Bibles seized in Malaysia

Books breached law on use of ‘Allah’

Authorities have seized more than 300 Bibles which contained the word ‘Allah’ in referencing God. Following an earlier legal ruling that non-Muslims cannot use the name of Allah, police moved against the Malaysian Bible Society to remove the books.

Reacting to news of the raid, protestors gathered at a number of churches near Kuala Lumpur last Sunday to demand Christian adherence to the naming law.

For its part, the Council of Churches of Malaysia called on the government to “protect religious rights as provided under the Federal Constitution”.