Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Let's do the Dannatt!
This is in reference to that very refreshing picture of United Kingdom Chief of General Staff General Sir Richard Dannatt who participated in a prayer, or doa, at the prayer session at the 74th Malaysian Army Day in Port Dickson.
For a non-Muslim, Dannatt was seen cupping his hands during the prayer session and this is seen as one liberated human being whose respect for other people's religion is something our Malaysian leaders should emulate and do when "visiting" each other's religious session. I have seen S. Samy Vellu, Ong Ka Ting, Lim Keng Yaik, Kayvveas and other non-Muslim politicians when during a prayer session or doa session at a function graced by Malay leaders seemed so wanting to be totaly disassociated themselves from this simple Islamic ritual. So what wrong if they do the "Dannatt" it will make them a much sought after non-Malay politicians to be admired by Muslim-Malays. Of course one can argue that Malay-Muslim leaders must also do the same at any non-Muslim ceremony, and I think they should, what do you think! It is kind of odd to see these respectable non-Muslim leaders not being able to do a simple ritual at a doa session there is nothing wrong and it will not make them less Buddhist, Taoist or Hindu, or Christian! I once placed an incense, no three incenses, at an ancient Buddhist temple in Siem Riep out of respect for this ancient religion, does that make me a Buddhist? I was once initiated into a Sundance ritual of the North American Indian, the first Malay-Muslim I believe, but that does not make me an animist! In fact it made me richer in knowledge knowing how other people rituals which lead to the same thing, to be close to God! There is only one GOD as far as I am concerned! But how we do it is what makes a diversity in kaleidoscope of religious rituals, rich in cultures, and mystic and humility knowng how small we really are when in our quest of finding the meaning of life! So let us be the first to start! Lets do the Dannatt! Its about time! Hey!This can be THE first step towards real understanding! For example we have to stop associating Islam with the Malay culture, and even if you hate the Malays, when it comes to religious ceremony just think about the goodness Islam as one of the great religions along side Christian, Juadism, Hindu, and Buddhist!
Posted by Pasquale at 2:22 AM