Will the rampant Islamophobia never end? Malaysia’s ruling Muslims, lauded by Senators McCain and Lieberman as a model government for all Muslims to follow, somehow have the mistaken idea that Islam is not compatible with ‘Western liberal thought’ and freedom. Imam Rauf, call your office! From “DPM: Nation’s future depends on Malay unity”, The Star, 9 June 2012:
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister [DPM] Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said Malaysians cannot refute the fact that the future of the
nation depended on the unity of the Malays and Muslims who formed the
He emphasised that if the Muslims split due to
differences in politics or other fundamental issues related to religion
then it would be difficult to achieve peace and unity for the nation as a
‘No Muslim ‘unity’, no peace’. No, that did not sound like a threat.
“Therefore I’m of the opinion that efforts to strengthen
the race is something very important in ensuring stability, peace and
harmony in our country,” he said in a speech to launch the “Upholding of
Islam and Strengthening of the Race” Convention, here today.
The speech was read out by minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and the event included the launching of a book by Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) [Muslim Association of Malaysia] president Ustaz Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman titled ‘Melayu Sepakat Islam Berdaulat’ [United Malays, Stronger Islam].
Muhyiddin said the Muslims of today faced various challenges, especially with confusing Islamic teachings stemming from the indiscriminate acceptance
of liberal Western thinking and culture by a handful of Muslims
In fact, there have been efforts recently by these same parties to manipulate the struggle for freedom and human rights
based on liberal Western ideas by challenging Islamic teachings,
including campaigns for same-sex marriage and the practice of free sex,
which are clearly prohibited by Islam and other religions.
“We definitely do not want to see the occurrence of confused thinking in our society which would ultimately cause the Muslims to split and break
away from [Islam].
“In the context of the Malay community,
we do not want the liberal Western philosophy which places the desires
and wants of an individual as life’s priority, or to produce a Malay
race which has no Eastern and Malay identity or losing their identity as
someone who holds fast to the religion,” he said.
Muhyiddin said it is crucial for the Islamic race to create a united
thinking (wahdatul fikr) based on true Islamic teachings from the
al-Quran and Hadis [sic].
The Islamic race should immediately carry out
a jihad of knowledge and thoughts to understand and appreciate Islamic
teachings in depth and make [Islam] the axis of life, he added.
‘Islam is the Axis of Life’. It’s catchy. Perhaps we should call Muslim countries ‘Axis countries’?
believe Isma and other Islamic bodies can play an important role in
creating “wahdatul fikr” among the Muslims and thereby create a united
race,” he said.
“What’s important is that we start working
towards the unity of the race without taking into account differences in
politics or other issues, solely based on Islam teachings. Furthermore,
unity of the race is a critical requirement of Islam,” he concluded. –
Since when is Islam a race?