Yesterday was marked here in Malaysia as a holiday; more specifically, the birthday of Islam’s lone prophet Muhammad. Malaysia’s king, who must of course be a Muslim, and who is known in Malay parlance as the ‘Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuan Tuanku’, released a public statement for Malaysia’s Muslims in regards to Muhammad’s birthday. And Malaysia’s king has told Malaysians that the problem with Muslims in Malaysia is that Muslims are not following Muhammad’s example enough.
So I suppose that means that Muslims need to take and own slaves, marry and rape nine year old girls, execute prisoners of war, stone adulterers to death, hate Jews, beat disobedient wives, assassinate critics, lie, commit larceny, wage imperialistic warfare, and so on and so on. Oh wait, never mind — it’s deeply Islamophobic to point out all these things.
From “King calls on Muslims to emulate Prophet Muhammad”, The Star, 5 February 2012:
PUTRAJAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mua’dzam Shah has called on Muslims to emulate Prophet Muhammad’s exemplary character in the effort to create an exceptional Muslim society and be a sterling
example to the world.
He said that in order to achieve that distinction, Muslims should strive to correct the Islamic tasawur (notions) in themselves and those of their family and the society.
concept of life of Muslims as the servants and caliphs of Allah, and to
regard work or business as an ibadah’ (deeds) should be appreciated so
that the impact of Islam as a great religion can be felt on a global
scale,” he said, when declaring open the national-level Maulidur Rasul
celebration at the Putra Mosque, here on Sunday.
I’d say that in this regard, Islam has succeeded handsomely. With more than 18,000 jihadist atrocities and counting since September 11, 2001, the impact of Islam on the world is definitely being felt on a global scale. And all indications point to that impact metastasizing to even larger dimensions in the future.