Allah For All
The high court decision to allow the churches to use the word ALLAH to denote god in their weekly Herald publication is a step forward towards 1Malaysia. All political parties and communities should receive the verdict positively and embrace all Malaysians as one people despite whichever form of god they worship.
A rose is a rose whatever name we call it. Moments like this should trigger Malaysians to think and look at the larger picture of humanity and the commonality of human beings. We have many things in common and only a few things that are different. Yet we mostly allow ourselves to dwell on these minor differences.
Nature doesn’t discriminate and act partially against any human, animal or religion. When there is a tsunami, flood or any natural disaster, everybody gets affected regardless of cast, creed, race or religion.
When go to the market to buy fish, chicken or vegetable, there is no such thing as Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu chicken, fish or vegetable. All of us buy the same thing. We, regardless of race or religion, come into the world the same way and we go out of this mother earth the same way too.
Then, why do we allow ourselves to be consumed by segregation? Do all these differences make mother earth a safer place to live in? Our blood group don’t go by race or religion. I can donate blood to any human regardless of his or her skin colour or religious beliefs.
One wise man once said that if he has two ships he will put all politicians in one ship and religious leaders in another ship and send them to a no-man island. The world will be a better place to live in without them.
I think it is an apt saying for the present time. Religion is the form and spirituality is the substance. We give so much importance to the name and form and in the process miss the substance. How many wars and battles have we fought just for the sake of name and form?
The worst fear is sometimes religious leaders have such stranglehold over the human mind that human beings fear to think beyond their religion and think about the reality which is the substance.
The essence of all religions should be one and only one. Therefore all religious leaders should work to make the world a more cohesive, safer and harmonious place.
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