Malaysia reverses ban on Christians using ‘Allah’

The Malaysian government has reversed a decision to ban a Christian newspaper using the word Allah to refer to God.

The government had threatened to refuse to give the Weekly Herald a publishing permit if it continued to use the word.

The paper’s editor said the word had long been used by Christians to refer to God in the Malay language.

The ruling was immediately condemned by civil rights and Christian groups in Malaysia, who said it infringed their right to practice their religion.

But Malaysia’s internal security department demanded the word be removed, saying only Muslims could use it.

Ali Eteraz had written about this (and more), while Mere Islam had pointed out that this ban went against Islam’s claim to be a universal religion.

Related:
Malaysians argue over word for ‘God’

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