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Nasruddin – Why the word “Allah” for Christians again?

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  Why raise the issue of the word “Allah” for Christians again?

According to the Malaysian Digest, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng’s call for the government to enable Christians to use the word “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible has prompted questions from PAS Youth, who feel that the senior DAP should have known better.

PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi said the issue should not have been raised again and said those responsible should have referred to the ulama first before doing so.

Nasrudin Hassan “The issue of the word ‘Allah’ should not be used as a polemic, and can be used for bad intentions.”

“This should not have come up again… Anyone who raised this issue again should have discussed this among the ulama (religious leaders) first,” he told Malaysian Digest today.

Lim, in his Christmas message earlier today, had urged the federal government to allow Christians to use the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible.

Nasrudin, however, believed that it should not have become an issue as it is “extremely sensitive.”

“Matters such as this require a dialogue and in-depth discussion, not to mention seeking the opinion of the ulama.

“This issue can easily be dominated by emotions. It should not have been made into an issue to prevent religious tension from sparking,” he stressed.

The issue revolving around the use of the word “Allah” had previously created religious tension when eight churches in the Klang Valley sustained arson attacks on Jan 8, 2012.

The motive for the attacks is believed to be related to the use of the word by the Catholic weekly, The Herald.

In 2009, the KL High Court ruled that the Home Ministry’s ban on the word was illegal.

However, after the attacks, the ruling was suspended pending an appeal from the government to seek for the word “Allah” to only be used by Muslims.

In a 82nd meeting of the National Fatwa Committee in 2008, the council members had discussed the issue on Christians’ claim to the word ‘Allah’.

They had decided that the word was sacred to Islam and Muslims, and should not be used by others; or likened to other religions.