Friday, January 22, 2010

Usage of word 'Allah' a constitutional rights, says Malaysian Gurdwaras Council

Malaysian Gurdwaras Council says "It's our constitutional right. We will not tolerate any form of obstruction on the usage."

Sikhism is a religion founded on the monotheistic teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469 - 1539). He attained guruship on 1507. He was succeeded by nine other gurus, until the death of the tenth and last guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1708. The Gurus were born in Northern India, but traveled extensively from as far west as Iraq to Assam in the east and Sri Lanka in the south.

The fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji was responsible for the compilation of the Adi Granth, that also includes his revelations and of those of the earlier four gurus. This Holy Scripture was completed in 1604. The hymns of the ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji were added in the year 1705 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the final Sikh Holy Scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Shortly before his demise in 1708, Guru Gobind Singh Ji ordered that the Guru Granth Sahib Ji would be the ultimate spiritual authority for the Sikhs, the final and eternal guru. The holy book is the perpetual living Guru of Sikhism.

The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is one of the few scriptures in the world that has been compiled by the founders of a faith during their own life time. It is particularly unique among sacred texts in that it is written in Gurmukhi script but contains many languages including Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bhojpuri and Persian.

The holy book spans 1,430 pages and in 33 sections, there are a total of 5,894 hymns of six Sikh Gurus, thirteen Hindu bhagats or saints, five Muslim divines, a Sikh devotee and twelve bards.

In Sikhism today, there is nothing more important than the holy book. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji resides around the world, in every Gurdwara or Sikh Temple, and in every Sikh household. The Priests and other Sikhs will perform ceremonies to show respect to the holy book. While moving it, it is common to carry it on top of a covered head. When it is open and exposed, it is common to wave a Chaur Sahib over it.

The word "Allah" is predominantly used in Arabic and other Middle-eastern languages, and in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. It has been used for centuries to mean the one and only God, the Almighty. The same spoken word is written in many different scripts and alphabets of these various languages. Its usage also predates Islam.

The word "Allah' (and its derivatives of "Alah", "Alhu", "Allahu", "Alaahi") in reference to God is also utilized approximately 46 times in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. It is thus not exclusive to any written or spoken language in Malaysia. It predates the Malaysian Independence, and thus its usage is assured in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

The President of the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council, V. Harcharan Singh said followers of the Sikh religion in Malaysia would not tolerate any form of obstruction on the use of the original words and terms taken from their now 405-years old holy book.

He strongly suggests that the Malaysian authorities do in-depth researches, findings and understandings before passing on any of their ideas or implementing any legislation on the use of words or terms of languages in the religious scriptures and writings in our multi-religious and multi-lingual society.

The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council is the umbrella body of some 130 Gurdwaras or Sikh Temples nationwide representing more than 100,000 Sikhs and many other North Indians (Punjabi and Sindhi descents) followers of the religious teachings.

V. Harcharan Singh is also the Vice President of The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).- Malaysiakini.TV, Gurdwaras:
Gurdwaras: It's our constitutional right


Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


If we can accept "We are one family" concept
Then we can all easily with wrongdoings reject
When we think of all being parts of the same body
Less people will be 'drunk' with or without toddy

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 230110
Sat. 23rd Jan. 2010.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


Wonder why some people bring out an issue
That has long been part of the mainline tissue
Wonder why some people open the Pandora's Box
Then search for victims all around below belt to box

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 230110
Sat. 23rd Jan. 2010.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


It's every citizen's duty to vote
But first be registered to take note
It's your responsibility to devote
All your resources to cast your vote

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 240110
Sun. 24th Jan. 2010.