Published: Thursday February 26, 2009 MYT 6:26:00 PM
Christian publications can use the word “Allah"
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has allowed Christian publications to use the word ``Allah'' to refer to God as long as they specify the material is not for the majority Muslims, a church official said Thursday.
The Feb 16 order issued by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar is an apparent softening of its stand by the government, which had earlier banned the use of the word in all Christian texts.
The government argued that Allah is an Islamic word and its use by others might confuse Muslims, who might think Allah refers to their God.
The Herald, the Roman Catholic Church's main newspaper in Malaysia, has already started printing ``For Christianity'' on its cover, said its editor Rev. Lawrence Andrew.
The Herald publishes weekly in English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay with an estimated readership of 50,000.
The ban on ``Allah'' concerns mainly the Malay edition, which is read mostly by indigenous Christian tribes in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak. The other three editions usually do not use ``Allah.''
Andrew said although the order ``makes things easier'' for the Herald, the paper will not drop its legal challenge against the ban. A court is due to hear arguments in the case on Friday.
The Herald is arguing that the Arabic word is a common reference for God that predates Islam and has been used for centuries as a translation in Malay.
Andrew said the new order is still a violation of religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution because Christians will not be able to use any literature that does not carry the statutory warning on the cover, including a lot of imported material.
He said most Malay-language Bibles in Malaysia are imported from Indonesia, where the language is more widely spoken.
``If this (order) is enforced, it will be difficult to possess materials ... from Indonesia, and thus practicing our religion will not be easy. This goes against ... the Constitution,'' he told The Associated Press.
Andrew said the order also prohibits the use of three other Arabic words ``solat,'' or prayer, ``Kaaba,'' a holy site in Saudi Arabia, and ``baitullah,'' or house of God without the statutory warning.
Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comments.
Home Minister Syed Hamid's aide said he would only be available for comment Monday.-AP
MENGAPA HENDAK DIBENARKAN? APA SEBENARNYA AGENDA PIHAK KRISTIAN TERBABIT HENDAK TERUS MENGGUNAKAN KALIMAH ALLAH DI RANTAU INI?
APA MEREKA TAK PERNAH DI AJAR BAHAWA LIDAH NABI ISA (AS) IALAH LIDAH YAHUDI?
APA MEREKA TAK PERNAH DI AJAR BAHAWA DIKATAKAN KITAB NEW TESTAMENT YANG PERTAMA DITULIS DI DALAM BAHASA GREEK? DAN KITAB OLD TESTAMENT PUN ASAL DI DALAM BAHASA HEBREW?
ORANG KRISTIAN CINA, INDIA, IBAN, BIDAYUH, ETC FAHAMKAH BAHASA ARAB? ADAKAH BAHASA ARAB IALAH 'MOTHER TONGUE' MEREKA? KALAU DALAM MELAYU, BUKAN ALLAH TETAPI TUHAN!
ORANG KRISTIAN ARAB MENGGUNAKAN KALIMAH ALLAH SEBAB LIDAH MEREKA LIDAH ARAB.
ORANG KRISTIAN DI SINI GUNA NAMA ALLAH ATAS DASAR APA??
DI SINI, MELAYU ISLAM SAHAJA YANG DIKETAHUI SENTIASA BERZIKIR MENGGUNAKAN NAMA ALLAH!
LAM YALED WA LAM YULAD!
BUKAN ALLAH BERANAKKAN ISA!ATAU ALLAH DIPERANAKKAN!
MAHUKAH KITA TAK LAMA LAGI AKAN BERGEMA DENGAN BEBAS DI BUMI MALAYSIA
"ISA ADALAH ALLAH?"
NAUDZUBILLAH MIN ZALIK!
FIKIR-FIKIRLAH WAHAI PEMIMPIN-PEMIMPIN YANG BERAGAMA ISLAM TULEN.BUKAN LIBERAL YA! JANGANLAH MUDAH TERLUPA PERISTIWA ANDALUSIA YANG TELAH MENYEBABKAN KRISTIAN BERJAYA MERAMPAS DAN MENUNDUKKAN KERAJAAN ISLAM DENGAN FITNAH DAN AGENDA MUSANG BERJANGGUT MEREKA!JIKA TIDAK , PUNAHLAH SEGALA JASA-JASA DAN KERINGAT PARA ULAMA-ULAMA YANG DATANG DARI JAUH MENINGGALKAN KAMPUNG HALAMAN MEREKA DI ARAB SANA DEMI UNTUK MENGISLAMKAN DAN MENYEBARKAN AGAMA YANG SATU SATUNYA BENAR DI SISI ALLAH DAN MEMBAWA RAHMAT DUNIA AKHIRAT KEPADA PENDUDUK DI NUSANTARA.
YA ALLAH SELAMATKANLAH ANAK ANAK MELAYU ISLAM DI BUMI MALAYSIA DARIPADA DIMURTADKAN DIMANA JANJI ENGKAU UNTUK MENCAMPAKKAN MEREKA KE DALAM NERAKA JAHANNAM BUAT SELAMA-LAMANYA AMEEN!