Word was going around that Malaysia’s terrible loss in the World Cup qualifier was due to “paranormal beings”. Nope, said an official, paranormalism is a “spiritual virus” that caused the people to stray from teachings of Islam and blame evil spirits for the loss. In other words, Get your head in the Game.
Terengganu’s former chief Shariah judge today panned a so-called “Islamic” medical expert’s claim that paranormal beings was a possible cause for Malaysia’s humiliating 10-0 loss to UAE in the World Cup qualifier.
Datuk Ismail Yahya said the penchant for these Malaysians to fall back on such claims could be because they were infected with a “spiritual virus” inside them that made them resort to practices that were not consistent with the teachings of Islam.
Of course it just couldn’t be because they had an off day or even that they are not good enough. Let’s blame spirits instead, always a winning strategy! I’m no coach but I would bet that discipline and training is needed on the field instead of the religious kind. Such religious-based excuses are common via Pat Robertson in the US who blames various events on American’s bad behavior. It’s not helpful but it makes him feel self-righteous. And perhaps it takes the sting away from very human mistakes to blame higher beings or outside forces. But the former Shariah Court judge said Malaysia’s loss has nothing to do with that; let’s not use spirits as an excuse.