Say No To Islamaphobia

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Rakyat Malaysia menolak Islamofobia: Say No To Islamofobia.

1. Kami, rakyat Malaysia yang mencintai keamanan, amat sedih melihat apa yang telah terjadi di New Zealand di mana 50 orang telah dibunuh ketika menunaikan solat jumaat termasuk seorang remaja rakyat Malaysia. Kami ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan takziah kepada ahli keluarga mangsa keganasan. Moga2 Allah mengurniakan jannah bersama-sama mukmin2 soleh kepada yang telah pergi ke rahmatullah.

2. Pembunuhan beramai2 yang tidak berperikemanusiaan ini dilakukan oleh seorang warga Australia yang benci Islam dan Muslim. Kebencian Islam atau Islamofobia telah menjalar ke seluruh pelusuk dunia sehingga kebencian ini bukan sahaja membawa prejudis kepada kehidupan harian umat islam tetapi kepada pembunuhan yang kejam seperti di New Zealand. Gejala Islamofobia ini mesti dibendung dengan tegas.

3. Berlatarbelakangkan ini, kami rakyat Malaysia yang cintai keamanan, amat resah dan cemas melihat peningkatan insiden Islamofobia di tanah air kita. Ia mesti ditentang, diwarwarkan dan dibendung dengan tegas. Kalau dibiarkan ia boleh mengancam kedamaian antara kaum dan agama kita yang kian meruncing kebelakangan ini. Islamafobia adalah rasisma.

4. Kes penghinaan nabi Muhammad S.A.W. baru2 ini merupakan satu kes Islamofobia yang mencemaskan. Kebencian kepada Islam ini amat mendalam sehingga sanggup memanggil Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. dengan panggilan keji “pedofil”. Di Eropah, Mahkamah Hak Asasi Manusia EU telah menetapkan panggilan sedemikian rupa terhadap Nabi Muhammad S.A.W sebagai satu penghinaan kepada and berniat memperkecilkan Nabi Muhammad SAW. Ia mengancam keamanan beragama dan bukan sebahagian kebebasan bersuara. Mereka ini juga boleh didakwa melakukan satu jenayah.

5. Sekiranya Eropah menganggap panggilan “pedofil” sebagai “hate speech (pertuturan benci) yang mengancam keamanan beragama, apatah lagi sekiranya ditujukan kepada muslim yang merupakan rakyat majoriti di negara kita. Malah hukuman ke atas pesalah di sini sepatutnya lebih berat lagi.

6. Belum sempat kes hina nabi ini selesai, kita dikejutkan dengan kenyataan bahawa umat islam adalah dianggap mengisytihar perang ke atas bukan Muslim/ melayu sekiranya mereka bersatu di bawah satu gagasan politik. Ini merupakan satu “racial/ religious scaremongering”/ pendekatan menakut2kan kaum yang melampau. Sekiranya penyatuan bukan muslim di bawah satu politik adalah dianggap satu perlaksanaan hak berpersatuan yang sah (legitimate), maka Muslim yang bersatu di bawah satu gagasan juga mestilah dianggap satu perlaksanaan hak yang sah. Oleh itu pengisytiharan perang ini jelas satu kenyataan islamofobia yang melampau.

7. Kita, rakyat Malaysia, amat gusar melihat peningkatan insiden islamofobia yang melampau. Kami mahukan segala bentuk islamofobia dihentikan segera dan tindakan undang2 diambil dengan tegas. Kita tolak Islamofobia sekeras2nya. No more Islamofobia.

Malaysians Against Islamofobia

MACSA, Ummah, Protect Malaysia, Malaysian Lawyers Circle dan yang menandatangani di sini.

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[Extended Version in English]

Say No To Islamophobia.

We, the undersigned Malaysians, are distraught with what has happened in New Zealand. At press time there are 50 deaths including an innocent Malaysian teenager. This outrageous massacre at a place of worship was the work of a terrorist who does not deserve to be named here, out of his hatred of Islam and Muslims. To families of those who departed, we take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt commiseration. May the soul of the departed be emplaced in Jannah with all the Mukminuns.

It is thus imperative that moving forward Islamophobia must cease. Islamophobia, as defined by Oxford Dictionary as the “dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force” is actually a form of racism. It unfortunately has become pervasive worldwide and the hatred it creates has not only prejudiced the ordinary life of the mass majority of peace loving Muslims, but has now brought a deadly consequence.

It is under this backdrop we, peace loving Malaysians, wish to voice out and raise our concern on the rise of Islamophobia in Malaysia itself which must be arrested and opposed to before it gets out of hand.

It is highly regrettable that for the past few months, islamophobia has wrested it’s ugly head prominently here. Firstly there were a series of postings insulting prophet Muhammad S.A.W that led to numerous police reports and at least one conviction thus far.  

These postings mimic the often  hate narrative for Islam widely available on social media.  Some postings despicably called on the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. a “pedophile”. The meme used was clearly intended to denigrate Islam and Muslims. This is not dissimilar to the case in Europe, where judges in the European Court of Human Rights unanimously upheld that calling prophet Muhammad S.A.W by such label is an “abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam” which could “stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace,”. The Court added that the “disparagement of religious doctrines such as insulting the Prophet Muhammad isn’t protected by freedom of expression and can be prosecuted.”

If the European Court can recognise the above islamophobic statement as a hate speech, what more here in a majority Muslim country. The penalty must be much stiffer than in Europe as it stirs the prejudice and threatens the religious peace of a more substantial portion of the public. It is unfortunate however that the media in particular the English media tends to repress such stories. Notwithstanding that it became viral, this issue was only highlighted by some when it’s brought up to the courts. And worse; instead of focusing on the perpetrator of the hate speech, the media then put the blame on Muslims for being too sensitive. This is unbelievably wrong. This Muslim blaming is actually an islamophobic style of news reporting and yet these media unashamedly adopted such unethical method to ease the perpetrators.

Amidst the insult of prophet Muhammad’s court cases, another series of grave instances of islamophobia arose. As a reaction to a move of uniting Muslim political interests under a common political platform, one prominent leader declared the collaboration as an act of war against all non Malay Muslims while another invoke a Taliban (religious regime) comparison. Both of them appallingly used extreme race and religious scaremongering to invoke religious and/ or racial hatred and trepidation. A number of the English media even refused to carry such stories and one in particular later on unthethically amended the original reporting to alleviate criticism on the perpetrator. 

We Malaysians are appalled by the heightened islamophobia incidences in our country. We call for an end of its propagation and that swift action be taken under our laws. No more Islamophobia.

Malaysians Against Islamophobia

MACSA, Ummah, Protect Malaysia, Malaysian Lawyers Circle and the undersigned.