Non-Muslims not to use 35 Islamic terms: Diktat

Non-Muslims in Malaysia`s Selangor state have been asked to refrain from using 35 Islamic terms and references, including the word "Allah."

Kuala Lumpur: Non-Muslims in Malaysia`s
Selangor state have been asked to refrain from using 35
Islamic terms and references, including the word "Allah",
either orally or in writing to propagate their religion.

If a formal complaint is lodged, the violator could be
charged in a court under Selangor Shariah Criminal Offences
Enactment 1995 and can be fined upto RM3,000 (about 35,000
rupees) or face two years` in jail or both.

The list of terms not to be used by non-Muslims include
Allah, Firman Allah (Allah`s decree), solat (daily prayers),
Rasul (prophet), mubaligh (missionary), mufti, iman (faith),
Kaabah (the Holy cubicle), Qiblat (direction in which the
Muslims pray), and Haji (Muslims who have done his
pilgrimage), Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais)
director Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said.

"These are listed under the Control and Restriction of
the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religious Enactment. They
cannot be used to promote religions other than Islam," he
noted.

The religious diktat comes amid attacks on nine churches
and a Gurdwara in Malaysia following a court verdict to allow
a Catholic magazine `Herald` to use the word "Allah" when
referring to God.

PTI

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