The attacks on places of worships in Malaysia escalated today with another attack on a SIKH temple.
This time against a 1 0-year-old Gurdwara Sahib Sentul temple a Sikh temple in Sentul. Police found about 20 big stones near the broken window of the 100-year-old Gurdwara Sahib Sentul temple yesterday evening.
Temple volunteers who were doing gardening said they heard sound of broken glass at 6.45pm and went to investigate.
Sikh Scripture and the use of "Allah"
|(Read here for more article dated 4 January 2008)
For centuries, Sikhs have used the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Rahim’ to refer to God as well as the Arabic terms ‘iman’ and ‘ibadat’ for faith and worship.
“We have used the terms Allah and Rahim, for example, extensively in our writings and in our prayers to refer to the One God. The word Allah is used in our main holy scripture. Sikh gurus in India have used these terms for centuries, they have become part of the Punjabi language, and we are still using them today,” said Malaysian Gurdwara Council head Harcharan Singh when contacted.
Sikhs also use the word ‘Khuda’ for God, he noted in reference to the term used, among others, by Bangladeshi Muslims.
“In addition to these words, we also use the terms iman and ibadat among the many other words (that are used by Muslims),” added Harcharan.
“If the word Allah has been banned for use by non-Muslims, what’s going to happen to Sikhs and the practice of their religion?” he asked.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdulllah Mohd Zin hod told the media that "“One of the reasons given to uphold the restriction is because that it has long been the practice of this country that the word Allah refers to God according to the Muslim faith. It was only proper for other religions to use the word God and not Allah when referring to their God in respective beliefs".
Attacks on Christian Churches and a Convent School
The latest attack on the Sikh temple in Sentul came in the wake of a spate of fire-bombings against churches across the nation, triggered by the High Court's Dec 31 decision to lift a government ban on non-Muslims using 'Allah' as a translation for 'God'.
At least nine churches have been attacked in Malaysia since last Friday in the wake of the High Court decision.
Seven churches were firebombed - four in the Klang Valley, two in Taiping and another in Seremban.
The worst hit was Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, where the ground floor of its three-storey building was gutted.
An additional two churches were attacked - a church in Malacca was splashed with black paint, while stones were thrown at a church in Miri, Sarawak, breaking one of its glass windows.