Allah – The ‘Muslim’ God
It remains amazing that many people throughout the western world believe that Muslims pray to a ‘different’ God, and some go as far as to claim that Muslims also worship the Prophet Muhammad. Both of those statements couldn’t be further from the truth.
1. Muslims worship the One God, the creator of the universe, who is eternal and immortal. Muslims do not believe Allah to be a separate God than the God worshipped by Jews and Christians.
2. Muslims would never worship Muhammad, as he was simply a messenger of God who was a mortal human being. Believing that the Prophet Muhammad was more than a prophet would be considered blasphemy in Islam.
Allah is the literal translation of the Arabic word for ‘God’. It does not refer to a different god to the God accepted in Judeo-Christian theology. Arabs, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, refer to God as Allah. It is comparable in essence to the ancient Israelites who referred to God as ‘Yahweh’ and ‘Dios’ as referred to God in the ancient Greek gospels or New Testament.
God revels in the Holy Quran that he has ninety-nine names which also refer to His attributes. Here are some examples:
Al-Rahim (The Merciful One)
Al-Aziz (The Almighty)
Al-Gaffar (The Forgiver)
Al-Alim (The All Knowing)
Al-Adl (The Just / Equitable One)
Al-Muhi (The Giver of Life)
Al-Mumit (The Causer of Death)
Al-Basir (The All Knowing/Seeing)
Allah (The One God)
In Arabic, the letters ‘Al’ which precede all of God’s names signify ‘The’ in the English language, meaning the only one. The word Allah is composed of the article ‘Al’ and the word ‘elah’ which means god in Arabic, and can refer to any god. By bringing those two parts together, we have the term ‘Allah’ meaning ‘The God’, or the ‘One God’. He is complete and The Greatest. In other terms, there is no one who is or can be more merciful or more just than Him. All God’s names repeatedly remind a Muslim or any person reading His names, of the oneness of God, and that none should ever be associated with Him.
Unlike Christianity, Islam does not view God as a triune god, or being part of a trinity. This is one of the major differences between both faiths, and Islam considers association with God of any sort to be blasphemy against Him. He is not considered to be of any shape or form, and it is deemed beyond a person’s mental capacity to try and understand the ‘form’ of God.
So, Islam recognizes and accepts only one God, whose name is Allah. He is the Creator and the Sustainer of the universe and all of creation. Only He wills what comes into being, and only He can will when it ends. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. According to the Holy Quran (2:117):
[Allah is] “The Initiator of the heavens and the earth: to have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is”
As a Muslim, I submit only to Allah, accept no God but Allah, fear none but Allah, and pray to none but Allah.