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China Says Party Control Over Religion In Tibet Will Only Increase

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BEIJING (Reuters) – The Communist Party’s control over religion in Tibet can only increase, the region’s top official was quoted as saying on Thursday, vowing to step up efforts to expose the “sinister intentions” of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Chinese troops marched in and took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing…

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Malaysia, Saudi Arabia To Set Up Centre On Countering Terrorism Ideologies

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PETALING JAYA: Talks are under way to establish a centre on countering terrorism narratives based on cooperation between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The Defence Minister, who is on a working visit to Saudi Arabia, said he along with his Saudi counterpart Deputy Crown Prince Mohamad Salman Al Saud spoke…

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Tomb Of Christ Opened For The First Time In Centuries

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Researchers have uncovered the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The tomb’s surface had been covered by a thick layer of marble, according to an exclusive by National Geographic. This has now been removed to reveal the tomb for the…

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Interfaith Council Stresses Need To Address Unilateral Conversion

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) has welcomed planned amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act, but stresses that specific reasons for disputes need to be addressed. Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the amendments would be based on three…

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Man Charged With Damaging Temple Idols Fit To Stand Trial

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IPOH: A medical graduate charged with damaging idols at a Hindu temple here last month is fit to stand trial, the Sessions Court was told today. DPP Fadhli Ab Wahab told the court that a psychiatric report dated May 19 from Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Tanjung Rambutan stated that Fathi Munzir Nadzri, 29, was…

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Moderate Malaysians Against Unilateral Conversion Of Children

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PETALING JAYA: Moderate Malay­sians are making a stand against the unilateral conversion of children, urging that they be allowed to hold on to their original faith until they can decide for themselves at age 18. Businessman and moderation activist Anas Zubedy said a child’s religion must be agreed on by both parents. “Unilateral conversions should…

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Sultan Nazrin: Islamic Social Finance Can Address Shortages In Global Humanitarian Aid

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PETALING JAYA: Social and faith-based financing is one of the ways to address global shortages in humanitarian aid, says Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah. He said that this type of financing, such as Islamic Social Finance, can add to the funds needed to aid countries made vulnerable by conflicts and poverty. “We are all too…

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Police Bar Zakir Naik Forum

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PETALING JAYA: Police have barred controversial orator Dr Zakir Naik from giving a talk organised by Universiti Teknikal Malaysia in Malacca. Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would not allow the talk based on public order and sensitivities of the multi-religious society. “@PDRMsia has decided not to let this forum…

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Court Rules Sarawak Muslim Convert Has Right To Be Christian

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KUCHING: A Sarawakian Bidayuh who was converted to Islam as a child has been granted a declaration that he is a Christian by the High Court here. In her decision on a judicial review brought by Azmi Mohamad Azam @ Roneey, judge Datuk Yew Jen Kie said this was in accordance with the applicant’s constitutional…

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Denial Of Rights Of Religious School Children Contradicts International Treaty

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PUTRAJAYA: Denial of rights of children studying in Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) to obtain the same level of education enjoyed by children in government schools contradicts an international treaty and the provisions of the Constitution, according to an advocacy group. The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy in Malaysia in a statement here today,…

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Interfaith Disputes : Government Awaiting Feedback Prior To Legal Reform

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is awaiting feedback from the states before it can proceed to amend three acts relating to religious conversion to end disputes particularly on unilateral child conversions, custody and property rights. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said the draft was ready since 2009 but the minister in charge of…

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False Hadith A Challenge To Muslims, Says Perlis Raja Muda

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From Zainal Abdul Jalil CAIRO: The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail said Muslims Thursday were facing the increasing challenge from groups that threatened their religious faith by using inauthentic hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad). The crown prince said this wrong act was not only committed by members of the public but…

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A Software Engineer Analyzed The Quran And The Bible To See Which Was More Violent — Here’s What He Found

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An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found that killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic. Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the…

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Marsha Keeps Mum On Her Alleged Conversion To Islam

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Sabah-born singer and actress Marsha Milan Londoh, 30, has refused to comment on rumours about her conversion to Islam and has asked that her right to privacy be respected, reported Kosmo. She apologised because she had chosen to keep this information private but said that she was confident that whatever she decided so far was…

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JAWI Looking For 12 Followers Of Deviant Teaching

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) is looking for 12 followers of a deviant teaching who fail to attend proceedings at the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Syariah Court. JAWI director Paimuzi Yahya said they were charged with being the followers of the teachings of Millah Ibrahim@Abraham and had disappeared after being freed…

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Don’t Blame Fundamentalist Muslims For Terrorist Acts, Says Rafidah

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PETALING JAYA: Blaming fundamentalist Muslims for acts of extremism and terrorism is wrong, says Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (pic). The former cabinet minister in a Facebook post on Monday said that while news reports tend to equate acts of terrorism with fundamentalist Muslims, the world must recognise that fundamentalists of any religion follow the tenets…

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Studying Religion In Narrow Perspective Leds Many Into Extremism

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PUTRAJAYA – Most people who become involved with extremist or militant groups are those who did not study the real Islam, but learnt about it in a narrow perspective, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki. “Some learnt from teachers who were prone to wrong teachings or who had…

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MAIWP Applies To Be Intervener In “Allah” CD Case

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) is applying to be an intervener in the case of a clerk who is contending that she has the Constitutional right to import religious publications containing the word “Allah” to practise her religion. This was confirmed by Robin Lim, the lawyer of Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill,…

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Sabah Rejects All Forms Of Religious Extremism

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KOTA BELUD: Sabahans will not accept all forms of religious extremism as it might cause disharmony among the people, said State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. “Sabah has a different culture and practised a higher level of religious tolerance and understanding. “All peace-loving Sabahans cannot accept religious extremism. What is happening…

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Religious Issues A Threat To Unity, Umno Youth Leader Says

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KUALA LUMPUR: Religious insults and racial hatred, such as mocking the Muslim call to prayers (Azan) by controversial blogger Alvin Tan, should be censored from the Internet to maintain Malaysia’s harmony, said Umno Youth exco member Ibdillah Ishak. “Some things need boundaries such as religious insults, race hate, and many more,” he said. On the…

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Alvin Tan Strikes Again With Offensive Rendition Of The Azan

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PETALING JAYA: As if the putrid stench of stagnant religious sensitivity doesn’t permeate the air already, sex blogger and refugee Alvin Tan has released his very own rendition of the azan (Muslim call of prayer). The video was posted on his Facebook profile under Alvin Tan Yolo, along with other damaging comments such as “…I ain’t…

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Now Anyone Can Open A Church

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This article first published in the Malaysian Spark. THERE are thousands of small independent churches operating all over Malaysia. You can find them operating from shoplots, offices, warehouses, old bungalows and even hotels. One particular church in Perak operates from a badminton hall. Malaysia is probably the most liberal Muslim country in the world which…

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MBPJ Classifies Taman Medan Church As Illegal

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PETALING JAYA: City council officers have classified the church in Taman Medan at the centre of the “cross protest” as unlicensed as it has not submitted a written application to operate as a place of worship. It was also revealed that the church at Metro Square PJS2B/3 had no permit to put up a cross…

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New Approaches Should Be Taken To Engage Youths To The Mosque

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mosques and Imams should take new approaches to attract more youths to visit the mosques often while ensuring they’re exposed to the right teachings of Islam. Nasiruddin Shah Mosque Imam, Mohd Za’am Sidiqi Amran, 25 from Kelantan said there should be new approaches in terms of management of mosques in order to get…

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Sabah Girl Embroiled In Conversion Issue Transfers School

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KOTA KINABALU: The parents of a 16-year-old schoolgirl, who was allegedly involved in a religious conversion, will be transferring her and her siblings to another school. The girl’s uncle Michael Frederick said the girl’s father Jilius Yapoo and his wife had decided that their four children studying at the SMK Kinarut would be transferred to…

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Pope Says, “You Can’t Make Fun Of Other People’s Religions”

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PHILIPPINES: Pope Francis, speaking of last week’s deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, has defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could “expect” a reaction to such abuse. “You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun…

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Religious Provocation Will Not Be Tolerated: PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: There is a limit to freedom of speech especially when it concerns one’s faith and religion, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today. In a two-minute recorded message posted on his blog NajibRazak.com, Najib said the government would not tolerate or allow any form of religious provocation. ” The authorities will not…

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Jobless Man Fined For Damaging Buddhist Statue

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: An unemployed man was fined RM3,000 in default three months’ jail by the Sessions Court here for damaging two statues and several praying paraphernalia at a temple here two weeks ago. Judge M.Vijayalakshmi handed down the sentence on Mohd Firdaus Said, 29, after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Mohd Firdaus was charged…

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Do Not Politicise Eric Paulsen’s Arrest, Says IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has issued a stern warning against politicising the arrest of controversial lawyer, Eric Paulsen. In a statement posted on the Royal Malaysian Police’s Facebook page, the IGP said that Paulsen’s arrest was carried out according to the law to protect the peace and…

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MCMC Fined Radio Station Over Interview With Reza Aslan

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian radio station has been fined RM 10,000 by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) over an interview with Iranian-American Muslim scholar Reza Aslan (pic) which aired on Oct 21 last year. According to news portal reports, the station was fined under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for violating the…

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