In the above article, Malaysian Insider reported that the Sultan of Selangor told the Herald and Malay Bible to stop using the word Allah as the translation of the word god.
NST reported that the Sultan of Selangor said:
“This is because ‘Kalimah Allah’ for the Muslims refers to the ‘One God’, prescribed in the Surah Al-Ikhlas (in the Al-Quran). The people of Selangor, especially, must respect and adhere to the ‘muzakarah’ (decision) made by the National Fatwa Committee, Selangor Fatwa Committee, laws as well as the unanimous decision made by the Court of Appeal in the case involving the Home Minister and eight others versus the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on Oct 14, 2013.”
On October 14, 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously against allowing the Catholic Church to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication the Herald; Justice Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali said:
“It is our common finding that the usage of the name ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity. From such finding, we find no reason why the respondent is so adamant to use the name ‘Allah’ in their weekly publication. Such usage, if allowed, will inevitably cause confusion within the community.”
What he said is true for Allah is not the name of Christian god and the translation of the word god to the Malay language is tuhan and not Allah; in fact a lot of Christians outside of Malaysia think that it is wrong to call Christian god as Allah.
But some Christians in Selangor do not respect the Sultan’s decree and the ruling made by the Court of Appeal and still want to call their god Allah.
Malaysian Insider, Dec 27, 2013.
We must understand that as the head of state of Selangor, the Sultan of Selangor is also Selangor’s head of the religion of Islam; so it is the Sultan’s duty to protect Islam; and the Sultan has the rights to do so according the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
And Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution gives the Sultan Selangor the rights to control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam in Selangor.
So to the Christians in Selangor, please respect the Sultan of Selangor as he is our head of state and please respect the laws of Malaysia.
I really hope Selangor’s Menteri Besar has not forgotten the 10 undertakings that he pledged to the Sultan of Selangor on May 14, 2013.
Perbicaraan kes penggunan nama Allah pada hari ini telah selesai.
Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan memutuskan untuk menangguhkan keputusan perbicaraan hari ini ke satu tarikh yang akan diberitahu kelak, seawalnya pada bulan Oktober.
Keputusan itu diambil oleh tiga panel hakim yang diketuai Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali yang bersidang bersama Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim dan Datuk Mohamad Zawawi Salleh yang mendengar rayuan pihak kerajaan hari ini.
“Keputusan tidak akan masa mengambil kira keprihatanan rakyat terhadap isu ini. Keputusan dijangka diumum seawalnya pada Oktober,” kata Mohamed Apandi sebaik mendengar hujah pihak kerajaan dan Herald.
I was at the Palace of Justice court complex this morning for the hearing of the “Allah” issue but had to leave early because my father has other important appointments after lunch.
And just now, the Malaysian Court of Appeal rules that the church application to strike out the government’s appeal against a High Court ruling that allowed a Catholic weekly newspaper Herald to use the word “Allah” is dismissed.
Substantive appeal will be held on September 10, 2013.
The three-person panel lead by Justice Abu Samah Nordin, and including Justices Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Rohana Yusuf, were hearing submissions by the Church, Government and the Islamic religious councils from the states of Terengganu, Selangor, Kedah, Johor, Wilayah Persekutuan and Malacca, which were made intervener in the suit.
Barisan Nasional’s leader, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak has announced the BN’s candidates for the coming 13th General Election.
I’m sure that the chosen ones are happy to have been chosen but I’m not sure if all of the BN’s politicians who are not chosen as candidates are happy for their teammates and will still work hard for the party during the campaign period.
It is a pity that when this happens, there are politicians who had not been nominated as candidates will sabotage their teammates and even vote for the oppositions as a revenge.
That is indeed a very bad thing to do and they will not gain anything by doing so.
Imagine what will they feel if others do that to them later and what will happen if the oppositions win the election.
And when that happened, sometimes BN lost in the election as in some cases during the 12th General Election.
But some politicians are very selfish and only think about themselves; not their party, the people or their country.
Before the nomination day, they told people that the oppositions will destroy the country and when they are not chosen, some will talk bad things about BN, sabotage their teammates or campaign for the oppositions or even join the oppositions parties together with their supporters.
Of course they must be sad because they feel that they have worked very hard and done very well and deserved to be nominated as a candidate but adults always tell children like me, we cannot always get what we wanted.
As I wrote earlier, revenge won’t bring any good to the party and politicians must be faithful to their party if they think that their party is the best to lead the country.
My advice to those politicians is to work hard for BN as if they were the candidate themselves to make sure that BN wins in the coming general election.
Maybe in the next general election, they will be chosen as candidates and the candidates whom they helped before, will campaign and vote for them.
As the idiom says, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’.
Sometimes I wanted something from my mother and she promised to give it to me the next day but something happened and I only receive them months later.
I was sad and sometimes I complained and I cried but my mother keeps on telling me that but Allah knows better what is the best for me; and for the same reason Allah knows best why things happened the way they happened.
Maybe there will be certain problems that will happen that the other person cannot face or solve but the nominated politicians could.
We should be thankful to all the things that Allah gave us and understand that Allah is always watching us.
It is good enough to be a politician and be able to work for the country; in fact one can still help others even if one is not in power.
After all we cannot get everything in this world just for us alone; so please be an honest and responsible politician.
Stop doing silly things and stop behaving like little children, remember, there’s no fool like an old fool.
Please click the photo for a larger image. The letter with the’Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu Banda Raya Islam’s letterhead. Does this letter really comes from them?
Is it true that the Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu Bandar Raya Islam wrote letters as above to supermarkets in its area?
If so, I am very sad because it can confused the people.
The letter stated that the supermakets must play PAS’s CDs half an hour before Zuhur, ‘Asr, Maghrib and Isyak prayers daily and that:
“Mendengar CD PAS sahaja akan menjamin tuan masuk syurga.”
The above statement means that if you only listen to PAS’s CDs, you are guaranteed to go to heaven.
Could listening to PAS’s CDs guarantee you to go to heaven?
Since PAS claims that they are an Islamic party, as a Muslim I don’t think that by just listening to PAS’s CDs can guarantee us to go to heaven.
How about praying five times a day, fasting and all our other responsibilities to Allah?
And how about the Muslims in other places who have never ever heard of PAS?
Do they need to come to Malaysia for the CDs and learn Malay language as the CDs are in Malay?
And the above letter also said that only Tok Guru Nik Aziz’s and Ustaz Azhar Idrus’s CDs are the ones that must be played.
So to be guaranteed a place in heaven, Muslims from all over the world must learn the Kelantanese and Terengganu dialects because Nik Aziz speaks in Kelantanese dialect while Ustaz Azhar speaks in Terengganu dialect (which are so different from the standard Malay language) to be able to understand what they are saying?
To go to heaven, Muslims must obey Allah and Prophet Muhammad and not Tok Guru Nik Aziz, Ustaz Azhar Idrus or other PAS leaders.
PAS is only a political party and it is wrong and un-Islamic to use Islam for their own political gains.
If Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu really wrote the above letter, it proves that they do not understand the real Islam.
If PAS’s CDs can guarantee their listeners to go to heaven, it must be the PAS’s own-made heaven; which I do not wish to learn more about.
If anybody believes that one is guarenteed to go to heaven by listening only to PAS’s CDs, then they are really confused.