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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Lina Joy - A blessing in disguise?

In a way, the matter of Lina Joy applying to change her name in her MyKad as a mark of her apostasy can be counted as a blessing in disguise.

Why do I say that? Well, in a sense she has sort of slapped the Malays into awakening from their deep slumber of apathy towards the welfare of one another!

Just like the Kg.Rawa Hindu Temple-Kg.Rawa Masjid incident in Penang a few years back brought about an awakened sense of togetherness for the Muslims in UMNO,PAS,ABIM,JIM,TABLIGH,ARQAM and so many other groups together united in defence of their faith in Islam, Lina Joy has given a very tight slap to the spiritual awareness of so many Malay Muslims who today gather in large numbers as members of http://www.myislamnetwork.net/portal/!

Show her that we as Muslims love her and care for her and we are here for her! That's why I say, it is good that this thing has happened now. Better now than never!

Muslims in Malaysia sort of got lethargic and didn't give a damn about their fellow Muslims as they progressed in life and got into living the modern lifestyles aping Western cultures!

I am not saying that it is wrong for Malaysians to live a modern lifestyle. I am just saying that we should not forget our Eastern cultures and traditions no matter what our social status are!

We have a very rich, highly respected sense of tradition and universally accepted mannerisms of respect and love towards one another. Along the way as we changed in our outward sense of dressings and lifestyles, we somehow forgot to hold on to our time honoured aspect of caring for each other.

Children today no longer respect their parents as we used to. Sons and daughters do not look up to their parents as we did before. Children nowadays talk back to their parents as if they are talking to some bloody stranger on the road!

The proper sense of decorum and respectful mannerisms when addressing one's mother and father are not present anymore in these times no matter whether it is in a Malay home, Chinese residence or an Indian family!

I know that we all still need that sort of a respectful atmosphere in our homes no matter whether we are living in the elite homes of the bloody rich and famous or a kampong house in the hinterlands of Malaysia!

Those who lose that sense of love and care for their parents just because they are rich and wealthy are in fact, the poorest in this land!

They are so poor that they have to spend money to gain friends and illicit love from others who are just sticking to them because of their wealth, nothing else!

The minute this person loses the wealth that they had been enjoying all this while and are down to earth, flat broke and all alone, all those parasites would simply scurry away and leave them high and dry. This is the reality of life.

It has been portrayed over and over again in so many TV dramas and movies over time but when it happens in real life, only then will those who got lost in such kind of lifestyles will realise that when all is lost and gone, nothing comes close to the value and importance of sincere love and compassion that is there in the family. The kind of love and compassion that only parents and siblings can have and express.

Lina Joy became what she is today because all these while nobody cared! Nobody among the masses clamouring for her head today showed any signs of love and compassion towards her all the years she was a Muslim.

Circumstances made her grasp the hand of the man we all know has led her to apostasy. Who is at fault here? Lina Joy? The Indian Christian? Or the Muslims who before this, never ever gave her a second look?

Think and ponder as to the many reasons why people like Lina Joy turn to those who show her love whether sincere or otherwise?

I am just a lonely voice out here asking for my fellow Muslims to get back to the basics. Let us stop finding faults and looking for scapegoats to nail to the board for Lina Joy's fault in apostasising from a faith that in actual fact promises Love for Everyone!

The Imams and Ulamaks need to get down from their high pedestals which they are clinging to so desperately and come down to the grassroots level.

The Alims and the Umarak need to be sincere in caring for their masses of Muslimins and Muslimats who hunger for care and compassion.

Stop living in false pretences and see what you can do to help someone who is in dire straits out there. Preaching sternly from the mimbars and the pulpits is not gonna endear yourselves to the average Muslim!

Start being your true selfs and remember that Death is just any second away. Maut can come to you at anytime, anyplace any situation!

No matter whether you are the Yang diPertuan Agong, Sultan of this and that, the Honourable Prime Minister, YB this, YB that, Tun, Tan Sri, Dato Seri, whatever...each passing second just brings each and everyone of us closer to the moment where our souls will be plucked out of our mortal bodies to be returned to Almighty Allah, God Most Supreme, Most High!

We can just drop dead or lie in a coma at any given time. No one is safe from the possibility of such untimely ends.

Muslims need to get back to the basics and start practicing what we are enjoined to by the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and Commanded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!

Start showing your love and care towards those who are important to you and your fellow Muslims and fellow citizens no matter that they call themselves Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, whatsoever!

As fellow Malaysians, we have but each other to depend on when crisis takes place within our midst.

Tragedy doesn't differentiate between creed, color of skin or lineage. Remember that.

Lina Joy needs your prayers and support. Insya Allah, she will choose her Fitrah! Ameen.