This is an article in one of today's papers: "Give true picture of Islam". These statements are from one of Malaysia's sultans; every state here has one--each king (AKA 'raja') has their own little kingdom to call their own. Now, this particular sultan is either a taqiyya master or a master of naivety about you-know-what. Perhaps he's able to be both at the same time?
‘Give true picture of Islam’
KUALA KANGSAR: It is the responsibility of every Muslim to portray Islam as a moderate religion.
Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah called for a collective effort to promote Islam as respectful of other religions and cultures at an investiture ceremony at Istana Iskandariah here yesterday.
He said through their speech and actions Muslims would determine how others viewed Islam.
“Muslims should understand the realities of living in a multiracial country where its people come from different religious and cultural backgrounds,” he said.
As soon as one can build a new church or temple in Malaysia as easily as one can build a surau or mosque, and as soon as one can change his/her religion on one's national ID card without hassle, then I will believe Islam here is 'moderate'. Until that time, Mr Sultan can take his ridiculous rhetoric elsewhere. I don't wanna hear it.
He drones on in the same vein:
“Avoid being too rigid in your interpretation of issues affecting those from other religions, as it could lead to unrest in our country.
“Islam forbids the practise of extremism among its followers. It must be made a religion that is respected and not feared.”
So, the time-honored Islamic practices of calling for the deaths of apostates, homosexuals, adulterers, and banning all religions save Islam in many Middle Eastern states is not 'extremist'? Executing rape victims isn't 'extremist'? Iran's calling for the destruction of Israel and genocide isn't 'extremist'? Sudan's ethnic cleansing, under cover from the Arab League and the Malaysian-chaired OIC, isn't 'extremist'? Jihadists murdering civilians in Tel Aviv, London, Madrid, Bali, New York and countless other places isn't 'extremist'?
Oh yeah, of course. Malaya was freed from Imperial Japan's rule through 'dialogue' and so was Nazi-occupied Europe. Give me a break!
Earlier, in his speech, the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah urged Islamic leaders to take an active stand in providing an accurate picture of Islam to the West to support world peace efforts.
He said the tension between the West, especially the US, and Islamic countries and communities was a major challenge.
“There are too many conflicts between the two, with each leaning towards war in an effort to attain peace,” he said.
“But peace will never be reached through battle. Peace can only be achieved through dialogue with open hearts and minds, and the intention towards identifying common areas and building relationships.”
Raja Nazrin further pledged to participate at world forums and discussions to help in building bridges of understanding between Islam and the West.'Bridges of understanding' sounds, to me, an awful lot like 'getting the infidels to submit to what we want'.