Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Okay to Attend Royal Wedding

There was a big furor pertaining to Muslims intending to celebrate Valentine’s Day – kindly read my blog posting dated February 10, 2011 – because according to the religious authorities, it has elements of Christianity. Supposedly. And then the other case of Najib’s aide issuing instructions to remove Christian symbols before the prime minister will attend a Christmas Day gathering – read also my posting on January 01, 2011. In this country, Muslims must avoid doing anything that may undermine their faith. That means staying away from non-Islamic events.

The guardians of Islam should be alerted to the fact that the King and Queen of Malaysia attended the April 29th royal wedding in London. Check out the fourth photo – can you spot them?

But I don’t think our royal couple was really concerned with the Christian aspects of the proceedings when they trooped into enchanting Westminster Abbey for the entrancing ceremony. They were seated in the South Lantern – a section reserved for the British royal family as well as members of foreign royal families. I am sure they witnessed the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall conducting the service and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Dr Rowan Williams marrying Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton, followed by the address given by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres. I also know they listened to hymns and choral works.

Image credit: http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Prince+William+Catherin+Middleton+Royal+Wedding+NjmZKlAmLoal.jpg.

Image credit: http://arts-wallpapers.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/The-Royal-Wedding-Prince-William-and-Catherine-Middleton-wallpapers-free-The-Royal-Wedding-Prince-William-and-Catherine-Middleton-desktop-wallpaper-6.jpg.

Image credit: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iXjtpkDW2E8/TbtHMlBuGJI/AAAAAAAAAWo/u2kW-W29fuA/s1600/agong_and_permaisuriagong_royalwedding.jpg.

I salute the Yang Dipertuan Agong and his consort because they came back as Muslims. I believe their faith in Islam is as strong as ever, unshaken by this conspicuous exposure to Christian rituals. I suppose Malaysian royals are not like the Muslim commoners – they are pious, devoted and deeply religious. That’s why the clerics are obliged to exercise vigilance because the latter are weak, easily influenced and docious.

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