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Posted on Wed, May 30, 2007 15:42

Malaysia woman loses appeal on religion (AFP) 30 May 2007 PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia?s top secular court on Wednesday rejected a woman?s bid to be legally recognised as Christian after converting from Islam, saying the matter must be decided by a religious court. Lina Joy had sought to have the word ?Islam? removed from her national identity card but the federal court threw out her case, deciding that only one of the country?s Islamic sharia tribunals could legally certify her conversion. Renouncing the faith is one of the gravest sins in Islam, and Joy?s case has raised questions about religious freedom here as well as the exact legal relationship between the mainly Muslim country?s secular and religious courts. Joy, an ethnic Muslim Malay who was born Azlina Jailani, had argued that she should not be bound by the Islamic courts because she is now a Christian. The ruling comes amid mounting racial and religious tensions in Malaysia, where minority religious groups fear their rights are being undermined, even though the country is traditionally seen as moderate. ?God is great!? a crowd of about 200 people, who had been holding a mass prayer, shouted in unison outside the court complex when they learned of the verdict. ?Although it is not freedom of religion per se, the decision will determine if she can convert out of Islam without going to the sharia court,? Ragunath Kesavan, of Malaysia?s Bar Council, said ahead of the ruling. ?Our position has always been that she should be allowed to do so, in respect to the constitution.? Islam is Malaysia?s official religion. More than 60 percent of the nation?s 27 million people are Muslim Malays. But while the constitution defines the ethnic majority Malays as Muslims it also guarantees freedom of religion, and the country?s minority Chinese and Indians are mostly Buddhists, Hindus or Christians. After Joy converted, she first appealed to authorities to have her new name put on her identity card. She won the right to do so, but is now seeking to have her religion changed. Malaysia?s civil courts operate in parallel to sharia courts for Muslims in areas of family law including divorce, child custody and inheritance. But the question of which takes precedence has been unclear in cases that involve both Muslims and non-Muslims, who have little say in sharia courts. Some Muslims denounced Joy?s legal challenge as a tactic to undermine Islam?s status in the country. ?This case has attracted a lot of attention from various groups and Muslims mainly because it may greatly impact the position of Islam in the constitution and Malaysian law,? Yusri Mohamad, president of the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement, said as he awaited the verdict. ?We ask all parties to restrain themselves in facing this situation to preserve the good name of Muslims and the nation.? The Federal Court issued its judgement at the Palace of Justice, a grand complex built in the Islamic style with domes, columns and arches in the Malaysian administrative capital of Putrajaya.


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Posted on Sat, Jun 09, 2007 04:47

According to my opinion ones life on earth is successful if he/she dies as a muslim other wise he will be placed in hell for uncertain period. O God. give light to non believer so that they become sensitive about themselve and do mercy on their own body and soul.


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Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2007 04:27

Malaysia is a Mulsim country. I am not sure what their law says about a muslim converting to another religion but Islamic law is quite expilicit on this matter. According to my understanding there is a death penalty for MURTAD in Islam. What is your opinion?


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