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Current Application of Traditional Rules of Heresy

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In Malaysia, Sunni Islam is the official branch of Islam; propagating other branches of Islam or any criticism against the prevailing interpretation of Muslim law is prohibited under some state laws. The only legislation which prescribes the death penalty for heresy is the Syariah [Shariah] Criminal Code of Kelantan (the Kelantan Code) in Malaysia. In Egypt, the case law has provided a broad interpretation of the issue of insulting religious sacred things? thus giving a wide scope for allegations based on heresy. The Ahmadies (Ahmadiyya) is a Muslim sect founded by Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (Punjab) in the nineteenth century. In current times, the Islamic Research Institute at Al-Azhar is the most wellknown authorized source for declaring takfir. With regard to heresy, the main issue of concern in Muslim countries is takfir or declaring other Muslim individuals or groups apostate.

Keywords: Ahmadies; Egypt; heresy; Kelantan Code; Malaysia; Muslim law; Sunni Islam; takfir



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