These are issues that affect the work of our organisation in assisting persons affected by the inadvertent injustices posed by the administration of Islam in Malaysia. From our experience, we have seen persons in positions of authority use the name and shame method as a way of instilling Islamic morality for example relating to khalwat, children out of wedlock issues, marriage of children to persons who have committed sexual crimes against them, marriage of children to cover the shame of parents’ dignity and particularly in relation to women’s dressing and public space such as in criticising a woman’s dressing and behaviour as a wife, mother, leader and so on.
We hope to see these reforms in Malaysia too, so as to enable women to play an equally productive role in their family and society.SIS wish to point out that there is flaw in understanding the laws on property and inheritance, compounded with bureaucratic red tapes by the government appointed endowment agencies, resulting in assets of Muslims being frozen for a long periods of time. We need a systemic transformation to facilitate assets claims and withdrawal and ensure that they are distributed swiftly and justly to family members.
SIS is in support of Sultan Nazrin’s statement and recommendations. Islam is a religion of mercy and all relevant religious authorities should be more proactive in ensuring that their policies and practices are delivered in the same spirit of mercy, compassion and justice.
Sisters in Islam
9 January 2018