When Alvin Tan posted a comic of himself using a page from the Quran as toilet paper, he was pelted with death threats and curses. Amidst the furore, no one noticed the page that Alvin Tan used as toilet paper. No one, except for Illy Muzliza. Here is a blow-up of the page Alvin Tan smeared with faeces (allegedly). See if you can spot what she noticed.
A Sign From God?
Illy Muzliza noticed that the page that was “desecrated” was from Surah An-Nahl, verses 103 to 110. To her, it was a sign from Allah. Take a look at what she wrote :
The Holy Quran, Alvin Tan and…
So I discovered something… I’d say, beyond incredible a moment ago. I do not wish to talk about Alvin Tan’s latest horrible act (that comes a bit later in this post) but I wish to touch on how amazing the Quran is.
We’ve all had our “SHOW ME A SIIIIIGGGGGN” moments. Moments when we’re sad, depressed, delighted or just puzzled. And BAM- almost instantly, EVERYTIME, we get those signs we needed from Allah. Flip a random page from the Quran- BAM, there you have it. Scroll down your Facebook newsfeed and BAM, there you have it.
Now there’s Alvin Tan… and a chocolate-smeared page from the Quran. Have you ever thought- out of ALL pages from the Quran, he tore that particular page. So I did a little bit of digging, and found out that that page is from Surah An-Nahl, verses 103 to 110. I’ll just leave the translation here:
16:103: And We certainly know that they say, “It is only a human being who teaches the Prophet.”. The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and this Quran is (in) a clear Arabic language,
16:104: Indeed, those who do not believe in the verse of Allah- Allah will not guide them, and for them is a painful punishment,
16:105: They only invent falsehood who do not believe in the verse of Allah, and it is those who are the liars,
16:106: Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief… except for one who is forced (to renounce his religion) while his heart is secure in faith. But those who (willingly) open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment,
16:107: That is because they preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter and that Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.
16:108: Those are the ones over whose hearts and hearing and vision Allah has sealed, and it is those who are the heedless.
16:109: Assuredly, it is they, in the Hereafter, who will be the losers.
16:110: Then, indeed your Lord, to those who emigrated after they had been compelled [to renounce their religion] and thereafter fought [for the cause of Allah ] and were patient – indeed, your Lord, after that, is Forgiving and Merciful.
Ya Rabb, please safeguard our hearts, Ameen.
Or An Intentional Choice By Alvin Tan?
Like him or hate him, Alvin Tan is very intelligent and cheeky to a fault. It would not be beneath him to intentionally select that particular page to smear with his faeces.
Illy Muzliza sees the choice of the page as a sign from God that the “disbelievers” will be the “losers” in the Hereafter. But the very act of smearing faeces on that page could be Alvin’s way of showing his disagreement with, or loathing of, those verses.
Whatever You Believe…
Whether you choose to believe, I think we can all learn from Illy Muzliza
. Instead of ranting, cursing and threatening Alvin Tan with death, rape, decapitation, an eternity in Hell, etc., she chose to see the brighter side of this controversy. She is the reason why I still harbour great hope for a better Malaysia.
The idea that we must have racial unity or religious conformity is absurd. We are all different people with different ideas and opinions, even if we are of the same race or believe in the same creed. The idea that we must all be 100% in unison for something, and against something else, is nonsensical.
We can have vastly different ideas, opinions and beliefs and still live together in peace and harmony. How? By simply understanding that in return for the freedom to say, opine and believe anything we want, we must accept that everyone else is entitled to the SAME RIGHTS.
So feel free to disagree. Feel free to debate any issue. Feel free to expound your own ideas and opinions. But if we can’t come to an agreement, let us all at least agree to disagree. As Illy Muzliza pointed out, Allah will “handle” things in the Hereafter. Go in peace.
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