APOSTASY: UNIVERSITY STUDENT REPENTS, RETURNS TO ISLAM

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KOTA BAHARU, May 2 (Bernama) -- A Muslim student, who previously admitted

that he had converted to Christianity, told the Syariah High Court here today

that he had repented and returned to Islam.

With that plea, judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty ordered the Dungun branch

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) culinary art student, Mohamad Fariz Ilham Mohd

Zulkifli, from Pengkalan Chepa, here, to join the congregation for prayers at

the Dungun UiTM mosque and report to the imam of the mosque for six months

effective today.

Abu Bakar also ordered Mohamad Fariz, 19, to report to the Dungun Islamic

Religious Office weekly and surrender his passport to the court.

The judge also cancelled the order to send Mohamad Fariz to the faith

rehabilitation centre in Kuala Kubu Baharu, Selangor, after he was satisfied

that the teenager was capable of reciting the Al-Fatihah, Syahadah and Istighfar

well.

On April 24, Mohamad Fariz''s family referred him to the Kelantan Islamic

Religious Affairs Department after he admitted to have committed apostasy and

converted to Christianity.

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COURT-APOSTASY 2 (LAST) KOTA BAHARU

Following the application to prevent the teenager from renouncing Islam, the

Syariah High Court then issued a one-week remand order on him.

The application stated that Mohamad Fariz, who used the pseudonym "Tyrone",

had been showing interest in and attending church services since Dec 3, 2010,

besides admitting to having the intention to change his religion overseas.

However, in today''s proceedings, the teenager told the court that he had

repented after being held under remand at the Pengkalan Chepa Prison.

He also asked the court not to send him to the faith rehabilitation centre

as he was still pursuing his studies at UiTM.

The prosecution was conducted by Syariah senior deputy prosecutor Zaini

Sulaiman under Section 102 (3) of the Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay

Customs Council Enactment 1994.

-- BERNAMA

MRA HK NHA MO

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