Drift towards intellectual intolerance — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Tur­kish Islamic intellectual Mustafa Akyol was detained by the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Depart­ment (Jawi) on Sept 24 for giving a talk on Islam without prior accreditation from the relevant Religious Teaching Supervisory Committee.

His host, Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa of the Islamic Renaissance Front, is being investigated for abetting him.

This embarrassing episode throws up significant issues of constitutional law. Let us note that in a country with a supreme Consti­tution, any civil or criminal, federal or state, secular or religious law cannot be enacted to confer absolute powers on any one.
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