I read in the papers the other day that a Malaysian professor who was visiting Male’ had been taken in by the Police while in his room in the hotel he was staying at. I happened to meet this professor when he came to the wedding party of a cousin sister of mine. Her husband is a student of the professor in the International Islamic University.
Anyway, I had a long chat with the three teachers and it became very interesting because one of them is a professor of management. The other is a teacher of some aspect of religion. As we were discussing religion I invited my son and daughter to sit with us. I can fondly remember what the scholar had to say to my children.
He talked to them about fish. He asked them what happens to the fish if they are taken out of the water. He then pointed out that humans were created by the Almighty to live within the religion and explained what happens when people move out of religion. Ofcourse, what I have said is too simplistic and the professor explained it in a beautiful manner that impressed both my eighteen year old son and ten year old daughter.
We spent much of the one and half hours together and I was able to appreciate the personalities of the three and was impressed with them. It was such a shocking news to hear that the religous scholar amongst the three of them will be dragged from his hotel room in the middle of the night and taken to the Police. What a shame!
If this is the way we are going to treat scholars who wear a beard and dress in a particular way, especially those who come from a friendly non-hundred-percent Muslim country where they are not considered a threat to society being who they are; I cannot simply understand what a society we have become. A society afraid of its own identity. And interestingly, we blame our young for an identity crisis, when our leaders are having one that is worse!
It is our fear of failure and rejection that control us in life, it is our fear of ourselves that will ruin us. We have become unique again in this world, by being the only hundred percent Muslim country that fear our religion!