My Anthem

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Rare Venture into "TERRORTRY" where angels fear to tread!

YES, I deliberately spelt "terror" in territory as TERRORTRY because it's about RELIGIOUS fields, and in my almost eight years of blogging, I had written less than ten posts touching on religion and its associated terrortries. Often it's a state of tension nigh  when discourse related to Religions is conducted, whether at forums or online -- so WHY DO WE BOTHER ON SUCH POLEMICS?  I believe we can all lead better lives in multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia respecting each other's faiths and not see the purported  "weakesses" in other believers' religions and holding that one's faith is superior to others'.

We can all argue till Sharizat&family's lembu come home from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur back to the NFC farm and there will be NO CONSENSUS on who's on the right path. But I believe PKR Rafizi Ramli can count the number of cows at the National Feedlot Centre when he visited it and the number was less than the fingers on anyone's two hands. (Yes, he reported at a recent talk that the number was jest FOUR -- in Kantonis, it's pronounced SEI, and when followed by Loh-Loh, translates as Die-lah!:(RM250million of Rakyat's money down the UMNO drain. Minta maaf for my digression/aggression.

Now I reproduce from The Malaysian Insider an issue which should never have arisen in the first place for a country that's supposed to attain Developed Nation status in just eight years' time, or izzit dime? I am so confused nowadays my mind is blighted by so many NON-ISSUES which have been NON-SENSICAL BECAUSE OF MUDDYING BY POLITIKUSES, and lately, also MEN OF THE CLOTH, from all sides of the divide and of various hues that truly blind Desi's eyes! I dare not think of the day when our leaders will tell us HOW OUR BRAIN CELLS SHOULD WORK -- yes, thought control is on the way IF CITIZENS DO NOT STAND UP AND SHOUT: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Special anthems needed for non-Muslims if ‘Allah’ banned, says former Mufti

January 09, 2013

Asri said a “total ban” on the non-Muslim use of the term was not possible. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 ― Popular Islamic scholar Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has suggested that many states will be forced to create a “special” version of their anthems if they enforce an Islamic law barring non-Muslims from describing their god as “Allah” ― in the latest religious debate in mainly Muslim Malaysia.
The former Perlis mufti was weighing in on the latest religious storm sparked yesterday by the Selangor Sultan’s royal decree banning followers of faiths other than Islam from using the word “Allah” to describe their gods.
“Bnyk lagu negeri2 ada klimah Allah trmasuk S’ngor. Jk mrk haram sama sekali pnggil Tuhan ALLAH, mk versi khas dperlukn [Many state anthems have the word Allah, including Selangor. If they ban calling God ALLAH, they will therefore need a special version],” he posted on his Twitter account, @realDrMAZA, yesterday.
“It means a total ban is not possible. If it is only restricted to the Malay bibles, that is merely an administrative issue,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
Muslim-dominant Malaysia has 13 states and three federal territories. Over half the state anthems contain the word “Allah” in their lyrics.
The national anthem, “Negaraku”, does not carry the Arabic word “Allah” but uses the Malay word for god, “Tuhan”.
The Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer has drawn a large following over his vocal views on religion.
Last November, he was dragged into a controversy over Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar’s statements on Islam after several religious hawks suggested the PKR vice-president’s remarks at a public forum meant she supported Muslims renouncing Islam and turning “murtad” or apostate.
Mohd Asri had defended the opposition’s young rising star publicly, saying there was no compulsion in practising Islam.
Race and religion are inseparable issues in Malaysia, where the Malays — who make up 60 per cent of the 28 million population — are constitutionally defined to also be Muslims.
The country’s supreme law states that Islam is the religion of the federation but also provides for other religions to be practised freely.
Christian church leaders and an umbrella body representing Sikh temples nationwide have expressed concern over the effect of the Selangor Sultan’s royal decree banning followers of faiths other than Islam from using the word “Allah” to describe their gods.
The state Ruler had also instructed the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) and the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) to take firm action against all groups, including non-Muslims, who continued to question the state fatwa and a 1988 state law restricting use of the Arabic word.
However, in December 2009, the High Court ruled that the word “Allah” was not restricted to Muslims and the Catholic Church had the right to published the word in the Malay section of its weekly newspaper, Herald.

DESIDERATA: Can I still write a parting word to my ER when I promise them I would come back to writHe more/aMore after tea-break, ending wit' INSYA-ALLAH for God-willing?

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