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Religious Law


Children do need guidance in tough society

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding [Chinese-American scholar] Amy Chua's tough parenting. Some people accused her of cruelty, while others expressed admiration.

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011, 12:00am

In support of free speech

United States pastor Terry Jones had planned to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. He was protesting against the idea to build an Islamic centre near where the World Trade Centre stood. His plan was the hottest issue in the news last week.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Islamic law guarantees women's rights

I am writing in response to the star letter 'Battle for women's rights continues' published in the Young Post on September 1. Katie Leung said treatment of women in some Muslim societies was worrying. She said they have to obey their fathers and husbands and, if they do not, they will be punished.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Respect for different beliefs is way forward

The deadly suicide bomb attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad bears out dire intelligence warnings. It followed the republication in Danish newspapers of cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Something of the kind was to be expected after the destructive anti-western rioting in the Middle East sparked by the initial publication in European newspapers more than two years ago.

3 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Consulate upset over new Arab chamber

A bitter row has broken out between the United Arab Emirates consulate and a businessman over his newly established Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Edwin Hitti, who claims he is a lord, intends to sue the UAE's consul general, Saeed Hamad Ali al-Junaibi, for defamation over allegations that he was not a Muslim and did not have a Muslim name.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Religious leaders fear conflict over sharia edicts

A government ruling upholding local edicts based on the Islamic legal code has alarmed some religious leaders, who say it could lead to conflict between Indonesia's religious groups.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Islam blamed for death penalty

As the debate on the death penalty resurfaces in Indonesia, activists have singled out Islam as one of their main obstacles to convincing the government to abolish executions.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Top judge calls for sharia law to cover all Malaysians

Malaysia's top judge has sparked controversy by suggesting the nation's legal system be changed from English common law to Islamic sharia principles.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Constitution, not sharia courts, has primacy

Groups of Muslim youths prayed outside Malaysia's highest court yesterday for a result that 'favoured Islam'. They greeted with cheers of support the decision of the Federal Court judges that Lina Joy could not convert from Islam to Christianity at her 'own whim or fancy'.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

Prayer protest rails at sharia law

Leaders of the major non-Muslim religions yesterday launched a week of 'prayer protest' against what they describe as intrusion of sharia law into their lives.

The rare, nationwide campaign is led by the Malaysian Religious Consultative Council, which groups Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Women's concerns sidelined in Aceh's religious-political mix

Norma Susanti, 31, says she is a good Muslim. Yet, as she gets ready to vote in today's historic first direct election for governor, the young woman confesses she is unhappy about how politics and religion have been muddled.

She also worries that it will all lead to a bleaker future for women.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Practice of house husbands forbidden in Islam, say clerics

Several influential Islamic clerics in Malaysia say the practice of house husbands - men who stay home to do housework while their wives work at the office - is un-Islamic and should be prevented.

The ruling could hamper government policies to encourage men to take on a larger share of family chores.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Artistic crowd creates a stir

Art-lover Sin Sin Man celebrated the opening last month of her new premises in the antique section of Sheung Wan, with an afternoon of festivities.

The new home for Sin Sin Annex and Sin Sin Atelier was blessed with the raucous sounds of a lion dance, as more than 100 well-wishers dropped in to see the new workshop and art and fashion store.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Move to challenge nation's secular status

Politicians under pressure as opposition MP seeks to make it illegal for Muslims to renounce Islam

A move by opposition lawmakers to make it illegal for a Muslim to renounce his or her religion has emerged as the latest challenge to the nation's secular status.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Muslim minorities push to protect constitution

Financial consultant Miljuan Hadjiran, 38, just wants to practise his religion as he sees fit - but the Islamic authorities will not allow it.

'We are Muslims but they raid us, seize our books and even stop us from praying,' said British-educated Mr Miljuan. 'They won't let us enter a mosque and they won't let us build our own either.'

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am