By Dr. Iyad Sultan
In Arabic, Allah means literally
the one God. It is pretty easy to understand how different languages give the
same thing different names. Is it that unusual to hear Muslims call God another
name, like "Allah", while you call him God or Lord? Some people have no minds;
in the last decade, a growing phenomenon was seen on the internet and in
published literature. Allah is said to be the “moon god” that Arabs worshiped,
and Kaaba (The Muslims holiest place on Earth) is His temple. The evidence for
this theory is the crescent that appears on the top of many mosques all over the
world plus a fabricated picture of the "moon god".
This idea is very dangerous. If
you believe that Muslims are worshiping an idol, then there is no basis even to
talk to them. They are pagan idolaters like Hindus and Buddhists. It is
alleged that although Islam is a monotheistic religion, the Muslims' only God is
simply another idol that Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) chose (or in some versions of the
story, he made it up).
To invalidate this foolish theory,
one has to take the story from different angles.
The crescent is not a symbol of
Islam, but of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans are those tribes that moved to
Turkey from east and middle Asia. They converted to Islam and built a huge
Muslim Empire that ruled the whole Muslim world for centuries. When they took
Islam as a religion they started using the lunar calendar, the calendar that was
used by Muslims, Jews and early Christians. Even today, the flag of Turkey has
a crescent on it. There was no crescent on any mosque built before the Ottomans
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 (P.B.U.H.) 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
[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. ]109:1-6
Later on, the Quran started
calling Allah by other names. One of those holy names was Al-Rahman (the
Gracious). Arabs wondered:"is this a new God?" The Quran responded again:
[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. ]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,
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.]59:22-24
When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came
back to Mecca, he entered the city peacefully on the top of an army of 10,000
men, exactly as the Bible described him "pre-eminent above ten thousand."
(Solomon 5:10). He did not burn a single home; he did not harm a single person;
he just went to the Kaaba and destroyed all the gods Arabs had there. He kept
nothing in the Kaaba. Where is this picture of the moon god coming from? I
don't know. Did anyone of the pagan Arabs have a digital camera by then?
There is evidence that the word
Allah existed before the birth of Muhammad PBUH 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. Can we say that all English
speaking nations are pagans because they use the word "God"? What about Chinese
monotheists? How should they call God?
Prophet Muhammad's father’s name
was Abdullah (The slave of Allah). This name was common among Arab pagans and
Jews. Abdullah bin Salam was one of the first Jews to convert to Islam in
Medina. When Arabs call Allah in prayer they say: “Ya Allah” or “Allahoma”.
Aren't these words familiar to you? “Alleluia” and “Elohim” are the words used
to call Allah in the Bible. In Hebrew, the suffix im means many. So Elohim
literally means many Allah(s). This is a known way to express dignity and
respect to almighty Allah by calling Him pleural. This phenomenon is known in
Hebrew, Arabic, English and other languages. In Quran, the same pattern is seen
many times. For example, God says in the holy Quran:
We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it
(from corruption). ]15:9.
In the English translation of the
Bible, you read, "Let us make man in our image”-Genesis 1:26-KJV.
The word Allah is used in all
Arabic translations of the Bible. It was used in some English translations of
the Bible like the original "Scofield Reference Bible"-reference: what is his
name? by Deedat. In the New Testament, Jesus is believed to cry before his
death "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” Eloi is the exact Arabic word "Elahi"
which comes from the same root as Allah.
I have no doubt that the word
"Allah" is the oldest known name man called God with. For those who choose to
ignore this fact and transgress, Muslims have nothing to offer. Allah says in
the holy Quran:
[If any, after this, invent a lie
and attribute it to Allah, they are indeed unjust wrong-doers.] 3:94
For Muslims, Allah is perfect. He
has no partners. We worship Him and Him alone. Our faith is summarized in the
is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor
is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.]112:1-4