Some one told me a story.
During his stay Malaysia, he met with two Muslims, say, Muslim A and Muslim B.
Both are his close friends and they spend a lot of time hanging out together. And not surprising, both are considerably religious (alim) in the eyes of a bystander and are fairly knowledgable in the Al Quran and Hadith.
However, their personality differs greatly from one to another.'
Muslim A is eager to show his adherence to the teaching of Al Quran and Hadith. He showed great compliant to all the rules surround his beliefs.
When The friend hangs out with Muslim A in a neighbourhood park for a quick jog, they saw many people here with their pet dogs. Muslim A asked that they go to another park, and told him that the park walker were inconsiderate, knowing that Muslims might face grace inconvenience if they touches dog in opposite state between dry and wet, as it would invalidate their prayers, and would have to conduct samak. They proceed to another park to jog. The second park still have dogs walker and Muslim A decided to drive the friend to another further park, without dogs, where he friend kindly rejected due to time constrain.
Malaysia is a food heaven, the friend used to heard. One day, He told Muslim A he felt like eating char Keow tow in xx street xx stall. Muslim A said "but it's not halal. They use lard, and Muslim cannot consume it, why not I bring you to another halal char Keow Teow which is even nicer and better?". The friend was first confused on how Muslim A knew the difference between the one recommended by Lonely planet book, and the halal one recommended by him not having tasted the latter; he never the less obliged Muslim A's recommendation, but later on took a cab to the lonely planet recommended Keow Teow place. He cancelled a plan just to accomodate this double visit, because he didn't want to offend Muslim A.
On a evening 630 ish, the friend asked if Muslim A can accompany him for dinner in a halal restaurant he carefully selected. Muslim then told him "I have to pray in a Surau for evening prayer. That place has a worship room?". The friend then called to the restaurant and found out there isn't any. He didn't know if there is any nearby too. He mentioned that to Muslim A. Muslim A then recommended another place for the friend to dine, where Surau is within the vicinity. The friend didn't quite like it because he really wanted to dine in the former place. They didn't meet up that night before he left.
The story was however very different with Muslim B, who is also a good friend with the friend.
Muslim B went to jog with The friend on the first park where Muslim A refuse to jog. Muslim B carefully avoided contact with Dogs, but try his best not to show disgust or discomfort to the owner like Muslim A did. Muslim B would even comment "ah, the creature of Allah is so cute!". The friend then asked Muslim B if he is disgusted or discomforted by the present of dogs, to which the answers he received suprises him. Muslim B told him that dogs are creatures of the creator too, and that they deserve to be respected. It's just that if they are in contact with dogs in different state of dryness and wetness, they would have to perform the samak before prayers. He told the friend that Muslims should be loving to all creatures of Allah and mustn't preach hatred towards any of them. The friend was impressed. They jogged at ease, and no dogs did approach Muslim B.
Talking about food, the Friend asked if Muslim B could bring him to eat the famous curry mee in xxx restaurant, not knowing that it's not halal. Muslim B gladly indulged, and drove him to PJ for the non halal curry mee. When ordered, Muslim B just ordered drinks, and for not order food. The friend asked if Muslim b was hungry. Muslim B told him not to worry it's just that he prefer not to eat non halal food. The friend felt so guilty, and vowed never to ask a Muslim to a non halal joint. He apologized profusely to Muslim B, for being inconsiderate, and was at the same time impressed with Muslim B'a patience and tolerance.
The friend asked if Muslim B could meet him in bangsar at 645pm. Muslim B told him no problem, and fetched him to a restaurant in bangsar. However, Muslim B excused himself for 15 minutes in between, telling the friend he had a prayer to perform and shouldn't take long. Muslim B excused himself for 20 minutes, while the friend made a few phone calls. They had a good dinner. Muslim B took it upon himself to find a Surau or quiet room nearby and performed his prayer quietly.
At the end, Mr Friend told me if Muslim A is the only Muslim friend he has, he wouldn't really want to hangout with Muslim anymore due to the inconveniences and differences between them. He couldn't enjoy his time in malaysia with him.
He however said, if Muslim B was the only Muslim friend he had, he would go all out to praise the beauty of Islam and the beautiful character of Muslims, that they were more patience, nice, genuine, than any other people.
I maintained that this is not about Islam or Muslim. It's about personality of individual. Your personality would reflect on your believes and religion. If we think that it a our role to preach and promote our beliefs, the best way is through our personality. Not just our words alone. Lead by example, maintain good personality.
To Tai Zee Kin, I want to post a link on your page but I cant comment on your page, so I post it here. Hopefully it reaches you.
This is to answer your views on what being Muslim is about. I assume it is your view since you are the one who posted it eventhough it is someone else story.
You cant judge a Muslim just because he's being a bit more particular with his beliefs and just because you like "some other kind of Muslim" that can confirmed to your views better.
Stop putting Muslim in a category. Dont write about things that you do not know and lastly try to make everything ok by saying "this is not about Muslim or Islam.."
You straight away put your label there Muslim A or Muslim B and you have the guts to say this is not about religion?
Being Muslim is our personality. Way of life. Kalau you rasa being friends with a more particular type of Muslim is "hard," then so be it. But you have to understand first why some of us are that way.
There are strict Buddhist, there are also those who take their religion a bit more lightly. ( I assume you are Buddhist)
But saying the one who's strict is wrong is wrong, bro.
Dan kepada semua orang Melayu yang pakat2 menyokong apa yang dia tulis ni...
Malu lah kepada diri sendiri.
Kau setuju yang dengan dia? Kau boleh setuju dengan dia? Come on lah Melayu. Mana dia pride kau sebagai seorang Muslim? Bersetuju dengan seorang Cina yang Muslim ni ada kategori A dan B sedangkan, kau sendiri tau dan dah diajar, yang Muslim ni hanya ada satu jenis aje.
Come on la Melayu.
Apa yang lemau sangat kepala otak tu?
Ni highlight2 komen yang ada yang ditulis orang2 Muslim..
"Let me kindly summarise to you..Islam is a religion of peace and Islam itu mudah dan tidak memberatkan umatnya...in shaa Allah.."
"I wish all Muslim in Malaysia are like Muslim b huhu...mohon share tzk"
"Leceh la muslim A tuh..."
"I am always a muslim B. Come frm mixed parentage & grow up in multicultural society i tend to not scare away the non muslim. Islam is simple & beautiful. No need to put boundries, anything can be tolerated, non muslim not that jahat to not understand."
"So cheonghei the article just to talk about me (Muslim B)"
"Muslim A imposes his way of life upon others. Muslim B embraces life and imposes his standard only upon himself."
"Hi! I am Khuzairil, and I am Muslim B (self promo sikit hehehe)"
"Islam sangat mudah. Hanya yang tidak faham yang membuatnya susah. I wonder how Muslim A would survives in foreign country...."
"If Muslim A understands more about Al-Quran and Hadith, he/she shall reacts more like Muslim B does. Islam is not just about your relationship with God, not just about you worshipping the only God, but it is a way of life. Islam teaches you to keep good relationship with others. Its completing human kind life. Allah loves those who do good things to other people, who has beautiful character, who always made other people happy, helping people, and Prophet Muhammad SAW has shown the perfect example. Good Muslims who learn the sirah(story) of Muhammad SAW and have knowledge will think and take the best action on all occasions which all purposely to get Allah’s blessing."
"May we Muslims learn something from this short meaningful story. ISLAM is such a beautiful & perfect religion (a way of life) lets not tarnish it with our lack of understanding of the true teaching of Islam..."
"I drink milo ais from Kedai kopi Cina and some people waiting me as if I'll die. Lucky I'm survived
"Religion is not the problem, people are. Great story, being a Muslim i too face situations with Muslim A and B. But Alhamdulilah, i know which alphabet I am."
"muslim A in my opinion is using his religion as a 'show' - a 'holier than thou' mentality to seek power and authority and respect...like the Jews during the time of Jesus (May peace be upon him)...'selling' religion and profiting amongst the rabbis...Jesus (peace be upon him) came and changed that!...that is why the Jews hated Jesus calling Jesus the false prophet...as well as as calling Mary with very bad names...while the muslims adore and love Mary...(one surah in the Quran is called Surah Maryam (Mary) )... and love Jesus...and we cannot call ourselves muslims if we do not love Jesus...yet our love for Jesus is that of admiration of a man with wonderful character...NOT of son of God... "
"Some (i think many!) Muslims pun kenot tahan with muslim A. Muslim B is practical, yet still adhering to the foundations of islam. Nothing wrong in being flexi while observing his islamic conducts. I hv many non muslim friends too.. n i wouldn't wanna offend them in any way. Offending others will bring much dismay to Allah."
Kau tau apa masalah orang Melayu Islam sekarang?
Diorang cakap Islam tu mudah! Mulut cakap Islam tu mudah tapi praktikalnya tak nampak.
Kalau betul Islam tu mudah, semua orang lelaki solat kat masjid 5 waktu macam solat Jumaat. Perempuan seorang pun tak ada free hair. Melayu dalam penjara pun tak ada. Couple dating tepi tasik tak wujud. Orang kena tangkap khalwat tak ada kes langsung.
Itu kalau Islam tu mudah.
BUKAK LAH KEPALA OTAK KORANG TU! ISLAM TAK MUDAH! ISLAM TU SUSAH! SOLAT TU BENDA BERAT UNTUK MEREKA YANG JARANG SOLAT! LAGI SENANG PEGANG TANGAN AWEK BERBANDING TAHAN DIRI DARI PEGANG TANGAN AWEK!LAGI SENANG MASTURBASI BERBANDING TAHAN DIRI DARI MENGELUARKAN AIR MANI DENGAN SENGAJA!
Islam tak mudah bang.....Kalau Islam tu mudah, tak ada punya mak bapak digalakkan disiplinkan anak2 dia kalau anak dia tak nak solat dari kecik. Tapi semua benda tu akan jadi senang, kalau kau berjaya develop disiplin untuk kau prektis semua benda tu. Atau mungkin kau takut Allah yang tahap ultimate.
Tapi rasanya berapa kerat antara kita yang BETUL-BETUL TAKUT ALLAH?
Siapa berani mengaku dia lagi takut lambat masuk ofis berbanding lambat solat? Kau nampak tak betapa baiknya Allah kat situ...dia bagi kau beberapa jam untuk solat tapi majikan kau, lambat seminit, dah kena tindakan disiplin...kau solat lambat 3 jam pun, kau tak kena apa2. Asalkan kau solat pada waktu dia.
Aku merasa sangat kecewa bila membaca respon2 orang Melayu kat atas tu.
Hidup kita bukan untuk memuaskan hati bukan Islam. Kau perlu ingat benda tu. Kita ada sempadan antara kita dengan diorang dan sempadan ni lah yang nampaknya makin hari makin roboh sehinggakan dalam artikel di atas, ramai orang bersetuju jika;
"Seseorang Muslim tidak berapa selesa dengan orang Non Muslim kerana dia tidak mahu berjogging dekat kawasan yang banyak anjing, makan dekat tempat non halal dan pergi ke tempat yang susah dia nak solat..dia adalah Muslim yang tak cool."
What the hell is wrong with you Malay?
Tak ada Muslim A, tak ada Muslim B. Yang ada? Satu jenis aje. Yang kau join orang non Muslim pandang slack dekat mereka yang particular pasal Islam ni kenapa? (Link)