Mujahid ready to discuss letting Shariah Court decide on inheritance

Mujahid Yusof (back row, centre) with cyclists who took part in the Kayuhan Rahmah Merdeka in Bagan Tiang, Perak, today. (Bernama pic)

PARIT BUNTAR: The federal government is ready to meet the Malaysia Muslim Lawyers’ Association to discuss a proposal that the Shariah Court have jurisdiction over state enactments on the administration and division of inheritance.

Mujahid Yusof, the de facto minister for Islamic affairs, said the proposal is in accordance with the needs of Muslims.

“We know the issue of inheritance division, or faraid, is only practised by Muslims and it is among the religious requirements.

“Yet, when we want to pursue the matter, it is not filed with the Shariah Court but is filed with the civil court and this has raised concerns,” he said.

On Friday, the Muslim lawyers association had proposed that state enactments on administration and division of inheritance for Muslims be amended so that these matters would be solely under the jurisdiction of the Shariah Court.

In all states, except for Sabah, the Shariah Court has jurisdiction to determine the distribution of inheritance to the beneficiaries, but the civil courts are empowered to resolve matters on the administration of inheritance for Muslims,

In another development, Mujahid expects the Rahmatal Lil Alamin programme to see success in 2020 after it is widely promoted throughout the country.

Mujahid said more than 20,000 people had been informed about the policy.

“To date, we were not affected by groups out to create confusion among Muslims on the concept of Rahmatan lil Alamin,” he said.