Updated: 06/23/2014 10:14 | By Agence France-Presse

Top Malaysian court dismisses divisive 'Allah' case

Malaysia's highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word "Allah", ending a years-long legal battle that has caused religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.


Top Malaysian court dismisses divisive 'Allah' case

Protesters are seen displaying placards reading 'Allah word only can be used by Muslims' during a demonstration near the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on October 14, 2013 - by Mohd Rasfan

The Catholic Church had been seeking to reverse a government ban on it referring to God by the Arabic word "Allah" in the local Malay-language edition of its Herald newspaper, but a seven-judge panel ruled the decision stood.

"It's a blanket ban. Non-Muslims cannot use the word," S. Selvarajah, one of the church's lawyers, told AFP.

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