Where is the love?Posted: August 29, 2009
From the Malaysian Insider HERE (highlights my own):
A group of Malay-Muslim protesters claiming to be residents of Section 23 have threatened bloodshed unless the state government stopped the construction of a Hindu Temple.Amid chants of “Allahuakbar,” the group also left the severed head of a cow at the entrance of the State Secretariat here as a warning to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“I challenge YB Khalid, YB Rodziah and Xavier Jeyakumar to go on with the temple construction. I guarantee bloodshed and racial tension will happen if this goes on, and the state will be held responsible,” shouted Ibrahim Haji Sabri amid strong chants of “Allahu Akbar!”
Ibrahim identified himself as the Deputy Chairman of the Resident’s Committee against the building of the temple in S23 here, which is perceived by some as being a Muslim majority area.
Mohd. Zurit Bin Ramli, who claims to be the secretary of the “Coalition of Malaysian NGOs” echoed Ibrahim’s stand on the matter, saying that it was irresponsible on the part of the state government to approve the construction as there was apparently a “90 per cent” majority Muslim population in Section 23.“With a temple on our residential area, we cannot function properly as Muslims. The temple will disrupt our daily activities like prayers in the Surau. We cannot concentrate with the sounds coming from the temple,” stated Zurit.
There is absolutely zero decency in this.
This group of individuals give Islam a very bad name. The Islam I know is nothing like what they are exemplifying here.
I may not be Muslim, but I know that Islam does not condone violence. Islam does not condone racial or religious segregation. Islam encourages acceptance and respect amongst different people who are of different faiths.
Islam is not like this.
I am now so disturbed, words fail me.
They actually brought a severed head of a cow to the State Secretariat building. They wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t know that the cow is sacred in Hinduism. And yet they did that, knowingly disrespecting those of the Hindu faith.
They said that with the temple in the residential area, they ‘cannot function properly as Muslims’. I don’t believe this. I believe that Muslims who believe strongly in their own faith can and will find it in themselves to respect the need of people from other faiths to fulfill their religious obligations. I believe that they can and will find in themselves their connection to Allah, whether or not there is a temple nearby.
I believe Muslims who believe strongly in their own faith will not do something like this.
Islam is. Not. Like. This.
This is beyond any damned line we can draw. It’s beyond political, beyond racial, and beyond religious lines. Human decency crosses all those lines. This action crosses all lines of human decency.
Where is the love?