Di kala keributan makhluk2 bernama manusia yang berwarganegarakan Malaysia membincangkan isu perkahwinan Siti Nurhaliza dan Datuk K, saya menerima se’pucuk’ email berkenaan dgn isu kebebasan beragama dlm Islam, from the eyes of a Christian in Sidney. Terasa darah laju mengalir ke segenap kapilari. Geram. Sedih. Kesal. Sedang saya seorang diri tidak mempunyai kudrat (mungkin sebenarnya kurang berusaha) untuk menghalang proses Kristianisasi dari terus-terusan berkembang biak di Malaysia.
Kadang2 saya terfikir, di negara2 selain Malaysia (dan negara Islam di nusantara lain), statistik menunjukkan bahawa bilangan Muslim semakin bertambah dari sehari ke sehari. Sebagai ‘duta’ Malaysian Muslim ke luar negara, pastinya saya berbangga dgn perkembangan itu. Namun, di Malaysia, cukup sukar untuk merasakan ‘aura’ ke’izzah’an sebagai Muslim. Tidak perlu berjubah dan berpurdah, cukup dengan memakai baju kurung dan tudung labuh/bidang 60 sahaja, org sudah memandang serong. Muslim ekstrim. Ahli PAS. Gadis ‘Kampung’. Konservatif! Aduhai…
Teringat adegan di Mesir bulan lalu. Saya menziarahi ARMA (lupa singkatan drp apa) a.k.a Dewan Malaysia di Kaherah, dan beramah mesra dgn ‘warden’nya.
“Pakai macam ni takpe ke kat sana?”
Terpacul soalan yang kerap kali diaju kpd saya sblm ini. Barangkali dia menyangka semua pelajar universiti di Barat lebih senang dgn ‘western costume’. Bukannya baju kurung dan tudung labuh.
Ah, biarkan mereka. Isu sekarang mengenai ‘Malay Christians’ yang kian meningkat bilangannya…
Saya poskan sebahagian daripada artikel dlm email tersebut di sini:
Muslim women who share a secret love
Posted on 28/06/2006
Islam, rather than Western culture’s focus on sexual freedom, shapes day-to-day reality for a third of the world’s Anglicans. Malay women who convert to Christianity are forced to live a double-life. KATRIN ARNHOLZ spoke to one of them.
According to the official census, Malays number 65 per cent of the population. In Malaysia, Kamariah says, a Malay is a Muslim by definition. “A Malay is a Muslim. Full stop,” she says. Few dare to go public if they convert to Christianity.
Azlina Jailani requested officially to leave Islam in 2001 and succeeded in changing her name to Lina Joy, but the government’s National Registration Department refused to delete ‘Islam’ from her identification card. For such decisions, it is not the government departments that are responsible, but the Syariah Court – the court in Malaysia which supervises Muslims’ adherence to Islam. To the disadvantage of Lina Joy, the judge ruled, ‘As the plaintiff is a Malay, she is subjected to the laws of Islam until she dies’.
“The only way to get legally married is to marry a Malay Christian who is also still on paper a Muslim”, says the young woman. “But then our children will also be Muslims on paper, and their children, and the circle is never broken. But if we want to change our identification cards, it won’t happen without problems. The Syariah Court can decide to put me in prison”, explains Kamariah. Therefore she does not think now of marrying or of changing her identity card, and she lives – like most single adults in Malaysia – with her Muslim parents. They do not know that their daughter is a Christian.
Kamariah became a Christian in 2000 after being in a two-year relationship with a Chinese Christian. “I was always envious; he had a relationship with his God. My God was far away, unattainable,” she remembers. “His prayers were answered. Mine were not.” So Kamariah decided one day to entrust her life to Jesus. Since then much has changed. Even though she does not speak with her parents about Christianity, she prays in her house. “Suddenly my mother took the Koran verses off the wall and instead hung up a picture of some flowers”, she says happily. One day, she hopes, she will not have to hide her faith any longer. “I wish that more Malay Christians would come out publicly and go to church and not meet secretly. That would be a break-through in our society.”
bacaan lanjut: Muslim women who share a secret love