I gather from the ongoing debate over at malaysiakini about the use of the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, that there's an underlying current in vortex flow, eddying here, there and then rushing forward at a furious pace.
I did ask two questions:
(1) Why are some Christians so insistent on referring to God as ‘Allah’?
(2) Why have some Muslims been equally insistent that non-Mulsims may not?
Maybe the two questions could be answered with one possible and common scenario, namely that party A wants to use ‘Allah’ as a means to subtly proselytise Muslims, while party B are damn worried that’s precisely what could happen.
It would be a case of Allah (swt) being 'invited into' a Muslim's house, and before the host could serve tea, he/she turns around and suddenly finds Jehovah sitting comfortably on the living room sofa reading the Christian Digest - Amen (or should it be Amin?)
That’s why some Muslims have stated that by referring to God with the word ‘Allah’, there may be confusion among the Malaysian Ummah, while the other party (and the more confident Muslims) scoffed at the insulting suggestion that Muslims could be confused on who their ‘Allah’ (or should be it ‘God’?) is.
But is their 'fear' legitimate?
From that debate (and worries), some ludicrous suggestions such as using one or two L’s in the word ‘Allah’ (versus ‘Alah’) to separate the Muslim divinity and non-Muslim one were offered.
Amidst this Islam-Christianity jostling, Buddhism, though having no God and indeed offering no submission of faith to any such entity, suffered collateral damage. Maybe there was a fear by malaysiakini writer, myopic (ironically) Teropong Negara, that Malaysian Buddhists would rush out to talk about Gautama ‘Allah’ (or should it be ‘Alah’) of the Sakya clan and his 4 Noble Truths and Eightfold Path – see my BolehTalk posting Walking on waters of ignorance.
But to be fair to everyone, especially to innocents like the Buddhists ;-) (this one’s for my mum) I need to ask those non-Muslims who have been insisting on using ‘Allah’ to refer to God, why? Why not use ‘Tuhan’? Or, Jehovah?