Ironic because contrary to the various initiatives of our religious leaders in keeping up to their so called mission of trying to procure a more moral society based on the framework of Islam, religion renouncement amongst Muslims and criticism of their actions, is escalating. In my opinion, our leaders lack the knowledge/wisdom to institute value through teaching and being an example. They have over indulged with the most convenient method known to them; implement law, a dual track law.
The unofficial estimation reported in MalaysiaKini in 2005 is 50,000 applications. Another source indicated this number to have increased to 250,000 applications in 2009.
Official statistics and reports on ‘murtad’ cases however fall in our governments ‘Official Secrets Act’ and (if any) are not available for the general public. A study made by University of Technology Malaysia made on 3 states (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor), however confirms the increase, although their findings are of the processed application from the 3 states.
The UTM report highlighted that authorities reasoned for the causes of Muslims renouncing their faith to be;
- incapable to fast during the month of Ramadan,
- ignorant to perform regular prayers,
- against every teachings of Islam
Talking of which, many times I have heard that for those whom regard that “laws are being shoved down their throat” are encouraged to seek audience with a certain Majlis. Don’t get me wrong, I admit to have no diploma or degree in Islamic law, or have I spent my entire life on Islamic studies but will I not be walking straight into a Lion’s den? (I do have other interests you know, like collecting stamps and teaching people how to park their cars).
No thank you sir, forget seeking audience with them, fear of being misconstrued and arrested for “speaking up”...even for a person like the Mufti of Perlis.
Coming back to the post, that despite the genius mentality of our ‘enlightened beings’, religion renouncement (and Malaysians giving up their citizenship) is escalating. What could they be doing wrong or what exactly are they doing right?
The 250,000 and I can’t help to suspect that PAS, EB’s and scholars alike are not competent to teach or capable of setting an example. Their benighted wisdom had formed a demagogue subconscious mind , that in the past 52 years, they have wasted more than 2,704 valuable opportunities (through Friday ‘Khutbah’/Sermons) to reach out and enlighten millions of Muslims from thousand of Mosques in this country, to inspire, raise our faith, motivate, work hard, think positive, have gratitude, progress in life, live in abundance (or moderacy), avoid greed, love the neighbour, stop complaining, don’t criticize other’s beliefs, trust, respect and tolerance, in the life here and now.
Because if they did, I don’t think there would be a single renouncement, accusations on extremism, racism, corruption, trash-talk, ‘immigrant-nism’, and certainly no Murtad-nism. And most of all, Malaysia would had set an excellent example of an Islamic country. PAS would have no need to worry at all about others attempting to wipe out Islam from the face of the earth (come to think of it, they don’t need others; as they are doing perfectly well among themselves).
If the ‘enlightened beings’ are allowed to reign supreme (non-receptive) in implementing laws over insignificant issues, religious renouncement’s amongst Muslims here looks great in next 50 years, if life on earth lasts that long.
With this in mind, i agree that perhaps PR should reconsider their next electoral candidates in Malaysia who insists that this should be the way to run a country.
In conclusion, I only pray In the name of Allah the beneficent, the merciful, to seek forgiveness for my ill perception of my leaders as I have no confidence in them and not that of my faith in the. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say "PEACE". - Amin.