Friday, November 23, 2007

Woman sentenced over religion

News24 reported An Egyptian Christian woman has been jailed for three years because her father's brief conversion to Islam 45 years ago made her legally a Muslim while her official papers said she was Christian.

Supposedly there is no compulsion in religion but it apparently does not extend to allowing a Christian to remain a Christian if her father converts to Islam for a short period while she is a child.
... Nagui Ibrahim left home in 1962 when daughter Shadia was two years old, converted to Islam and took on the Muslim name Mustafa. Three years later, after a reconciliation with his wife, he moved home and re-converted to Christianity. In the process, he got someone to forge his documents back to say he was Christian.... Authorities detained Ibrahim and also informed his daughter that on paper, Ibrahim was still a Muslim and therefore so was she. Children in Egypt automatically take their father's religion. Under Egyptian law it is also illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man.
Apparently even a woman that does not know she is a Muslim, and who has no intention of being a Muslim.
She was charged with "providing false information on official documents" for stating she was Christian on her marriage certificate in 1982.

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