Malaysian clerics issue fatwas on butch dressing, lesbian sex

Source: AFP
Date: 24 Oct 2008

Malaysian religious council issues ban on lesbian sex

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — One of Malaysia’s highest Islamic bodies has banned females from dressing or behaving like men and engaging in lesbian sex, saying it was forbidden by the religion.

The National Fatwa Council late Thursday issued its ruling following a two-day meeting that discussed recent cases of young women apparently behaving like men and exhibiting homosexual tendencies, state news agency Bernama reported.

Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin told Bernama many young women admired the way men dress, behave and socialise, violating human nature and denying their femininity.

“It is unacceptable to see women who love the male lifestyle including dressing in the clothes men wear,” Abdul Shukor was quoted as saying.

“(Masculine behaviour) becomes clearer when they start to have sex with someone of the same gender, that is woman and woman,” he said.

“In view of this, the National Fatwa Council which met today have decided and taken the stand that such acts are forbidden and banned,” he said.

Male homosexuality, considered against the order of nature, is illegal in Malaysia but lawyers say female homosexuality is technically permissible as there are no provisions for it under the law.

The Fatwa Council does not have jurisdiction in civil law, but the ruling appears to be an attempt to push female homosexuality towards illegality.

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, where more than 60 percent of its 27 million people are Muslim Malays who practice a conservative brand of the religion.

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Source: Straits Times / Associated Press
Date: 25 Oct 2008

Islamic clerics issue fatwa on tomboys

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s main body of Islamic clerics has issued an edict banning tomboys in the Muslim-majority country, ruling that girls who act like boys violate the tenets of Islam, an official said yesterday.

At a meeting on Thursday in northern Malaysia, the National Fatwa Council forbade girls to behave or dress like boys, said Perak mufti Harussani Idris Zakaria.

He said the council’s ruling was not legally binding because it has not been passed into law, but that tomboys should be banned because their actions are immoral.

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a law or not. When it’s wrong, it’s wrong. It is a sin,’ he said. ‘Tomboy (behaviour) is forbidden in Islam.’

Under the edict, girls are forbidden to sport short hair and dress, walk and act like boys, he said. Boys should also not act like girls, he said.

‘They must respect God. God created them as boys, they must behave like boys. God created them as girls, they must act like girls,’ he said.

Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin said the ruling was prompted by recent cases of young women behaving like men and indulging in homosexual behaviour, according to the national news agency Bernama. He did not elaborate.

A well-known Malaysian Muslim actress caused an uproar last year when she shaved her head bald for a film called Muallaf (The Convert).

Mr Harussani and other muftis urged Muslims not to watch the movie, saying that the actress had violated Islam by making herself look like a man.

It was not immediately clear what kind of punishment awaited those who violate the tomboy edict, or fatwa.

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