Demo bantah guna ‘Allah’ di Masjid Negara anjuran Perkasa dan Pekida@UMNO…….

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Beberapa ratus menyertai demonstrasi di Masjid Negara selepas solat Jumaat sebentar tadi bagi membantah penggunaan perkataan Allah di penerbitan Katholik yang kini menjadi kontroversi.

herald allah verdict protest masjid negara 080110 protesters 02Perhimpunan dianjurkan dua pertubuhan Melayu, Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) dan Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah (Pekida).

Demonstrasi membantah isu yang sama turut diadakan di Masjid Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur dan masjid negeri di Shah Alam.

Pada 31 Disember lalu, Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur membenarkan majalah Herald The Catholic Weekly menggunakan nama Allah dalam penerbitannya.

Keputusan itu mengundang reaksi negatif banyak kelompok dalam masyarakat Islam dalam tempoh seminggu ini.

Mahkamah yang sama bagaimanapun menangguhkan keputusan tersebut sementara menunggu rayuan daripada Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

Jika bakar gereja, sah perkauman

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Malaysian Insider hari ini melaporkan berita bertajuk “KL church torched” (gambar di sebelah juga ihsan Malaysian Insider). Malaysiakini pula melaporkan berita bertajuk “Church fire-bombed ahead of protests“. Untuk seluruh dunia, Reuters melaporkan berita bertajuk “Malaysia church torched amid Allah row“.

Tidak ada bezanya puak pembakar gereja itu dengan puak-puak laknat yang membakar masjid dan pusat-pusat Islam di Amerika Syarikat, Britain, Australia dan negara-negara Barat yang lain.

Selepas ini, bolehkah kita marah kalau puak-puak tu bertindak balas membakar masjid dan pusat-pusat Islam di negara-negara tersebut? Memanglah, dalam negara ini kita bukan minoriti. Tetapi, jangan aniayakan saudara-saudara seagama kita yang menjadi minoriti di tempat-tempat lain.

Saya harap puak yang membakar gereja itu bukanlah orang-orang upahan atau mereka yang dibangangkan oleh hasutan puak gila yang menggelejat dengan penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh majalah Herald The Catholic Weekly. Jika golongan itu yang melakukan perbuatan tersebut, betullah apa kata Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah bahawa kontroversi mengenai penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh majalah Herald kelihatan “lebih kepada sentimen perkauman berbanding agama”.

Perbuatan itu hanya dilakukan oleh racist. Hamba Allah s.w.t dan pengikut Nabi Muhammad s.’a.w.w. tak buat gitu. Berikut saya petik ingatan RasuluLlah kepada tentera-tentera Islam yang saya salin dari buku “Sirah Nabi Muhammad s.’a.w. – Pengajaran dan pedoman” tulisan Ustaz Mustafa Sibaie, Muraqib Am (Ketua) Ikhwan Muslimin Syria yang pertama:

“Jangan kamu belot (jika diadakan perjanjian) atau mencuri rampasan perang (sebelum diagih-agihkan). Jangan kamu membunuh kanak-kanak, wanita, orang tua yang tak berdaya dan pendita yang memencilkan diri di gereja. Jangan kamu memusnahkan pokok kurma, memotong pokok atau meruntuhkan binaan”.

Ah, dari membakar gereja orang, lebih baik duduk di rumah ajar anak-anak tentang Perkara 11(4) Perlembagaan Malaysia dan ajar mereka bagaimana nak buat riuh-rendah dan histeria gila bila ada pihak yang melanggar peruntukan perkara tersebut yang melarang penyebaran ajaran bukan Islam kepada orang-orang Islam. Lebih baik lagi kalau ajar mereka membaca Al-Quran:


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Pakatan wants Umno to take responsibility for church attacks (Malaysian Insider 8/1/10)
by bakaq a.k.a. ~penarik beca 

Security tightened as politicians condemn church attacks

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By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Police said they have stepped up security at all churches nationwide after one was firebombed and a failed attack on another church in the early hours of today amid a row over the use of the word “Allah” for the Christian God. Authorities are also bracing for nationwide protests by angry Muslim groups after Friday prayers.

The attack on the Metro Tabernacle church, part of a Pentecostal group called The Assemblies of God, gutted its administrative office on the ground floor. A Catholic church in Petaling Jaya also came under attack but the homemade device failed to explode. Police have yet to confirm reports of other churches being attacked.

“Since last night, I have instructed all patrol cars to patrol all church areas. We are monitoring all churches,” Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Inspector-General of Police, told Reuters.

Both Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub have condemned the attacks.

“Despicable and cowardly. This is not my Malaysia,” Khairy tweeted in his Twitter account before visiting the firebombed church in the leafy Desa Melawati suburb.

In a statement issued later, Khairy said the Barisan Nasional Youth strongly condemned the arson at the Metro Tabernacle church.

“Whatever feelings anyone has over the issue of ‘Allah’ being used by the Herald, the act of destroying a house of worship like this one last night cannot be defended.

“If there are Muslims who are responsible for this incident, they should be ashamed and repent their action as Islam itself asks its followers to respect the freedom of religion of non-Muslims,” Khairy said.

Speaking to reporters outside the Metro Tabernacle church, Khairy said the organised protest by Muslim groups will only worsen an already intense situation following the arson.

He said though he personally backs the groups’ right to express themselves, last night’s arson attack has altered and exacerbated the situation further and pushed the “climate to the edge”.

Khairy also denied that the Barisan Nasional government was to be blamed for the current tension between Christians and Muslims while shrugging off accusations that Umno Youth was involved in the attack.

“We strongly condemn this attack,” Salahuddin told The Malaysian Insider.

The Kubang Kerian MP said Islam does not allow its faithful to destroy houses of worship belonging to non-Muslims. “Even during war, those who seek sanctuary in houses of worship cannot be killed or the buildings itself destroyed.”

A court ruling last week allowing Catholic newspaper the Herald to use “Allah” for the Christian God has been appealed by the government of the mainly Muslim nation of 28 million people.

The issue has threatened relations between the majority Malay Muslim population and the minority ethnic Chinese and Indian populations who practise a range of religions including Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. Christians — including about 800,000 Catholics — make up about 9 per cent of Malaysia’s population. Malays, who account for around 60 per cent of the population, are by definition Muslims and are not allowed to convert.

Dominant Muslim groups are set to protest today against the ruling in the capital Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere in the country despite police warnings not to proceed.

“I have advised them to let this be handled by the court. I will take action against anyone who acts to jeopardise national security,” said Musa.

Last night, the government’s judiciary website was reportedly hacked amid growing anger over the court ruling.

Online news website The Malaysian Insider captured a screen shot of the defaced website which contained the warning “Allah only restricted to Muslim only”.

Many churches in Malaysia are situated in residential or retail areas and often occupy a small lot.

“It is confirmed that Desa Melawati church was burnt, at about 12.25 in the morning. There were no fatalities. We are investigating the incident and suspect foul play,” said Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer Mohammad Sabtu Osman.

According to 2007 statistics, there are 333 Assembly of God churches in Malaysia.

“There are witness reports two persons on a motorbike came near the entrance and hurled in something looking like a petrol bomb. Our church is 90 per cent gutted (on the first floor),” said church spokesman Kevin Ang from the Metro Tabernacle church.

It is illegal for non-Muslims to proselytise to Muslims although freedom of worship for the mainly Buddhist, Christian and Hindu religious minorities who make up 40 per cent of the population is guaranteed under the country’s constitution.

Malaysia was rated as having “very high” government restrictions on religion in a recent survey by the Pew Forum, bracketing it with the likes of Iran and Egypt and it was the 9th most restrictive of 198 countries.

The use of “Allah” has been common among non-English-speaking Malaysian Christians in the Borneo island states of Sabah and Sarawak for decades and without any incident.

Meanwhile, some Catholic churches in the Klang Valley are reported to have cancelled masses today. 

 

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