May 9, 2008

Muslim convert turns back to Buddhism


by David Masters

An Islamic court in Malaysia has allowed a Muslim convert to renounce her conversion.

Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, 39, converted to Islam in 1998 because she wanted to marry an Iranian.

However, he left her a few months into the marriage, and she claims that she has never been a practising Muslim.

Minority religious groups in Malaysia are celebrating the news, as they had been becoming increasingly concerned about their religious rights in the majority Muslim country.

It is hoped that the decision by the Sharia High Court – the first of its kind in recent memory – will set a precedent for future converts who wish to renounce their decision.

Until now, it has been extremely difficult for Muslim converts in Malaysia to revert back to their original faith.

Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, Chinese name Tan Ean Yuang, says she is delighted by the decision that will allow her to continue practising her original religion, Buddhism.

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