Marriage of Muslims and non-Muslims
November 27, 2010 4 Comments
A month ago, I was in the Egyptian embassy and I heard a conversation of Filipino women. Both of them were married to Egyptian husband and I learned from them that they are required to convert to Muslim prior to their marriages.
When I was in a conference in Helwan, Egypt weeks ago, I met a fellow scientist from Malaysia. Malaysia, he said, is divided into two parts: Malaysia itself and Sabah. In his community in Sabah, there were more Christians than Muslims. Perhaps he is referring to the Bumiputera or the Malays. According to Malaysia’s constitution:
“Article 160 defines a Malay as being one who “professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay customs and is the child of at least one parent who was born within the Federation of Malaysia before independence of Malaya on the 31st of August 1957.” (Wikipedia)
My friend told me that he is against the conversion requirement of non-Muslims who marry Muslims. This is unfair, he said. He said that non-Muslims are also legitimate Malaysians and they should be equal under the law.