Allah , Eloh , Elohim

Recent news in Malaysia : local Muslims are in rage on the court ruling to allow the Herald newspaper to use the word Allah to refer to Eloh/Elohim/YHWH.

IMO, they seem to lost touch with the rest of the earth.

http://www.jews-for-allah.org/Why-Believe-in-Allah/Allah-inthe-Jewish-Bible.htm

http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Sources/Allah/BibAllah.html

A youtube video of a Yemeni Jew explaining the etymology of Eloh / Allah

Etymology of the world Allah:
El
Eloh/Elohim (Hebrew/Aramaic)
Allah (Arabic)


Both Eloh and Allah shares the same root: Eloh (Alef Lameh Heh) , Allah (Alif Lam Ha).

Where do you think the name of several of our prophets and angels derived from? .. its 'El' !! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophory_in_the_Bible

Elias (Ilyas) – Whose God is the Lord
Elisha (Ilyasa') – Salvation of God
Gabriel (Jibril) – Strong one of God
Ishmael (Ismail) – Heard by God
Michael (Mikail) – Who is like God?

So on what basis that the word Allah is reserved for the Muslims? , its not, and never was. The word Allah or Eloh, by meaning can be translated to 'The GOD' , 'The Highest GOD', or 'The One GOD'.

The name of the father of Prophet Muhammad was Abdullah. Which means 'Servant of Allah' or 'Servant of GOD'. However, that period of time, was way before the Prophet ministry was even started, but the word 'Allah' was already there, used by the polytheist arabs to refer to The Highest GOD in their polytheist society. They even went too far by assigning daughters to Allah (Al-'Uzza, al-Lat and Manah).

Theres verses in the Quran that criticises their actions of assigning daughters to GOD (all instances of the word GOD in the verses below were translated from the word 'Allah')

God says: 'Take not to you two gods. He is only One God; so have awe of Me.'. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and earth; His is the Way forever. Then will you fear other than God? Whatsoever blessing you have, it comes from God; then when affliction visits you it is unto Him that you groan. Then, when He removes the affliction from you, lo, a party of you assign associates to their Lord, that they may show unthankfulness for that We have given them. So take your joy; certainly you will soon know! And they appoint a share of that We have provided them to what they know not. By God, you shall be questioned as to that you forged. And they assign daughters for God! - Glory be to Him! - and for themselves, what they desire! and when any of them is given the good tidings of a girl, his face is darkened and he chokes inwardly, as he hides him from the people because of the evil of the good tidings that have been given unto him, whether he shall preserve it in humiliation, or trample it; into the dust. Ah, evil is that they judge! Those who believe not in the world to come, theirs is the evil likeness; God's is the loftiest likeness; He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.

(An-Nahl 16:51-60)


In case some of you does not understood the context of the final part of the verses:: Back in those days ,the polytheist arabs killed their daughters , and kept their sons, seeing daughters as a bringer of bad luck but despite that, they assigned to GOD several daughters!!. The verses above criticised their actions.

So, the word 'Allah' was not introduced after Prophet Muhammad started preaching, thus, not reserved for only the Muslims, it simply word to refer to GOD in the Arabic language!. Even the Bible in Arab countries uses the word Allah to refer to Eloh.

Some argued that the actions might confuses Muslims to be converted to Christianity, but my take on it, it works both ways, it also makes it easier for Muslims to do Da'wah to the People of The Book. While this side of the world trying to keep the word Allah exclusive to Muslims, our brothers in the west are trying their best to make people understand that the word Allah simply means The One GOD, The Highest GOD, of which all of us Believers (both the Muslims and the People of The Book) worship, and Allah is not some sort of a different GOD or diety.

People of the Book, go not beyond the bounds in your religion, and say not as to God but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, 'Trinity.' Refrain; better is it for you. God is only ONE God. Glory be to Him -- That He should have a son! To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; God suffices for a guardian.

(An-Nisa 4:171)



"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-9)



And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is ONE; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'

(Mark 12:28-30)



Say: He is GOD, the One and Only; GOD, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor begotten. There is nothing comparable to Him.

(Al-Ikhlas 112:1-4)



Say: 'People of the Book! Come now to a word common between us and you, that we serve none but GOD, and that we associate not aught with Him, and do not some of us take others as Lords, apart from GOD.' And if they turn their backs, say: 'Bear witness that we are people who submit (to GOD).'

(Al-I-Imran 3:64)


Peace be unto you (english)
Salam Alaikum (arabic)
Shallom Aleichem (hebrew)

GOD Knows Best

Note:
For those who want to study Quran: I recommend Zekr. Recommended Translations : YusufAli, Arberry, AhmadAli, Pickthall, and Shakir. Or you can use the Online Quran Project. Do note that, in my opinion, if compared with the English translations, the Malay translations are very poorly done. You might not want to use it.

Similarly, download Xiphos if you want to study the Torah and Gospels. Or you can use Al-Kitab online

Update:
- Added a link which shows Allah (Alif-Lam-Lam-Ha) being used in arabic bible
- Added excerpt from Al-I-Imran 3:64
- Added link to Zekr and Xiphos

Comments

Ahmad said…
i'm countering your statement with this post, http://zul4kulim.blogspot.com/2010/01/menyanggah-yb-khalid-samad.html

and some good points here

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/is-the-arabic-translation-for-god-truly-quotalahquot.html

and here

http://forum.richarddawkins.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=104281
KageSenshi said…
@zul4kulim :

your post is addressing a different issue, which is the usage of Eloh to represent the Trinity, however , if you recheck the bible, the word Eloh/YHWH is used to refer what the Christian would say "The Father".

as for the buzzle.com article, it is also addressing a different issue .. and quite invalid imo.. it claimed that the title which was given to Jesus as being attributed to GOD.. whereas is not..

What the Christian committed excess (ie. Exaggerate) was that they assumed that the Prophet Jesus, and the Angel Gabriel are part of The Father (GOD) in essence. They still however, believe that The Father is greater than Jesus.

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand." [John 10:29]

"You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. " [John 14:28]

In contrary, we Muslims rejects this doctrine of Trinity, and we only see Jesus was only one as in purpose/goal with the goals of GOD - to lead people to the straight path.

Let me ask you one question:

Indeed, We sent forth among every nation a Messenger,; saying: 'Serve you God, and eschew idols.' Then some. of them God guided, and some were justly disposed to error. So journey in the land, and behold how was the end of them that cried lies. (An-Nahl 16:36)

GOD have sent messengers (Rasuls) and Prophets to every nation in the world, where the messengers are people of the particular nation speaking their native language.

Do you think these nations would still call GOD by the arabic word 'Allah'?, I doubt it. They would use whatever word that the nation used to refer to 'The Creator of Everything' as that would be easier to be understood by that particular nation.

In the Jews case, it would be Eloh, in the Arabs case, it would be Allah. In Zoroasters case, it would be Ahura Mazda (lit. The Supreme Intelligence), and so on.

The China Muslims calls GOD as 真主 (ZhenZhu).

"And We have sent down to thee the Book with the truth, confirming the Book that was before it, and assuring it. So judge between them according to what God has sent down, and do not follow their caprices, to forsake the truth that has come to thee. To every one of you We have appointed a right way and an open road. If God had willed, He would have made you one nation; but that He may try you in what has come to you. So be you forward in good works; unto God shall you return, all together; and He will tell you of that whereon you were at variance."(Al-Maaida 5:48)

Think , and ponder.
Izad Che Muda said…
Interesting entry. A weird detour from all the geeky and tech-savvy stuff.
Anonymous said…
Of course, the word Allah is being used by jews and Nasrani in the middle east during the prophet till now... but in Malaysian (peninsular Malaysia).. it will bring confusion among Muslims and may be among christians too as the name Allah is being used exclusively by Muslims and the level of islamic knowledges Muslims in malaysia have are less than that in the middle east .. therefore the ban should be implemented because it may cause confusion among Muslims and christians in Malaysia.. not because Islam prohibit it... Malaysians are not prepared for it yet...
KageSenshi said…
@anonymous

If a simple change of word could cause people to be confused and lose their faith, wouldn't that simply shows that the people does not have that much faith (iman) in the first place?

Do we not have faith? ain't we're Believers?

Rather than prevent it and saying our own people are not ready for it. Why not we take the approach of educating our people to understand the Deen/Way??
reece_max said…
http://rausyanfikir.com/2010/01/prof-al-attas-view-on-polemical-usage.html

good review by one of our friend

"Peace no War"
KageSenshi said…
@reece_max

read:

"People of the Book, go not beyond the bounds in your religion, and say not as to God but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, 'Trinity.' Refrain; better is it for you. God is only ONE God. Glory be to Him -- That He should have a son! To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; God suffices for a guardian."
(An-Nisa 4:171)

it is very clear in that verse that GOD (Allah) told us to tell the Christians to not say Trinity (Salasa) ..

So a question raised there .. why would GOD told us to told Christians to not say Trinity(Salasa) if they (the Christians) are worshipping another deity besides GOD (Allah)???

yep, 'Tuhan' was not translated from the word 'Allah', but rather the word 'Ilah' .. same goes 'Rabb' shouldnt be translated as 'tuhan (god)', but rather 'tuan (lord)' ..

the article also mentioned Christian in Arab didnt use the word Allah for theological meaning .. however , this disproved that :

http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Sources/Allah/BibAllah.html

think and ponder.

GOD knows best
CremeBrulee said…
Excellent observation and article dude, you hit the nail on the head I do believe. And I, for one, refuse to think that my faith can be so easily swayed by the usage of "Allah" (which is an Arabic word to refer to God) by practitioners of other religions.
If you ARE buying into that logic though, then you should stop using the word "God" and also refrain from referring to Nabi Isa A.S, seeing as how those would be exclusively Christian.

Peace, my man.
KageSenshi said…
@cremebulee

its nothing big dude, just something obvious which people refused to notice.

btw, i think you should clarify what 'THAT logic' phrase in ur reply refer to. 'THAT logic' = which logic??
Anonymous said…
methink "that logic" refers to the logic of exclusivity of God name.

nice observation. :)
neo said…
wow my fren kage. u really turn to well-rounded. haha..


great point there and i agree regarding the usage of Allah that is previously already been widely usage either b4 islam or after the muhammad pbuh being appointed as rasul.

isu guna nama allah ni, aku setuju bersyarat sbb malaysia ni ada a bunch of group yg extreme. so some kinda kena fkr la consequence of each action n solution sama.

i think u know where are this retarded group come from. pm me if u wanna noe. hahaha...
Anonymous said…
The beautiful name can be seen thru the other 99 names.. called asma' al husna.

to me, some of the reasons why people are encountering the decision was not the usage as "usage" only. it's more to some "agenda" that "might" happen after it. not everyone can hold a similar level of faith.

i go againts the decision made by the court btw. just to let you know. thank you =)

PEACE.
KageSenshi said…
@neorackle

well rounded? , no .. never was and probably never will be .. i'm too specialized to a particular skillset to begin with ..

"Ha-Mim. By the Book that makes things clear,- We have made it a Qur'an in Arabic, that ye may be able to understand (and learn wisdom). And verily, it is in the original Book, in Our Presence, high (in dignity), full of wisdom. " [Az-Zukhruf:43:1-3]

@anonymous

"""
it's more to some "agenda" that "might" happen after it. not everyone can hold a similar level of faith.
"""

IMO, this is fearing your own weaknesses .. but instead of fixing that weakness, you tried to run away by putting the blame on others..

In term of Faith:

"Say: 'O men, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Whosoever is guided is guided only to his own gain, and whosoever goes astray, it is only to his own loss. I am not a guardian over you." [Yunus (10):108]

"Thou art not responsible for guiding them; but God guides whomsoever He will. And whatever good you expend is for yourselves, for then you are expending, being desirous only of God's Face; and whatever good you expend shall be repaid to you in full, and you will not be wronged, " [Al-Baqarah:2:272]

"No compulsion is there in The Deen. Rectitude has become clear from error. So whosoever disbelieves in idols and believes in God, has laid hold of the most firm handle, unbreaking; God is All-hearing, All-knowing." [Al-Baqarah:2:256]

"O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Qur'an and my teachings and if you follow these you will never go astray. " - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Final Sermon

Let me ask you, how many actually go straight to the Quran and the Prophet's teachings?. Many took the Deen for granted because they were born into the Deen, and many too choose to follow a particular scholar and believe whatever that scholar said, than actually go back to the Quran and the Teachings to verify it.

Many recite the Quran in Arabic, but not many tried to understand the meaning of the words they recited.

Whose fault?, the Christians?, I doubt it. Its us, ourselves, ignoring the Books, leaving the responsibility 100% to scholars than trying to understand it on our own first. So face it and solve it! instead of running away.

A person who truly understand his chosen path, would not be swayed by minor stuff.

Faith without reasons is blind, Reasons without faith is lame.

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