JAIS returns Malay version Bibles to BSM

SHAH ALAM, 14 Nov: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) today returned the Malay version Bibles to the bible Society of Malaysian (BSM).

The return was witnessed by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah,, Chief Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, Selangor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid and the Director of JAIS, Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad.


Previously, Mohamed Azmin informed that he will be referring to the Sultan of Selangor to seek his advice on resolving the issue of the seizure of Bibles in Malay and Iban language that contains the word ‘Allah’.

In fact, he said that he will also hold talks to obtain the views from JAIS and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) so that it can be handled harmoniously and amicably.

Earlier, the former Chief Minister of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, also used the same approach in solving this issue but no decision was reached.

In January, JAIS seized over 300 Bibles in Malay and Iban language from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) office in Damansara.

JAIS said that the move was done in accordance with Non-Islamic Religious Enactment 1988 (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) by preventing non-Muslims in Selangor to use the word ‘Allah’.


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