Why non-Muslims want to use the word Allah in Malaysia

Why non-Muslims want to use the word Allah in Malaysia Syed Ali Mujtaba The Allah controversy that has emerged in Malaysia is having resonance in several countries and societies that are struggling to find a balance between majoritarian politics and minority identity politics. Here, in this case, it concerns the issue of the exclusivity of Malay-Muslims domination versus preserving the religious rights of the non-Muslims. The Malaysian High Court on 10 March 2021 has allowed the non-Muslims (Christians) to use the four previously-prohibited words in their educational publications: Allah (God),…

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Four killed in Bangladesh as Modi’s visit sparks violent protests

At least four people were  killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh after police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters during a demonstration against prime minister Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, news agency Reuters reported. Rafiqul Islam, a police official was quoted as saying by Reuters, “We had to fire teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them as they entered a police station and carried out extensive vandalism.” Violent clashes broke out between the police and the supporters of Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam in Dhaka and Chittagong after the cops thwarted an attempt to launch…

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Israel detains 3 prominent Hamas leaders in West Bank

Hamas accuses Israel of intimidating its members not to take part in elections HEBRON, Palestine: The Israeli army detained three prominent leaders from the Hamas group in Hebron city, southern West Bank. Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli soldier detained Hatem Qaffeisha, 58, a top Hamas leader in Hebron, and a Palestinian lawmaker. Former Local Governance Minister Isa Al-Jabari, 55, and top Hamas figure Mazen al-Natsha, 49, were also detained. The three figures have been jailed several times by the Israeli army. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has warned…

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‘In Assam, Amit Shah forgets ‘CAA and NRC’, talks about ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’

New Delhi: Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah on Friday  addressed a rally in Assam’s Kamrup district. He maintained complete silence on CAA and NRC amid growing public outrage against them in Assam. He chose to speak about ”love jihad” and ”land jihad” instead. ”The BJP’s manifesto has several items. But the biggest among them is that the BJP government will work towards bringing in laws against love and land jihad,” Shah was quoted as saying by NDTV. Love jihad and land jihad refers to conspiracy theories propagated by extremists Hindu…

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