‘Allah’ . . . or is it ‘God’?

Say, “He is Allah, [who is] one,

Allah, the Eternal Refuge.

He neither begets nor is born,

nor is there to Him any equivalent. “

– Translation of the Quran, Chapter 112 (The Sincerity)

From Sarah Palin to certain judges in Malaysia, the name of Allah azza wa jal (glorified and sublime be He) seems to come up a lot in current affairs. Mostly, it’s in a negative way, or at least in an entirely confused and confusing manner.

The internet abounds with rumours concerning the meaning of “Allah”. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to disprove/dispel them (don’t tell the creators of this website though, i get the feeling they’d be a little disappointed).

This is a great, straight-forward website for understanding the difference between ‘Allah’ and the generic term, ‘God’. This Christian resource also explains Allah’s name well.

When i first converted to Islam, i was initially uncomfortable calling Allah by His name, preferring the term God. But as i became accustomed to reading and hearing the name of Allah used, i started to feel more comfortable using it myself. Now i hardly ever refer to Allah as ‘God’ (unless i’m around my non-Muslim family who may grow uncomfortable otherwise).

If you’re still confused over Allah, watch the following videos.



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