30 August 2009

Barbarians at the gate : Marina Mahathir

Al-Hujurat, Surah 49

49:11 O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.

49:12 O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it...But fear Allah. For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

49:13 O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

How little we know about this Surah and these verses in the Quran. And how little heed we take of them.

Today, a Friday in the month of Ramadan, when some barbarians did what they did in Shah Alam, they not only insulted their fellow citizens of the Hindu faith but they desecrated their own religion as well. Because it is obvious they have disobeyed God's orders in the Quran.

All right-thinking people of every race, religion and creed should be enraged. Is this what we will remember our 52nd Merdeka by?

Please also read my fellow LRTQers' posts in response to yesterday:

Walski, Woe to the Foolish Aggressors.
Rapera, Hindu Brothers, Sisters, please Forgive These Wayward Folks,
Anas Zubedy, New Bob Agency, What the Quran Says About Non-Muslim Places of Worship.

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