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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Fuego De Dios -Part Nine- A Broken Covenant

"When the visions around you bring tears to your eyes and all that surround you are secrets and lies. I'll be your strength, I'll give you hope. Keeping your faith when it's gone."
This I Promise You - 'NSYNC

Morning has broken here in the wake of 5 church bombings that have shaken the very foundations of Malaysia's racial and religious unity. Welcome back to Drive The Sensation: Fuego De Dios. Bringing you step-time coverage of the Malaysian church bombings on the 8th of January 2010.

Things seemed to have quieted down overnight. However, discussions and hot controversy have been brewing over social networking sites. The number of groups supporting and criticizing the use of the word "Allah" on Facebook have risen sharply and have attracted the attention of many while the twitter hashtag #churcharson, created yesterday to collate the tweets documenting and relevant to the church bombings, namely the bombings of Assumption and Metro Tabernacle.


Currently brewing are petitions and articles regarding this matter. However, what strikes this issue at the heart is a document filed by Dr. Muqtedar Khan in the AlJazeera magazine on New Years' Day this year. Dr. Muqtedar Khan, the Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding wrote about unity between Christianity and Islam. In 628 A.D., at the foot of Mt. Sinai stood St. Catherine's Monastery - the oldest standing monastery in the world today holding a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican. This monastery sent a delegation to request protection from the Prophet Muhammad which was welcomed openly. Prophet Muhammad offered them a charter of rights and granted them protection for 1400 years.
(picture from AlJazeera.com Magazine)


The document that made a stand was the promise made to St. Catherine, as shown below.



"This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)."

(Copied from AlJazeera.com Magazine)


This covenant has very unfortunately, been broken here in our very own country. It is a sad and dark cloud that falls upon every Muslim in Malaysia because of the stereotype and prejudice that Malaysians default to. Due to current issues combined with eyewitness reports, the probability of those responsible for the church bombings are Muslims, and because of that all the Muslims in Malaysia are forced to take the blame.


I strongly encourage you to open your heart and field of vision. Yes, many Muslims gathered in mosques and suraus all across the Klang Valley to voice their opinion but NOT ALL MUSLIMS FOLLOWED SUIT. I have Muslim friends against this monstrosity, you definitely have Muslim friends like that too. Our State Minister is a Muslim and he is DEFINITELY not in support of this rubbish. Learn to accept. Learn to dislike instead of hate, for hate brings us nowhere.


Love,
D.A.niel

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