Posted by: becketfund | February 20, 2008

Malaysia: Courts Decide Citizens’ Religious Affiliation

KUALA TERENGGANU – A Shari’a High Court in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, has ruled that Kamariah Ali is still a Muslim in the eyes of the state, despite her stated desire to leave the religion, according to The New Straits Times on February 20. Though Ali had filed an application to leave Islam, technicalities prevented her from being considered a non-Muslim in the eyes of the court. Ali has been charged with belonging to a sect whose teachings were deemed “deviant” by a previous fatwa; she will be sentenced on March 3.

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