Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia: No Vote on Brutal Hudud Laws

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Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law.

A bill to implement hudud punishments has already been passed in Malysia's Kelantan state. The new law bars non-Muslims from serving as legal witnesses in court, and introduces punishments including caning, amputation, crucifixion and stoning. Politicians are now attempting to bring hudud punishments before the national parliament.

Hizb-ut Tahrir, which is an international Islamist group focused on the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate, strenuously disagreed with implementing sharia law through democracy.

Instead the group demanded that the hudud punishments be implemented immediately without regard to any parliamentary process.

Hizb-ut Tahrir spokesman Abdul Hakim Othman said “This is categorically haram [forbidden] because the authority to make laws is vested only upon Allah and man is ordered to implement them, not vote to decide on their implementation.”

He then argued that hudud was just a small part of the sharia law that should be implemented immediately.

Hakim said: “The government is obliged to implement the laws of Allah comprehensively in every inch of the land under its authority and not absolving itself from the responsibility, while asserting that the undertaking rests on the state or province.”

“It is about time that Muslims unite and intensify efforts to re-establish the Caliphate upon the way of the Prophethood which shall implement not only hudud, but the Shariah in its entirety and shall exalt Islam and its followers and abject disbelief and its followers.”

Other groups intent on establishing an Islamic Caliphate include but are not limited to: the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, Jamaat e-Islami and perhaps most famously, the Islamic State.

The developments led senior opposition politician Kit Siang to call on Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak to declare hudud as unconstitutional or resign

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David Harris

David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.

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