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Of cow heads and arrogant Muslims

(Prof Mohd Tajuddin Haji Mohd Rasdi | Sep 1, 09 2:04pm)

I wish to comment on the 'cow head' incident in Shah Alam. As a Muslim and as a
Malaysian citizen I do not support such a wanton display of disrespect for Islam
and for Malaysia .

As a Muslim, my readings of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad's traditions or


hadiths have taught me to respect animals and other religions.

With respect to animals, the Prophet warned Muslims against overburdening animals
in carrying objects. The Prophet explained a story of how a prostitute was
forgiven her sins by the simple act of giving a thirsty dog a drink.

The cow is one of the animals which Muslims slaughter not just for food but also
as a sacrificial offering of our thankfulness to Allah as well as remembering
Abraham's 'sacrifice' of his son Ismail.

The cow is thus 'holy' to Muslims as well as to Hindus. Muslims sacrifice a cow
for the aqiqah ceremony or during the Qurban celebrations.

Thus as a Muslim, we must respect animals that become our food as well as our
symbolic act of sacrifice.Standing or putting once's foot on a dead cow is a
'biadab' act that speaks of a person steeped in racial bigotry and of a person
low in education of Islam.

With respect to other religions, there were occasions where the Prophet taught me
about my attitude towards them. Once, the Prophet stood up as a sign of respect
when the body of a Jew was carried to the grave.

When dispatching the army to a campaign, the Prophet warned the soldiers from
desecrating houses of worships, those who reside in them, the young and the old
and even trees should not be cut down if necessary.

Never had the Prophet taught me to desecrate another person's religion. The great
Indonesian scholar Hamka wrote in his magnum opus, Tafsir Al-Azhar that there are
hundreds of thousands of 'Nabi' and they might even be the founders of other
religions.

It is common to find other religious faiths making fun of Islam and Muslims but
as a Muslim I will never be allowed by my religion to make fun of other religions
much less to desecrate them.

As a Malaysian citizen, I wish to ask why these people who showed such contempt
for the religion of the Hindus not be arrested under the Sedition Act?

Were these people given permits by the police? If so why were they granted
permits to desecrate another religion? Why were they not stopped and told to
disperse? If Hindus can tolerate the Muslim call for prayers five times a day for
the rest of their lives, what disruption can a Hindu temple be?

I live next to a HinduTempleabout 150 meters away and I observe a procession


thrice or twice a year. It is quiet 362 days of the year.

Lastly, if these residents were proven to be members of any political party or


parties, their membership should be revoked in order to ensure that we should not
tolerate any political entity that uses racial hatred as their means of achieving
political ends.

If not, then the said party or parties should be outlawed and their registration
terminated immediately.

After more than 50 years of merdeka, I still cannot raise five children without
the threat of racial disharmony and hatred. What does that say about our present
leadership and future of our country?