October 14, 2013 |
Only Muslims have the right to refer to their god as Allah, a Malaysian appeals court ruled Monday, setting off angry outcries among Christians and opposition political leaders that the government is oppressing minority faiths. The name of Allah has been used for more than a century in the Malay language, having been adopted from Arabic long before Malaysia became a state and the Malay people were legally obliged to follow Islam. But in 2008, the government Interior minister banned use of the Muslim deity's name by other religions, arguing that it was justified on the basis of public order.
October 30, 2009 |
Malaysian authorities have confiscated more than 15,000 Bibles because they referred to "God" as "Allah," a translation that has been banned in this Muslim-majority country, Christian church officials said. The Rev. Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, said authorities seized a consignment of 10,000 copies sent from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Kuching, in Sarawak state, on Sept. 11 because the Indonesian-language Bibles contained the word "Allah." An additional 5,100 Bibles, also imported from Indonesia, were seized in March, said an official from the Bible Society of Malaysia.
January 30, 2012 |
After countless years spent memorizing the Koran and subscribing to most anything that might make him more Muslim, Pakistani American college student Hayat Shah finally finds enlightenment - in the form of a pork bratwurst. "I lifted the sausage to my mouth, closed my eyes, and took a bite," recalls Hayat in the prologue of "American Dervish," Ayad Akhtar's debut novel. "My heart raced as I chewed, my mouth filling with a sweet and smoky, lightly pungent taste that seemed utterly remarkable - perhaps all the more for having been so long forbidden.
April 6, 1993
* On men being the guardians of women: "Men are appointed guardians over women, because of that in respect of which Allah has made some of them excel others, and because the men spend of their wealth. So virtuous women are obedient and safeguard, with Allah's help, matters of knowledge of which is shared by them with their husbands. Admonish those of them on whose part you apprehend disobedience, and leave them alone in their beds and chastise them."
January 6, 1991
Being born German, in Berlin in 1937, I experienced firsthand Hitler's "strength," his "vision for the future" and the aftermath of that vision. It destroyed the fabric of my existence. May Allah have mercy on the innocent children of Iraq, who have no idea of the misery this Hitler disciple will cause them. L. MEJIA Long Beach
April 12, 2008
Re "Sacred semantics," Opinion, April 6 Rabih Alameddine incredibly suggests that "Allah" -- which in Arabic means "God" -- should not be used or, better yet, should be used in English in a non-Muslim context. He concludes that doing so in these troubled times would be creating fewer differences. He correctly points out that English has helped itself to more than 500,000 foreign words over its development. Should we put "In Allah we trust" on our currency? Perhaps we should try to change Irving Berlin's song to "Allah Bless America."