Society has become less tolerant, say moderates

Source: FMT News

Sisters in Islam and other moderates say the Malay community was less judgmental and more tolerant of each other three decades ago.

Sisters in Islam and other moderates say the Malay community was less judgmental and more tolerant of each other three decades ago.

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s economic progress over the past 30 years has done little to uplift people’s mentality with Sisters in Islam (SIS) saying it “has gone from bad to worse”.

SIS Assistant Programme Manager Azareena Aziz said the Malay community in urban and rural areas were less judgmental and more tolerant of each other three decades ago.

“We used to be a moderate society then. For instance, 20 years ago, in my village there was a transgender. Everyone treated him with respect. No one was rude or thought he was a lesser person

“But now, the community does not accept a transgender. There are threats against that person.

“Looking at the past 30 years, which way are we heading now? Read more

Moving towards Muslim intra-faith understanding — Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY JAHABERDEEN MOHAMED YUNOOS

JULY 4 — There has been much discussion and many conscious efforts to bring about inter-faith understanding and tolerance so that people from different religious backgrounds may learn to live together in peace and harmony in this country.

The Federal Constitution itself was so drafted to enshrine this principle of religious tolerance while acknowledging Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Since Merdeka, we see there are mosques, gurdwaras, temples, churches and many other holy places belonging to diverse religions co-existing peacefully.

Malaysians celebrate each other’s religious festivities as an occasion to foster togetherness without the respective religious beliefs being threatened.

There is not only tolerance but acceptance of the fact that being from different religious backgrounds is not a deterrent to working and living together.

By and large, most Malaysians accept this diversity of religious beliefs as a rich feature of Malaysia.

Malaysian Muslims, too, accept this reality as a sign from Allah of His creativity, mercy and wisdom.

Hence, God willing, religious differences do not cause disunity or strife among Malaysians.

The situation, however, I am afraid is different when it comes to tolerance within the Muslim community itself.  Read more

No bashing, no fears as Muslims, Christians share stories of religion and activism

Source: The Malaysian Insider

(From left) Syed Azmi Syed Alhabshi, Debbie Loh, Khalina Khalili and Jeffrey Phang sharing yesterday with an audience comprising mostly of Muslims of their journeys to social activism. On the right is moderator Shazana Razali. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, December 18, 2015.

Amalina (not her real name) cradled her seven-week-old baby in her arms as she listened to a Christian activist quote biblical scriptures before an audience comprising mostly Malay, Muslim, tudung-wearing women.

By Amalina’s side were her four other children, ranging from eight to 18 years old, whom the 42-year-old brought along to the talk in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday, titled “Exchange Verses: A night of exchange between Christians and Muslims”.

The talk was promoted as an intimate gathering for people to listen to four activists – two Christians and two Muslims – share how their respective religions inspired them to embark on volunteerism. Read more