Sunday, March 15, 2009

Malaysia allows Muslim convert to become a Christian again

A Malaysian religious appeal court in the northern state of Penang granted a woman's wish to formally renounce Islam on Monday, in a rare case where Muslims are allowed to leave the faith.

Siti Fatimah, an ethnic Chinese woman formerly known as Tan Ean Huang (see picture), had converted to Islam in 1998 in order to marry her Muslim lover. In Malaysia, a majority Muslim country, non-Muslims must convert to Islam before they can legally marry a Muslim.

"It is clear from the evidence that she converted to Islam just for the sake of marrying an Iranian man," Penang state Sharia Appeal Court judge Ibrahim Lembut said in his ruling.

"She has never followed any aspect of the Islamic teachings and has been living a non-Muslim lifestyle right from the day of her conversion. This shows the conversion itself is doubtful," he said.

This is a Reuters Report - the whole story is HERE

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