Allah name in the Bible vs the Quran
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
The Bible says Allah
Alle lu ya = Ya Allah hu
Moses-Jesus-Muhammad (peace be upon them all) →3 Men 1 Mission
Major similarities in Islam and Christianity due to same source: same one true God of Adam peace be upon him, Moses’ peace be upon him, Jesus’ peace be upon him, and Muhammad peace be upon him:
Arabic-Allah (God) and illah (lord): and in bible Hebrew-illa-Elohim, Eli, all words are same in real sense because Hebrew and Arabic is very similar language. (Mean God: -Allah). Both Moses peace be upon him, Jesus’ peace be upon him said God is one: Allah:
Jesus’ peace be upon him gave same message as given by Moses’ peace be upon him: GOD is ILLA (Allah in Arabic).
“Shama Israelu Adona iIla (in arabic:Allah) Hayno Adna Ikhad”.
It is a Hebrew quotation which means:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Moses’ peace be upon him)
[The Bible, Deuteronomy 6:4].
Same Jesus peace be upon him says:
“Shama Israelu Adona iIla (arabic:Allah) Hayno Adonai Ikhad.”
This is a Hebrew quotation, which means:
“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.”
[The Bible, Mark 12:29].
Same Holy Quran says: la illa ha illalah: there is no God but Allah. Furthermore, Holy Quran says,
“Say (O messenger Muhammad peace be upon him) He is Allah,
The One and Only.
“Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” [Al-Qur’an 112:1-4].
The same word Allah (swt) is mentioned in many religious scriptures including the Bible. In the Bible, God is very often referred to as ‘Elohim’ in the Hebrew language.
The ‘im’ in the ending is a plural of honour or respect. God is referred to as ‘El’ or ‘Elah’ in the English Bible with commentary, edited by Reverend C. I. Scofield. ‘Elah’ is alternatively spelt as ‘Alah’.
The difference in spelling is only of a single ‘L’. El, Elah and Elohim are not three distinctly different words. They all represent the single Arabic word Allah.
This is not my wishful thinking. It is said in an English Bible, edited by Rev. C. I. Scofield, D.D., with his Bible Commentary·
This Doctor of Divinity is well respected among the Bible Scholars of the Christian world. He is backed in his “NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION” of this translation by a galaxy of eight other D.D.’s:
Rev. Henry G. Weston, D.D., LL.D., President Crozer Theological seminary.
Rev. W. G. Moorehead, D.D., President Xenia (U.I,) Theological Seminary.
Rev. lames M. Gray, D.D., President Moody Bible Institute.
Rev. Elmore Harris, D.D., President Toronto Bible Institute.
Rev. William!. Erdman, D.D., Author “The Gospel of John,” etc.
Rev. Arthur T. Pierson, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher, etc.
Rev. William L. Pettingill, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher.
Arno C. Gaebelein, Author “Harmony of Prophetic Word,” etc.
They have been unanimous in supporting Rev. Scofield in his “New and Improved” commentary. Muslims spell Allah as ‘Allah’ while the Reverend has spelt it as ‘Alah’ and they pronounce it as ‘Elah’. Muslims pronounce it as ‘Allah’.
Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages therefore muslims say it should be pronounced as ‘Allah’ and not as ‘Elah’.
It is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 27 verse 46 as well as in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 verse 34:
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? [Gospel of Matthew 27:46 & Gospel of Mark 15:34]
When Jesus (peace be upon him) was put on the cross, he cried with a loud voice saying “ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI?” that is to say, ‘My God, My God why hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ Does this sound like “Jehovah! Jehovah!
Why has thou forsaken me?” Does it sound like Abba Abba (FATHER)? The answer is ‘No’. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages and if you translate “ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI?” into Arabic it is ‘ALLAH ALLAH LAMA TARAK TANI’. Doesn’t it sound similar?
This statement of Jesus (peace be upon him), “ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI” is preserved in its original Hebrew in each and every of its translation which is available in more than 2000 different languages of the world and in each and every of them, “Allah” is present.
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken? (Matthew 27:46)
If Jesus were God Himself, as Christians allege, does it mean that God was forsaken by God?
Moreover, can that who felt hopeless and desperately shouted for help be a god? Actually: being hopeless, he was asking help from God (Allah).
ALLELUYA! Now ask your Christian friend if he had heard the word – “ALLELUYA.” No Christian worth the name will fail to recognize it. Whenever the Christian goes into ecstasy, he exclaims – “Alleluya! Alleluya!”, just as we Muslims might exclaim the Takbir – “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”
Ask him, what is Alleluya? Take him to the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, Chapter 19; we are informed there that John the disciple of Jesus, saw a vision, in which, why hast thou forsaken me’? (Matthew 27:46). ALLELUYA!
The exclamatory particle or exclamation mark, e.g., Stop! Go! Fire! Bang!
Let us repeat the above Tasbih (words of praise) as an Arab or a Jew: ALLE-LU-YA will be YA-ALLE-LU because, as explained above, YA is always at the beginning in both Arabic and Hebrew.
YA ALLE LU would be YA ALLA HU: Meaning, “OH ALLAH!” (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise) “OH ALLAH!” (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise).
Unbiased Christians will not fail to recognize Allah as none other than his – El, Eli, Alle, Elah, Alah, Allah. Call upon Him by any name, for His are the Most Beautiful names, as long as those names are not contaminated and as long as they do not conjure up in our minds the images of men or monkeys howsoever glorified, they might have been.
Name Allah preferred to the word ‘God’
Muslims prefer calling Allah (swt) with His Name ‘Allah’, instead of the English word ‘God’. That is because Allah has called himself Allah in the Glorious Qur’an. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) too has called God by the name Allah. The Arabic word Allah is pure and unique, unlike the English word God which can be played around with.
If you add ‘s’ to ‘god’, it becomes ‘gods’ which is the plural of the word ‘god’. Allah is one and singular, there is no plural of Allah. If you add ‘Dess’ to god, it becomes ‘goddess’ i.e., a female god. There is nothing like male Allah or female Allah.
Allah has no gender. If you add father to God, it becomes ‘godfather’ (meaning guardian). There is nothing like ‘Allah Abba’ or ‘Allah father’ in Islam. If you add mother to God, it becomes ‘godmother’. There is nothing like ‘Allah Ammi’ or ‘Allah Mother’ in Islam.
If you put tin before God, it becomes tin-God i.e., a fake God, there is nothing like ‘tin Allah’ or fake Allah in Islam. ‘Allah’ is a unique word, which does not conjure up any mental picture nor can it be played around with.
Hence, Muslims prefer the name Allah when referring to the Almighty Creator. But sometimes while speaking to non-Muslims we may use the inappropriate word ‘God’ for Allah.
You May ask this question:
Why Previous Books were not preserved vs Quran preservation? let me give you and example when a human send you a letter he takes cares of the delivery process and NOT preserving his own letter in your own home. It is YOUR responsibility to preserve the letter at your own home if YOU CARE.
Apply this to the Bible which had been Partially corrupted over centuries due to Business, political, economic and religious reasons. Unlike all Books Allah Exalted he promised to Preserve the Glorious Quran ( one of the methods is WE MUSLIMS MEMORIZE ALL THE QURAN word for word and letter for letter-
Go on YouTube and look up International Memorization Competitions) I challenge the Pope or your highest Cardina or Pastor to recide ONE PAGE of the top of his head)? Oh does anyone has the Bible in the Original Aramaic Language in which it was supposed to be revealed to Prophet Jesus (Issa)?
Do not tell me Greek Manuscripts because they are NOT originals they are translations of translations. Unlike the Glorious Quran we have it in the very same language it was revealed in to Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him Read it
𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐡 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐬 𝐎𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐡. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐲.
Muslims often refer to God as Allah. This is a universal name for God and does not refer to an exclusively ‘Islamic’ God. Interestingly, this name is related to the Aramaic and Hebrew names for God, Allaha and Elohim.
Therefore, Allah is simply the Arabic name for God which affirms that He is One singular God with no partners or equals. The name Allah cannot be pluralized or limited to a specific gender, which establishes that God is One and that He is unique from everything He creates.
Muslims continue to use this original Arabic name for God (Allah) since it perfectly expresses His unique qualities.
God is the Creator and the Sustainer of the universe who created everything for a reason. Muslims believe that He created humankind with a simple purpose – to worship Him.
He sent messengers to guide people in fulfilling this purpose. Some of these messengers include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon all of them.
They all taught a consistent message about God by affirming His greatness as the Creator and guiding people to worship Him alone. This basic concept has always resonated with people’s natural understanding of God.
Allah knows Best.