Zahid calls for Muslim unity to oppose 'out-of-wedlock child' ruling

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Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that Muslims must stand together in opposing anyone challenging decisions by the National Fatwa Committee.

This comes after the Court of Appeal decided on Thursday that a child conceived out of wedlock can take on his or her father's surname, and that the edict on this by the National Fatwa Committee does not have the force of law.

"In this case, Muslims must unite and agree that Islam must be respected and that we do not want any decisions made by the National Fatwa Committee to be challenged by anyone, whether an individual or a different legal system outside of the fatwa committee," Zahid said during his officiating speech at a Hari Raya event with the Malabari community in Selayang tonight...

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