what would PAS said?

I came across this article at Malaysiakini titled : Chinese Voters- Who’s telling the truth?

And I came across this comment, where the italicized part is my concern.

Swipenter: As a non-Muslim, I ask myself why I should be afraid of Islamic values if such values are universal in nature. Values such as fairness, equality, tolerance and acceptance of diversity, transparency, accountability, freedom from fear, racism, discrimination, etc, are universal in nature.

Of course, if PAS only talks about and insist on their sense of self-righteousness, like you cannot practise yoga, wear lipsticks and high heels, that non-Muslims are ‘dhimmis’ and their way of life is impure and inferior to Muslims, etc, then that is a totally different story altogether.

My religious teachings have many things in common with Islamic teachings, but the big difference is that we emphasise personal responsibility/self-restraint rather than outside enforcement.

For example, drinking of alcohol is a not a good thing but if you choose to drink then you must be aware of the consequences of alcohol consumption in addition to our civil laws on drunk driving and such.

Let me confirm you that I didn’t do all of those things, simply because I have no interest in that. And not because of religious obligations. In general, I believe what PAS want to enforce is only for muslim matters and manners. Like banning the gambling, liquor to muslim.

But then again, how about those concert? Again, I didn’t go to concert, (well I did go to orchestra :p) but with all protest to concert events and so on, that might effect the non-muslims too. In my shallow knowledge, it is their rights too to have entertainment. I remember many non-muslim gone angry prior to previous concert cancellation.

A simple fix is to ban muslim that going to concert. But again in my opinion, banning here and there doesn’t work that well with rebellious humane side. I also believe a Muslim doesn’t put a simple superior/inferior justifi/classifi-cation because we know, we are nothing but God’s creation and we’ll be judged in the Hereafter.

And Pas would face uprising, again, if these inferior/superior mindset aren’t being removed from Non-Muslim mindset or if what they want always being cancelled..

It may took long time to convert Malaysia to Kelantan, but come to think of it, the cities that doesn’t have pubs, cinemas, still operate very well, and my chinese friend are okay with it. The hardest part for PAS is to educate and try to eliminate pre-embedded justification towards islam – cannot do this cannot do that.

Let me confirm you again that Islamic Law only applies to Muslims.

Lastly, what would PAS said? Particularly to that italicized line?

P/S: I’m non-aligned.

P P/S: Further read – How do Chinese live in Kelantan

P P P/S: it is indeed a very long way for PAS to educate people of their ideals of Islamic State

P P P P/S: Why so serious? See my Inceptionized post for the previous election here. = 1 , 2 ,

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9 Responses to : what would PAS said?

  1. abdusfauzi says:

    wah. abg tekong sudah mahu menjadi politikus writer? hehe.

  2. Kassim says:

    salam

    in any situation, it is never a good thing to enforce religious views upon others, especially those who does not believe in the religion itself.

    personally, they should focus on education, i mean, islamic education, rather then enforcing laws that some might take it in a different view.

    when the people are educated and knowledgeable in the islamic teachings, hence they themselves will prohibit themselves from the things which are bad for them, such as alcohol and clubs. and when people see that a true muslim is a better human being when they act accordingly to the teachings of islam, then other people will see that this religion is a good and peaceful religion indeed.

    and that is a better da’wah rather than banning this and that and enforcing things unto others.

    Islam is not a religion of force. we do not force others into obeying. we simply remind ourselves and spread the good message. if it is accepted, alhamdulillah, but if not, then its their choice. at least u’ve tried.

    sekadar pendapat. you’re free to disagree 🙂

    salam

  3. orellex says:

    wah..teruja aku membaca …
    aku bersetuju dengan Kassim…berkenaan education tu
    bukan nak kata apa la…aku pun bukan baik sangat tapi yang pasti aku bersyukur sebab aku dapat didikan Islam yang mana aku sendiri tak minum alkohol, pergi kelab malam, berjudi dan sebagainya (sebab aku tau ia tak baik dan berdosa). kerana apa? didikan (beserta larangan semasa aku kecil lagi). jadi sekarang bila dah dewasa, aku sendiri boleh nilai mana yang baik dan tak baik

    Ofkos la perlu ada amar ma’aruf nahi munkar, namun itu pada peringkat global dan seharusnya faktor didikan perlu diutamakan.

    eh, aku off topic kah? apapun tu pendapat aku yang masih tak sempurna..sekian

  4. Mike says:

    Agree with Kassim – education better than ban and enforcements.

    Judging from the recent voting breakdowns, it seems like a lot of non-Muslims also vote for PAS. Clearly the “Islamic law” thing has been played out by the media to instill fear, but such tactics may no longer work.

    Voter are smarter, and they’d vote for candidates that embrace honesty and humility, in which PAS president Nik Aziz is a sterling example.

  5. menj says:

    Education must also come with enforcement. There’s no point preaching “sex out of wedlock is haraam” and yet during events such as 1st January or 14th February every year, you see couples going to hotels to do….well, that. Its not like they do not know that it is wrong, they just do it anyway because they are not afraid of repercussions. So enforcement is necessary as well.

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