Ibrahim Ismail, Member of Parliament, dances around the burning coals of the issue of :
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance"
in this posting at his blog.
"Belief is a deeply personal thing, and religious belief is a commitment one makes to oneself, out of one’s own volition. No matter what is said and done, ultimately, religion for each person has a profoundly different meaning as it relates to the psyche of each individual which is shaped by one’s own circumstances, past and present."
Ibra also says :
"I tend to lean towards the progressive end of the spectrum, which stems from my belief that Allah meant us to live our life to the full and that times change and divergent and progressive thinking should not be constricted in the name of religion. This is not say that I deny un-crossable boundaries in Islam."
It will be interesting to know what those "un-crossable boundaries" are for Ibra.
Dhivehistan Report commends and applauds Ibra for taking on the issue. We look forward to more thoughts from Ibra on the subject.