Monday, January 11, 2010

Protests on the use of Allah in Malaysia


This is a photopost, on the protests in Malaysia regarding the ban on the longstanding use of the Arabic word for God, Allah, by Christians in Malaysia who worship using the Malay language.


Muslim demonstrators hold banners during a protest against a court decision that allows a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay language editions, after Friday prayers outside the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2010. The white banner (front) reads: "It is not only our heads that they are stepping, but they are making fun of Allah too!!! Holy War! Holy War! Allah Is Great! Allah Is Great! Allah Is Great!." REUTERS/Syamsul Bahri Muhammad

(MALAYSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY RELIGION)


Christian devotees pray at a church in Petaling Jaya [Andrew: It's the Church of St. Francis Xavier with the newly installed reredos whcih can be seen in the back], near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Three churches in Malaysia were attacked with firebombs, causing extensive damage to one, as Muslims pledged Friday to prevent Christians from using the word 'Allah,' escalating religious tensions in the multiracial country.

(AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)


Police cars patrol near St. Anthony Church during mass in Kuala Lumpur January 10, 2010. Arsonists in Malaysia struck at a convent school and a fifth church on Sunday amid rising tensions between majority Muslims and Christians over the use of the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God. The row, over a court ruling that allowed a Catholic newspaper to use Allah in its Malay-language editions, prompted Muslims to protest at mosques on Friday and sparked arson attacks on churches.

REUTERS/Syamsul Bahri Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)


Muslim demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against a court decision that allows a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay language editions, after Friday prayers outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2010. The placard says "Don't Challenge Islam, Please Respect Islam.

" REUTERS/Bazuki Muhamma


Muslim demonstrators hold banners during a protest against a court decision that allows a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay language editions, after Friday prayers outside the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2010. The white banner (C) reads: "It is not only our heads that they are stepping, but they are making fun of Allah too!!! Holy War! Holy War! Allah Is Great! Allah Is Great! Allah Is Great!." REUTERS/Syamsul Bahri Muhammad

(MALAYSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY RELIGION)


A Muslim demonstrator displays a placard to members of the media during a protest against a court decision that allows a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay language editions, after Friday prayers outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2010. The placard says "Allah is One, Not Two, Not Three, Not Four. Allah Is One And Only.

" REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY RELIGION)


In a totally unrelated development, here are some images of the procession of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines, which ended in Quaipo Church.

Devotees wave pieces of cloth as they welcome the statue of the Black Nazarene inside Quiapo Church during a procession in Manila January 9, 2010. Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees thronged the streets of Manila on Saturday as a centuries old black statue of Jesus Christ, believed to have healing powers, was paraded through the old city. The wooden, life-sized Black Nazarene, carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the early 17th century, is taken out of the Quiapo Church on Jan. 9 each year for the largest parade in the predominately Roman Catholic country.

REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)


9 comments:

Darren Corrigan said...

May God bless the Church in Malaysia, and I pray that Saint Michael guard the churches from these mindless attacks.

Rita said...

Gosh, why is this country which I always found to be the model of tolerance and good nature producing such brittle people with no sense of proportion?

There is only one solution. Make sure everything is done in English, or better still Latin. That way you can not be accused of poaching words or people.

How long will it be before some misguided soul accuses Christians of eating one of their babies?

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio:
Salus, honour, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Amen

Ivan said...

Andrew you are tough cookie, may God give you strength. I'll pray for my fellow Christians from across the straits.

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Meg said...

Thanks so much for posting those beautiful photos of the Black Nazarene procession in Manila!

anthony said...

Hi Andrew,

Trying to contact you via email. Searched and searched, but couldn't find your personal email. And I can't find it on the blog now either.

Would appreciate if you could contact me.

anthony
singapore

Andrew said...

Hi Anthony,

I did not see your email address. Is u leave me a comment with ur email address, I'll drop u a mail. U may delete the comment afterwards.

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