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Category: Religious News
Islamic authorities provide counseling to Muslims after attending Methodist Church dinner
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A royal sultan in Malaysia says
Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Muslims to
"restore their belief and faith" after they attended a community
dinner at a Methodist church hall.
The case has triggered worries among officials in
Muslim-majority Malaysia that Christians were trying to convert
Muslims. Proselytizing of Muslims is punishable by prison terms of
various lengths in most Malaysian states.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the constitutional ruler of
Malaysia's central Selangor state, said Islamic officials who
inspected a dinner at the Methodist church hall in early August
found "evidence that there were attempts to subvert the faith and
belief of Muslims."
The sultan did not elaborate on the evidence or mention
Christians in his statement, but said the evidence was
"insufficient for further legal actions to be taken."
Church officials denied any proselytizing took place at the
dinner and criticized Islamic state enforcement officials for what
they called an unauthorized raid.