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'Allah' rings out in Malaysian churches despite ban

Published on Jan 26, 2014 2:50 PM
 
A woman prays inside the church of Our Lady of Lourdes at Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur on Jan 12, 2014. Malaysian churches defiantly continued to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God in Sunday services despite the Muslim-majority country's leader saying they must obey rules against it. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian churches defiantly continued to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God in Sunday services despite the Muslim-majority country's leader saying they must obey rules against it.

Malay-speaking Christians prayed and sang hymns using the Arabic word, a practice they have observed for hundreds of years but which has sparked an increasingly tense row in the Southeast Asian nation.

"They all contain the word 'Allah'," a pastor at a church near the capital Kuala Lumpur said of the songs sung by the church.

"(The Malay-language bible) contains the word 'Allah'. When we preach we have to read the text. It's a really difficult situation," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the passions surrounding the issue.

 
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