Wednesday, August 4, 2010

No Compulsion, Compulsion: Malaysian Indian woman wants her conversion to Islam invalidated

I don't think this paper has the story quite right ~ as a child the Indian lady was put in care. But her parents did not convert to Islam. When her mother died, or took ill, her father could not take care of the children. It was at the orphanage she was given Muslim status at around 7 years-old. Now that she is older she is married to a Hindu, has several children ~ and wishes to practise Hinduism.

No compulsion ~ well not at exactly. Muslims know ~ no compulsion is only for non-Muslims. For Muslims there is a compulsion to remain Muslim under Islamic law ~ truth is, anyone can walk away from this bondage if they really wanted to.

But behold what the Muslim world brings to the free west ~ in the New Islamic World Order you will have to go to court and ask permission to change your religion.

Aug 4 (IANS) An ethnic Indian housewife in Malaysia Wednesday said she would appeal against a civil court ruling that heard her plea questioning her conversion to Islam when she was seven years old.

Siti Hasnah Bangarama Abdullah, 28, was converted along with her four siblings in 1983 when her parents, both born Hindus, embraced Islam.

She sought a declaration from the court that her conversion to Islam was invalid, Star Online reported.

She has named as defendants the country's then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad in his capacity as president of the Muslim Welfare Organisation (Perkim) and other officials concerned with her conversion.

Justice Yaacob Mohammed Sam dismissed her plea with costs after ruling that only a syriah (Islamic) court could hear her plea and that the high court did not have the jurisdiction.

The court ruled that it was the right of the parents and it was universal. If parents converted to Islam, it was only appropriate that they brought up their children under the same faith.

'This is a universal right of a parent, irrespective of what the religion is,' the judge said.

He also said the act by the parents in placing Siti Hasnah at the Ramakrishna Orphanage, an institution run by Hindus, did not mean that they had allowed her to practise Hinduism.

Siti Hasnah, who was accompanied by her husband S. Sockalingam, 32, said she would 'go all the way' to get a declaration that she is not a Muslim.

Cases of conversion to Islam by non-Muslim families that break up take place in Malaysia that has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. At 1.7 million, ethnic Indians account for about eight percent of the population.


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