We must raise $658 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Malaysian state leader insists: non-Muslims must not use ‘Allah’

Catholic World News - January 09, 2013

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, the leader of one of Malaysia’s 13 states, has decreed that non-Muslims who use the word “Allah” face the prospect of jail time—despite a 2009 Malaysian Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.

For nearly four centuries, the word “Allah” has been used in Malaysian Christian writings to refer to God.

“Those who breach this provision can be charged and sentences meted out against them,” said Datuk Mohd Misri Idris, a spokesman for the sultan.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($658 to go):
$35,000.00 $34,341.96
2% 98%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis March 27
Our Most Characteristic Vice? March 27
Recognizing the Noonday Devil March 27
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? March 27
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women March 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13