Trump placed a travel Ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer was shot at gunpoint at Yangon Airport, Myanmar. Six Muslims were shot dead during prayers in Quebec City, Canada. Back home in Malaysia we have political parties opposing the amendment to Act 355.
There is one unruly connection to all the events above, Islam. Islam and Muslims have been victimised by many around the world. The beginning of 2017 is a witness to many unimaginable atrocities. The fact that the American President placed a ban on countries that were bombed to oblivion by his own countrymen, is ironic.
Many have become refugees in their own lands and have nothing to go back to. And the people responsible for the misery of these poor souls are not willing to give shelter. The Muslim lawyer shot in Yangon airport was carrying his child in his arms when he was shot in cold blood. Such indifference towards humanity is rarely observed outside of the Palestinian conflict.
In Canada, unarmed worshippers were massacred during prayers. What did they owe such a retribution to? The fact that the brutality took place in Canada is even more baffling. Known as a peaceful nation where people do not have to lock their homes, yet innocent civilians were gunned down.
In Malaysia, political parties are willing to part an alliance formed before the independence. The fact that there are people hinting at the dissolution of the ruling coalition, shows that some things matter beyond national interests. The union’s biggest contributor, UMNO has been warned in advance of supporting an amendment to the Syariah Criminal Law Enactment otherwise known as Act 355.
Despite the Act being applicable only to Muslims, many claim otherwise. The pretext that the alteration will affect non-Muslims is a stumbling block in the legal process. Untrue and unwise, are the two words that best describe the allegations projected towards the Amendment to Act 355 by the opposition.
Apart from Islam, another thing common in the hatred that is based upon falsehood. Unjustified claims have been made by community leaders world wide against Muslims. The result is as what we see today. A society that is becoming polarised at the global level. It seems that it is the world on one end against the Muslims on the other. The Prophet once said,
“It is near that the nations will call one another against you just as the eaters call one another to their dishes.” Somebody asked: “Is this because we will be few in numbers that day?” He said: “Nay, but that day you shall be numerous, but you will be like the foam of the sea, and Allah will take the fear of you away from your enemies and will place weakness into your hearts.” Somebody asked: “What is this weakness?” He said: “The love of the world and the dislike of death.” Narrated by Abu Daud