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Religious Liberty Prayer Alert: Malaysian Apex Court Upholds Ban on Use of Word “Allah” by Non-Muslims

June 24, 2014


Activists gathered outside the court ahead of the ruling (Photo courtesy: Reuters/BBC) 

The Federal Court of Malaysia has refused the country’s Roman Catholic Church leave to appeal the ban against the use of the word “Allah” in the Church’s weekly newspaper, The Herald.

According to reports, 4 of the 7-member bench dismissed the church’s application for appeal, stating that the Court of Appeal was right in its decision to ban the word.

In a media release, the Christian Federation of Malaysia expressed their disappointment at the Federal Court verdict, stating that such decisions could result in serious negative repercussions for the freedom of religion in the country.

On 14 October 2014, the Court of Appeal in Malaysia ruled that non-Muslims could not use the word "Allah" to refer to God. In the verdict, the Court of Appeal expressed the opinion that all religions should be practiced in peace and harmony with Islam as it was the official religion of the Federation.

Prayer points:

  • Pray that Malaysian authorities would uphold religious freedom in the country;
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance upon the Church’s leadership in Malaysia to discern the appropriate response to the situation;
  • Pray that Malaysian Christians would not be anxious about the situation, but would trust God and bask in His sovereignty during this time of disappointment.

 

The purpose of this WEA Religious Liberty Prayer Release is to keep you informed and mobilized in prayer and intercession for the needs of justice and religious liberty in the Church around the globe, so that we can stand together for the work of the Kingdom and the healing of the Nations.
 
The purpose of the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) is to promote freedom of religion for all people worldwide as defined by Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, and in accordance with Scripture.