JOHOR QUEEN TELLS ‘LUCKY’ MALAYSIAN MUSLIMS: DON’T BE BULLIES, SHOW RESPECT TO NON-MUSLIMS

Muslims in Malaysia are so very lucky because they do not know what it’s like to be part of a minority group. Those of us who have studied or lived abroad know what it feels like to be a minority, and we learn to adapt. At the same time, we see the kindness and the acceptance of those who are Christians, Jews, or of other faiths, when we are in their countries.
I remember seeing photos of Zaharah Othman, the NST London correspondent, at a church, wearing her hijab. And she’s also told me how she had been offered to perform her prayers in churches.

When my eldest son was leaving India and was ending his service with the Indian army, his fellow officers took him to the army mosque. They were Hindus but they showed their respect by covering their heads with their handkerchiefs, and taking their shoes off.

We Muslims must show the same respect to our fellow Malaysians who are not of the same faith as ours.

[Umat Islam di Malaysia begitu bernasib baik kerana mereka tidak tahu bagaimana rasanya menjadi sebahagian daripada kumpulan minoriti. Bagi kita yang pernah belajar atau menetap di luar negara, kita tahu apa rasanya menjadi ahli kumpulan minoriti, dan kita belajar untuk menyesuaikan diri.

Pada masa yang sama, kita dapat melihat kebaikan dan penerimaan mereka-mereka yang beragama Kristian, Yahudi, atau penganut agama lain, apabila kita berada di negara mereka.

Saya masih ingat melihat gambar Zaharah Othman, wartawan NST di London, sewaktu beliau memakai tudung di gereja. Dan beliau juga memberitahu saya bagaimana beliau telah ditawarkan untuk menunaikan solat di gereja-gereja ketika itu.

Ketika anakanda sulung saya di penghujung tempoh perkhidmatannya dengan tentera India dan akan meninggalkan India, rakan-rakannya telah membawanya ke masjid tentera. Walaupun mereka beragama Hindu namun mereka telah menunjukkan rasa hormat mereka dengan menutup kepala menggunakan sapu tangan, dan membuka serta meninggalkan kasut mereka di luar masjid.

Kita sebagai muslimin dan muslimat perlu menunjukkan rasa hormat yang sama kepada warga Malaysia yang tidak seagama dengan kita.]

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