Earlier today Paul Walker, best known for the Fast & Furious franchise, passed away in a terrible car accident which came as a shock to many. For the most part, the internet was abuzz with posts of mourning, well wishes and remembrance from fans, friends, family and colleagues of the 40 year old actor who were sad to see him go.
And then, there was the other side of the internet. The side that’s telling off fellow Muslims to not use the term ‘R.I.P.’ due to its Christian connotations, claiming it is a Christian prayer for the deceased and it is sinful for a Muslim to do so, an argument that has gone on for quite a while (click here to see an example of this argument in English, or click here for one in Malay).
Personally, I think this is a poor argument. I do not believe that it is a prayer (because if it is, that’s one of the shortest prayers I’ve ever read). I also fundamentally disagree because many argue that the reason you shouldn’t say ‘Rest In Peace’ is because it is a sin to hope for redemption, forgiveness, or peace in the afterlife for someone who isn’t Muslim. This is an argument that can be discussed back and forth till the cows come home, but that’s not what this post is about.
Regardless of whether it’s a sin or not (and let’s face it, there’s only one person who can categorically state whether it is or isn’t), I believe that it is disrespectful to publicly preach and criticize one’s well wishes to the deceased.
Show some respect for the dead.
In case you haven’t heard yet, 6 of the 15 Ikal Mayang short films I DP’d last year (of which 13 1/2 of them I shot) are now available on Astro First channel 480, directed by Sofia Jane, Vanidah Imran, Aida Fitri, Dira Abu Zahar, Junad M Nor and Elaine Daly.
Shooting the shorts was pretty intense but rewarding nonetheless. One of these days I’ll write up some stuff about the whole experience but in the meantime, get out your remote controls and place your order!
You can find out how to order it by clicking here.