PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian (Islamic) court ruled on Monday that a … newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God… The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia's appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed a … (non-Islamic) newspaper to use the word Allah.
"The usage of the word Allah… will cause confusion in the (non-Islamic) community" chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the ruling.
…Muslims outside the court …greeted the decision with shouts of "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest).
"As a Muslim, defending the usage of the term Allah qualifies as jihad. It is my duty to defend it," said Jefrizal Ahmad Jaafar, 39. Jihad is Islamic holy war or struggle.
Lawyers for the (news)paper had argued that the word Allah predated Islam and had been used extensively by (non-Muslims) in Malaysia's part of Borneo island for centuries. "The nation must protect and support the rights of the minority," said …the founding editor of the Herald. "God is an integral part of every religion.