One for the “WTF?” category: It actually required the High Court of Malaysia to decide that Christians have a right to use the Arabic word “Allah” when describing God! Imagine that a language now is to be confined to the use of Muslims only – what will be next, the air?
I can see it now, signs along the roadways:
“Only Muslims allowed to breathe here.”
The High Court in a landmark ruling today, declared that the word ‘Allah’ was not exclusive to Islam and allowed Catholic newsletter ‘The Herald’ to use the word ‘Allah’ in its publication to refer to God.
High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan also declared that an order by the Home Minister banning the use of the word as illegal, null and void.
Lau, in her oral decision today, held that the Herald had the constitutional right to use the word in the magazine to propagate the Christian religion but not Islam.
She said that pursuant to Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution, it is an offence for non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’ to Muslims to propagate the religion. But it is not an offence for non-Muslims to use the word to non-Muslims for the purpose of religion, she added….