DEC 29 — A few years ago, while watching some religious forums on the national television channel, an ethnic Chinese Islamic scholar who was vastly eloquent in Islamic ideology often caught my attention. It was not so much his diverse background that fascinated me but rather he was very focused, passionate and energetic in his deliveries.
His eyes were sparkling with thoughts whenever he put a point across. What I took away from the forums was: if we enjoy what we are doing, the sky is the limit. The ethnic Chinese Islamic scholar was in the right place, right time and in front of the right audience preaching what he knew best.
Today, I read an article from the same ethnic Chinese Islamic scholar. I regret to say, he was preaching something totally out of his area of expertise. Worse still, he was doing it in the wrong place, wrong time and in front of the much wiser audience.
He has gone too far in what he said. His analyses were shallow, his views were biased, often subjugated by religion and racial stances. The most reproachful about his thoughts was that they are not appropriate for the present times.
As a whole, the scholar has become an “Ultra-Kiasi” (Kiasi is Hokkien for “afraid to die”) individual. Let us revisit some of the thoughts that were conveniently thrown at the minority groups by him. Whenever possible, in a humble manner, let us rebuff his incorrect thinking.
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