Thursday, March 31, 2016
Good News: Malaysian Court Accepts a Conversion From Islam, Declares a Right to Religious Freedom
I think the greatest challenge for Muslims in civil society is accepting conversion out of Islam.
Islam has an excellent record of living with non-Muslims in their midst, and welcoming converts from other faiths to Islam. However, it is Muslim doctrine that all people really are Muslims - converting out of the faith, therefore, is apostasy, and merits the highest punishment.
In secular societies, this is not a major issue - the Muslim community just has to suck it up if their members convert out.
In Muslim societies, though, it is a major challenge to accept conversion from Islam. Therefore it is big news that the Malaysian courts have accepted the conversion of a Muslim to Christianity. The court accepted a fundamental right of religious freedom within their overwhelmingly Muslim society.