An Australian political candidate, Stephanie Banister, said in an interview by a news network that Islam is a country and apparently, she has a towering ignorance on what ‘haram’ is. Despite that, she is right if she meant that Islam is such a creed that can be fully established only if Muslims have a country of their own.
Through research of the Quran, Islam can be concluded as a political doctrine. Among the criticisms towards Islam is the claim that Islam is a political ideology disguised as a religion. I agree on the early part of the statement that Islam has political rules and laws, but to say that Islam is trying to put on a ‘religion’ label would be naive. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I read an article in the letters section of the New Straits Times about the absurdity for students to wear neckties in schools. The writer, who works at Perak Islamic Information Centre, expressed his sympathy towards school children because they are forced to wear neckties, even in the contemporary hot weather happening now in Malaysia. The necktie was invented by the British to keep themselves warm in their chilling country. To wear a necktie in a tropical region that has hot and humid weather throughout the whole year would be completely foolish. Unfortunately, not only kids are forced to wear them, but also working adults. Continue reading →