GEORGE TOWN- Newly-appointed Penang Mufti Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor said the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims is not a problem in Islam but many Muslims in the country cannot accept it.
"Although it is acceptable in Arabic countries, there is also a need to consider whether it is suitable in our community.
"From what I can see, the majority of Muslims in Malaysia are still unable to accept it, maybe over time, views can change.
"We may have to wait for the community to understand the issue better so as not to make it into a controversy and disrupt our social relationship," he told a press conference here yesterday.
Dr Wan Salim, who was born in Jitra, Kedah, replaced Datuk Seri Hassan Ahmad who served as Penang Mufti for 16 years.
Lawyer Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, who acted for the Terengganu Islamic Religious Council, welcomed the Federal Court decision, saying the judgment did not bind other similar cases.
"It can only be used by others to support their arguments. It cannot be used for the Bible issues," he added.