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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Don't Say "Allah"

From The Star (Malaysia):
PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat says the use of the word “Allahby non-Muslims is allowed.

He, however, added that it was up to the Federal Government to define the scope in which the word could be used, reported Bernama.

“I don’t want to interfere in this matter. Let the Federal Government decide,” he said in response to the weekly Catholic Herald’s use of the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia publication.

In Kota Kinabalu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government’s decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” was not restricted to the Herald but applied to all non-Muslim publications.

But Mr. Nik Mat's allowance of non-Muslims using the word "Allah" was not welcomed by all:
The statement by Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that non-Muslims can use the word Allah is very confusing for Muslims, said the religious advisor to the prime minister, Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin.

He said this could cause disunity among Muslims as it touched on the sanctity of Islam.
So I apologize for using the word "Allah" here. And Allah knows best.