I am Muslim, I don’t have a ticket to heaven


Fa Abdul | August 13, 2015
Free Malaysia Today

How can we eradicate racism when we have half brained teachers who teach absolute nonsense to our children?

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Nine year old Alicia who goes to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Hartamas came home from school last week and asked her mom if she will end up in hell when she dies.
“Mommy, Lina said her teacher told the Agama class that when we die, the Malays will go to heaven and non-Malays will go to hell. Is it true?”

Eleven year old Yasmin who goes to Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Desa was confused over who her friends should be and decided to seek her mom’s advice.

“Ummi, my Ustaz says it is haram to be friends with Olivia and Annie. He said it is because they are not Muslim. But I like Olivia and Annie, they are my best friends. Will God be angry with me if I talk to them?”

Both incidents you just read about aren’t made up. The names have been changed to protect the identities of the children but the stories are very much real.

I can understand how confused those two girls are because I was confused myself having experienced it some 30 years ago.

“Bangsa lain tak sama dengan kita. Agama pun lain, perangai pun lain. Kalau kamu rapat sangat dengan depa tu, nanti terikut-ikut pula dengan perangai buruk,” my ustazah reminded me in my primary school days.

It seems to me that nothing has changed since my days at school. With every new Education Minister syllabuses, policies and guidelines change as well, but the core teachings never seem to change. Each Education Minister tries to outdo their predecessor but all they do is create a bigger mess.

Despite making press statement after press statement about unity and tolerance, our younger generation is taught the supremacy theory right from school. A few days ago, our new Education Minister, Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Khalid blamed the social media for inciting racial sentiments…but it is not just social media that is at fault.

Instead of nurturing young minds to love and bond with each other, we are spawning hatred, fear and discrimination from within the system itself.
Why are we brainwashing our children if unity is what we hope to achieve?

The Honourable Minister also claimed to be in the midst of identifying programmes to foster racial ties among primary school children. He plans to gather students in one place, so that they can communicate, assimilate and get to know each other.

Excuse me, but isn’t that one of the objectives of sekolah kebangsaan?

We provide our children a platform to communicate and assimilate throughout their 6 years in primary school and 5 years in secondary school. But how can we eradicate racism when we have half brained teachers who teach absolute nonsense to our children?

We begin to segregate our children at age seven, sending off non-Muslims to learn moral and good behaviour while we teach Muslim students that the nons will go to hell because they are immoral. Seriously, aren’t our teachers and education officers the ones in need of lessons on unity and tolerance?

With all due respect, Dato’ Seri Mahdzir, perhaps you could begin your new portfolio by setting a good example to all our educators out there. Send your message of harmony, unity, tolerance and love, loud and clear. You may want to begin by apologising for your insensitive remarks about Christians…

To all Muslim parents, I urge you to talk to your children about what goes on in their Agama classes. Let it be known to them that being born a Muslim doesn’t necessarily entitle anyone to a ticket to heaven– even if you happen to be an ustazah or a minister – most especially if you are not kind, respectful and caring!

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  1. #1 by elejalleged on Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 11:14 am

    Thank you. Obviously the current system not helping good growth – except ‘backwardness (rahibiniyah). A contact calls for a reprioritization to some/all readers/sectors :
    ‘The country can be fast tracked into a rapid “social regeneration” – which at this point in time is more urgent than any new economic initiative. Dont spit in the streets, dont throw trash on the ground, show respect for all your neighbors, show duty of care not just to animals but to all human beings etc etc. Things like that.  One more – learn to mind your own business.

    I have experienced difficulty registering kids at new school where the normal class names were changed to arab names – creating confusion for new ppl.

    We can use independant mind to solve quickly certain issues, imo.A friend remind me of the following:

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 12:45 pm

    Mahathir pointed the way with works of fiction to justify his extremism starting with the Malay Delimma and continues to do it even today. Why would not more ignorant, mediocre but even more fantasizing below average qualification “teachers” do the more outrageous?

  3. #3 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 2:42 pm

    The brain dead agama teachers have been saying that since the 70s when I was in primary school. Until now nothing has changed. We need to vote the regime out.

  4. #4 by good coolie on Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 3:18 pm

    You first create a superior race and superior religion. Then, you set about oppressing your supposed inferiors. I hope this discredited trait, universal though it was in the past, finds no hold in the present. To each his religion.

  5. #5 by passerby on Friday, 14 August 2015 - 12:11 am

    If you receive any money derived from infidels, you will surely go to deepest hell. Do you ustas or retards know where your emoluments come from? According to Bank Negara, 90% of national income tax comes from ethnic Chinese (infidels/kafir). So what you are receiving every month is babi ringgit. If you think the infidels are unclean, why don’t you return the babi ringgit back to the infidels?

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Friday, 14 August 2015 - 12:52 am

    “Both incidents you just read about aren’t made up.”
    Yeah, rakyat believe in what U wrote
    In fact, more than d 2 incidents, MUCH MORE
    Many surprised dat d teachers didn’t tell d BOYS abt 72 (correct?) virgins waiting 4 them in heaven

    Rakyat knew there is NO such thingy as 1M’sia
    It has always been, and will be as well, I Muslim/Malay, U NonMuslim/NonMalay or Pendatang
    Come 2 d big fat bouncing bosoms of UmnoB 4 protection n warmth, n remember 2 vote 4 UmnoB

    Now, a minister wanted 2 have a shopping mall for Malay/Bumiputra traders ONLY
    Some more he said “What’s wrong? OK 1 lar”

  7. #7 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 15 August 2015 - 9:08 pm

    Sometimes, the teachers do get some ‘nasty’ replies from even the primary students. The standard three boy of my friend was told by the teacher that eating pork could made you slow in your thinking! He replied ” Ciku, ini tidak betul. Bapa saya bawah abang and saya makan Bah Ku Tek tiap-tiap pagi and abang saya dapat sepuloh A!” . I just wonder how the whole class reacted to his reply. Never mind the teacher’s real intention.To the mind of the young students, they would practically conclude their teacher is a liar! or rather numb upstairs!

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