Allah issue is yet another diversion from Umno
YOURSAY 'It's a nice relief after the ‘Chinese tsunami' bashing, the Christians have returned to claim the top spot on the list of scapegoats.'
Lexicon: The High Court ruled against the ban on the use of ‘Allah' by non-Muslims. So until the Court of Appeal overturns the decision, there is no ban.
Where did these so-called lawyers from the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association (PPMM) get their law degrees? Off the Internet?
They should be found in contempt of court. They are certainly in contempt of Malaysians and of common sense.
Pemerhati: This looks like the continuation of PM Najib Razak and Umno's multi-pronged approach to play the race and religious card to the maximum so as to try and win back the support of the Malays who voted for Pakatan Rakyat in large numbers during the 13th general election.
Najib fired the first racist salvo when he attributed the poor performance of BN to the ‘Chinese tsunami'. Umno's gutter press then continued with racist statements such as, ‘what more do the Chinese want?'
Then a senior judge and a pro-chancellor came out with more racist statements against the minorities.
Expect more unprincipled lackeys of Umno to come out and try to cause racial and religious discord between the Malays and non-Malays.
Gerard Lourdesamy: The PPMM is nothing but an Umno outfit. Perhaps the Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs in the legal profession should form their own associations to articulate their religious positions.
Firstly, a declaratory judgment of the High Court cannot be stayed even if the parties consent to it.
Secondly, the Federal Constitution and state laws restrict non-Muslims from propagating their religions to Muslims. The use of the word ‘Allah' by Christians and Sikhs among their own followers is not propagation to Muslims.
Thirdly, does the Constitution allow state Islamic laws to apply to non-Muslims? No, except in cases of propagation.
Lastly, the rulers are the heads of Islam in their respective states. They have no constitutional powers to restrict the religious practices and forms of worship of non-Muslims.
So PPMM president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, go take a hike. May Almighty Allah forgive you for your ignorance.
2zzzxxx: This is another attempt from Najib to divert attention to his disastrous performance in GE13. What simpler way than to use these bigots and racists in Umno to create trouble.
Boonpou: I am so sick of these idiots. Mind you, they are supposed to be lawyers. I wonder how they managed to pass the law exam, or it is their ignorance mistakenly taken for knowledge.
Unless something is done to the education system in Malaysia, and one that is rid of ‘bangsa' politics, Malaysia will continue to produce these not only half-baked lawyers but racist bigots.
Mr KJ John: Sorry PPMM, but the High Court judge had ruled in Catholic Herald's favour and not otherwise. Therefore, why not you make the police report and make a fool of yourselves. Do not ask others to do it, please.
The Herald has always used ‘Allah' and now, Christians are free to continue to use it, until the Appeal's Court says otherwise. Let us move away from emotions to reason.
Proarte: Umno and its proxies like the PPMM have no regard for the truth and will persist head-long with racial and religious division. ‘Allah' is a generic term for God used by the 'Abrahamic' faiths.
The Quran explicitly states that Allah sent the Torah and Bible as part of Allah's message to humanity. Arab Christians were using the term ‘Allah' long before the advent of Islam.
Indeed, Prophet Muhammad's father was called Abdallah - literally meaning 'servant of Allah'. Abdallah died before Muhammad was born and thus was not privy to the revelations by Allah in the Quran.
It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that the usage of the term 'Allah' was pre-Islamic. If this is the case then, the PPMM should educate themselves on basic Islamic knowledge and apologise to Muslims and Christians for trying to ignite religious tension.
MA: It's a nice relief after the ‘Chinese tsunami' bashing, the Christians have returned to claim the top spot on the list of scapegoats.
Actually I was waiting for this during the GE13 campaign, but I guess it was too risky for these zealots to do so as they needed the Christians votes, too.
Geronimo: Go on, carry on with your persecution of the Christians, and yet you are wondering why you people are not getting votes from the non-Malays. Their stupidity knows no bounds.
Gunner: In hindsight, Sabah and Sarawak should not have participated in the formation of Malaysia. One of terms agreed by all parties at that time was that there should not be any official religion in North Borneo.
But later it was 'nullified' by the then Mustapha regime in Sabah. Have we been cheated?
Anticonmen: As lawyers and professionals, would it not be better if you could protest against mismanagement and bad governance instead of a petty non-issue on how to call God by another human?
As someone wise said, "Will you take up the sword against your brother just because he calls God by a different name?"
Sali Tambap: You don't have to look far and wide. The Malay-speaking Christians are using the word ‘Allah' because it is part of their language. And also the Dayaks and the Kadazan-Dusun-Murut races.
One just need to go to the church during a mass, and the word ‘Allah' is uttered. Sorry to tell you, but the word ‘Allah' has been used by them long before you were born or long before Umno came into existence.
One wonders what is the action against those Christains that utter the word ‘Allah'? What does Zainul has in mind? Would it be for them (the Christians) to be thrown into the lion's den?
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