KUALA LUMPUR – Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria urged Putrajaya today to withdraw from tabling the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 Bill due to a controversial provision banning unilateral conversion of minors.
The Perak mufti was reported by news outlet Astro Awani on its website as claiming that the proposed amendments will deny the rights of a Muslim convert, in addition to sidelining the powers of the Shariah courts.
The marriage and divorce law is also known as Act 164.
“I am informed that the Bill on Act 164 regarding married couples where a convert weds a Muslim and there is a divorce, then their children or children cannot be registered as Muslim either by the mother or father except by the consent of both after the child reaches 18,” Harussani was quoted saying.
“This is a very serious matter, a matter that is against the Constitution and furthermore against Islam, and it is opposed to the rules set by the Shariah,” he added, referring to the Islamic code.
Harussani claimed that any law that is against Islam is a direct opposition to God and would constitute idolatry.
– Malay mail