The Meaning of the Word "Allah"

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As Christians (and as Americans) we need to learn more about the over one billion Muslims in this world. Unfortunately we tend to fear people who look different from us, dress different, have different customs, and a different religion. We all have our prejudices! But the more we know and learn about others the more we can dispel the myths, the misrepresentations, and lies and then we can discover the “Truth!”

The Meaning of the Word "Allah"

Reprinted from Muslim Word Press Extra Knowledge.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Islam concerns the name “Allah.” Some people believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians, Jews and others, and some missionary organizations distribute literature in English in which they say such things as: “Allah is the God of the Muslims” and ” Muhammad told people to believe in the God, Allah.” They thus imply and reinforce the idea that “Allah” is some sort of false deity.

This is totally incorrect because “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will find the word “Allah” wherever “God” is used in English. “Allah” is also the proper name of God. Therefore, Muslims use the name “Allah” even when they speak other languages.

“Allah” is a special word. It indicates the only entity in existence who truly possess the qualities of divinity and lordship, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and earth. It is the name of the only being worthy of worship, the one upon whom all creation is dependant at every moment. This name belongs to God alone and no one else.

“Allah” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to “God” with a capital “G.” It is also a unique word grammatically since it cannot be made plural or given a masculine or feminine gender. This is consistent with the Islamic concept of God. In English and other languages the word “God” can be used in various forms such as “gods” or “goddess,” all with different connotations and meanings. The only difference between “god” (meaning a false god or any object of worship) and “God” (meaning the one true God) is a capital “G.” Thus, a more accurate translation of “Allah” might be “the one and only true God.”

But there is another important point, which is that Islam is particularly concerned with the correct concept of God. Someone can have an erroneous concept of Him whether he uses the name “Allah” or the word “God.” Followers of previous religions gradually deviated from the original pure belief in God due to the fact that their scriptures were not adequately protected from loss and alteration. None of these are still available for study in their original form or language.

But this is not true of the last divinely revealed message the Qur’an. Hence, the accurate concept of God can be found therein. Overall, Our God is everyones God. He is “one” for all human beings. One God for Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else. One God that created the universe and created us. We all worship ”Allah”/ “God”.

Today is the Day

God in the Spirit, revealed in Jesus Christ, calls us by grace to be renewed in the image of our Creator, that we may be one in divine love for the world.

Today is the day God cares for the integrity of creation, wills the healing and wholeness of all life.

Today is the day God embraces all hues of humanity, delights in diversity and difference, favors solidarity transforming strangers into friends.

Today is the day God cries with the masses of starving people, despises growth disparity between the rich and poor, demands justice for the workers in the marketplace.

Today is the day God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.

Today is the day God calls nations and peoples to live in peace, celebrate where justice and mercy embrace, exults when the wolf grazes with the lamb.

Today is the day God brings good news to the poor, proclaims release to the captives, gives sight to the blind, and sets the oppressed free.

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Too often when we say the word, “Muslim” our mind is filled with stereotypes and prejudices.
I just wanted to put another “face” on the word Muslim. This child is beautiful! We are ALL the Children of God!

One thing that I think is amazing about this video is how familiar some of the verses sound to me from the Christian Bible! It is just so obvious that we are ALL “ONE” in "Allah" the Arabic word for God. All peoples are our brothers and sisters!

As a Christian, our Muslim brothers and sisters are just simply those of another flock.
Osten Aune

16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
John 10:16

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