MUSLIMS ARE AGAINST KORAN-BURNING…BUT THEY BURN & DESTROY CHURCHES IN MALAYSIA
Posted by FactReal on September 11, 2010
|MUSLIMS ARE DESTROYING CHURCHES IN MALAYSIA…OVER THE USE OF THE WORD ‘ALLAH’ BY NON-MUSLIMS!!!
Muslims in Malaysia are angry because a High Court ruled non-Muslims can use the word ‘Allah’.
But Muslims conveniently forget that Arabic-speaking Christians have used the word “Allah” for centuries, even before Islam was founded.
|UK Telegraph: In Malaysia, Muslims have attacked and burned Christian churches.
France24: “You must understand that if Muslims are unhappy, I’m sure there will be no peace in this country,” said Ibrahim Ali, president of one of the Muslims groups protesting the court ruling allowing non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’.
BBC: Malaysian churches fire-bombed as ‘Allah’ row escalates. (Jan. 8, 2010)
|BACKGROUND: WHY ARE MUSLIMS ANGRY THIS TIME?
In December 2009, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that the Herald, the newspaper of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, could describe the Christian God as Allah. The High Court ruled that the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ is illegal.
Arabic-speaking Christians have used the word ‘Allah’ even before Islam was founded. People in Malaysia have used it for centuries to refer generally to God.
BBC: “Some Muslim groups are angry at a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah to refer to God…About 60% of Malaysians are Malay Muslims and the government relies on their vote…The controversy stems from a ban on a Catholic newspaper, The Herald, using the word Allah in its Malay-language edition. The Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down the three-year old ban on non-Muslims using of the word Allah…Church officials say that although the word Allah originated in Arabic, Malays have used it for centuries to refer generally to God, and Arabic-speaking Christians used it before Islam was founded, reports the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott.”
BBC: “In the Malay language ‘Allah’ is used to mean any god, and Christians say they have used the term for centuries… [T]he translation of the bible in which the word Allah appears has been used by Christians since the earliest days of the church…The term ‘Allah’ was used to refer to God by Arabic-speaking Christians before Arabic-speaking Muslims existed…Religious issues are highly sensitive in Malaysia, which has a 60% Muslim population.”
Christians have used the word “Allah” for more than four centuries: “A Malay-Latin dictionary printed in 1631 demonstrates that for the Latin word “Deus” (“God”), the Malay word is “Allah.” This means that use of the term was widespread well before the publication of the dictionary. According to some Catholics, “the word ‘Allah’ is not a new word in the theological vocabulary of the Christians since the time of the Sultanate of Malacca [16th century], of the Straits Settlements , of the Federation of Malaya , and later of Malaysia .” It is only in 1992 that a Malay dictionary appears defining the word “Allah”as “the God of Islam.””
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|CATHOLIC REACTION TO COURT’S RULLING
‘Allah’ is not a copyrighted word.
|Catholic Father: The word ‘Allah’ is part of our culture…It is not an exclusive, copyrighted word for anyone.
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Father Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Catholic newspaper The Herald, reacts to the High Court ruling allowing them to use the word ‘Allah’:
|MUSLIM PROTESTED THE COURT’S RULING|
|Malaysia Muslims protest against Allah ruling
||Protests after Friday prayers on the Allah issue
|“You must understand that if Muslims are unhappy, I’m sure there will be no peace in this country,” said Ibrahim Ali, president of one of the Muslims groups protesting the court ruling allowing non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’.|
|MALAYSIA NOT AS TOLERANT AS REPORTED|
|MALAYSIA’S RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE ONLY A VENEER:
On the surface, the Malaysian government portrays the country as a peaceful country where people of all ethnic groups live together, side-by-side in harmony.
The country is also supposed to be a tolerant country when it comes down to the practice of religions other than Islam, which is the official religion.
But when you dig down below the surface, the “Malaysia, Truly Asia” [diversity] is just a slogan, a figment of the Tourism Board’s imagination.
|MALAYSIA AND THE MYTH OF ISLAMIC TOLERANCE:
“Malaysia is often held up as the model of what a modern Muslim-majority nation can be. The ruling class, the bumiputra (literally “princes of the earth”) are largely, though not entirely, Muslim. But when Malaysia’s High Court ruled in late December to lift a government ban on non-Muslims using the word “Allah,” Christian churches became the targets of fire-bombing attacks. This eruption of violence suggests that there is trouble brewing just beneath the surface even in this supposed paradise of Islamic moderation.”
“Emboldened by an increasingly aggressive, violent, world-wide Islamic resurgence over the last few decades, this episode reveals what expatriates who have lived in Malaysia have long claimed: that the supposed harmony of Malaysia is nothing but a glossy veneer that barely covers up the inequities and prejudices of this society.
The Malaysian constitution grants special privileges to the bumiputra, or as they are called in the constitution, Malays. Malays are defined as those citizens who profess the religion of Islam, habitually speak the Malay language and conform to Malay customs. The constitution directs the King of Malaysia (Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy) to safeguard the special position of the Malays and to ensure that a certain percentage of public services and scholarships and other similar educational privileges are reserved by the federal government for the benefit of Malays.”
“The bumiputra enjoy other advantages as well. A certain percentage of stock in publicly-traded companies is reserved for the bumiputra. Traditionally, they pay less for real estate than other Malaysian citizens. This is clearly a separate and unequal society.”
|MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT DEMOLISHING NON-MUSLIM TEMPLES|
|Malaysian Government demolished Hindu Temple||Malaysian Govt. demolished Buddhist Temples|
|Part 1| Part 2 | Part 3|
|– Malaysia: Temple Demolitions Spell Creeping Islamization (Or here)
– Non-Muslim churched demolished by the Malaysia’s Muslim-led government despite provisions in Malaysian law guaranteeing every person the freedom to profess his own religion. (REUTERS, Jul. 9, 2007)
– Government demolished a revered Hindu temple in central Malaysia.
– Malaysia’s ‘Moderate’ Islam is a hoax