Isma has articulated a few perspectives which I hope that you, the readers of this blog, can give me some feedback on.
Below are the talking points which Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman raised in his FMT interview published today. My questions follow.
Isma: ‘Islam under threat’
Abdullah said the actions of sex bloggers Alvivi were an insult to Islam’s dignity and ‘done on purpose’.
(1) Do you think that Alvivi’s “wangi, enak, menyelerakan” Bak Kut Teh buka puasa greeting was … (?)
- (A) a little bit insulting
- (B) moderately insulting
- (C) very insulting
- (D) did not mean to be insulting
Abdullah said Jaclyn Victor’s Harapan Bangsa song “hopes for a Christian nation”.
(2) Do you reckon that Harapan Bangsa [YouTube HERE]… (?)
- (A) is nothing more than a song of praise
- (B) wants to plant ideas in the Christians’ head
- (C) really hopes for Malaysia to become a Christian country
- (D) intends to rally Christians to act to make the ‘harapan bangsa’ a reality
Abdullah said that Isma have the evidence to back up their claim about Christianisation activities.
(3) Do you believe that the evangelistas … (?)
- (A) are doing a little bit of exploratory dakwah among marginalised Malay Muslims
- (B) have made inroads in their dakwah among urban Malay Muslims
- (C) have been secretly active in carrying out dakwah among liberal Malay Muslims
- (D) are not doing any dakwah at all among Malay Muslims
Abdullah said the use of the ‘Allah’ word was a contextualization/localization masterplan to “bit by bit normalise the Christianisation project and people will accept it slowly”.
(4) Do you believe that the evangelistas are championing the ‘Allah’ issue because they want to … (?)
- (A) defend the right of pribumi Christians to use the word
- (B) defend the right of all Christians to manage their own religious affairs in the country
- (C) defend the human rights of all Malaysians belonging to other faiths (Buddhism, Hinduism, etc)
- (D) persuade Malays that their Allah is the same as the Christian God
ABOVE: Malaysiakini subscriber ‘Proarte’ commented: “Righteous protest by any quarter is needed to make Muslims wake up and see the morass which their religion is in, being represented by evil politicians and half baked religious leaders who happily reject the Koran and even dare rewrite it. Their ‘Allah’ is man made and is called UMNO and Money.”
Abdullah said the non-Muslims are the ones insulting Muslims, and “when Muslims hit back, they say we are extremists”.
(5) Do you view the behaviour of the non-Muslims to be …(?)
- (A) “extreme provocation” like what Isma said
- (B) mildly provocative due to the politics of race
- (C) tit-for-tat but only in retaliation to the Muslims’ provocation
- (D) defensive rather than offensive because the non-Muslims are besieged by the Islamic authorities
I’ve drafted 5 questions above based on the statements by the Isma president.
This is an opinion survey to find out what you all are thinking. Unlike the Dapsters, I prefer to ask directly rather than to make assumptions. Thank you for your willingness to share your thoughts with all of us here.