Selangor’s fatwa on SIS temporarily suspended

Published on 23 Jan 2020 7:42:17 PM

The High Court has granted women’s rights group Sisters in Islam (SIS) a stay on the enforcement of a 2014 fatwa by the Selangor state religious authorities pending an appeal last September.

Selangor Fatwa Committee and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) issued the fatwa in 2014, stating that SIS had subscribed to liberalism and religious pluralism.

SIS had sought to challenge the fatwa but the High Court had dismissed the application on the grounds that the civil court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter, as it was under the Shariah state laws.

After the hearing on Thursday, the group’s executive director Rozana Isa told reporters that the decision showed that the court recognised their rights under the Federal Constitution.