Posted by: becketfund | April 4, 2008

Malaysia: Non-Muslims Concerned over Shari’a Proposal

MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s non-Muslim minority expressed serious concern Friday at rumors that certain aspects of Shari’a law would be applied to non-Muslims as well, AFP reported on April 4.
Bangkit explains that non-Muslims who commit “khalwat”, or close proximity, would be considered criminally liable. The proposal apparently arose out of a recent seminar, at which Malaysia’s Shari’a Judiciary Department and the Islamic Institute of Understanding Malaysia conducted a review of Shari’a laws. Those who had attended the seminar expressed differing viewpoints, according to AsiaNews, with some participants distancing themselves from the idea .

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