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My Muslim hero has always been Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī. He is better known as Rumi. Rumi is an Islamic Sufi mystic from the 13th century who lived in what is now Konya, Turkey. I got really interested in Rumi when I first read about Rumi a number of years ago and ever since then I have been searching and learning about Sufism. I chose Rumi as my Muslim hero because I believe that Rumi is a shining example of the things I admire most about culture. Growing up as a non-Muslim in Malaysia I had become accustomed to the powers-that-be treating me differently because of my religion. I got used to thinking that the first thing the government see when they look at me is not the type of person I am, it’s my religion.

I assumed that’s how its going to be for a long long time in Malaysia because religion is used to the maximum by the powers-that-be. That all changed when for the first time I met a Sufi in India in 1980. I was welcomed with open arms and he wanted to get to know me the person. He brought me to the Sufi Center in New Delhi. For the first time in my life I forgot about my religion and could just be myself. It was a complete culture shock for me because for once I wasn’t judged based on my religion. I cannot even put into words how good it felt. I think this is a shining example of Rumi’s teachings on love and tolerance.

I see so many similarities between Rumi’s teachings and Hinduism and even Christianity. Sufism also has meditation as an essential part of prayer. For instance Rumi and his followers used simple music in meditation and prayer so that they can bring themselves closer to God. Perhaps the most critical and mind boggling event was when I saw both Muslims and non-Muslims praying together. This made me open my eyes. It taught me that I too can participate in things like Ramadan without compromising my identity or my belief.

These cross culture experiences have led me to be a stronger and well-rounded person. Therefore Rumi will always be my Muslim hero because he has helped me to understand the true meaning of peace, tolerance and love.

I want to post here a video of another Muslim I admire a lot, someone I recently discovered. He is Author of “The Arab Awakening” and Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, Tariq Ramadan. In this video Professor Tariq shares his thoughts on applying Islamic values in a multi-ethnic society like Malaysia. Among some of the other things he talks about in this video is the Hudud Law, equality between the rich and poor, setting up of an Islamic state and the level of tolerance Muslims should have towards homosexuals.

Watch this…

Hear this….I picked this up from Agence France-Presse

Three women have been caned under Islamic law for having extramarital sex, and this is the first case in Malaysia.

Officials said the three women were caned on February 9 at a women’s prison outside the capital Kuala Lumpur after being convicted of “khalwat” or “close proximity” between an unmarried couple.

“I hope this will not be misunderstood until it defiles the purity of Islam,” Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said according to state media.

“The punishment is to teach and give a chance to those who have fallen off the path to return and build a better life in future,” he said, adding that none of the three sustained any injuries.

Hishammuddin said the three women and four men were caned following a December decision in the religious courts — which operate in parallel to the civil system in Malaysia.

He said one woman was released from prison last Sunday while another will be freed in several days and the third will be released in June.

Malaysian Islamic authorities triggered uproar last year when they sentenced mother-of-two Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to six strokes of the cane for drinking beer.

Her case, which was to have been the first time a woman was caned under Islamic law in Malaysia, is under review and human rights groups have urged religious authorities to reverse the sentence.

Kartika’s case has been given wide media coverage but the case of the three women convicted of extramarital sex came as a surprise.

Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan said it was worrying that the punishment had gone ahead even as the caning issue was being hotly debated by Muslim scholars, religious groups and human rights activists.

“The impression was that Kartika’s case would be the first so I’ve got no idea what has happened,” he told AFP.

“It’s not as if this is the Middle East… it’s not a good signal that they’re sending out.”

“We are against any form of corporal punishment, for men or women,” he added. “The fact is that any form of whipping is barbaric.”

By the way, my friend Antares wants to know if these 3 girls in the picture below are the ones who got caned? Antares is willing to give the mobile number of these girls if anyone care to find out straight from the horse’s mouth. Anyone care?

Wishing all my Muslim friends a Selamat Hari Raya Haji specially to you BABY, SHYAM and your PARENTS wherever you all are. Also to MY BUDDY RAJA PETRA & MARINA wherever you two are my heart will always be there. Also not forgetting my good UMNO BUDDIES in Penang.

And also not forgetting all the MUSLIM staff of Tanjung Aru Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd…Rosdiana Wasimin, where is my rendang and ketupat?

Hari Raya Haji, as I know, marks the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice even his own son, Isaac/Ismail, on the orders of God. Prophet Abraham had to show his commitment and obedience to God, as a final act to make the blessings of the covenant between him and God. With faith Prophet Abraham executed the request, with exactness, thus demonstrating his willingness to trust in the word of God and in his ability to do all that he had promised.To me, this is the true meaning of sacrifice.

Selamat Aidil Adha dan Selamat pulang ke kampung masing-masing dan semoga berhati-hati di jalan raya.

This video was recorded from Al-Arabiya TV Station an Arabic-language television news station. I pinched this video from Susan Loone’s Blog.

It’s the month of fasting again.To all my muslim friends, HAPPY RAMADHAN!

At least 200 schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists, prompting drastic new tactics to prevent teenagers becoming attracted to Islamic extremist ideology.

Sir Norman Bettison, Britain’s most senior officer in charge of terror prevention, revealed the number, which had leapt from 10 children identified by June 2008. “Channel project” had intervened in the cases of at least 200 children who were thought to be at risk of extremism, since it began 18 months ago. 

Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain agreed that in recent years youngsters have been attracted by terrorist propaganda emanating from al-Qaeda-inspired groups.

In recent years many British Muslim youngsters have been lured and seduced by terrorist propaganda emanating from al-Qa’ida-inspired groups.

The British government now realise that it has a role to play in making sure that Muslim youngsters who have been seduced by al-Qa’ida-inspired groups must be made to realise that the whole thing is seen for what it is i.e a nihilistic one which offers no hope, only death and destruction.