Hysterical Muslim claims of victimization and conspiracy paranoia are just problems with the Tiny Minority of Extremistsâ„¢, right? Not exactly. In Islam, it’s actually very, very mainstream. And in Malaysia, such paranoia is not only mainstream, but official policy — policy that comes from the very top.
Non-Malaysians need to understand that most Malaysian states are ruled by (mostly) titular sultans, who are also in charge of religious affairs in their states. This religious authority is not ceremonial and is taken quite seriously. Sultans in fact lead a comfortable government-funded Islamic lifestyle and control thought police apparatuses with sweeping powers.
To the Malaysian sultans, as with other Islam rulers, there are plots and plotters against Islam in every shadow and behind every tree. Who knew that the ‘Perfect Religion’ was so vulnerable? As for evidence of said plots and plotters, no conclusive evidence has ever been produced that substantiates these conspiracies. Evidence is evidently for infidels.
And note the timing of this public announcement on the threat of apostasy, with Christmas just two scant weeks away. What better time than the holiday season to warn the wayward Muslims and the ever-treacherous kufr?
From “Stop covert attempt to proselytise Muslims”, Free Malaysia Today, 9 December 2011:
The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has directed MAIS and JAIS to stamp out apostasy in the state.
TANJUNG KARANG: The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
has ordered the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) and the
Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) [Religious Police] to take strategic steps to
root out a subtle attempt to proselytise Muslims.
“I was informed that the proselytisation of Muslims, which occurred
over the last few years, was done covertly and those involved were
cunning in concealing evidence,” he said when opening the RM5 million
Kampung Gulang-Gulang Mosque here today.
Done by whom, exactly? And what alleged evidence is supposedly being concealed? Anyone who would want to ask such questions is probably a greasy Islamophobe.
He said JAIS must continuously give explanation and counselling to Muslims who had committed apostasy.
“Let me remind JAIS to be discreet in its actions and approaches so
that Muslims who have began distancing themselves from Islam will”¦
return to the fold and repent,” he added.
The wishes of said Muslims who may wish to no longer be Muslims matters not in the slightest, naturally. But if Islam is supposed to be so fantastic, why would anyone want to leave it in the first place?
The Sultan said he was worried over the emergence of apostasy among
Muslims, apart from Islamic deviationist teachings, as it would damage
the growth and development of Islam in Selangor if left unchecked.