Arabic is a Language, NOT a Religion

Ceritanya tadi ada salah satu follower yang berbaik hati dan dengan tidak bermaksud julid mengingatkan, kalau non-Muslim nggak boleh pakai ucapan-ucapan yang identik dengan Islam, misalnya MashaAllah, Alhamdulillah, dll.

 

Gue pun bertanya balik, tau dari mana soal status kepercayaan gue, ybs bilang soalnya nama gue dan nama pacar gue bukan nama orang Muslim. Oke baique. Weird way of tebak-tebak buah manggis regarding someone's faith, but ok.

 

Balik ke ucapan-ucapan tersebut, menurut gue sih sah-sah aja diucapkan siapa saja, toh konteksnya tetap mengucap syukur kepada Tuhan YME, bukan buat bahan ledekan atau penistaan. Selain itu, kalian tau kan itu bahasa Arab? It's like saying you can't speak English if you weren't born in the U.S. or England. Kan ya aneh? Apa logika gue yang salah?

 

CMIIW though.

 

Below are the responses from my followers.

 

Tentunya setelah gue membagikan pemahaman berdasarkan logika gue, ybs langsung sewot seraya berkata "Saya ini ngomongnya nggak pake emosi ya, Kak. Saya cuma mengingatkan aja. Kalau Kakak anggap lucu, ya sudah."

 

 

Quoting this article "'Arab' and 'Muslim' are not synonymous terms. Muslims are followers of the religion of Islam. Arabs are an ethno-linguistic group of people, most of whom are Muslim in religion but many of whom are not." Therefore, based on this mini discussion alone, the key takeaways are as follows:
 

  1. Do not assume someone's faith based on their ethnicity, physical appearance, and/or name.
     

  2. Do not go around and tell people it's not appropriate to say foreign words that are often associated with a certain religion just because they are not of that said religion, especially when they mean well. No harm, no foul.


A few followers also shared this funny clip from Bajaj Bajuri that you should totally watch!

 

Peace out, people.

 

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