KUALA LUMPUR: Islamic non-governmental organisation Muafakat has urged DAP chairman Karpal Singh to stop issuing statements regarding the use of the word "Allah".
Its president, Ismail Mina, said Karpal, who is a senior lawyer, should respect the decision made by Pas' Syura Council that non-Muslims should not use the word "Allah" in their holy books.
"Karpal seems to be consistent in pursuing his fight to allow Christians to use the term, but he must understand the Constitution and sensitivities of Muslims."
Ismail said Karpal needed to understand that there were also Christians who opposed the use of "Allah" to refer to God in the Bible.
"Furthermore, the use of the word 'Allah' in the Bible had never been an issue among Christians in the peninsula until this matter cropped up recently."
The use of the word "Allah" became an issue when Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in his Christmas message last year, urged the Federal Government to allow Christians to use the word "Allah" in Malay-language Bibles.
Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had initially expressed support to allow non-Muslims to use the word "Allah". Both leaders, however, made an about-turn on the issue after the Pas Syura Council decided otherwise.
This had subsequently cause an ongoing spat between Karpal and the Pas leaders over the matter.--NST