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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Azhar Mansor needs to clear the confusion!

The recent Malaysian people's reactions in response to the fraudulent SMS's about a 100 Malays being 'baptised' in an Ipoh Christian Church headed by the 'reportedly' turned apostate Datuk Azhar Mansor is referred!

Malaysia's Muslims are at a very easily swayed situation by any such news for reasons we all know - that being the case of Azalina Jailani @ Lina Joy's application to register her apostasy 'officially' and the resulting hue and cry by the Muslims over this affront by her to dare do so in this 'Islamic Nation'!

Tensions that are currently building up in the hearts and minds of both Christians and Muslims are further fuelled by the reluctance of Datuk Azhar Mansor to come clean and state his true position upfront to the whole wide world!

Nobody would give a hoot to anyone else either believing in God or any rock or tree in the deepest jungles because he or she would be not exposed to the public eye and it would be a matter between that individual and God Almighty!

Datuk Azhar Mansor came into public scrutiny following the report by the Sydney Anglican Church that he has become a Christian and apostated from Islam whilst on his solo round the world sail a few years back!

I am of the opinion that Azhar Mansor has a civic duty to the entire world about his true state of belief or disbelief and come clean with what is his real position?

As a Muslim, I have no reservations in declaring to the whole wide world as to who I believe to be My Creator?

I declare that 'There is No God but Allah!' and that 'Muhammad is His Messenger!'
What's so hard about that?

Azhar Mansor's reluctance to state his true status as to whether he is still a Muslim or now a 'Murtad' as is being rumoured, just adds to the confusion and is not a responsible thing to do!

He has no need to fear if he is still a Mukmin! If he is confused about his true convictions, then the best thing for him to do is to go seek counsel with his religious teacher or anyone whom he trusts.

'As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah's religion - Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers)"
Surah Al-Ankabut Chapter 29 Verse 69

I call upon brother Azhar Mansor to help clear this matter once and for all and hope that those close to him , advice him to do so for the sake of peace and harmony in this land between the multi ethnic, multi faithed Malaysians!

It is ironic that he chose to not seize the moment the other day when he was asked about his true nature as being a Muslim or otherwise and had his brother state vehemently that his brother Azhar Mansor is still a practicing Muslim and none should be spreading rumors that he is now a Murtad from Islam!

Again I have to quote the Malay parable ' Berani kerana benar ; takut jika bersalah!' which means 'Being brave because one is truthful (and innocent) and being scared because of guilt'!

One's good name and reputation is much more important than anything else, isn't it?

Only the Almighty knows for sure as to what Azhar Mansor really is! Wallahu 'alam bissawab!