Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) president Mohd Fazil WILLIAM urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to ensure that ONLY Muslims in this country are entitled to use the term Allah.
Fazil WILLIAM was speaking to reporters at the sidelines of a 10-minute protest held in the vicinity of Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
Fazil WILLIAM said,
"Najib should be bold to take immediate action to declare Allah is for Muslims only.Fazil also said Kimma members ("MAMAKS" )who "numbered about one million" were standing together with other Muslims to protest the court decision.
If there is a need to amend the Federal Constitution to do this or any other existing laws, then it should be done.
"If there is a loophole in the existing laws then patch it up."
MUSLIM NGOS Want ALLAH TO BE THE SOLE PROPERTY OF MUSLIMS
The Bantah Penggunaan Kalimah Allah movement - a coalition of at least 10 NGOs - the group came prepared with banners as well as a table to collect signatures for a protest petition. A spokesperson, who refused to name himself, told to the demonstrating Muslim crowd:
"Today, WE (MALAY-MUSLIMS will tell them that we have given them (NON-MUSLIMS/NON MALAYS) rights and religious freedom.Selangor Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) leader Arman Azha Abu Hanifah said Christians are challenging the DIGNITY of Islam.
But know THIS , DO NOT play with Islam."
In reference to Prophet Muhammad's migration from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution, he said "lets not have to hijrah once again."
Leader of Islamic proselytization group PEKIDA, Abdul Rashid Mohd Fadzil said he was dissatisfied with the High Court ruling. According to him, the fundamental problem was Herald's insistence on using the term Allah. When told that Christians in Middle-Eastern and other countries have long used the word Allah to describe God, Abdul Rashid replied: "We are talking about Malaysia".
Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, chairperson of the Umno Youth Media Unit was also of the view that the use of Allah is exclusively for Muslims who had been using it for years. "The church must respect this right and should not use Allah out of respect to Muslims. "
Mohd Shukri Abdullah, advisor of Permuafakatan Ummah Council (PEWARIS ), clarified that the use of Allah by Christian Arabs was DIFFRENT to what is being practised here.
"As Allah is used to represent a single God for Muslims, it should NOT be used by the Christians HERE .
It would add to more confusion and should stop."
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PRESS STATEMENT FROM PROFESSIONAL MUSLIM FORUM
The cowardly and utterly senseless act of a group of misguided, chauvinistic bigots in torching at least three churches in the Klang Valley this morning must be condemned in no uncertain terms by all peace-loving Malaysians.
This act of arson, committed presumably in the name of Islam desecrates the very religion it purports to protect.
The Holy Quran unequivocally prohibits destroying the houses of worship of all religions, as warned in Surah Al-Hajj, Verse 40.
'… Had not Allah checked the excesses and aggression of one set of people by means of another, surely would be destroyed monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated…'During the reign of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the second righteous caliph, the religious freedom of the citizens of Ilya (Jerusalem) and the sanctity of their synagogues and places of worship were confirmed:
In the light of these tragic turn of events, the Muslim Professionals Forum:
'This is the protection which the slave-servant of Allah, Umar, the Commander of the Believers, extends to the people of Ilya:The safeguarding of their lives, properties, churches, crosses, and of their entire community. Their churches cannot be occupied, demolished, or damaged, nor are their crosses or anything belonging to them to be touched. They will never be forced to abandon their religion, nor will they be oppressed …'(At-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol III, p. 609, ed. Dar Al-Ma`arif, Egypt.)
- Demand the authorities to immediately conduct an impartial and thorough investigation to identify, apprehend and punish the perpetrators of this despicable violence lest the country spirals into a vicious cycle of retaliatory acts which would fracture the very fabric of Malaysian civil society.
- Urge the authorities to either refuse or revoke the permits for any planned demonstration in order to contain the heightened emotions and sensitivities from among the Muslim quarters, angered by the recent High Court decision on the usage of the word 'Allah'.
- Urge individuals, organisations and political parties to refrain from further issuing provocative and inflammatory statements related to the High Court verdict.
- Urge all Malaysians to emphatise and stand in solidarity with our Christian community in their hour of grief and need.
- Urge all peace-loving Malaysians to maintain their composure and let cool heads prevail.
Dr Shaikh Johari Bux
Haji Mohamed Ali Ghazali
Dr Jeffrey Abu Hassan
Dr Musa Mohd. Nordin