Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Who's paranoid here?


The Muslims have for ages been told and reminded to always defend the ‘aqidah.’

It is something beholden to the protectors of the faith, which at the apex comprises of the ulama and religious authorities.

As such, most Friday ‘khutbah’ (sermons), would invariably, be laced with such reminders, the purpose of which is to maintain the affirmation of the faith in a person.

Anything wrong with that? It is meant for Muslims, spread and propagated within their dominion of faith.

Hence, why must the people of other religion be paranoid and feel threatened?

The paranoia is evident when Chrisanne Chin of Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth Moderator told The Malaysian Insider yesterday of what she felt as a ‘clear and present danger’ perpetrated by the Johor Education Department.

Bundling 1Malaysia with such a perceived ‘scare’ is not right on the part of Chin.

The reaction followed a directive to religious teachers from national schools in Johor to attend an officially-sanctioned seminar this Saturday with the theme “Pemantapan Aqidah, Bahaya Liberalisme dan Pluralism Serta Ancaman Kristianisasi Terhadap Umat Islam. Apa Peranan Guru?” (Strengthening the Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism and Pluralism and the Threat of Christianity towards Muslims.

The ‘threat’ perceived by Chin is solely in her mind, because if we venture too far into the territories of others we may feel threatened by their views, no matter how harmless.

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