It seems that according to the state legislatures in Malaysia, the use of the word Allah by non-muslims is illegal in a number of states other than Penang, Sarawak, Sabah and the Federal Territories. This got me thinking that the states in which the term is illegal for non-muslim use are just asking for an arse kicking.
According to the Selangor enactment, even the word for the bible – injil – is illegal. The full list of 25 words are: Allah, Illahi, Firma Allah, Wahyu, Rasul, Iman, Fatwa, Iman, Mubaligh, Dakwah, Nabi, Hadith, Syariah, Injil, Sheikh, Ibadat, Qiblat, Salat, Kaabah, Haj, Khalifah, Kadi, Mufti, Wali. On top of that another 20 expressions are listed as well: Subhanallah, Allhamduillah, Lailahaillallah, Walillahilham, Allahu Akbar, Insyallah, Astaghfirullahal Azim, Tabaraka Allah, Masyaalah, Lahaula Walaquata Illabillahilaliyil Azim.
I wonder if this means that any non-muslim answering exam questions for SPM history would need to avoid using these words or run the risk of breaking the law. I am sure that most of us know that our history text books are littered with these words – some in relation to the Islamic Civilisation and others pertaining to our own national history.
Now, let’s look at the state anthems with the term Allah in it. Obviously, it would be illegal for non-muslims to sing their state anthems in these states and it would be illegal for them to show their loyalty and love for their home states. I seriously do not comprehend the thing. You have to forgive me for I am not a lawyer and lawyers are just idiots.
Allah selamat Sultan Mahkota
Berpanjangan usia di atas 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 soleh Allah kurniakan
Allah berkati Perak 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
Sihat 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 Masa Kuasa,
Lanjutkan Usia Duli Yang Maha Mulia,
Dirgahayu, Darul Makmur,
Aman dan Bahagia Sentiasa,
Ya Allah Selamatkan Duli Tuanku Raja Kami
Allah daulatkan Tuanku Sultan,
Terengganu Darul Iman,
Allah peliharakan Tuanku Sultan,
Sejahtera sepanjang zaman,
Allah rahmatkan Tuanku Sultan,
Memerintah rakyat aman.
Lanjutkan usia Al-Sultan kami,
Sultan Kelantan raja ikrami,
Aman sentosa Tuhan sirami,
Kekal memerintah kami.
Kasih dan taat setia disembahkan,
Segala kebesaran Allah cucurkan,
We are screwed. I see this issue heading towards a Constitutional crisis where the courts will be put in a bind. I do not want to be the supreme court judges that will have to handle this issue.