July 25th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Malaysian TV talent show: competing to become an imam

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"The approach is: how are we going to make it interesting for the young? For any religion, how to attract the young is a huge challenge."

–Izelan Basar, Channel Manager Astro TV

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Islam • Malaysia • Muslim

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  1. Kristy

    Thanks for very interesting post. I have a high regard for the valuable information you offer in your articles. I really believe you will do much better in the future.


    August 19, 2010 at 5:25 am |
  2. SR

    Dear Malaysian Muslims, if you are all so "peace loving", can you agree to these basic human values?

    1. Adopt a "live and let live" policy with your fellow citizens, your Vedic brothers (many of you are from the Vedic religion for hundreds of years). Do not deface their temples and do not call their gods names and such.
    2. Start by removing sharia law as the basis of the law of pluralistic Malaysia.
    3. Do not force every Bhumi Putra to be a Muslim through your constitution. Everyone should choose what religion they want to follow. Allow Bhumi Putras to adopt or move to any religion they wish.

    When you do all of the above, then I can call Malaysian Muslims as peaceful, tolerant people.

    Just empty words here in this forum mean nothing.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  3. SR

    CNN doesn't seem to want rational debates about fundamentalism. Too many posts here are being censored by CNN even if they are innocuos questions. What's going on? Is this the US the land of Free Speech or an Islamic nation?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  4. comtemporaryMuslim

    Good day to all,
    Do u know that many non-muslim tourists to Malaysia who condemns Muslims in 2001 (WTC case) initially, came to Malaysian National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur revert to Muslims? and when they revert, they become much better Muslims then born Muslims in Malaysia? To Reality, we Malaysians welcome you to learn more about Islam and our Malaysian cultures. We have many races and religions that we are free to practice.For example, i got to know a Canadian lady who was a Christian, studied about 4 main religions in the world, Jews,Hindu, Christian and Islam. She chose Islam to embrace. She has even performed Haj pilgrimage (which I haven't yet (how shameful). Studied the Al Quran and hadiths better than some of us here. Now she is Indonesia to teaching how beautiful Islam is!
    Reality, as humans, we are not perfect. But those some fabricated news about Muslim are untrue. true Muslims condemn killing people!
    AV85, thanks. yes, we malaysians are cool even our climate is rather hot 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 4:38 am |
    • peace2all


      I sincerely liked what you wrote..... It seems heartfelt and sincere. If ALL religions can find ways to build bridges and respect each other as humans, appreciate the differences, ,etc...the world will be a better place. It is definitely true as we understand each others cultures, and histories among the many other things, I believe planet earth has a chance. We have to get rid of the fear, and hatred, and find ways to learn from each other.....Hopefully, one day.......WE WILL ALL GET ALONG.....!!!!!!

      And again, we don't have to push our own faiths on each other to make it seem like my religion is better than your religion......

      Thank you @contemporaryMuslim.........People like you are giving me hope for peace, joy, happiness & love

      Peace be unto you.....

      July 29, 2010 at 6:57 am |
    • Reality


      Your words fall on deaf ears. Please review the koranic-driven horror events noted above, July 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm. And when you delete all koranic demands for world domination by any means and the koranic dictates about killing all infidels (see above at July 27, 2010 at 7:58 am), then we will open our ears. Until then no male Muslims even those in Malaysia can be trusted.

      July 29, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  5. Haidar

    To Reality:
    learn about the reality of Islam.
    Islam is a religion that embrace and cultivate peace.Islam is Syumul which means suitable for everybody.Islam never allows suicide bombing and other attacks that coul lead toward the disaster.Islam Is Beautiful and Complete.Study About Islam and u will learn the truth Of Islam.the word Islam itself means salam which means peace.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:57 am |
  6. Sincere


    I forgot the reply you post.
    I am sorry, I am not interested.
    Thanks for your offer anyway 🙂

    Have a great day !

    July 29, 2010 at 1:56 am |
  7. Sincere

    I am proud to be muslim.
    That's is enough for me 🙂

    For other believers...u just have to stand of what you believe, that's easy.
    If you think you are in the right path-go AHEAD.
    Study, do research and learn about your own religion.

    All of us want to reach our final destination=HEAVEN.
    Do good things while you can.

    Thanks. 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 1:52 am |
  8. nicegirl

    to all my Muslim frens....let's us pray for reality....be patient to all his negative comments about our religion...the more he hates...the more he will find the truths in Islam...InsyaAllah....

    July 28, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  9. SR

    When i say children, i also mean His creation.

    July 28, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  10. Sincere

    Hi SR

    The third point (3. We are all God's children.) is NOT correct from Islam perspective.

    The prove :
    Al-Ikhlas (The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of Allah)
    1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
    2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
    3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
    4. And there is none like unto Him.

    From the above verse, muslims believe God cannot have son/daughter.


    July 28, 2010 at 1:31 am |
    • Reality

      Sincere, It is obvious that you are suffering from significant case of the Three B Syndrome i.e. being Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam. Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists also suffer from this malady in various degrees.

      But we have an easy, guaranteed cure!!! Ask and you shall receive!!!

      July 28, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  11. J

    "We simply open the newspaper or turn on CNN to get the daily bloody body count from Muslim.."
    and you believe everything you see and hear from the media, especially the ones who claim to be objective when in fact they are totally not? LOL

    July 28, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  12. Reality

    And the winner is? The young imam who owns up to fact that Islam is the greatest fraud ever pulled against humankind,i.e. there never was a wingie thingie named Gabriel and Mohammed in his thirst for power made up the angelic visions to impress the uneducated masses easily converting them to submissive soldiers for use in his wars against the infidels.

    Note: We have a free five-step program for deflawing Islam, simply ask and it will be reproduced on these blog pages.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:06 am |

      to Reality:
      that is the problem with u reality..simply believe what has been written or reported on tv or newspapers..without any further investigation u blindly believe what is being reported..no matter whether it is true or not n spread all the false allegation to others..u have to know from both of the sides/party..why all these things happen..by just open the newspapers u r not eligible comment on that such thing..just what u r doing right now..simply quote the koran verses n translate the verse illiterately in ur own way..without knowing exactly what is the message hidden on the other side..one more thing..is there any problem to u if muslim strongly believe in koran as their holy book?if u r not really trust them..it's ur problem..but the OTHERS still have some RESPECT n they can tolerate with it..

      July 28, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  13. Lyzza Blues

    Thanks av85 🙂
    May Allah bless you too...

    July 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  14. av85

    there is so much hate going around, please take it easy. honestly islam is the most peaceful relegion I have ever heard of. some of you pulled some verses from the quran that were send to prophet mohammad (may peace be uppon him) during war, thoses verses were showing prophet mohammad the reality of his enemies in the battlefield....remember at the begining prophet mohammad never declared a war until the quraish poeple made alliance with other tribes and declared a war.....everyone should learn the history then talk about islam, when ever you see a verse in quran learn the history behind it then start talking....I just wanted to say to people of Malaysia " you guys are cool muslims"....

    July 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  15. Lyzza Blues

    I'm proud to be Muslim in Malaysia!! This programmed really hits all of Muslim in the world!!
    May Allah S.W.T. bless all the muslims.
    Please do not mention about terror attacks here. I do believe, if we follow a right path, regardless of any religions..we both will live in the short life happily ever after.

    For 2 Imam Muda Asyraf and Hizbur...do your best in final...I prays for both of you...

    July 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

    to REALITY:
    u can say anything that u want..but please do respect the others..u have ur own belief and please proceed with that..Muslims also have their own belief n u have no power to judge whether they r in the right path or not.. actually U R THE ONE among the others that make this world chaos by false allegation towards other religion..if u think that u r ALWAYS RIGHT..please proceed with ur own fantasy world..u can't easily judge a religion by observing what their followers do..simple example is u, urself..i'm pretty sure that all the religions exist in this world promote good deeds and prohibit any bad deeds that can cause harm to the others..ur words really hurt to some people..n if u r a christian @ others..i have no right to say that this is what christian @others teach their followers..

    peace no war

    July 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
    • Reality

      GAZA, Infidels need not say a word about the koranic-driven horrors of Islam. We simply open the newspaper or turn on CNN to get the daily bloody body count from Muslim, Allah approved, terror attacks in Islam's drive for world supremacy. As long as the koran is the operating manual for Islam, no Muslim of any sect/cult can be trusted.

      July 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
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