Wednesday, February 6, 2008

yang maha esa

So we applaud a man who whores half naked women in his magazine and in his mansion. We call that liberation?

And we blame Islam for being opressing to women, when all it does is to cover them up and save them from the indignity of having lecherous gits feast their filthy eyes on their precious skin.

I might have gone a little cuckoo, and far from being the scholar who should partake on this debate, but don't you think it is silly to just accept an idea simply because it is more popular than the other?

To me, as a mere observer of the different popular faiths, this is what I have seen;

Christianity has Jesus, the Holy Ghost, Holy Mary Mother of God....

Buddhism has Gautama Buddha and his kind selfless teachings...

Hinduism has Vishnu, Kali, Shiva, Durga, Ganga... many many Gods, all with their proper names.

I don't know about the other Gods of other faiths. I have friends of different faiths and I respect their choice and the Gods they have. However, with me being so out of it most of the time, can anyone please tell me why would they still need this word Allah to describe / call their God? Why do they have to change His name? Have they gotten permission from Him to rename / rebrand Him thus? Is their God as fickle as this Artist Formerly Known as Prince or P Diddy? Had this trend caught on with this / these celestial being / beings they all refer to as God / Gods?

Allah may simply be an Arabic word meaning God, but I don't remember Islam renaming / rebranding anything in the faith. Be it His name or His Testament. We're not greedy. We're not selfish. Not the way the Prophet (pbuh) has taught us. However, we are constant.

To us Muslims, He has been the one since the beginning of time. He is the one. The only. He is an omnipresence. He is a multi-tasker. He was not born, He does not give birth. He is not human, and we humans do not claim to be made in his image for we are unworthy of such honor. He loves us and He is ever-willing to forgive. He is merciful. But His love and forgiveness never meant that we could all keep on sinning and repenting day in day out with complete disregard of the appreciation of the true meaning of integrity, credibility and trust.

So, to whom it may concern, why does the word Allah so crucial in this renaming / rebranding campaign? Is His current name not good enough? Is He not perfect the way He is? Is His current name not 'contemporary' enough for the sake of the trends? Why does He need to be renamed / rebranded? Why create such a ruckus over this matter? Is He less powerful and omnipresent named otherwise?

So, correct me if I'm wrong because it is baffling, simply.

If it ain't broken, why fix it? Could it be time to shop for a new faith, perhaps?

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