While I was on my way to uni this morning, I bumped into a very charming young man who happened to go on the same direction with me. Nicely dressed gentleman, tall, and looking very intellectual with his glasses on.
He said hello and I responded in a very polite manner. Orang baik dengan kita, kita pun baik dengan orang lah kan? He introduced his name as Allen. Without him going any further, I noticed something that he was holding close to his chest. A DVD with the title Ending Faith in Christ.
Okay, I got it. This good looking young chap is not a normal passers by. He must be one of the jesus christ missionaries. Before he even started any conversation, I prepared myself to talk to him in the most respectful way.
He asked me a couple of get-to-know-you questions including name, study course, and home country. Just like a normal conversation you had with somebody that you meet for the first time. Orang-orang seperti Allen ni memang dilatih untuk mempunyai adab percakapan yang sangat sopan yang boleh buat siapa-siapa pun suka. Orang handsome, cakap penuh beradab, very intelligent, siapa tak cair beb?
After a while, Allen tanya satu soalan yang mengesahkan jangkaan I yang dia merupakan salah seorang missionaries yang sedang bertugas.
"What is your opinion about life?"
A very simple question, but I know, ini soalan memancing namanya. I tak boleh jawab sebarangan. I have to come out with something so that he will think that there's no use of persuading me with his mission.
I stopped walking, and asked him to give me a few seconds to think. Then I slowly answered,
"Obviously, you can see me as a Muslim right? So life in Islam is all devoted to the Almighty; the heart, the soul, and the deed. Whatever we do, we do it because of HIM. As long as I believe there is no other god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, with God's will, the peace in life will be mine".
Allen cuma senyum bila dengar jawapan I. Then he wished me good luck in my studies. Sebelum pergi, dia sempat tinggalkan name card untuk I hubungi in case if I'm interested to learn more about jesus christ. And we separated into different direction right there.
Alhamdulillah, I terlepas dari cubaan untuk memasukkan elemen-elemen yang berkaitan dengan jesus christ ke dalam otak I. Lepas tu I terfikir betapa ceteknya ilmu I tentang Islam. Itu baru dia tanya pasal basic question tentang life, mungkin masih boleh yakin menjawab. Tapi kalau dia dah mula compare itu-ini, rasanya secebis ilmu yang ada ni belom cukup kuat untuk tepis soalan-soalan yang macam tu. Hmm.. Renungkan Amirah..
p/s: for those who don't know, missionary ni lebih kurang macam pendakwah. The term is most commonly used for Christian missions but it can also be used for any creed or ideology.