Saturday, November 16, 2013

Selangor Sultan decrees "Allah" belongs to Muslims

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya said today that non-Muslims would be committing treason if they dare to disobey the Selangor Sultan’s decree banning their use of the “Allah” word – in an apparent warning against attempts to challenge the exclusive right of Muslims to use the Arabic term for God. 

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (above) had on Thursday made the pronouncement that “Allah” belonged to the Muslims and forbade non-Muslims in the state from using the word. This was an unwise decision and it will only complicate Putrajaya’s bid to calm East Malaysian unease over the religious row. 

Bumiputra Christians, who form about 64 percent or close to two-thirds of the Christian community in Malaysia, have used the word “Allah” when praying and speaking in the national language and their native tongues for centuries. 

But some confused Muslims just love to confuse themselves. Selangor mufti Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid today said that non-Muslims in the state can sing the state anthem – it contained the “Allah” word – because they are only praying for the sultan's well-being! Wah, got exception! To these people, they will claim the exception proves the rule! 

Now, they are making me confused too!

I was in KL’s Jalan Ampang today for the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting – my 200th regular Toastmasters meeting this calendar year. I delivered a CC speech #2 titled “A Train Journey”. It was generally a good meeting although attendance was below-average. I would give this meeting a score of a 6.5 over 10.  


No comments: