Anxiety could be lethal for me, especially during nighttime. My body could be freaking tired but the mind says to the eyes not to shut though they could be very puffy-eyed. Yes, there are quite a lot of things playing in my mind now but well, I guess I will have just to learn how to cope with stress and shun the system so I can have a good rest. But not today especially today is a holiday as it is 25th December 2013 – that is Christmas, of course! A one day holiday in the middle of 3 days of school meetings – the Headmaster’s (23rd December); the Curriculum’s (24th December) & Co-Curriculum+Hal Ehwal Murid/HEM (26th December).
Anyway, my pet, Duchess has given birth unexpectedly today! Sigh, I haven’t really write anything about my pets, haven’t I? Keep wanting to write but keep postponing as well; and I owe myself the last piece of Sydney entry too! Hmmm…. I am also in the middle of process doing translation from Bahasa Malaysia to English for a client from Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia entitled “Garis Panduan Perpustakaan Khusus”. Also been thinking about how to juggle life and financial stability if I were to continue Master in UITM (if I get) due to the time conflict with Night Classes (which are like quite profit generator to alleviate my monthly expenses! Waaaa….. huhuhu!). So many in the plate of childlike’s mind. Amin, Insya ALLAH.
7 Deadly Sins? Sinful, are we?
Whatever it is, the gist of this entry is actually more or less about Christmas since it is 25th December, after all. Yeah, yea… typical close-minded Malaysian Moslems will surely JUMP when they read that statement WITHOUT bothering to read the whole content, wouldn’t they? I don’t understand the culture; specifically this late 5 years. Racial and religion cards have been played all out by politicians and their fanatic butt-kissers just to ignite uproar to gain support. And with the Islamic “Hijrah” trend which actually is a positive energy sparked by the phenomenal “Nur Kasih” drama since 2009 (which by the way is one of my most favourite Malay dramas as well and left good impact to me, too!) and the Islamic Domino Effect of Malay artistes who “used-to-be-hedonistic-but-now-back-to-basic-Hijrah” trend, hence making Islamic icons/preachers/clerics as household names; Malaysian Moslems have become more Islamic than they have been – WHICH I think is a fabulous paradigm shifts!
The drama that ignited the rejuvenated Islamic wave in Malaysia – it is a positive energy, at least that is what I think and it happens to me.
NEVERTHELESS, with the ubiquitous usage of Facebook among Malaysians these days, some blatant statements are made without considering sensitivities of other races or religions. When this matter is questioned, the more devoted “I-am-holier-than-thou” people would exclaim :-
“Is it better to hurt the feeling of heathen or to deny the sanctity of Islam???!”
With this cliche retaliation of the blindfolded followers, discussions usually end in vain and futile missions. BUT, for me; I have been making clear statement that irregardless whatever typical Malaysian Moslems want to say, I will still adamantly wish my other multiracial friends on their festivals because it is as a sign of harmony and recognize the friends and to exhibit the true essence of Islam which is to give respect to people from other religions in terms of their rights to exercise their own faiths and cultures! I am proud to say that I am a very easy-going person who never see skin-colours or religions as barriers. I have a lot of friends from other races, religions and places around the world. I don’t see prejudices by the name of religion hatred; which I think is the stupidest thing one can ever do! I wonder why some people are like a Malay maxim – “frogs under the coconut shell” ? They don’t see the world as it is; they see as they are – inside their coconut shell bubble!!
Understandably when it comes to Christmas (obviously there is this “unspoken animosity traced back to the Crusades” between Islam & Christianity), the labeling of “blasphemy” by TYPICAL Malaysian Moslems to the celebration will be even greater than the other cultural festivals such as Chinese New Year or Deepavali. And it saddens me because EVERY YEAR since like 5-6 years ago, everytime Christmas is approaching, these typical blindfolded Malaysian Moslems begin to circulate “some statements from renowned local religious man” claiming it is “sinful” and it is “blasphemy” to wish “Merry Christmas”, etc (the same scenario applied to the “Rest In Peace/R.I.P.” Honestly, right???! Sheesh!) !!!!
It is really sickening to see people following it BLINDLY and I just pray that someday, there will be a Fatwa issued by The National Fatwa to clear the smoke because when Fatwa is issued, it is a clear ultimatum we won’t be arguing because a Fatwa is issued when all the possibilities of negative & positive impacts of the matter to Moslem community are calculated and enumerated meticulously. – Well, today; the question is finally answered! It happened that actually The Malaysian National Fatwa Council had already issued a Fatwa pertaining this matter! Although the URL address is broken but you can try it at : http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my/fatwa-kebangsaan/hukum-orang-islam-mengucapkan-tahniah-dan-ucapan-selamat-bersempena-perayaan-agama- ; or manually search in Google!
The print screen of the National Fatwa issuing of the matter of wishing people of different religions. By the name of Maslahah. You guys can check at the website or as abovementioned URL.
Apparently, it is allowed to wish, as long as one does not exaggerate or too obsess! In a way, it’s all for harmony and Maslahah. Islam is beautiful if one really thread the essence of it! Subhanallah! To all my Christian friends, merry X’mas to ya’ll!