PAS last night decided to back the use of the word Allah by Catholics, saying that it is consistent with the Federal Constitution and Islamic principles.
The decision was made by the Islamist party’s political bureau after a three hour meeting which was chaired by President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Hadi Awang in a written statement which was read out by Information Chief Idris Ahmad said,
“PAS would like to state that based on Islamic principles, the use of the word Allah by the people of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity and Judaism, is acceptable.In a statement made after the meeting, Hadi warned, however, that the word “Allah” should not be abused to confuse the public.
However, the word Allah must not be misused or abused so as not to affect racial and religious harmony in the country..."
PAS strongly objects to any aggressive and provocative approach that can lead to tension in society
Hadi also urged all parties not to politicise the matter for political mileage.
Last week the High Court ruled that the Catholic church had a constitutional right to publish the word “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia edition of its Herald newspaper.
The government has decided to appeal the ruling yesterday, bowing to demands from Muslim groups who say they fear the ruling would result in confusion and that non-Muslims would abuse the usage of the word “Allah”.
Various Umno-linked organisations, who maintained that the word “Allah” can only be used exclusively by Muslims, have protested against the court’s decision and police reports were also lodged against the Catholic’s publication.
From Harakah Daily Read here
PAS turut menjelaskan bahawa berdasarkan kaedah Islam, penggunaan nama Allah pada asasnya adalah dibenarkanuntuk digunakan oleh agama Samawi seperti Kristian dan Yahudi.
Namun, penggunaannya secara salah dan tidak bertanggungjawab harus dielakkan supaya ianya tidak menjadi isu yang boleh menjejaskan keharmonian kaum dan agama di negara ini.
Turut hadir dalam mesyuarat sebelum itu:
Mursyidul Am, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat sendiri melahirkan kebimbangan penggunaan perkataan Allah disalahgunakan biarpun tidak salah untuk diguna kesemua agama samawi.
Tetapi Timbalan Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Dr Haron Din berkata umat Islam yang menyokong keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan penggunaan kalimah 'Allah' bagi penerbitan akhbar mingguan Herald-The Catholic Weekly boleh membawa kepada kekufuran.
Haron Din turut meragui niat akhbar berkenaan yang bertegas mahu mendapatkan kebenaran menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam penerbitan mereka. Read here for more