Court allows reversion

The Star online reported that a muslim convert has been allowed to revert to her original religion.

Well, good news! I hope this is the beginning of a more sensible approach to conversion and reversion.

After all, religion is what someone believes in his or her heart. You can force people to follow certain ‘forms’  outside, you can never change their thinking inside.

I will post it here:

Court allows Muslim convert to return to Buddhism

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Syariah Court on Thursday allowed Muslim convert Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah (Tan Ean Hung) to return to Buddhism.

The court criticised the state religious council for not ensuring Siti Fatimah practised Islam.

Siti Fatimah, 39, had filed an application to renounce Islam at the Syariah High Court here in May 2006.

In her affidavit, Siti Fatimah claimed she converted to Islam in July 1998 for the sake of marrying an Iranian named Ferdoun Ashanian in 1999.

She claimed Ferdoun left her a few months after their marriage and she stopped practising Islam. She also said she has no knowledge of his whereabouts.

Siti Fatimah said she had maintained her Buddhist leanings and prayed to deities like Tua Pek Kong, Kuan Yin and Thi Kong


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 17:33:49

    This is just one tinnee winnee step to discard race and religion politics by UMNO.
    Plenty more…to prove UMNO respect all Malaysians and not one race.
    They are are elected servants…don’t they..ever ever forget that!


  2. pohwatchdog
    May 08, 2008 @ 22:15:27

    A wise, sensible and responsible approach by Penang Syariah Court to settle this conversion and
    reversion. No point to convert a person if their belief and thinking is not in line with the faith.


  3. jeff
    May 09, 2008 @ 00:41:16

    Freedom to choose your religion is the constitutional right of every Malaysian, no government official can take that right away from you in Malaysia.


  4. parallelsidewalk
    May 09, 2008 @ 03:58:54

    As an apostate from Islam myself, I am quite impressed with the court’s willingness to do the right thing in this case. I look forward to when nobody has to go to a court to resolve a matter of private conscience, but every step is a good one.


  5. steven
    May 09, 2008 @ 08:29:48

    that poor lady has to avail herself for so many years of legal battle in order to have her constitutional right restored back to her, what kind of”democracy” and “civil society” BN has turn this country into?


  6. monsterball
    May 09, 2008 @ 13:59:07

    Finally…the justice is fair and just …….and it must come from Penang!! I guess…..the wind of change fir the better is blowing all over Penang.
    Hope…….those BN in Penang can smell the fresh air…bow down their heads in prayers..thanking the almighty….for another change for he better. Like I said…this is a small step to free human kinds.
    It should be law for Malaysia…so that we don’t we public fund for court case of this nature… the future. It’s simply silly.
    I heard….the side that lost the thinking of an appeal. Only a sick sick sick racialist wants to do that. Do so….he will be the laughing stock of whole of the world. I guess…he needs to consult PM….and for that….Dollah will tell him not to do so….and keep to his words…to have a better judicial system. Penang has shown the way. Accept that in good faith.


  7. A true Malaysian
    May 09, 2008 @ 15:40:52

    Dr. Hsu,

    It is definitely a good gesture here to allow Tan to revert back to what she has faith on. It is no point to keep someone who has no faith in Islam to be a Muslim forever. We can not force a person to believe, or to have faith in what we believe at.

    I strongly recommend you and the rest of the readers here to visit this blog named MAHAGURU 58. He is a ‘true Muslim’ to me. His views on this case is marvelous. We really need to have such kind of Muslims in this world. His blog link is


  8. Dr Hsu
    May 09, 2008 @ 15:46:18

    thanks for the link. I read his post on and off but this one I have not read yet.

    Thanks A true Malaysian.


  9. invitationtotruth
    May 09, 2008 @ 16:30:21

    She should check out this blog, especially the section on Buddhism.


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