I hope to refute Ibrahims claims from a Quranic perspective and to show how the Quran completely rejects his point of view. Worse still, it considers Ibrahims own views as the views which run contrary to the Quran.
By Farouk A Peru
After the whole Siti Inshah incident which insulted our friends of the other faiths, nothing surprises me anymore. The racism and religious bigotry practiced by some of our Malay Muslims have reached a crescendo. Things will only get worse with time if we fail to reverse this mental condition. We will simply be unable to do dig ourselves out of that hole if that happens and our nation will fall to ruin. Why? All because we choose to be political over the lowest discriminating factor: race.
The latest incident is about the Serdang MPs visit to Surau Al-Huda. We must take YB Teo Nie Chings visit in good faith. She went to the surau with a donation and gave a talk about higher education loans. There was nothing political about her visit. Regrettably even the most sincere intentions can be played upon to stoke the most heinous sentiments. One can expect no less from Ibrahim Ali who seized upon this opportunity faster than a cobra strikes its victim.
Ibrahim Alislanguage about the issue reflects a horrible bigotry. He used the word desecrate and the phrase unclean DAP politician. He also rhetorically claims that this is a lesson from God showing how PAS has sold out Islam and that this is visit is shaitan confusing the Muslims.
The former Perlis Mufti, Dato Asri had already given evidence on why YB Teos visit wasnt against Islamic laws but his evidence was historical. I hope to refute Ibrahims claims from a Quranic perspective and to show how the Quran completely rej! ects his point of view. Worse still, it considers Ibrahims own views as the views which run contrary to the Quran.
For a start, the Quran does not bar anyone from entering a masjid. The Quran actually tells children of Adam , that is to say anyone at all, to enter every masjid with their best clothing and to eat and drink yet not be wasteful (7/31). This shows that anyone can go and participate in any of the mosque activities and even participate in their festivities.
Secondly, the Quran equates the establishment of social justice as the cornerstone of every masjid (7/29). This verse is also addressed to the children of Adam, thus not restricting people according to faith. What was YB Teo doing if not helping the members of the suraus congregation, thus establishing social justice? It seems Ibrahim Ali is in a muddle! YB Teo was in no way desecrating the surau at all. Indeed she was honouring it.
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