Saturday, July 23, 2011

There Is No God But Allah

Oddly reminiscent of an American fundagelical, Mohd Sani Badron, Director of Economic and Social Studies, has argued, "The translation of 'God' as 'Allah' is very wrong, it should be translated correctly ... we understand not only the word but the meaning and the meaning is wrong and inaccurate" — Malaysia: Christians can not use "Allah" to define God. He elaborated that "the mistranslation of the word 'God' as 'Allah' in the Malay Bible must be abandoned because it erroneously represents the two religions as equal."

The article notes that "Christians have republished a 400 year old Latin Malay dictionary, which shows that from the beginning the word 'Allah' was used to define God in the Bible in local languages." (A previous post of mine on the subject — Dictionarium Malaicum-Latinun.) As far as I know, this has never been an issue for Arabic-speaking Christians. For the Americans Christians who fail to understand that "Allah" is how one says "God" in Arabic, I suggest taking a cue from their Pentecostalist brethren, who from what I've heard know a thing or two about speaking in tongues — Gereja Sidang-Sidang Jemaat Allah (Assemblies of God in Indonesia).

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Is it an issue for Arabic-speaking Muslims?

It's certainly been a contentious issue in Malaysia for some time, but as far as I know it has not been a bone of contention among Arabic speakers.

1:15 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

In charity the Malaysians should grant them their wish.

And since we know we do worship the One True God, it follows by their own insistence that they don't.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half of our scholar of Islam (in Malaysia) have agreed that using name Allah is Bible is Ok, but the reception of Muslim them self with the word make the fatwa (rules) withdraw to make sure that harmony in our country. As they were outrageous of some politic party to ban of this usage.

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