Posted by: becketfund | November 4, 2009

Malaysia: Government Confiscates Bibles Containing the Word Allah

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has refused to release 10,000 Bibles that it seized because they contained the word Allah, which the government asserts is an Islamic term and so its usage could upset the Muslim population, the BBC reported on November 4.  Church officials say that although the word Allah originated in Arabic, Malays have used it for centuries to refer generally to God, and Arabic-speaking Christians used it before Islam was founded, and the Christian Federation of Malaysia said the religious freedom guaranteed by the Malaysian constitution was meaningless if people were denied Bibles in their own language.



  1. As a former Muslim, i find the Malaysian government’s actions reprehensible and those out of irrational fear. They say Muslims will be confused and lose their faith upon seeing believers of other faiths using the word “Allah”. so they must remove such possible/future threats.

    it’s like someone who cannot drive well seeking that all other vehicles be removed from the highway because she/he has to use that highway.

    so weak is their faith. they truly need the armor of God peer Ephesians 6:11

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