Ramadhan is indeed drawing to an end and whilst Muslims around the world celebrate the success of our Jihad (personal struggle and YES! Muslims are on a very huge Jihad come every Ramadhan) towards self-control from committing sinful acts during this fasting month, our non-Muslim friends celebrate the long weekend which will begin from Friday night to Monday, as its an off-in-lieu.
And while Muslims globally celebrate with prayers and visiting our friends and relatives to ask for forgiveness as well as to forge closer ties between one another, I’m sure in some part of the world, our non-Muslim friends will be celebrating in style at the clubs dancing and enjoying themselves over the long weekend.
And in Singapore, one such organiser will be organising an event themed after Hari Raya Puasa at a club with booze and dancing to Dato Siti Nurhaliza songs this coming Saturday, 18 August 2012.
Now, I’m no saint or should ever be considered as being holier than thou but as a Muslim, I do feel enraged at the insensitivity of the organisers to organise a themed party related to a religion which prohibits amongst others; Alcohol, Free mixing between genders, Dancing/Partying. (I’m not sure if any other religion prohibits what has been mentioned but if they don’t, then I don’t see why there should be any restriction on celebrating such occasions but since Islam prohibits it, I don’t think there should be an association made between what is prohibited with the celebration)
I think what makes it worst is that the songs that the patrons will be performing to will be that of a renowned Muslim, Dato Siti Nurhaliza. Nevermind the singing, but it is just utter disrespectful to be singing her songs especially when her face and name is featured on the marketing collaterals, giving the impression that perhaps she supports or endorses the event, which I highly doubt so because she is performing her small pilgrimage at Makkah at the moment.
But my issue here is not so much with the insensitivity or lack of knowledge of the organisers, as I’m sure there are many others out there living amongst us in society. My issue is that there is a lack of inter-religious education within society in what we call Multi-Racial, Multi-Religious Tolerant Singapore.
And in being tolerant, we practice to deliberately allow or permit something which we disapprove of. In easier terms, to bear with it or to endure it. And of course, to bear with it or endure it also means that there’s a certain limit that one can bear with and when it transgresses the limits, something may or will happen.
I’m not blaming the organisers of the event as they aren’t Muslims and they have also apologised but perhaps this incident would be a good lesson for all of us, regardless, Muslims or not, that it is important for us to exercise the importance of due diligence to understand and to respect one another, living in this Multi-Racial and Religious society. (I have blogged about this previously here)
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