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Friday, December 31, 2010

Malaysian court allowed use of 'Allah' by non-Muslims

On December 31, 2009, the Malaysian High Court ruled that non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" as a translation for the word "God," overturning a three-year government ban on the practice. The case was brought by the Herald, a weekly Catholic publication, against the Malaysian government in response to the ban. The newspaper argued that other options such as "Tuhan" or "Lord" were not appropriate in the Malay-language editions of their publications, while Muslim groups have argued that use of the word "Allah" by the Catholic church was an attempt to confuse Muslims.

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