Accepting diversity is the way towards a more progressive, inclusive Islam

Islam is the official religion of the federation but other believers are also guaranteed rights to practise their faiths - Photograph: Wikipedia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) commends the Pakatan Harapan government for takings steps to review the administration of Islam in Malaysia

The manner of which Islam has been administered in Malaysia has earned it a reputation of being harsh, uncompassionate and inhumane. It is therefore timely that the image of Islam and Islamic authorities be improved in the eyes of the public.

SIS has always advocated against incidents where Islamic authorities have overstepped their authority or treated minority groups harshly. It is our hope that Jakim will be more open to engagements with NGOs, including women’s rights groups, in discussing the impacts that the previous Jakim administration had on women and other vulnerable and marginalised communities in Malaysia.

While Jakim director general Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim’s statement points towards adopting a more tolerant approach for matters related to Islam in Malaysia, we would like to remind that many outstanding issues remain to be resolved including the age of marriage for Muslims and unilateral conversion of minors to Islam.

It is important to recognise not only the diversity of races in Malaysia but also the diversity in the different scholarships, thoughts and opinions in Islam. We look forward to progressive and open dialogues on Islam, the kind that takes into account the lived realities and experiences of all Malaysians.

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Joshua Lim
25 Aug 2018 4.26am

err… how abt a more progressive, inclusive nation? can people pls remember we’re alrdy merdeka? We’ve a country to build, kita sudah merdeka! da punyai negara sendiri!

Sweebee Yap
24 Aug 2018 9.25pm

We must first accept that we are all Malaysians, the citizens of Malaysia, then a Malay or Chinese or Indian and then Muslim, Buddist, christian or hindu. Malaysia is and will always be my country and I am proud to call myself Malaysian, eventhough I am a Chinese and ??? – I believe that there is a creator, the almighty but I cann’t put myself in the religion pockets, I am not a Muslim, nor a buddist, nor a christian or a hindu.

Norman Fernandez
24 Aug 2018 6.44pm

… Pretty obvious isn’t it.

Jeda Lim
24 Aug 2018 4.57pm

Im doubt with ultra conservative islamist.. or wahabism cult that malaysian moslem extremely inclined to.. breed by umngok n p…

Maureen Tan
24 Aug 2018 4.54pm

Since when can Malaysian society accept diversity except for a few? Look at the … history and economic and nationality categories?

Jeda Lim
24 Aug 2018 5.10pm
Reply to  Maureen Tan

Just look at the islamic world..all regimes/ authorities governed with absolute theology alone(lead by religious associate figures), their society doomed to nowhere.. chaos when religious human in worldly politic mixed