Pastikan Dialog Berjalan Lancar

27 02 2010

Dialog antara agama yang bakal di adakan di UTP isnin ini adalah yang pertama bagi kita dikampus ini.Kita masih kurang berpengalaman dalam menjalankan event besar ini.Justeru kita berharapa dan berdoa agar event ini akan berjalan lancar dan membuka minda masyarakat kampus tentang agama.

4 orang speaker dari agama berbeza akan menerangkan konsep ketuhanan masing masing.Saya difahamkan dari tempoh masa 3 jam 45 minit, 2 jam diperuntukkan untuk sesi pusingan pertama iaitu setiap speaker diberi masa yang sama banyak untuk menerangkan apakah konsep ketuhanan yang mereka yakini.

Bagi saya itu tidak menjadi masalah.Yang bakal mencuri tumpuan malam itu ialah sesi soal jawab. sesi soal jawab adalah selama 1 jan 45 minit dan mungkin lebih.Kita tidak dapat menjangkakan siapa yang akan bertanya,siapa yang akan ditanya,soalan apa yang akan ditanya,dsb.

Moderator dan mana mana ahli forum tidak akan mampu mengawal audience secara mutlak. Sekiranya soalan soalan sensitif dan offensive ditanya,tidak ada sesiapa yg dapat mengawal.Justeru kawalan oleh moderator dan juga jawapan ahli panel adalah penawar terbaik bagi segala kemungkinan ini

Justeru moderator forum mestilah memainkan peranan penting dalam menjayakan sesi Soal & Jawab ini.Ustaz Rahmat Abu Seman disebut sebut bakal menjadi moderator khas pada malam itu.Dengan kebolehan yang ada, insyaAllah  Ustaz diharapkan mampu mengawal keadaan pada malam itu.

Saya ada beberapa cadangan untuk pihak penganjur supaya majlis malam itu berjalan lancar,terutamanya dalam sesi Q&A.

  1. Sebelum sesi soal jawab bermula,moderator perlulah menggariskan peraturan dalam melontarkan soalan.
  2. Moderator perlulah mengingatkan para hadirin untuk tidak beremosi dan bersentimen,sebaliknya mestilah melihat dialog ini dari sudut ilmiah
  3. Setiap seorang HANYA dibenarkan utk memberi satu soalan sahaja. Penonton yang bertanya dilarang BERCERAMAH atau memberi MUKADIMAH yang berlebihan.
  4. Soalan yang ditanya mestilah fokus kepada tajuk iaitu Concept of God According to my Scripture. Jadi soalan soalan mestilah berlegar disekitar tajuk ini.Soalan soalan yang agama,namun tidak merujuk kepada tajuk,maka ia hendaklah ditolak.
  5. Speaker perlulah diberi masa fix untuk mejawab soalan.Sesetengah speaker mungkin mengambil masa terlalu lama untuk memberi jawapan.Ini akan menutup peluang speaker lain dan juga penonton.
  6. Memastikan semua speaker mendapat soalan yg sama banyak supaya forum ini dilihat berjalan dengan adil dan saksama.




INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING DIALOG (INFUD)

22 02 2010

DETAILS OF THE DIALOGUE

The Title : Concept Of God According to my Religious Scripture

Venue      : Chancellor Hall

Date         : 1st March 2010 (Monday)

Time        : 8.00 pm- 11.40 pm

Panelist   :

Shah Kirit bin Kalkulal Govindji (Islam)

Ir. Kiang Keng Kong (Buddhist)

Dr William Lau (Christian)

Dr. M. Bala Tharmalingam (Hindu)

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Malaysia is recently put into test with the issue of the word Allah.It was started when the Catholic church used the word Allah as the malay translation of the word God in their weekly bulletin, The Herald Catholic.The issue boils up more when the High Court decided to allow the use of the word Allah as it is not exclusive only to Islam.

photo 1: Muslim women pray

The matter becomes so much controversial. It leads to various responses from the multi-racial community of Malaysia,especially the Muslim.The popular Islamist Party, PAS believe that the semitic religion such as Islam,Christian and Judaism can use the word Allah according to the evidence found in the Quran and Hadis.This is also the stand of the Pakatan Rakyat.To avoid the abuse of the word,the former mufti of Perlis, Dr Asri who is also in line with PAS opinion has suggested guidelines for the church to use the word Allah.

photo 2 : christian ladies pray in the church

However the Goverment does not agree.Minister responsible for the religious matter has recently file an application to the court to hold its decision allowing Catholic Church to use the word.In the meanwhile, irresponsible exterimist take the chance to attack and burn several churches in order to stir the religious tension.What is weird is that the ignorance extrimists did not attack the Catholic church but rather the Protestan church,who is not involved at all with the issue.

NEED FOR IMMEDIATE DIALOGUE.

Interfaith Dialogue is not something new.It has been going on long time ago.In other countries the dialogue,debate and forum have taken place. In Malaysia it is very sensitives. However there is a growing need for dialogue now,especially after the Allah issue come in.eversince PAS work in Pakatan Rakyat coalition,PAS leaders now enter churches and temples more frequently in order to explain about Islam.As a result, the non-muslims are now in better understanding about Islam compared to 10 years ago.

photo 3: Hindu women pray

Through a dialogue,people from various background will have a chance to listen to the belief of other religion better.Religious leaders should not find differences, but rather similarity in promoting peace and harmony.Dialogue is also the best medium to remove misconception about religion,especially Islam who suffers serious misunderstanding in the world today.

RAKAN MASJID and ALL CLUBS.

Organising Interfaith Dialogue in UTP at this time is very welcomed.Our community here is rather more complex than the Malaysia in overall because beside local muslim and non-muslim, we also have foreign muslim and non-muslim.

UTP has long suffered integration problem. Every people talk and do a lot of activities in the name of integration,but yet the segregation of the community here is still the same.This happen because we do not understand the core and basic principle of integration, which I believe the religious and cultural understanding among them. If we can tackle this issue, insyaAllah UTP students will live in a better way.

photo 4: buddhist at pray

Besides putting Islam in a better position,the dialogue will also unite the whole UTP students because this event is a joint venture for all clubs and society.It shows that UTP students are willing to unite out of  their diversities in the name of religious harmony and cultural understanding.

PERSONAL URGE TO ALL UTPians

I urge all UTP students to support this noble effort by Rakan masjid and all other clubs as well. Let’s make the Interfaith dialogue a successful one.All of you have to come and be part of the dialogue.This will be a borderless event,an event relevant to all of us whether you are Muslim,Christian,Hindu or Buddha, foreign or local.





POST NO 5: CONCEPT OF GOD IN CHRISTIANITY

6 01 2010

This post will be written in English.

Many people including muslim already know the concept of god in christianity. But the knowledge is not in-depth. It is because they have no access to the Bible. to understand the concept of god in that religion, one has to check it in the Bible, which is the holy book for the Christian.

The whole world know that Christian believe in the Trinity or in bahasa we say ‘tritunggal’. They believe that God is one, but manifest in 3 personality which are God The Father, God The Son and The Holy Ghost. I have watched debates and dialogues about the discussion about this and the finding is very interesting.

Firstly, The word Trinity is no where to be found in the Christian Bible. You may check now in any Bible regardless of the version. The word trinity is not there. But there is a verse which is almost to the concept of Trinity. It is found in the First Epistle of John, Chapter 5 verse 16 that reads;

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father,The Word and the Holy Ghost and these three are one”.

However, the Christian scholars later on found out that this verse is an interpolation  as it is not found in the original manuscript. So they took it out of the Bible.

Secondly, Jesus (pbuh) never taught (present tense:teach) the concept of Trinity.He never say in the Bible that I am God besides the Father and the Holy Spirit,simply never. What Jesus said was merely a word by word repition from what Moses said 3000 years before him.

It is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark, Ch. No. 12, V.No. 29

And when Jesus (pbuh) was asked, that ‘which is the first of the commandments’? he repeated word by word  what was said earlier by Moses (peace be upon him).  , he said ‘Shama Israelo, Ada Ilahaino Ada Ihad’ It is a Hebrew quotation which means, ‘Hear Oh Israel, the Lord our God, is in one lord’

this is exactly the same of what Moses (pbuh) says in the Old Testament in the book of  Deuteronomy, Ch. No. 6, V.No. 4 that reads;

‘Shama Israelo Adna ilahaina adna ikat’. It is a  Hebrew quotation which means… ‘Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, is one Lord’.

In the Indonesia Transalation of the Bible it says “dengarlah wahai orang Israel, Tuhan Allah kita, Tuhan itu Esa”.

So I am confused already. which one the Christian believe whether “Tuhan itu Esa” as said by Jesus and Moses or the Trinity Concept as we know today. So I hope any Christian that read this article kindly explain to all of us about this. I am sorry in advance as I dont mean to insult any religion. But I am interested to know your answer to this question of mine.





POST NO 4 : HIDUPKAN KEMBALI DIALOG ISLAM-KRISTIAN

5 01 2010

Telah sampai masanya diadakan dialog antara agama bagi menyelesaikan polemik yng berlaku di negara kita ketika ini.Di saat umat Islam kecewa dan marah dengan keputusan mahkamah tinggi itu,kita seakan akan tidak tahu dan pasti  apa pula reaksi penganut agama nasrani diseluruh negara pada ketika ini. Kita tidak pasti apakah yang sedang difikirkan oleh paderi paderi ini.

Bila dibaca dan diselidik, barulah saya faham bahawa Kristian beriya iya nak guna perkataan Allah sebab mereka ingin melakukan upacara sembahyang mereka dalam bahasa Melayu. Selama ini mereka sudah biasa melaksanakannya dalam bahasa inggeris. bila ditanya kenapa bahasa melayu,

mereka menjawap kerana mereka ingin menjadi warga negara Malaysia yang lebih patriotik. Inilah jawapan yang mereka berikan apabila ditanya oleh seorang tokoh Islam Naquib Al Attas.

Namun saya tidak faham, kenapa tidak digunakan perkataan Tuhan?sebab Tuhan adalah maksud “God” dalam bahasa melayu. Jika mereka ingin berdoa dalam bahasa kebangsaan,gunakanlah Tuhan. Kenapa nak guna Allah?bukankah ini boleh menimbulkan kekeliruan dari kalangan penganut agama Islam kelak?

Keputusan mahkamah tinggi tempohari benar benar menyentak perasaan umat islam seluruh malaysia.Saya berpendapat umat nasrani di Malaysia masih tidak peka dengan sensitiviti umat Islam. mereka tidak memahami bahawa meskipun penggunaan nama Allah dari segi ilmunya boleh namun mereka gagal memahami suasana dan keadaan setempat.

Saya mencadangkan dialog antara agama (interfaith dialog)dimulakan sekarang bagi mencari persefahaman antara agama. Timbulnya isu ini sepatutnya dimanfaatkan oleh umat Islam untuk menerangkan Konsep Ketuhanan sebenar dalam Islam kepada semua penganut agama lain.Sesungguhnya ada hikmah dari semua kejadian ini.