Saturday, September 4, 2010

How Islam Liberated Me

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4 September, 2010
By Lingswaran Singh

A non Muslim LoyarBurokker’s journey in understanding Islam.

Dear friends, I am not a Muslim, however I feel compelled to share my experience in understanding Islam due to the recent furore over Teo Nie Ching’s visit to a surau, the backlash in Nga Kor Ming’s recitation of verses from the Al-Quran, and the decision to ban the usage of “Allah” in non Muslim publications not so long ago. All these have caused much tension between the Muslims and the non-Muslims in Malaysia.

A lot of misunderstanding is going on in the process of understanding each other. This is a most welcoming development actually, as it has never occurred before. People from both sides are actually interacting and trying to understand one another.

The recent outburst from fellow LoyarBurokker Syahredzan Johan, on the various issues affecting Islam in Malaysia and the many racial problems arising lately pushed me to revisit this piece. Being a non-Muslim in this country, Islam has affected me so deeply that it has become an integral part of my thinking faculty.

The person I am today is largely credited to the impact Islam has had on me; it has in many ways liberated me. Islam is affecting the lives of many non-Muslims around the world. From 9/11 till this very minute, Islam is rapidly influencing the way of life of many non-Muslims, Malaysians in particular. I wish the Muslim community could see that Islam is no longer exclusive to them.

I wrote this piece about a year ago, however I think it is still relevant considering the weather of our national politics.

In the Name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

My journey in understanding Islam begun a long time ago. As a child, I had always been curious as to why the Malay kids kept insulting the Hindus in school, accusing them of being demon worshippers. I was angry that the kids ridiculed the Hindus and Buddhists by accusing their religions as the work of the devil, that only Muslims deserve heaven, and that all non Muslims were condemned to hell for eternity. This is what I first came to learn about Islam, that it is the only true religion, and all those that do not profess it are condemned to hell.

Years later I came to know that the Christians were pretty much the same, especially the protestants. The Catholics however had much love to share, and in 1998 the declaration by the Pope that heavens grace is not just limited to Christians but all those who do good drew me closer to Christianity (however that is for another day). The connection between Islam and Christianity were the first pillars of my personal iman. As time passed by, I comprehended the concept of the Only One God.

The BEST from RPK!

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The AG Is So Full of Shit

Full like this ahh?

Cannot go one.. GA! GA!GA!GA!GAAA!

The ex-Land and Co-operative Development Minister, Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, has a tape-recording of the AG extorting money from him. Yes, that’s right, the AG demanded money from Kasitah Gaddam or else he was going to charge him for corruption.


Raja Petra Kamaudin

Home ministry's appeal on RPK release postponed

(Bernama) -- The Federal Court today adjourned the hearing of an appeal by the Home Ministry against the High Court's decision to release blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin from two-year detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) to a date to be fixed...

Read more at Malaysia Today/Raja Petra Kamarudin

Ling Sudah JOLOK MamakKutty

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Dr Ling Says Guilty if Madey Says So

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 3 — Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik declared today that he will be guilty of cheating in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal if his former boss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says so. Dr Ling, the former transport minister in Dr Mahathir’s Cabinet, said today he was thankful to the former PM for his “generous” offer to testify in his PKFZ cheating trial.

Tak aci laaa macam ni.. kalau nak jolok, kena laa cukup 4 kuota.. thee he he

Ini baru 2 kuota.. lepas ni kena jolok Sami sekali, baru ada kuota India.. thee he he

Tinggal kuota Melayu kosong.. takkan nak jolok Zul Nordin kot? pose2 ni nak angkat lebai pun dia tak larat..

Madey bukan kuota Melayu.. Madey kuota menyamar!


The former MCA president said his ex-boss’s testimony was important because he chaired Cabinet meetings.

“I would like to say thank you very much to him because that is very generous of him because he was chairing the Cabinet meeting and I am being charged for cheating the whole Cabinet so all these witnesses are very important,” he told reporters at the Sessions Court here today.(Read more here)