A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, because it may cause “confusion” in the mainly Muslim country.
“The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity,” chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the ruling, The Jerusalem Post reported. “The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community.”
The Malaysian government argued that the word Allah is specific to Muslims, and the earlier ruling was justified on the basis of public order, the report said.
The Herald’s lawyers argued that the word Allah predates Islam and has been used extensively by Malay-speaking Christians for centuries.