Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Illegal to Convert to Christianity, says Muslim High Court.

The High Secular Court of Malaysia ruled that a female convert to Christianity from Islam can not be recognized as a Christian. Lina Joy had converted to Christianity and sought to have the word “Islam” removed from her national identity card. She argued that since her conversion to Christianity she was no longer bound by the Islamic sharia law. Her local Imam refused to allow the change. Lina appealed to the highest secular court in Malaysia. On Wednesday 23 May hundreds of Muslims waited outside the High Court to hear the ruling in the well publicized appeal. Many weeped as the court deliberated inside. Many Muslims were praying for a denial of the appeal. There was jubilation and near pandemonium when the High Court rejected the appeal of the Christian convert. The Court ruled that ruled that only the Muslim religious court could decide the issue according to Islamic sharia law.

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