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Sisters in Islam
I have not met Sisters in Islam but I am aware that they are fighting for better rights and recognition for Muslim women. That has to be a good thing. So when a Selangor fatwa against them came out, I was disappointed.
Today, HRH Sultan Selangor says Muslims cannot criticise a fatwa. In expressing his views, HRH said that “A fatwa is not prepared by one mufti alone, but by the National Fatwa Council which comprises clerics and professionals who are well-versed in their respective fields, including law.”
This is worrying because you have to ask why is the National Fatwa Council (presumably pro UMNO) influencing Selangor fatwas? Why has Pakatan Rakyat no say in Selangor fatwas? I am sure the PKR and PAS leaders of Selangor are also experts in Islamic jurisprudence, if not better than the pro UMNO experts.
You can read the report here.