Who Is Allah

Some of The biggest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do with the word “ALLAH”.

For various reasons, many people have come to believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is totally false, since “Allah” is simply that Arabic word for “God” – and there is only One God. Muslims worship the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus – peace be upon them all. However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God.

For example, Muslims – like Jews – reject the Christians beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation.

First of all, it is important to note that “ALLAH” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word “Allah” being used where “God” is used in English. This is because “ALLAH” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to the English word “God”.

Additionally, the word “Allah” CANNOT be made plural or given a gender, which goes hand in hand with the Islamic concept of God. If we were to use the name God, it can be made into plurals and given gender, i.e. god’s, goddess, etc.

The Aramaic word “El”, which is the word for God in the Language that Jesus (pbuh) used and spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word “Allah” than the English word “God”. This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which are “El” and “Elah”, and the plural form “Elohim”. The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages (Sister Languages), with common origins.

Translating the Bible into English, the Hebrew word “El” is translated variously as “God”, “god” and “angel”! This imprecise language allows different translators, based on their preconceived notions, to translate the word to fit their own views. The Arabic Word “Allah” on the other hand presents no such difficulty, since it is only used for The Almighty God alone.

The Arabic word “Allah” also contains a deep religious message due to its root meaning and origin. This is because it stems from the Arabic verb ta’allaha (or alaha), which means “to be worshipped”. Thus in Arabic, the word “Allah” means “The One who deserves all worship”. This, in a nutshell, is the Pure Monotheistic (one) message of Islam.

Get To Know Allah Through His 99 Names & Attributes




01 Ar-Rahman The All Beneficent, The Most Merciful in Essence, The Compassionate, The Most Gracious
02 Ar-Rahim The Most Merciful, The Most Merciful in Actions
03 Al-Malik The King, The Sovereign, The True and Ultimate King
04 Al-Quddus The Most Holy, The Most Pure, The Most Perfect
05 As-Salaam The Peace and Blessing, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Most Perfect
06 Al-Mu’min The Guarantor, The Self Affirming, The Granter of Security, The Affirmer of Truth
07 Al-Muhaymin The Guardian, The Preserver, The Overseeing Protector
08 Al-Aziz The Almighty, The Self Sufficient, The Most Honorable
09 Al-Jabbar The Powerful, The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Most Lofty, The Restorer/Improver of Affairs
10 Al-Mutakabbir The Tremendous
11 Al-Khaliq The Creator
12 Al-Bari’ The Rightful
13 Al-Musawwir The Fashioner of Forms
14 Al-Ghaffar The Ever Forgiving
15 Al-Qahhar The All Compelling Subduer
16 Al-Wahhab The Bestower
17 Ar-Razzaq The Ever Providing
18 Al-Fattah The Opener, The Victory Giver
19 Al-Alim The All Knowing, The Omniscient
20 Al-Qabid The Restrainer, The Straightener
21 Al-Basit The Expander, The Munificent
22 Al-Khafid The Abaser
23 Ar-Rafi’e The Exalter
24 Al-Mu’ezz The Giver of Honour
25 Al-Mudhell The Giver of Dishonour
26 As-Sami’e The All Hearing
27 Al-Basir The All Seeing
28 Al-Hakam The Judge, The Arbitrator
29 Al-`Adl The Utterly Just
30 Al-Lateef The Subtly Kind
31 Al-Khabeer The All Aware
32 Al-Haleem The Forbearing, The Indulgent
33 Al-Azeem The Magnificent, The Infinite
34 Al-Ghafoor The All Forgiving
35 Ash-Shakoor The Grateful
36 Al-Aliyy The Sublimely Exalted
37 Al-Kabeer The Great
38 Al-Hafeez The Preserver
39 Al-Muqeet The Nourisher
40 Al-Hasib The Reckoner
41 Al-Jaleel The Majestic
42 Al-Karim The Bountiful, The Generous
43 Ar-Raqib The Watchful
44 Al-Mujib The Responsive, The Answerer
45 Al-Wasse’e The Vast, The All Encompassing
46 Al-Hakeem The Wise
47 Al-Wadud The Loving, The Kind One
48 Al-Majeed The All Glorious
49 Al-Ba’ith The Raiser of The Dead
50 Ash-Shaheed The Witness
51 Al-Haqq The Truth, The Real
52 Al-Wakeel The Trustee, The Dependable
53 Al-Qawee The Strong
54 Al-Mateen The Firm, The Steadfast
55 Al-Walee The Protecting Friend, Patron and Helper
56 Al-Hamid The All Praiseworthy
57 Al-Muhsi The Accounter, The Numberer of All
58 Al-Mubdi’ The Producer, Originator, and Initiator of All
59 Al-Mu’id The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
60 Al-Muhyi The Giver of Life
61 Al-Mumit The Bringer of Death, The Destroyer
62 Al-Hayy The Ever Living
63 Al-Qayyum The Self Subsisting Sustainer of All
64 Al-Wajid The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing
65 Al-Majid The Illustrious, The Magnificent
66 Al-Wahid The One, The Unique, Manifestation of Unity
67 Al-Ahad The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
68 As-Samad The Self Sufficient, The Impregnable, The Eternally Besought of All, The Everlasting
69 Al-Qadir The All Able
70 Al-Muqtadir The All Determiner, The Dominant
71 Al-Muqaddim The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
72 Al-Mu’akhir The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
73 Al-Awwal The First
74 Al-Akhir The Last
75 Az-Zahir The Manifest, The All Victorious
76 Al-Batin The Hidden, The All Encompassing
77 Al-Waali The Patron
78 Al-Muta’ali The Self Exalted
79 Al-Barr The Most Kind and Righteous
80 At-Tawwab The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
81 Al-Muntaqim The Avenger
82 Al-‘Afuww The Pardoner, The Effacer of Sins
83 Ar-Ra’uf The Compassionate, The All Pitying
84 Malik-al-Mulk The Owner of All Sovereignty
85 Dhu-al-Jalali wa-al-Ikram The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
86 Al-Muqsit The Equitable, The Requiter
87 Al-Jami’e The Gatherer, The Unifier
88 Al-Ghani The All Rich, The Independent
89 Al-Mughni The Enricher, The Emancipator
90 Al-Mani’e The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender
91 Ad-Darr The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflictor
92 An-Nafi’e The Propitious, The Benefactor
93 An-Nur The Light
94 Al-Hadi The Guide
95 Al-Badi The Incomparable, The Originator
96 Al-Baqi The Ever Enduring and Immutable
97 Al-Warith The Heir, The Inheritor of All
98 Ar-Rashid The Guide, Infallible Teacher and Knower
99 As-Sabur The Patient, The Timeless.

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“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” (Surah 112 – Al Ikhlas)

More about who is Allah

Who is Allah?

Allah is the name of the true One God in the Arabic language. In the Hebrew language His name is Eloh, Elohim for respect. It is well known that when a word is borrowed from one language to another it’s spelling and pronunciation is often altered. It is, therefore, reasonable to say that Eloh and Allah are names of the same Deity of Abraham believed by the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Islam is the most rigorously monotheistic religion among the three dedicated to the worship of Allah, never seen by a human eye.

The translation of verses from the Qur’an are given to answer this question. References of the verses are given in brackets, the number before the colon represents the Surah (chapter) and the following number represents the verse number.

Allah, the One Only

“Proclaim: Allah is One. Allah is Eternal. He neither begets nor was begotten.” (112:1-4)

“Nothing is like unto Him.” (42:11)

“If there were therein Gods besides Allah, then verily both (the heavens and the earth) would have collapsed into disorder and chaos. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, transcendent beyond all they ascribe unto Him.” (21:22)

“Sight can never reach Him; His sight reaches all things.” (6:103)

“And proclaim: Praise be to Allah, Who has not taken unto Himself a son, and Who has no partner in the Sovereignty, nor has He (need for) any protecting friend through dependence. (17:111)

“Allah! There is no God save Him.” (3:2, 2:255)

“Is there any God beside Allah? Nay, but they are folk who ascribe equals (unto Him)! (27:60).

“Is there any God beside Allah? Nay, but most of them know not.” (27:61)

Attributes of Allah

Muslims talk about ninety-nine attributes of Allah; a few are given in the following verses of the Qur’an.

“And He is the Mighty, the Wise. His is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth; He gives life and He gives death; and He is able to do all things. He is the First and the Last, and the Outward and the Inward; and He is the Knower of all things.” (57:1-3)

“Allah is He, other than Whom there is no deity. He knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah is He, other than Whom there is no deity; 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 (and Colors). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: Whatever is the heavens and on earth, do declare His Praise and Glory; and He is exalted in Might, the Wise.” (59:22-24)

“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. Unto Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedes with Him save by His permission? He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includes the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.” (2:255)

“The Originator of the heavens and the earth!” (6:101)

“The Beneficent, the Merciful: Owner of the Day of Judgment. (1:3-4)

“Say: Call upon Allah, or call upon Ar-Rahman: by whatever name you call upon Him, (it is well): For to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.” (17:110)

“And you seek the Grace of Allah: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (73:20)

“The revelation of this Book is from Allah, Exalted in Power, Full of Knowledge, Who forgives sin, accepts repentance, is strict in punishment, and has a long reach (in all things). There is no god but He: to Him is the Final Goal.” (40:2-3)

Allah the Creator

“Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and We made every living thing from water? Will they not then believe?” (21:30)

[In this verse ‘We’ belongs to imperial language, not of plurality. In the Qur’an, Allah uses ‘I’, ‘Me’ ‘We’ and ‘Us’ for Himself.]

“And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float each in an orbit… And from among His signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate not to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him.” (21:33, 41:37)

“He has created man: He has imparted unto him articulate thought and speech. [At His behest] the sun and the moon run their appointed courses; the stars and the trees prostrate themselves [before Him]. And the skies has He raised high, and has devised [for all things] a measure, so that you [too, O men,] might never transgress the measure [of what is right]: weigh, therefore, [your deeds] with equity, and cut not the measure short! (55:3-9)

“It is Allah Who created everything in the best of form…It is He Who created and perfected all things.” (32:7, 87:2)

“It is Allah Who created life and death that you may prove yourself worthy in your deeds.” (67:2)

“Such is Allah, your Lord. There is no god except Him, the Creator of all things, so serve Him. And He takes care of all things.” (6:102)

“He is the Cleaver of the daybreak, and He has appointed the night for stillness, and the sun and the moon to run their appointed courses: [all] this is laid down by the Will of the Almighty, the All-Knowing. (6:96)

“Allah is He Who created seven heavens and of the earth a similar number. Through the midst of them (all) descends His command: that you may know that Allah has power over all things, and that Allah comprehends all things in (His) knowledge.” (65:12)

“He it is Who has made the sun a radiant light and the moon shining [surface], and has determined for it phases so that you might know how to compute the years and to measure [time]. None of this has Allah created without [an inner] truth. Clearly does He spell out these messages unto people of [innate] knowledge.” (10:5)

“Allah has indeed made all things in heaven and earth subservient to humankind; it is all from Him. Lo! Herein verily are portents for people who reflect.” (45:13)

Allah, the Sustainer, the Cherisher, the Lord (Al-Rabb)

“All praise is due to Allah Alone, the Lord [the Sustainer, the Cherisher] of the worlds.” (1:2)
“Everything We have created and prescribed for its measure, its character and destiny…No creature creeps on earth but Allah provides for it its sustenance. He knows its purpose and destiny. For it is He Who prescribed them in His eternal order…The sun rises and sets traversing its orbit exactly as the Almighty, the All Knowing has ordained. And the moon passes regularly through its phases, returning to its original thin crescent form. Neither sun nor moon overtakes the other; neither night nor day deviates from their preordained courses. Each moves in the orbit Allah has ordained for it. (54:49, 11:6, 36:38-40)
In the Qur’an, the name Allah is used more than 2,600 times and His attribute, Al-Rabb (the Lord, the Cherisher, the Sustainer), has been used over 1,000 times.

Allah Revealed the Truth – Option Given

“We revealed to you the Book in truth, that you may proclaim it to the world. Whoever decides to be guided by its guidance does so to his own credit. Whoever rejects its guidance does so to his own discredit and you are not a warder over them.” (39:41)

“Let there be no compulsion [or coercion] in religion: Truth stands out clear from error; whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.” (2:256)

“And say: The Truth [has now come] from your Lord: let, then him who wills, believe in it, and let him who wills, reject it.” (18:29)

“And if your Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Would you [Muhammad] compel men until they are believers?” (10:99)

“No person is responsible for the guilt of another. To every person belongs the merit or demerit of what he had wrought… Allah does not charge a person with more than he can bear. Therefore, to everyone belongs the credit or discredit which he had personally earned.” (53:38-39, 2:286)

“Whoever guides himself by Our revelation does so to his own credit. Whoever goes astray does so to his own peril. Nobody will be responsible for another’s deeds, and We will not judge but after a messenger sent [to proclaim and warn] … Whoever does good will have that good reckoned for him. Whoever does evil will have that evil marked against him. Your Lord commits no injustice to His servants.” (17:15, 41:46)

“Say: You are not accountable for our crimes; nor are we for the evil you do… On the Day of Judgment, no person will of any avail to another, neither for good nor for ill. Those who committed injustice will be assigned to the Fire which they denied.” (34:25,42)

“Say: Are those who know equal with those who know not? But only men of understanding will pay heed.” (39:9)

“There is not an animal in the earth nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are community like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.” (6:38)

“Allah has made what is in the heavens and on the earth subservient to you… And He has made subservient to you the sun and the moon, predetermined in their orbits, and the day and the night… It is Allah Who made you His trustees on earth… Can you not see that Allah made all that is on earth subservient to you?” (14:33, 31:29, 35:39, 22:65)

Allah was the God-in-Chief of the Pagan Arabs

“If indeed you ask them (the pagan Arabs) who has created the heavens and the earth and subjected the sun and the moon (to His Law), they will certainly reply, ‘Allah’… And if indeed you ask them Who it is that sends down rain from the sky, and gives life therewith to the earth after its death, they will certainly reply, ‘Allah!’” (29:61,63; similar message is found in 31:25; 39:38; 43:9)

“And those unto whom they (the pagan Arabs) call instead of Him (Allah) possess no power of intercession, … And if you ask them who created them (gods of the pagans and pagans themselves), they will surely say, ‘Allah!’” (43:86,87)

Fabrications against Islam

In 1990, one of the most anti-Islam demagogues, named Robert Morey, published an anti-Islam book in which he claimed that Allah is the name of the moon-god, therefore, Islam is another old pagan religion. The claim that Allah is the moon god did not exist before the publication of Robert Morey’s book in 1990; apparently he is the originator of this idea. Allah is the name of the originator of the Universe who has a variety of names in various languages. “Moon-god” has existed in many animist societies but it is Morey who combined two into one and the same deity. Others, like Jack Chic of Chick Publications of California and a few additional Islam-haters have picked up the Morey fabrication of moon-god, and are publishing tracts, brochures, flyers and comic books distributing them by the millions all over the world. These Islam-haters subscribe to the Nazi belief that if a lie is spoken loud enough and spoken repeatedly, it will be believed. Thus, Robert Morey, Jack Chick and others like them are disciples of the Nazis and are not ashamed of using the scare tactics of McCarthyism. Muslim leaders have met both of them and asked for the proof of their allegations; they had none but refused to cease their propaganda of lies and deception. For documentary evidence of Robert Morey’s fabrication of “Allah, the moon-god”, see on Internet “Islamic Awareness” by Shabbir Ally.

Any intelligent reader, however much he may be ignorant of Islam, can see from the above quoted sixty plus verses of the Qur’an, that the moon is one of the creations of Allah. The moon is a tiny part of Allah’s universe.

Arab Christians and Arab Jews believe in Allah

Arabs include Christians and Jews who speak Arabic language as their mother tongue. In the Arabic language Bible the name “Allah” is written wherever “God” appears in the English language. The Arabic language Bible printed in the U.S. uses the name, Allah, on the first page of Genesis. Does this mean that the Christians also believe in “Allah, the moon-god” of Robert Morey and Jack Chic?

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