A Malaysian court has allowed Christians living in the country to say the word “Allah”.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court overturned a law banning Christians from using the word “Allah” and allowed Christians to say “Allah” as well as “God”.
According to the British media reports, the Malaysian court has given this decision on a petition filed by a Christian woman in which her position was taken.
Earlier, the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims and especially Christians in Malaysia had led to tensions and violent incidents in the past.
It should be noted that Malaysia has a two-thirds majority of Muslims and a large number of Christians.
In 2008, Malaysian authorities seized a CD from a Christian woman that contained a recording of her use of the word “Allah” as she launched a legal battle against a 1986 ban.
In 2009, the Malaysian government banned a Christian newspaper from using the word “Allah” for God, against which the newspaper’s owners went to court.
The government filed an appeal against the court’s decision, after which the appellate court suspended the previous court’s decision, ruling that the word “Allah” was not a fundamental part of the Christian religion. Also, allowing non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” can spread chaos in society, so the word “Allah” should not be used for the word God anywhere in the newspaper.
The newspaper’s editor described the decision as “disappointing” and said it was a “negative step in legislation in the context of the fundamental freedoms of religious minorities” and would appeal against the decision.
On the other hand, some Muslim groups have backed the court ruling, saying that Christians could use the word “Allah” to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Bt now, the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday ruled in a long-running case that a woman has the right to use the word and that she should not be discriminated against on the basis of faith.
The court ruled that banning the use of the word “Allah” was illegal and unconstitutional.