PAS political bureau backs use of 'Allah' by Christians after a three hour meeting which was chaired by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. (File Photo: Flickr/ Osman Adnan)

Often portray as hardliner Islamic party – PAS yesterday back the use of Allah by Christian communities in the country, saying that it is consistent with the federal Constitution and Islamic principles.

“PAS would like to state that based on Islamic principles, the use of the word Allah by the people of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity and Judaism, is acceptable,” said Hadi in a written statement which was read out by Information Chief Idris Ahmad, Malaysia Insider reports.

“However, the word Allah must not be misused or abused so as not to affect racial and religious harmony in the country,” he added.

The decision was made after long meeting by the Islamist party’s political bureau, chaired by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

In a related incident, Selangor UMNO Youth chief Suhaimi Mohd Ghazali said on Monday they were cancelling planned mass rally to protest High Court decision on ‘Allah’ following a call by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s to remain calm and not act in a way that can be detrimental to the stability of the country.

“As a mark of respect to the Prime Minister’s call for calm, we have decided to call off the protests that were planned earlier,” he said according to Bernama.

On Dec 31, 2009 the Kuala Lumpur High Court had decided to allow Herald – The Catholic Weekly, to use the word “Allah” in its publication.

Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan had ruled that pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Federal Constitution, the Herald had the constitutional right to use the word in respect of instruction and education of the congregation in the Christian religion.