“In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate” will be the translation of the arabic words written above, and I believe, some of the none-muslim has seen it before. My guess at the moment is some has and have realize that the issue on using the name “Allah” in publication of The Herald in Malaysia has touched the sensitivity of Muslims in Malaysia.
Some blogs that I have visited (the likes of Apocryphalist through JMD’s blog, Screenshot’s and Nuraina Samad to name a few) have voiced their opinion on this issue, and as expected, there are various point of views as a result of such postings. Some argued in positive manner, and some don’t. I guess the best act “to solve” or “way forward” is as per Apocryphalist’s suggestion in JMD’s blog. Only that, I wonder, what will be the Muslims would react to it. Against or do nothing?
My stand? I prefer the name “Allah” not to be used by other religion. Why?
Let us go back to basics where Muslims become a Muslim, and Christians become a Christian – the pledge / creed. This is where, from my point of view, differs why the name “Allah” should not be used by other than Muslims.
The pledge /creed or shahadah in Islam sounds like this:
“I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger”.
Of course, there’s also some other things that Muslims must fulfill to stay as a Muslim, same goes to any other religion which defines how the believers should act.
For Christians, my understanding based on this web is there’s no specific pledge/creed to be followed, but to believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins and give you eternal life, come to him by faith and pray a simple prayer to God. Based on the source, the prayer for salvation sounded like this:
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.”
Both indeed accepting and believe God exist, only that Muslims believe there’s only one God – Allah. However, as far as I know, Christian believe in The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Three, not One.
In which, that makes Apocryphalist’s argument in Kijangmas’ blog sounds logical (read the part “Base :: In Bible/other Literature :: In Quran”). Pronouncation wise, “Allah” isn’t suitable for Christian, and as for believe, it is crystal clear that Islam and Christianity differs.
In Apocryphalist’s article in JMD’s blog, Eyes Wide Open gave some good arguments on the usage. However, if it is allowed, I guess there’s no speciality or exclusivity of other names in the world, in a wide range context. Why? If name of God can be used as anyone’s please (considering that the belief’s of human being is the “backbone”/ “pillar” of who believe in God and of course regard as the highest sensitivite matter), I believe any name for any type can also be used ( of course, for Atheist is a non-issue).
Some may argue, in Indonesia the Christians have used “Allah”. I guess it is shocking indeed for Muslims in Indonesia to allow that to happen. Especially when Gus Dur, who is considered as ulama (seriously, I doubt that) being baptised. This is the point where I see a potential of confusion of belief. With the moral issues surrounding our muslim youth in Malaysia, the usage of “Allah” in other religions’ preech, publication, prayer, etc, there’s no doubt it will lead to worse confusion.
And that’s why, as Muslims, even though we try to educate ourelves and our children, we also should protect what’s right and prevent what’s wrong for Islam. “Amal ma’aruf, nahil mungkar”.
(ODS NOTE: Read this para with open mind and rationale before reaching any conclusion) Imagine if such other religion use Jesus Christ as their Gods name (e.g. – any of Hindu’s Gods, or any of newly founded The Force religion). Try to imagine, they use “Master Jedi Jesus Christ”. In fact, did Christians allow the religion to be practiced? (Or you can watch the video at youtube entitled: Christians against Star Wars)
The word “Allah”, “Jesus Christ”, and any other God’s name of any other religions in the world is so special and should not be used by other religion.
Words on the street – Some “borders” are not meant to be crossed.