Abdullah Mohamad Zain, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the (Govt) Cabinet at its meetings on Oct 18 and Nov 1 last year decided that the word "Allah" could only be used by Muslims to avoid confusion. He said in a statement yesterday the ban on the use of the word remained despite the renewal of the permit.Read here for more on Malaysiakini
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'Allah': What about us? ask Sikhs
For centuries, Sikhs have used the words ‘Allah’ to refer to God as well as the Arabic terms ‘iman’ and ‘ibadat’ for faith and worship.
Following the government’s ban against the usage of purportedly ‘Islamic’ terms by non-Muslims, what will happen to the practice of the Sikh religion in Malaysia?
“We have used the terms Allah and Rahim (Most Merciful), for example, extensively in our writings and in our prayers to refer to the One God. The word Allah is used in our main holy scripture. Sikh gurus in India have used these terms for centuries, they have become part of the Punjabi language, and we are still using them today,” said Malaysian Gurdwara Council head Harcharan Singh when contacted.
Sikhs also use the word ‘Khuda’ for God, he noted in reference to the term used, among others, by Bangladeshi Muslims.
“If the word Allah has been banned for use by non-Muslims, what’s going to happen to Sikhs and the practice of their religion?” he asked.
(Note: Sikhism's sacred text, the Shri Guru Granth Sahib refers to GOD by different names as Hari 8344 times, Ram 2533 times and Allah 46 times. This is perhaps the ONLY religious scripture in the world with a secular message, welcoming the entire humanity to its fold irrespective of the caste, creed or stature in life and conveying a common message 'Updesh Chau Varna Ko Sanjha'. Read here for more)
The Malaysian Cabinet should now also decide:
Lanjutkan usia Sultan kami
Sultan Kelantan Raja ikrami
Aman sentosa Tuhan sirami
Berkekalan masa memerintah kami
Kasih dan taat disembahkan
Sepenuh keriangan patek ucapkan
Segala kebesaran Allah cucurkan
Darjah kemuliaan Allah tambahkan
Allah daulatkan Tuanku Sultan
Terengganu Darul Iman
Allah peliharakan Tuanku Sultan
Sejahtera sepanjang zaman
Allah rahmatkan Tuanku Sultan
Memerintah rakyat aman
Allah selamatkan Sultan Mahkota
Berpanjangan usia diatas Takhta
Memelihara agama Nabi kita
Negeri Kedah serata-rata
Dilanjutkan Allah usianya Sultan
Adil dan murah memerintah watan
Ditaati rakyat kiri dan kanan
Iman yang saleh Allah kurniakan
Allah berkati Perak Darul Ridzuan
Allah selamatkan Negeri dan Sultan
Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Selamat di atas takhta
Allah lanjutkan usia Tuanku
Rakyat mohon restu bawah Duli Tuanku
Aman dan sentosa
Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Allah peliharakan Sultan
'Nugrahkan dia segala kehormatan
Sehat dan ria, kekal dan makmur
Luaskan kuasa, menaungkan kami
Rakyat dipimpini berzaman lagi
Dengan Merdeka bersatu hati
Allah berkati Johor
Allah selamatkan Sultan
Ya Allah Yang Maha Kuasa,
Lanjutkan Usia Duli Yang Maha Mulia,
Dirgahayu, Darul Makmur,
Aman dan Bahagia Sentiasa,
Ya Allah, Selamatkan,
Duli Tuanku Raja Kami
".... The founder of the Sikh religion, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, known popularly as Guru Nanak, was born in 1469.
The Sikh religion differs as regards the authenticity of its dogmas from most other theological systems. Many of the great teachers the world has known, have not left a line of their own composition and we only know what they taught through tradition or second-hand information.
Buddha has left no written memorial of his teaching.
Kungfu-tze, known to Europeans as Confucius, left no documents in which he detailed the principles of his moral and social system.
The founder of Christianity did not reduce his doctrines to writing and for them we are obliged to trust to the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
But the compositions of Sikh Gurus are preserved and we know at first hand what they taught.
- Max Arthur Macauliffe
Around 1499, while bathing in the river Bein, Nanak had a spiritual experience, which he described as a message from God. After three days of visions, he re-emerged, gave away all of his possessions, and became a traveling preacher.
He is widely acknowledged to have made four major journeys, spanning thousands of kilometers. The first tour was east towards Bengal and Assam, the second south towards Ceylon via Tamil Nadu, the third north towards Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, and the final tour west towards Baghdad and Mecca.
He took his message, "There is neither Hindu nor Muslim," throughout India and the middle East, meeting with Hindu and Muslim religious leaders. It was from this moment that Nanak would begin to spread the teachings of what was then the beginning of Sikhism
Guru Nanak's teachings were recorded in the Adi Granth, which formed the basis of Sikh theology.
Among the teachings, a unique synthesis of Hindu and Muslim theology, was the insistence that God, whom he referred to using both Hindu and Muslim honorifics, was a formless, unified being that humans could apprehend directly in a state of divine union.
The first edition of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is called 'Adi Granth' was compiled by Bhai Gurdas ji under the supervision of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji at Ramsar know as Amritsar in 1604 A.D.
The present edition of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji contains the saying of six Sikh Gurus, fifteen Bhagats, eleven Bhats and four other great personalities associated with guru ji.
The Shri Guru Granth Sahib is a common world heritage of universal brotherhood, love and peace. It dissolves all difference of caste, creed, religion and nationality, thereby making the whole mankind as one fraternity.
More than 5800 hymns are contained in Shri Guru Granth Sahib which lay emphasis on praise of God, simple and honest living, hardwork, meditation, mutual sharing, love and universal brotherhood.
Classic in content and secular in nature Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji advocates oneness of God but referred to him by different names as Hari 8344 times, Ram 2533 times and Allah 46 times.
This is perhaps the only religious scripture in the world with a secular message, welcoming the entire humanity to its fold irrespective of the caste, creed or stature in life and conveying a common message 'Updesh Chau Varna Ko Sanjha'
The compilation of the Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth, was begun in 1604 by the Fifth Guru.
The last of the ten Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh, announced that he would be the last personal Guru and that thereafter, Sikhs were to regard the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib) as their teacher. This sacred book is considered the living embodiment of all ten Gurus and is therefore the focus of worship in all Sikh temples and local gurudwaras, or sanctuaries.