1. Good thing got Swak elections now and the General Elections coming soon. However, this is a short term relief
2. Selangor mufti has spoken and Islamic law is under state purview so MCA is going to play this up big that this is what happens if you vote PAS
3. People with the view that "translation that contains the translation of the word ‘God’ to ‘Allah’ is dangerous and confusing , especially to the young" have to bear in mind that the world is different from what it was before. With the advent of airplanes, high speed ferries and the internet, people can travel the globe physically and virtually. You cannot shelter them from the BM/BI version of the bible which translates God as Allah. Do we need to also ban all Muslims from travelling abroad and surfing the net to protect them from this confusion?
Mufti says Islamic law bars release of Alkitab
Selangor Mufti Datuk Tamyes Abd Wahid said the crux of the controversy is over the use of the word “Allah” in the bible, which is forbidden to religions other than Islam, as written in a 1988 state enactment on religious propagation.
“I am still of the view that they [the distribution of the Malay bibles] should be blocked, as this translation that contains the translation of the word ‘God’ to ‘Allah’ is dangerous and confusing , especially to the young,” the senior Islamic cleric told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.
He explained that young Muslims who had shallow knowledge of religion and faith would be confused by the use of the word “Allah” by Christians, which to them meant “Allah has a son... that Allah has a wife... God is a father”.
“Certainly it is not fitting for the government to allow the Alkitab to be released, not because it is in Bahasa Malaysia but because the use of the word [“Allah”] contained inside that could twist the faith of Muslims and we do not want this to happen,” Tamyes added.
“To be safe, it should not be released, must not be released and is fittingly detained and cannot be distributed,” the Mufti stressed.
Tamyes’ view echoes that of Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, who had previously warned the Najib administration that releasing the Christian holy books seized from Port Klang and Kuching port will incur the anger and dissatisfaction of Muslims.
Harussani had added that he was concerned because the Muslim community here will rise in protest, leading to greater religious tension nationwide.