Malaysia appealed ruling allowing non-Muslims to use 'Allah'

On January 4, 2010, the Malaysian Home Ministry appealed a ruling by the Malaysian High Court that non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" as a translation for the word "God." Malay-Catholic newspaper The Herald had challenged the government's three-year ban on the practice in May 2008. Muslim groups argued that the use of the word "Allah," rather than "Lord" or "Turan" used by Catholic publications like The Herald, constituted an attempt to confuse Muslim readers.


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