Published in The Malaysian Insider today.
When it comes to philosophical as well as religious differences in the interpretation and implementation of human rights, the tale of David versus Goliath may be resorted to for inspiration. Continue reading
Perlembagaan Persekutuan meletakkan asas yang kukuh bagi kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negara melalui fasal 3(1) dan fasal-fasal lain berkaitan. Sumpah sharie Yang DiPertuan Agong di dalam fasal 37(1) (Jadual Keempat), memaktubkan tanggungjawab baginda untuk memelihara Islam pada setiap masa. Tugas ini diamanahkan di bahu setiap penjawat awam bagi kerajaan yang memerintah, serta merupakan salah satu tiang utama yang membina asas kenegaraan.
It is now less than 8 hours before Malaysia goes under review of her human rights record in the UPR process at the Human Rights Council, Geneva.
I have read an article by Honey Tan of COMANGO’s secretariat (here’s the full link) and, as has happened before, was initially impressed with her commendable writing skills. Then, as has also happened before, I watched her unravel a bit as she descended into ‘emotional’ remarks.
Azril Mohd Amin, Naib Presiden Persatuan Peguam-peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM) berpendapat kes kalimah Allah yang sedang dibicarakan di mahkamah hari ini memberi implikasi yang sangat besar terhadap umat Islam.
Menurut beliau, sekiranya pihak Titular Roman Catholic Archibishop of Kuala Lumpur (Titular Gereja) dibenarkan mahkamah menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam akhbar mingguan Katolik ‘The Herald’, kesannya bukan setakat penerbitan itu, malah terhadap pernerbitan dan perkara lain. Continue reading
In a statement issued on 21 August 2013, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur expressed fear that “the controversy over the use of the name ‘Allah’ by Christians could trigger possible violence, fed by vitriolic statements from Islamist movements”. Catholic leaders have accused that the statements “are fomenting racial clashes and creating religious tensions in the country”. Continue reading
A British Muslim who has many family contacts in the Yemen reports that most of the remaining Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp inmates are Yemeni. These families have reported to him that the Prison Camp guards have used forced-feeding this past Ramadhan by inserting tubes into the inmates’ stomachs, to destroy their fast. What happened to Obama’s promise to close this facility? We have proof here that even Obama cannot stand against the deadly enemies of Islam, whatever he says or does otherwise.
To all our family members, relatives and friends – we wish you a Blessed Eid marked by faith, prosperity and joy. Eid ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking marks the conclusion of the month of fasting. (Fitr, which denotes “to break” therefore marks the breaking of the fasting period and of all bad and evil habits). Eid is a time for renewed friendship and goodwill, a time for sincere forgiveness and making amends and a time of moderate celebration where children, communities and families come together and have a good time. Continue reading
Petitioning House of Common – for the creation of a law affording protection to the Muslim community, the religion of Islam and its practices, the key personalities in Islam including Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and all of the Prophets of God Almighty as recognised in all three Abrahamic faiths of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Continue reading