Posted by: becketfund | April 11, 2008

Malaysia: New Rule for Converts to Islam

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia plans to introduce a new rule for converts to Islam, saying that they must inform their families of their decision to convert and be able to produce documents attesting to such, the Associated Press reported on April 11. The new rule is aimed at eliminating disputes between local officials and family members over the religion of deceased individuals, a problem which has arisen frequently in the country when Muslim authorities have tried to claim the bodies of non-Muslims for burial according to Islamic traditions. The rule will contain no provisions for conversions out of Islam, which are rarely recognized in Malaysia.

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