The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Article 18
January 1, 2010, 3:29 pm
Filed under: UDHR Series

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

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Cartoon is a misrepresentation of the actual case. The couple charge I thought were Christians (Right wing Nuts like those from US). I don’t have problem with anyone spreading their religions but not misrepesenting others religions.
ʾašhadu ʾan laa ilāha illa (A)llāh, wa ʾašhadu ʾanna Muḥammada(n) rasūlo (A)llāh

Comment by fishy cartoon

The cartoon was taken from the article on Singabloodypore regarding the couple as a link to the article itself. Yes they were Christians and the cartoon was apparently part of the book “The Little Bride” and it is a banned publication in Singapore.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

Finally I am ble to read and see the ” the little Bride”, such publication has nothing to do with freedom of speech but rather hate. Furthermore the publisher has no concept of time(era) or geopolitic and historic appreciation except to meet their objective. Today we don’t apperciate such thing as parental consent or personal responsibility and want to talk about morality of the Greatest man ever lived i.e. Prophet Muhammad(Saw){ I might be biased; }, first lets look around then wise up to our own values and morality.

judge and ye shall be judged
This is just an opinion

Comment by I would't shed tears

As a response to you mentioning that you might be bias, I would like to say that no thinking person is ever nuetral… that is if they know about an issue/event enough, they will normally make a stand. So it is fine to be bias but one’s mind should also be open to discussions (talking in general, not directed to you of course).

That was just an excerpt of The Little Bride, not the full thing. Of course, I disagree with the contents and the reasons behind such a publication. I also think that there must be respect among the faith, especially among the people from the Book (Jews, Christians, Catholics and Muslims) because they worship the same God. Hence, I feel that interfaith discussions are very important to help people from each faith have a basic understanding of what the others are all about. This is my opinion on the issue.

Having said that, I feel that religious publications talking about another faith should be reconsidered before being published or distributed but when they do get distributed and land onto the hands of a person practicing the faith being criticised, should it instantly make one offended or should it be used to strengthen one’s faith (as in, practicing forgiveness and knowing that one will not do the same to criticise another religion etc)?

I was once a Christian and later on studied the Qu’ran and Hadith for some years so I understand how Muslims feel towards criticisms of the Prophet. However I feel that the religion of Islam has been much misunderstood (generally) and many people from other faiths are not very well informed about simple things like the 5 pillars of faith in Islam for example. If you tell a Buddhist or a Christian (for example) that Muslims believe in the existence of Jesus, they will be rather surprised. I am just wondering why comprehensive publications explaining the basics of Islam in Singapore comes only from Darul Arqam and is by request only. Is there some sort of a restrictions in Singapore for the distribution of such free Islamic publications that seeks to explain the very basics of what Islam is all about?

Comment by rachelabsinthe

None pesonal attack is perceived.

1) here is a lame excuse,in quran it is said(paraphrase) religion is not compulsory.

2) muis (darul argam as well)is not a separate and independent entity as it should be but an extention of govt. hence it takes commands and directives from her govt.

Congratulation, you already know more about Islam than I.

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