By Singa Terhormat
Justice Apandi, together with Justices Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Mohd Zawawi Salleh in the Court of Appeal recently decided that Christians are not to use “Allah”.
Before the decision was delivered some so-called Islamic groups outside the Court premises held up banners stating that ‘Allah’ is just for Muslims.
What does Allah Himself say?
In Surah Al Baqarah verse 25 of the Qur’an is stated:
“Lo! Allah disdaineth not to coin the similitude even of a gnat or anything above that. Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord; but those who disbelieve say: What doth Allah wish (to teach) by such a similitude?” (emphasis added)
There you have it. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an that the disbelievers use “Allah”.
In Surah Al Maeda verse 17 of the Qur’an is stated:
“The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones. Say: Why then doth He chastise you for your sins? Nay, ye are but mortals of His creating.”
There you have it again. Allah tells us that the Jews and Christians use “Allah”.
Did “Allah” come into use only after the Qur’an was revealed? What does the Qur’an itself say?
In recounting the story about Cain and Abel (Qabil and Habil), Surah Al Maeda verses 26 and 27 of the Qur’an states:
“But recite unto them with truth the tale of the two sons of Adam, how they offered each a sacrifice, and it was accepted from the one of them and it was not accepted from the other. (The one) said: I will surely kill thee. (The other) answered: Allah accepteth only from those who ward off (evil). Even if thou stretch out thy hand against me to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand against thee to kill thee, lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” (emphasis added)
So as far back as Cain and Abel “Allah” was in use.
Ex-Johor mufti Mohd Nooh Gadut says if Muslims question the Court decision, they can be ruled as being infidels or becoming apostates. Now as earlier shown, Allah Himself tells us that the disbelievers and Jews and Christians use “Allah”. Is Mohd Nooh Gadut contending that he knows better than Allah?
Who then can be ruled an infidel or one becoming apostate?
Do these people not know their own Scripture?