I am just an ordinary man, nothing special about me. Those of you who clicked this link may want to find out if there is anything unordinary about me. NONE. I am just like anybody else, a normal human being. A creature created by God; ALLAH. Nothing special about me. Okay, okay, here's my background...
I am a male Muslim currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Generally, I am known as a Malay guy, but actually I'm of a multiplexed mixed blood of Turkish, Pakistani, Persian, Siamese, Chinese, Caucasian, Polynesian, Jewish and Arabic. So, there you go... I have no real Malay blood... Surprised? Well, this is what actually the Malay race is all about, it is actually a mixed of everything under the sun and because it is so well blended together, might as well name it Malay then... (Most Malay people are actually having mixed bloods like me, seriously! Look at Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and Maya Karin for example. Gooogle them! Else, the truly indigenous Malay will be the proto-malay or orang-asli who, according to a genographic study, are actually closer to the Africanus and Australian Aborigins).
Oh, by the way... many Malaysian "Malay" of the Jewish origin like me; are very, very, very afraid to say that they are of Jewish origin. Too sensitive! A taboooo...
I beg your forgiveness for not being able to show my portrait of me as whatever I wrote here is considered a deviation from the Malaysian's brand of "Islam" and can be prosecuted under the "Islamic" Shariah Law of Malaysia. Malaysian Government is very strict on the "Malaysian Way of Islamic believe" and the topic of "Malaysian Islam" is not open for any discussion in Malaysia. Even the reference to the Books of God ALLAH The Al-Mighty is never neutral. They only approve a single Quranic translation by the Malaysian Government. I'm sorry for this inconvenience.
Again, let me state my intention in writing this pages is only to express my personal feeling, my believe, my experience and sharing my knowledge that I gained over the years having been living in Malaysia and other countries. I tried my best effort to support my argument and my believe with the Book of God, Al-Qur'an, with the most neutral language. Eventhough I have a bit of Arabic blood in me, I only seriously start learning Arabic while I was 25 years old. And I finally "khatam Al-Qur'an" while I was 28 years old. But I never ever stop studying Al-Qur'an after that!
Oh.. did I mention "khatam Al-Qur'an"? Why did I do so late in life, many of you may asked. My understanding of "khatam Al-Qur'an" is not in the Malaysian Islamic understanding of merely reading and reciting the Qur'an from end to end. There are so many Malaysian who boast doing that at a very tender age and I respect them for being able to do that amazing feat. But khatam to them is "khatam" (ie. sealed, closed, shut-up). I pity them for stopping there as if they have fulfill their lifetime requirement. Why do these people undress a banana but then refrained from eating it?
The more I read Al-Qur'an, the more I feel that whatever "Islam" that they say is "Islam", is actually moving farther away from the Books of God, Al-Qur'an, Injil and Taurat. Some people only embrace the "spirit" of Islam but not the "garment" of Islam. Some others stress on the "look" of Islam while having a hollow heart. Even others keep saying that they are the best of Muslims but their actions are more like hooligans. There even many more people are propagating the "arabicness" of Islam where else Islam never ever be bounded by any race or culture.
After more than 4 months of soul-searching, finally I gained strength to write these pages hoping that I may meet someone out there having the same view-point toward Islam as mine. A truly clear view of what is Islam without any bias or polarity. Understanding Islam by looking at it in a sincere, clear, honest, open-minded, logical and globally acceptable by believers (Muslims) and understandable by non-believers (Non-Muslims) without any prejudice and any hidden agenda. Why not?
Many Malaysians marked me as having "liberal Islam". Some even marked me as having pluralism believe. Others even regard me as infidel trying to smear their believe of Malaysian "Islam". Even more people regard me as the agent of "Inter-faith" movement. Not to mention some of them regard me as atheist or communist.
I am none of what they say I am. I believe in the Bible (Injil) and Torah (Taurat) simply because Al-Qur'an ask me to do so. Please refer to Al-Qur'an 2:285 ("Do not segregate between the Prophets of Allah" - ie. Muhammad, Jesus and Moses, etc.) Please also refer to my explanation about the Bible, the Torah and the People of the Books (Ahli Kitab).
It is customary in Malaysia to have "certificate" or some credential in order for anybody to give a speech on Islam.
I don't have that and I don't need that. I'm not giving a speech and I'm not asking anybody to listen to me. I'm simply expressing myself. Anybody who read my pages is doing that on his or her own free-will, no aggression or cohesion. If any of you don't like my writings, then close this page. Period. Some may even write another page to counter mine. Do as you wish... This is a free world. Please refer to Al-Qur'an 109:6 ("For you, your own judgement; for me, my own judgement"), so respect it!!!
Having said that rather defensively, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to study in various academic institutions in Malaysia and abroad in various fields of engineering, medical, military and humanistic studies; but none in Islam specifically. And I also thank God for showing me a number of people who have various (but quite in-depth) views on "Islam" that help me shaped up my understanding. Simply said, I have no formal education in Islamic Studies if this is the answer that you are looking for. But the same goes to our beloved Prophet Muhammad and many others including Bilal, Yasir and many companions...