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Malaysia Allows Newspaper to Refer to Christian God as ‘Allah’

ICC Note:

The prayers of many Christians in Malaysia were swiftly answered after the Weekly Herald filed its lawsuit against the government’s ban of the use of the word ‘Allah’ to refer to (Christian) God.


12/31/07 Malaysia (TheChristianPost) The government of Malaysia has reversed a decision to ban a Christian newspaper from using the word “Allah” to refer to God.

“The word ‘Allah’ had long been used by Christians to refer to God in the Malay language,” argued the Rev. Lawrence Andrew, the editor of the paper, according to the British Broadcasting Corp.

In a fax to the Herald’s editor, the government said the newspaper will get its 2008 permit with no conditions attached, according to BBC.

Upon hearing the latest development, Lawrence said, “I am delighted, our prayers had been answered.”

The editor blamed politics and a general election expected there in 2008 year for what he said were the actions of a few over-zealous ministers in the Muslim-dominated Malay government.

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