‘Defending Islam’ Guarantees Impunity as Malaysia Bans Non-Muslims from Using ‘Allah

Islamist advocates burning Bibles containing the forbidden word.

Perdana Putra building, offices of the prime minister of Malaysia. (Wikipedia)

(Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin) – Little inflames Malaysia’s Muslim fundamentalists more than the fact that Malaysian Christians use the word “Allah,” even though it is just the Malay word for God, adopted from Arabic centuries ago. The issue has gained traction in recent decades as Malaysian Muslims have radicalized, as Malaysia has gradually Islamized and, […]

Raid on Bible Society of Malaysia Legally Unfounded, Critics Say

Bibles seized, BSM leaders temporarily detained.

Worship in Malay language at church in Seremban, Malaysia in 2009. (Wikipedia)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Morning Star News) – Calling this month’s raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) “a flagrant violation of religious liberty” via his website, the director of a Christian research institute in Malaysia said the agency that arrested two BSM officials has produced no evidence that the BSM violated any law. Aided by […]

Shocked, but Not Surprised: Court in Malaysia Bars Non-Muslims from Using ‘Allah’

Arabic word pre-dating Islam common in Malay-language Bibles.

(Morning Star News) – The ruling today by an appeals court in Malaysia to ban non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God is shocking but not surprising. Borrowed from the Arabic like other words in the Malay language, Allah is the common word for God in Malay Bibles. The word predates Islam, […]