The use of sacred Islamic terms, such as the word ‘Allah’ by certain insensitive groups is being viewed as part of a covert strategy to proselytise Muslims in this country.
Secretary-General of Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Malaysia (MUAFAKAT), A. Karim Omar said the issue is not isolated and neither is it an issue of semantics. It is in reality a cunning strategy by certain groups to preach Christianity and proselytise Muslims.
“In a meeting held in the U.S. in 2010 between representatives of the various Christian missionary groups operating in Islamic countries, it was agreed that the key to their success was the translation of the Bible into local language, as well as the use of the word ‘Allah.’
“The same strategy of disseminating translations of the Bible and the use of Islamic terms has been traced as far back as the 19th century. It is upon this success that the Malay language had been identified as wanting translation.
“Therefore, it must be realised that the proclivity towards the use of entrenched Islamic terms in this country, in particular the word ‘Allah’ is part of this covert agenda of Proselytisation,” he said when presenting his paper on “The Islamic Dakwah in the Face of the Proselytisation Movement in Malaysia” at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur last October.
According to Karim, the use of the word ‘Allah’ has been seen as part victory in the covert mission to infiltrate the Islamic minds of Muslims and accept the words of the Bible.
“We will see what will happen in this country when such groups are bent on using terms such as kiblah, Kaabah, solat and others to confuse the mind of Muslims,” he stressed.
In facing such an onslaught, Karim proposed the government as well as Muslims to come up with several defensive strategies, including through the establishment of support funding.
He said support funding is imperative to power the Islamic Dakwah initiatives, which in turn help to form defences against the threat of proselytisation and safeguard the dignity of the Islamic faith.