17 Feb 09 : 4.55PM
By Shanon Shahshanonshah@thenutgraph.com
PETALING JAYA, 17 Feb 2009: Use of the word "Allah" among Catholic churches should not be restricted unreasonably, said leading Islamic scholar Prof Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali today.
Hashim Kamali"In Islam, there is one God for all humanity. Therefore, one should not monopolise or personalise 'Allah' as belonging to only one sector of humanity," he said.
He said that restraint should only be applied in accordance with the principle of sadd al-dhara'i (blocking the means to an evil development) in Islamic jurisprudence.
"For example, marriage is a lawful institution. But if a man is going to use marriage as a means of abuse or corruption, then he should be blocked from accessing this lawful institution," said Kamali.
He said this logic extended to the use of the word "Allah" by the Catholic church.
"If there is no abuse of the word, then there should be no restraint on its usage," he said.