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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

My own stand: Islam


Assalamulaikum warahmatullah

I was preparing for my interview in USM next week by doing some online researches when I suddenly came across this article


so apparently it's just an article about a confession done by a Chinese mualaf. He's actually a quite renowned individual in the mass media. Or maybe we can refer to him as a celebrity.

Somehow, I agree with his statements. How mualafs in Malaysia are not acknowledged to hold higher positions in jabatan2 Islam. Ok let's not go to the politic part. First of all, the welfare of the mualafs is still questionable here in Malaysia. I once joined a bayyan by a group of tabligh back in 2012 where the issue of reverts in Sabah, Sarawak and a few Orang Asli villages converted into their old religions because of problems they faced were discussed. They lacked support; financially, emotionally and spiritually.

You see, it's not easy to be a revert or mualaf. It's more difficult if you are the only one from the family or the only one from the society. Being alienated is one thing. Being accepted is another thing. You can't help but feeling needy to be accepted into the society, to be living normally like everyone else. It's a norm and it's not wrong. Plus, being a revert, of course not much knowledge is possessed therefore guidance and supports are seriously needed.

In Malaysia, it is true Islam was developed and still growing thanks to Malay's efforts since the age of Malay sultanate of Malacca. It's parallel to the fact most Malays in Malaysia are Muslims. However, somehow, the Malays are playing role of race to be the ONLY race that has the privilege to develop Islam as authorities. Therefore, the issue of mualaf welfare is taken for granted even though the issue has been raised several times in the past years.

Now someone has spoken out his mind. I really think we Malay should stop defending our privilege in Malaysia. The constitution has secured us enough. We don't need to use Islam for our benefits. Islam knows no race. Everyone deserves the same right as everyone is the same to Allah. Everyone has the right to be a good Muslim. Everyone has the right to develop Islam.

I don't want to write any longer because I might touch the sensitivity of races and religions in Malaysia which I strongly don't want to as I want to keep the peace in this multi-racial country. This is just only my stand. It's not that I'm not proud to be part of the largest race in Malaysia but to me, race has so little value compared to religion. I play my part in this world as a Muslim, not a Malay.

Till next time. Assalamualaikum 

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