Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj
PETALING JAYA: Recognise your neighbour as a fellow human being and not by his or her race.
Jihad for Justice chairman Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj said this should be the basic tenet in the way people treat one another.
“It is a fact that 99% of all human DNA is the same and there is only one race — the human race,” he said in support of The Star’s Brave Views, Bold Ideas campaign.
The social justice advocate cited the analogy of going to the aid of an accident victim “where getting the individual to hospital was paramount” and not checking on what race he or she was first.
On moderation, he said the Quran was clear about helping one’s neighbour and had made no mention about just helping a fellow Muslim.
“The problem starts when we think my religion or my race is superior to others,” he stressed, saying that such a mindset was not only flawed but also forbidden in Islam.
Thasleem advised the people to stop the ongoing blame game, saying that the root cause of the problem was the situation at schools and universities, which did not provide a proper platform for nation-building.
“The founding fathers of the country will probably be turning in their graves over what is happening in the country at present,” he added.
Thasleem said he wanted “a Malaysia for all Malaysians” and said he was encouraged by the newspaper’s campaign, which cuts across race and religion.
“I know a lot of people, besides myself, who read the columns on moderation religiously,” he said.
The Star’s campaign is a reminder to its readers that the newspaper had always been, and will always be, open to Brave Views and Bold Ideas – but tempered by the voice of moderation.
Under the campaign, The Star has pledged to keep discussions open and rational while showcasing liberal, moderate and balanced voices.
The newspaper has also pledged to be at the forefront to nurture and ensure moderation and reason over extremism and insanity.