For the past 15 years teaching at IIUM, I have at least two non muslim students in my class every semester. This sem, I have two; one brother one sister. I enjoyed haviung non muslim students in my class. First I think this is the opportunity for me to explain to them about Islam.. the beauty of Islam. second, I would like engage some intellectual discourse with them about their understanding on Islam. Generally, they respect the Islamic values and aware the limitations as prescribed in Islam. To certain extent, they know better about Hukum syara' and remind their fellow muslim students not to commit any prohibited acts.
I remember one of non muslim student, his name is Nicholas Netto, whom i gave him " A" for Islamic Crimnal law paper. Another student, Ng boon Ka, who is extremely good in Shariah papers and he alslo memorised some quranic verses. Low Chin yi, Brother Ling..these are the few names whom I remember that they gave full commitment in my class and memorised the Quranic verses.
Every student in my class, whther Muslim or Non Muslims, is treated equally..They must memorise the quranic verses and hadith ( optional) and produce it in the form of writings. However, if they come and tell me that they have problem in memorising, that would be fine but they need to remember the exact translations from a specifc book. What is amzing, they did not want to be exempted. They wanted to memorise the quranic verses too! This is what i called, Passion and commitment. Besides, they told me that they aware about Islamic law where Quran and Sunnah are the sources of Islamic law. It very sad though to hear some muslim students refused to memorise and dont evern remember the surah's names in the holy quran..they dont have the will and commitment in their academic's life.
This encouragement to non muslim students to study the Quran, memorise the verse and explain the verse, is to show Quran is the source of hukum for everybody. This is the problem with Muslims..or Malay Muslim. They think that Quran or Islam is for solely for them.
We must exemplify to non muslim that Islam is not only amputation of hand, stoning to death etc..Islam is a way of life.