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Dr Wan Azizah visits Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Richard Makepeace, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Datuk Afi­fi Al-Akiti pose for pictures outside the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in Oxford December 6, 2018. — Bernama pic LONDON, Dec 6 — Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today visited the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), an independent centre of Oxford University, 83 kilometres from here.On hand to receive her upon arrival at the centre were Richard Makepeace, Registrar of the centre and Fellow at St Cross College and Datuk Afifi Al-Akiti, KFAS Fellow in Islamic Studies OCIS and Basil AJ Mustafa, Senior Bursar and Nelson Mandela Fellow in Educational Studies OCIS.Dr Wan Azizah spent about an hour touring the centre, which was established in 1985, that contributes to the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world.During her visit, the deputy prime minister was accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Senator Datuk Marzuki Yahya and Malaysian High Commission Charge d’Affaires ad interim Mohd Suhaimi Jaafar and other government officials.Dr Wan Azizah, who arrived in London yesterday for a three-day official visit, later attended a luncheon discussion with scholars at the centre.This is her maiden visit to United Kingdom since being appointed to the Malaysian cabinet on May 21 following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the country’s 14th general election. — Bernama [...]
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Islamic NGOs, Suhakam agree not to let ICERD affect Federal Constitution
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 8): The discussion between Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and other stakeholders on the International Convention on... [...]
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Indonesia launches cash endowments-linked sovereign Islamic bonds
NUSA DUA, Indonesia: The Indonesian government launched on Sunday an Islamic bond linked to endowments, aiming to tap into a pool of assets for its fiscal needs. [...]
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Mujahid: How could ‘Islamic’ PAS close one eye to Umno’s scandals?
Datuk Mujahid Yusof speaks to reporters in Putrajaya July 30, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — PAS’ acceptance of scandal-ridden Umno shows that the Islamist party is not committed towards combatting corruption, Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said today.The Parit Buntar MP, who was previously in PAS, pointed out that the move to cooperate with its former rival was against the Islamic ideals of the Islamist party.“Ultimately, this cooperation has provided an indication that although Umno has been spoilt-rotten with corruption scandals, with some currently in the judicial process, PAS is willing to forget it as though corruption and abuse of power is not an issue in Islam.“PAS has no commitment to combat corruption, and is willing to cooperate with the party which has been tainted by the worst corruption in the country’s political history,” Mujahid said in a statement.“This is a bit confusing because as the most so-called Islamist party, they close their eyes to the corruption of their partner,” he added.The minister also said that the now public collusion between PAS and Umno came as no surprise, as the two parties already had what he called an “intimate affair” in championing pro-Malay and Islam issues.“Prior to this, after PAS had divorced Pakatan Rakyat, the Islamic party acknowledged that it was single and Umno was quick to seek its opportunity to ‘merisik’.“While in the Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia by-elections, PAS and Umno were seen as ‘engaged’, and were only awaiting the date for a wedding ceremony,” Mujahid mocked.“Merisik” refers to a Malay custom where a representative of a man would visit the prospective bride’s family to “enquire” of her availability, and ask for her hand in marriage on behalf of the groom-to-be.PAS and Umno had unofficially joined forces during the Sungai Kandis by-election, before formalising it in the Seri Setia by-election.Both parties have expressed their wish for collaboration, and eventually forming a new political coalition. [...]
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Royal award for Islamic finance to be conferred on Oct 3
KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2018 will be conferred on exceptional individuals in Islamic finance at a special ceremony in the capital on Oct 3. [...]
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Selangor Islamic council to fix minimum marriage age at 18 for all
In a statement, Mais said it has agreed to make the requirements for marrying a child stricter to safeguard the child’s interest and prevent harm, rather than abolishing child marriage altogether. ― AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 ― The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) announced today that it will move to raise the minimum marriage age for Muslim women to 18 from the previous 16, making it uniform for both genders.It said it will propose an amendment to its Islamic Family Law (Selangor) Enactment 2003 in the state assembly as soon as possible, following discussions with the Selangor Shariah Judiciary Department, and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).However, in the statement, Mais did not mention about amending the requirement which would allow Shariah judges to give the green light to child marriages under certain circumstances, under Section 8 of the Enactment.Instead, it said it has agreed to make the requirements for marrying a child stricter to safeguard the child’s interest and prevent harm, rather than abolishing child marriage altogether.The proposed requirements were for the children to attend special sessions on family, counselling by the Welfare Department, and have health checks carried out by a medical officer before they are married.A judge deciding on the child marriage would also be required to review the applicant’s economic status, crime record, and statements from relevant parties.“It is Mais’ desire that the law amendments is to ensure the future of children is the main focus and as main consideration for the judge to decide on application involving marriage to a minor,” it said in a statement.The decision followed public uproar over a 41-year-old rubber trader’s marriage to an 11-year-old girl whom he had groomed since she was seven, in Kelantan.Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said earlier today that the Attorney General Chambers needs more evidence before charging the man under the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.Dr Wan Azizah’s deputy minister in the women’s ministry Hannah Yeoh had previously told Malay Mail that a total of 10,807 child marriages were registered for Muslims between 2007 and 2017. [...]
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Selangor Islamic council wants to raise legal marrying age to 18
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) wants to tighten restrictions on underaged marriage and raise the legal marrying age for girls from 16 to 18. [...]
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Panel formed to review Islamic federal institutions
The panel, which consists of five members appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, will be headed by Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa PETALING JAYA, July 30 — The Malay Rulers have assented to the establishment of a panel to review and improve the administration of Islamic institutions at the federal level.The panel, which consists of five members appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, will be headed by Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.“It will investigate the basis for the setting up of such institutions and defining their jurisdictions, as well as looking into the effectiveness of these institutions, including the legal and judicial Shariah agencies at the federal level, as they are presently constituted,’’ said Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal, in a press statement today.He said the Malay Rulers gave their assent to the formation of the panel at their pre-council of the 249th Conference of Rulers on July 10.The office of the Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal will act as the panel’s secretariat.The Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal explained that the formation of the high-level panel was in keeping with the position of Islam as provided for in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution that states that Islam is the religion of the federation.“This noble effort preserves and respects the principle underlying such matters and the establishment jurisdiction and powers that are vested therein with the Malay Rulers as Heads of Islam in their respective States.“It is also appropriate that these institutions should undergo improvement so as to protect the religion of Islam, as well as to promote the universal values of Islam in this country,’’ he said.The high-level panel will submit its recommendations to the Conference of Rulers.To conduct its duties, the high-level panel will receive memoranda and will invite submissions from relevant stakeholders as well as views from members of the public.Other members of the panel include Datuk Afifi al-Akiti who is the deputy chair, along with Tan Sri Mohd Kamal Hassan, Datuk Nooh Gadot, and Datuk Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz. [...]
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Moody's positive on local market for Islamic financing tools
KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service is positive on the Government of Malaysia's (A3 stable) efforts to create a local market for Islamic finance instruments and increasing use of domestic sukuk in particular to fund its budget deficit. [...]
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