About 2 years ago, I wrote about this issue (but the issue wasn’t as hot then). You can read about it HERE. Now I am not going to discuss about this like a Muslim intellect or something. From my facebook profile picture, people can deduce that I am not a good Muslim. But I will have my say anyway.
Muslims can get confused – it makes me wonder sometimes, are Muslims really that mentally-challenged like the underdeveloped brain due to deficient thyroid hormone in their first years of life? Do Muslims really can get confused when suddenly some people say “Allah has child” or something? Where did our billions of RM for Pendidikan Islam, JAKIM, JAIS, IKIM, Islam Hadhari, building sekolah agama, madrasah, mosques, suraus, Kafa, Pafa, Tabika go if Muslims can still be confused about the oneness of Allah?
Threatened – Why must Muslims feel threatened? Allah is more commonly used by Muslims than any other religions, so by using the word “Allah”, shouldn’t the Christians feel threatened instead of us Muslims? If we want to ban the use of “Allah” for Christians, then we must ban the use of the word “God” by Muslims. Christians say “God the Father, God the Son and the holy spirit”. Since the Muslims also use the word “God”, won’t that be confusing too???
Arrogance – Christians in East Malaysia have been using the word “Allah” since forever. Why suddenly the Peninsulites want to dictate how the East Malaysians should worship God? In Peninsula, if we drive thru jalan kampung we can see a lot of mosques or surau, but in Borneo’s jalan kampung, there are lots of churches instead. But the orang kampung in Sabah and Sarawak are more open-minded and tolerant. The religious tension is basically felt more in Peninsula than East Malaysia. East Malaysians are more united whilst the Peninsulites show off their arrogance. Peninsula wouldn’t even dream of development without East Malaysia’s oil money.
God is ONE – God is only one. If we divide Gods into Islam God, Christian God, Hindu God, Jewish God, Buddhist God etc, we’re basically denying the oneness of God (the highest level of sin in Islam). In Islam, we believe in oneness of God (Allah), Muhammad as the prophet of Allah, the holy scripture of the Quran. Allah is the god to all – to the Muslims, to the Christians, to the Jews, to the Hindus, to the Buddhists, to the atheists etc – but we have different belief systems and we worship Allah differently. Should any Muslim say that “God” is one thing and “Allah” is another thing, then they should revise “There is no God but Allah”.
Memesongkan akidah – It is said that the Christians want to deviate us Muslims from our true teachings of Islam. While it may be laughable to some, it may also be true. But even if it is true, aren’t the shouting, the protesting, the threatening, the burning churches and all that already deviate us from true Islamic teaching; peace and tolerance? Wouldn’t it be better if we educate and upgrade ourselves before we label the Christians as “enemies of Islam”?
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