Federal Court dismisses Mais' leave to appeal bid to reinstate children's Islamic conversion

26/1/2022 11:42:00 AM

Federal Court dismisses Mais' leave to appeal bid to reinstate children's Islamic conversion

Federal Court dismisses Mais' leave to appeal bid to reinstate children's Islamic conversion

PUTRAJAYA: The Islamic conversion of five children by their Muslim-convert father in 2018 without the consent of their non-Muslim mother remains invalid, after the Federal Court dismissed the application by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and its Registrar of Muallaf for leave to appeal to reinstate the Islamic conversion of the children.

In the court's unanimous decision, Federal Court’s three-member bench led by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said the issues raised by lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdula, who acted for Mais and the Registrar of Muallaf, had been settled by the decision of the Federal Court in the M. Indira Gandhi conversion case.

"The (Appeals and High) courts were therefore correct in following the Federal Court’s decision in Indira Gandhi’s case,” said Tengku Maimun who presided with Federal Court judges Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Datuk Seri Hasnah Mohammed Hashim.In Indira Gandhi’s case in 2018, the Federal Court ruled that the consent of both the father and mother were required to change the children's religion to Islam.

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