There’s a report today in FMT headlined ‘Isma slams weakling govt for not defending Islam‘.
Isma really shouldn’t wait for the federal government to take any concrete action because the chief of the executive branch, Najib Razak, is preoccupied with more pressing demands such as ensuring his own precarious political survival.
As the Muslim NGOs are themselves well aware, the kind of Islamic issues raised by Isma are not at the forefront of Najib’s concerns. After all, the pet project of the PM is the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM).
GMM trustee the evangelista Wong Chun Wai has slapped labels like “religious bigot”, “extremist”, “racist” and “hater” on Isma and those associated with Isma.
Sedang apabila agama dipermainkan, diam membatu
Media Isma senior editor Razali Zakaria, in his recent editorial on March 4, wondered whether the Muslim anxieties stemmed from a weak government that is unable to defend Islam.
“Apakah kerana kerajaan yang ada sekarang ini lemah dan tidak mampu mempertahankan Islam? Hanya mampu cakap berdegar-degar, berbunyi seperti guruh menyusun maqasid itu, menyusun maqasid ini, , bukan saja membisu!”
Razali lamented that despite Malaysia having a Minister for Islam on top of Islamic agencies Jakim, Yadim, Yapeim, Pusat Islam, Ikim and its radio station as well as Al-Hijrah television channel, the Muslims are nonetheless perpetually on the backfoot.
I have an easy answer for Razali as to why the Malays are put on the defensive. The government bureaucracy is simply no match for the evangelistas whose slick and deceitful nature has been revealed in the Surah Al-Baqarah.
Evangelistas believe Chinese are God’s new ‘Chosen People’
Born Again Christians who are fire-and-brimstone zealots
Unlike the Dayaks, Kadazans and Eurasians, the evangelical Christians of Jerusubang were not born into the faith. Hannah Yeoh (pix below) for example only converted to Christianity at the age of 19.
These mualaf Kristian are mostly affiliated with the Assembly of God (AOG) pentecostal churches which have been growing at the pace of an average of 15 percent a year over the past two decades.
Excerpted below are some notes from Iain Buchanan’s new book Sang Nila Utama & The Lion of Judah – Dominionism and Christian Zionism in Malaysia – PDF here.
ref. pages 4-14
Deceptive and so intrinsically dishonest
Buchanan writes that “the presence of evangelical Christianity may turn out to be more decisive – and more destructive – for Malaysia than the presence of extremist Islam. Yet very little is known about this key protagonist.”
I agree 101% with the author. It is to the Muslims’ own peril that there is so little awareness among the government bureaucracy which somehow overlooks the activities of these evangelistas although keeping tabs on the madrasahs, tarekat-tarekat ajaran sesat (Islam) and Malays bound for Syria to join ISIS.
Buchanan further says “the key problem with the evangelization of Muslims is the high degree of deception involved”.
I must add that such deception can only be carried out by the very conniving, and thus “what kind of people are they” is a reminder that must always be borne in mind.
Again it must be doubly, if not triply, stressed the high level of deceit (selalu asyik nak putar-belit, tipu dan bohong) possessed by this group of religionists who are trying their darnest to steal the name of their archrival’s God.
“Muslim evangelization is a notoriously surreptitious enterprise, involving a wide variety of proxies, subterfuges, and multiple camouflages. It is extremely hard, politically and socially, to counter a process which is so intrinsically dishonest,” Buchanan warns.
The Chinese Bangsar Malaysia are being baptized in droves
In the near future, the Chinese in Malaysia will become more closely identified with Christianity than they are with their ancestral religions. This is because Buddhism and Taoism are religions that do not mendakwah.
By comparison, the evangelistas proselytize very aggressively – see ‘Most young Chinese in Malaysia are Christian‘
Unfortunately, there is no constitutional protection in the mould of Article 11(4) for the Chinese and other non-Malays to keep at bay the predatory evangelistas. The said article of the Federal Constitution refers to law that prohibits the propagation of Christianity (or other religions) to Muslims.
Big and strong, the “only 9 percent” disclaimer notwithstanding
“Of far more importance is the impact of evangelization upon non-Muslims – especially in a society such as Malaysia’s, where the ethnic balance is so precarious, and where the expression of power (both political and economic) is so closely identified with ethnicity,” writes Iain Buchanan.
He reveals that the evangelical churches led by charismatic pastors are increasingly “being refashioned as a vehicle for mass indoctrination and social control”. Their ‘cell’ structure is a manifestation of how they brainwash and dominate the social lives of the sheeple (the flock).
Although Malaysia’s evangelical churches are yet to reach the humongous size of the mega churches of South Korea and Singapore, they’re however still Big Business – characterized by highly organized operations, close networking and single-mindedness in the pursuit of their aims.
Some of the urban churches, especially those around Kuala Lumpur, have congregations of well over 2,000 members and Buchanan cites Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC), Sidang Injil Borneo KL, City Harvest, Grace Assembly and Calvary as examples of these which also “act as a conduit into Malaysia for scores of foreign preachers”.
Factors helping to enable their mind control of the masses
According to Buchanan, “most evangelical pastors stress the need to be politically involved in national affairs” despite their spurious claim of non-partisanship.
In the words of DUMC’s Daniel Ho (as quoted by Buchanan):
“Not everything is politics, but everything is political … we must get involved at every level of society as much as possible, as far as possible, as deep as possible.”
It is this keen involvement in current political developments that pulls together the various evangelical churches to closely cooperate.
Buchanan adds, “Above all, Malaysian Christians benefit from a complex, and highly efficient, communication network which allows the sharing of information and inspiration, collective prayer, large-scale lobbying, and the assertion of influence – both within the country and between Malaysian Christians and all other parts of the global evangelical network”.
He includes Malaysian Tan Sri multi-millionaires/billionaires Francis Yeoh, Chan Ah Chye, Khoo Kay Peng and Tony Tiah as among the “powerful individual lay sponsors” who take an active evangelical role.
Isma is the vanguard because Najib Gomen does not compute
Summing up how evangelical Christianity directly affects Malaysian politics and society, Buchanan lists the five main ways:
(1) In the import of an aggressive and highly politicized form of Christianity – which is mainly (but by no means entirely) Charismatic/Pentecostalist;
(2) In the creation of alternative Christian-dominated systems of power, authority and influence (including the cell church, apostolic networks such as International Coalition of Apostles, and Christian business fellowships);
(3) In the stronger penetration of foreign geo-strategic interests;
(4) In the greater access to global anti-Muslim movements (and especially Zionism);
(5) In the increased alienation of ethnic minorities from Muslim majority politics.
It is the anti-Islam sentiments of the alienated ethnic minorities – particularly the ABU-ers – which spells trouble for the country.
Do not wait for the clueless prime minister and his sprawling government bureaucracy that is tied up in red tape. If Isma wants to defend Islam, then as the leading Muslim NGO, they must step up their game.
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The point is taken but if ISMA is proven to be better than UMNO/BN, then I would expect ur NGO to go the political path. Do please have a reasonable respect for DS Najib, but if believe that ISMA can dethrone and get rid of him as our 6th PM….Fikir-fikirlah sendiri!
This posting has nothing to do with wanting Isma to “dethrone” Najib.
They’re operating in separate spheres. For the moment, Isma is an NGO and not a political body.
However if it’s the matter of putting up a resistance against the evangelical juggernaut, then it is Isma that must be at the forefront to lead.
I don’t expect Umno or Najib’s administration to even be able to see or understand the issue. Hence I don’t think Isma people – as per Razali’s editorial complaint – should be waiting or relying on the government.
If Isma wants to get something done, then they should do it themselves. This injunction is strictly in relation to the Islamic matters that were brought up by Razali. Not connection with any action against the PM.
‘GMM trustee the evangelista Wong Chun Wai has slapped labels like “religious bigot”, “extremist”, “racist” and “hater” on Isma and those associated with Isma.’
Malam ni ahjibgor jumpa semua bigots wor, eats your heart out WCW!
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Dealing with Extreme Evangelicals
And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in a way that is better, except with such of them as do wrong; and say: “We believe in that which has been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him do we surrender.” (Quran 29:46)
“(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering you and causing you to ascend unto Me, and am absolving you of those who disbelieve and I am setting those who follow you above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me you will all return, and I shall judge between you all as to that wherein you used to differ.” (Quran 3:55)
“O you who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah even as Jesus the son of Mary said to his disciples: “Who will be my helpers in the work of Allah?” Said the disciples: “We are Allah’s helpers!”; but then a section of the Children of Israel believed, and a section disbelieved: But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and the believers prevailed.” (Quran 61:14)
From the GOSPEL OF THOMAS which was rejected by the Pauline Trinitarian Catholic Church:
6. His disciples asked him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?”
Jesus said, “Don’t lie, and don’t do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed.”
Jesus said, “Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye.”
26. Jesus said, “You see the sliver in your friend’s eye, but you don’t see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend’s eye.”
27. “If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the (heavenly) kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Lord.”
28. Jesus said, “I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty.
But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways.”
lets be clear first, evangelism is not a crime, proselytizing a muslim is.
assuming i repeat assuming those dreadful evangelist succeed in convincing the whole non muslim population of malaysia to convert to christianity so what? how is that a threat to the 65% muslim population?
Bersama ini saya sertakan ulasan saya terhadap komen Saudara Ravinder Singh terhadap tulisan Saudara Razali Zakaria Pengarang Kanan Media Isma Sdn Bhd dalam laman web ismaweb.net sebagaimana yang disiarkan oleh pihak tuan.
“Tidak ada dalam Perlembagaan Malaysia yang menghalang seorang bukan Islam daripada menasihati seorang bukan Islam yang lain supaya tidak menukar agamanya. Silakan lah memberi nasihat anda.”
Itu kata-kata saya kepada saudara Ravinder Singh yang mengulas tulisan saudara Razali Zakaria, Pengarang Kanan Media Isma Sdn Bhd berkaitan isu al-Quran terjemahan versi berbagai bahasa yang kini diedarkan oleh pihak tertentu kepada orang bukan Islam.
Bagus saudara Ravinder memberi ulasannya tetapi saya berpendapat saudara Ravinder tersilap dalam membuat rumusan mengenai tulisan saudara Razali.
Apabila saya meneliti dan memahami tulisan saudara Razali yang bertajuk ‘Taktik mereka untuk halang dakwah Islam di Malaysia’, saya dapati beliau tidak pula menyatakan “tidak boleh bagi seorang bukan Islam menasihati seorang bukan Islam lain supaya tidak menukar agamanya.”
Malah, dalam paragraf ke empat tulisan itu saudara Razali ada menulis: “Silakanlah berbuat demikian!”. Namun, saudara Razali mengingatkan supaya pengedaran risalah itu hanya di kalangan orang bukan Islam sahaja, bukan diberi kepada orang Islam juga.
Saudara Razali mengaitkan kata-kata itu dengan paragraf ketiga tulisannya iaitu “….mereka pula meminta supaya NGO berkaitan agama dibenar mengedar salinan risalah, buku dan kitab suci mereka untuk tujuan pendidikan, sebagaimana yang dibuat oleh NGO Islam untuk mengedar al-Quran terjemahan itu.”
Oleh itu, bagaimana saudara Ravinder boleh mengatakan “……. But can Razali point out any provision of the Constitution that says a non-Muslim cannot advise another non-Muslim not to convert into a religion from which he will not be able to get out of?”
Saya juga setuju dengan kata-kata saudara Ravinder “Is Isma saying that I will be committing a crime if I go up to a non-Muslim who is being proselytised by a Muslim and tell the non-Muslim to think very carefully before he makes his decision to convert for converting to Islam in Malaysia is a narrow one-way street with no U-turn?”
Tidak! Saudara Ravinder tidak bersalah untuk menasihati orang bukan Islam yang didekati oleh orang Islam supaya memikir masak-masak sebelum membuat keputusan menukar agama, dan saudara Razali dalam tulisannya juga tidak melarang jika saudara hendak berbuat demikian.
Saya yakin yang dimaksudkan oleh saudara Razali mengenai paragraf pertama dan kedua tulisannya yang menjadi pokok ulasan saudara Ravinder, bukan bertujuan menghalang saudara Ravinder atau sesiapa saja yang bukan Islam untuk menasihati orang bukan Islam lain.
Bagi saya beliau cuba menyatakan bahawa bantahan-bantahan yang dibuat oleh NGO bukan Islam dalam media web berhubung isu itu adalah cubaan menghalang dakwah Islam (Pengedaran al-Quran terjemahan itu pada pendapat saudara Razali adalah satu bentuk dakwah dan beliau sudah menyatakan pada paragraf 23 iaitu “….Jika ditanya kepada saya, saya akan katakan program ini juga salah satu cara berdakwah”). Perlu diingat, sebagaimana yang dipersetujui oleh saudara Ravinder, bahawa Perlembagaan Malaysia membenarkan dakwah Islam itu kepada sesiapa saja di negara ini.
Oleh itu, sekali lagi saya katakan bagi saya tidak timbul persoalan “……. But can Razali point out any provision of the Constitution that says a non-Muslim cannot advise another non-Muslim not to convert into a religion from which he will not be able to get out of?”
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So Ravinder Singh ni nak berlagak mufti pulak ka??
‘The extent of child snatching, school children snatching, bride snatching and even corpse snatching, and now the questionable “free” distribution of copies of the Quran and recording of the personal data of the recipients, is akin to direct-selling activities.’
Busuk sungguh hati Singh ni…nampak sangat harbi tahap gaban!
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