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Malaysia's Home Minister insists 'Allah' is for Muslims only
Firm stand ahead of Catholic appeal hearing
Putrajaya Putra Mosque (picture: Wikimedia Commons)
- Malaysia Herald
- August 21, 2013
Ahead of the government appeal in the Court of Appeal over the use of "Allah", Putrajaya [Malaysian government center] has taken a firm stand that the term referring to God cannot be used by non-Muslims.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today non-Muslims must respect the rights of Muslims over the matter and there cannot be any compromise.
"They must respect. The use of the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims. Full stop," Ahmad Zahid told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house organised by Pengasih in Kuala Lumpur.
Ahmad Zahid said he meant no disrespect to the court. "All Muslims irrespective of their religious and political inclination must be united over the issue," he said.
The Court of Appeal has fixed Wednesday to hear the application of the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur to strike out the government's appeal against a High Court ruling to allow a Catholic weekly newspaper to use the word "Allah". In the event the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop fails to strike out the appeal, the Court of Appeal will proceed to hear the government's appeal on September 10.
The church will argue that the appeal is irrational and illogical.
Full Story: Allah is exclusive to Muslims: Home Minister
Source: Herald Malaysia