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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.

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