May peace be upon you with the Mercy and Blessings of Allah!
I refer to the case of Banggarma Subramaniam whose late father Subramaniam Banggaraiah is said to have converted to Islam including his wife and children way back in 1983.
After going through the various reports on her case as reported by the media here, here and here, I find her case to be nothing more than a case of circumstantial officialdom screwup and overzealousness on the part of paper pushing officials who lack the care and compassion in dealing with the conversion of Non Muslim minors into Islam.
Its not like I have come into such a conclusion after only going through the above 3 reports. I have been following her case for quite some time in my capacity as a Muslim blogger.
Let's discuss the definition of being or becoming a Muslim?
What defines a Muslim?
First and foremost, one has to believe in Allah. If you believe in something else, you are not a Muslim. Straight and simple.
Why go confuse yourself with this and that?
This is the fundamental base principle of Islam.
You are not a Muslim if you go believe that this idol or that is your god. You are not a Muslim if you don't have faith in Allahu Ta'ala.
For some cloistered mind to come tell a Non Believer that he or she is a Muslim when the person is obviously not is a clear injustice as far as I am concerned.
Do we need such Muslims in name only?
Is our faith now reduced to be a numbers game? Having a billion over Muslims in name only?
What good would that do for our faith?
Have we forgotten Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam's prophecy regarding the state of the Muslim ummah in these Akhirul Zaman ?
That we would be numerous in numbers such as the froth of the ocean waves but be weak as to the state of the foam?
Forcing this obviously Hindu woman to be a Muslim when she has no such wish goes against the very nature of our Islamic principles.
Just look at her face and those of her husband and children.
Are these the faces of Mukmins?
Banggarma is no Azlina binti Jailani to be refused apostatizing from Islam! She was born as a Hindu. Her father deserted her when she was a kid. Picked up from the streets and sent to a welfare home. Converted into Islam by God knows who is the irresponsible official?
I deem the person irresponsible because if he or she had converted Banggarma into Islam because of her interest in our faith, that would have been acceptable IF he or she had followed through and seen to it that the child became a true Muslim and adopted our faith in totality ; not just be another unwilling statistic in our country's list of converts to Islam.
Helen Ang's article is insulting to the Islamic institutions of this country. She makes it seem as if they have nothing better to do and that their only job function is to go around converting babies and children of the Non Muslims into Islam as they damn well please?
I do not agree with her article and think that she ought to be charged with inciting hatred against Islam, the religious departments and the authorities per se. Problem is, do the authorities have it in them to go after her?
Or will they do a 'catch & release' mini drama episode as they did with Teresa Kok before?
That is up to the Malaysian government presently under the jurisdiction of the two cousins. As far as I am concerned, the Islamic authorities must decide once and forever as to the actual status of Banggarma and her Hindu family?
Its obvious that they are not and never have been Muslims in the truest sense of the word. These are Kaffirs and as per the commandments of Surah Al Kafirun ought to be left to live as they wish and remain as Hindus.
That's what I think.