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Nik Aziz gives UMNO racists a blow

Malaysia politician: Non-Muslims can use ‘Allah’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The leader of Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party says non-Muslims should be allowed to use the word “Allah” to refer to God, questioning a government ban that has been criticized by Christians as a blow to freedom of religion.

Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the influential spiritual leader of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said that a verse in the Quran in which non-Muslims of Mecca call their God “Allah” supported his point.

Nik Aziz’s comments, made Sunday, were reported by the national news agency Bernama and the New Straits Times newspaper. His aide, Mohamad Saiba Yaacob, confirmed the comments to The Associated Press.

Nik Aziz’s views are an unexpected boost for Malaysia’s Christian minority, who have gone to court to challenge a 2007 order banning non-Muslims from translating God as “Allah” in their literature. The government says its use would confuse Muslims in this multiethnic, Muslim-majority country.

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UMNO against the use of Allah by Christians is no more than showing their malay supremacy.

Tok Guru, well done this round.

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