BIG BREAKING NEWS – CHRISTIANS CAN CALL GOD “ALLAH”: Malaysian Christians Can Call God ‘Allah,’ Rules High Court [#MalaysiaChristians #MalaysiaChristian] 03/10
A Malaysian court ruled that non-Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God, in a major decision in a divisive issue for religious freedom in the Muslim-majority country.
The High Court decision squashed a 35-year-old government ban on the usage of Allah and 3 other Arabic words by Christian publications, deeming the ban unconstitutional according to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Annou Xavier.
The government has previously said Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims to avoid confusion that could lead them to convert to other religions, a stance that is unique to Malaysia and has not been an issue in other Muslim-majority nations with sizeable Christian minorities.
Christian leaders in Malaysia say the ban is unreasonable because Christians who speak the Malay language have long used Allah, a Malay word derived from Arabic, in their Bibles, prayers, and songs.
Malaysian Christians Can Call God ‘Allah,’ Rules High Court:
Decision ends a 35-year-old government ban on the usage of four Arabic words by Christian publications: