10 March 2011

Jui Meng: Non-Muslims Were Wrongly Taught About Islam

Cutting of hands and circumcision - these are the two things specialised when it comes to giving non-Muslims the right understanding about Islam, said Chua Jui Meng, a former Health Minister and a former MCA Vice-President.

Recalling his interactions during his years in MCA, Jui Meng revealed that Islam and a Muslim political organisation was always portray as frightening and extreme.

Chua also said besides not being given the correct understanding about the religion, non-Muslims leaders had only understood Islam from two contexts – cutting of hands (part of the Islamic penal code which is executed after an exhaustive judicial process), and circumcision.

He also said, non-Muslims were not given the right exposure but were told if the Muslim political party were given the mandate to rule, a lot of disastrous things will happen.

Chua however claimed that upon closer interaction with the Muslim party leaders, his perception about Islam changed because he was taught about the truth about the religion. He finds that Islam is a moderate religion but was portrayed as an 'extreme' to scare us.

"I now understand the real meaning of moderation in Islam. In fact, my son had circumcised because he understood its benefit like what is practised by Muslims,” he added.

Chua said Islam placed much emphasis on the welfare of the non-Muslims.

Chua, who is also praised Kelantan Menteri Besar, Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, describing him an example of a moderate leader.

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