Should you be able to call your God whatever you want?God’s been to court in Malaysia. A recent ruling decided that non-Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God. That makes it sound simple, it’s not. Instead, implementation of the ruling has been suspended due intense protests and a court appeal. Muslims today at mosques in Malaysia carried placards reading ‘Allah is only for us’. Earlier today, three churches were attacked in Kuala Lumpur. The debate continues to grow in the blogosphere. Do Muslims have a right to be angry? Should one group have ownership of Allah? One argument is that Christians want to use it to try and convert Muslims.Insan Mukim on our blog had this to say.
It is plain obvious that the use of Allah is for proselytisation reasons.The other side says it’s a Malay word used for centuries and Arabic-speaking Christians used the word Allah before Islam was founded. So, does the name matter? If so, what does the word Allah mean to you? Who (if anyone) owns God’s name? In case you got an answer, please post it on BBC using link given above, so that we all can read you and learn. And you shall be known as the Great Teacher !