Everyone agrees that a universal ethical ideal is harmony among peoples, especially those who are committed to their respective religion. And yet, some people, in particular after 9/11, now mistrust all “organized religion” as being troublesome on this harmony issue. It is urgent here in Malaysia that our Muslim leaders are seen unanimously to support the right steps taken to guarantee peace and security among the religions represented here, and especially to serve as an example to other Muslim countries of the true meaning of “Ummah“. Continue reading
One well-known Hadith states, “Allah is beautiful, therefore Allah loves beauty”. [Muslim]
I can clearly recall a very interesting lunch conversation on the topic of ‘Islamic aesthetics’, a research of which has been opened up by Dr. Sulaiman Dufford in his PhD research for Universiti Putra Malaysia. Dr. Dufford points out that the majority of Muslims who convert from other religions are first and most powerfully attracted to Islam by aesthetic factors. I have read his recently translated book, “Liku-liku Pencarian Nur Islam” (now available at MPH Bookstores) which touches upon a number of aesthetic elements in the way Islam presents itself to outsiders. The first aesthetic miracle for the convert is, of course, the call to prayer or azan.
I recently came across an interesting article describing neuro-theology, the purpose of which is to study the neurobiology of religion, to identify the brain’s spirituality circuits, and to explain how it is that some religious rituals have the power to move believers and non-believers alike. Islam has recently come into the purview of this new science.
This paper intends to discuss the position of Islam within the Federal Constitution with regards to matrimonial disputes involving non-Muslim couples, married under the civil law, wherein one of the spouses converts to Islam. It will be proposed throughout this paper that the approach in resolving the nature of these disputes shall be by applying the necessary Syariah principles through the Syariah Court system, as opposed to the Civil law system. It will also be proposed that this approach is within the literal as well as spiritual intent of our Federal Constitution.