A Malaysian court has ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to God, even in their own faiths, overturning a 2009 lower court ruling.
The appeals court said the term Allah must be exclusive to Islam or it could cause public disorder.
People of all faiths use the word Allah in Malay to refer to their Gods.
Christians argue they have used the word, which entered Malay from Arabic, to refer to their God for centuries and that the ruling violates their rights.
One Malaysian Christian woman said the ruling would affect the community greatly.
“If we are prohibited from using the word Allah then we have to re-translate the whole Bible, if it comes to that,” Ester Moiji from Sabah state told the BBC.
Source: The BBC.
All Christians should use the word Elohim to explain who God is. This Hebrew word is easy to pronounce. And this word display that God of Israel is plural. Father, Son and Holy Spirit is One God. Three in One, always in agreement.
“allah” is a singular word. It is an Arab linguistic word for “god”, but this deity is not God of the Bible. “allah” is for 99 per cent of us synonym with the “god” of the Koran. Surely a false “god”, and nothing but a desert demon that appeared to the false prophet Muhammad.
I will not encourage anyone to use the word “allah” to explain God of the Bible. Such an approach to truth, will only add to confusion. I make an exception for Arab Christians, who might find it useful to use “allah” in their approach to non-believing Arabs.
Written by Ivar