I am deeply saddened by the bomb explosion at a music concert in Manchester, UK. My heart and prayers goes out to them.
22 music fans were robbed of their precious lives. The youngest being an 8 years old girl.
20 more are in critical care. Metal nails and screws propelled by the bomb blast pierced their organs and heads.
50+ survivors mostly young girls will have to live with disfigured faces and bodies for the rest of their lives. They could have been your daughters.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? WHAT DID THEY DO TO DESERVE THIS HORRENDOUS HATRED?
The 23-year-old singer Ariana Grande tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
ISIS had promptly claimed responsibility for the bloody attack.
To some people, ISIS may be EX-MUSLIMS who had abandoned their faith.
To others, ISIS are MUSLIM extremists who have misinterpreted the true teachings of ISLAM.
Yet to a minority carried by ISLAMOPHOBIA, the name-calling and insult starts, some bordering on blasphemy.
I APPEAL TO YOU ALL, PLEASE DON’T BLAME YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS. THIS VIOLENCE DOES NOT REPRESENT ISLAM.
I have many MUSLIM friends myself. I found that they have a genuine sincerity in their friendships.
They are also richly cultured, well-mannered, kind-hearted and often forgiving when offended by hurtful words.
Our MUSLIM friends are equally grieved by these senseless killings and violence. They are sincerely searching for answers, as we are so doing.
As a Christian, I will highlight a passage from the book of Matthew 7:17-20
“You shall recognize them by their fruits. Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
If the good tree of ISLAM – bearing good fruits – represent our MUSLIM friends in MALAYSIA – who are peaceful, tolerant and moderate – then I can confidently say that ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.
Why have a tiny minority of 1-2 % of the good fruits turned diseased by external factors?
As we know, the QU’RAN and the HADITHS are in the native Arabic language which is intricately and inherently complex.
Not all MUSLIMS can master the rich Arabic language and apply the correct interpretation of the sacred text which have a fair share of similes, nuances and hidden meanings.
Hence at times, especially through the social media, foreign preachers who unknowingly spread false interpretations are one of the unfortunate triggers of violence.
We all know the analogy of the “half-empty” or “half-full” glass of water. Hence the question – should ISLAM be represented by the peaceful 98 % or the violent misguided 2 %?
MALAYSIA is fortunate to have nine righteous SULTANS who are head of the religion of ISLAM in their respective states.
By their benevolence, wisdom and positive guidance, MALAYSIA have been richly blessed with peace and prosperity by the ALMIGHTY.
Let us all join our hands with our MUSLIM brothers and sisters to support our KING THE YANG DIPERTUAN AGONG AND OUR SULTANS in defining the governance of ISLAM in MALAYSIA.
Let us stand united to confront and uproot this radical extremism which does not represent any race or religion.
Let us focus on our shared human values, our desire for peace and creating a brighter future for our families.
Let us also make a commitment to reiterate the message, to our generation, that ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE, as it is in MALAYSIA.
I will continue to share my thoughts on this subject in further postings. Your kind feedback is very valuable to me.