I don’t blog about religion very often because I’m just not a very religious person. I’m a Buddhist but the Noble Eight-fold Path does not rule my life.
However I do know a few things; Buddhism is the teaching of the Buddha and if some guy or some group decides to one day start calling the Buddha by another name, I will be unhappy about it.
So I can absolutely understand why Muslims in Malaysia are unhappy about Christians using the name “Allah”. Problem started when Malaysian Roman Catholic Church wanted to use the name “Allah”. Naturally, Muslims in Malaysia are up in arms about the matter.
First off, I can’t understand why Christians, much less the Malaysia's Roman Catholic Church, want to call their God “Allah”. It just does not make sense to me. Allah is the name of the God of Islam, not the name of the God of Christianity. Why do they want to call their god “Allah” when it’s not His name. And if Christians want to give their god a name, surely the name they ought to pick is “Yahweh” not “Allah”.
Second, I cannot understand why the Malaysian Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed non-Muslims to use "Allah". Names are important, much less the names of gods! I cannot understand why the court this to happen.
Third, can someone from the Malaysia's Roman Catholic Church please come out and argue their case. Muslims in Malaysian are arguing that “Allah” is the name of their God, not the God of Christianity. To me, a Buddhist, this makes prefect sense. The Buddha is the Buddha. I can’t even imagine calling the Buddha by another name, so why is in the world would Christians want to start calling their god “Allah”? That makes no sense to me. Explain to me why the Malaysian Roman Catholic Church wants to call their god “Allah”, and not “Yahweh” or even “God” (like you know, every other Christians I know of in the world).
I can just tell the explanation is going to be a good one.