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 era.

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 invitation:

[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, Most Merciful.

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 holy Quran:

[Say: He 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

By:::Dr. Iyad Sultan

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Comment by Prazzie on September 13, 2009 at 3:05pm
Alyaa, so far you have contributed three blog posts to Think Atheist. The first one was a copy-paste job written by Dr. Zakir Naik. The second was a copy-pasted poem written by an unknown person. Now we are treated to a copy-paste by Dr. Iyad Sultan.

We are an online community of people who share a lack of belief in gods. I mention the online part to indicate to you that we are all capable of using Google to find any information we might need. Should I have any interest in Islam, I can search the internet. I mention the lack of god belief to indicate to you that you can post about the many names/faces/aspects of Allah until you are blue in the face, we do not accept that such a being exists!

Alyaa, why are YOU here? How do YOU feel about what Dr. Sultan has written? Why do YOU believe that Allah is the one true God and that Islam is the one correct religion out of thousands? I would love to see some of your personality, Alyaa, instead of bits and pieces copied from elsewhere on the internet and dumped here without so much as an "I agree with this guy!"

I am fully capable of conversing with you in a civil manner, if you would only be willing to correspond on a personal level. You're hiding behind walls of perceived didactic text, which comes accross as impersonal preaching (the worst kind!) and you've selected perhaps the worst possible audience for these attemps, because Alyaa, most of us have been there and left it behind already.

Until you can show me that Islam is not a repulsive, disgusting, fear and hate-mongering cult that oppresses and abuses women and children, I have zero interest in the finer details of Allah worship.
Comment by Wesley on September 13, 2009 at 3:13pm
I think its hilarious how Dr. Sultan so blithely dismisses Hindu's and Buddhists as Pagan Idolaters. How freaking hypocritical can you get?
Comment by Dave G on September 13, 2009 at 3:45pm
Nicely put, Prazzie
Comment by Matt on September 13, 2009 at 3:46pm
Same Wes, I almost stopped reading as soon as I saw that sentence.
Comment by Reggie on September 13, 2009 at 4:57pm
Well said, Prazzie.
Comment by Doug Reardon on September 13, 2009 at 6:46pm
No matter what you call him, god, allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, mutherfucker. He is still just a hallucinatory delusion of a very sick man, Abraham!
Comment by Reggie on September 13, 2009 at 6:59pm
@ Doug - How DARE you call God "mutherfucker"! It's "motherfucker", you blasphemer.
Comment by Doug Reardon on September 13, 2009 at 8:50pm
Reggie: We here in the southern part of Dixie prefer Muther, we would never speak poorly of our mothers!
Comment by Reggie on September 13, 2009 at 8:55pm
Point taken, Doug. Haha.
Comment by Wesley on September 13, 2009 at 9:37pm
What about "MytherFucker"?


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