The Word Allah

As you know; I’m currently travelling, but I’m still keeping in touch with all the issues that is happening in Malaysia. In fact that’s the first thing I read and update myself whenever I get a Wi-Fi connection. Every travelers that I meet in the streets talks highly about Malaysia, and they all generally have a good experience in Malaysia, though they do not know in depth about what’s happening over here.

Political and religious issues had separated mankind from thousands of years ago. In the name of religion, wars had been fought and the ongoing brutality against humanity is mostly caused by religion. In Malaysia, if not because of the political masters, we would have existed far more peacefully besides each other. The Government had been cunning enough to infuse religious related issues through education and history that had successfully separated us so far.

I was in a church deep inside the village of Sidamanik, located 4 hours away from Medan; when I sang along with hundreds of other villagers. The song was all about Jesus, and there was a booklet given to all of the participants, which contained the lyrics of the song. Though it was in Batak and Indonesian language, I was able to translate most of the meanings. It was basically a song praising the birth of Jesus Christ, singing praises about his Father; whom they have identified as Allah.

Everyone was singing and freely using the word Allah, the name of the Creator. When I asked why are they using the name of Muslim God, my Indonesian friend replied that Allah is regarded as the universal creator. The word Allah is universal, and is not restricted to anyone or anybody. No one has the right over a word, moreover a word identifying God Almighty.

When I read the news today that the word Allah had been restricted in Malaysia for non-Muslims, I was surprised. The controversies surrounding the word Allah had existed for a few years here in Malaysia, where political powers are vying hard to separate and disintegrate us with mere word. I’ve been following Ustaz Azhar Idrus for some time now, and his words are not only brilliant; he has logical explanations behind everything that he says.

I’m obviously not a Muslim. But I’m impressed on his views about the usage of the word Allah. See the below.


 

Impressive isn’t it? He is saying if someone is not ridiculing the word Allah, it’s all fine to use it. I mean, if you’re ridiculing be it any religion, then you’re guilty. Religion is a choice, it shouldn’t be restricted. If even a word is restricted to non-Muslims, how will the non-Muslims ever find the beauty in Islam? We should be allowed to explore and experience it ourselves; be it any religion.

The politicians are pitting against each other because of their political agenda.

“In SEREMBAN, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Sultan Sharafuddin had every right, as head of the state’s Islamic affairs, to issue the decree.”

while PAS said:

“Speaking at a press conference here today, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said that “Allah”, which is written in the al-Quran, is special and cannot be translated properly to other languages.

“That’s why Muslims of all races refer to God as Allah. So non-Muslims can use the holy word although it may not reflect the original meaning,” he explained.”

It’s uncertain where all this would lead, but as long as petty issues  like this are raised to protect the interest of certain individuals or political parties, we would never be united. Everyone has the right to worship Him in anyway, calling Him in whichever way that would suit them best. In times like this, do not get emotional and react wrongly, as it will only lead to more chaos and disorder. Muslims or non-Muslims, our roots are all the same.


13 comments to The Word Allah

  • Lyana Sulaiman

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    My religion is Islamism and Im a mix of Indian Muslim which people regard as Mamak and my other half is Punjabi (Sikhism). I find it totally dumb to not allow non-Muslims to use the word “Allah.” Why? Speaking from a Muslim point of view, everything in Islamism always begins with “nawaitu” which in English means “Intention”. If there is totally no wrong intention in using the name, then why not? I have Chinese friends who greet my Indian ones with “Vanakam” and Christian friends who says “Assalamualaikum”. I see no harm in it at all,but a respectful way to begin a conversation. Not only for this issue but the same applies for issues like how Muslims are not allowed to wish others a “Merry Christmas”. Well, if wishing people merry Christmas is wrong, I’m definitely going to hell for going carolling when I was younger. Issues like not allowing non-Muslims to use to the word “Allah” is going to be another reason for all these so called 1 Malaysia thing to fall even more apart. And hey, Allah has got 99 names. Why is that only “ALLAH” is banned from being used by others. Hindsight? Not hating on anyone,but politicions are gona be politicions. Why don’t the society, atleast those who can see how much this is going to cost us and the future generation do something? Do it the RagedIndian style, “Dont talk the talk,walk the talk.” :)

  • GRUCTH

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  • GRUCTH

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    hahaha, as expected my comment above was disliked by so many people, but never mind…freedom of opinion alive and kicking !! not only my freedom to give opinion, but also freedom of others to dislike someone else’s opinion..but the only setback is, my initial comment will probably not read by others who might think differently..Durai, why the comments getting low rating is hidden?? Can’t do anything about it?? People like your comment and if received certain number of likes you get “M1 comment” like a star like that..People hate your comment, and after certain number of hates, your comments are hidden…not fair isn’t it?? sorry bro Durai, but if you think that this comment shall not be approved, please don’t as I don’t mind..only request, please don’t hide comments that receive low rating..be fair to all commentators here…

    @It is automated plugin gructh, nothing I can do about it. Lower rated comments are hidden, but it can still be read after clicking on it.

    • wanderer

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      grutch, seriously dude? first of all the word(not speaking about the name) “Allah” is the Malay language equivalent for “God”, whilst “Tuhan” is for “Lord”.Christian theology have different usage for both terms.The usage of word “Allah” as name for God in Arabic (and languages that borrowed words from it like Malay)is for linguistic purpose. Funny to note that God is referred as Allah by Christians centuries before birth of Islam. My explanation not to belittle another religion; but to explain few matters. According to you religion since words like God and Lord appear in English Bibles non Christians cannot use those words, and since the words “Irai(van)”, “Kadavul” etc appears in Hindu canons non-Hindus cannot use those words.
      And for you theory for Christians using name “Allah” to refer to God is to proselytize Muslims is absurd.Even for argument sake it is true, do you think Muslims in Malaysia of such little faith that usage of single Arabic word would make them convert? Reality check, one of the things i admire bout Muslims is Muslims and Jews are the least probable people to proselytize.
      And even if the name “Allah” is purely Islamic name; didn’t the Holy Quran mentions the Christians and Jews as ahl-alkitab – by definition fellow worshipers of God of Abraham (Nabi Ibrahim). If Holy Quran is true about Allah being the same God revealed to Abraham, wouldn’t it be contradicting to forbade the usage of name “Allah” in Christian Bible?

  • adamchandra

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    Its totally insane for banned usage of the word Allah for non muslim…I’ve a Question…how would someone who wanted to convert into muslim if the word Allah cant be pronunce..fyi seseorang non islam yg ingin convert masuk islam perlu mengucap dua kalimah syahadah ….

  • logan

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    raghupati r?ghav r?j?r?m,
    patit p?van s?t?r?m
    s?t?r?m, s?t?r?m,
    bhaj py?re t? s?t?r?m
    ??var “all?h” tero n?m,
    sab ko sanmati de bhagav?n

    Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
    Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,[4]
    Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,
    O beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
    God and “Allah” are your names,[5]
    Bless everyone with this wisdom, Lord.

    p/s:>since when the word “Allah” existed?FYI,mosque existed 1000 years before muslim came into religion

  • logan

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    raghupati r?ghav r?j?r?m,
    patit p?van s?t?r?m
    s?t?r?m, s?t?r?m,
    bhaj py?re t? s?t?r?m
    ??var “all?h” tero n?m,
    sab ko sanmati de bhagav?n

    Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
    Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,[4]
    Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,
    O beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
    God and “Allah” are your names,[5]
    Bless everyone with this wisdom, Lord.

    p/s:>since when the word “Allah” existed?FYI,mosque existed 1000 years before muslim came into religion.ponder…..

  • Pappoo

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    Actually, the word Allah is god in Arabic… Why do people fail to understand that? Islamic originated in an Arabic country and hence the Al-Quran is in Arabic, n so does the word god(Allah)… If Islam came frm Europe everything would have been in English… If it was originated in Jerusalem, then it would have been in Hebrew like the older versions of the bible… If India, then in Tamil like how the Gita is in Sanskrit….. ==!

  • logan

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    pappoo>sanskrit n tamil >world oldest language.its the mother of all languages.therefore who borrowed the term “allah” from? sanskrit/tamil or arabic?thus,it proves the term “allah” existed long time ago before the existance of muslim religion in this world.therefore why the the muslim(re-echo of other major religions-mentioned by mahatma Gandhi)argue for this term not to used by other religion?who are actually giving donation for the the term “allah” to b used in other sacred book ? who forgot the roots? why r there so many leaders lack of knowledge on this topic up to sultan?Are they twisting history again as they did before in malaysian history books? Are they really capable to lead nations?mystery unsolved or mystery explained?u decide…

  • logan

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    *mystery unexplained

  • Asamboi

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    Christian is an older religion than Islam and Allah has been commonly referred to for God, even before the existence of Islam.

    In Arabic bibles, God is referred to as Allah. Allah is simply God is Arabic.

    If you are a Hindu and speak Arabic, when you want to say God is Great, you say Allah (God) Akhbar (Big / Great)

  • john

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    allah = god?

    jesus pray to god = jesus berdoa kepada allah?

    god is greater than jesus = allah lebih hebat dr jesus?

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