After the General Election recently, the privilege of Malays and Islam have been questioned quite a number of times. My main concern here is not the privilege of Malays. But the privilege of Islam since Malay is nothing except just the people who like to eat pig, lazy and hot-tempered without Islam. The status of Islam as the official religion of Malaysia has been jeopardized by the politicians. Mainly the non-Muslims and even a few Muslims. People take advantage on politicians since they know that the politicians nowadays are practically their puppet or ‘slave’. Definitely the politicians would say they are the leaders. So disgusting! They afraid that they will lose their seat in the next election perhaps. I don’t know. Wallahua’lam.

Now, let’s take a look on this matter internationally. I’m sure that everyone is well-informed about the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad that has been published in Denmark recently. And also in the wikipedia. Or the short film ‘Fitna’ produced by Geert Van Wilders, The Holland MP. We all know that those things are deliberately produced to provoke and insult the 1.3 Billion of Muslims all over the world. Same thing goes to a book named ‘The Satanic Verse’ written by Salman Rushdie and millions of articles or journals which incline on anti-Islam sentiment. Such are the major insult on Muslim at the international level. They did those things by the principle of Freedom of voice. Such things spark hatred toward Muslims.

Ironically, No Muslim’s prominent figure goes react against them by insulting their religions back, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or Hinduism. Except that the Muslims just stand and fight to protect the dignity of Islam. Thanks to the freedom of voice principle that Muslims have a chance to correct those misunderstanding on Islam and Islam becomes the fastest-growing religion nowadays.

Secondly, when we look at the Islamic World today, we can clearly see that there is an effort to crush, oppress and eliminate Muslims in Bosnia, Algeria, Tunisia, Eritrea, Egypt, Afghanistan, East Turkestan, Chechnya, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar and Sudan. At first glance, the Muslims in these different regions may seem to be facing different enemies. The Serbs in Bosnia, the Hindus in Kashmir, the Russians in the Caucasus, and the oppressive regimes in countries such as Algeria, Egypt and Morocco all target Muslims. Does it happens to Non-Muslims in the countries where Islam as the dominant religion? Yes, maybe a few but generally the answer is absolute NO. If so, then they are actually defying the teaching of Prophet Muhammad. So, why should the non-Muslims be afraid on Islam? It is proven by the following hadith:

Prophet Muhammad said “Whosoever is cruel on zimmi or curtails his right or burdens him more than he can endure, or take any thing from him against his free will, I shall myself be a complainant against on the day of judgement”

Looking back at the peak of Islamic Caliphate in Spain (Andalucia), the Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together peacefully. They had the same rights in the constitution. They were free to pursue knowledge when the western civilization still in the Dark Age. Women were respected and at the same level with men while in the Western Civilization, women were killed as they like, threwn into prostitution and being denied their right to pursue knowledge. By the Darwinism philosophy that has penetrated the people’s mind nowadays, the world is slowly turn to Dark Era again. So, why should non-Muslims afraid Islam?

Come back to our original discussion. When Islam is given the privilege in our beloved Malaysia, it’s just a common sense. Islam is the official religion in a Muslim-dominant country. Make sense isn’t it? Same thing goes to other religions. It happens all over the world even in the countries that uphold Secularism. India, Thailand, China, United Kingdom and so on. While Islam strictly emphasize on the equal rights for Muslims and non-Muslims, people say that it is not fair.

Islam is the only religion that really cares about the welfare of other religions embraceor. As mentioned by Allah in Al-Quran, Surah At-Taubah, verses 6-7:

“If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, Grant it to him, so that he may hear the Word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are Men without knowledge.”

“How can there be a covenant Before Allah and his Messenger, with the Pagans, except those with whom ye made a treaty Near the Sacred Mosque? As long as these stand true to you, stand ye true to them: For Allah doth love the righteous.”

However, we need to realize that Muslims are not flawless. Absolutely Islam has no defect, Islam is syumul. But we are not. Therefore, at the same time, we have to check what we did wrong to them. Of course they would not stand up for no reason isn’t it? Give back what they have the rights on. If not then, the non-Muslims shouldn’t blame Islam but blame the Muslims because it is not the Islamic teaching. Please don’t be afraid on Islam. That’s all from me. Sorry for any inconvenience. Wassalam.


Dr. Mohd Asri Bin Zainal Abidin

The Winter of Islam and The Spring to Come, Harun Yahya

English Translation of Holy Quran, Yusuf Ali