Malaysiakini reported yesterday that the Persatuan Peguam Peguam Muslim Malaysia “is protesting Canadian author Irshad Manji’s programme in Kuala Lumpur on account of her “liberal” Muslim position, and wants her out of the country”.
The president of the Persatuan, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, is quoted as categorising Irshad’s programme as a “cancer to Islamic practices in Malaysia” and calling on the ulama to come up with “rebuttals to counter” Irshad’s ideas.
Is this, therefore, a concession by the president of the Persatuan that he has, himself, no answer to her points of view?
And having no answer, his solution then is to have her shoo-ed out of the country, so no one gets to hear her views?
Is this how Zainul Rijal wins his difficult, “I have no answer to my opponent” cases in court?
Steal a march on his opponents by denying them the right to be heard?
He opposes Irshad on account of her liberal Muslim position?
So he accepts, then, that there is another view point of Islam, other than his own?
A liberal Muslim position, as opposed to his own, whatever it may be?
If by liberal is meant respecting the view point of the next person, on Islam or anything else for that matter, yes, I am a liberal.
I have made no secret of the fact that my views on Islam differ with that of the likes of Zainul Rijal.
The Quranic is testimony to this.
What is God’s command, in respect of this differing point of view, according to the Holy Qur’an?
“God will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which you used to differ” – Surah 22 verse 69.
You disagree with Irshad’s viewpoint, or mine? What should you do?
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and debate with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is guided” – Surah 16 verse 125
I guess this simply will not do for Zainul Rijal and his band of Islam – as I say – ists.
All this in defence of God and Islam, they will say?
“And say, “Praise to Allah , who has not taken a son and has had no partner in [His] dominion and has no need of a protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with great glorification.” – Surah 17 verse 111
For Islam in Malaysia today, dominated as it is by the likes of Zainul Rijal and his ilk, who will go to the ends of the world to prevent the minds of those who profess Islam from being opened to consider, contemplate and reason, writers like Irshad will always be a cancer to their cause.