For me, this issue is done for now. Done as in should be no longer a debate among muslims whether we, muslim in Malaysia, allowing for the word “Allah” to be used by non-muslim, particularly in this case – Lim Guan Eng (who actually re-ignited the whole Allah word issue, NOT UMNO). Yes, National Fatwa Council has issued the Fatwa much earlier, but seems not getting clear concurrence from certain quarters of muslim community, and PAS (being seen as the most Islamic political party in Malaysia).
However, with Majlis Syura Ulama PAS has made official statement, we should now have concurrence from National Fatwa Council (from government side) and Majlis Syura Ulama PAS (opposition side) stating that word “Allah” should not be used by non-muslim to be translated in malay language Bible, to avoid such confusion between Islam and Christian.
It is abundantly clear that from National Fatwa, it is not allowed. Firm and straightforward saying NO.
The latest announcement made by Majlis Syura Ulama PAS also clear – NO. Firm and straightforward.
What has been announced by Majlis Syura Ulama PAS, of course endorsed by TG Hj Hadi as the PAS president, and also TG Nik Aziz as “Mursyidul Am”. However, if one can remember, what has been said latest by both of these two character on this matter, was different.
What did they say?
Yes, you can.. BUT “do not abuse it” (by TG Hj Hadi) and “IF you believe and have faith that Allah is the ONLY God” (TG Nik Aziz).
Both TG Hj Hadi and TG Nik Aziz didn’t give a straight NO by giving “yes” WITH CONDITION… in which, the condition, even though it is ONLY ONE, but changing the faith from a non-muslim to a muslim.
The councils given a straight forward answer NO, being as the one making formal decision, a decision for direction of the issue, something that will be carved into stone and will be point of reference whenever similar incidents and conditions.
As for the two PAS leaders, their approach is more indirect of saying no, subtle and there can be conditions be manipulated.
Both direct and indirectly saying no, but giving different effects to different group of people in different time.
If in matter of options and done in peace time, trying avoid such discontent, yes, the indirect method used by TG Hj Hadi and TG Nik Aziz may be workable.
However, in times like now, when people need clear and firm direction, direct method is more preferred. Indirect method is not really working, more over when nearly everything is being politicized.
So, despite I am happy finally a firm decision is achieved, as I said earlier, I wished that the announcement should have been made earlier. TG Hj Hadi and TG Nik Aziz should be brave enough to be firm, when people seeking for their guidance, by giving the direct method. The reluctance of giving firm NO, has caused quarrels among muslim, ignited by a non-muslim named Lim Guan Eng.
Sincerely, I am praying that this issue SHOULD NOT be political issue any more and should not be treated as one from now on.
Question by OnDaStreet: I was accused as “pencacai” UMNO or proBN because not agreeing to the translation. I was also accused acting supporting hudud, just play acting for a psywar against proPR. I was also accused to play acting as a muslim, just to see PAS and DAP quarrel…
Why do some people can’t see things beyond politics?