Should non-Muslims be able to use the term “Allah”? That is the question at the center of a heated controversy right now in Malaysia where Sunni Islam is the official religion. The Bible Society of Malaysia offices in Damansara Kim, near Kuala Lumpur, were raided without a search warrant by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) and local police Jan. 2. During the raid, 330 Bibles — 320 copies of the Malay Bible and 10 copies in Iban, an indigenous language — were confiscated. JAIS also detained BSM president Lee Min Choon and office manager Sinclair Wong for questioning.
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