It’s a tad surprising that these (non) revelations about Islam were permitted to be published in a Malaysian-government-controlled newspaper in the first place. Nevertheless, it’s worth reminding both Malaysians and non Malaysians alike on what Islam is all about according to the Muslims themselves. And as these choice tidbits come from a cleric and ‘influential Muslim scholar’, the usual cries of ‘Islamophobia’ and whatnot will ring more hollow than usual. “Dr Asri: Restriction of Islam could provoke apostasy”, by G Manimaran, The Malaysian Insider, September 7th, 2011:
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 “” Influential Muslim scholar Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin today accused religious authorities of using a colonial system to restrict Islam, saying this could further provoke apostasy.
The former Perlis Mufti was responding to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) decision to charge PAS MP Khalid Samad over delivering an unauthorised sermon and for revoking Selangor PAS chief Dr Rani Osman’s religious credentials.
The outspoken leader came to the defence of the duo in a strongly-worded statement on his Facebook profile page this morning.
“… sympathies when there are MPs punished by Jais for giving sermons … although there was no proof of errors in the sermon … so hard to preach … colonial system used to restrict own religion … do not be surprised if more leave the faith,” he said.
He added that religious authorities were using their power over Islam to hamper the development of the religion itself.
“I gave a sermon saying Islamic justice is not just for Muslims but also for Jews or even those at odds with Islam itself.
That last bit about how Islam is for everyone, not just Muslims, sounds distinctly like a threat to me. And how could anyone be at ‘odds’ or oppose something so ‘noble’, ‘moderate’ and ‘peace-loving’ like Islam? Perhaps because Islam in reality does not at all resemble Islam as its advocates and enablers purport it to be?
By ‘development of the religion’, Dr. Asri means that Islam must not be inhibited from sinking its tentacles ever deeper into the lives and even most private affairs of every citizen in the country; not just Muslims, but the non Muslims as well (and since when did Malaysia have Jews?). If the mosque and state unified under the totalitarian aegis of Islam have anything less than total fascistic control over society, the good doctor gravely informs us that the inmates might bolt from their spiritual, temporal, and physical prison that Islam has arranged for them. And
freedom, I mean apostasy, naturally, must be avoided at all costs. Or Islam is doomed.
It’s interesting to note how often these various Islamic ‘scholars’ and what-have-you take the title of ‘doctor‘, as if adapting this esteemed title somehow imparts any more credibility to the dangerous ideological snake-oil that these people are peddling in the first place.