I shall be on-air in TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum tomorrow morning, Sunday, December 28, 2014.
I guess the segment I’ll be on will be at around 9:00 AM.
It will be a live interview, and I really hope that I’ll be able to do it well, especially since I have no idea what they are going to ask me.
I’m quite nervous for this is my first live TV interview, but at the same time I am very excited about it.
Fortunately I had been on Uncle Nizal Mohammad’s live radio show, ‘When the Night Falls-Bila Larut Malam’ together with my parents and big sisters on March 6, 2014.
For international watchers, please note that time stated is 9:00 AM on December 28, 2014 (Malaysian time) which is +8:00 GMT.
Always a moderate and proud to be one – said Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Musa Hitam to The Star in an interview at his house in Bukit Tunku.
“First let me say this emphatically and very firmly – I have always been a liberal and a moderate and am proud of it. I have been brought up from young until now as such. My family, my parents, my elders brought me up that way, and in my more grown up days since I entered politics, my political party Umno adopted the stance of moderation from the early days that we gained Independence. But I don’t know what’s happening there now,” Tun Musa Hitam. – The Star
“I have always been a liberal and a moderate and am proud of it”?
I do not understand how could a Muslim be proud to disobey the rules of Islam.
It is very sad when a person says that he is proud to be a moderate and a liberal because being a liberal means that the person rejects the fundamental principal of his own religion as well as the fundamental principals of his country.
As a Muslim, he must understand that a Muslim must obey the fundamental principal of Islam and Islam cannot be liberalised.
It is very unfortunate for a Muslim to be a liberal because rejecting the principal of Islam is against the rules of Islam and will affect his ‘akidah’.
Has Tun Musa Hitam forgotten that Clause 3.3 of the Umno Constitution states that Umno will defend and spread Islam?
It is very sad to see a former leader who not only had forgotten the core spirit of his party but also proud to reject the fundamental principals of his country, for Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.
An Iranian-American professor, Reza Aslan in an phone interview with The Malaysian Insider (TMI) criticised Putrajaya for “… setting itself up as a “parent” rather than an elected government, in banning the use of the word Allah among non-Muslims and dictating how Malaysian Muslims should practise their faith.”
My question is, what right has Reza Aslan to criticise a policy of another country and of a religion that he does not believe in?
Reza Aslan is a liberal and pluralist but claiming himself as a Muslim and is telling the Muslims that his ideology is the true Islamic teaching.
In 2014, Aslan described Islam as: “a man-made institution. It’s a set of symbols and metaphors that provides a language for which to express what is inexpressible, and that is faith. It’s symbols and metaphors that I prefer, but it’s not more right or more wrong than any other symbols and metaphors. It’s a language, that’s all it is.” – Wikipedia
Does he knows that being a liberal and pluralist is against the teaching of Islam?
If he does not understand Islam, how could he teaches an Islamic sovereign country about Islam?
It is weird when a person who does not even believe or follow the teaching of a religion thinks that he understands the religion better than the religious authorities of the religion itself.
Reza Aslan must learn to respect other religions and not to criticise others who do not share his belief in liberalism, pluralism and the Syiah teaching.
TMI also reported:
He (Reza Aslan) questioned as to why Malaysia should have a single official version of Islam for its citizens to follow, given that Islam is one of the most diverse religions in the world. – TMI
Reza Aslan is a liberal and pluralist, so he does not understand or believe in the true teaching of Islam.
In Malaysia, we are the Muslims of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah from the Shafie school of thought or madhhab, so this is the guideline followed by our Islamic authorities.
And since there is only four school of thoughts in Islam, I think Reza Aslan’s statement that, “Islam is one of the most diverse religions in the world,” is wrong.
There are lots of deviant teachings which claimed to be a part of Islam, for example, Syiah; but the rules of Syiah is against the rules of Islam.
Here’s another quote from TMI, that proves how narrow-minded Reza Aslan is:
“So I think the Malaysian people need to make a decision, do they want to be like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Iran?” – TMI.
It is hard to imagine that we want to be like Iran because Iran is a Syiah country and Syiah is not a part of Islam when Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia says that Islam is the religion of the Federation; so we’ll not follow Iran.
Malaysia is a sovereign country and we have our own rules and constitution so we’ll be Malaysia, not Iran nor Sweden or Singapore.
We are not a secular country the way Reza Aslan wants us to be.