Then they started on another word with endless iteration, and then they repeated _Allah, Allah, Allah_, swaying and swaying till the universe began to reel.
Allah wo uckbaar, _Allah u akbar_, 'God is most great'
There is much that we can learn from the recent attacks on several churches in Malaysia spurred by the use of the word Allah - the Arabic word for God - by Malaysian Christians, dividing an otherwise diverse society.
Several Muslim groups have announced a street protest Friday to oppose a High Court ruling last week that allowed the Herald, Malaysia's main Roman Catholic newsletter, to use the word Allah, which is the Arabic word for God.
The usage of the term Allah by English speaking non-Muslims in reference to the God in Islam, Marshall G. S. Hodgson says, can imply that Muslims are worshiping a mythical god named 'Allah' rather than God, the creator.