Do you know what that means?
Do you know what language it is?
Do you know who uses it?
Shall I answer your questions?
It's an Arabic term. It means God. Muslims are the one's that are usually heard using it.
Islam, as some of you know, is a monotheistic religion i.e. the belief there is only one God.
The God we worship is just God. He's not a different God. Or a different being. The same God that Jews and basically Christians worship.
Why do I say basically Christians?
Well, this is where the main and most important difference comes in between Islam and Christianity.
Muslims monotheistic belief in God is similar to that of in Judaism. Where God is unquestionably one being, with no partners, without the concept of Trinity.
Before I digress too much on this topic I want to mention that Muslims do however believe in Jesus. But we believe that Jesus was a Prophet and also believe he will return to defeat the anti-Christ. And unfortunately for the sake of my wrists and keeping this post short I will stop here about Jesus.
Allah has become a word that many non-Muslims in the west have come to misunderstand. I've seen people yell saying Allah is the devil. Which never made any sense to me, especially when they where preaching and telling us to worship God.
Funnier thing is, many Arab Christians use the word as well.
Because it means God. The God that we all believe to have created humankind, the earth, and the universe.
Sometimes though Arab Christians will add another term after Allah for God, the father and God, the son.
Sometimes I consider going to those individuals that tell me Allah is the devil and is evil and having a discussion with them. I wonder if learning something will confuse them.
Some people argue it's our fault for using the word Allah because it confuses other people. My answer? It's not like we don't use the word God. How many times have you seen the writers on this blog say God? Quite a lot.
Like Hebrew is that language for Judaism, Arabic is the language of Islam.
Many of us are not Arabic speakers but have learned to read the Quran in Arabic. And learn to say our prayers in Arabic. We use many terms in Arabic like Insh'Allah (God willing), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), and the famous Allahu Akbar (God is Great). And those are just a few.
I will have to end my post here despite having other things to talk about like the controversy going on in Malaysia. But insh'Allah when my hands are better my posts won't be so crappy but until then, I hope you did learn something.