Malaysia asks Vatican not to back use of ‘ Allah’

Malaysia asks Vatican not to back use of ‘ Allah’
PTI KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities have asked Vatican’s ambassador to the country to retract his support for the use of the word ” Allah” among Christians, saying it can threaten unity among Malaysians.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom said the statement by the ambassdor Archbishop Joseph Marino should not be made by any quarters, out of respect to the sensitivities of Muslims in the country.
” The religious tolerance in this country should be taken into account when issuing statements that could be interpreted as disrupting racial harmony in Malaysia,” Jamil said in a statement yesterday.
Marino had on Thursday expressed his support to the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s stand to allow the use of the word ” Allah” among Christians while referring to God.
In 2009, Malaysia’s High Court ruled that the word was not the exclusive right of Muslims.
The Home Ministry had since appealed to reverse the decision.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said his government will continue to uphold Islam and protect its sanctity, including protecting the use of the word ” Allah” with the mandate given by the people.
” Malaysia is peaceful, unlike in North Africa and the Middle East, because we choose the middle path and moderation, which are the best ways according to Islam,” he said last night adding that ” If we are inclusive and reject unfair policies and fanatical beliefs, Allah will bless our struggle and leadership.
Muslim affairs non- governmental organisation ( NGO) Nassar Foundation chairman Nasharudin Mat Isa urged Marino, who is the first ambassador of the Holy See to Malaysia, to retract his statement, as the issue of the use of the word ” Allah” was of a sensitive nature.
” Muslim NGOs have demanded that the Foreign Affairs Ministry issue a warning to Marino, asking him to retract his statement.
Marino should learn to understand the sensitivities of this nation and to not interfere with the internal affairs of this country,” he said.
Malaysia is a Muslim majority country.
Sixty per cent of its 28 million people are Malays who are all Muslims. Ethnic Chinese form 25 per cent of the population and are mostly Buddhists or Christians. Eight per cent are ethnic Indians, a majority of whom are Hindus.
The religious tolerance in this country should be taken into account when issuing statements that could be interpreted as disrupting racial harmony in Malaysia

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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3 Responses to Malaysia asks Vatican not to back use of ‘ Allah’

  1. Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

    So there you are! Muslim Malaysia has officially taken up with the Vatican the issue of the use of the name of ALLAH by/among Christians! So what’s stopping the Catholic Church from officially taking up with the authorities concerned in Muslim countries the persecution Christians and the ban on the free practice of the Catholic/Christian Faith worldwide!?!

  2. Amit says:

    Mahatma Gandhi had twisted the ‘Vaishnav Janato’ Gujarati bhajan to include ‘Ishwar Allah Tero Naam’ which means that God you are also called Ishwar and Allah. Gandhian Socialism is thus all inclusive. I have quoted a para of Page 16 Ch-II from ‘Mr Gandhi: The Man’ by Ms Milie Graham Polack and compiled by C F Andrews. “After dinner, if no strangers were present, we used to sit together whilst Mr. Gandhi or one of his wards intoned a couple of slokas or verses from the
    Bhagavad Gita, whilst my husband would read the English equivalent from Arnold’s beautiful Song Celestial. Mr. Gandhi explained the difficult passages to us and general discussion followed. Sometimes my husband and I had a lesson in Gujarati from him. When guests were present, philosophies of different countries would be compared and many varieties of religious and mystic experience dwelt upon. One never-failing theme was the different customs of East and West, and the different outlook upon life that various races of the world exemplified. In such discussions practically all present joined and everyone would be listened to equally”.
    Gandhi believed in the oneness of all religions. In a globalised world one must be accommodating or one won’t be able to love his neighbour.

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