Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
You know how our country has always been known for having multiple races and we're all free to practice our own culture and what not ? That has always been the thing I love most about our country. The fact that despite our differences in race, religion and skin colour, we still practice a peaceful life.
But, are we losing that..? The headlines are now talking about a group of Muslim protesting against a cross symbol that was put on a church by the Christians. Apparently, these Muslims forced the Christian community to take down the cross which may I remind you, symbolizes the religion that they practice. Just like how in Islam we have our star and crescent as a symbol of our religion. I apologize on behalf of my Muslim family on how they reacted. I will never understand what got into them but I can promise you that I will stand by the Christian community to help regain freedom in practicing their religion as they please. It makes zero sense in my mind and I hope, my blog readers' minds that just because the church was built in a Malay area that the Christians cannot put up a symbol of their religion on the building that they use to practice their religion. It's almost like telling Muslims to not sound the adhaan when it comes to prayer times because it will "disrupt" the peace of the non Muslims.
Religious intolerance should never be tolerated especially in a country that preaches freedom in practicing different religions. Just like how the Muslims in Palestine, Syria and all the countries alike those are fighting against terrorism, trying to regain freedom in practicing Islam as they like for example being able to pray in the mosques they have built or simply to just pledge their faithfulness to Allah SWT without getting killed, the non Muslims in our country should never feel like they can't practice their religion (that doesn't disrespect any other religion in any way at all) freely just because they live in a Muslim country or even worse, in a Malay housing area. Islam teaches us about peace, tolerance, unity and all the good things we're suppose to practice but why are some Muslims going around forcing people of other religion to not practice their religion as they like ? Even back when Prophet Muhammad SAW was preaching and there were non Muslims who came to the mosque to discuss things with him, then it was time for the non Muslims to pray, our kind and understanding Prophet Muhammad SAW gladly allowed them to perform their prayers in the mosque. This is the man that could do no wrong and not once spoke ill or even lied.. Compared to us, who do not run from sinning every day but still, cannot even try to tolerate each other. I maybe young and there are things that I probably don't understand, but I do know that there is such thing as human rights especially when it comes to practicing religion as they please. I know for sure that as a Muslim, in Islam, I am taught to protect and tolerate the non Muslims, not oppress and be disrespectful towards what their beliefs.
"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted." Quran (49:13)
here's an article by the Board of Directors of MPF (Muslim Professionals Forum);
Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
We refer to the protest by some 50 residents in Taman Medan over the display of a cross on a newly minted church.
This mindless act of hatred and incitement against another religion's place of worship has no place in Islam and deserves unreserved condemnation.
Islam is rich with examples of respect for other faiths, their adherents and protection of their places of worship.
Let us take heed from the best of examples, the prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. In a well documented incident, the Prophet received a delegation of sixty Christians from Yemen at his mosque in Madina. They were led by a bishop, Abu Haritha ibn Alqamam, a well respected authority on Christianity. When the time for their prayer came, they faced the direction of east and prayed. Some Muslims out of ignorance protested but the Prophet ordered that they be left in their state and not harmed.
Yet another famed example is that of Umar ibn Al-Khattabb, the second righteous caliph. During his reign the religious freedom of the citizens of Ilya (Jerusalem) and the sanctity of their synagogues and places of worship were confirmed: “This is the protection which the slave-servant of Allah, Umar, the Commander of the Believers, extends to the people of Ilya: The safeguarding of their lives, properties, churches, crosses, and of their entire community. Their churches cannot be occupied, demolished, or damaged, nor are their crosses or anything belonging to them to be touched. They will never be forced to abandon their religion, nor will they be oppressed …” (At-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol III, p. 609, ed. Dar Al-Ma`arif, Egypt.)
It is evident that there is no room in Islam for intolerance towards other faiths and their places of worship and any form of disrespect and desecration is antithetical to the essence of Islam. We urge the authorities to take firm action against the said protestors.
Malaysia is a beautifully plural and diverse nation and we call on all to enforce our respect for one another and their beliefs.
We end with the following all embracing verse.
O mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female and We made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Al Hujurat 49:13
Let us put an end to all enmity and hatred and get to know one another.