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Allah for Muslims only, insists Jati

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 04:17 PM PST

Islamic NGO warns Muslims and non-Muslims in Selangor to abide by the Sultan's decree and threatens action against those disobeying the order 

(FMT) - Islamic NGO, Jalur Tiga Malaysia (Jati) warned Selangor citizens to abide by the Sultan of Selangor's decree that the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims.

Jati president and former Selangor PAS commissioner, Hassan Ali, said they will lodge a police report against anybody who goes against the Sultan's decree.

"We warn every Selangor citizen to follow what was said by the Sultan and we will not hesitate to lodge a police report against individuals or organisations belittling the Sultan's decree," said Hassan.

"Jati supports the Sultan as the head of Islam in Selangor. Tuanku's remark was timely as the court has ruled that the word Allah belongs exclusively to Muslims," said Norman Toha, Jati's secretary general.

Hassan Ali lambasted certain parties who tried to discredit the court's verdict by insisting that the word Allah solely belongs to the Muslims.

He referred to the Shahada (Islamic creed which declares belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as the prophet) and that Muhammad was never linked to any God accept Allah.

"From early on Jati has been consistent. We hold that the view that the word Allah is only for Muslims. End of story. The Shahada clearly shows that there is no God but Allah," said Hassan.



Muslim group Jati declares war on Comango

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 04:13 PM PST

(The Star) - Muslim group Jati has declared war against Comango for its alleged attempts to turn Malaysia into a liberal country in the name of human rights.

Comango stands for Coalition of Malaysian NGO's in the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR) and had submitted recommendations to the United Nations on the government's alleged human rights violations.

Jati president, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali said that their attempts, among others, were to turn Malaysia into a "heaven" for apostasy, unnatural sex and deviant teachings.

"And their most rude demand is to call for the repeal of the Syariah law, which will eventually see the demise of Islamic laws that are a core foundation in Islam," he told the press here.

Hasan, who is also a former PAS vice-president said it was clear that the Comango's action was the most "devious".

"These kind of people should not be given space and privilege to enjoy comfortable life in Malaysia. These are the wolves in sheep clothing.

"Based on their action, it is only appropriate for us to declare war against them because Malaysia doesn't need these so-called Comango warriors," he said.

Comango had come under fire from other Muslim activists, claiming that the group's human rights recommendation to the UN were against the true teachings of Islam and the sovereignty of the Federal Constitution.

They have also been accused of calling for the freedom of religion, including renouncing Islam; the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights; the removal of Malay privileges, the freedom to embrace Syiah teachings; and the right for non-Muslims to use 'Allah' to refer to God.

He said the Jati will organise a briefing session to the public with the states' religious councils and other NGOs on the danger Comango poses.

"Not only will the danger of their demands affect Islam and the Malays, it will also reshape the life of the 28 millions Malaysians," said Hasan.

He also claimed that the country is already showing signs of disunity and the situation could get worse if any of the demands made by Comango was materialised.

"Therefore, Jati is urging all individuals involved in Comango to review their decision and think rationally," he said.

Earlier, the group also praised the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah who had recently called on the non-Muslims in the state to not refer to God as Allah.

The state ruler had also ordered that use of the world in the Bible and in the Bahasa Malaysia section of Herald be stopped immediately, to avoid causing confusion among Muslims in Selangor.

In the light of the decree, Jati secretary-general Norman Toha had warned the public, especially those who live in Selangor not to question the decree, or a police report will be lodged against them.

"We will not hesitate to lodge a police report against them because the Sultan's decree is an order as it is coming from a head of state, a head of religion in Selangor and what he said was constitutional," he said.


Sarawak churches to hold more ‘Allah’ forums for rural folks

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 11:27 AM PST 

(MM) - More forums on the "Allah" issue will be held to educate those living in Sarawak's rural areas, the state's churches have said as a debate on the non-Muslims' right to use the Arabic word continues unabated.

Rev Datuk Bolly Lapok, the chairman of Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS), confirmed this when asked of the group's future plans after it organised a forum titled "Standing together for religious freedom" in Kuching on Wednesday morning.

"We shall continue to organise it to [inform] our rural folks," Lapok replied in a text message to The Malay Mail Online.

Lapok said leaders across the political divide in Sarawak had expressed "deep dismay" over the Court of Appeal's recent decision, where the appellate court ruled against the Catholic Church's use of the word "Allah" in the latter's weekly paper Herald.

The forum was then organised by ACS "to ensure that our outrage was justified and was based on what is lawful and just", he said, saying that over 1,000 people attended it.

When contacted, ACS secretary Ambrose Linang explained that the forum was meant to "inform and educate members of society that we are all Malaysians, that we want to live together as brothers and sisters".

"It was non-political," the church elder said of the forum, which he said was also attended by those from other faiths, including the Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus.

The speakers for the forum were researcher Dr Ng Kam Weng, lawyer Lim Heng Seng, and academic Prof Dr Jayum A. Jawan.

Ng, whose presentation was titled "Theology versus Ideology", said he had spoken on the historical, theological and linguistics aspects of the Christians' use of the word "Allah".

He told The Malay Mail Online that he shared about the Christians' long-standing tradition of using the word and their continued use based on "grounds of history and grounds of language".

"Because at the end of the day, our decision is based on theology and linguistics, whereas the people want us to abandon the use, ignoring the theological and linguistics aspect and they are going on ideological aspect," the Kairos Research Centre's research director said on Thursday.

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Censoring the internet for the interests of the few

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 11:24 AM PST 

The irony of Jakim's Friday sermon is that Malaysia had launched the Multimedia Super Corridor, which includes a guarantee of no censorship on the Internet. 

(TMI) - Censoring the internet will only reveal the lack of intelligence to argue in a marketplace of ideas. 

Of late, the calls for internet censorship in Malaysia has gone louder and the latest is from the Federal Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) which urged Putrajaya yesterday to consider taking such action to stop attacks against Islam.

Four years ago, Putrajaya was looking into an internet filtering system akin to the Green Dam that China was mulling, ostensibly to control pornography but it is actually the start of the slippery slope towards censorship.

The irony is, of course, Malaysia had launched the Multimedia Super Corridor in 1990s with great fanfare and a 10-point Bill of Guarantees that include the guarantee of no censorship. But now, talk of censoring the internet is common place.

It comes at the heels of insisting that only Muslims can use the word Allah to describe God in Malaysia and restrictions on other Arabic terms, for fear that it will confuse and weaken the faith of Muslims in the Muslim-majority nation.

This pre-supposes that most Muslim Malaysians are brittle in their faith and are sheep that can easily be confused by any Arabic word used by anyone else apart from Muslim scholars.

In any other setting, this would be an insult to the intelligence of the average Muslim. But in Malaysia, this is taken as status quo without a whimper from Muslims that they are smarter than what the Islamic authorities think they are.

In many ways, the latest call by Jakim is reminiscent of what happened in Germany 80 years ago when the Nazis encouraged German students to burn some 25,000 volumes of "un-German" books, such as Jewish or American novels, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture.

According to a Wikipedia stub on the issue, on the night of May 10, 1933, in most university towns, nationalist students marched in torchlight parades "against the un-German spirit".

"The scripted rituals called for high Nazi officials, professors, rectors, and student leaders to address the participants and spectators. At the meeting places, students threw the pillaged and unwanted books into the bonfires with great joyous ceremony, band-playing, songs, "fire oaths", and incantations.

"In Berlin, some 40,000 people gathered in the Opernplatz to hear Joseph Goebbels deliver a fiery address: 'No to decadence and moral corruption!' Goebbels enjoined the crowd. 'Yes to decency and morality in family and state! I consign to the flames the writings of Heinrich Mann, Ernst Gläser, Erich Kästner," said the Wikipedia posting.

Just like in Germany, and now in Malaysia, curbing the flow of information and alternative thought is the refuge of crooks and scoundrels.

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