Tag: Muslim Family Law and Legal Systems

Our Children Deserve Better

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is concerned that in the past few weeks, the welfare of children has been sidelined and pushed down the priority list as the government and opposition appears distracted by their own political agendas. Despite positive strides which has enabled refugee children to attend Malaysian schools, the creation of the important Child…

Move to End Child Marriage in Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) calls upon the Malaysian government to take proactive measures in making necessary legal amendments, and rolling out necessary ground initiatives to end child marriage for all children in Malaysia, with no exceptions. We echo the fatwa, recently issued by Al-Azhar which states that, “marriage in Islam is based on the consent…

Standardise Islamic Family Laws for all states in Malaysia

Instead of standardising Syariah criminal laws in the country, Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Rawa and the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia (MKI) should have prioritised ensuring the uniformity of Islamic Family Laws (IFL) and the increase in minimum age of marriage between all states in Malaysia. The announcement made by…

SIS congratulates Tengku Maimun as Malaysia’s first woman CJ

Sisters in Islam (SIS) conveys its heartiest congratulations to Federal Court judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat on her appointment as Malaysia’s Chief Justice. The appointment, which was agreed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong upon recommendation by the Prime Minister in consultation by the Conference of Rulers, sees Tengku Maimun as being the first woman…

SIS Fatwa Trial Postponed to 17th June

Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal challenge against a fatwa by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), which was scheduled to take place today, has been unfortunately postponed again. Prior to the date of the hearing, both sides had already forwarded to the court all necessary documents and submissions. Nevertheless, the hearing was unable to proceed…

SIS Welcomes Set Up of New Court

We refer to this article: https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/468317 Sisters in Islam welcomes the move to set up a court specifically to handle Muslim marriage, hadhanah and nafkah issues. We hope that the establishment of this court will not only expedite the cases currently backlogged at the Syariah courts, but also result in more responsible and fairer judgements…

Underage Marriage Continues to Haunt Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is appalled to learn that Kelantan Syariah courts had approved 10 underage marriages between January 2018 and January 2019. When averaged, this indicates that at least one underage marriage took place almost every month in the state. It is therefore ironic that Kelantan Syariah Court judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty mentions…

Terengganu Child Marriage Numbers Alarms SIS

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is alarmed about claims made by the Terengganu Syariah Court chief judge Wan Mohd Zakri today that there were 444 applications for underaged marriages between 2013 to 2018 in the state, 397 of which were approved. This number is clear evidence that injustice and abuse is being perpetuated in the state.…

Perkahwinan Kanak-Kanak Tidak Harus Dipertahankan

Sisters in Islam amat khuatir dengan pendirian Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan yang enggan menaikkan had umur perkahwinan kepada 18 tahun malah menganggap perkahwinan kanak-kanak adalah satu keperluan. Sekali lagi, ini menunjukkan sikap tidak serius Kerajaan Negeri dalam menangani isu perkahwinan kanak-kanak yang sememangnya suatu isu kritikal dan yang memerlukan tindakan segera. Tindakan ini meletakkan wanita dan…

High price to pay for lack of political will

The fact that child marriage continues to happen in Malaysia underscores the reality that the price that girls have to pay for our government’s lack of political will with regards to this issue is a devastating one. Highlighting two recent cases in Tumpat, Kelantan, both involving 15-year-old girls who married men far older than them,…

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