Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Word Ban

Now, I wouldn’t say am confused but am wondering how come non-Muslims are not allowed to say or use the word ‘Allah’? So does it mean that non-Christians are not allowed to say ‘Jesus’ or any versions of it and same for all the other religions respectively?


Please enlighten me.


I’m no pro in this and I’m trying to understand why this is so. So when you (if you’re a non-Muslim) teach your child regarding the diff beliefs and religions in the world (or the country), you say “Buddhism is a religion where they believe in Lord Buddha, he obtained his ‘enlightenment’ beneath the Bodhisatva tree etc etc then Christians pray to Jesus Christ (or some Mother Mary) and Muslims pray to ‘tuuut’” Cos you’re not supposed to say ‘Allah’. Is that how it’s supposed to be? So books cannot write about it also?


What kind of nonsense is this? I’m not sure but it seems rather ridiculous, right? I would be able to accept this restriction if it applies to misuse of the word. But if just not being able to use the word in general, I think this is too much.


I’m in the opinion that if this restriction comes into place, there would be more havoc in the already chaotic political situation in this country. Malaysians have lived many decades together in peace and harmony and people have been tolerant of each other’s religion and beliefs. And now, put this restriction on them and I foresee that people will start misusing the word, on purpose.

4 comments:

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

from my reading, the source of the court case & ruling on usage of word Allah came up when we found out other religion is using the word Allah to refer to their god. so, its the norm of most muslim to be upset & requested that the word be specifically used only to refer to Allah the One God.

but the thing is the old sanskits/indian do refer to a divine god as Allah. then all Abrahamic faith (follower of taurat, zabur, injil) refer to their god as Allah too. but the thing is they are not muslim.

How now? Are the muslim's being fair? or its just another political mileage?

isabelle said...

u r right!
to misuse is definitely unacceptable.
but to use...hello? xkan x boleh kot?

reitak said...

Miya, yup, precisely...
but in the context that is now the debate in our country, they were not mis-using it but they were just using it to refer to Allah the One God. And takan that is not acceptable. Although its a Christian publication....they were using it right...

Isabelle...itula...what's this country becoming to ....its kinda worrying..

yatie chomeyl said...

agree with ur opinion. skrg ni yg hal2 kecik nak di jadikan isu walhal the most important htings is to spread to the world how lovely Islam is....