Practising what You Preach

That great defender of free speech, The Malaysian Insider, has seen it fit to censor quite a few of my comments lately. Although I would like to think that I am not one who is prone to making “comments of a racist, sexist, personal, vulgar or derogatory nature”, perhaps I am not the best person to judge my own handiwork.

Do please take a look at my latest comment that was consigned to the chopping block below and tell me if you see anything offensive.  This comment was for an article titled “Allah decision a “tragedy”, says theologian Reza Aslan“. I’ve rewritten it from memory, so the wording may not be 100% accurate.

Where is the proof that “anyone who thinks that Allah is the name of God, is not just incorrect, but is going against the Quran itself. It is almost a blasphemous thought to think that Allah has a name.”?

The Quran itself says that it is a name. For example:
“So eat of (meats) on which Allah’s name hath been pronounced, if ye have faith in His signs.” – Al-An’am verse 118

The problem people have with accepting that Reza Aslan has any authority to speak on Islam is that many of his views go squarely against the clear teachings of the Quran. He believes in what he likes and rejects what he doesn’t. Nothing to do with his background.  For example, he doesn’t believe in the existence of heaven or hell. To a question on what happens to the atheist when he dies, he says:
“I don’t believe there is a heaven and hell where people who believe what I believe get rewarded and those who don’t get punished. That’s not a very sophisticated spiritual belief in my view.”

There are dozens of verses in the Quran that mention hell for the unbeliever. For example:
“But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be companions of the fire; they shall abide therein.” – Al-Baqarah verse 39

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