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Published: Saturday, 4/7/2012

Muslims protest printing of 'Allah' on liquor bottles

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Muslims in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan are protesting a vodka producer who printed "Allah" on its liquor bottles.

Bekzat Boranbaiuly, head imam at a mosque in the city of Semey, said the vodka maker should seek forgiveness for the blasphemous use of the Arabic word for God.

Islam strictly forbids drinking alcohol.

The vodka brand is available in the northern Kazakh city of Semey at an average price of $4.40.



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