Thursday, February 12, 2015

Islam, Racism And Hate Speech

Widespread of racism video via social media in today's era

I still remember that Cikgu Ariffin (Cikgu means teacher in Malay language) said this to me few years ago:"Whenever you go to the Masjid and listen to khutbah (Public preaching), just ignore the hate speech and racism that comes from the mouth of Ustaz. Sometimes they just mixed up the politic with Islam teachings, like there were controversial case like two imam in solat Jemaah, party A condemn party B.. You
don't have to listen that kind of hate speech, just learn the positive and good things from them."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

There is no god except Allah and Muhammad is a messenger of Allah



The Chinese Muslim who was wearing white Jubah beside me is Muhammad Zheng, From Hans tribe of mainland China(汉族穆斯林)。The photo was taken during last year Ramadhan month, we were shooting a documentary about Chinese Muslim in TV3.

He is a very special friend of mine, I knew him during visits Masjid Muhammadiah Tasek Jaya Ipoh (Masjid Cina ) last year (half year before the shooting of documentary). He came to David and me then asked:"Are you both Chinese Muslim? Alhamdulillah.. Finally I have found a few Chinese friends in the mosque."

Friday, January 30, 2015

“Traitor”, They Said.

My book collections from China
 
Today my mother calls me and says: "Are you still writing stories in internet? Now most of the people may see you're Muslim in handphone.

People will be laughing at you because you are 'traitor 叛徒‘. Make our family ashamed. So you're telling public that malays religion 马来教 is so great right? "

Nope, it's not the most worst criticism I have ever heard in my life. I'm fine with it. I don't mind if there're old friends knew that I'm a Muslim now. Just go ahead do whatever they want, telling my family, criticize, making fun of.. I'm still here to tell my very own story.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why You Should Consider Not Eating Pork


Last few days I have found an article  : "Why You Should Consider Not Eating Pork" - Collective Evolution

Whenever media have published news about Islam to Chinese community, the first question would be, "Why Islam forbidden followers to consume pork?" In a matter of fact, this was the question I always asking myself during teenage time. Let's be frank about this issue, eating pork is a daily basis in most Chinese community. We (Chinese) live with pork dishes served in our house, we may find various kind of lunch served with pork in restaurant. It's so normal that become one of the Chinese lifestyle in eating.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wakaf Buku "Dengan Lafaz 2 Kalimah Syahadah"


Berita : http://mustread.com.my/v1/index.php?route=information/news/news&news_id=83

Dengan Lafaz 2 Kalimah Syahadah merungkaikan peristiwa yang lazim berlaku kepada muallaf bagi membuka mata masyarakat untuk mengenali siapa mereka serta memberi jalan penyelesaian kepada rakan yang masih mencari kebenaran.

Ia lebih kepada pengelaman penulis buku itu sendiri, Ikhwan Ng yang memeluk Islam dan melalui pengalaman yang mencabar jiwa yang baru ingin mengenal Tuhan. Ketika melihat stor yang digunakan rakan Muslim untuk solat, penulis tertanya di manakah Tuhan yang disembah oleh orang Islam.

Buku yang dutulis oleh Ikhwan Ng ini berasal dari Perak dan memeluk Islam pada Ramadan 2008 itu boleh dijadikan pengajaran kepada pembaca. Untuk memberi manfaat yang sejagat, tuan puan yang mahu melebarkan dakwah buku ini, boleh menyertai projek Wakaf Buku Dengan Lafaz 2 Kalimah Syahadah.

Ini keratan akhbar Berita Harian, bertarikh 31 Julai 2013.

Projek Wakaf Buku Dengan Lafaz 2 Kalimah Syahadah

"Semua buku yang diwakafkan akan diberikan kepada Non Muslim, juga kepada NGO yang melakukan aktiviti Dakwah. Saya amat terharu dan ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada semua yang memberikan wakaf buku. Semoga mesej Islam terus disebarkan dengan penuh hikmah dan ilmiah. Semoga Allah membuka pintu hati pembaca Non Muslim untuk menerima Islam, Syukran." Ikhwan Ng.

Bagaimana mahu menyumbang?

Mohon menghubungi Ikhwan Ng (012-3979998)

Mereka bekerjasama untuk melaksanakan projek wakaf itu untuk memastikan setiap Non Muslim dapat membaca buku itu dan aktiviti dakwah kepada Muallaf terus dilaksanakan. Ia penting supaya iman mereka terus diberi cahaya Islam yang suci.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Season Pass" Into Muslim Interracial Marriage




While I'm reading my book's reader (Ita Si Merah Jambu) comment about interracial marriage, which is briefly about a chinese man who leaving Islam after he getting divorced with his Muslim wife.. Is there lots of people who embraced Islam just solely for the sake of marriage?

This comment reminds me one of my friend, Jenny (not her real name) who had conversations with me in email before. She told me that how she went through lots of challenges and trials in learning Islam, being discriminated by family upon her will. But her boyfriend left her eventually.. Since then Jenny became so disappointed with her boyfriend's decision since she had sacrificed a lot for the relationships. Although she was being criticized, she didn't mind at all until the one she trust the most was leaving her behind, although she might be even embrace an unfamiliar religion for the sake of this interracial relationship.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Chinese Newspaper explains how to perforn "Sertu"

Yesterday I have read Chinese Newspaper about Muslim not that anti-dog like shooting them with an arrow, throwing stones... Because There are certain Muslim who trying to declare the real teachings of Islam and "Sertu".

Sertu is a purification from heavy najis. The method is to pour one mixture of water and earth, and 6 pourings of water on the affected area. One can begin with any pouring, either water or the mixture. The earth used must not be contaminated with najis substances.

Today, my fb wall and local newspaper flooded with this question: "Who let the dogs out?"

How it started:
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-want-to-touch-a-dog-event-a-big-hit-with-muslims

How it ends:
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/21/Touch-a-dog-event-draws-flak-from-authorities-Islamic-scholars-question-the-need-for-campaign-and-i/

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/10/20/syed-azmi-gets-support-amidst-mounting-criticism-dog-event/
‘I want to touch a dog’ event a big hit with Muslims - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-want-to-touch-a-dog-event-a-big-hit-with-muslims#sthash.1TE6XyIo.dpuf


I would like to take this as an opportunity to invite Muslim and Non-Muslim revise what is the myth between Islam and Dog. I don't agree or deny with "I Want To Touch A Dog" campaign (which cause lots of controversy in Malaysia recently) but let the truth be spoken. As quoted in this article by veterinary surgeon:

Dogs in Islam
http://www.islamicconcern.com/dogs.asp

Animal Abuse and Welfare in Islam
by Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker (BVMCh),
veterinary surgeon


Animal abuse, cruelty, and/or neglect form part of the many social ills plaguing the Muslim community.

Last Ramadaan, I wrote an article highlighting the phenomenon whereby misinformed Muslims took their dogs (and/or cats) to the animal hospitals or mobile clinics during Ramadaan, to have them put to death by lethal injection. The reason given by the majority of these Muslims was that Islam forbids them to keep a dog. Also encountered was when an animal that had been ill for a prolonged time and the disease had progressed to an almost terminal state was it only then brought in for veterinary attention. When asked why they waited so long, the Muslim owner would use Islam as a reason, stating that it is not permissible to touch a dog. This still happens.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Covert Racism - An Edible Poison

With Mr. Shi Wei'an ( 史未安; a reverted Dai'e from Jiangsu, China ) 4th from left,
MACMA staffs, and brothers of Islam in Malaysia
This article is written by Farish Chong, please visit his blog at  http://zhangfarish.blogspot.com/
 
Covert racism is a form of racial discrimination that is disguised and subtle, rather than public or obvious. Concealed in the fabric of society, covert racism discriminates against individuals through often unnoticeable or seemingly passive methods. Covert, racially-biased decisions are often hidden or rationalized with an explanation that society is more willing to accept. These racial biases cause a variety of problems that work to empower the suppressors while diminishing the rights and powers of the oppressed. Covert racism often works subliminally, and often much of the discrimination is being done subconsciously.

Refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_racism

No doubt, we had enough of racism, especially these petty but controversial ones in Malaysia. However, there is another kind of racism that is infecting anyone subconsciously. Let’s be frank but fair. No doubt, we are all sick of hearing these racism matters floating across the media. Yet, there is another aspect of racism that needs to be heard and understood urgently, so that we can teach our future generations and not repeat this same mistake in future.

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