CFM: Except for Herald, 'Allah' to be used as usual
3:00PM Jun 23, 2014
Christians will continue to use the term 'Allah', except in the Catholic publication Herald, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) said today.
The umbrella body for Christian groups in Malaysia noted that the attorney-general (AG) had previously publicly pointed out that the decision of the Court of Appeal was only with respect to the use of the word 'Allah' inHerald the Catholic weekly newspaper.
"As legal adviser to the government of Malaysia, we will hold him and the government of Malaysia to that position," said CFM chairperson Reverend Eu Hong Seng (right) in a statement today, following the Federal Court decision this morning.
He said CFM maintains that the Christian community continues to have the right to use the word 'Allah' in their Bible, church services and at Christian gatherings for Bahasa Malaysia-speaking congregations, as has been practised till now.
Eu also said that the federation would see if other pending cases on related matters would provide "alternative avenues" to "uphold and defend freedom of religion".
"There are several cases before our courts that involves this issue," he said.
"In the meantime, we call on the Christian community in Malaysia to remain steadfast in their faith and courageous in the face of prolonged adversity," he added.
He also said that "simple justice" would have mandated an appeal to be granted today.
Isma: Christians must avoid being provocative
Separately, vocal Muslim NGO Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) urged Christians to accept the verdict and avoid making provocative statements.
"Thank God, we are grateful for this verdict and hope that all, especially the church accepts this with an open heart," Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman (left) is quoted as saying on Isma’s website Ismaweb.
“Avoid making any statements or provocative actions or challenge the court decision, as well as prioritise unity and national harmony.”
Abdullah Zaik added that the decision also protects the sovereignty of Islam, in line with the objectives of the faith.