Why should father deny name to own child – conceived out of wedlock?

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 July 2017:

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi agrees with the move taken by the National Registration Department (NRD) to file an appeal against the case of illegitimate Muslim children to the Federal Court.

He said, at the moment, the NRD was carrying out its tasks according to the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs’ ruling – which did not allow children conceived out of wedlock to take the name of the father.

“We know a law is a law. The Home Ministry, especially the NRD, should adhere to the decision of the National Fatwa Council and as such, we are appealing to a higher court so that the decision (of the Court of Appeal)  is cancelled as only legitimate children could be named after the father.”

Ahmad  Zahid said Muslims should be united to ensure any decision made by the National Fatwa Council is not challenged by any parties or other legal system.

“We are not against other religions, but matters pertaining to Islam should not be touched on. Let Muslims manage the affairs of their religion.”

On Thursday, the Court of Appeal in its judgement allowed an appeal made by a couple to file for judicial review to force the director-general of NRD to replace the “bin” or “binti Abdullah” in their children’s names to the name of the father in the birth certificate.

NRD director-general Datuk Mohd Yazid Ramli on Friday reportedly said any amendments to the current implementation would only be considered after obtaining the decision of the Federal Court and any action by the NRD was in line with the decision of the National Council’s Fatwa Comittee.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had also requested the Attorney-General’s Chambers to represent the federal government in the appeal to Federal Court and for the matter to be debated holistically without turning against Islamic laws and principles.

– Bernama

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