Matters of opinion that enables me to understand or make some sense of my country- Malaysia

It may not have been Syed Azmi’s design with this “Touch dog” awareness to foster appreciation and mutual understanding among the ethnic communities,and was just simply about demonstrating that Dogs are really loveable misunderstood creatures yet inadvertently,a more significant and positive message was sent out,which is that,Not all in Malay community are resentful lot . and religious fundamentalism has not totally taken root in shaping a fanatic fervour of the entire Malay community. if indications from recent outburst /statements from certain public figures and NGOs are used to gage sentiments.,

Its feels a bit of a relief to know that the likes of Ibrahim Ali or even Reduan Tee’s brand of ethno/religo extremism is not the overwhelming portrayal of the Malays and feels encouraging and reassuring that there are a lot more “Syed Alis ” ..in our diverse cultural society. “Hope is Kindled.”
All the while , Malaysians across the ethnic divide have always known about the the natural disposition of the Malays as being a gentle ,kind-hearted ,courteous patient and reasonable community..
But the attempts to suppress that psyche with the noble traits ,beginning from the TDM era and consistently , adamantly and forcefully reinforced by Perkasa and similar organizations have been damaging to that image and mindsets..
So whether Syed Ali realizes it or not , he showed that Noble side of him and in-default representative of and reflects the true nature of a segment of his own ethnic community, .that is appreciated and respected .
The main undertone of this “i want to touch a dog ” event is a important message to all across all communities… Make an Effort , Overcome Prejudices, Time for the Mslims to “,Make a Geat Leap Forward

Thank You indeed Mr Syed Ali..so many positive inferences from one sooo simple an event

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But instead of encouragements, Syed Azmi gets death threats..

At this rate , even among the Malay community, a petty issue such as this ” touch a dog” event has quite successfully alienated the moderates from the extremist. And this time it will be a stretch to blame this on the nons, ,.since the debate is amongst themselves , scholars school of thought.and differing interpretations. , from really extremist verging on a call to arms to to the more seemingly common sense views. ,while the nons observe from the sidelines.and forming their own opinions. From violent threats of physical harm to the organizer , to positive encouragement along progressive views and approach to their faith.
Sensible people of the faith with a handle on their emotional disposition regarding ,what is outrageous or extreme and what is simple common sense will have respective opinions.and decide which interpretation from the intellectuals on the faith they prefer..or reject..

but then..

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It is so embarassing ,dis-heartening and shameful of our society in general to even allow something like this to happen.
Here is a example of a youth in a noble gesture that can indirectly be seen as building bridges and clearing negative misconceptions of his own community and faith , being villified and demonized, and so, instead of something postively encouraging which basically promotes mutual understanding among communities and also generating awareness in the muslim community about dogs and that there are acceptable ways on how the muslims can approach the noble lovable creatures , but the ugliness of the haters overwhelmingy surfaced in full force , hell bent to ensure continuation of Hatred and Ignorance .
Therefore,yet again , message being sent is of violent intimidation on even their fellow brothers/sisters for merely suggesting another interpretation,not even disagreeing.

And the victim is thereby forced to apologize to the haters,in fear of reprisals,for the sake of merely wanting to organize a event that ought to have been a positive step of goodwill among the communities in coming together from common love for the noble creature.
Yup, guess .. Extremism triumphs ! And moderates suffer in silence.

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MistyClarity  commenter from Malaysian Insider.

It’s a real pity and a shame to have to come to this. In my humble opinionsyedazmi need not apologise. In just 2 hoursSyedAzmi had succeeded in uplifting the consciousness, compassion and understanding of many of his fellowbrethrens. This is something thatJAKIM andMAIS had failed to do in over a few decades.What do I as a non-muslim learned from this

a. There isn’t a single statement in the quran that said that dogs are dirty or haram. Dogs are mentioned only 3 times in the quran and none of them negative.
b. In the quran it was also mentioned that whatever a dog catches a muslim could partake of it. There was no mention or special prescription as to how the meat should be cleaned because of contamination by the dog’s saliva.

c. Hadis are not edic. It is like a commentary in other spiritual traditions which guide us and help us understand the depth and breath of what was written in the quran. There is a simple rule in this tradition and i.e. anything that is contrary to what was stated in the quran is automatically rejected as fabrications or false reporting of men.

d. Fatwa is also not an edic but an opinion. The final judgement is between each individual and his God.

And for all these understanding and for your love and compassion let me tip my hat you.

I have also learned the ugly side of name-sake muslims who not only demonstrated their total lack understanding but also in their ignorance acted in ways that had undermined and diminished the reputation and standing of islam in the eyes of many – muslims and non-muslims.

In a few days these ruffians in the name of islam had undone all the good that Syed Azmi had achieved and more.

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It is more alarming to note that the ignorance or a segment of the ignorant comes in the guise of ostensibly learned scholars who claim to a moral /intellectual authorities of the faith,and it is their wisdom and interpretation that must be followed..! OR ELSE..?! Compassion is an alien concept to these closed mindsets.Threats to intimidate and even resorting to verbal attacks/insults or more scary , physical seems to be a natural recourse.
And whatever noble sincere gesture Syed Azmi had intended the event to be, it has been totally overshadowed by the ugliness of the haters.Such a shame..! Like it or not ,it reflects back on Malaysians as a society and of course on those who govern us..

long live extremism…hate and ignorance triumphs…again.!.zealots win the day
” halle…. gut wrenching …luyah..
.Poor Syed Azmi spreading goodwill is like a non halal thing to do and he is forced to apologize,under the shadow of insults,threats and intimidation..the fear of reprisal is very real..
Wish i could say to him,”hey “i ve got you covered,got your back,but then, can only lend a voice..Where are the moderates ? Suffering in silence? Where are the voices of them who govern,Cowering in their prudent silent cowardice.
Meanwhile,the ” Moral authorities or guides,many in robes, continue to insist their moral compasses,pointing to the place named Malice..is the right direction/destination..Dented psyches is the fare for the journey

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And the victim is thereby forced to apologize to the haters,in fear of reprisals,for the sake of merely wanting to organize a event that ought to have been a positive step of goodwill among the communities in coming together from common love for the noble creature.
Yup, guess .. Extremism triumphs ! And moderates suffer in silence.

It is more alarming to note that the ignorance or a segment of the ignorant comes in the guise of ostensibly learned scholars who claim to a moral /intellectual authorities of the faith,and it is their wisdom and interpretation that must be followed..! OR ELSE..?!

Compassion is an alien concept to these closed mindsets.Threats to intimidate and even resorting to verbal attacks/insults or more scary , physical seems to be a natural recourse.
And whatever noble sincere gesture Syed Azmi had intended the event to be, it has been totally overshadowed by the ugliness of the haters.

Such a shame..! Like it or not ,it reflects back on Malaysians as a society and of course on those who govern us..

Bryanbb

See How Vicious / Unclean The Dog Is.!

Sunday’s ‘I want to touch a dog’ event was a success with almost 1,000 people turning up but many Malays have taken offence at photos of Muslims petting and holding dogs. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 22, 2014.

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