By Theodore Shoebat
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the Muslim leader of the Islamic country of Brunei, has announced that the enforcement of Sharia will be carried out in his country, step by step to its fullest form. He declared:
I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the Almighty to announce that [since] Thursday May 1, 2014, we will see the enforcement of Sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases
The punishments expected to be done in Brunei include stoning and cutting off limbs. Non-Muslims could be punished for wearing “indecent clothing” that “disgraces Islam”, with penalties ranging from imprisonment for 6 months to a $1600 fine. Christians living in Brunei say that the hijab or Muslim veil is already being enforced on all women including Christians.
Another law prohibits Muslims from hiring non-Muslims to care for their children, and punishment for such an act is a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to $ 15,600, or both. the US Department of State in the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report wrote:
All parental rights are awarded to the Muslim parent if a child is born to mixed-faith parents and the non-Muslim parent is not recognized in any official document, including the child’s birth certificate,” wrote
World Watch Monitor also reported:
Because of this, the few Christian schools will receive a setback as many of their students are non-Christians. The school day normally begins with a reading from the Bible
One local school official of Brunei said:
Even now, parents have started demanding that we begin every gathering with a Muslim prayer instead…What’s more, once Sharia law takes effect, the restriction may be extended to daycare services operated by non-Muslims. The new penal code also cites that non-Muslims can no longer share their faith with Muslims and atheists.
Under Sharia in Brunei, churches will now be forced to register to the government in order to operate, with their requests being mostly ignored by the Islamic state, as one report says:
Churches must register, but requests are frequently ignored by officials… Registered churches are closely monitored and services are attended by government informants. They are prohibited from taking in seekers [in the Christian faith] and converts from the local population…Because of these restrictions, believers from a Muslim background are often isolated and neglected… Christians face discrimination in the workplace and are ineligible for top positions in the government.
Moreover, no Christian workers are allowed to come to Brunei, while giving away Bibles is now illegal an act. The violence is only going to get worse as time goes on.
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