Thursday, January 03, 2008

Postmortem Religious Conversion

We are often told to look to Malaysia to see a moderate form of Islam, a form that could be embraced by the world. It is a form, as told by many apologists for the religion of peace, that could live comfortably alongside Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and the world's other great religions.

And then, someone in the family dies and perhaps the world, if it even cares to look, might see that moderate Islam isn't so moderate after all.

From the New Straits Times with a hat tip to Dhimmi Watch:

KUALA LUMPUR: A husband filed an interim injunction application at the High Court yesterday to stop the Federal Territory Islamic Council from claiming the body of his late wife who he claimed was a practising Christian at the time of her death.
Ngiam Tee Kong, 53, filed the ex-parte application, which also named the director of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) as the first defendant.

The application filed through Messrs Karpal Singh & Co yesterday is expected to be heard today.

The body of Wong Sau Lan, 54, who died on Dec 30, is at the HUKM mortuary.

In his affidavit, Ngiam said when he went to HUKM to claim his wife's body, he was informed that it would only be released to him if he confirmed that she was a Muslim at the time of her death.

He was also told that the body would be released to him only for having Christian rites to be performed, after which it was to be returned to the hospital for it to be buried according to Muslim rites.
Even moderate Islam feels it appropriate and within its command to stamp its seal of dominance on the bodies of deceased infidels. Nice.

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