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Rights to 'Allah'

The World Council of Churches expressed "deep concern" after violent attacks on Christian churches and temples in Malaysia followed the country's continuing debate about the use of "Allah" by non-Islamic faiths.

Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country. The attacks came after a court decision outraged Muslim hardliners by opening the way for Christians and other non-Muslims to use Allah in religious publications and prayers.


Comments

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 6:49 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/2/2010

Christians should not be addressing Allah.  That is a FALSE god!

He is not our God.  Jesus is not the Son of Allah.....check the Koran!!

I'm sickened.

Dave N.

Dave N.

Posted at 12:16 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/5/2010

Stephen - actually, I'm pretty sure that "Allah" is just the Arabic word for "God." It is used not just by Muslims, but also by Christians and Jews whose native tongue is Arabic. And if you check an authentic version of the Quran, you probably won't be able to read it, as it'll be in Arabic. But if you consult an English translation of the Quran, you may find either "Allah" (a transliteration of the Arabic) or "God" (a translation of the Arabic).  So let's not make too much of this ... not all Christians speak English.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 2:59 am (U.S. Eastern) 3/8/2010

David N.,

Allah is not just another name for God.  As much as Satan wants you to believe that.

We know that our God is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  Our God is a triune God.  Please read the Koran.  The Koran specifically states that there is no trinity and that Jesus was a "prophet of Allah" and did not rise from the dead, and that Allah wants his followers to kill all infidels where they are found. 

Does that really sound like our God to you?

Be careful David.  Know who you are worshipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave N.

Dave N.

Posted at 9:16 am (U.S. Eastern) 3/9/2010

I actually have read the Quran, and know their beliefs regarding Jesus and God are different than ours. I just don't see what that has to do with the fact that "Allah" is the Arabic word for God. Are you saying Arabic-speaking Christians are wrong to use the Arabic word for God just because most Arabic-speaking people are Muslim?  What word would you rather they use?  THe French word for GOd? Russian? English? Chinese?

Dave N.

Dave N.

Posted at 11:01 am (U.S. Eastern) 3/9/2010

One other comment regarding the "kill the infidels" passage from the Quran. While the Bible can be occasionally frustrating to understand because context is lacking, the Quran is even more so. It's almost totally lacking in context. The verse you mention does seem to have been spoken in the context of some particular time/event, and so probably shouldn't be taken as a general directive any more than many Old Testament quotes set during the conquest of Canaan should. That's not to gloss over the differences between Christianity and Islam. But one should be very careful about making overly broad statements about what Muslims believe or what the Quran says, because beliefs and interpretations are extremely varied ... just as in Christianity. Psalm 137 celebrates infanticide by the people of God; would you want that to be used as a defining passage for Christians?

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 1:34 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/9/2010

David N.,

I accede to your point that arabic christians may use the name Allah in reference to the true, triune God.  Thank you for bringing me to that understanding.  However, the "Allah" of the Koran is an outright invention of Mohammed, and is to be filed in the idols and false gods category.  Period.

And I disagree; Psalm 137 DOES NOT "celebrate" infanticide.  Those are the painful words of a captive expressing his natural desire for revenge on his captors in the CONTEXT of his exile to Babylon.  It is not a command from our God.

The Koran's command to destroy all unbelieving infidels is repeated over and over and over throughout the book, and is a supposed command from "Allah" through his prophet Mohammed.

My original post is I suppose, a knee-jerk reaction to the worldly view that "all paths lead to God" and that "we all worship the same God", which is just not true, and will be the eternal downfall of many souls, to Satan's delight.



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