‘And you wreak your vengeance on us for no reason except that we have believed in the communications of our Lord when they came to us! O Lord, pour out upon us patience and cause us to die in submission to Your Will’ – Surah 7 verse 126.
In my ‘Addicted to love’ post, I had alluded to the plight of Kamariah Ali and the 3 others who made up the infamous ’4 Apostates’.
This is Kamariah.
NST today carries an article by Raja Aziz Addruse entitled ‘Let’s have certainty in the law’ which narrates how in February this year, Kamariah was convicted of apostasy in Kuala Terengganu.
Note from the photo in NST how she is now forced to cover her head!
Actually, she was not convicted of apostasy.
In June, 2005, she was arrested whilst at the Ayah Pin village. Whilst at the Besut Syariah lower court, she had informed the syariah authorities that she had renounced Islam.
This utterance of hers became the basis of a charge under section 7 of the Terengganu Syariah offences act in that she had claimed to be not Muslim with a view to avoiding the jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts.
It is this charge that she had been convicted with in February this year.
Convicted, notwithstanding her having tendered evidence of a statutory declaration dated August, 1998 that she voluntarily renounced Islam. Convicted, notwithstanding her having tendered evidence of her affidavits filed in the civil High Court in Kota Baru in 2000 and the Federal Court in 2002 reaffirming that she had renounced Islam.
Her sentence of imprisonment following her conviction in February has been stayed pending her appeal to the Syariah Court of Appeal.
Raja Aziz opines that the civil courts generally have been ‘too quick to decline jurisdiction whenever the issue of Article 11 has cropped up’ whilst the Federal Court, in the context of the appeal by the ’4 Apostates’, ‘showed itself to be unequal to the task of discharging its most important constitutional function’.
I am in complete agreement with Raja Aziz.
However, even as we are quick to lay blame for the plight of Kamariah with the institution that was constitutionally set up to protect, amongst other things, the citizen’s free and unfettered exercise of constitutional rights, let us also recognise our own failings in this regard.
The case of the ’4 apostates’ was well documented in the MSM from November, 2000.
The atrocity that was the complete destruction and decimation of the Sky Kingdom starting on the afternoon of 31st July, 2005 through to the following day was reported in all the media.
A state government took the law into its own hands and reduced all of
And throught all this civil society looked the other way!
What was the sin of Kamariah and the the Sky Kingdom people?
That they believed differently from you and I?
And why civil society’s silence?
To those who profess Islam, let me remind you that in Surah 4 verse 75, God Asks : ‘And what reason have you that you should not fight in the way of God and of the weak among the men and the women and the children, those who say: Our Lord! cause us to go forth from this town, whose people are oppressors, and give us from Thee a guardian and give us from Thee a helper’
Is not our indifference to the fate of Kamariah no less self-deceiving than Pilate’s ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just person’ as he abandoned Jesus to the mob baying for the latter’s blood?
Is this the Islam Hadhari that our Prime Minister boasts of?
Is this the ‘Islamic State’ that Islamists clamour for?
Is this the civil society that we are?