Malaysia gov't wins right to appeal case of Allah wording

Appeal hearings are scheduled to start Sept. 10 to resolve the politically sensitive dispute.

Malaysia gov't wins right to appeal case of Allah wording

World Bulletin / News Desk

Malaysia's government has won the right to appeal a court ruling that allows the country's non-Muslim minority to use the word "Allah" to refer to God.

Appeal hearings are scheduled to start Sept. 10 to resolve the politically sensitive dispute.

Scholars say Christians in Malaysia's two states on Borneo island have been using Allah to mean God for over 100 years, mainly as they use Indonesian translations of the Bible.

Muslims, who make up about 60 percent of Malaysia's 28 million population, see using the word Allah in Christian publications, including Bibles, as attempts to proselytise.

Christians, including about 800,000 Catholics, make up about 9.1 percent of Malaysia's population.

Malaysia's Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the government has the right to challenge a 2009 verdict by a lower court that permitted the newspaper to use "Allah."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 12:15
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