The recent church raid in Malaysia by the Muslim lifestyle police (i.e. ‘Jais’) is highly instructive. As my fellow Malaysian counterjihad blogger Timothy Leif at Scribes Malaysia has eloquently put it, it shows that Sharia is not just ‘for’ Muslims — it’s for everybody. Whether you like it or not. From “JAIS: Sharia For Non-Muslims (At Least) Since 1988”, Timothy Leif, Scribes Malaysia, 9 August 2011 (reproduced with Mr. Leif’s permission here):
The latest turn in the JAIS-DUMC [Damansara Utama Methodist Church] debacle reads: 1988 state law allows JAIS to act against non-Muslims
(Bar Council chief) Lim said there were four existing state Islamic legislation that give the authorities wide powers to act on religious matters, namely:
“¢ Enakmen Jenayah Syariah (Selangor) 1995 [Shariah criminal enactment]
“¢ Enakmen Ugama Bukan Islam, 1988 [Enactment for religions other than Islam]
“¢ Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003; and
“¢ Syariah Criminal Procedure (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003.
How wide-reaching are such powers? Well.
The Selangor’s Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment(The second enactment in the list), which outlines offences deemed as acts of proselytisation by non-Muslims towards Muslims, grants the religious authorities powers to launch investigations and arrest individuals without producing a warrant.
That’s you they”re talking about, proselytisers!
Some offences include the persuasion or incitement of Muslims to convert, to receive instructions or to participate in any activity for the benefit of any non-Islamic religion;
if non-Muslims communicate with a Muslim for the purpose of subjecting the latter to any speech on a non-Islamic religion; if a person uses certain prohibited words to describe any belief pertaining to any non-Islamic religion, and others.
Otherwise known as de facto syariah supremacy.
Take a gander at some of the comments below the article and you will
find those who insist on forbidding non-Muslims to weigh in on the matter even though the syariah enactments affect non-Muslims.
But, really, all this isn’t news. From the Pact of Umar, circa 7th Century, a peace accord between the Caliph Umar and Syrian Christians:
We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood, new monasteries, Churches, convents, or monks” cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in
ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims.
Wonder why permits to build churches is one of the hardest things to come by in Malaysia””let alone having one that resembles a church, or display any loud-and-proud Christian symbols?
We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it.
Proselytisation: A one-way journey since the 7th century.
We shall not seek to resemble the Muslims by imitating any of their garments, the qalansuwa, the turban, footwear, or the parting of the hair. We shall not speak as they do, nor shall we
adopt their kunyas.
We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.
I”m sure using “˜Allah” in Malay [language] Bibles counts as an offence [link added] in this case.
We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims.
We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit.
You get the idea. Such a relationship survives until this day, thanks to the dhimma who continue to aid and abet such master-servant relationships (MCA [Malaysian Chinese Association, one of the dhimmi auxiliaries to Malaysia’s ruling party] gave its thumbs-up to impose the 1988 enactments). Ignorance is to some
quarters, indeed, bliss.
Ignorance of the true nature of Islam is also bliss in many quarters outside of Malaysia.