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Jais returns seized Bibles to BSM

 | November 14, 2014

The handover was witnessed by the Selangor Sultan

JAIS MAIS AlkitabSHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department, Jais, has returned all copies of the Bibles in Malay and Iban which were seized by it from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) some ten months ago.

The handover was witnessed by the Selangor Sultan, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, and the Selangor Mufti Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid.

Jais Director Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad was also present.

Azmin had earlier made representations to the Sultan that the Bibles in Malay and Iban, which carry the Arabic term Allah for God, should be returned to the Christians as they belonged to them.

The Menteri Besar also had meetings with Jais and the Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) to impress upon them that the issue should be resolved in the interest of peace and security in the country.

Former Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim reportedly made efforts to have the Bibles returned but without success.

Jais claims that it seized the Bibles in line with the Enakmen Agama Bukan Islam 1988 (Kawalan Pengembangan di Kalangan Orang Islam) which forbids non-Muslims from using the term Allah to refer to “their God”.

It’s syirik (blasphemy) in Islam to concede that there’s more than one God.

Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for deities, to religious or holy persons or things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.


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