Malaysia’s top court upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using “Allah” to refer to God..!!!!!!!!!!!
This totally un-Islamic and ridiculous verdict..!
If non-Muslims will get confused; at least this will spread the use of the word; which will subsequently initiate debate and understanding.. Islam will not be threatened by using its terminology and scripture, because this will back lash the user if meant harm, whereas people will question.. Questions are the Gates for Epistemia..!
If Muslims will get confused and convert from Islam, this will pin point to Muslim Authorities who fail to arm their followers with belief and understanding.. It will condemn the religious education system and preacher for ill-equipped qualifications and false fitness..
Regretfully, Malaysia turns gradually into fanaticism and lose its historical tolerance and coherence.. This is driven by greedy politicians who grab all aspects of powers and play ethnic, religious and cultural tunes..
I love Malaysia and Malays, and hope they will recover soon..
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using “Allah” to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the law failed to consider the rights of minorities in the largely Muslim nation.
“We are disappointed. The four judges who denied us the right to appeal did not touch on fundamental basic rights of minorities?,” said Rev. Lawrence Andrew, editor of The Herald, the newspaper at the center of the controversy.
“It will confine the freedom of worship,” he added. “We are a minority in this country, and when our rights are curtailed, people feel it.”
Allah is the Arabic word for God and commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God. The court had ruled that Catholic Church had no grounds to appeal a lower court decision last year that kept it from using “Allah” in its Malay-language weekly publication.
The government says Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims — who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s 29 million people — because if other religions use it that could confuse Muslims and lead them to convert.