Friday, December 18, 2009

from my fb note : "on religion, believes, faith and hatred."

**the topic is rather sensitive but I think it a pity that it’s a taboo. I really think we should at least talk about it.

When I was in turkey, we visited this monastery for nuns at Bursa. It was no longer in use and it was turned into an open air museum. The location itself was fascinating. It’s a natural rock formation called the Fairy Chimney (please google it up), which, more or less, is like clusters of caves in which people used to live.

Locations aside, as it was a monastery – or a nunnery, sure enough dalam tu ada like banyak gila abandoned churches, which did not look even a little like churches, more like a cave with inscriptions in it which was used by these nuns to pray.

So anyway, we went into one of those churches while our tour guide explained the details of the inscriptions and who drew it and the whys and hows. One of the fact, which architecture students may have learned in their 1st semester- Gothic cathedrals chapter, is that the plan of a church is usually of a crucifix form, kalau French more elongated cross, kalau English more equal legged cross(or the other way around. Tak ingat dah).

Then, I noticed that one of the pakcik in my group started to bounce up and down at the ball of his feet. I had to wonder “dia ni kenapa? too much sugar ke apa?”

When he met my questioning eyes, he explained sheepishly, “ni cross” then stamped his feet several times on the floor like he was stepping on it.

My jaw dropped.

Pakcik, seriously?

I really think that was low. And not to mention uncalled for. Why would he want to do that?
Yes, I get it we’re Muslims. Perhaps you a more devoted one than me. But it certainly does not mean we get a free pass for disrespecting other people’s religions and believes.

What if people did the same to what we consider as sacred in our religion? Treating it with disrespect, ridicule it and worse, stamping their feet on it?

I wrote about someone who stops prejudice in my last note, and people, this is how prejudice is started. This kind of thinking spreads easily (I should know, my little sister – having made friends with this pakcik and not knowing any better – followed his suit stamping her ignorant feet on the floor).People who didn’t know any better spreads it to equally clueless people who spreads it to brawns with no brains, and the cycle never ends. The next thing you know, people with different religions and believes starts hating each other. And war starts.

Ladies and gentlemen, from my perspective, believing and having faith in one’s religion does not connote disrespectful behavior towards other believes. Nor does it mean hateful treatments towards different religion believers.

For one, God explains in holy Quran that he caused the different nations with different beliefs only for them to compete in doing good deeds that bring them closer to God, but not to stay in conflict or hatred. Quran says:
"... If Allah had willed, He would have made you one nation (one belief), but that may test you in what He has given you; so compete in good deeds; then God will inform you about that in which you used to differ" [Quran, chapter 5, verse 48]

Plus, it is stated in holy Qur’an that we shalt not hate
"There is no compulsion in religion..."[Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 256]

And on top of that, check out Quran, chapter 60/ verse 8
" God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers."

So, really, think deep.

what’s our excuse?



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