Thursday, 7 January 2010
The use of the word 'Allah' fiasco in Malaysia has taken a new turn earlier today. The events that took place this morning was cowardly, disrespectful and just simply disturbing that such barbaric acts of stupidity can happen in places of worship and peace and more importantly within residential areas. I am of course referring to the arson attacks on 3 churches this morning and 4 cars with Christian worship objects in Bangsar.
Historically, the word Allah orginated from arabic speaking nations to represent the English word God. Its has strong roots within all Abrahamic religions i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, simply because all 3 religions originated from a similar place. Hence the never ending battle to claim the 'Holy Land' or the 'Holy of Holies'.
I draw upon this fact simply because up to today, Arab Jews and Arab Christians use the word Allah as God because they speak arabic. Therefore, i draw upon a simple conclusion that Allah and God is the same, accept that the definition and context within each Abrahamic religion may be somewhat different. Please note that before the rise of Abrahamic religions, the Holy of Holies practiced all kinds of paganism and the Meccan pagans refer to their pagan Gods are Allah as they speak arabic as well. Even the Arabic-descended Maltese language of Malta, whose popupation is almost entirely Roman Catholic, uses 'Alla(no 'h') for 'God' up to today.
This is why there are so much similarities within the holy books of all 3 Abrahamic religions and many other common factors. To me, Allah and God is the same like Musa and Moses, Ibrahim and Abraham, Isa and Eesus (Jesus) Mariam and Mary, so on, so forth. I mean no disrespect or do i wish to throw another spannar into the works but this is just my view based on the little research i have done or based on what i have noticed from arabic speaking friends from around the world.
However, if a person feels that the word Allah can only be used by a certain faith to represent God, or the Supreme Being, or the Creator, etc, etc.... and if the same person believes that the use of the word Allah by other followers of other faiths means using Allah's name in vain.... the only conclusion I can draw upon is the fact that Allah must mean a name to represent a mythical God by this person. Hence why another faith cannot use the NAME not the WORD 'Allah'.
However, I truly do not think this to be so. I just think its 2 words from 2 different languages to mean the 'Supreme Being' or the 'Creator' or just simply God. As all 3 Abrahamic religions started because of the concept of the 'Supreme Being', 'Creator' and the 'One true God'.
Its only natural for different religion especially the different Abrahamic religions to have a slightly different theological meaning to God.
History has proven yet again as we write the annals of our history how stupid we are to allow silly and mindless sensitivities, to lead to acts of violence and destruction. Will we ever achieve peace?
Religion was meant to teach right from wrong, to do good not bad, to help give faith for a better after life and more importantly - to gain peace.
BUT MAN has time and time again used it as a fuel to rape the minds of people and to increase its artilery for the simple purpose of declaring war on the human race and all in the name of greed. Greed for power with religion as its tool is found in every chapter of human history. When will we learn?
How will 1 Malaysia be reached? Will there be peace on earth? I can only sit and pray.
Please note, that when i was growing up, I was raise in a home with mixed faiths - none of which Abrahamic related. I studied bible studies and my neighbour's dad thought me Islam and Jawi when I was younger. I never converted or accepted any religion, not because i dont believe in them. I see the strength and beauty in studying all these different religions. Take both Hinduism and Buddism and we learn of its simple beauty as its a 'way of life' ruled by rules of doing good and kindness in seeing the suffering of the world. But I just can't accept any religion because every reason for sadness caused by Man in the annals of time has religious implications. king henry the VIII, IRA, attack on churches of Buddhist extremist in Sri Lanka, the Holocaust, both world wars, 9/11... and now this..