Why Do You Believe in Allah Instead of God? The Meaning of His Name

This is such a huge misconception.  Actually, I think this one of the main reasons that Muslims are looked down upon.  People think we’re worshipping another god besides what they know of as God.

I would love to explain this to every single nonMuslim on earth if I could.

But I can’t. So I’ll explain it to you instead.

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Allah is God.

If you believe in God, you agree with this concept.

“God” is an English term.  In France they call God “Dia.” In Italy, “Dio.”

In Arabic, “Allah.”

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I know you may feel very attached to the word “God,” but keep in mind that Jesus never uttered the word “God.” He did not speak English.

Allah is simply the Arabic word for God.

The name Allah literally means THE God.

Arab Christians and Jews call God “Allah” as well. Not just a Muslim thing.

When I first converted, to be honest, I couldn’t get over the difference between the words Allah and God.  I didn’t feel like I had a real connection to Him when I used the term “Allah,” but as I came to understand the word, I realized I like it better than “God.”

The word God was not uttered by any prophet.  It doesn’t have any profound meaning in English.

It’s beautiful to me that Prophet Muhammad (saws) spoke Arabic and used the word “Allah.” Who cares what it is in English?! The Quran mentions Allah in Arabic for a reason.

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Forget about the word though, the more important part is the concept.  What the word means.  I know it may be hard to put aside in your mind that Allah is God in another language, but just try.

Try to realize we are all brothers under the same God.  Allah. Rabb. Dia. Dio.

I don’t care what language, we all belong to Him. Whatever you call him. Whereever you live.  Whatever language you speak. If only everyone on earth could have this understanding.

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13 thoughts on “Why Do You Believe in Allah Instead of God? The Meaning of His Name

  1. Salaam.I think there are some obvious false statements in wikipedia. In arabic the equivalent term or word for ‘god’ is ‘elah’,’godess’ is elaha, ‘gods’ is ‘aaleha’,godesses’ is ‘aalehat’.As you see we can make it plural or use it for male or female(historically rooted from the beliefs of ancient people who believed in polytheism and the trinity of christians). Allah is a unique name that we cannot make it plural and has no gender(although it is literally derived from ‘elaha’).so it is better to use a word that best describes his uniqueness. As you said the concept and our (eemaan) in the concept are important.

    1. I think it’s fair to say that Allah means God when you capitalize the name. When you say God you are talking about the only God. If i said “Allah means god” then this is where what you’re talking about comes into play… that would equate to “elah.”

      1. Allah subhanh wa taala said in Surat Alankabut, verse 46
        ((وَلَا تُجَادِلُوا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ إِلَّا بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْهُمْ وَقُولُوا آمَنَّا بِالَّذِي أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَأُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُمْ وَإِلَهُنَا وَإِلَهُكُمْ وَاحِدٌ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ))
        “And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him”
        In this verse Allah commanded us to say to christians and jews that we worship the same God they worship. So, when we are explaining to them as in this post I agree that we should say that Allah and God is the same thing since they worship the same God and this God is Allah.

  2. I like how simply you put this. I also wrote something about this in a post I had written a long time ago, but it wasn’t written as clearly and concisely as this. I agree with you, I wish we could inform the whole of Earth about this concept, which is such an obvious thing to we as Muslims.

  3. Allah is Lord of he worlds, the creator, our sustainer. Just because someone prays to God doesn’t mean they are praying to Allah. But no matter who people pray to or what they pray to… Allah is Lord. And they know not.

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