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Nukilan Khairul Faizi bin Ahmad Kamil | 5/08/2008 09:51:00 PM | 0 Pandangan »

Sehingga ke saat ini saya masih lagi terguris dengan peristiwa ini, satu catatan sejarah maruah umat Islam di Malaysia yang memperlihatkan bagaimana kes permohonan untuk keluar daripada Islam @ MURTAD telah diterima oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Pulau Pinang.
Walau apa pun alasan yang diberikan oleh hakim bahawa Siti Fatimah tidak pernah mengamalkan ajaran Islam, ia tetap mencatatkan satu sejarah yang cukup hitam dan pilu kepada seluruh pejuang agama Islam.
Saya belum lagi mendengar ulasan daripada mana-mana tokoh agama Islam di dalam negara namun saya yakin dan percaya peristiwa ini bakal menjadi rujukan kepada mana-mana kes yang sama oleh mana-mana pemohon untuk keluar daripada Islam.
Alasan yang sama perlu diberikan ; pemohon masuk Islam kerana berkahwin atau apa jua alasan dan untuk keluar daripada Islam berilah sahaja alasan bahawa selama mana pemohon memasuki Islam dahulu, pemohon tidak mengamalkan Islam. Apabila mahkamah menolak permohonan maka kes Siti Fatimah Tan ini akan dijadikan rujukan.
Saya hubungi Ketua Pemuda PAS Pulau Pinang sebentar tadi dan beliau juga turut melahirkan rasa dukacita terhadap perkembangan ini. Saya juga telah menghubungi Ust Nasarudin Tantawi dan beberapa pimpinan Pemuda PAS Pusat yang lain untuk berbincang tentang perkara ini.
Buat masa ini, kes ini masih lagi dibicangkan untuk tindakan selanjutnya.
Ya Allah, Selamatkan Aqidah Umat Islam!
Khairul Faizi Bin Ahmad Kamil
Syariah Court allows convert to renounce Islam
May 8, 08 1:51pm

The Syariah Court in Penang has allowed a Chinese convert to renounce Islam in a rare decision today.

Apostasy, or renouncing the faith, is one of the gravest sins in Islam and a very sensitive issue in Malaysia where the Islamic courts have rarely allowed such renunciations and have also jailed apostates.

Syariah Court judge Othman Ibrahim said he had no choice but to allow an application by cook Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah to renounce her faith and return to Buddhism.

"The court has no choice but to declare that Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah is no longer a Muslim as she has never practised the teachings of Islam," Othman told a packed courtroom.

"I order the conversion certificate to be nullified," he added.

Siti Fatimah or Tan Ean Huang, 38, said she had never practised Islamic teachings since she converted in 1998 and only did so to enable her to marry Iranian Ferdoun Ashanian.

The couple married in 2004 but since then her husband has left her following which she filed for the renunciation.

Siti happy with the outcome

Othman said it was clear from witnesses and the evidence presented that Siti had continued to practise Buddhism even after her conversion.

He rebuked the state Islamic religious council for not counselling and looking after the welfare of new converts.

"In this case, it is clear that the council has failed to live up to its responsibilities and the outcome is clear for all to see," he said.

Siti said she was happy with the court's decision.

"I'm relieved that the matter is finally settled after two years and I am now looking forward to doing something with my life again," she said.

The Islamic syariah courts operate in parallel to civil courts here but apply specifically to Muslims.Bar Council vice-president Ragunath Kesavan said Sharia courts should not be the final arbiters in deciding cases of renunciation.

"It should be the high court which decides on this issue as some states in Malaysia do not provide for converting out so the high court remains the best place to sort this out," he said.

The court's verdict comes amid racial and religious tensions in multiracial Malaysia, where minority religious groups fear their rights are being undermined, even though the country is traditionally seen as moderate.Siti now has one more hurdle ahead of her, which is to remove the word 'Islam' from her national identity card.


August 10, 2007
Muslim convert who wants to renounce Islam to undergo counselling

PENANG: A Muslim convert who wants to renounce Islam after her Iranian husband left her will be referred to the State Islamic Religious Affairs Department for counselling.

Syariah High Court judge Othman Ibrahim instructed Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, 38, to undergo counselling at the Department's Unit Ukhwah (a unit on brotherhood and sisterhood in Islam) before the court decides on her application.
He said the court would therefore postpone the decision to Dec 3 pending the report from the unit.

Othman also instructed the court registrar to write to the unit to assist Siti Fatimah in religious matters.

When approached after the postponement, Siti Fatimah said she did not understand the court's instruction and would seek clarification from her counsel Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani.

A Chinese by birth, Siti Fatimah, who is from Nibong Tebal, filed the application in May last year.

In her affidavit to renounce the religion, Siti Fatimah, whose Chinese name is Tan Ean Huang, said she converted to Islam in July 1998 but never practised any of the Islamic teachings.

She claimed that she had converted for the sake of marrying an Iranian named Ferdoun Ashanian in 1999, but he left her a few months later.

She has no knowledge of his current whereabouts.

Siti Fatimah said she wants the Penang Islamic Religious Council to declare that she is no longer a Muslim under Section 61 (3) of the Penang Islamic Administration Enactment. She also wants the court to change the religious status on her identity card from Muslim to Buddhist.


Convert to know fate next month
Saturday, 21 July 2007 08:50am
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GEORGE TOWN: A Chinese woman, who said she embraced Islam to marry an Iranian, will know next month if she can renounce the religion.

Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah’s application for an order to declare herself a non-Muslim will be decided by the Syariah High Court here on Aug 17.The 38-year-old from Nibong Tebal filed the application in May last year.

A decision was to have been made today but the case was postponed as the presiding judge was on medical leave.In her affidavit to renounce the religion, Siti Fatimah (picture), whose given name is Tan Ean Huang, said she had never practised any of the Islamic teachings despite having converted in July 1998.

She said her lifestyle never changed and she continued following the Buddhist teachings and prayed to various deities like the Tua Pek Kong, Kuan Yin and Thi Kong.She claimed her conversion was done for the sake of marrying an Iranian named Ferdoun Ashanian.

The couple got married in 2004 but the man has since left her and Siti Fatimah said she had no knowledge of his whereabouts.Siti Fatimah now wants the Penang Islamic Religious Council to declare that she is no longer a Muslim under Section 61 (3) of the Penang Islamic Administration Enactment.

She also wants the court to change the religious status on her identity card from Muslim to Buddhist.

Siti Fatimah was represented by Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani while the council was represented by Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz.

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