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The word Allah- Who is Allah?

Written by Mohammad Ali Abid

Who Is Allah? Answering this question is indeed one ofrepparttar chief aims of this site. We quote extensively from a very insightful piece by Abu Iman Abdur-Rahman Robert Squires who writes in an article entitled “Who Is Allah?”:

Some ofrepparttar 109430 biggest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do withrepparttar 109431 word "Allah". For various reasons, many people have come to believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is totally false, since "Allah" is simplyrepparttar 109432 Arabic word for "God" - and there is only One God. Let there be no doubt - Muslims worshiprepparttar 109433 God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus - peace be upon them all. However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God. For example, Muslims - like Jews - rejectrepparttar 109434 Christian beliefs ofrepparttar 109435 Trinity andrepparttar 109436 Divine Incarnation. This, however, doesn't mean that each of these three religions worships a different God - because, as we have already said, there is only One True God. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim to be "Abrahamic Faiths", and all of them are also classified as "monotheistic". However, Islam teaches that other religions have, in one way or another, distorted and nullified a pure and proper belief in Almighty God by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas.

First of all, it is important to note that "Allah" isrepparttar 109437 same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will seerepparttar 109438 word "Allah" being used where "God" is used in English. (Click here to see some examples ofrepparttar 109439 word "Allah" inrepparttar 109440 Arabic Bible.) This is because "Allah" isrepparttar 109441 only word inrepparttar 109442 Arabic language equivalent torepparttar 109443 English word "God" with a capital "G". Additionally,repparttar 109444 word "Allah" cannot be made plural or given gender (i.e. masculine or feminine), which goes hand-in-hand withrepparttar 109445 Islamic concept of God. Because of this, and also becauserepparttar 109446 Qur'an, which isrepparttar 109447 holy scripture of Muslims, was revealed inrepparttar 109448 Arabic language, some Muslims userepparttar 109449 word "Allah" for "God", even when they are speaking other languages. This is not unique torepparttar 109450 word "Allah", since many Muslims tend to use Arabic words when discussing Islamic issues, regardless ofrepparttar 109451 language which they speak. This is becauserepparttar 109452 universal teachings of Islam - even though they have been translated in every major language - have been preserved inrepparttar 109453 Arabic language. It is interesting to note thatrepparttar 109454 Aramaic word "El", which isrepparttar 109455 word for God inrepparttar 109456 language that Jesus spoke, is certainly more similar in sound torepparttar 109457 word "Allah" thanrepparttar 109458 English word "God". This also holds true forrepparttar 109459 various Hebrew words for God, which are "El" and "Elah", andrepparttar 109460 plural form "Elohim". The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins. It should also be noted that in translatingrepparttar 109461 Bible into English,repparttar 109462 Hebrew word "El" is translated variously as "God", "God" and "angel"! This imprecise language allows different translators, based on their preconceived notions, to translaterepparttar 109463 word to fit their own views. The Arabic word "Allah" presents no such difficulty or ambiguity, since it is only used for Almighty God alone. Additionally, in English,repparttar 109464 only difference between "God", meaning a false God, and "God", meaningrepparttar 109465 One True God, isrepparttar 109466 capital "G". Inrepparttar 109467 Arabic alphabet, since it does not have capital letters,repparttar 109468 word for God (i.e. Allah) is formed by addingrepparttar 109469 equivalent torepparttar 109470 English word "the" (Al-) torepparttar 109471 Arabic word for "God/God" (ilah). Sorepparttar 109472 Arabic word "Allah" literally it means "The God" -repparttar 109473 "Al-" in Arabic basically servingrepparttar 109474 same function asrepparttar 109475 capital "G" in English. Due torepparttar 109476 above mentioned facts, a more accurate translation ofrepparttar 109477 word "Allah" into English might be "The One -and-Only God" or "The One True God".

More importantly, it should also be noted thatrepparttar 109478 Arabic word "Allah" contains a deep religious message due to its root meaning and origin. This is because it stems fromrepparttar 109479 Arabic verb ta'Allaha (or alaha), which means "to be worshipped". Thus in Arabic,repparttar 109480 word "Allah" means "The One who deserves all worship". This, in a nutshell, isrepparttar 109481 Pure Monotheistic message of Islam. You see, according to Islam, "monotheism" is much more than simply believing inrepparttar 109482 existence of "only One God" - as seemingly opposed to two, three or more. If one understandsrepparttar 109483 root meaning ofrepparttar 109484 word "Allah", this point should become clear. One should understand that Islam's criticism ofrepparttar 109485 other religions that claim to be "monotheistic" is not because they are "polytheistic" inrepparttar 109486 classic sense, but because they direct various forms of worship to other than Almighty God. We will discussrepparttar 109487 meaning of worship in Islam below, however, before moving on it should be noted that many non-Muslims are unaware ofrepparttar 109488 distinction between simply believing inrepparttar 109489 existence of only One God and reserving all worship for Him alone. Many Christians are painfully unaware of this point, and thus you often find them asking how Muslims can accuserepparttar 109490 followers of Jesus, peace be upon him, of being "polytheists" when they were all "monotheistic Jews". First of all, it should be clarified thatrepparttar 109491 word "polytheist" doesn't really sound right in this context, since to many it implies simply believing inrepparttar 109492 existence of more than one God. So in an Islamic context, "associators", "man-worshippers" or "creature worshippers" might be more accurate and appropriate terms - especially since Christians believe Jesus to be both "100% God and 100% man", while still paying lip-service to God's "Oneness". However, as we previously touched upon, what is really atrepparttar 109493 root of this problem isrepparttar 109494 fact that Christians - as well asrepparttar 109495 members of other religions - don't really know what "monotheism" means - especially inrepparttar 109496 Islamic sense. All ofrepparttar 109497 books, articles and papers that I've read which were written by Christians invariably limit "monotheism" to believing inrepparttar 109498 existence of "One Sovereign and Creator God". Islam, however, teaches much more than this.

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