Saturday, January 16, 2010

Observations on 'Allah' word dispute in M' sia

The latest decision to permit Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use the Arabic word Allah to refer to God shows ironically that Muslims in East Malaysia are more inclusive. In Peninsula, Muslims who identify with PAS, PKR and some NGO's have also been accomodative. At the same time, many mainstream Muslims in Indonesia and also Arabic -speaking countries continue to share the Arabic word with Christians. Moreover, no English- speaking and Christian-majority nations in the world on earth has ever attempted to legalise the state-ownership of the word 'God' and prohibited or restricted the use of it by Muslims in their sovereign territories or areas under their effective jurisdiction. It is indeed not difficult to draw conclusions from these observations.

Twists & turns of 'Allah' word row in Malaysia


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