Selangor Sultan directs Mais to apply to intervene in ‘Allah’ use case appeal

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. - Filepic

KLANG: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has directed the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to apply to intervene in the appeal against the High Court decision allowing Christians to use the word "Allah" in religious publications for educational purposes.

The Selangor Ruler said his stand was in tandem with the Federal Court's decision in the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur vs the Home Minister case in 2014 as well as the Selangor edict issued on Feb 18,2010 which states the term "Allah" could not be used to refer to God by religions aside from Islam.

"It is the responsibility for Muslims to prevent the usage of 'Allah' if there are elements of misuse or insult towards the term.

"I am stressing that it is the responsibility of all Muslims to protect the sanctity of the term 'Allah' at all times and in any situation," he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 23).

Sultan Sharafuddin added that he fully supported Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar's call for the Federal Government to appeal against the High Court decision and urged the Islamic Religious Council of other states to do the same.

His Royal Highness also said the term "Allah" could not in any way be placed in wrong places or used to refer to any other than God Almighty, which was the basis of the Islamic creed for Muslims.

The Ruler said it was his responsibility and duty to protect the sanctity of the term "Allah", given that he was the head of Islam in the state.

Sultan Sharafuddin also decreed that non-Muslims in Selangor must adhere to and obey the prohibition to not use the term "Allah" as provisioned in the Non-Islamic Religions Enactment, which was passed on July 7,1988.

"This also includes the prohibition of the usage of a few other words stated in the enactment for commercial purposes and to name business entities and buildings," he added.

The Ruler stressed he had always emphasised for the people to respect each other's religions and not touch on religious sensitivities which can tarnish unity in the state.

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