Ikim says Islam rejects that all religions are equally good

By Sharifuddin A. Latiff

According to this year’s AC Nielsen survey, Ikim Radio has 786,000 listeners who tune in to the 24-hour channel. The numbers are impressive for a broadcast media run by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia, a government agency.

Recently on Dec 15, Ikim issued a press statement saying:

  • Firstly, Islam rejects religious pluralism which claims that all religions are equally true and equally good.
  • Secondly, only one religion possesses the perfect and complete revelation, that is, Islam (see the Qur’an, Al-Maidah, 5:3).

The rest of the statement can be read at their website.

Putting two and two together, Ikim which has a lot of resources (i.e. staff and funding provided by the government) has at the same time a wide reach, for example, its radio listeners not to mention the functions it organises and the weekly column it has in The Star.

Little known is the fact that it was set up by Mahathir as “an organisation with an agenda to popularise Islamic thinking”.

Ikim is next mulling having a TV station. “Since IKIM.fm radio now has its own loyal listeners, we should move ahead towards having our own television station,” its radio director Ahmad Jais Alias told Bernama.

So there is a huge audience being subjected 24/7 to popular ‘Islamic thinking’ via this state-sponsored mass media. It is a thinking that a few days ago declared ‘other religions cannot be as good or as true as Islam’.

Meanwhile, TV Al-Hirah is already a reality.

Suffice to say, a lot of Malaysians (non-Malays in their suburban cocoon) are not aware of what is happening out there in the Malay-speaking world shaped by Malay mass media.

[See also ‘BTN – Brainwashing The Nation?‘]

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25 Responses to “Ikim says Islam rejects that all religions are equally good”
  1. Sam says:

    I know the islamic scholars are protective of their religious belief and that goes with the scholars of other religions. But to put your religion as much more superior than others is irrational. After all, religious belief of individual is a matter between one own self and the god(who ever it may be).
    Islamic scholars are ordinary human beings,so did the other religious scholars. It is just that these scholars have much indept studies of their respective religion and may be received enlightenment of their individual ‘god’. In this case,do you label your ‘god’ as more superior than other people’s ‘god’?

    • tony says:

      u r right sam. but the malays here dont have that thinking. take a good example from our neighbour indonesia, they can switch religions according to their belief (islam to others). u cant see or do that in malaysia.

    • Paul Warren says:

      Sam,

      The religious scholars are not exactly protective of their religious beliefs. It is their turf that they are protective of. Be clear of that.

    • Antsand says:

      I come to understand that Christianity is not equally good as Islam but far better than Islam….if they knew (the Muslim) the love and experienced the love and promises of Jesus Christ. All of them will turn to Jesus because Jesus to is the really Prophet and the nearest to God the Almighty….Spoke the Word of God and Act in God reflection. How wonderful is HE (JESUS) Mohammad said, Kill those opposed to Allah, Jesus Forgive everyone, because He has the Power to Build and to Destroy not with the Sword but by HIS WORD, Jesus is the WORD of GOD. The Word of Jesus Cannot be contain in Only One book but must be written within the Individual. It is a bullshit that The Law of the Almighty God can be written in a Single Book. Jesus said ‘ I will Send a helper who will teach and show you everything’ this HELPER is not in HUMAN FORM but in FORM OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLING IN CHRIST BELIEVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST ALONE….This is the Reason why in Jesus name Miracles performed in the Christian World.. Jesus Has Fortold the action of followers of Muhammad, There will be a person who perform wonder and prclaimed that He is the one, But Jesus Said Dot not Believed Him because His is the that destroy the Folk Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
      Joh 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
      Joh 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
      Joh 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
      Joh 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
      Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
      Joh 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
      Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
      Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
      Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
      Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
      Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
      Joh 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
      Joh 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
      Joh 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
      Joh 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
      Joh 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
      Joh 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
      Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
      Joh 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
      Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
      Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
      Joh 5:41 I receive not honour from men.
      Joh 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
      Joh 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
      Joh 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
      Joh 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
      Joh 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
      Joh 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

  2. hartalmsm says:

    TV Al-Hirah is Malaysia’s new free-to-air Islamic television station launched recently on Dec 7 to propagate Islam through educational programmes. Even NST reported: “But other Malaysians including non-Muslims are worried about what they see as officials with a conservative Islamic agenda pushing their views into the public space”.

    TV Al Hijrah is operated by Jakim (the Islamic Development Department) and available in the Klang Valley, Johor, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak. It’s not for the moment available in Penang where non-Malays in their suburban cocoon are not aware of what is REALLY happening out there in the Malay-speaking world shaped by Malay mass media despite Caliph Umar Lim Abdul Aziz’s preaching.

  3. Paul Warren says:

    They are right what! In my religion we fornicate, we hold orgies and we smoke dope. And we are getting more and more adherents as well….every time someone commits a sin, they join my religion. It is full of sinners who were cast off their previous religions because they prefer the goodies they get in mine!! ….so sure la..what of those who remain in Islam are certainly, as IKIM says, one up on the rest!!

  4. Broken English says:

    The real muslim must beleive the only religious accepted by Allah is islam. If they beleived other religious are the same, the are not muslim. Muslim must respect other relegious, dont condem.

    Remember, u are not muslim if u beleive all religious are the same. Read Quran and understand it. If malays dont beleived Quran, please dont talk about islam. U are in wrong forum.

  5. orangkampung says:

    In my interpretation of religions belief is to has one wife when two sin of adultery/fornication, killing the innocents, tools of politic (politics are dirty) , arrogant , hyprocrisy, gluttony and I am holy than thou art is that the belief of a GOOD BEST RELIGION? But my belief, I am born of GOD CREATION to love and be loved and be humble. Amen

  6. PR a chance says:

    IKIM had essentially distorted what the quran had said. Let’s read for ourselves what the quran do say :

    “……This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed. ”

    This is taken from http://www.alquran-karim.com/alMaidah.html

    The quran spoke of how God had PERFECTED the religion for her adherent and had made it complete for the believers. In fact Buddha did say almost the same thing to Ananda. But this does not mean that the religion is claiming perfection or even superiority. The critical phrase is “…for you” .

    No religion is superior to others. Every religion is special and is useful and beneficial for people with different disposition, upbringing, conditioning, memory and experiences. To compare one religion with another and claim superiority is like comparing apples with oranges.

    The thais have a very good attitude towards life and whenever conflict arises they would say “different but same-same” ;-).

  7. Peter says:

    Well who says Islam is perfect? Well as posted above .. Islam says it is perfect.

    Hey my religion says mine is perfect and others no so perfect with lots of flaws.

    Similarly other religions do the same. THEY SAY their own religion is perfect

    Well no need to argue whose perfect.

    Just go round the world and judge for yourself whose is the best and whose is downright rotten.

    The evidence is out there. No need to elaborate and argue.

    yes, as far as I am concern, my religion is perfect and others are less so. But then , I do not go round belittling other
    religion and I welcome all.

    This itself tells you whose is superior

  8. Chode says:

    Could it be that Islam is not a religion, but the *right way* applicable to all of humanity?

    IKIM’s Islam = Sunni Islam = Doctrine based largely on (arguably irrelevant) oral history, myth, legend and likely lies.

    God perfected Islam. But what is Islam? Ill be damned if it’s Sunnism. It cannot be. Islam is not a sect. It’s not *religion*. It’s not _a_ right way. It is the right way for every individual…regardless of the circumstances in which the individual is born and lives his/her life. God created the world to test people – hedonism and religionism are two sides of the same coin – they are what people feel good about themselves with.

    Doing the right thing is independent of that. Living righteously, doing the right thing = Islam. It’s not a religion. It surely as hell isnt passed on by parents to their children, and it certainly cannot be *taught* as god alone guides whom he wills.

    • Eyes Wide Open says:

      What you say is true. But in Malaysia, Islam is not only and institutionalised religion, it is an enforced system of belief and action. And as history has shown time and again, when “religious” people are given the powers of state, God help those who do not conform to the whims of them….

  9. Maz says:

    Ikim says Islam rejects that all religions are equally good
    ============================================
    I guess that would invalidate the Quran as you could
    not have the Quran and therefore, ipso-facto, Islam if
    you did not accept the Talmud upon which Islam is
    partially derived.

    • Eyes Wide Open says:

      Good point Maz. And ironically, Israel is the most hated enemy of all “good Muslims” today. Only the most ignorant will not see this point. And that says a lot about the religious leaders of Malaysia and many other parts of the world

  10. siudi says:

    I simply don’t see how superior Islam really is for a nation where corruptions and racism are so rampant when these 2 are also sinful in Islam. Worst of all, Malaysia is the only country where race and religion are one single entity, when Islam should be universal to all races.
    What we are looking at is IKIM endorsing TALIBAN kind of mentality to state their superiority over other races. They can go on brag about many non-malays are not aware of what is happening in the malay-speaking world shaped by malay mass media, that’s because they also not aware what is happening out there in the ENGLISH SPEAKING world shaped by GLOBAL MEDIAS due to they are completely absorbed in their own little ketuanan melayu fantasy.
    So let’s face it, IKIM is none other than another ISLAMO-FASCIST who thinks that both race and religion should be superior than others. It also shows that IKIM is propagating narrow-minded ideas and racism, which are complete opposites to the 1Malaysia’s inclusiveness pledge. No wonder PR Selangor government reject the 1Malaysia logo since it’s a complete failure due to UMNO’s hypocrisy and bigotry. Not long while ago, JAKIM even said PEDOPHILIA is OKAY.
    So why should we want to support an organisation that is just as worse as TALIBAN? Why should we tune into channel where everything are EXCLUSIVE for muslims only? Why not we just ignore these bigots around us?

    • Eyes Wide Open says:

      “Malaysia is the only country where race and religion are one single entity”

      Not true. There is just ONE other country who shares that same belief – ISRAEL. The Jewish race, religion and country are so historically and culturally intertwined as to be inseparable.

      Race, religion & country – Bangsa, agama, negara…

      The IRONY!! 😀

    • Antsand says:

      I shared the same views with you, Eyes Wide Open, The muslim around the world doesn`t really care of what God creation is but the ways they think what they are….. the Taliban Style…this is called self rightousness.

  11. Jim Bo says:

    I dont know weather this hadith or whatever U want to call it, is from IKIM or if it really is in the Koran. Can IKIM kindly enlighten us as to the page n verse no.

  12. AzminLee says:

    When men say their’s is the best I always think of HItler saying the Aryan race was the best.

  13. End Of Message says:

    Riddle me this O wise and all knowing IKIM; if Islam is the best then pray tell why Muslims are killing themselves to get to live in the kuffar West?

    I suggest IKIM and their ilk all move to Pakistan and enjoy the lifestyle they so crave there. Don’t soil our country with your thought feces.

  14. Maz says:

    “Malaysia is the only country where race and religion are one single entity”

    Not true. There is just ONE other country who shares that same belief – ISRAEL. The Jewish race, religion and country are so historically and culturally intertwined as to be inseparable.

    Race, religion & country – Bangsa, agama, negara…

    ==================================================
    INCORRECT !

    1. The Jews are not a race….! Jews come in all shapes and sizes.
    2. Pakistan was explicitly created as a homeland for Indian Muslims
    and any Indian (or any) Muslim can gain Pakistani citizenship.
    Those who criticise Zionism should not be disingenuous that Israel
    is the only homeland exclusively created for a particular religion
    (I might also mention the Vatican and the theocratic dictatorship
    of Iran where only Shiite Mullahs are allowed to make political
    decisions).
    3. If Israel is so oppressive and chauvanistic, why do the Bahai
    have their headquarters in Haifa ? Why does the Armenian,
    Greek Orthodox, Coptic Church and Eastern Orthodox all have
    prelates in Jerusalem where they are free to practice their
    faith ? The Dome of the Rock (Al Aqsa) is open to Muslims
    all year round, yet Jews and Christians cannot set foot
    in Mecca. Churches and Mosques abound in Israel
    along with Synagogues. How easy is to build a church
    or Hindu temple in Malaysia these days..can ? I don’t think so..

    Jewish religion and culture are intertwined..can you name
    any culture where that is not the case ? India and Hinduism
    are intertwined (even though India is nominally secular).
    Malays and Islam are intertwined. Chinese and Confuscianism
    are intertwined in Taiwan, Singapore and even China where
    there is a resurgence of interest in belief systems…

    Singling out Jews as racially separate and somehow religiously
    inviolable as if other cultures are not is an old red herring
    and remains an invalid stereotype today.

    • Eyes Wide Open says:

      Maz

      1. The Jews ARE a race of people, as asserted by the Jewish Scriptures. They are even called to be a DISTINCTIVE race, holy and separate from other nations. They only come in all shapes and sizes today because many have completely assimilated with their host countries

      2. To the Jewish mind, the Holy Land was given to them by God as an inheritance forever. This has always been the assertion of Scripture. The creation of the Israeli state was seen as a homecoming for the “sons of Israel” after centuries of exile. So, yeah…the idea of Bangsa, Agama dan Negara is not original to Israel. And it has been loudly and proudly shouted by UMNO for decades – hence the irony since one of the major issues being played in UMNO politics is our “Islamic” country’s opposition to Israel.

      3. This is another crushing irony for UMNO since they are even more oppressive that the other Bangsa, Agama dan Negara country which they so love to bash. Which makes UMNO’s hypocrisy all the more obvious.

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