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Now Fighting ON the Name of God: Malaysia’s Ban on Christians using “Allah” for God! Why such conflict?

The debate over Malaysian Christians using the word “Allah” for God is in the court and on the streets of Malaysia. In the starting of this year, Malaysian court over ruled the 2007 ban on Malaysian Christians from using the word “Allah” when translating their Christian English Newspaper (or magazine) Herald to Malaysian languages and using “Allah” for God in the Bible Translations. After 3-4 days of overrule by the court, the Home Ministry of Malaysia appealed the court’s decision.  The public uproar and worst, the sad result of 9 Churches either being burned, or cocktail bombed is just pathetic.

So what is this issue of “Allah,” why some Malaysian Muslims are claiming that Allah is a “Muslim God”, and why Malaysian Christians want to use the word “Allah” for God??? It is necessary to understand the importance of the word “Allah,” its understanding in Islam; and the Malaysian history regarding Christians and Muslims and the way this debate has become a point of tension.

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Jesus son of Mary- Isa ibn Maryam: Bringing Christians and Muslims Together

By Umer Sultan

Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary), peace and blessings be upon him, was born a miraculous birth without a father to a woman named Maryam (Mary), who was a servant of God and a very pious and chaste woman.

Today on December 25, many Christians will be celebrating what it is suppose to be the birth of Jesus Christ in prayers and remembrance. Interesting note on this is that Christians have difference of opinion on the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ, just like Muslims do regarding the date of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon both of them. What is important for both of the People of the Books is to bring that divine message of these Messengers of God into their lives rather than celebrating their birthdays as cultural or ritual thing. Continue reading

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