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Zailani, Singapore - wrote on 5/19/2004 11:43:15 AM
I agree with Bro Satriyo that many Muslims, myself included, have been influenced by secularism and hedonistic non-Islamic culture (Hollywod/Bollywood) in this part of the world (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia). Even conservative, non-Muslim countries like China are not spared.Although there are still some sense of morality amongst Muslims here, it is quite common to see Muslims here behaving immorally and having indecent jobs (hostesses, bar girls, bartenders).
But I am confident that with Allah's permission, all this will change, as there is a sort of realisation of the 'emptiness' of these hedonistic western values that we have been aping all this while. As a result, we can see many Muslims , alhamdulillah, turning back to Islam!
Glory be to Islam!
Satriyo, Jakarta, Indonesia - wrote on 5/19/2004 3:50:13 AM
Comment:I don't disagree with what the writer is saying but there some facts that I think need correction, ie. that there no dating or free sex or immodest scene in muslim countries as living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, with a handful of private TV stations, I can say that a westerner - Hollywood - would feel at home watching the soap opera of movies aired.
As Indonesia was under Dutch - christian - collonial rule for over three centuries, urban life or city life in major cities, even nowadays in relatively small towns in Indonesia can be seen as westernized. So, you might see young muslims - boys and girls - going out together as if they are member of the same family, dating.
Indeed it is a sad thing but fortunately the atmosphere of islamic life in Indonesia after the demise of the Suharto regime is as such that I personally feel that within a decade - bi idznillah - Islamic values and norms and morals will spread through out the archipelago. amin.
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