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» 07/22/2011
Malaysia: Christians can not use "Allah" to define God
Prominent Muslim religious figure intimates that the use of the word "Allah" for God has to stop because it can arouse the wrath of the Islamic community. The attack comes only days after Pope Benedict XVI received the Malaysian Premier to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The use of "Allah" for God by Christians must stop because it may cause Islamic anger: this is the position of a prominent Islamic Malaysian Mohd Sani Badron in a speech yesterday at the Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikimono) reopening the dispute over the Bible translation of the vernacular term to refer to God. The Islamic scholar’s attack comes only a few days after the historic meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Pope Benedict XVI, a first step toward diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See.

In his text "Kontroversi Nama Khas 'Allah' Agama Dalam Konteks Pluralism", Badron, Director of Economic and Social Studies, said that "the mistranslation of the word 'God' as 'Allah' in the Malay Bible must be abandoned because it erroneously represents the two religions as equal. " "The translation of 'God' as 'Allah' is very wrong, it should be translated correctly ... we understand not only the word but the meaning and the meaning is wrong and inaccurate." He continued: "Looking at the meaning, the correct term for 'God' in Christianity is 'Tuhan' and the word 'Lord' is also 'Tuhan', not 'Allah'."

The local Catholic newspaper, the '"Herald Malaysia" has won a lawsuit at the Supreme Court two years ago for the right to publish the word "Allah" refering to the Christian God , but can not use it because there is a pending appeal by the Ministry, and the case has been dragging on since then at the Court of Appeal. The case of Malay-language Bibles blocked in the ports of Klang and Kuching two years ago, and only recently released showed a clear division between Muslims and non Muslims. (09/04/2011 Kuala Lumpur authorizes importation and printing of the Bible in any language).

According to Mohd Sani Badron the translation of the Christian God as "Allah" is not respectful. "The term 'Allah' is a term of respect for Muslims, this judicial action has spread the perception that Muslims are oppressive, and certainly will raise the ire of the Muslim community."

But Christians have republished a 400 year old Latin Malay dictionary, which shows that from the beginning the word "Allah" was used to define God in the Bible in local languages. (22/01/2011 400 year-old Malaysian-Latin Dictionary: proof of use of the word Allah).

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See also
03/12/2011 MALAYSIA
Christians protest: government blocks 30 thousand Bibles in Malay
10/14/2013 MALAYSIA
Malaysia , Christians banned from using "Allah ". Catholics announce appeal
07/08/2010 MALAYSIA
Three young Muslim men on trial for attack on Kuala Lumpur church
07/15/2009 MALAYSIA
Nine Christians arrested accused of proselytizing
01/27/2010 MALAYSIA
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