Monday, 16 March 2009

a great victory??

this article is taken from yahoo malaysia:

Malaysia court upholds Muslim's return to Buddhism

By JULIA ZAPPEI,Associated Press Writer AP - Monday, March 16KUALA LUMPUR,

Malaysia - A Malaysian court ruled Monday that a convert to Islam has the right to return to her original religion, Buddhism, upholding an earlier decision favoring religious minorities in this Muslim-majority country.

The Shariah Appeals Court in northern Penang state upheld the lower court's verdict, dismissing the appeal by Islamic authorities to forbid Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah from returning to Buddhism, said Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz, lawyer for the state's Islamic Affairs Council.

"They ruled her conversion to Islam wasn't valid... Her declaration of faith was there but she didn't fulfill all the other conditions," he told The Associated Press. "She didn't practice."

Ahmad Munawir said the court "has made it clear that Muslims can't simply renounce the religion as long as their conversion is done in a proper way and he or she is accepted as a Muslim."

But Tan, whose first name before she converted was Ean Huang, said she never practiced Islam and converted in 1998 only to marry an Iranian Muslim. In 2006, she filed a request to renounce Islam after her husband left her.

Christians, Buddhists and Hindus have increasingly complained in recent years that they face discrimination, including unfavorable court decisions in conversion cases and temple destruction.

Tan's case follows another victory for religious minorities earlier this month when an Islamic court ruled in favor of a Christian man who was given an Islamic name at birth. The National Registration Department had refused to allow the man to drop his Islamic name when he applied for a new identity card.

But in many other instances in past years, courts have ruled in favor of Muslims, including refusing to let those who are Muslim-born leave Islam and accepting claims that people converted to Islam before their deaths despite family objections.

Malaysia has a dual court system for civil matters _ Shariah courts for Muslims and secular courts for non-Muslims, which make up more than a third of the country's 27 million people. In interfaith disputes, the jurisdiction of the courts has often clashed, and Shariah courts usually have the last word.

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referring to the statement i bolded in this article. is it truly a victory?? i see it as a great loss. poor thing. how do u view victory??

How do you choose to die?

Today somebody I knew died in a road accident. Yup, road accidents happen every day. It makes me wonder, how am I going to die?

And then it struck to my mind, I cannot choose where or when to die. I cannot choose how to die (even if you lay out a detailed plan to kill yourself, you still cannot confirm whether you will die according to your plan or not. Remember those suicide attempts cases that failed? Everything is in the hands of Allah – kun fayakun).


we were told that this rock in Brunei is the sinking ship of Malin kundang/tanggang, a malay folklore about an ungrateful son that turned into stone.

Once I attended this talk on the topic “Begin with the end in mind.”
I was very sleepy during that session and could not remember anything from the talk. But I know, the end of my life in this world would mean Death.

How do I view death? Well, death is a process where you go shifted from one world to the other world where you will live for eternity. What you did in this world while you were alive determines what will you get in the afterlife. Heaven or hell? You choose. And death means time out! That’s it, you cannot turn back time. All done and let’s see whether you have done enough to escape from hell and get the best heaven for eternity. Whoa!

So how do you choose to die?
My friend used to tell me about this one particular guy he knew died of heart attack on a dance floor. He was dancing happily and then died.
Some people may say, “well, at least he died in happiness.”
But in reality, would you like to die that way?
First, I pity him because he died as a non-believer of Allah (he’s a non-muslim)
Second, as a muslim, I guess none of us would like to die on a dance floor. Die in a position where you forgot you creator; Allah subhanahu wa taala.

I guess it is strange to the rest of the world, especially non-muslims, when muslims put death as their motivations for living out their lives to the fullest. Surprise surprise, talking about death is not a taboo in our culture. We talked about it everyday, especially in our prayers. We know death can come anytime, in various ways. So, we are reminded to prepare ourselves for it.

But how do you prepare for death? Booking a nice place in taman peringatan in Nilai? Nope. There was this girl who wanted to die in a face like Demi Moore. Would I like something like that? Definitely not! I also do not expect for any people to remember me after I am dead. Do not need any plaques in the hall of fames or whatever. What is more important is that I hope to die as a martyr..a syuhada..i want to die as a real practicing muslim. I do not mind how i died, whether on a cosy deathbed or in a horrible accident, as long as I’ve reached my purpose in life. I really hope so.

Once, I thought dying as a syuhada’ is something unreachable and something only prophet Muhammad’s sahabat or somebody who go on a holy war can achieve. No. Now i know that it is a total misconception. Well, even those who died in the war is not confirmed to be a syuhada'. If I do what prophet Muhammad did, which also means do as told by Allah, then I can make it to the list of syuhada’ or syaheed. That is why my friend used to say that she believes that her religious studies teacher died as a syuhada' because she died on her way to school, in her aim to educate people to know their creator; Allah.

What I should do to achieve this is that I should be very conscious with whatever I do and why do I do it in every millisecond I live…whenever I do something, I should think, would I die like this or in this situation? For example, would I like to die in this concert after shouting and banging my head, joining in the mosh pit, idolising the artiste, and NOT remembering Allah? Doing what is not permitted by Our Creator and NOT remembering Him? Other example would be, died while dating and pegang-pegang (zina to be exact!).

Let’s just pray those who died had repented his or her mistakes before dying..amin

menjawab tag cik fieqa

sudah tiba masanya saya jawab soalan tag cik safiqa binti safar..hehe..
maaf ye fieqa, kak ai dah lama sgt jawab soalan tag ni. dah sebulan kot??hehe..tapi tak di pos sbb..merasakan time tu tak sesuai utk kak ai mengepostnya di sini..but alas, here it is! (big smile):

soalan2 nye adalah seperti di bawah..

1. Anda rase anda HOT?
Hot as if in neraka??? Haha..i know wut u mean, but saya tak kisah saya hot ke cold..hehe

2. Upload gambar kegemaran anda.
Saya suka tangkap gambar, jadi banyak sangat gambar kegemaran..tapi ni salah satunyelah



3. Kenapa anda suka gambar ini?
because i took it myself. tangkap gambar ni kat taman orkid..ditakdirkan Allah, ternampak satu view yg sangat indah untuk ditangkap gambar..walaupun ia hanya bunga yg gugur di atas rumput, berhampiran batu2 tu. sygnye, sy dah hilang original gambarnya. yg ni tak sharp n format kecil..

4. Bila kali terakhir makan pizza?
Lupalah..mungkin kat rumah. Somebody bought pizza, and I just ate it. Yup, last year..hujung hujung tahun..my sister n her husband belanja.

5. Lagu terakhir yang anda dengar?
Berjalan, melihat, mentafsir..by nowseeheart

6. Apa yang sedang anda buat selain dari buat tag ni?
Dgar mp3 dan cuba menyiapkan tesis

7. Selain nama anda sendiri, apakah lagi nama yang anda suka orang panggil anda?
Semua nama panggilan saya lah kot?
Tapi alangkah bestnya if dapat gelaran macam para sahabat dulu..al-farouq ke.. heehe..gelaran yang baik2 n mencerminkan peribadi lah kan??

8. Tag lagi 5 orang:
alamak, tak suke main tag tag neh..sape eh?? Baeklah, kite bagi kat bloggers yg penah komen blog saye..
Korang takyah kot jwb soalan no1..takde maknenye..
1. arifah
2.qilah rafhanah..ker si fieqa dah suh awak jawab tag neh??
3.kd
4.hanna
5.along nazirah

9. Siapa no 1?
My sister in tarbiyah..doc to be..semangat dia neh!

10. Siapakah orang nombor 2?
adekkku yang sangat hebat bertaekwondo! Hrp dia boleh jadi sehebat ummu atikah

11. Orang nombor 3 ada hubungan dengan sesiapa?
ade! Ade hubungan dengan semua sisters yg berukhuwwah dgn dia..hehe..of course ada hubungan dgn Allah

12. Bagaimana pulak dengan orang nombor 4?
one of my lovely adikkks from intec :))

13. Kata sesuatu berkenaan dengan orang nombor 5.
they say we are twins..in terms of looks je lah kot? Dia sangat all-rounder..sayang along!

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