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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Malaysian court to Christians: You can't say ‘Allah’

   


Non-Muslims cannot use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, Malaysia’s highest court ruled Monday, as it overturned a bid by the Islamic state’s Christian minority, which ended a battle that lasted several years and brought about much violence.

Four of the seven justices ruled that "the use of Allah is not an integral part of the Christian faith."
Malaysian Christians, make up about 9 per cent of the country’s 29-million population.

The Federal’s Court decision ends the long lasting dispute over the use of the Arabic word in the Malay-language.

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