Muslim group attends Catholic Mass in Malaysian “breakthrough”

March 23rd, 2008 by admin

.- A Muslim group’s recent visit to a Catholic Church in Malaysia is being called a breakthrough in grassroots interreligious dialogue.

On October 14, ten Muslims sat in the pews at Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Kuching. Several Church sources told UCA News they were sure this had not happened in the history of the Archdiocese of Kuching and had not heard of it happening anywhere else in Malaysia either.

Malaysia is a majority-Muslim country. Out of a population of 26 million people, 60 percent are Muslim, 19 percent are Buddhist, 9 percent are Christians and 6 percent are Hindu.

Christians and Muslims commonly believe that Muslims are forbidden even to enter a church. Led by Shah Kirit Kakakul Govindji of the Islamic Information and Services Foundation, the Muslim visitors initiated the visit themselves. Shah Kirit explained that the purpose of the visit was to discover similarities and common traditions shared by Muslims and Christians, and to respectfully “agree to disagree” on differences.

Archbishop John Ha Tiong Hock of Kuching supported the visit.

After Mass the parish priest invited the visitors and the parish council to breakfast and a session of interreligious dialogue. The Muslim visitors asked about the various denominations of Christianity, training for the Catholic priesthood, the Church’s ministries and apostolic work, and Christ’s Second Coming.

One parish council member said the meeting created “a sense of amazement.”

At the request of the parish, Shah Kirit promised to send them English-language copies of the Qu’ran. The two groups have discussed a reciprocal visit by Catholics to a mosque.

Source: Catholic News Agency

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The Raids on Makkan Caravans – An Act of Bandits?

February 18th, 2005 by admin

Some doubtful individuals may mistakenly think that the Muslims’ interception of the Mushrikun’s caravans was the action of bandits. The response to these doubts is that the Muslims were in a state of war with the Quraysh, and their attempts to weaken the Quraysh, both in economic and human terms, were a necessity of this state of war.

Another reason was the fact that the Quraysh had seized the Muslims’ wealth when they had emigrated from Makkah. Even in modern times, it is allowed to strike at the human and economic resources of the enemy in time of war.

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The young marriage of Aishah (RA)

January 20th, 2005 by admin

Some individuals try to accuse the Prophet of being a child molester, albeit in politically correct terms, due to the fact that `Âishah(R) was betrothed (zawaj) at the age of 6 years old and the marriage was consummated (nikâh) a few years after the marriage at 9 years old when she was in full puberty. The lapse of time between the zawaj and nikâh of `Âishah(R) clearly shows that her parents were waiting for her to reach puberty before her marriage was consummated.

It is also a known fact that young marriages at puberty is common in the Semitic culture. The significance of menstruation that anyone with the slightest familiarity with physiology will tell you is that it is a sign that the girl is being Read the rest of this entry »

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