first of all, the word ‘allah’ is not copyrighted to malaysian muslim (as you think so). secondly, what in the world do you mean just by using the word ‘allah’ herald is challenging islam?
the above is directed to the minister in the prime minister’s department datuk seri ahmad zahid hamidi because in the malay daily, mingguan malaysia dated 1 feb, he was heard to say "don’t challenge the sanctity of islam. don’t arouse the anger of the muslim community. don’t play with fire."
from the nut graph:
The headline for Mingguan Malaysia‘s 1 Feb edition was Jangan cabar Islam, and the lead read: "Don’t challenge the sanctity of Islam. Don’t arouse the anger of the Muslim community."
The story was in reference to the fight by the Catholic weekly Herald to use the term "Allah".
The report quoted Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying the Constitution forbade adherents of other religions to proselytise among Muslims. "Don’t play with fire," Ahmad Zahid warned, asserting that Malaysian Muslims would unite in defence of their religion, regardless of political allegiance.
whoa! ‘malaysian muslims’? speak for yourself, ahmad zahid! i know of many muslim who don’t mind herald using ‘allah’ at all like khalid, the PAS MP for shah alam, dr azmi sharom from USM, abdul rahman, letter writer to malaysiakini and many more.
it really amazed me to think that he think that herald just by using the word ‘allah’ is proselytising among muslims. so ridiculous!
then from the most racist, most umno-nised malay daily, utusan malaysia, the nut graph summarised:
In Bakal undang krisis agama in Utusan Malaysia on 2 Feb, religious leaders supported the minister’s statement. Selangor mufti Datuk Seri Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid characterised the Herald as being disrespectful towards Muslim sensitivities. He said the ban on other religions using "Allah" had been decided by the National Fatwa Council years ago.
disrespectful towards muslim sensitivities? why is it always muslim sensitivities you guys talk about? what about christian sensitivities, hindu sensitivities, buddhist sensitivities? sensitivities should be a two-way traffic, my dear.
ah but the national fatwa council is not the court. what the national fatwa council decided should be for muslim only, not for other religion.
remember the recent yoga fatwa? when non muslim protested, they made noises that the fatwa is for muslim only, why do we, the non muslim protested. so the same thing should apply here – anything comes from the national fatwa council should be for muslim only!
According to Mohd Tamyes, Christians themselves did not use the word "Allah" in the Bible, employing monikers such as " ‘Ilah’, ‘God’, ‘Lord’, and so on to refer to their god."
haha! which bible are you refering to, tamyes? show us! we are talking about malay bibles, ok, not english bibles. of course english bibles will use ‘god’ and ‘lord’. there is already ample proof that christian bibles in malay use ‘allah’, silly!
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) president Yusri Mohamad was more tempered, saying the Herald‘s disrespect was towards the judiciary, since the issue had been brought to court. "They were the ones who wanted this case to be heard, and they should be more respectful."
another silly man in the making! as silly as the botak homey minister who had this same idea. the national fatwa council and the government are not the jury and the judge – why should they already decide herald should stop using ‘allah’? wait till the court hearing… then if the court rules against herald and herald continue to use ‘allah’, only then they’ll be correct to say herald is being disrespectful towards the judiciary. gosh! do they, seemingly intelligent men who become minister or president, need me a form five school leaver to show them that??
anyway it is very disappointing to note that at the latest herald issue (1 feb), herald had stop using ‘allah’. so what? are these people going to gloat? i would say more of the world is going to laugh at them! laugh at their weak faith – how real silly they think thier own muslim brethren just by seeing the word ‘allah’ in herald, will ‘masuk kristian’… just like what a letter writer from sabah wrote in the herald of 1 feb.
please see the next post for the letter as this is getting long already so i have to end it here, not forgetting to include the mandatory ending footnote.
UPDATED: the letter.
From The Catholic Encyclopedia:
The notion of Allah in Arabic theology is substantially the same as that of God among the Jews, and also among the Christians, with the exception of the Trinity, which is positively excluded in the Koran,
The word "Allah" is the perfect description of the "One God" of monotheism for Jews, Christians and Muslims!
Is "Allah" only for Islam and Muslims?
[No! It is for All Three Abrahamic Faiths.]
"Allah" is the same word used by Christian Arabs and Jewish Arabs in their Bible, centuries before Islam came.
From the Koran, Chapter 29:46
‘And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam).’