Indonesians happy with Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ ban, says don

The thousand-strong audience at the seminar on the use of the word ‘Allah’ and Christology at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) here today. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
The thousand-strong audience at the seminar on the use of the word ‘Allah’ and Christology at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) here today. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

SHAH ALAM, May 6 — Indonesians restless with non-Muslims using the Arabic word “Allah” to refer to God are happy Malaysia has banned its usage in bibles, according to Prof Dr Menehim Ali who was speaking at an event at UiTM.

“Linguistic experts have written to the Indonesian Bible Society to protest but nothing is being done to remove the word,” he said

“So we salute what Malaysia is doing,” he added.

In his hour-long lecture on the word “Allah” to more than 1,000 students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Sultan Alam Shah Islamic College (Kisas), the professor said he cannot accept that Muslims and Christians can use the same word, “Allah” but with different meanings.

“Their Allah is Jesus Christ while Muslim’s God’s name is Allah.

“This a language problem,” he said.

He said the way Christians use the Arabic word is grammatically “wrong”, adding that while God is a generic term while there is only one ‘Allah’.

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