The Malay who talks about the injustice meted out to non-Muslims, or who writes about hypocritical, double-standard Malay Muslims, is NOT bashing his own race, nor is he denigrating Islam.
Malays, in particular, refuse to acknowledge that most critiques are not about the religion, but are in fact criticisms of the Malays who have misinterpreted a particular phrase, or religious edict.
Something is wrong when Muslims who commit crimes, like some of our corrupt leaders, make several visits to Mecca, for umrah or the haj to “cleanse” their souls.
No! They cannot treat Mecca and Medina like a big spiritual washing machine, to launder their blackened souls.
Conversion of Malays.
Many Malays appear to see the conversion issue as a numbers game.
Hasan Ali, the former Selangor exco member, caused panic within the Malay community when he alleged that Malays were being converted by solar-powered talking Bibles .
The hysteria he whipped-up among the Malays damaged community relations. He failed to produce a single Malay who had been proselytised. So, what were his reasons for making the Malays angry, and why was he not punished for threatening national harmony?
Victims of domestic abuse.
Colleagues in some womens’ NGOs, claim that many Malay women, who are victims of domestic abuse, get little help from their own communities. In the past, the police rarely wanted to get involved, so these women reluctantly approached Christian shelter homes for refuge.
This was done as a last resort, because people of their own faith and race, rejected their requests for help.
So, can you blame Malay women who after years of abuse finally find temporary relief and moral support from a Christian home?
One non-Malay who helped a Muslim lady, found her home being surrounded by Malay men who threatened her and warned her to stop interfering. This type of story is rarely reported.
Conversion of children
When allegations are made about Muslim proselytisations, all hell breaks loose in Malaysia.
But, when Muslim clerics convert children, without their parents’ permission, in rural schools in Sabah and Sarawak, or in the Orang Asli boarding schools in semenanjung, the Muslims who criticise Malay proselytisations are silent.
Quick to blame others
If the Malays cared to look in the mirror, they would see that they are the ones who bring disgrace to Islam.
In their eyes, it is always the non-Muslims’ fault. Or the fault of the Opposition, the DAP, the Christians, the Jews, the Singaporeans, the foreigners. Never them!
Apart from lack of personal accountability, where is the Malay sense of self-worth?
Some Malays criticise a woman’s dress, her drinking habits, the company she keeps, her desire to enter a beauty contest, her wish to be a gymnast, or her love for animals, including dogs.
The same critical Malays keep quiet about corruption and injustice. Why?
Some Muslim women spend a small fortune on religious classes in a particular part of town, because they are taught by a celebrity ustaz or ustazah. Please look around you and take note of your surroundings. There are many suffering people, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
Reducing Islam to a low point.
Some Muslims look down on others. They are like an extension of the footballers’ wives who must be seen with the right people, wearing the right clothes, using the right accessories and driving the right cars. Has Islam been reduced to such a low point?
A practising Muslim need not abandon his reasoning and intellect. When a cleric, or a religious authority, does something which appears ludicrous, will the average Malay speak out? Will you?
Mufti who adores camels
When the Perak mufti said that wives could not refuse sex if their husbands demanded it even if they were on a camel , his comments sparked a firestorm, but where was the criticism from his peers?
This mufti calls himself a learned scholar.
Lack of compassion.
A mother M Indira Gandhi, was denied access to her youngest daughter whom her convert husband kidnapped and converted, nine years ago. She and her children are victims of Muslim arrogance. Her constitutional rights of a Malaysian and a mother were brushed aside.
Yesterday, in a landmark decision, the Federal Court ruled in Indira’s favour. The inspector-general of police, Fuzi Harun, must now track down her ex-husband K Pathmanathan @ Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah, and arrest him for taking Prasana Diksa in 2009, when she was only 11 months old. The former IGP, Khalid Ibrahim, claimed that he was confused between previous syariah and civil court judgements. He should have been sacked.
This is what happens when we are governed by a two-tiered system of laws.
For nine years, Indira suffered because few Muslim judges will serve justice for her, because his career will come to a premature end if he does not bow to the will of his political masters.
Malay bloggers and websites like to predict that majority of Muslim women will go to hell. Why? They must have a hot line to God.
The Muslim woman’s voice is muted
On Sunday, 28 January 2018, the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) held a forum at The Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The talk was called “What is wrong with Islam now?”
Why did they fail to invite women to speak at this forum? Does the Muslim woman’s voice not count? What does that say about the Muslim community, in Malaysia, if the progressives in IRF also fail to acknowledge women? Having suppressed the woman’s voice, they then wonder what is wrong with Islam.
Are you ready?
If we are afraid to be criticised, we are not ready to make real change.
In Malaysia today, many Malays use Islam as a personal show, rather than a personal practice.
Are you one of them?
So accurately written about those you have intended, Mariam. What an eye-opening article.
Mariam, I must congratulate you on yet another well-thought-out piece but an afraid you’re talking to mostly the converted only. You’re detractors who do read this are precisely that – naysayers, likely to be with unclean motives, on whom you needn’t waste time on anyway.
Shouldn’t your writings, especially this one, be written in Malay too? In fact, most then who need to read them don’t do English at all.
Not only a well-thought-out piece but having been following Mariam, I feel it is a crying-out-from-the-heart piece.
I don’t think we (that’s u and me ) will see any changes. To really wake up, people needs to suffer, my only worries is to what level before they will wake up and say enough is enough, we need to change.
A must-read for everyone, especially Malays/Muslims. Think, argue within yourself, keep you mind open, see the veracity in the insights! Do you agree?
The Malays must accept the fact not reject the facts that other races of the 2nd 3rd and next generations to come are all Malaysian. Let’s stop being in denial and waste our time and energy to defend something that is going to destroy the future generation. Accept it. Work together towards building this lovely country. However one thing I would openly request here is that we must put our children togeher into just one school. No such thing as SRJK whatsover. Put these children together right from beginning NOT AFTER they were grown up. The Non-malay too must.accept this fact. Think hard about this seriuosly if we love this nation. Together We can Rebuild Malaysia
Why and what can one-stream-school do that the present set-up can’t ?
I have long lost faith in my own race…the Malays.