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Understanding Islam within the Malaysia concept

Ahmad Bustami, Tajul Aris and Mohamad, Nor Asiah (2011) Understanding Islam within the Malaysia concept. In: International Conference in Islamic Solutions to Current Issues in the World based on 1 Malaysia concept, 1-3 January 2011, Senate Hall, International Islamic University Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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The government of Malaysia continues to introduce new initiative towards strengthening the multi-ethnic. The history shows that there were cases where questions on the rights and position of the respective ethnics have been raised including the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia. The Federal Constitution 1957 contains provision which clearly states that articles 3 of the Federal Constitution positions Islam as the official religion of the country. There are many perceptions and interpretations revolve around these two issues. Some address the permission to practice other religions as providing equal rights to all religions, including Islam. This paper promotes that 1 Malaysia concept implies that as the Federal Constitution has clearly prescribed for Islam as the religion of the Federation, as such; the position of Islam is higher than other religions. In this respect, this paper traces the various aspects where the government is entrusted to provide and argues that the government is not burdened with a duty to ensure equality of rights and treatment in all aspects concerning religion to others. Thus, the assurance that other religions may be practiced is a permission allowing the non Muslim to practice their religions without putting a responsibility on the government to ensure equal rights are given to all religions. This paper looks at the meaning and spirit of Article 3 of the Federal Constitution and the right and duties assigned to the Yang Di Pertuan Agong to protect the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: religion, Islam, Federal Constitution, Yang Di Pertuan Agong
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr Nor Asiah Mohamad
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/25360

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