Malaysia's opposition Islamic party on Friday accused a top judge of insulting Islam by ruling that a Muslim boy need not wear a turban to prove his faith.
The Federal Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by three Muslim boys who unsuccessfully sued the government after their state school expelled them for refusing to remove their turbans.
Federal Court Judge Abdul Hamid Mohamed said in the ruling that it wasn't necessary for Muslims to do exactly as the Prophet Muhammad did.
"Islam is not about turbans and beards. The pagan Arabs wore turbans and kept beards. It was quite natural for the Prophet, born into the community, to do the same," Abdul Hamid said.