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Malaysian king backs court ban on non-Muslims using Allah

Source : Agencies | 19 Jan 2014

Malaysia's king gave his backing on Sunday to a court ruling barring non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God, weighing in for the first time on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the multi-cultural country.

Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, whose role as head of state is largely ceremonial, alluded to the issue which has raised questions over minority rights during his birthday speech to the Southeast Asian nation.

Malaysia court rules non-Muslims can’t use word ‘Allah’

Source : Al Arabiya | 14 Oct 2013

A Malaysia appeals court on Monday upheld a government ban against the use of the word “Allah” to refer to God in non-Muslim faiths, reported the Associated Press.

This action has overruled claims by Christian groups in the country that the decision violates their religious rights.

Malaysian Judge Mohammad Apandi Ali, who led a three-member appeals court panel, stated that the use of “Allah” was “not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity.”

Malaysia reviews operations of Islamic endowments

Source : The Star | 28 Mar 2013

The Malaysian government is reviewing the operations of Islamic endowments as it seeks ways to have them run by private corporations instead of religious bodies.

Facilitating corporate management of Islamic endowments, known as awqaf or wakaf in Malaysia, is one of several initiatives announced by the government in September to boost the country's Islamic finance industry.

Malaysian PM on solidarity trip to Gaza

By AFP | 23 Jan 2013

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged solidarity with the Palestinians on his first trip to Gaza on Tuesday, throwing his support behind reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

Najib, who entered via the Rafah crossing from Egypt with Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and other officials, was met by Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya.

Speaking shortly after his arrival, Najib said his visit was intended “to show solidarity and our support for the struggle of the Palestinian people.”

Malaysia rated top Muslim-friendly holiday destination

By AFP | 16 Jan 2013

Malaysia has been rated the world’s top Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Wednesday that listed Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Singapore as runners-up.

The study by Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy Crescentrating ranked countries on how well they cater to the growing number of Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal - or Islam-compliant - food and services.

Malaysian religious authority says non-Muslims can’t use the word ‘Allah’

By Al Arabiya | 15 Jan 2013

One of Malaysia’s leading religious authorities, PAS Syura Council, decided to ban non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” when describing “God” in their religious publications, a local website reported Monday.

While the word “Allah” was universal and had been used by pre-Islamic Arabs, PAS Syura Council ruled that it could not be translated in non-Muslim publications to denote for the word “God.”

Malaysian sultan forbids using ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims in Malaysia

By RT / 10 Jan 2013

Exclusively Islamic? Malaysian Christians call for using the word ‘Allah’ in their Bible

By Al Arabiya | 28 Dec 2012

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, PAS, has responded to a re-ignited debate surrounding the use of the Arabic word for God, ‘’Allah’’, as Christian groups claim the right to use the term in their own religious scripts.

Islam For Greener Malaysia

Source : OnIslam | 03 Dec 2012

Muslim students in Malaysia are planning weekly sessions to discuss ways of turning their country into a greener place in line with the teachings of their faith.

“Life needs to coexist, the Prophet tells us this and so does the Qur’an,” Radwan Islam, a 20-year-old engineering student at Universiti Teknikal in Melaka, told Bikyamasr.

Islamic Book Trust to publish first English Qur’anic encyclopedia

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | 19 Nov 2012

The Kuala Lumpur-based Islamic Book Trust (IBT) announced it will print the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an in English and help spread the message of Islam around the world.

Haji P.K. Koya Kutty, executive secretary of the non-profit publishing house told Arab News, “This is the first Qur’anic encyclopedia in English in the world and the scholarly work is prepared entirely by Muslims.

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