Malaysian authorities seize Bibles in ‘Allah’ row

Date: 03-01-2014 2:14 am (8 years ago) | Author: ms bricks
[1] 2 3 4
- at 3-01-2014 02:14 AM (8 years ago)
(f)


KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) – Malaysian Islamic authorities on Thursday seized hundreds of Bibles from a Christian group and questioned two of its officers, one of them said, amid tensions over the use of the word “Allah”.

A court in October barred a Malaysian Catholic newspaper from using “Allah” to refer to the Christian God in its Malay-language edition — a verdict which was welcomed by Muslim conservatives but which sparked concern among Christians, a minority in the multi-faith country.

After the verdict, Prime Minister Najib Razak, walking a tightrope between pleasing his conservative Muslim ethnic Malay base without alienating non-Muslim minorities, assured Christians the practice of their religion would not be threatened.

But Islamic officials from the central state of Selangor on Thursday seized 16 boxes containing more than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia, said the society’s president Lee Min Choon.

Lee said he and a colleague were also detained “under a state law, which prohibits the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims”. They were later released but must meet authorities again next week.

Most of the seized Bibles — imported from neighbouring Indonesia where Malay is also spoken — were in Malay. A few were in Iban, a language spoken by one of the country’s indigenous groups.

“We have been using them (the Bibles) ever since the society started (in 1985), and even before that,” Lee told AFP. “This is the first time we have been raided.”

Officials from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Council of Churches of Malaysia said in a statement it was “alarmed” by the raid and urged the government to “protect religious rights as provided under the Federal Constitution”.

The dispute over the use of “Allah” by non-Muslims erupted in early 2009, when the Home Ministry threatened to revoke the publishing permit of the Catholic newspaper the Herald for using the word.

Authorities said using “Allah” in non-Muslim literature could confuse Muslims and entice them to convert.

The Catholic Church sued, claiming violation of its constitutional rights.

The church says the word “Allah” is the most accurate translation for “God” and has been used for decades in Malaysia and elsewhere.

A court upheld the church’s argument later that year and lifted the ban. But a higher court overturned that ruling in October, reinstating the ban.

The ban’s removal had triggered a series of attacks on churches and other places of worship in early 2010, using Molotov cocktails, rocks and paint, and sparked fears of wider religious conflict.

Muslims make up 60 percent of the country’s 28 million people, while Christians account for about nine percent.

 Malaysia has largely avoided overt religious conflict in recent decades, but tensions have slowly risen along with what many see as an increasing Islamisation of the country.

>>>>>>>>>>>http://www..com/?p=7699

Posted: at 3-01-2014 02:14 AM (8 years ago) | Newbie
- Chylove247 at 3-01-2014 05:40 AM (8 years ago)
(f)
Ok
Posted: at 3-01-2014 05:40 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- Wysetots at 3-01-2014 06:08 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Allah is not Jehovah.

God is not the author of confusion.
Posted: at 3-01-2014 06:08 AM (8 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- cruzing at 3-01-2014 06:27 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
muslim wahala
Posted: at 3-01-2014 06:27 AM (8 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- katdeluna2 at 3-01-2014 07:03 AM (8 years ago)
(f)
Must they say Allah? I thought they call God Christ or Jehovah. Allah is an arabic word 4 God nd we muslims call HIM that bt they choosed 2 call him somethng else. Why don't they stick 2 their confusion.
Posted: at 3-01-2014 07:03 AM (8 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- paulohking at 3-01-2014 07:23 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
they're (Moslems) are dieing of envy and ignorance ......I pray they know the right way before it is late for them IJN
Posted: at 3-01-2014 07:23 AM (8 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- ThoRam at 3-01-2014 07:42 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
 Undecided Undecided Lips Sealed Lips Sealed    
Posted: at 3-01-2014 07:42 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- emekaeneh at 3-01-2014 07:45 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
I thought some of them are educated?very bad.even traditonalist can do this
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Posted: at 3-01-2014 07:45 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- ssstrawberry at 3-01-2014 08:14 AM (8 years ago)
(f)
Passing
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:14 AM (8 years ago) | Upcoming
Reply
- ajanni at 3-01-2014 08:15 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
come hia
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:15 AM (8 years ago) | Grande Master
Reply
- osamabinladin at 3-01-2014 08:18 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Cowards !
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:18 AM (8 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- ajanni at 3-01-2014 08:20 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
like your self
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:20 AM (8 years ago) | Grande Master
Reply
- Noble12 at 3-01-2014 08:32 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Ajanni shurrup...
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:32 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- gmarley at 3-01-2014 08:39 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:39 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- cadanre at 3-01-2014 08:40 AM (8 years ago)
(f)
Quote from: paulohking on  3-01-2014 07:23 AM
they're (Moslems) are dieing of envy and ignorance ......I pray they know the right way before it is late for them IJN

It is the blidfolded Christians who are being killed by envy. I have seen thousands of cases on this very website where Christians rain all sorts of insults to 'Allah' (SWT). It will be confusing if Christians should use the word they insult everyday unless if they lost their mind(s).

Posted: at 3-01-2014 08:40 AM (8 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- Abusiddiq at 3-01-2014 09:14 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Allah is One and you ppl own wer 3. they an''t be d same
Posted: at 3-01-2014 09:14 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- Abusiddiq at 3-01-2014 09:16 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Quote from: teebaz990 on  3-01-2014 09:05 AM
Allah is an Arabic words for God both muslim and christians in Arab countries use it .why do malaysian claim it as theirs are they now Arabs....i think they better start telling christians of Arab origin to stop speaking their own language. I have a bible written in Arabic and there is the word Allah all over it from page to page.

full lie
Posted: at 3-01-2014 09:16 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
- ajanni at 3-01-2014 09:17 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Quote from: Noble12 on  3-01-2014 08:32 AM
Ajanni shurrup...
you well so?
Posted: at 3-01-2014 09:17 AM (8 years ago) | Grande Master
Reply
- dareper at 3-01-2014 09:24 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
phyuk Mohammed!!! phyuk islam!!
Posted: at 3-01-2014 09:24 AM (8 years ago) | Hero
Reply
- Abusiddiq at 3-01-2014 09:27 AM (8 years ago)
(m)
Quote from: dareper on  3-01-2014 09:24 AM
phyuk Mohammed!!! phyuk islam!!

Oh God 4give dis guy. amin
Posted: at 3-01-2014 09:27 AM (8 years ago) | Gistmaniac
Reply
[1] 2 3 4

fire TRENDING GISTS fire

TODAY'S TOP
  1. Royal Rumbles In Football Match As Players Exchanges Punches, Referee Awards Six Red Cards

  2. Ini Edo Flaunts Her Magnificent Body In a Tracksuit - Photos

  3. Video: Chioma and Davido Flaunt Their Wedding Ring In First Public Outing

  4. Video: Wife Cries Bitterly After Husband Used Her ATM Card To Take Himself Out

  5. North Korea Leader, Kim Jong Un Vows To Have The World's Strongest Nuclear Force

  6. It's Now One Doctor To 10,000 Patients – NARD Laments Bitterly

  7. How Explosion Rocks Ogun Community Causing Tension Among Residents

  8. Woman Changes Her Marital Status To ‘Widow’ After Reportedly Killing Her Nigerian Husband

  9. Nigerians Come For 1st Lady, Aisha Buhari & DSS Over Arrest Of Young Nigerian On Twitter


THIS WEEK
  1. HIV/AIDS? Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Of COZA Shows Massive Weight Loss In New Photos

  2. VIDEO: How The Church Killed Minister Sammie Okposo - Pastor. Dr. Abel Damina

  3. Actor, Uche Maduagwu Gives Latest Update on Colleague, Genevieve Nnaji

  4. VIDEO: How Birthday Celebrant And His Friends Burnt Down Bar And Hotel in Edo State

  5. First Photos and Videos From Rita Dominic And Fidelis Anosike's White Wedding in UK

  6. Preferred Forward To Replace Ronaldo At Old Trafford Revealed By Erik Ten Hag

  7. The Real Reason For Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Massive Weight Lose Revealed + Recent Photo in UK

  8. USA Change Non-Immigrant Visa Length From 2 Years To 4 Years

  9. "I Made Just N30,000 Per Movie Acting In Nollywood" – Skit-Maker, Nons Miraj

  10. Rita Dominic Welcomes Friends To England Ahead Of Her Church Wedding To Fidelis Anosike (Video)


TOP MEMBERS: