Muzaffar Syah Mallow
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) has successfully organized its 14TH convocation on 19 until 21 November 2016. More than 2,500 students received their scroll for this year convocation. Out of it, 300 students from FSU which consist varieties of academic programs offered by the faculty received their scroll during their convocation session on Monday, 21 November 2016. Earlier on Saturday, 19 November 2016, a total of 23 Diploma in Islamic Judicial and Advocatory Practice (DIJAP) graduates also received their diploma for the convocation. The faculty would like to send its heartiest congratulations to Azka Annisa Yusri Yurnalis (SMFF student) for receiving the Vice Chancellor's Gold Medal Award, Muhamad Amirul Razali (SMSU student) for receiving the Co-curriculum Award and Putri Zaqqeya Binti Amin Bukhari (SMSU student) for receiving the Tun Azmi Foundation Award for this year convocation. The faculty also would like to send their deepest congratulation to the honorable Dato Fa'iza Haji Tamby Chik as recipient of Honorary Doctor in Philosophy in Syariah and Law for this year convocation. Dato Fa’iza is the country former High Court judge and has preside many the country cases most notable is the case of Lina Joy v Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan & 2 Ors  6 MLJ 193. In this case Lina Joy, who was born Azalina Jailani, converted from Islam to Christianity, arguing that it came under her right to freedom of religion under Article 11 of the Constitution of Malaysia. She first approached the National Registration Department (NRD) in February 1997, seeking permission to change her name to Lina Joy, and also her religious status. The application was rejected in August 1997 on the grounds that the Syariah Court had not granted permission for her to renounce Islam. In 1998, the NRD allowed the name change, but refused to change the religious status on her identity card. When the mater was brought to the cour, Judge Datuk Fa’iza Tamby Chik ruled that she could not change her religious identity, because ethnic Malays are defined as Muslims under the Constitution.