Salam 2 all.
Saya melihat dalam isu penyalahgunaan kalimah ALLAH oleh segelintir Kristian di Malaysia ini, ulama'-ulama' dan 'ilmuan-'ilmuan tempatan yang jelas non-partisan memberikan pandangan yang jelas tidak bersetuju dengan penyalahgunaan kalimah ALLAH tersebut.
Yang tersohor diantara mereka adalah Sahibul Fadilah Professor Dato' Dr. Kamal Hassan, Sahibul Fadhilah Datuk Dr. Siddiq Fadhil, Sahibul Fadhilah Dato' Dr. Harun Din, Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Faruqi, pakar perbandingan antara agama Professor Dr. Kamar Oniah dan ramai lagi.
Paling terbaru ialah Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib Al Attas, bekas Pengerusi ISTAC dan seorang 'ulama yang sangat dihormati dan disegani bukan sahaja di nusantara, malahan seluruh dunia Islam.
Beliau memberi pendapat yang tegas-iaitu dalam negara Malaysia ini kita tidak boleh membenarkan selain mereka yang mentauhidkan ALLAH Maha Esa mengguna pakai kalimah ALLAH ini.
Saya perturunkan dibawah ceramah yang disampaikan oleh Dr. Syed Naquib dalam isu ini. Ceramah ini telah dipadankan dalam bentuk transkrip, jadi ada ditempat-tempat tertentu kelihatan agak janggal. Namun secara keseluruhannya mesej beliau jelas (dalam Bahasa Inggeris).
Saya berdoa semoga kita semua mendapat menafaat daripada ceramah beliau ini.
Zulkifli Bin Noordin
09 Safar 1431
24 Januari 2010
(Petikan ceramah Professor Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas)
Question: The using of kalimah “Allah” by other people in this country?".
Answers by Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas:
Well I have been talking about this long time ago. I remember about this in ISTAC, when we first established ourselves (late 80’s and early 90’s), I think the Arcbishop of Penang was asking this question. And I have answered that.
And then we had a meeting with the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and about all the representatives of Christianity, including the ministers, we had a meeting at ISTAC.
And I said, “Why you want to use the word ‘Allah’ for yourself?”
They said “we are going to pray in Bahasa Malaysia".
That’s the way they put it. So my answers to them, “Why you have to change praying into Bahasa Malaysia. You have been praying in English all the time. Why suddenly change into Bahasa Malaysia?”
Ok, so they said they want to change so that it is more patriotic. Then in that case I’m saying that “why don’t you use Tuhan while praying in Bahasa Malaysia? Because you are talking about God isn’t it?…God is not just a name…”Allah” is a name of this Being whom you called God… and in fact a Being whom even higher than what you called to be God”
And then I said, “ …and “Allah” is not from Bahasa Malaysia. It is not a national language. It belongs to the language of Muslim all over the world. Therefore your argument using this for the word “Allah” does not fit into your idea of God. Because “Allah” does not have a son, It is not one of three (Trinity), that is why out of respect to Allah we can’t allow you to use this.“
But when we Muslim, when we write in English we say God, or when we talk to people we say God but we mean “Allah”…but they cannot say when they speak about God it means “Allah” as they don’t mean it.
So in this particular respect, we have to be clear about this, not was-was (hesitate)...whomever responsible in our governing, they have to be clear about this and to explain to others.
We agree you want to use God, then use Tuhan as we also use that…but we understand in the Malay language that Tuhan is not a translation of Allah..that is why we say “tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah” not “tiada Tuhan melainkan Tuhan”. We don’t say “there is not God but God”..at least the ulama’ among the Muslim Malays, we understand what is the meaning of that (word “Allah”).
So “Allah” cannot be translated as no language has translated Allah. The Arabs themselves they only use that after Islam..although the word existed (before)..the Christians Arab they also did not use Allah (in theological, epistemological and ontological sense in the same manner as the Muslim)..if they say that it is just a language..they are talking about language..because they say “Allah” like the Muslim when they (melatah)…
So it appears they want to do that in order to confuse the Muslim into thinking that all is the same..that is why I say one of the problems about religion is the nature of God..about who Allah is..that is why in Arkanul Iman (The Pillars of Faith), the first thing is “amana billah”.
“Who is this Allah?” and that need to be explain at higher institution in a proper way.
So we have answer the question. It is not proper to allow them using this, since they asking us and there is no point bringing this to court since this is not a matter of court to decide it whether they have the freedom to use it or not. It is up to the Muslims.
But then if they used it and said “in Indonesia they have use it, why can’t we?”…but it is because of the Muslims..if Muslims don’t care they will go on and use it..and in Indonesia they are using not only that, other things they even call it “choir” as “selawat”. Choir is not a “selawat”, as “selawat” is for Prophet..it’s not singing hymn.
And they also talk about..in Indonesia they are also confuse..Muslims..that is why this thing happen. Sometimes the language when you come across English words like “Prophet of Doom” in Indonesia they said “Nabi celaka”. How can there be “Nabi celaka”? What is meant by the “Prophet of Doom” is…even the word Prophet in English does not mean “Nabi” only…it means “yang meramalkan malapetaka”..that what it means…so the “Prophet of Doom” means “yang meramalkan malapetaka”, not “Nabi celaka”.
They (the Muslims in Indonesia) seem not to bother about this. What we can say is that ultimately well they say “God is not Allah”...well if you want to use the word God, we are saying we also use the word God, we refer to Allah as we know and we are not saying that your God ultimately will not refer to Allah. You can’t run away from Allah. You can only escape Him and so in the Qur’an (surah An-Naas) says: “Qul aAAoothu birabbi annas, Maliki annas, Ilahi annas”. He (Allah) is saying “ I am the real Ilah (God) of naas (mankind)”, although mankind (non-Muslim) does not interpret it that way.