Malaysia reverses decision, will not stop Catholic weekly from using “Allah”
But “it has emerged that a church in the eastern state of Sabah is also suing Malaysian authorities for barring the import of Christian literature from Indonesia containing the word ‘Allah’.”
Qur’an 29:46 says: “And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our Allah and your Allah is One, and unto Him we surrender.” This is a one-way discussion, however — the Muslim is not arguing with, but rather instructing the Jew or Christian, and more importantly, proselytizing. And that is prohibited for non-Muslims under Islamic law. Then, the notion of worshiping the same deity can be used to promote Islam to a non-Muslim, but not the other way around.
The Malaysian government has reversed a decision to ban the Malay-language section of a Catholic newspaper amid a row over the use of the word “Allah” as a synonym for God.
In a surprise about-turn, officials approved the publication permit for The Herald which reports on Catholic community news in English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese.
The internal security ministry gave no reasons for the earlier ban but the unusual delay in getting the permit renewed had followed a warning over the publication’s use of the word “Allah”, which officials had said could only be used to refer to the Muslim God.
Speaking to Al Jazeera Reverend Lawrence Andrew, editor of The Herald, said he was happy the government had renewed the weekly’s 2008 permit without any conditions.
“The renewal process usually takes two to three months but I don’t know what caused the delay this time,” he said.
“The government did not give any explanation in its letter.”
Print publications in Malaysia require a government permit which is renewed every year.
“Only Muslims can use (the word) Allah. It’s a Muslim word. It’s from the Arabic language. We cannot let other religions use it because it will confuse people,” deputy minister for internal security Johari Baharum told presspersons explaining the rationale for the decision. “We cannot allow this use of ‘Allah’ in non-Muslim publications; nobody except Muslims (can use it). The word ‘Allah’ is published by the Catholics. It’s not right,” he said.Â
The government has previously warned The Herald, which has a circulation of 12,000 among Catholics, that its permit could be revoked if it continued to use the word “Allah” for God in its Malay-language section.
* Because the global jihad is permanent and relentless.
By Thomas Penny
Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — Three bomb blasts injured 27 people who had gathered to celebrate the New Year in the southern Thai tourist town of Sungai Kolok, the Associated Press reported.
Army spokesman Col. Akara Thiprote told AP that Islamist insurgents were behind the attacks, in which two bombs exploded in a hotel disco and one in the basket of a motorcycle parked outside another hotel.
Sungai Kolok is in Narathiwat province which, along with the neighboring Muslim-majority provinces of Yala and Pattani, has seen more than 2,000 people killed since January 2004. The government blames most of the deaths on insurgents seeking an independent Islamic state.
* Now here we have a country that hasn’t moved one iota forward ever since Algeria got her independence from France, and after the Algeriennes threw all the French out just as many, possibly more Algerian Muslims followed them to France. Meanwhile, a continuing civil war killed more than 200.000 people, and while Islamic bombs keep going off in this 99.9% Islamic crap hole there are now ‘lawmakers’ who worry about Christian missionaries. Because only more Islam can fix the failed system of Islam, very much like communism, where only more of the same can fix the shortcomings of the original flaw in the system…
‘Wollt Ihr den totalen Islam..!?’
Algiers, 31 Dec. (AKI) – Lawmakers from the Algerian Islamic political party of al-Nahda have asked the government to intervene to slow down “the activities of Christian missionaries in the country”.
Algerian MP Muhammad Hudeibi was quoted as saying this in the local el-Khabar newspaper.
“We want the government to cut down this type of activity because the expansion of evangelisation in Algeria has become an important problem and is not marginal as some think it is,” said Hudeibi.
For some years, the local media in Algeria have reported on the activities of a number of missionaries, particularly those from evangelical and Protestant churches, who have succeeded in converting entire Algerian families to Christianity, particularly those who come from the eastern area of Kabilia.
“We condemn the government’s silence with regard to this phenomenon,” said the Algerian MP.
“We are collecting the signatures of other lawmakers in order to begin a discussion in parliament on this problem,” he said.
“All 11 parliamentarians of al-Nahda have been mobilised, but we are convinced that others will also help us.”
The Islamic party also asked the Algerian ulema or Islamic scholars and imams to give their opinion on the issue of Christian evangelism.
* Well, we already know what they’re gonna say…
* Wow! That’s good, isn’t it? On average, the ‘youths’ torch about 80 cars a day. One must suspect that Sarkozy had every swinging police dick on duty to prevent those poor kidz from doing what they normally do:
VANDALS torched 372 cars as France celebrated the New Year, down on the figure last year after a night the police described as “relatively calm”.
Cars are burned fairly regularly in France and the image of vehicles in flames in poor suburbs became symbolic of riots in 2005 when angry youths set fire to thousands of cars.
There is usually an increase in the number of cars torched on New Year’s Eve compared to other days of the year.