About the word ‘Allah’

4 Apr

Whom Should We Worship?
Authorship: Majed S. Al-Rassi
Short Link: http://IslamHouse.com/431561

Although the English word ‘God’ has often been used interchangeably in this book with the word Allah, there is a
difference. ‘Allah’ is the word in Arabic that is translated as
‘God’. However, ‘Allah’ has a much more precise meaning than
‘God’. ‘Allah’ is not merely an Arabic term for the word ‘god’.
Instead, the root word of the word ‘Allah’ is ilâh, which means
‘a god’. There are countless numbers of made-up ‘gods’, but
only One True God whose name is Allah. The word ‘Allah’
literally means ‘the worshipped’.

Allah is, thus, the proper name for the only Being that is worthy of worship, the True Creator of the universe. By saying ‘Allah’, Muslims are, in essence, negating every other entity which people wrongfully worship. The name ‘Allah’ is how God Almighty has referred to Himself in the Qur’an, and how Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) also referred to Him. Therefore, in this work, the term ‘Allah’ will often be used in reference to this One and Only God, who is worthy of worship.

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