The Parable of Kampong Kayukayu

There was a young man called Gembira, who lived in a small village called Kampong Kayukayu. The village was so named because everyone in the kampong practiced Kayuism – a religion where all the gods are made of different woods (birch, meranti, rotan). Gembira was born into a family of Kayuists, and so automatically became a Kayuist from birth.

But one day, Gembira came across a new religion – X. When he learnt more about X, he came to personally believe that it was the true religion. He made a heartfelt, informed and sane decision to convert to religion X. He then applied to change his religion.

Well, the kampong wouldn’t stand for that! They had very, VERY strict rules about apostasy from their ‘one true religion’ of Kayuism. And they sincerely believed that only Kayuism was the right path, and no sane person who saw the Kayu light would ever want to leave its illumination.

So at first, they reasoned that poor young Gembira must be under pressure… Or led askew by some deceptive teaching… Or something else must be wrong if he could stray from the true faith.

So they tried to ‘counsel’ him for 2 years (it is the responsibility of Kayuists to bring their wayward brothers back to the faith). But their attempts to bring this particular wayward brother back to the faith didn’t work. So they continued to ‘counsel’ and ‘advise’ him for another 6 years.

Finally, they got fed up. Fine, go ahead and change to a false religion! See how far you get! We tried to save you from eternal suffering, but noooooo, you wouldn’t listen!

So Gembira did change his religion… Or at least, tried to. Because as followers of the only true faith, the Kayuists did everything they could to hinder Gembira’s conversion.

Hot-headed Kayuists held rallies, made threats against his family and vandalized his home – APOSTASY IS AN INSULT AGAINST THE GREAT KAYU MERANTI! they would chant.

Bureaucrats made him run around for years to various courts, just to try and change his MyKayuKad details. He was born as a Kampong Kayukayu person, and by law all Kampong Kayukayu persons are automatically Kayuists. If Gembira didn’t want to be a Kayuist, well then, he should have chosen properly which parents he was born to!

Relatives (who had disowned him for his shameful, honour-staining act of infidelness) hoped he would die before he could successfully change his official faith, so that his non-Kayuist trustees wouldn’t get any of his property or possessions. By the way, they’re all big fans of Lex Luthor in the Superman movie and often practise inheritance-getting tactics on dying non-Kayuists.

And finally… Gembira was forced to leave the kampong when he was threatened with both imprisonment (under the Internal Kayu Act) and with painful death (under stones thrown by the hot-heads). After that, all mention of him was barred from the local media.

After all, if Gembira was dissatisfied with Kayuism, it was a very bad example. He was an aberration – after all, NO ONE ELSE ever tried to change religion from Kayuism! (Well, as far as the village public knows…and let’s keep it that way for the sake of village harmony okay?)

And so… How do you think people feel when they whole-heartedly and sound-mindedly want to convert to a different religion from Islam?

Sure, you may argue that in this case they shouldn’t be allowed to, because ‘Islam is the true religion and for their own sake and the sake of others who may be influenced and the sake of the country’s peace, they shouldn’t be allowed to convert, etc etc’.

But isn’t that what the Kayuists were saying too? Isn’t the principle the same? Think about it. Imagine it. Put yourself in the shoes of all the Gembiras, and see if you like the fit.

(PS. Btw, Kayu sounds kinda like Kaio – the term for the administration gods in Dragonball-Z. Hehe.)

8 Responses to “The Parable of Kampong Kayukayu”

  1. atok Says:

    other religion untrue

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    That’s what other religion says of yours too. Repent and convert to Kayuism!

  3. loop Says:

    A short simple story that teaches a moral or religious lesson.Maybe one of the stories told by Jesus in the Bible

  4. Nasaei Ahmad Says:

    Scott, I didn’t find your elaboration on the issue of Hammurabi recently. Thus, I don’t know what is stand about it. So, some atheists thought both Bible and Quran “copied” Hammurabi ideas on the penalty code, because both have this verse in it (i.e. “tooth for tooth, eye for eye” and so forth).

    In the Quran Allah says He gave “The Law” to Moses – in reference to Torah (it is called “The Law” by Allah). However, non-believers say this words originated from Hammurabi who introduced that the so-called draconian.

    If somebody else already uttered or mentioned any words/ verse, then people who lived after him must have copied from the earlier ? I don’t his whole idea, but as a Muslim, I simply believe Allah/ God can do anyting He wants/wishes. Allah can arrange or manage everythings by giving them inspiration, revelation, ideas etc. Muslim believe every single things is managed, decided and determined by Allah. Therefore, it is nothing absurd if any wisdom words used to be mentioned by earlier people can be mentioned again by the later people thousand of years later, after the first person who mentioned it. No big deal for Allah to do it again, and again.

    Secondly..I suspected Hammurabi got it from the earlier prophet. This is highly possible. We all know, prophet Enoch live in Babylon also before Hammurabi. It could be from Allah/God to Enoch, Enoch to Torah (Moses), Bible and lastley Quran. Do atheists think
    God cannot do that ? Blasphemy..wrong believe ! God can do anything He wishes !

    I said “could be” because I don’t know for sure, and am not a scholar.

    What do you think Scott? I think you didn’t comment further last time. Atheists used this issue to attack every now and the past, till now (besides amny other issues). TQ

  5. Scott Thong Says:

    Yes Nasaei, that is basically what I said to the commentor who believed all monotheistic laws and practices are copying pagan ways. If our religion is correct, then the first people were followers of the one God and everything the ‘pagan’ or ‘secular’ ancient world practised is actually based on that.

    But of course, atheists and anyone who doesn’t believe our books will not accept that assumption.

  6. Simon Thong Says:

    In the study of comparative religions, a lot of similarities are found among peoples/tribes/nations of the same period and regions. Tha is to be expected. They are in touch with each other. Borrowing happens, both ways, many several ways, since interaction occurs. There are, therefore, commonalities. What is more significant than commonalities are the differences. Significant differences. Thus, the Jews were monotheistic, and still are. They were monotheists in a sea of polytheists. Any similarities with the Hammurabi code should be expected. That doesn’t make the Torah less significant or truthful or historical.

  7. Nasaei Ahmad Says:

    One other think that is hard for my mind to accept is the manner or existence of the purposes creatures have. Almost every single piece serves it function. Their existence have certain purposes. God created things to serve certain function, but athiests can’t think of this. They can’t explain it either – in a convincing way (i.e why anything came into being, yet they serve some purposes/ functions).

    I just imagine, DNA cannot chart out, or think so that the offspring of anythings would perform this. To my mind, anything came into being for nothing, by “nothingness” will definitely have no purpose, acannot be benifitted by anything. Cannot even be made compose fertilizer maybe.

    So, who is an atheist ? And why (they are in denial):

    I think because of:

    1) Stubborn attitude (Allah already mentioned in the holy Quran about the attitude of these people, and what they will get later in Hereafter

    2) They just believe in themselves and reluctance to see the proof around them, and made jugdment before studying holy books “outrightly”

    3) They are influenced by their reading materials (cheated by their ‘comrades’)

    4) Allah mentions in the holy Quran..He gives hidayah (guide) to wishes to seek guide sincerely, and to whoever He wants. This means, the arrogant or ‘recalcitrants’ will be left out. Unfortunate (don’t blame God, because arrogant people somehow ‘chose’ to be so..)

    5) The influence of the family up-bringing, and their environment. We will not learn anything by chance (not usually), but by efforts I think.

    I believe God is testing believe or not to believe. If He shows us the hellfire now..then everybody will see and believe. But He is telling us..if you’ll get this; if you deny God (or disbelieve)..then you’ll get that.

  8. Ron Says:

    The burden of proof falls on the one making the claim. Without substantiating evidence to support the existence of supernatural entities, all assertions made about them are meaningless.

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