KOTA BARU: Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said non-Muslims are allowed to use the word "Allah" as there is a verse in the Quran which quotes the non-Muslims of Mecca calling their god "Allah".
"But, it is up to the Federal Government to decide. I do not want to interfere in this," he told reporters after opening the new headquarters of local travel agency Al-Quds Travel here yesterday.
Nik Aziz, who is also Kelantan menteri besar, was responding to a request by the Catholic weekly, Herald, to use the word in its publications.On Saturday, the Home Ministry rescinded a government gazette issued a day earlier which allowed the conditional use of the word in Christian publications.
The government recently ordered the Herald's Malay edition banned until a court's decision on a suit by the Catholic church..Several Muslim groups are not happy over the Herald's use of the word "Allah" in its publications.
They argued that allowing Christians to use the word "Allah" would cause confusion among Muslims. Thus, they were upset when the Home Ministry allowed the conditional use of the word in Christian publications. - NST (2 Mac 2009).
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