The 14 Words

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Non-Muslim ban on using 'Allah'

A government ban on non-Muslims in Malaysia using the word "Allah" to refer to God has been upheld by an appeal court.

Muslim demonstrators outside the Court of Appeal in Malaysia

The country's Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities had complained the ban infringed their constitutional right to practice religion freely, which the government denies.

"Allah" is the Arabic word for God and is commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God. But the government insists that "Allah" should be exclusively reserved for Muslims because of concerns its use by others would confuse Muslims and could be used to convert them.

The judgement in the Court of Appeals overturns a decision by a lower court nearly four years ago that ruled against the government ban. Anger over that ruling sparked a string of arson attacks and vandalism at Malaysian churches and other places of worship.

The legal dispute stems from efforts by the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia to use "Allah" in its Malay-language weekly publication.

Roman Catholic representatives deny there are attempts to convert Muslims and say the government ban is unreasonable because Christians who speak the Malay language had long used "Allah" in their Bibles, literature and songs before authorities sought to enforce the curb in recent years.

Judge Mohamed Apandi Ali, who led a three-member appeals court panel, said the use of 
"Allah" was "not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity."
"It is our judgement that there is no infringement of any constitutional rights"
in the ban, he said.
"We could find no reason why the (Catholic newspaper) is so adamant to use the word 'Allah' in their weekly. Such usage if allowed will inevitably cause confusion within the community."
The Rev. Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, said they plan to appeal again to Malaysia's highest court.
"We are greatly disappointed and dismayed," he said.
 "This is unrealistic. It is a retrograde step in the development of law in relation to the fundamental liberty of religious minorities."


  1. This is Islamic deception. Allah is a personal name. "God" in Arabic, sounds like Allah to us but is totally different.

    Qur'an 3:62 "This is the true account, the true explanation: There is no Ilah except Allah."

    To us Ilah and Allah sound the same but it is more Taqqia. The verse says that there is no God except Allah. Then they murder everyone who says Allah is not God. This is Islam, brought to you by Labour, Lib Dems and Tories.

  2. I should point out that the first letter is an i not an l, that is, ilah.

    Anyway, the semi-stone age Arabs worshipped stones, 360 of them, as per the lunar calendar. The most amazing stone - no joke - was an asteroid, a black stone. This is Allah. They walk around it in Mecca. The Arabs were a low IQ semitic tribe that has since mixed their genes with Negro slaves and become the various even lower IQ Islamic nations we see today.

    FYI Allah was, of the 360 gods in the Kaaba, the moon god.

    I'm sure it must be cohenincidence, but in English (who apparently never existed but simultaneously gave rise to the world's most important language!!) if you combine Kaaba and Allah you get the Jewish holy book Kabalah.

    Well, as I'm digressing, Mohammad chose a different god of the kaaba before choosing the black asteroid stone, one Ar-Rahman, one of the other stones in the kaaba.

    This is the insanity that Labour and those behind them have brought to us.

    Rise Caucasia