Malaysia's top court: Word 'Allah' for Muslims only

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s top court weighed in Monday on the country’s longstanding fight over the word “Allah,” saying non-Muslims cannot use it to refer to God. But the government said hours later the judgment applied only to one newspaper at the centre of the case, adding still more confusion to a deeply divisive debate over religious freedom in the Muslim-majority country.

In a 4-3 ruling, the Federal Court upheld a government ban on the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in a case against The Herald, a Catholic Malay-language weekly. The court did not elaborate on the implication of its ruling, but the government issued a tersely worded statement saying it only applied to The Herald and that Malaysian Christians can still use the word Allah in churches.

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Top Malaysian court rules on use of 'Allah'

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  1. Quite right. The Malaysians should think about it. Is Allah not the God of all creation? Is Allah the God of the Muslims only? Is Allah not the God of Hindus and Christians and Budhists??
    Did the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. forbid the polytheists (Mushrikeen) from using the word “Allah”? Mushrikeen are the worst people. If they were not forbidden to speak about Allah then why the Mullas of Malaysia are forbidding and trying to eliminate the name of Allah from that land?
    Every one must know that the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. never invented the name of Allah in Makkah. It was all there before him. Every one was praying to Allah in Makkah. But they had other

  2. Continued from last: They had other gods beside Allah. That was challenged by the prophet s.a.w.s. He did not stop any non-believer from uttering or using the name of Allah. Wassalam.

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