The word Allah- Who is Allah?Written by Mohammad Ali Abid
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Suffice it to say that just because someone claims to be a "monotheistic" Jew, Christian or Muslim, that doesn't keep them from falling into corrupt beliefs and idolatrous practices. Many people, including some Muslims, claim belief in "One God" even though they've fallen into acts of idolatry. Certainly, many Protestants accuse Roman Catholics of idolatrous practices in regards to saints and Virgin Mary. Likewise, Greek Orthodox Church is considered "idolatrous" by many other Christians because in much of their worship they use icons. However, if you ask a Roman Catholic or a Greek Orthodox person if God is "One", they will invariably answer: "Yes!”… …This brings us to a more important point: It should be clearly understood that what Islam is primarily concerned with is correcting mankind's concept of Almighty God. What we are ultimately going to be held accountable at end of our life is not whether we prefer word "Allah" over word "God", but what our concept of God is. Language is only a side issue. A person can have an incorrect concept of God while using word "Allah", and likewise a person can have a correct concept of God while using word "God". This is because both of these words are equally capable of being misused and being improperly defined. As we've already mentioned, using word "Allah" no more insinuates belief in Unity of God than use of word "God" insinuates belief in Trinity - or any other theological opinion. Naturally, when God sends a revelation to mankind through a prophet, He is going to send it in a language that people who receive it can understand and relate to. Almighty God makes this clear in Qur'an, when He states:
Never did We send a Messenger except (to teach) in language of his (own) people in order to make (things) clear to them." (Qur'an, Chapter 14 - "Abraham", Verse 4)
As Muslims, we think that it is unfortunate that we have to go into details on such seemingly minor issues, but so many falsehoods have been heaped upon our religion, that we feel that it is our duty to try to break down barriers of falsehood. This isn't always easy, since there is a lot of anti-Islamic literature in existence which tries to make Islam look like something strange and foreign to Westerners. There are some people out there, who are obviously not on side of truth, that want to get people to believe that "Allah" is just some Arabian "God", and that Islam is completely "other" - meaning that it has no common roots with other Abrahamic religions (i.e. Christianity and Judaism). To say that Muslims worship a different "God" because they say "Allah" is just as illogical as saying that French people worship another God because they use word "Dieu", that Spanish-speaking people worship a different God because they say "Dios" or that Hebrews worshipped a different God because they sometimes call Him "Yahweh". Certainly, reasoning like this is quite ridiculous! It should also be mentioned, that claiming that any one language uses only correct word for God is tantamount to denying universality of God's message to mankind, which was to all nations, tribes and people through various prophets who spoke different languages.”
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Specialized Solutions, Inc. Announces CompTIA CAQC Certification for its CDIA+ Training CourseWritten by Cheryl Pelchat
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