Sultan Selangor ‘regrets’ Pakatan’s stance on ‘Allah’ issue

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SELANGOR: The Sultan of Selangor has expressed his shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement urging the Federal Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.

The Sultan had released the same fatwa regarding the use of the word “Allah” three years ago when the issue first surfaced.

Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary, Mohd Misri said Sultan Sharafuddin has instructed Mais and Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) to take stern action against anyone, whether non-Muslim or Muslim, who questioned the fatwa released according to the provisions of law in Selangor.

He said Section 9 of the Non-Muslim Enactment 1988 clearly prohibited the use of the word “Allah” from being used by non-Muslims in anything related to their religion.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has said that the Pakatan leadership had reached a consensus that non-Muslims could use the word “Allah”, provided it was not abused by certain quarters.

Although the actual written term for “Allah” in the Quran cannot be accurately translated in other languages, he said it was clear in the Quran that it could be used by non-Muslims.

Source: The Star