Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Banggarma's belief in Hinduism must be honoured

From Mike Mohamed Ghouse, via e-mail

As a Muslim organisation, we appeal to the judge to reverse his decision.

" ... Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error ..." [2:256]

This is Islam's unambiguous affirmation of freedom of faith, which also applies to changing of faith.

The Qur'an illuminates before the humanity the two highways [90:10], one of which leads to salvation. Islam is an invitation to the highway toward salvation, but it is based on freedom of choice.

The verdict amounts to forcing Ms Banggarma to believe what she does not believe, that is not Islamic in any sense.

The original intention of such ruling was to prevent treason against the state for switching loyalties to harm the state, sort of double agent.

Banggarma is no harm to the state, her belief in Hinduism must be honoured.

The writer represents the Texas-based World Muslim Congress.