» 07/09/2014, 00.00
MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Kuala Lumpur, moderate Muslims support Christians in the battle for the use of Allah
A group of NGOs organized meetings, forums and online discussions to promote a "correct information" on the matter. However, it is an "uphill struggle" because most Malays have a rigid and schematic view of Islam. The challenge is to "educate the masses" and to promote religious freedom.
Distribution of Catholic weekly in Sabah stopped to see if it used banned word 'Allah'
Held up at Kota Kinabalu Airport, the Herald's 2,000 copies are eventually released after the intervention of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and a Catholic politician. In doing this, the Home Ministry prevented the weekly from being distributed for Sunday Mass. Activists criticise the decision as a violation of religious freedom.
05/03/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Kuala Lumpur: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah
The Federal Court heard the parties' arguments but adjourned the case "to a later date." For the first time, a panel of seven judges will settle a civil matter. Outside the courthouse, hundreds of Muslim protesters tried to put pressure on the judges. Herald editor says Christians fast and pray for a favourable ruling.
04/07/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
For Kuala Lumpur priest, pastoral care and inter-faith dialogue are new bishop's challenges
For Fr Lawrence Andrew, editor of The Herald, the new prelate is a "very good and competent person" who has already stressed the importance of dialogue between faiths at a time of interreligious tensions. Religious freedom is under "attack" and "in danger." Sunni Islam is becoming more radical.
Malaysian government releases 35 thousand Bibles to halt controversy over term "Allah"
Kuala Lumpur cedes to pressure and protests, and allows the Bibles imported from Indonesia to enter the country. The books will overwrite the "only for Christians." Fears of conversions from Islam.
12/02/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Christian Churches support Malaysian Catholics under attack over Allah's name
Ecumenical solidarity towards the Church of Malaysia is growing. Shocked and dismayed, the World Methodist Council hopes to see the "rather troubling" court ruling overturned. The latter would allow only one religion to take ownership over a universal term. The United Nations also weighs into the issue, calling it a violation of religious freedom.
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