Here we go again [the reason Christians use “Allah” to call God is simple: there is no other word to call God in Malaysian language]:
Muslim leaders in Malaysia are insisting that Christians must stop using the word “Allah” in reference to the Christian God.
The use of “Allah” as a translation of “God” in the Malay Bible “must be abandoned because it erroneously represents the two religions as equal,” said Mohd Sani Badron, a leading Islamic scholar.
Malaysia’s Catholic newspaper has won a decision in the nation’s supreme court, allowing the use of “Allah” in its pages to refer to God. But the paper is still unable to use that word, because government officials have appealed the decision. Christians explain that “Allah” has been used routinely as a word referring to the Supreme Being—not necessarily the Islamic deity. The renewed dispute comes during the same week when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak met with Pope Benedict XVI and made a commitment to establish diplomatic ties with the Vatican. The Malaysian leader said that his visit to the Vatican shows that although the country is officially Islamic, “we are an inclusive government.” Speaking of the nation’s Christian minority, he said: “We accept them. We can engage with them. We can have dialogue with them because we want to uphold peace in this world.”
- Malaysia: Christians can not use “Allah” to define God (onecatholicnews.wordpress.com)
- Malaysia Muslim PM to meet Pope (bbc.co.uk)
- Malaysian Prime Minister to Meet With Pope in Gesture to Christians (nytimes.com)
- Malaysia Premier Is to Meet With the Pope (nytimes.com)
- Malaysia, Vatican Establish Diplomatic Relations (online.wsj.com)
- Malaysia and Vatican establish diplomatic ties (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Malaysia and Vatican establish diplomatic ties (sfgate.com)