KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has banned Irshad Manji's book titled Allah, Liberty and Love as it contravenes teachings of the Al-Quran [sic] and Hadith.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman said the ministry had decided to ban the book under Section 7 (Subsection 1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
Irshad's book, which was translated into the Malay language, had been forwarded to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to be studied.
"This is because the book, which is believed to have elements that can deviate Muslims from their faith and which insulted Islam, has received numerous complaints," he said in a statement here Thursday.
"The ministry received a report from Jakim, and based on its findings, the contents have elements that can confuse the public and contain words that insult Islam," he said.
Irshad is a liberal Muslim activist who openly supports Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) lifestyles.
Irshad's sexuality has been repeatedly cited by Malaysian Muslim officials as an ample reason for her views and her work in general to be so objectionable. So why are all the 'Gay Rights' organizations not openly defending Manji? A large number of groups seem to be speaking out in favor of 'Gay Marriage' in the US and elsewhere right now, but why don't these same voices step up for Manji, who is a professed Lesbian? Are human rights groups going to even bother condemning this latest act of Official Muslim censorship in even a perfunctory manner? I am not going to hold my breath.
On July 30, 2009, her previous book, entitled The Trouble With Islam Today, was also banned in Malaysia. - Bernama
Manji claims to be a reform-minded Muslim. That may be true, or not. But if any individual Muslim or Muslim organization, prominent or otherwise, has publicly stepped forward to defend Irshad Manji, then this writer hasn't heard about it.