Memorandum daripada Sekretariat Mendaulatkan Islam Sebagai Agama Persekutuan

[Nota] Berikut adalah Memorandum daripada Sekretariat Mendaulatkan Islam Sebagai Agama Persekutuan berhubung isu penyalahgunaan nama “Allah” yang telah diserahkan kepada Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja Melayu bersempena Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-raja Yang ke-231 yang telah diadakan pada 27 Februari 2013 untuk penelitian dan titah Duli-duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja-Raja Melayu. Untuk maklumat terkini kes nama “Allah’ di peringkat Mahkamah Rayuan, sila baca di sini. Continue reading

LGBT rights: The Challenge for Malaysia

The present-day difficulties experienced by the Malaysian public is that the sexual deviants are coming “out of the closet”. The primary manifestation is in the demand for public parades, the call to abolish “archaic” anti-sodomy laws in the Penal Code, demonstrations, legalizing same-sex marriage and other activities to make sexual deviance seem to be a perfectly natural aspect of human rights and behaviour.

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Arab Spring II: The Danger to Our Future

In 1973, King Faisal woke the Muslims up to the Divine Gift of almost unlimited wealth. It seemed everything was possible, as the natural resources underneath their lands were suddenly discovered to be indispensable to sustaining the lifestyles of almost all the non-Muslims. By now, forty years later, things have changed. What happened? How did we lose that priceless future which Allah swt placed in our hands? Continue reading

Muslims Must Lead the Future

This letter was published in the New Straits Times today.

Malaysia has managed to escape the ravages to governance that has now struck a number of Muslim countries, most lately in what is being called the “Arab Spring“. The problems being face are related to the western plunder of earth resources, such as oil and natural gas that are vital to maintaining the vaunted western “style of life”. Continue reading

Revisit: Commission not meant for interfaith dialogue

[Note] There are attempts to revive the now-stalled Interfaith Commission (IFC), as reflected through the manipulative ways and media statements issued by certain members of the so-called Cabinet Special Inter-faith panel or “Jawatankuasa Mempromosi Kefahaman dan Keharmonian Antara Agama” (JKMPKA).

The JKMPKA, it seems, is now being dominated by those who want to have the IFC to move again in motion, with the aim of eventually having its draft bill tabled and enacted in the Dewan Rakyat. Most of the non-Muslim representatives in JKMPKA are also leaders of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).

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A brief response to MCCBCHST’s Statement

Haji Abdul Rahim Sinwan & Azril Mohd Amin, Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia

This is the unedited version – please excuse any errors.

It is with regret that we must respond to the statement issued by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on 5th February 2013. A number of misleading points were made in the statement and this has caused gross misinterpretation of several pertinent aspects on the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation. Continue reading

UDHR and the position of Islam in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution

This paper examines the issue of the relationship between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Malaysian Federal Constitution. Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution specially singles out Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia. This provision therefore, prima facie, conflicts with the provisions of the UDHR which require that people are not discriminated against on the basis of, among other grounds such as religion.

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A little self reminder: Al Ghazali’s Wisdom on Humility

Extract from The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al Hidaya) by Al Ghazali: “Your belief that you are better than others is sheer ignorance. Rather you ought not to look at anyone without considering that he is better than you and superior to you. Thus, if you see a child, you say, ‘This person has never sinned against God, but I have sinned, and so he is better than I.’ And if you see an older person, you say, ‘This man was a servant of God before me, and is certainly better than I.’ If he is a scholar, you say, ‘This man has been given what I have not been given and reached what I did not reach, and knows what I am ignorant of; then how shall I be like him?’ Continue reading