Friday, February 1, 2013

Who Is Allah?


In Arabic, Allah means literally the one God.  Different languages give the same thing, different names.  In the last decade, a growing phenomenon was seen on the internet and in published literature where Allah is said to be the “moon god” that Arabs worshiped, and the Kaaba (The Muslims holy place at Mecca) is His temple.

It is alleged that although Islam is a monotheistic religion, the Muslims’ only God is simply another idol that Muhammad peace be upon him chose (or in some versions of the story, he made it up).
This story is nullified by many facts.

Prophet Abraham built the Kaaba for people to worship God. While pagan Arabs admitted this fact and even kept the stone where he used to stand to build the Kaaba (Abraham’s station), they brought idols to the Kaaba and worshiped them to get closer to Abraham’s Lord, Allah, God of gods.

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him came with the monotheistic message of Islam.  Arabs defended these idols and refused to give up the religion of their fathers and grandfathers.  They offered to Muhammad a deal, that is to worship their gods for one year, and they worship Allah alone for one year.  A chapter of the Quran came with the response from God to this evil invitation:

“Say : O ye that reject Faith! I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,  Nor will ye worship that which I worship.  To you be your Way, and to me mine.” Al Quran 109:1-6

Later on when Allah revealed in the Quran that Allah has other names.  One of those holy names for example is Al-Rahman (the Gracious).  The pagan Arabs thought that this was new God. To which Allah responded again in the Quran:

“Say: Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names” Al Quran 17:110
It is not a new god; it is a new name for the same God.  Allah has ninety nine names in Islam; all of them are holy and speak about different attributes of the same creator, almighty Allah.  As an example, read these verses of the Quran:

“Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.

He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise” Al Quran 59:22-24

When Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him  came back to Mecca, he entered the city peacefully on the top of an army of 10,000 men.
He did not burn a single home; he did not harm a single person; he just went to the Kaaba and destroyed all the idol gods of the Arabs there.  He kept nothing in the Kaaba.

There is evidence that the word Allah existed before the birth of Muhammad peace be upon him for thousands of years.  It is probably the oldest name man used to call God.  Most likely, Adam used the word Allah to call the Lord.  On the other hand, the word “GOD” was born with the English language, less than ten centuries ago.  Despite this we do not call all English speaking nations pagans because they use the word “God”?  Neither do we call Chinese monotheists, pagans because they call God by another name.
As a matter of fact, the word Allah is used in all Arabic translations of the Bible.
Allah says in the holy Quran:

In Islam, Allah is perfect.  He has no partners.  We worship Him and Him alone.  Our faith is summarized in the holy Quran:
“Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;  He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;  And there is none like unto Him” Al Quran 112:1-4

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