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Lina Joy – Loses appeal

Lina Joy, the 43-year-old Malay woman who converted to Christianity 19 years ago, lost an appeal to have the status “Islam” deleted from her identity card. The Federal Court made a ruling today that Lina Joy or Azlina Jailani before she became a Christian, will still be legally a Muslim, and she will be under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court. Read more about his on Malaysiakini and The Star.

The implications of this ruling on her is not just merely about her religion status, but she would not be able to marry her long-time boyfriend unless he converts to Islam as well. As long as the word “Islam” remains on her identity
card, Lina cannot marry her Christian boyfriend, a cook, under the Law
Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
And this case will also be used as a precedent in any future court cases involving inter-faith conversion.

People, this might be the end of the moderate Malaysia as we know it. The Federal Constitution of this country guarantees us religious freedom, but the intepretation of it make it practically impossible for ethnic Malays like Lina Joy to renounce Islam?

Book of Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28 to 39, Bible

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 29For
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.

 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He
who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He
not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who
is He that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was
raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for
us. 35Who shall separate us
from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or
famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

36As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[d] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May this verses will be able to bring comfort, peace and strength to our sister-in-Christ, Lina Joy. Yes, if God is for her, who can go against her? Brothers and sisters, don’t just curse and complain about this case. Instead, turn your anger, frustration, hatred, and sadness into prayers. Pray for Lina, pray for your family and friends, pray for the churches, and please pray for our country Malaysia. May the Lord’s will be done!


7 thoughts on “Lina Joy – Loses appeal

  1. what stopping it? previously there’s cases where malay muslim women marries foreigner and convert to hindu religion. this is just plain funny, you can not stop it if she still want to choose hell

  2. I for one don’t give a hoot about this Azalina binti Jailani if she so wants to be a Kaffir. It’s her life ; it’s her soul.Why should I bother about one apostate when we have millions of other people embracing Islam by the day all over the world?Here in Malaysia, we have exemplary Muslim converts who are worth so much more to me as a fellow Muslim than worry about Lina Joy, who wants to apostate herself from the Mercy of God?Lina Joy can go fly kite as far as I am concerned! We don’t need hypocrites and munafiqs in Islam , bringing God’s Faith into question and disrepute! Good riddance I say!Prime Minister Dato Seri Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi spoke so wisely ‘if Malaysia is truly intolerant of Christians, there will be no more Christians allowed to be here in this land!’Those of you living outside Malaysia and have yet to set foot here in our land, please do us a favor.Stop assuming anything about how things are over here in Malaysia and do not make up your minds just based upon one or two biased Malaysians blog postings or hearsay.Lina Joy is just one isolated case of an individual who went about her affairs in the wrong manner and screwed herself in the judicial process.We all know that there are many cases of similar apostates who have emigrated and settled down abroad with no fanfare in the media and press.If you do come to visit us here in Malaysia, take a drive around and count the number of churches you can see.Don’t forget to stop by at Batu Caves and see the largest statue of the Hindu deity ‘Lord Muruga’ which towers above all the surrounding areas. Go take a tour of the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam , Penang and see if we are really intolerant of all the pagodas and temples plus another humongous statue of the ‘Goddess of Mercy -Kuan Yin’ Taoist Chinese complex straddling the foothills of this ‘intolerant’ nation.We may not be perfect but when it comes to religious harmony and tolerance, we are so much better than many other countries of the world, including those of you in the USA, UK, and the entire European countries!As for those of you here in Malaysia who love saying that this nation is all nuts, go take off to where you feel will lay down the red carpet for you and embrace you will so much love, it’s gonna ooze all over you!All the best to you and have a nice day! MALAYSIA BOLEH !!

  3. Simon – Not sure what you mean by that?limmeiyen – Thats why I said we have to pray for our country.toronto911 – The thing is, they are stopping her from choosing.zjchen – Sigh…you got that right.mior111 – My fellow countrymen, I am not accusing the govt/country of intolerant against Christians or Hindus. I am just merely against taking away an individual’s right to choose her/his own faith/religion. You said”I for one don’t give a hoot about this Azalina binti Jailani if she so wants to be a Kaffir. It’s her life ; it’s her soul.”But the court ruled that she can’t change her religion legally without the consent of Syariah Court. And we know that it is practically impossible for her to get that from Syariah Court. Not only that, now she might even be charged by the Islamic court for apostasy?!Believe me when I tell you that how grateful we are for being granted the religious freedom that we are enjoying in this beloved country of ours. But we would also like to see this privilege given to the Malays as well.I am sorry if my posting sounds very biased and inaccurate to you. It was not my intention to offend any Muslim readers. I would love to see all of us regardless of race, religion and wealth, getting the same privileges, opportunities, and work together to make this country a better place. Malaysia boleh! Hubert_The_Law – Nah its alright. It’s good to hear opinions from the other perspective as well. As long as the discussion doesn’t get too heated and offensive.

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