In a nakedly Islamic supremacist initiative, Muslims are enraged in Malaysia and are firebombing churches because non-Muslims use “Allah” for God, as they have done since pre-Islamic times. And now there are other terms they cannot use as well: “Non-Muslims not to use 35 Islamic terms: Diktat,” from PTI, January 15:
Kuala Lumpur: Non-Muslims in Malaysia’s Selangor state have been asked to refrain from using 35 Islamic terms and references, including the word “Allah”, either orally or in writing to propagate their religion.
If a formal complaint is lodged, the violator could be charged in a court under Selangor Shariah Criminal Offences Enactment 1995 and can be fined upto RM3,000 (about 35,000 rupees) or face two years’ in jail or both.
The list of terms not to be used by non-Muslims include Allah, Firman Allah (Allah’s decree), solat (daily prayers), Rasul (prophet), mubaligh (missionary), mufti, iman (faith), Kaabah (the Holy cubicle), Qiblat (direction in which the Muslims pray), and Haji (Muslims who have done his pilgrimage), Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said.
“These are listed under the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religious Enactment. They cannot be used to promote religions other than Islam,” he noted….