𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞?
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Allah (One of Unique Name of God) in the world major religion (They tried to Erase it but Failed, its still intact) and Why there is no alternative to this unique name?
“Allah” is the most appropriate Unique name for God in the Qur’an. Is this name “Allah” mentioned in other religious scriptures besides the Qur’an?
Allah in islām
Holy Quran: It is الله (Allah) Who has created the heavens and the earth (Chapter 32:4)
Allah in Torah (Judaism)
Genesis 1:1 First Bible First Chapter First Verse (Gideon)
في البدء خلق الله السموات والارض 1
In the beginning الله created the heaven and the earth.
Allah in Bible (New Testament)
3 وَالحَياةُ الأبَدِيَّةُ هِيَ أنْ يَعرِفُوكَ أنتَ ﷲ الحَقِيْقِيُّ وَحدَكَ، وَأنْ يَعرِفُوا يَسُوعَ المَسِيحَ الَّذِي أرسَلْتَهُ
Now this is eternal life: that they know you ﷲ, the only true ﷲ God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3, Arabic Bible ERV)
Bible Arabic: Smith & Van Dyke
John 8:42فقال لهم يسوع لو كان الله اباكم لكنتم تحبونني لاني خرجت من قبل الله وأتيت. لاني لم آت من
Jesus said unto them, If الله were your God, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from الله neither came I of myself, but he (الله) sent me
Almost all the major religious scriptures of the world contain the word “Allah” as one of the names of God.
Elohim El, Elah, Alah
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 and God is referred to as ‘El’ or ‘Elah’ in the English Bible with commentary, edited by reverend C. I. Scofield. ‘Elah’ is alternatively spelled as ‘Alah’. The difference in spelling is only of a single ‘L’.
Muslims spell Allah as ‘Allah’ while the Reverend has spelled it as Alah and they pronounce it as ‘Elah’. Muslims pronounce it as Allah. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages therefore we say it should be pronounced as ‘Allah’ and not as ‘Elah’.
When I was in school, I was taught ‘D, O’ is do, ‘T, O’ is to. What is ‘G, O’ It is ‘go’ and not ‘gu’. ‘N, U, T’ is nut, ‘C, U, T’ cut; ‘B, U, T’ is but, what is ‘P, U, T’? Not ‘pat’ but it is ‘put’. If you ask “Why?” The answer is “It is their language”. If I have to pass I have to say ‘P, U, T’ is ‘put’ and not ‘pat’. Similarly, the right pronunciation for A, L, L, A, H, is Allah.
Jesus (pbuh) cried out Allah Allah when he was put on the cross
It is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Mathew, chapter 27 verse 46 as well as Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 verse 34 when Jesus (pbuh) was put on the cross.
Jesus cried with a loud voice saying “E’-Li, E’-Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni?” 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?
The answer is ‘No’. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages and if you translate “E’-Li, E’-Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni” into Arabic it is ‘Allah Allah lama tarak tani’ does it sound similar?
This statement of Jesus (pbuh), “E’-Li, E’-Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni” 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.
“Allah” in Sikhism
One of the names by which Gurunanak Sahib referred to God is “Allah”.
“Allah” in Hinduism
“Allah” in Rigveda Book 2 Hymn I verse II
Even in the Rigveda which is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus, one of the attributes given to God Almighty in Book no 2 Hymn no I verse II, is ‘Ila’ which if pronounced properly is the same as Allah.
Amongst the various Upanishads one of the Upanishad is named as ‘Allo’ Upanishad in which God is referred to as “Allah” several times.
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 a 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 “Harmoney 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 (pbuh) 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 (pbuh), “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? (mathew27:46) 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!
th 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.
Why 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 (pbuh) 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.
Allah knows Best.