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Young Muslims vow to defend use of 'Allah'


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Young Muslims at two Malaysian mosques are vowing to keep Christians from using the word "Allah" as a translation for the word for "God."

One man attending prayers at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur says "we can fight to the death over this issue."

The country's High Court has overturned a ban on Roman Catholics using "Allah" in the Malay-language edition of their main newspaper.

Allah, an Arabic word that predates Islam, is a word that's also used by Christians to refer to God in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Syria and Indonesia.

Three churches were attacked with firebombs during the night, causing extensive damage to one. No arrests have been made.

About 50 people at one mosque carried posters reading "Heresy arises from words wrongly used" and "Allah is only for us."

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