was enough to ruffle my feathers. Tee, a Chinese who embraced Islam many years ago, mentioned that because the Federal Constitution defines Malays as those who profess Islam, he had no choice but to place himself among those in the Malay race as well. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]