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Source: Indian Express
The Sultan of Malaysia’s Selangor state has decreed that non-Muslims in the region have been barred from using the word “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over opposition DAP party’s Secretary General Lim Guan Eng’s recent remarks urging the Malaysian government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible, a statement from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council Secretary Mohd Misri Idris said yesterday.
Lim, who is the Penang state Chief Minister, had made the remarks in his New Year message.
“The Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah is a sacred word specific to Muslims and it is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a ‘fatwa’ and gazetted on February 18, 2010,” Mohd Misri said.
He said the Sultan had stated that stern action could be taken against anyone who questioned the ‘fatwa’ that was issued according to state laws.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Sultan Sharafuddin had every right, as head of the State’s Islamic affairs, to issue the decree.
The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comments
We, in the Muslim Times stand for the religious freedom for everyone. I suggest that the Christians can start using web-based version of the Bible to demonstrate the small mindedness of the Sultan to the whole world.
They should host their Bible, with the world ‘Allah,’ free of charge in the Muslim Times, until the Sultan begins to respect the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.