Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Only Muslims Can Use 'Allah' ??

Read this statement in the Malaysiakini website and confused by it. Can someone confirm this statement - Only Muslims Can Use 'Allah'.

Malaysia's Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum quoted the abovesaid statement.

But when I was in Sudan, even a Sudanese Christian there uses the word 'Allah' to represent God. And when I'm back in Malaysia, a politician said the word 'Allah' could only be used by Muslims???????? A new fatwa? It was mentioned that it would confuse people. People? Which group of people?

I was also taught by Sudanese Muslims and Malaysian Muslims that I could greet them or respond with the words "Assalamualaikum" or "Waasalamualaikum".

When I speak to some Malay friends, at times we would agree that we have to leave it to God to decide on certain aspects in our lifes. The word 'God' doesn't represent Jesus to my Malay friends and they understood it. So, why did Johari Baharum said that Only Muslims Can Use 'Allah'.

All this arose from the issue when the Catholic Church's bulletin, the Herald, was renewing their publication permit and a condition was placed upon their renewal - to discontinue their Malay language section and stop using the word 'Allah' in their publication. Is the Malay language restricted to the Malay race now????

Isn't the politicians politicing the whole issue into a political issue?
Tags: Herald, Catholic Church, Allah, Deputy Internal Security Minister, Johari Baharum, Muslim, Sudanese Muslim, Malaysian Muslim, Malay, Malay Language, Malaysian Politics

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6 Comments:

Blogger bayi said...

So do Muslims sunat and others just circumcise? No offence to the Muslims but a question for the decision makers at the Internal Security Ministry.

Is the ruling constitutional?

25 December, 2007 21:26  
Blogger bZbee said...

it's true that the word Allah is only meant for the God of Moslems..( malaysia) but since the Holy Bible was translated by INdonesian Christian long before we were born...then it came to pass that the Malay didn't agree with the word Allah cos it might confuse their people...btw..Assalamualaikum is meant for a group of people...Assalamualaiki is greeting a (one) man & Assalamualaika is greeting to (one) woman,ask any Arab...they should know better..I have been greeting people with Shalom..also meaning Peace be unto you...same as Assalamualaikum...sooo...Shalom...

25 December, 2007 21:49  
Blogger bZbee said...

MOslems do Sunat..got the idea from the JEws though..but remember..the Israelites babes are circumcised 7 days after birth..not at 12 yrs of age...this has been a practice by the descendants of Abraham...till now...:)why do the Israelites circumcise? cos it was to differentiate the Jews and other human of other races. correct me if i'm wrong...ANYONE!!..that's why the Egyptian easily recognizes the 2 year old babes when they were slaughtered...just a look and they'll know...a repeat in Herod's time too...

26 December, 2007 12:03  
Anonymous Another Arab said...

Dear Members of this Forum

Allah is a word that Bahasa Melayu has adopted from Arabic. Despite the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country, Malaysia refused to embrace Arabic as one of its official languages.

Therefore, no Malaysian authority has the right to determine/restrict the usage of any word that is purely Arabic in origin. That right belongs to the Arab League and its 22 member countries.

I would suggest that a request be made to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to state that ALLAH is Arabic in origin. Give them two weeks to respond failing which we can get the Arab League to issue a statement that ALLAH is an Arabic word. That statement from the Arab League will end all these stupidity gushing from idiots at UMNO.

All Malays please remember this - embracing Islam and being a Muslim does not make you a native speaker of the Arabic Language. Likewise, not all native speakers of the Arabic language are Muslims - there are Christians, Druzes and Jews amongst us.

The word ALLAH had been in existence before Islam. So, do not forget that ALLAH in English is simply God. If you insist that ALLAH is a Muslim God, you should also explain that TUHAN is a pagan deity for the Malays.

Dear Malays, please stop making fools of yourselves!

by Another Arab

27 December, 2007 21:47  
Blogger bZbee said...

Dear Another Arab...bravo...thanks for the explaination :) Shalom!!

28 December, 2007 21:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no point in us arguing this or trying to explain anything. The fact is, the person who made the comment is an idiot.

I am a Muslim, and I'm a Malaysian. That being said, I need to stress that I am NOT Malay. Problem is, the Malays here are so closed minded they can't understand that. I remember when I was in school and a teacher was asking me my race, to which I replied I was mixed and went into details which was a little confusing as both my parents are also of mixed race. So the teacher then asks me, "But you're a Muslim?". "Yes", I respond. "So you're Malay then." I said, "No, I am not Malay. I don't have a single drop of Malay blood in me." "You're Muslim, so you're Malay then", the teacher insisted.

That is how ignorant some people can be. I have had friends, who told me that you can't respond when someone who is not muslim greets you with 'Assalammualaikum'. Apparently it is strictly for muslims only. That's not true. As some posters above have clarified the meaning of the word, and can be used by anyone.

Allah is an arabic word for god. Anyone can say it. It's a word. In the end the meaning of the word only means the intent you say it with. A Muslim says 'God' meaning to his god, A Christian says 'God' meaning to his god. Simple as that.

It's ignorant people like Johari Bahrum that give Muslims such a bad name. They should just keep their mouth shut and do their homework before making statements such as this.

Ignorance, what an ugly creature.

12 January, 2008 22:25  

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