That's the difference between someone who values knowledge and appreciates the excellent work of Dr. Zakir Naik, a well renowned Comparative Religious Studies eminent Caller to Islam and the likes of Penang's Deputy Chief Minister Ramasamy who has a severe case of the 'diarrhea of the lip' and convoluted mindset'!
Both are Hindus from Penang but Suventhiran Selvaraj shines forth as a true blue Malaysian who is all for the sharing of useful knowledge between us. I for one respect such a well balanced youth like Suventhiran who comes across as a level-headed person who knows how to differentiate between a Comparative Religious teacher like Dr. Zakir and those who go around insulting others for no rhyme or reason.
On the other hand, we have someone like this Ramasamy fellow who often spews forth hurtful words and caustic comments labeling Dr. Zakir Naik as a 'Satan' offending peace loving Malaysian Muslims such as us.
I have watched Dr. Zakir Naik successfully hold the event titled ' SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HINDUISM AND ISLAM' which was attended by hundreds of thousands of Hindus and Muslims over there in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India itself where there were many appreciative members of the Hindu audience who thanked Dr.Zakir for his valiant efforts to bring about a mutual understanding between Hindus and Muslims.
We who are living here in Malaysia need to know more about each other's religions and to come to a mutual understanding between us.
In the Glorious Qur'an, in Surah Al Kafirun, Chapter 109 Verses 1 to 6 :
Dr. Zakir is not forcing anyone here to become Muslim! He is here to answer anyone's questions about Islam or if they want to know what it is about?
What is the truth about Islam?
He is the world's most eminent 'Student' of Comparative Religion and can easily relate to any questioner the relevant scriptures from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, etc. and explain in depth about those revelations like no one else can!
When narrow minded persons object to such a beneficial series of lectures to be held here which will enable interested parties to learn more about whatever it is that has been at the back of their minds, then it will be a tremendous loss to the truth-seekers.
At the time of this posting, the authorities have reversed their earlier decision to stop Dr. Zakir Naik from delivering his lectures at UTem and in Stadium Bukit Jalil, KL after various parties consisting of concerned Malaysians protested against such a ban by the Inspector General of Police!
Here is the IGP's update on the matter.
Malaysia still has a long way to go before becoming a mature society where its rulers and citizens can deal with such situations in a calmer, more harmonious manner.
Lack of exposure to the truth and the knee-jerk reactions and responses of those who hold authority over the country will further deteriorate our common understanding and religious peace and harmony.
We need to make a serious effort to strengthen our spirit of tolerance and acceptance of each other's choice of faith and beliefs.
Allah commands us Muslims to invite all to His Way with wisdom and beautiful preaching as per the Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 Verse 125:
Sahih International: Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.
Pickthall: Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.
Yusuf Ali: Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.
Shakir: Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and have disputations with them in the best manner; surely your Lord best knows those who go astray from His path, and He knows best those who follow the right way.
Muhammad Sarwar: Call (the pagans) to the path of your Lord through wisdom and good advice and argue with them in the best manner. God knows well about those who stray from His path and those who seek guidance.
Mohsin Khan: Invite (mankind, O Muhammad SAW) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Quran) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.
Arberry: Call thou to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and good admonition, and dispute with them in the better way. Surely thy Lord knows very well those who have gone astray from His way, and He knows very well those who are guided.
I believe that Dr. Zakir Naik is doing just that!
May his visit benefit everyone of us. Ameen.