A few years
back when I was in the matriculation
centre I came into contact with a new Muslim convert. He told me that in the
beginning of our conversation, that he was facing some problems in understanding
Islam and Muslims.
Whatever he said about Islam and Muslims in general, I just assumed that
it was a common problem and dilemma for the new Muslims.
I think the
chief underlying factor for these problems that prevail among Muslims converts
is their lack of understanding of Islam in the case of the new converted Muslim.
When they walk around they will see there are many things which are
contradicting to the moral things that done by Muslims and sometimes they see
the good things are done by the Muslims. This situation actually leads them into
to Islam has always been equated to becoming a Malay, which is a stereotype and
a negative thinking that always in the minds of non-Muslims and new converted
Muslim in Malaysia. Generally they feel that they cannot practice their own
culture although their culture does not contradict the syariah of Islam.
sometimes think that Islam does not have an attractive economic values. They
think that if they are Muslim it will cause unstability in the socio-economy in
the eyes of their group. This negative attitude
can also be seen in many Malay Muslim in this country who cannot develop
themselves in the education and economy.
is evident in the attitude of non-Muslim parents of in which they are linean towards their children to convert to
another religion but not Islam. This is because Islam has been considered
weak, and low esteemed especially after associating it with the Malays.
I think that
above mentioned reasons lack substance because Islam is a religion of “fitrah”
that is suitable for all generations. The problems
seen by the observer are actually done by the man because man can be
doing right and wrong. The religion of Islam remains the religion.
propagation of Islam is undoubtedly a very important agenda for every Muslim and
it must be continued. A question now arises; which should be given more
emphasis, whether propagation to the non-Muslims or educating Muslims who still
do not understand the teaching of Islam? I would give my answer that both are
inter-related and should be done at once. We will go nowhere if we just
concentrate on one. In this era of Islamic awareness, we must move dynamically
and not waste our time. As As-Syahid Imam Hassan Al-Banna advised us "our
responsibilities are more than the time we have". Lastly, may Allah bless us
with his guidance and strengthen our faith so that we will always be in the
Mohd Amir Ismail (Section 1)