Skip to content

Grand Re-Opening
* FREE Shipping all orders to lower 48 US states

Catholic Online SHopping

Those who leave Islam in Malaysia face fines, whippings and death sentence

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/15/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Islamic courts remain sole place for Malaysians who wish to leave Islam

In the South Asian nation of Malaysia, those who wish to leave Islam - or no longer wish to be associated with Islam - can go to court to have their status changed. There is a catch: Malaysians must make their cases known in courts where Sharia law is in effect - and face prison, fines, whippings and even a death sentence for doing so. 

Sharia Courts have reportedly only approved a total of 135 out of 686 applications by Muslims seeking to change their religious status for the 2000-2010 period.

Sharia Courts have reportedly only approved a total of 135 out of 686 applications by Muslims seeking to change their religious status for the 2000-2010 period.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/15/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Malaysia, Sharia Courts, conversion, deisgnation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Department of Syariah Judiciary Malaysia, or JKSM in a recent newspaper interview said that the Islamic courts are the only place according to current laws for Malaysians seeking to be no longer known as Muslim.

The department identified two types of applications at the Sharia courts. One is to renounce Islam, and secondly for a declaration that one is no longer Muslim.

Come shop our beautiful collection of rosaries -- by going here --

For the former, practicing Muslims -- regardless of ethnicity who want to renounce Islam and convert to other faiths, could not be found for the department.

For the second type of application, JKSM puts these applicants into three categories: The first subgroup are those mistakenly listed as Muslims because of naming conventions, typically involving residents of Sabah and Sarawak.

Another group covers those who embraced Islam but now wish to revert to being non-Muslims, which includes applicants who had converted when marrying a Muslim but want out of the religion after the marriage fails.

The last includes non-practicing Muslims who want to be recognized as non-Muslims. This third group cuts across ethnicity. This designation includes those who were born as Muslims and "by virtue of the documents are Muslims, but never practice the religion of Islam," it said.

Children from an initial non-Muslim marriage who were unilaterally converted by one of the parents who had converted to Islam also fall within this third group. These children may apply personally to be recognized as non-Muslims once they are 18 years old.

Sharia Courts have reportedly only approved a total of 135 out of 686 applications by Muslims seeking to change their religious status for the 2000-2010 period.

There is "no penalty" and no mandatory counseling session if the Sharia court rejects the application, while applicants also have the right to appeal, - JKSM said.

However -- five states in Malaysia have laws that prohibit apostasy or attempted apostasy. "Apostasy" in a Muslim nation means choosing to embrace a different religious faith.

Those found guilty of attempted apostasy will be detained in Islamic Rehabilitation Centers until they repent or for up to 36 months, while those in Malacca would face up to six months of detention in such centers.

Those who were raised in a professing Muslim family and choose to convert to Christianity face horrid opposition.  So much for religious freedom in Muslim Nations.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.


Comments


More Asia Pacific

10 US Sailors MISSING after serious collision in Southeast Asian waters Watch

Image of The USS John S. McCain suffers significant damage after a collision with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker.

Ten United States sailors are missing in the Southeast Asian waters after their ship, the USS John S. McCain, was involved in a collision ... continue reading


Ten year old girl gives birth following rape in India Watch

Image of Thousands protested the infamous gang rape and murder of a woman and her companion in 2012.

A ten-year-old girl has given birth to a baby in India, following her rape by a family member. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A ... continue reading


North Korea launches purge against Christians as faith spreads across country Watch

Image of North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world for Christians.

Christians in North Korea are facing extreme persecution  as a purge against believers has started. A new report by the US government ... continue reading


North Korea backs down! But why did Kim Jong Un change his mind? Watch

Image of Kim Jong Un has cancelled a planned test to fire four ballistic missiles at Guam. It is apparent the risk of the test is too great for the country to take.

North Korea has backed down from threats to fire missiles at Guam. The reason for the reversal is unknown. The decision is the first step ... continue reading


Here's what being a missionary is like in North Korea Watch

Image of

What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.