Lina Joy lost her six year battle to convert from Islam to Christianity through the civil court system of Malaysia today. The secular court system says it has no jurisdiction and she is now going to be tried in the religious court system (Syariah) where she will be likely be put in “rehabilitation” (jail).
It was a 2-1 decision. The descenting judge, Richard Malanjum, said “In my view, this is tantamount to unequal treatment under the law. She is entitled to an IC (identification card) where the word Islam does not appear”
Lina Joy cannot legally marry a non-muslim, and can be forced by the religious court system to counseling, fining and jail, if she continues to renounce Islam.
This is a major blow to religious freedom.
Here is a link to a news story:
Prayer requests for intercessors:
A blog in Malaysia Today about the implications to Islam of the decision today:
The Quran tells us:
When comes the Help of God, and the opening, and thou dost see the people enter God’s System (deenillah) in crowds, (Al-Fath, 1-2)
‘Deenillah’ is God’s working system, a total system of life which establishes humankind People would want God’s system and to be part of it, owing to its success in the world. Rather, now, we have a situation where there are people who need to be forced to remain in ‘God’s system’. Is this the situation we want? A situation of the opposite nature to a situation where comes the help of God?