I received a text on my mobile. Thousands of Malays have converted to Christianity. Lina Joy and Azhar Mansur and hundreds of others. The message was to Sign the petition against the “widespread conversion”.
Why is it bothering you? was my reply. The reply sums up my view towards this issue.
Unless it is another inquisition, I will not even waste my phone SMS charge to spread the challenge.
Religious conversions happen everyday. All religions are always in a state of flux. The Javanese converted en-masse to Islam from Hinduism and Buddhism. You are talking about hundreds of millions. The Malays of the Old Philippines converted to Christianity en-masse leaving just the Moros to profess Islam.
And now an issue is being created just because of Lina Joy or just because of the hundreds or thousands of Malays converting to Christianity. Floodgates? Is there such a gate?
I am against this Syariah law for apostasy. I believe and the Quran specifically mentioned that there is no compulsion in religion. The Constitution is Quran compliant but the Syariah is not. But Syariah is the Law for political Islam, the Law of the Land for the Islamists who happen to be the majority in the land. Unless we have a Malay Kamal Atartuk, or a suddenly enlightened conference of Malay rulers, I do not for-see the Syariah Law being changed.
Let them be, could be the most pragmatic answer I could think of.
That answer is not of course the most ideal solution but that is the answer we could live with. IF persecution is taking place, and IF a systematic ISLAMIC INQUISITION is being carried out by the states, then it is the duty of every true muslim, every Constitution-upholding Malaysian to fight and challenge the system.
I do not know about Lina Joy, but I know that, if the claim that Azhar Mansur is a Christian, the Dato is as free as a bird, enjoying much more freedom in Langkawi than many urbanites. Nobody has persecuted him, nobody has declared that his blood is halal or kosher. I do not even bother to ask if it is true. That Kamariah of Ayah Pin fame, denounced Islam yet she is free and has not been burnt on the stake.
A smart Malay Christian would not bother challenge the information and data on his or her identity card. By keeping that his rights is enshrined in the constitution. The constitution defines a Malay as one who professes Islam and practices and subscribes to the Malay way of life. simple. I won’t bother to change! God would not bother me.
Unless we are dreaming of utopia. Unless we want to challenge the Constitution, the part that says that matters pertaining to Islam is under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Law. Then the Muslims have the right to question the motive of the ongoing court case because it is their law. To change the Constitution we need two-third majority. Easy and fair.
All religions are flexible. The Jews were persecuted. Exodus!! God decreed. The Christians were persecuted by the Romans. Go travel the land and seek the bounty of God. Muhammad was persecuted by the Meccans. HIjra!! God said. The Muslim of Spain were persecuted by the Inquistidor. Some fled to Morocco but many remained to be burnt on the stakes and the surviving ones converted to Christianity officially and unofficially.
It was recorded in the book on the Spanish inquisition that when General Franco took over power from Feudal Spain, a few families declared themselves as Muslims. They were Muslims with Spanish identity Cards which officially identified them as Christians. They revealed their true identities after 400 years.
Are you being persecuted? If you are, I assure you there are many muslims who would come to your aid and defend you!!!