I was with a Chinese friend yesterday evening for a casual meeting, and obviously he wasn't in a talking mood. The first thing he uttered to me was, “Arshad, what's becoming of our country?”. At once I knew what he was referring at, and sure enough, it was all about the controversial issue on the use of the word Allah in the Catholic weekly Herald that was ruled permissible by the High Court recently.
Following th High Court ruling, dissenting voices as well voices of moderation were heard, particularly from the Malays. Clearly, there is a split among the Malays themselves with regards to the ruling, predominantly from among politicians from both the political divide. But surprisingly, the state Muftis have remained mute over the issue, which in fact, they rightly should have been the authority to make any statements or announcement regarding this issue; not politicians.
I remembered way back in the mid sixties when I was deployed in Bakalalan, Sarawak where I, out of sheer curiosity listened to the Christian priest citing his Sunday sermons to a large gathering of local villagers in a small church at Long Rusu.. I could still remember, the priest had used the word Allah in his sermons, and I wasn't at all surprised. I knew that the priest who gave his sermons in Bahasa Melayu was making reference to the same Allah that I worship as a Muslim. If I had come across Christians using the word Allah in their recitation of the Bible that was written in Bahasa Melayu back in the 60's, I see no reason why it is not allowable now.
I am not a staunchly religious person, but I do know that the word Allah is universally used by the three great religions that had its origins in Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). I am also reminded of a statement made by Kelantan Menteri Besar Ustaz Nik Aziz that the word Allah is not the privilege of the Malays; rather it is for mankind. So why this fuss by some shallow minded Malays who objects so vehemently the use of the word Allah by our Christians brothers. And if one were to read further the life and times of Prophet Muhammad pbuh, did he not assured the Christians of protection? Did he not declare all Christians as his allies and equated their ill treatment with violating God's covenant? So read my dear Malay brothers, and it is your sheer ignorance of our great religion had caused this unfortunate misunderstanding between us and the other Malaysian races.
I now would like to personally appeal to all revered Muftis to say something that can save the Malays and our religion from being hijacked by some Malay misfits who claim to be more religious than others. If only Ahmad Deedat was alive, he could put this fuss to an amicable end. .
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