Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Justice and Rights

Contrast this story:
In the Islamic world, there is a broad consensus, both popular and scholarly, that apostates deserve to be killed. A rich theological and intellectual tradition, stretching as far back as Muhammad and his companions, supports this position. ... [A]postasy is punishable by death in Afghanistan, Comoros, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen.
with this story:
Malaysian Muslim converts in the northern state of Perlis will now be allowed to retain their family names, instead of changing it to "Abdullah" following a state religious edict,


He said it was unfair for the converts and their families. "This should not be the case because they are actually being denied justice and their rights," [state mufti] Mohamad Asri said, according to Bernama [news agency].
So "Justice" and "Rights" according to Islam is: convert to Islam and you can keep your family name. Convert from Islam to something else, lose your life.


Michael said...

That's a very interesting comparison/contrast...

Since we're doing religious comparisons:

In the Jewish tradition, losing a Jew to conversion is sad, and we mourn them as dead, but our law also does not recognize their conversion and the can return whenever they want.

A convert to Judaism does not change his name; rather, a male will add "ben Abraham" and female will add "bat Sarah" to the existing name.

Abu Yussif said...

actually, i know of several jewish converts that have changed their names to a hebreic name.

Michael said...

As do I. The name change is not a requirement, however, does not not affect the convert's status within Judaism.

Nice blog, by the way...