What’s in a Language?
There are more Christians in Palestine than Israel. Their vernacular is Arabic.
There are more Israelis who are Muslims than those who are Christians.
The population of Palestine is 12 million. 7 per cent [approximately 840,000 of them] are Christians.
In contrast, Israel population is 8.5million. Only 2 per cent of Israelis, [approximately 171,000] are Christians while 17.5 per cent of Israelis, [approximately 1.5m], are Muslims.
Now let me further break it down. Most of the 840,000 Palestinian Christians speak Arabic as their vernacular. Most don’t speak or understand English.
Their Holy Bible is written in the Arabic language.
In the Arabic Bible, God is called Allaah. That is how God is called in the Arabic language. The same way the Yoruba Bible calls God “Olorun.”
If they want to say “God is great”, they also say “Allaahu Akbar.”
If they want to say “Glory to God” they say “AlhamdulilLaah.”
Their preachers preach to them every Sunday in their churches in their vernacular, which is Arabic. Just like the Catholic Pope preaches in Latin. Sunday services in many parts of Egypt too are conducted in Arabic because that is their native language.
Don’t let the fear mongers continue to spread fear and sow discord among us.
Those saddled with the task of uniting us have become instruments of division.
Arabic is not Islam and Islam is not Arabic. One is a language, the other is a religion.
Arabic is a language like English, like French, like German, like Spanish, like Hindi, like Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo. It is not a religion.
So if you like another man’s English language and claim to hate another man’s Arabic language because most Muslims speak Arabic, my friend, you are simply a slave of accidental civilization.