KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — The Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) questioned today if Malaysia was trying to emulate pagans by dismissing new ideas on Islam, after the religious authorities accused it of deviance at a recent seminar.
The Muslim group pointed out that when Prophet Muhammad preached to the Meccans about monotheism, they had accused him of heresy.
“What is wrong in listening to different narratives? Does Jakim think that Muslims in this country are so stupid that they cannot think on their own?” IRF founder Ahmad Farouk Musa told Malay Mail Online.
“IRF believes in intellectual discourse and critical thinking. That is why our tagline is ‘Li qaumin yatafakkarun’ — for people who think. The whole idea is about thinking and rethinking. Any ideas should be discussed intellectually, not emotionally,” he added.
Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha accused IRF and G25, a pro-moderation group of retired civil servants, of trying to bring in liberal and deviant ideas into the country, highlighting Muslim scholar Mun’im Sirry’s purported remarks on the origins of the Quran at a seminar they organised last Saturday on moderation in the Quran.
“A worshipper perceives that he is near to God because he is awake all night worshipping God. But after worship, your prayers are for health, long life, wealth, and for the damsels and slaves of the Paradise.
Ponder! Did you ever pray to God, ‘O’ God, I desire from Thee nothing but Thee’?”
In Abrahamic religions thinking has always been dangerous ... to the church ('church' in a generic sense). Many such people were burnt at the stake for their thinking - see here for list of people burnt.
Thus religious organisations like JAKIM don't want their followers to think. Rather they demand the followers to obey, even if blindly, or face the consequences.
“Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.
And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!”