Saturday, September 18, 2010

Robin Padilla's explanation why he married Mariel using the Ibaloi ceremony

Robin Padilla, a avowed Muslim revert, issued a statement via ABS-CBNNews.com. Here is his statement on why he married actress Mariel Rodriguez in an Ibaloi ceremony which involves the smearing of blood from a pig.
MANILA, Philippines - Actor Robin Padilla has issued a statement regarding reports that he and actress-host Mariel Rodriguez tied the knot in Benguet last Monday.


In a text message sent to ABS-CBN News, Padilla said what happened in Baguio was part of their lives as a couple. He added the ceremony will also be used for an upcoming show on ABS-CBN.


"Ang mga naganap sa lupa ng mga CariƱo sa Baguio ay isa lamang sa mga nagaganap na yugto sa aming pag-ibig at sa nalalapit na programa sa ABS-CBN," Padilla said.


Despite the Igorot rites, the actor, a Muslim convert, said he remains faithful to Islam. He added that the tribal ceremony is part of Filipino culture and tradition.


Walang dapat ipangamba ang mga kapatiran, kababayan at katribo sapagkat ang pagsunod namin ay sa Islam, ang pagpupugay namin ay sa Kristianismo at ang pakikiisa namin ay sa kultura at tradisyong Pilipino," Padilla added.
Some believed that what Robin did was an innovation or bidah which is contrary to Islamic belief. Bidah is prohibited since no one is allowed to do acts which is not written in the Noble Qu'ran or in the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

You cannot mix and match religions to suit your own personal tastes or beliefs. Islam is not something which you can add or subtract something. 

Islam is a religion which Allah SWT has deemed holy and true because it abides in the acts and practices which were handled down by Allah SWT to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

You cannot say that you follow Islam, and then you pay homage to Christianity and do acts "in solidarity with the culture and tradition that is Filipino", no. 

There is no such thing in Islam. It is either you believe in it or not. It is clear in the Noble Qu'ran that those who are either cold or hot will suffer eternal damnation. 

Besides, why would anyone who believes in Islam, marries someone using Christian ceremonies?  

Now, Padilla says the Ibaloi ceremony will be used in the upcoming show of ABS-CBN. He wants to say that the smearing of pig's blood on his face and that of his wife is not haram since it is just for show.

Brother, even if it's just "acting", smearing of pig's blood on your face is clearly prohibited. Blood is an abomination. Touching blood particularly that of a creature which is quite probihited to even touch is haram.

Of course, I am not in a position to judge what is really inside Robin's heart. It is only Allah SWT. Yet, these acts of Robin clearly show how he misinterpret the teachings of Islam. May someone, possibly Brother Rodriguez, remind him of his strong duties and responsibilities as a Muslim.