Monday, April 18, 2011

The Story of A Good Muslim Boy


Warning: This post may be deemed sensitive.  Only open minded people are allowed to read this story. Leave now if you think you can't handle it.

Once upon a time, there was a kid name Ali.  Ali was a good kid.  He listened to his parents, and he ate his vegetables.  He did his homework, and he prayed five times a day like any good Muslim.

One day, his class decided to have a play.  It was Romeo and Juliet.  They didn't quite like the ending though.  They wanted to have a happy one.  They decided to keep Romeo and Juliet alive - and let them marry and live happily ever after.

Ali was excited for this play.  He was hoping his clasmates would choose him to become Romeo.  Then his classmates had made a decision.  He was going to be the hero!

He practised his lines every day.  He practised his act in front of the mirror every night.  And when he was not practicing, he helped his classmates paint the backdrop - Juliet's window, Capulet's orchard and of course, the church at Verona.  They were going to have a happy ending, weren't they?

"Oh how beautiful the play is going to be!" Ali thought.  Not only they were staging his favourite play, they were going to make it their own! With a happy ending!

And so the day finally came.  The stage was a masterpiece.  The costumes were magnificent.  Ali read his lines perfectly, acted it out so flawlessly.  "I now pronounce you, husband and wife," said the weird boy who played the priest.  Romeo Ali took Juliet's hand - the curtains then drawn, hence the end of the play.  A surge of emotion flowed through Ali.  He knew right at that moment, this was what he wanted to be.  To be on stage, there's where he belongs.

But his happiness didn't last too long.  He was called by his old, religious teachers.  They told him he had commited a sin.  For helping his friends paint the church backdrop.  For participating in a Christian wedding ceremony act on stage.  He had commited a sin.

Oh how sorry he was for his sin!  He had never intended it to be that way.  He had never ever thought about it at all.  He was still a good Muslim, before, during and after the play.  He knew what was in his heart, by golly, he swear he did!  He was born a Muslim, and he will die a Muslim!  Nothing could shake his faith!  But they told him he had sinned.

And now he is drowning in sorrow and regret.  He had learned his lesson.  If he was going to be a good Muslim, he would have to leave the stage.  The only place that made him feel alive.  Eventhough he knew what's true in his own heart.

So he shut his dream and shoved it aside.  He closed his mind from the beauty of art.  And he prayed.  Prayed for forgiveness.  By golly, he was going to be a good Muslim. 



**However you intepret this story, this post is no way demeaning Islam.   I am just expressing grief on a non-issue that well, became one.  If you feel offended, don't say I didn't warn ya.

20 comments:

sHeiLa said...

hurmm..if ..i said again IF (hope the word 'if' understoodable la) , IF everything is sin to them, let all the Muslim's actor and actress in Malaysia leave the industry..how?

still, IF..

Amanda Christine Wong said...

If they rule the country, they might make that happen...

Cynta said...

what a tragedy.

Melancholic Fool said...

there is a line, where u cant cross as a Muslim... usually the line is politicized by humans who are weak and always open to temptation...

in acting and anything which are in the entertainment industry, the line exists... does not mean that it is a sin... but if u cross it then it becomes one...

In Ali's case... he is a victim of a person who politicized the line... but i wont deny that there are people who treat the line like crap..

just a thought... i dont think that the post is offensive.,,, i just hope that all of us can understand eachother better... i wish we have some comparative religion courses or something...

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Cynthia: Yes, for art.

Azhar: Thanks. Your widely open thought is very much appreciated. i was afraid this would be offensive...but it would only be offensive to those like u said, who wants to politicised the line. and yeah, a dialogue should be held...but looking at the situation of our country, it might not be in the near future...

Zen said...

if its about him holding the hand of another girl who is not his "muhrim", then, yes he has sinned.

its okay to be an artist, as long as the lines are not crossed.


as a matter of speaking, many artists aren't good muslims anyway.

Memer said...

eye-opening

Amanda Christine Wong said...

zen: its more on the church act that's the problem, so...and yeah, most artists aint good muslims to start with.

memer: it is? well ok.

Lizeewong said...

I pity the boy.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

lizee: me too :/

chegu carol said...

Kesian budak itu...

Amanda Christine Wong said...

carol: exactly...

Asrih Arif said...

Everyone knows that this is a very sensitive issue. But we have to face the fact. We see this everyday. That's the reason why I always think it's important to have frequent open dialogues between religion so that we can understand each other more and assimilate well.

We don't really see much of this in Malaysia hence the non-muslims don't really know what's ok and not ok for a muslim to do (sometimes even the muslims themselves don't know)... The muslims also don't know what's ok and not ok for christians, hindus an buddist.

Here in Ireland, once a month they have dialogues/debates/etc to increase the appreciate the differences between religions. So that people KNOW and tolerate each other....

:)

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Asrih: that's really good, i mean whats happening in Ireland. seeing that it is a non-muslim country. sigh. wish we have one here too.

Anonymous said...

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Amanda Christine Wong said...

Anonymous: Yeah, I dont take advices from nameless creatures.

Ives said...

hi amanda...

malaysian are victims of stupid politicians..so to speak.

How i wish 'we' are more tolerable n understand the differences in beliefs..

open dialogue is one way..but if it is use as a medium to so called show off their 'understandings'..bullshit la.

i pray for the souls who are simply kind to each other...n pray harder for the fools who misjudge..

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Hi Ives, thanks for dropping by. Yeah, that's true. It's funny how they spend billions to unite their people, but at the same time trying to break us apart. sigh. all we can do is pray then.

Hanna Alia said...

Hey, juz found ur blog and im interested with this post.. yeah i knw its quite awhile but i need you to not misunderstood abt Islam. It is a sin for a man or a woman to touch their none muhrim(except dad, brother) but there is no verse in Quran state that we r not allowed to read the bible or go to the church. Islam dindt teach us to hate other religion, as i believe other religion too dindt teach their people to do so. Basically, its not abt which religion is the greatest or the worsest , its the individual who practise what have been thought n have faith with their religion.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Hanna Alia: Hey there, thanks for dropping by. And yes, I understand the laws of Islam and I respect that. And I believe that Islam is what you just said. This story is a mere observation from an outsider, not meant to condemn it. Your views are greatly appreciated though.